We rarely eat fast food, because it's expensive, and it's not even remotely healthy. But on a recent trip, my choices were limited, so we stopped at Wendy's. It's the cheapest place that the boys and I can eat - at least on the list of places I'll eat. And they do have baked potatoes.
Then we have the grocery stores. At least I get where they're coming from - they only stock what sells. But maybe if they'd consider stocking a few new items every few months, they'd find that most of it will sell. I do realize that not all grocery stores are in locations where shoppers have the extra income to buy better food. But even the ones that are, don't take full advantage.
I rarely shop at Publix because while they do have some "health food"* items, they're mixed in with the regular products. Which seems to make sense, except that I don't want to search through 15 different brands to find one that's made without preservatives or gluten-free. I love that Kroger has a special section for "health food". It makes it much easier to find everything. I have to admit, I've become totally spoiled by Kroger. There is not a Whole Foods or Trader Joes near me, so I have to just deal with whatever the local stores have. I know the internet is out there, but the stores pretty much have what I need.
But when I went to Arkansas this summer, I was frustrated to find that the Kroger that is right across the street from my parents' neighborhood only has a tiny "health food" section. As in, about one-quarter of one aisle. That's it. That's the whole section. Lest you think that none of their customers wanted that kind of products, let me tell you that every time I went there, the aisle was crowded. Obviously, there is a market for the healthier food. What was even worse was the location of this aisle. It was in the middle of the cookie/snack food section. I kid you not.
|This is the view from the "health food" section.|
*I use this term loosely. The food is still boxed and packaged. It's healthier than most of the products in the store, but fruits and vegetables are the true health food. Most grocery stores have plenty of those.