Things to Consider When Looking for Your Perfect Health Food Store

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Not all health food stores are created equal. As we've mentioned before, a lot of the stuff that a person will find lining the shelves of most of them isn't healthy at all. But surely, some types of health food stores are better than others? How does the average consumer separate the great places from the not so great ones? Let's take a closer look.

5. Decide what kinds of specialty grocery items are most important to you.

This may seem like an obvious thing to figure out, but a lot of customers coming through the health food store I work at seem to think that our shop will be able to supply them with everything they have on their shopping list. While that may sound like a reasonable thing to expect, no store can carry every "healthy" item in the world, and most of the better ones seem to excel in some areas and less so in others. For instance, the place I work at has a great organic produce section, but a not very amazing bulk goods department. So a person who came in looking for organic kale or apples will usually rave about the store, while the old hippie dude that comes in expecting to find several different varieties of organic oats in big bins might be disappointed. I often get asked why such an injustice has occurred, and the answer is usually something basic like "we don't have enough space" or "we don't have a vendor that carries that anymore."

And another shop might have made different choices regarding which items they focus on, and what suppliers they buy from.

Revival Market in The Heights is a fantastic small grocery store that carries local beef, pork, and poultry, produce from regional farms, and even locally-grown grains and seasonings. Co-owner Morgan Weber founded Revival Meats to cultivate heritage breed meats, raised in a humane environment on a small, sustainable family farm.


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gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Revival used to be a grocery store, it's a shell of it's former self grocery wise now caters more to being a coffee house and doucher hangout. 

Jason McDaniel
Jason McDaniel

Morgan webber is actually a third generation pig farmer from Yokam, TX... I know this because he is my boss... The other Jason is right, do more research before you write an article... Also, revival isn't a health food store... The concept behind it was to bring a revival to the way we deal with food, from seed to plant... To meats and other artisanal goods, not designed around making you healthy, but a reconnect, that we have lost, to our food.

Jason Viada
Jason Viada

The author is a little misinformed about nutrition stores. Ephedra was fully legal before the FDA banned it so these stores weren't doing anything wrong. Hindsight is 20/20. But common sense should always be used. When buying a weight loss product stay away from stimulants the same way you would not take Benadryl and operate machinery. Anyone who is truly interested in becoming fit, not just buying a few healthy foods to contrast a sedentary lifestyle, you won't find more effective products or more knowledgeable staff than at a sports nutrition store.

anubis_hcho
anubis_hcho

Not sure exactly what was written about Weber or Revival that was false here.  He did found Revival Meats, it even mentions his family farm?  

And truthfully, I think the whole point is that "health food stores" are often a deceitful sheen that disconnects people from their food and its sources.  For example, Whole Foods making a huge show of sustainability and environmental consciousness while trucking produce all over the country.  Places like Revival and farmers markets allow people to learn more and have a more complete (and, yes, healthy!) relationship to their food and its source.  This, in itself, is healthy.  So to me, Revival is a health food store.  They may not sell vitamins but they promote conscientious living and awareness of one's diet.

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