Health magazine asked six prominent health experts to pick the top 10 healthiest grocery stores from the nation's largest chains. Topping the list? Whole Foods Market! (Why else would we be telling you, right?) They explain their choice:
Whole Foods has the whole package -- from an extraordinary selection of fresh conventional and organic fruit and vegetables to delicious prepared foods with healthy ingredients and clear labeling. (Most other stores offer mystery meals that may very well be loaded with butter.) And Whole Foods puts a premium on products that are grown or produced locally (read: super fresh). There's also hard-to-find grass-fed meats, ready-to-cook organic and free-range chicken, and a well-stocked selection of just-caught seafood. The desserts are pretty good for you: Every item in the bakery is free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, and trans fats. Our judges also raved about Whole Foods's snacks, singling out the store's own dark chocolate, fresh-cut veggies, and nut and seed mixes. Alan Greene, M.D., a Palo Alto, California--based pediatrician and one of our panelists sums it up best: "The store celebrates great, healthy food from start to finish."
It's great to be recognized for doing what comes naturally to us.