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Aldi – Chain is rivaling Whole Foods for less, & Health Nuts are Lovin It! (oh, that’s not all)

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By Erin Elizabeth, Founder, Health Nut News 

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Update: After 100k+ views in a few hours on this piece – I have people asking me for alternatives who don’t live near Aldi or other stores.   I love Thrive Market (we use them all the time) that has uber cheap prices online (non-gmo & organic) and are super affordable.

Onto the article about Aldi (Yay!)

PLEASE NOTE: We were kindly contacted by Aldi US after this story initially ran and were asked to make this update, “ALDI stores in the US, which are operated independently of those stores in other countries, are not included in the pesticide ban that ALDI Germany announced earlier this month.”  (Though we still find a good selection of organic products at are ALDI – so we’ll stick with those only here in the US) 

When Business Insider magazine says Whole Foods should be terrified of Aldi? It’s time to listen up. An announcement was made on January 1st, by the German supermarket chain Aldi, that beginning ASAP and affecting all their US stores, the following pesticides will no longer be allowed on fruits or vegetables:

  • Thiamethoxam
  • Chlorpyrifos
  • Clothianidin
  • Cypermethrin
  • Deltamethrin
  • Fipronil
  • Imidacloprid
  • Sulfoxaflor

What a way to start the new year!

Aldi has now become the first major retailer in Europe to ban pesticides known toxic to bees, from all produce in their stores. Apparently, public pressure won out again. Thus far, toom Baumarkt DIY- a German hardware type store will no longer allow, “any product that contains this endocrine disrupting chemical concoction, and as of today, no such products can be re-ordered from their stores”, reports Natural Society. But, some of the largest garden retailers in the UK- including Homebase, B&Q and Wickes have also voluntarily stopped selling neonicotinoids. The bees will be so happy.

If you remember, we covered the EPA’s study on how dangerous neonicotinoids are to bees; those pesticides have been proven to cause bee reproduction, navigation, and foraging, issues as well as suppression of their immune systems. One would like that our own government would ban them as well, but no. Requests, demands, marches, wisdom and now proof from the EPA, have all been ignored.

But not only has Aldi banned the pesticides, they are doing so much more for their customers:

  • They’re expanding their organic food brands, removing some artificial ingredients from products and adding more gluten-free items.
  • They have removed certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils, and added MSG from their private-label products (which make up 90% of sales).
  • They have expanded their sales of fresh and organic meat and produce, including the “Never Any!” brand of meats that contain no added antibiotics, hormones, animal by-products or other additives.
  • The chain will also expand the SimplyNature line (which is free of more than 125 artificial ingredients) and their gluten-free liveGfree brand.
  • Their milk was free of artificial growth hormones, but now its yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, and other dairy products will be as well.
  • Lastly, they have begun to offer more high end foods like artisanal cheeses, smoked salmon, quinoa, and coconut oil.

They became one of the world’s largest food retailers by offering low prices and with these new decisions they are making another well timed decision. Their prices on fresh produce and packaged goods are already around 30% lower than Walmart’s, but this makes them a force to be reckoned with; they will be able to better compete with not only Whole Foods, but also Kroger. I love shopping at Aldi and can’t wait to watch these changes take place.

While they currently have about 1,500 stores in the US, there are plans to open about 500 more stores, in the next two years. Personally, I’m so happy to read about all these changes and hope that it will force more stores to make these changes as well, or lose out on profits and customers.

Yes you’ll still have to use a quarter (which you get back) to use a shopping cart, and you’ll have to bag your own groceries, and yes- you will have to look at all the products displayed in their shipping cartons (this makes restocking quick and very simple)- but you’ll save a ton of money and have access to clean food for your family. I think the trade off is more than worth it.

Source: Natural Society and Business Insider

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37 COMMENTS

  1. This sounds like music to my ears I wish they would put those stores here in Sacramento and West Sacramento so that I can get natural foods without paying a high price for it we have Co-op here in Sacramento but they are very expensive I would like to shop there but they don’t fit my social security budget it would be a God send if they put those stores in here.

