Like most people, I love Trader Joe’s. You never know what new cool product you’re going to find on your next grocery trip – and they seem to know exactly what I’m looking for before I even know!
That being said, there some common misconceptions about Trader Joe’s that I wanted to clear up.
What is NOT true about Trader Joe’s
- Everything in the store is healthy. Candy is still candy, chips are still chips, chicken nuggets are still chicken nuggets, no matter where you buy them.
- The meat is higher quality than at other grocery stores. Much of the meat & poultry at TJ’s is raised with routine antibiotic use. Sign this petition to encourage them to change! And/or always buy organic.
- The eggs are from happy hens. Yes all Trader Joe’s eggs are “cage-free,” but that doesn’t mean much, as most egg farms have over-crowded barns instead of cages. It’s pasture-raised, free-range, organic eggs (all 3 of those on a label) that we should buy when possible.
What IS true about Trader Joe’s products
- Do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Awesome!
- Do not contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Which means TJ’s is a great place to buy the occasional packaged snack or treat.
- Do not contain MSG (although you may find other variations of MSG in packaged snacks).
- All seafood will be from sustainable sources by December 31, 2012. Good news for the planet and your health.
- No artificial trans fast. Naturally-occurring trans fats may be present, but none are added.
Other Fun Trader Joe’s Facts
- The great value comes from buying direct from suppliers, putting their own label on foods, buying in volume, using local suppliers when possible, and not charging suppliers a fee that’s then passed onto customers.
- 10-15 new products are introduced every week!
- Trader Joe’s dates back to 1967! (even before that, but that’s when the name became Trader Joe’s).