Most people are used to going to the grocery store to buy food, and shopping at health food stores online can seem daunting to some. Also, it used to be people who bought healthy, organic food were being duped into paying more money for something that didn’t have any more value than conventional offerings. Now, with the research proving that organic produce has more nutrient content and how pesticides pollute our waters and soil, people are making the leap to not just healthier choices, but to great tasting ones for their own well-being as well as their family’s.
Grocery stores are increasingly adding more healthy food options, and stores specifically devoted to organic and natural foods are flourishing in many parts of the country. However, some people might not have the advantage of selection in or nearby their town, which leaves online health food shopping as a valuable resource. There are products available online that some of the big name markets do not even carry. Then of course, there is the convenience factor of being able to browse online even if an item is available at a nearby grocery store. When one chooses to peruse the offerings online, the decision is often met with:
We are used to handling what is going to go into our mouths with our hands as we make a purchase. When buying health food online, some might just want to stick with a brand they recognize and trust. Others want to be introduced to new products. A website that offers images of the brand as well as nutrition facts can be comforting information to savvy consumers. Of course human needs are only one part of the equation. Be sure to check out our reviews of the best online pet supplies and food to ensure your furry loved ones live a long, healthy life too.
There are many reasons to shop health food stores online, but there are specific reasons to shop for health food products. One of those reasons could be to send an elderly or homebound loved one an offering of delicious health food to enhance his or her life. Another reason would be the desire to diet intelligently and help maintain an optimum weight. Our top nine selections of online health food retailers offer massive selection, unique products, and assistance with purchases. When evaluating our top nine online health food sites, we used the following criteria:
Some online health food retailers have ample supply of the normal grocery items, but we also graded these sites for abundance in specialty health food. One can look for organic, vegan, kosher, gluten-free and raw/live in the search engines provided.
Ease of Use
Who likes to waste their precious time? None of us. An easily navigable website where one can find products by category, brand, or a simple search is highly important. Also, added features such as links, recipes, newsletters or community blog contribute to the shopping experience. You might now have a recipe for that coconut flour you want to buy, or now after reading a health article you might have an interest in purchasing a certain vitamin or supplement.
If you would like to buy a product such as Amy’s Black Bean Chili, you want to get the best deal on it. Extensive cost analysis of these nine sites was figured to let you know where to put your hard-earned dollar.
All of these sites take Visa and MasterCard, but what if you want to pay via PayPal or send a check? How you pay is an important part in a site’s convenience. Also, these sites were rated based on overnight shipping options.
Not being able to get a response through email or after leaving a voicemail can be a frustrating experience. If you are buying health food online, you are most likely wanting it now, and any delays in communication costs you more time. Some sites were more responsive than others, which is reflected in this rating. Also, return policies varied extensively and were considered seriously.
In this site, you will also find articles such as "Organic Farming: What Does it Mean to You?" and a side-by-side comparison to help you better navigate the selection and price point these companies provide. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don't Have To.™
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