  2. I love Aldi and shop there on a regular basis. I even drive an hour out of the way because I save so much money shopping there. As far as the comment regarding, glyphosate or “roundup”, it is typically sprayed on products such as: animal food, GMO crops (think soybean, sugar beets) cereal grains, oil seeds and pulses. I’ve read some articles that even our organic grain crops are being contaminated with residual glyphosate. So it is going to be difficult to avoid the stuff unless we ban it, don’t eat grains or processed foods. I agree, glyphosate is tres evil, but I think Aldi is making great strides in eliminating foods that contain those other listed pesticides.

  3. They are caring far more organic items that would not be GMO. That’s a great start. No life is eight. Unless there is some cross-contamination which there can be with any foods up to a tiny tiny percentage. Like somebody else said. Until we ban them – it will never be 100%.

  4. When they go vegan then I will be excited but most of the products listed such as the meat & dairy, still cause cancer. So shouldn’t they be eliminating meat & dairy and replace with plant based alternatives. So what they get rid of pesticides they are still promoting death & disease.

  5. You choose to be vegan, 99.99999% of others don’t. We live in a world of supply and demand, and it would make no sense whatsoever to remove animal products when that’s what people want. What they are doing is incredibly positive for normal people with healthy and varied diets.

  6. Aldi’s has been my preferred grocer for more than 30 years. I am glad to see how they have grown, and expanded their organic line in particular. I am not, however, a fan of their “Fit and Active” line, or whatever it’s called, as it is full of chemicals and artificial sweeteners. The organics, and Simply Nature lines, generally have 1 or 2 ingredients, for example: coconut oil – coconuts. As always, just read the labels. Some of the “healthy” items are playing to an older generation, (mine), who believe that lower calories is the way to go. I however, when buying dried cranberries, just want cranberries, not sweetened, cranberries. On any label, in my opinion, less (ingredients), is more (healthy).

  7. Miss Ivonne little vegan FYI soy milk also cause cancer all that soy shit read be for you speak. And who gives a shit lots of people eat meat and live 85 to 95 and I don’t even want to live that long. Thank you but I don’t want to look like a paled fart or a green Martian. I eat meat and I live to 95 and you as vegan live to to 95 what’s the point and for your info I know people that are vegan and have cancer? get over it back flash news we all die.

  8. That’s why people have been eating meat and dairy forever and only in recent decades has cancer been rising to the levels it has now, right? Clearly it’s not as simple as “meat and dairy cause cancer” when in fact they don’t. It is the modern processing of meat and dairy, chemical additives, hormones, steroids, antibiotics, unhealthy animals, overcooking, and general lack of other healthful foods, that causes cancer. Your message to the world that products like meat and dairy cause cancer is so contrived and inaccurate it’s astounding… You should be much more concerned about environmental pollutants.

  9. Your full of it. Studies have confirmed time and time again that those who get protein from lean meats are healthier than those who get all there protien from plants.

  10. No soy milk does not cause cancer but that was a nice try in the marketing by meat & dairy industry. Do your research with credible sources.

  11. yes soy does cause cancer you do your research I will post a research and you read and put it in your pocket.

  12. AND DON’T SAY IT NOT TRUE BECAUSE THEN YOUR JUST FOOLING YOUR SELF VEGANS ARE JUST LIKE AN ALCOHOLICS ALWAYS IN DENIAL.

  13. To buy the damn rice! If you don’t want to eat meat that’s fine but don’t start legislating it out of our diet! Who are you to to tell us how to eat. By the way several babies born to vegan mothers have died of malnutrition because the mothers didn’t have enough nutrients in their milk your diet is not a perfect diet. Stop being so self righteous or go shop at Whole Foods. Oh yeah they have me too just going to have to find a grocery store that doesn’t sell meat.

  14. Actually the greatest increase in cancer has been since the fifties when all the processed foods and chemicals started appearing on our grocery shelves disguised as food. In fact all that soy crap that the vegans eat is probably the worst offenders. Which brings up another question and vegans don’t like to eat meat then why the heck do they have to have pretend hot dogs, pretend chicken, ham flavored soy. Absolutely has be the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard. Oh I don’t eat meat but I I’ll have that soy hot dog over there, or that imitation chicken flavored soy nugget. Rather pathetic!

