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Shopping for Healthy Vegetarian Food

on September 20, 2012
Fruit and berries in a grocery store, Paris, F...

Fruit and berries in a grocery store, Paris, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A fascinating phenomenon has been sweeping over the vegetables and fruits in the grocery aisles of my local supermarket. I’ve been paying attention to this for years and no one has ever mentioned anything about it. Since I am a skeptic  I’ve kept silent for years as I observed it from afar. Finally it is becoming so obvious that the phenomena is absolutely undeniable: Vegetables and Fruits are undergoing a freakish mutation into enormity.

Freakish Peppers and mutant apples are expanding and have reached the size of melons. At Safeway, the kiwis have ballooned to the the size of large grapefruits- not to be out done by the strawberries which are bigger than tomatoes-which look like giant pomegranates. What is happening?

Shopping for healthy vegetarian food should be naturally relaxing and comforting activity for your soul. In my experience, it is becoming extremely unpleasant and shocking as the size of foods expands in direction porportion to the obesity epidemic. Whatever this is, our best course of action is to stay far away. The large sizes do not increase the value of the product- in fact, the large fruit is worthless as they literally lost their genetic trait for flavor and taste. In this post, I will teach you everything you need to know to be an informed consumer, what to avoid, and where to shop.

Previously, I wrote about hiding vegetables in food and about the convenience of packaged fruits and vegetables, but it is important to experience the grocery store to get a feeling of respect for the wonderful fruits and vegetables that  are so easily available to us. The benefit to going to the grocery store is hand-picking the best vegetables that you can find. In addition, there is the added surprise benefit that the vegetarian grocery bill is much more affordable if you do not buy meat. I typically save a whopping 50% off a weeks worth of grocery bills this way.

I’ve saved an astonishing amount of money by shopping at my favorite grocery store Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s always sells their vegetables at the best prices and in the freshest and highest quality and they consistently deliver with their customer service. At the other end of this spectrum is Whole Foods which is extremely expensive and not as consistent in quality and service. At the bottom barrel of the spectrum is safeway, where the bad vegetables go to die. In my experience, the selection is the worst- although the sales are tempting. However,

this store seems to be at the heart of the enormous vegetables experiment. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the quality here is also the poorest: The apples are waxed to seal in the pesticides and a pack of fresh strawberries comes with two moldy cases gratis. 

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