Do you have a natural food market in your town? If so, you may want to consider doing more of your shopping there instead of at the conventional grocery store. You might not be able to fully make the switch and buy only from the natural food market, but there are some distinct reasons to do at least some of your shopping there.
The quality tends to be higher.
Natural food markets tend to be small stores. They can only carry a couple of brands of each product, at most. They also have a huge emphasis on the health and quality of the natural products they offer. As such, the products you buy at a natural food store tend to be really high quality. They tend to contain fewer additives and more flavorful ingredients, which ultimately makes for a more enjoyable and healthy eating experience.
You'll discover new foods.
If you are trying to eat and maintain a healthier diet, then the natural foods store is a good place to go to discover new foods that will fit into that diet. You might find a new whole grain you're excited to try, or maybe a new herbal tea that will help with some health concerns you have. Conventional grocery stores don't tend to have as many of these products, and their employees are certainly not as prepared to educate you about them as the employees at natural food stores.
You'll gain access to a community of like-minded people.
Most natural food stores are more than places to shop. They tend to be community hubs where people who are interested in wellness and health hang out. When shopping there, you may meet other people -- either employees or other customers -- who share your passion for health and healthy eating. There may even be seminars and educational events at the natural foods store, which makes meeting others even easier.
You'll find more local foods.
It's common for natural foods stores to stock food items made and produced by local farms and companies. You might find vegetables that were grown in the next town, maple syrup from a producer down the road, and so forth. Conventional grocery stores tend to look over these small producers and work with the big, national brands. Buying more local foods is good for the planet and for the local economy.
If you have a natural foods store in your area, chances are it's a great place to shop.
For more information, visit a local natural food market.