  15. I have absolute proof that soy causes cancer breast cancer because that’s how I got it I had never eaten soy in my life and I went on a Medifast diet, which is soy based, for a year and a half, lost 100 pounds and gained a lump in my breast that was cancerous. There’s plenty of research out there that supports it you just don’t wanna look at it!

  16. Veganism lives on true believers of bad science. You cannot say anything that they won’t dismiss because it violates their “religious fanaticism”

  17. that actually is bullshit – read the studies that show if you eat meat and dairy your rate of cancers of all types goes up but especially breast and prostate

  18. well meat and dairy do increase cancer, so yeah, you’re wrong – it is however a more ethical and sustainable way of life to not eat meat or animal based products – our guts also aren’t made to digest meat properly – it sits in there too long, as our intestine is both longer than that of a true meat eater and less acidic (high acid is needed to digest meat and get it out of the system within around 6 hours instead of the 24 to 48 it stays in the human digestive tract) = but go ahead – it’s your choice and health – oh and dairy and flesh “farms” are environmental pollutants, more so than all petrochemical pollution etc, according to the UN scientific info

  19. no one says all vegans don’t like meat – most did and probably still do but they have morals and ethics when it comes to taking a life – those substitutes help those moral people maintain a lifestyle that does not do harm – a valuable tool indeed – it’s not all soy anyhow and totally not pathetic – however, eating a pig and getting enraged over another culture eating a cat or a dolphin/whale is totally hypocritical and grossly pathetic

  20. that means “normal” people get sick more anyway – eat away and enjoy your ill health as you age

  21. meat and dairy raise the chance of both breast and prostate cancers – breast cancers do not just pop up, it takes many years to develop, don’t blame the soy for your decades of poor eating habits

  22. now that is a bullshit “statistic” generalisation, you do yourself no credit and damage any arguement you had

  23. That’s a pretty HUGE ASSumption since you don’t know me and what my eating habits are. But then that is the self righteous mentality of the vegan and vegetarians.

  24. Would you link me to that UN scientific info? Also, would you please link me to the sources which correlate, or even better, actually show the studies which evidence a hard link between how eating meat and dairy directly cause cancer, without any stipulations added onto that, that are without doubt (not theoretical but evident) and with methods consistently repeatable? Did you know that, while there are definitely shared traits between carnivores with other carnivores and herbivores with their own, not all carnivores have identical digestive tracts? Same with herbivores. You should note, in what you’re saying, that we are as different from herbivores as we are from carnivores so, by that same evidence against meat-eating, we should also not be eating plants? Or, since we share traits with both of them, and clearly have the traits that fall into the “omnivore” category, shouldn’t we be eating a healthy amount of both? Many omnivorous people who don’t overdo meat or go completely vegetarian/vegan live to be healthy, alert, happy old people, even many who strictly eat mostly meat and dairy somehow make it despite having horribly unbalanced diets, and many vegans die young from cancer. This is a fact. You might say it is exclusively from environmental pollutants that such things happen, which I agree play a huge part in creating an environment for cancer, but if that’s the case, then how can we prove that this is not true for many other cases?

  25. I like how you replied to me saying that it has to do with adding chemicals and additives by saying “no actually it has to do with chemicals and additives.”

  26. Actually she was a vegetarian not vegan and consumed dairy and hence the cancer. And thank you for illustrating how diary does cause cancer.

  27. I have morals and ethics myself, but it is impossible to eat anything without taking a life. Those fields and fields of soybeans do not spring up from nowhere. The plowing of them kills (directly or by loss of habitat) mice and other small ground critters which in turn starves to death owls and other animals which depend on those small critters to eat. Also, all areas of the country are not suited for vegetable farming. For example norther NY does not have enough growing days to grow many vegetables. What they grow well is grass which is perfect to feed farm animals. Eggs from my backyard do not come from any cruelty on my part but the hens eat insects (whether or not I eat the eggs, the insects are still killed). I try to do my part by eating as much as possible local food, vegetables, eggs, meat and milk. If people want to eat or not eat things I support that, but when they get up on their high horse slinging morality around, it gets annoying. Eating is a bloody business no matter what one eats.

