Why You Should Shop At Your Local Health Food Stores
Are you a fan of local health food stores? If not, then maybe it's about time to become one. Learn more about why you should stop and shop at your local health food store today!
In this article:
- What is a “Health Food Store”?
- How are Health Food Stores Different?
- Trader Joe’s Surfed to the Top
- Neighborhoods Love Sprouts Farmers Markets
- Order Online and Eat Healthy
- Health Food Grocery Stores Keep Growing
Why You Need To Support Your Local Health Food Stores
What is a “Health Food Store”?
Health food stores in their basic barebone description are grocery stores that are in the business of selling healthy food. What do we mean by healthy food? Because we are not just talking vitamin supplements at the GNC.
Health food stores are full-blown grocery stores such as Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods. There are more who sell groceries aiming for a nutritional balance with variety and taste.
How are Health Food Stores Different?
Health food stores offer what other grocery stores do not:
- More neighborhood access to healthy choices
- A wider variety of fruits and vegetables
- Plenty of whole foods
- Less processed foods
- Foods in bins to save on plastic containers
Trader Joe’s Surfed to the Top
Customers are attracted to the style, variety, Hawaiian shirts, and packaging available. For example, in the case of Trader Joe’s, cities in the Midwest circulated petitions to get them to come into their cities and towns.
That’s how popular Trader Joe’s is across this country. It is also growing in the health food market and has announced about growth and development.
Trader Joe’s is well known for carrying healthier food in every single department and even in the not so healthy snacks, the chocolate is at least novel and a delightful treat.
The 25 Best and Worst Snacks at Trader Joe's aren't necessarily all foods made from purely healthy ingredients. However, TJ makes the claim that nearly 80% of the TJ label are GMO-free.
Not everything is low calorie, and Trader Joe’s does not make that claim, but for nutritionally full meals and ingredients, it is hard to beat Trader Joe’s.
Neighborhoods Love Sprouts Farmers Markets
Sprouts Farmer’s Market, on the other hand, offers organic Sprouts Brand products, with each product guaranteed a 100 percent money-back satisfaction policy. The store is committed to operating as a social and environmentally responsible business, always striving to improve, for their customers, their employees, and the community they reside within.
The health food store is definitely growing and succeeding. People in the U.S want to eat healthily and are watching the ingredients in their food. They are moving toward whole foods.
No matter the diet people choose, the foods and ingredients must be less processed, less sugar, more natural, and more nutritious. The health food stores have listened, and have stayed on the cutting edge of what people want from a grocery store for healthy eating.
Order Online and Eat Healthy
The most current movement in grocery shopping is to go online and either pick groceries up upon arrival or to have the groceries delivered to your doorstep. Some stores or delivery services will even bring the groceries inside the house and organize them.
The health food stores are all getting into this bandwagon and have made their delivery services available through their websites. From order to delivery time, the wait is usually one to three hours.
Health Food Grocery Stores Keep Growing
The health food store craze is growing and becoming more accessible to people in every corner of the country. From the store to our doors, nutrition and whole foods do not have to be for just a few. Ten major chains have now hit the national scene of health food grocery stores in the United States. The top two are Trader Joe’s and Sprouts.
The other national health food stores joining the pack are Big Bear Natural Foods, Fairway Market, Wild Oats Marketplace, Whole Foods, Good Harvest Market, Bi-Rite Market, Local Foods, Kimberton Whole Foods, and Lifesource Natural Foods.
Almost every health food store gives the impression of a mom and dad type of feel in the market. With the individually sliced meat and cheeses to the bulk bins of fresh berries, nuts, candy, and varieties of exotic legumes, each store encourages customers to shop carefully and to package products in an earth-friendly manner.
These stores have strong community ties and support the individual quest of choice toward healthy living and sustainable choices in their personal and family diets. They partner when possible with local farmers, ranchers, and orchard growers to bring the freshest food straight from the nearby farms to the local market.
It is obvious when you stroll through the health food stores of today, these stores are truly walking the walk and doing the work, to bring the farm to table goodness to their customers each and every day.
Do you know other local health food stores in your area? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on June 27, 2019, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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