Monday, September 20, 2010

Aldi Take 2

So I stumbled upon another Aldi Food Market store. This time in Waldorf, MD... a city that continues to develop. Waldorf is about 30 minutes south of Washington D.C. - which is a melting pot city. This lets you know there may be a nice variety of people in Waldorf, and there is. 

I was excited to see what this Aldi store offered that Hamlet's (NC) store did not. I made a special trip today. I was extremely disappointed!! This store offered no healthy alternatives. They surely carried their "Fit & Active" items... blah! 

I would love to know if there is an Aldi store near you and what types of products/brands you find within?

If I find another store in a different state, I will check it out and if the results are the same as the Hamlet, NC and Waldorf, MD stores then I will draw my own conclusion stating that they are nothing like or even remotely similar to Trader Joe's. Who are they fooling? Hmmpf!!

To your health... 
Jessica

Be sure to read your labels and look at the top of the shelves and on the bottom to get to the real good stuff. Big named brands purchase "shelf real-estate" in the stores so that you see their unhealthy products first (unless you're in the organic section then that does not apply). 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Aldi, #Read labels, #Research

I thought I was onto something when I stumbled upon an Aldi, food market, in a small town I'm visiting. I had read recently that Aldi was similar to Trader Joe's, however, after my visit in the store, was I mistakenly wrong! 

My friend had told me that if this particular Aldi had foods similar to Trader Joe's then they probably wouldn't be in business. That's unfortunate because even in small towns where many low-income families live is where the education of choosing healthy foods is needed most. These communities need more exposure to healthy food choices. 

I only bought 4 items because everything else had high fructose corn syrup (which you will not find ANY item in Trader Joe's), aspartame or a boat load of artificial sweeteners and dyes. The items I found did not have any of the above and they were few and far between.

I saw a customer picking up her items, reading the front label, and adding them to her basket. From what I could see in her basket, many of the items read, "natural" and "lite." Another customer had only the "Fit & Active" brand items in his basket. Hmmm... I thought he was onto something. I checked these items and every single one of them had the yucky ingredients as listed above.

Case and point: Do not trust the fancy packaging on the building itself and especially on the front packages of consumables. Always read labels. READ, RESEARCH and READ Again! 

To your health,
Jessica