If you’re trying to eat a healthier diet, one that’s loaded with loaded with lots of organic fruits and vegetables as well as organic options for dairy items and processed foods, where you live in the United States can play a big part in how easy it is to find high quality, healthy organic food.
A recent article on Huffington Post cited a study commissioned by the Campbell Soup Company to find the top ten cities in the United States for organic food consumption. Not surprisingly, the top two cities are found on the West Coast where the healthy, organic, and clean living trend was born. But looking at remaining cities on the list, it’s clear that the desire to eat clean has spread across the United States and has jumped from trendy to mainstream, meaning that finding healthy, organic food choices is easier than ever.
According to the study cited within the Huffington Post article, the ten cities that thrive on organic and healthy food are:
1. Portland, OR
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Providence, RI
4. Sacramento, CA
5. Minneapolis, MN
6. Boston, MA
7. Seattle, WA
8. Austin, TX
9. Philadelphia, PA
10. Washington, DC
One big reason for the wide geographic distribution of cities on this list is the number of major grocery retailers across the United States who offer organic foods, from fruits and vegetables, to milk and cheese, to processed foods like cereal and crackers. While most major grocery store chains have adapted to the surge of interest for clean eating options by creating organic sections within their produce department and even creating an entire organic foods department within their stores, there are several national retailers who have led the way in offering reasonably priced organic food choices for consumers.
According to a recent post on Klipingers, the four best national retailers for buying organic food on a budget are Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Walmart, and warehouse stores such as Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s.
Trader Joe’s has long been dedicated to offering organic choices throughout their stores, and with over 400 locations around the country, they have been a leader in mainstreaming and making healthy, organic foods available to consumers.
Aldi, a simple shopping, basic budget grocery store headquartered in Germany, has over one thousand stores across the United States. Aldi offers a small organic produce section and several store brand organic food items, from butter to cereal to pasta.
Walmart is one of the biggest grocery retailers in the United States, and this size advantage and market advantage allows them to offer 1,600 unique organic food products.
Warehouse stores such as Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s offer their own private label organic products as well as organic produce, meat, and dairy, and offer these items in bulk quantities making them perfect for larger families or for consumers who prefer to stock up once and make fewer shopping trips.
All the cities in the top ten list of healthiest markets offer either a combination or all of these retailers, as well as other grocery retailers with dedicated organic departments, food co-ops, farmer’s markets, and home delivery options for organic foods such as Green Bean Delivery, which partners with local farmers within their delivery areas.
Whether you live in a top ten city or elsewhere in the United States, it’s clear that there are more options than ever before to buy healthy, organic foods.
Todd Nelson, D.Sc. trained at the International Center for Natural Health and Medicine, graduating with both a Naturopathic Doctor degree and a Doctor of Holistic Health Sciences degree. Aside from heading the Tree of Life Wellness Center in Denver, Colorado as a naturopathic doctor, Todd is also a co-author of 3 books.