HEALTH FOOD STORES

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HEALTH FOOD STORES

Individuals who are concerned about their health are drifting away from traditional super markets and in the direction of health food stores. I urge such individuals to not delude themselves. The health food industry in this country is just like any other industry-- it is profit driven. For that reason, do not make the mistake of concluding that the food you see in a health food store is automatically better than food found in traditional super markets.
If you think meat is alright if it is purchased from a health food store, you are mistaken. Meat is bad for your health, period. If you think bottled products are alright if bought from a health food store, you are mistaken. Bottled products that have been heat pasteurized have no nutritional value. If you think canned products bought from a health food store are alright, then you are wrong. Foods found in cans have been pasteurized and contain excessive amounts of metal. Their nutritional value is zero, but the harm those metal cans can do is limitless.
Live foods are good for the health. A food is alive if its enzymes are active. If the enzymes in the food are active, they will continue to be active when you eat. If the food goes too long without being eaten, the enzymes will cause the food to go bad. That is nature's way of making sure that the food you eat is fresh and full of the nutritions your body needs.
Generally, enzymes will cause food to go bad in a matter of days. If you pick up a power bar, for example, that has an expiration date of 3 or 4 months down the road, then the nutritional value of that bar is questionable. If it takes three or four months for a power bar to go bad, then its enzymes have been tampered with. It is a dead food, and dead foods can not be good for a healthy body.
Any food product that has a lengthy expiration date is probably a dead food product, be it power bars, "natural" potato chips, popcorn or cookies, or other such products. This, however, does not apply to dried foods like rice, beans or grains, etc.
Watch out for that "organic" label. Health food stores love "organic" foods because health conscious individuals will pay top dollar for them. But people play games with the term "organic," and health food store owners know that. But profits rule at health food stores,so health food stores will accept the label "organic" without so much as a wink of an eye.
Many products found in most health food stores are overpriced. Health food stores operate just like other stores: if you are willing to pay a high price, they will charge you a high price. The best way to get reasonable prices is to let the managers of the stores know that you don't buy a product because it is not reasonably priced.
If you shop intelligently, you can benefit healthwise by shopping at a health food store, particularly in relation to the quality of the food in a traditional food store. But don't mislead yourself. The fact that a store is called a health food store does not make it so. How you apply your intelligence is the defining factor. If you shop intelligently, a health food store could be exactly what you need. But if you shop unintelligently, shopping at a health food store can be just as bad for your health as shopping at a traditional food store.

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