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4 healthy food deals at Whole Foods—and what to skip

By Carolyn Malcoun, January 14, 2011 - 1:44pm

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I've found that any organic product that WF moves in large volume is going to be most affordable at WF vs. a conventional grocery. My prime example: dairy. Organic milk, whipping cream, eggs, cheese -- haven't beaten the prices anywhere else.

Anonymous

01/18/2011 - 7:13pm

I think it depends on where you are as well. I use Burt's Bees toothpaste and Dr Bronner's Almond body wash and both are cheaper by $2 at WF vs Target or Publix. As with anywhere, you have to do your homework to find the best deals!!

Anonymous

01/19/2011 - 8:34am

Please don't skip the Meat Dept.! It sells hormone-free, antibiotic-free meats and poultry---even from local farmers. Who wants to subject their bodies or their kids' bodies to unhealthy meat?! Besides, it's a good thing to support organic farming, be it vegetables and fruits or meats.

Anonymous

02/08/2011 - 6:37pm

I have had bad luck with WF meats and poultry. They frequently go bad within a day in the fridge, despite the high price. Also, the prepared deli foods tend to be very high in fat and sodium. The 365 brand, however, is usually an affordable and reliable option.

Anonymous

02/09/2011 - 1:06am

The produce section at our Whole Foods uses an automatic sprinkler system that constantly saturates the vegetables with water. As a result, we avoid the purchase of green leafy vegetables, lettuces, broccoli, and cauliflower because too much water hastens their demise in the refrigerator after a day or so. Although I have complained, the practice continues - at least at our local store.

Anonymous

02/14/2011 - 8:25pm

my shopping routine-all meats/poultry, greek style yogurt, some cheese, and laundry detergent i buy at WHOLE FOODS. next, i go to TRADER JOES for cheese, vegies/fruits, sliced ham, wines, and some canned goods and eggs/milk. then i am off to the local RALPHS for bread, tortillas and maybe some vegies/fruits.

i am supprised that you do not favor buying meats/poultry at WHOLE FOODS. i buy my meats there simply because they are humanely raised and cage free/free range and am constantly searching for humanely raised/cagefree/free range restaurants, other grocery stores. WHOLE FOODS has started a grading program for their meats/poultry whereby they grade on a scale from 1 to 5. 5 being totally humane/eco friendly.

Anonymous

02/15/2011 - 1:57pm

I love Whole Foods and appreciate your valuable insight. I usually had over to Trader Joes for my cheese because their prices are awesome. Especially for goat and sheep cheese!

Anonymous

02/15/2011 - 9:59pm

One piece of advice to shoppers...don't say the phrase "Whole Paycheck" to an employee. We've heard it a thousand times and I usually just shut down (emotionally) and finish out the transaction ASAP.

Anonymous

03/01/2012 - 1:46pm

I too am not sure why you'd advise people to skip the meat department. Perhaps the prices reflect a reality: meat animals that are raised with less cruelty and using sustainable practices cost more. What you're paying for isn't just the quality of the meat, its knowing that your meat didn't come from an industrial farm.

Also, the person who talked about the meat going bad -- that's probably because the meat hasn't been sprayed with crazy antibacterial agents. Meat isn't something that is meant to be left laying around for days. Buy it and cook it or freeze it.

Anonymous

03/04/2012 - 10:19pm

Please do not assume most of the produce at WF is local.

Anonymous

04/03/2012 - 8:07pm

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