Special Diets

The Healthy Grocer strives to support those who have a special diet such as, but not limited to, Gluten Free, Vegan, and Vegetarian. In our efforts to do so, we match our product standards with special diet friendly products.

KETO

Keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet, that works to change the digestive tract's burning of carbohydrates for energy to burning fat for fuel. This process is called ketosis.

PALEO

Paleo refers to a diet takes the follower back to the roots of our early ancestors during the Paleolithic era 2.5 million years ago, where people ate what was readily available around them. This hunting and gathering concept may include eating locally and seasonally, but mainly focuses on eating meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Processed foods are usually avoided.

GLUTEN FREE

Gluten Free diets are for those who have sensitivities to or allergies to gluten, which is present in wheat products. They focus on removing wheat based-products from their diet. Gluten is not only present in bread, pasta, and cereal, but may be present in beer, cheese, and other processed food products due to its binding qualities.

VEGAN

Vegan diets are formed by a plant-based diet and do not consume any animal products or animal by-products.

KETO

Keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet, that works to change the digestive tract's burning of carbohydrates for energy to burning fat for fuel. This process is called ketosis.

PALEO

Paleo refers to a diet takes the follower back to the roots of our early ancestors during the Paleolithic era 2.5 million years ago, where people ate what was readily available around them. This hunting and gathering concept may include eating locally and seasonally, but mainly focuses on eating meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Processed foods are usually avoided.

GLUTEN FREE

Gluten Free diets are for those who have sensitivities to or allergies to gluten, which is present in wheat products. They focus on removing wheat based-products from their diet. Gluten is not only present in bread, pasta, and cereal, but may be present in beer, cheese, and other processed food products due to its binding qualities.

VEGAN

Vegan diets are formed by a plant-based diet and do not consume any animal products or animal by-products.

VEGETARIAN

Vegetarian diets consists primarily of plant-based products, but may include dairy products, eggs, and honey. Vegetarians do not consume meat, fish, or poultry.

KETO

Keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet, that works to change the digestive tract's burning of carbohydrates for energy to burning fat for fuel. This process is called ketosis.

PALEO

Paleo refers to a diet takes the follower back to the roots of our early ancestors during the Paleolithic era 2.5 million years ago, where people ate what was readily available around them. This hunting and gathering concept may include eating locally and seasonally, but mainly focuses on eating meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Processed foods are usually avoided.

GLUTEN FREE

Gluten Free diets are for those who have sensitivities to or allergies to gluten, which is present in wheat products. They focus on removing wheat based-products from their diet. Gluten is not only present in bread, pasta, and cereal, but may be present in beer, cheese, and other processed food products due to its binding qualities.

VEGAN

Vegan diets are formed by a plant-based diet and do not consume any animal products or animal by-products.

VEGETARIAN

Vegetarian diets consists primarily of plant-based products, but may include dairy products, eggs, and honey. Vegetarians do not consume meat, fish, or poultry.

Food Terms

ORGANIC

Organic foods are those grown without the use of chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and human sludge). All certified organic ingredients are required to be non genetically modified. In the case of animal products such as beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, and milk, "Organic" refers to the feed the animals are fed. Organic milk means the cow is fed organic feed and if the cow is grass-fed, the farm uses organic practices. 

    • 100% Organic—Made with 100% organic ingredients and usually has the USDA Organic seal. 

    • Organic—Made with 95-99% organic ingredients by weight. All other ingredients are not considered organic. These products are permitted to use the USDA Organic seal.

    • Made With Organic Ingredients—Made with 70–94% organic ingredients. All other ingredients are not considered organic. Products are not permitted to use the USDA Organic seal, but are allowed to list 3 organic ingredients on the front of the packaging.

    • Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may only list organic ingredients on the products information panel. Products are not permitted to use the USDA Organic seal.

CONVENTIONAL

Conventional foods are traditional foods in the market place. They may contain pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, GMO's (Genetically engineered foods), use treated sewage sludge (from human waste facilities). They also used man-made chemicals and ingredients for sweeteners, coloring, flavor, etc.

ALL NATURAL

All Natural The product has only been minimally processed and contains no artificial ingredients. Most times you will notice far fewer ingredients listed on the dietary panel than a conventional version of this product. It is important to note that all natural products may not necessarily be Non-GMO, meaning they could still contain genetically modified ingredients. In reference to animal products, All Natural is an indication that animals MAY be antibiotic and growth hormone free. Check the label closely for this information.

CERTIFIED HUMANE

Certified Humane means animals are permitted to behave naturally, have sufficient access to outdoors, and slaughterers are held to higher standards, minimizing pain.

RAW FOOD

Raw food is anything that has not been refined, canned, or chemically processed. Raw foods have not been heated above 118 degrees fahrenheit. Aside from the obvious fruits and veggies, are raw milks and raw cheeses. Those have not been pasteurized. Pennsylvania is one of only 11 states that permit raw milk to be sold in-store. (20 states across the U.S. do not allow any sales of raw milk - even by farmers.)All cheese transported across state lines must by law either be made from pasteurized milk or aged at least 60 days. The rule has been in place since 1949.

GMO's

GMO's are described by The Non-GMO Project as, “Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods....Almost all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.“

  • GMO foods may include: Alfalfa, Canola, Corn (except popcorn), Cotton, Papaya, Potato, Soy, Sugar beets, Zucchini and yellow summer squash.

  • Animal Products: Livestock, agriculture, and aquaculture products are at high risk because genetically engineered ingredients are common in animal feed; this impacts animal products such as: Eggs, Milk, Meat, Honey, Seafood.

  • GMOs also sneak into food in the form of processed crop derivatives and inputs derived from other forms of genetic engineering like synthetic biology; some examples include: Corn syrup, Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, Molasses (from sugar beets), Sucrose (from sugar beets), Textured vegetable protein, Flavorings, Vitamins, Yeast products, Microbes, Enzymes, Synthetic biology inputs like flavors, eggs, milk, oils, fats, proteins, sweeteners, etc.

  • The Non-GMO Project carefully monitors the development of new genetically engineered products; we are currently tracking close to 100 products. Of those, we have included the following in our surveillance pro gram, either because they will likely soon be widespread or because of known instances of contamination from GMOs: Flax, Mustard, Rice, Wheat, Apple, Mushroom, Orange, Pineapple, Camelina (false flax), Salmon, Sugarcane, Tomato.

  • Some crops with cross-pollination risk: chard, table beets, rutabaga, Siberian kale, bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi, acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan squash, pumpkin, etc.

  • Look for organic products and those with the Non-GMO project label.

 

Source: Non-GMO Project

FREE RANGE

CAGE FREE

Free Range/Cage Free indicates that the animals are not kept in cages, permitted to roam free, but does not mean they have access to outdoors. Some research is usually required.

PASTURED

Pastured means that animals are given access to roam and feed outdoors naturally. More research is needed to find out how many hours a day (pending seasonal weather) animals are permitted time outdoors. Animals may also be given supplemental feed.

FAIR TRADE

Fair Trade is a movement aimed at ensuring that the farmers and workers who grow, pick, and make the food products you buy earn a fair wage and don’t experience dangerous or overly taxing working conditions. By purchasing Fair Trade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices, you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future, and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.

"Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.

 

Fair Trade organizations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission. They, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade."

 

Source: https://wfto.com/fair-trade/definition-fair-trade

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