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Whole Foods or Trader Joe's? 
27th-Sep-2013 01:08 pm
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Which one has a larger supply/variety of vegan-safe foods? My nearest Whole Foods is 39 minutes away and I love it. My nearest Trader Joe's is 35 minutes away but i've never been. Your thoughts on which is better?
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27th-Sep-2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, well, they both have good options, but it's hard to say which is better. For fresh produce and ready-to-eat items, Whole Foods. For packaged foods, Trader Joe's. TJ's has a list of all their vegan products on their website, so maybe look at that and decide? In my experience, when shopping there w/o the list, they ruin a lot of almost vegan products by putting honey or milk as the only non-vegan ingredient.

It really just depends on what you're looking for! For me, Trader Joe's is more of a snack food shopping trip and Whole Foods is for healthy meal ingredient shopping.
28th-Sep-2013 12:51 am (UTC)
I checked their list a minute ago and yeah they have much less options than Whole Foods. Was really hoping it was the same since it's closer but I guess i'll have to keep driving to Whole Foods.
27th-Sep-2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
Trader Joes is surprisingly bad with vegan options. They have a lot of vegetarian foods, but they seem to love to snub us vegans by adding butter, honey, and eggs to foods that normally don't have them, even the versions found in regular supermarkets. However, they can be a lot cheaper, so depending on what you like to buy, it might be worth it to go to trader joes instead.
28th-Sep-2013 12:43 am (UTC)
I buy a variety of things so i'm guessing Trader Joe's is a no go. I don't eat eggs or honey (only saying this because I know some vegans do) so I am guessing I wouldn't find anything I could eat there.
28th-Sep-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Whole Foods is better, but Trader Joe's is MUCH cheaper. However, Trader Joe's Mediterranean Hummus could be considered a food group in and of itself. I used to live off of that stuff. I live in Korea now, and now I have a huge unfulfillable Trader Joe's hummus craving. Crying.
28th-Sep-2013 12:42 am (UTC)
haha i've never actually tried hummus :)
28th-Sep-2013 12:43 am (UTC)
Whoah - what???? Get yourself some hummus, stat!
28th-Sep-2013 12:52 am (UTC)
haha i've always wanted to try it but a tad scared. Which one is best?
28th-Sep-2013 04:54 am (UTC)
Hummus is very easy to make, by the way.
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28th-Sep-2013 04:54 am (UTC)
I avoid WholeMart™ like the plague. Fortunately, I'm able to; I haven't even been to Trader Joe's in over six months, even though they have staple foods I pick up when I'm there—unsweetened soymilk, un-chik'n strips (which my cat loves, incidentally), and even dairy-free ice cream.

Which coast are you on? I hear the West Coast Trader Joe's are vegan-friendlier than the East Coast.
28th-Sep-2013 05:19 am (UTC)
Why do you avoid Whole Foods? I live in Texas, around the houston area.
28th-Sep-2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
why avoid whole foods which pays their growers a fair wage, one of the best in the industry, but go to trader joes which has been called out for the exact opposite?

Although I'd consider avoiding whole foods now that some of their stores call the dead animal section "Animal Compassion". Ugh
28th-Sep-2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
what do you mean by the dead animal section?
30th-Sep-2013 01:21 am (UTC)
meat aisle
30th-Sep-2013 03:19 am (UTC)
Remember when John Mackey, CEO of WholeMart™, was quoted as saying he didn't think healthcare was a human right? Well, there were a lot of protests launched around his statements, including this flashmob in Oakland, CA:



And yes, to call the meat department "Animal Compassion" is like, "wut?"
1st-Oct-2013 06:29 am (UTC)
Supposedly John Mackey is an ethical vegan. Which is like... what?

Also, we can't forget that many stores came from buyouts of locally owned co-ops and natural food stores, etc.

That video is pretty awesome, btw. Now that's a fuckin' protest.
30th-Sep-2013 01:22 am (UTC)
Kudos to you for staying away from Whole Foods.
30th-Sep-2013 02:40 am (UTC)
I don't get why Whole Foods is so bad?
30th-Sep-2013 02:48 am (UTC)
This guy is their CEO and he sets corporate policy based on his politics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mackey_%28businessman%29

See also: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/01/whole-foods-market-john-mackey-interview-conscious-capitalism and keep in mind the Mother Jones interviewer softballs it

And: http://socialistworker.org/2013/01/28/the-whole-truth-about-whole-foods

If you still think it's not bad after that... well, it's your dollar.
28th-Sep-2013 07:27 am (UTC)
Whole foods definitely has more variety. For example, they have tempeh in several different flavors, while trader joe's only carries one kind. But trader joe's is cheaper, so that's where I do most of my shopping.
28th-Sep-2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of checking it out anyways later this week just to see what it's about.
28th-Sep-2013 09:09 am (UTC)
I live 1.5 miles from Whole Foods, but I still make the trek and do a mix of shopping between TJs and WF. Whole Foods is my "staples" place, where I buy the regular meal stuff, but TJs has good snack foods and they're WAY cheaper for "keep in the cupboard" stuff like baking supplies. I buy my oils at Tjs, for instance.
28th-Sep-2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Lots of people have said they do that.
28th-Sep-2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
Trader Joe's has a limited selection, but phenomenal prices on what they do have. Whole Foods has a variety. I shop at Trader Joe's for pasta, nuts, dried fruit, tofu, frozen veggies and enchiladas, canned beans, wine, Earth Balance unless it is on sale elsewhere, chips, and hummus. I shop at my local co op for bulk items -beans, grains, flours, spices, and some produce, the farmer's market or my own garden for the rest of my produce, and Costco for soymilk, bread, peanut butter, and pasta sauce.
28th-Sep-2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
I've never been to a Co op or costco before. How do they work? Do you have to get a membership or something?
30th-Sep-2013 03:03 am (UTC)
I can't speak to Costco, but it varies from co-op to co-op. Most co-ops don't require a membership for you to shop there, though. Only way to find out is to see what's in your area and what their policy is.
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