Consumers today are demanding more natural and healthier products. It is for this reason that health food stores have become so popular in our society – after all, who wouldn’t want to be healthier?
Of course, the products sold in health food stores can be quite a bit pricier as well. Nevertheless, there are some items where it makes sense to pay a little more to ensure that you are getting healthier and more natural products. Here are 7 items that are beneficial to buy at your local health food store.
1. Dried Fruit & Nuts
These foods are naturally occurring foods, but sometimes when processed, sugars and other harmful ingredients are added. Normally this is for preservation but that doesn’t mean you have to consume them. Buying these items at a health food store will likely mean safer ingredients, but, of course, always check the containers or packaging to confirm this.
2. Essential Oils
Essential oils are definitely something to look for at your local health food store. When shopping for essential oils, going for organic is always a good choice so that you can be sure you won’t be getting harmful pesticides in the product.
Beware of “fragrance” or “perfume” oils which may contain artificial scents and potentially toxic ingredients. Essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, etc. should only contain the oils of that particular plant.
3. Shampoo and Conditioners
Health food stores typically stock beauty or hygiene items that are considered cruelty free or don’t use harsh chemicals. If those points are important to you, either for ethical or health concerns, then going to your local health food store for shampoo or conditioners is a great option.
4. Body Wash or Skin Care Products
For similar reasons to purchasing shampoo and conditioners at health food stores, body care products sold at these stores are not full of harmful preservatives or chemicals. Organic skin care is really popular right now, and for those with sensitive skin you may find all natural products calm your skin down.
A cracker, is a cracker, is a cracker right? Well not exactly. Most grocery stores carry a variety of crackers, but it can often be difficult to find crackers that don’t use white flour as a base. If you have certain dietary restrictions – like gluten allergies – health food stores will give more options for these normally inaccessible food items for those with restrictions. You can also find alternative grain-based crackers like those made with spelt, instead of wheat flour.
Well, milk is definitely milk. And that is true but if you are looking for non-dairy milk your local grocer might not have many options. Health food stores will offer a range of non-dairy or non-traditional milk that you can purchase. Options like coconut, soy, or almond milk can be purchased in place of cow’s milk.
7. Herbs & Spices
Sometimes the spices you purchase from a regular grocery store will be high in sodium or other preservatives, and they aren’t all that healthy for you. The options provided in a health food store will likely be all natural, and you might even be able to find some of the harder to locate herbs and spices there too. Specialty items might even be cheaper in these stores as they would be considered a regular item, versus a specialty one at your regular grocery store.
It isn’t that you have to do all your shopping at a health food store, but there are certain items that can be a much better deal than trying to buy them at a grocery store. There might be some items you simply can’t find anywhere else, and there are some that are just healthier and a better option to give to your family. No matter where you purchase your products, it’s important to know exactly what you’re purchasing and how it was made, or where it came from.