  28. Man has been eating meat since the beginning. .. since the caveman walked the earth… their main diet was meat

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  • Pamela Cisneros

    This is great news! Do they mention an implementation schedule for all this?

  • http://healthnutnews.megasitescript.com/ healthnutnews.megasitescript.com

    @pamela – check the sources at the bottom. I think the Business insider piece might give some detail- or if you call your local store and check (and get a manager who knows the details :) XO E

  • http://www.thepornster.com/ ThePornster.com

    Since they “forgot” the MOST DANGEROUS of all = GLYPHOSATE, they can keep their food for themselves.

  • Consuelo Barrow

    This sounds like music to my ears I wish they would put those stores here in Sacramento and West Sacramento so that I can get natural foods without paying a high price for it we have Co-op here in Sacramento but they are very expensive I would like to shop there but they don’t fit my social security budget it would be a God send if they put those stores in here.

  • Brandy B. Hodges

    I love Aldi and shop there on a regular basis. I even drive an hour out of the way because I save so much money shopping there. As far as the comment regarding, glyphosate or “roundup”, it is typically sprayed on products such as: animal food, GMO crops (think soybean, sugar beets) cereal grains, oil seeds and pulses. I’ve read some articles that even our organic grain crops are being contaminated with residual glyphosate. So it is going to be difficult to avoid the stuff unless we ban it, don’t eat grains or processed foods. I agree, glyphosate is tres evil, but I think Aldi is making great strides in eliminating foods that contain those other listed pesticides.

  • http://healthnutnews.megasitescript.com/ healthnutnews.megasitescript.com

    They are caring far more organic items that would not be GMO. That’s a great start. No life is eight. Unless there is some cross-contamination which there can be with any foods up to a tiny tiny percentage. Like somebody else said. Until we ban them – it will never be 100%.

  • ivonne

    When they go vegan then I will be excited but most of the products listed such as the meat & dairy, still cause cancer. So shouldn’t they be eliminating meat & dairy and replace with plant based alternatives. So what they get rid of pesticides they are still promoting death & disease.

  • Jen G

    I love aldi and thrive too!!
    http://thrv.me.QveEVp

  • Commonsense

    You choose to be vegan, 99.99999% of others don’t. We live in a world of supply and demand, and it would make no sense whatsoever to remove animal products when that’s what people want. What they are doing is incredibly positive for normal people with healthy and varied diets.

  • Joe

    They’re not ‘promoting’ death and disease, not everyone chooses to be vegan.

  • Gflores007

    ASAP.

  • Tina Wilson

    Aldi’s has been my preferred grocer for more than 30 years. I am glad to see how they have grown, and expanded their organic line in particular. I am not, however, a fan of their “Fit and Active” line, or whatever it’s called, as it is full of chemicals and artificial sweeteners. The organics, and Simply Nature lines, generally have 1 or 2 ingredients, for example: coconut oil – coconuts. As always, just read the labels. Some of the “healthy” items are playing to an older generation, (mine), who believe that lower calories is the way to go. I however, when buying dried cranberries, just want cranberries, not sweetened, cranberries. On any label, in my opinion, less (ingredients), is more (healthy).

  • Arlindo Godinho Ormonde

    Miss Ivonne little vegan FYI soy milk also cause cancer all that soy shit read be for you speak. And who gives a shit lots of people eat meat and live 85 to 95 and I don’t even want to live that long. Thank you but I don’t want to look like a paled fart or a green Martian. I eat meat and I live to 95 and you as vegan live to to 95 what’s the point and for your info I know people that are vegan and have cancer? get over it back flash news we all die.

  • Jon

    That’s why people have been eating meat and dairy forever and only in recent decades has cancer been rising to the levels it has now, right? Clearly it’s not as simple as “meat and dairy cause cancer” when in fact they don’t. It is the modern processing of meat and dairy, chemical additives, hormones, steroids, antibiotics, unhealthy animals, overcooking, and general lack of other healthful foods, that causes cancer. Your message to the world that products like meat and dairy cause cancer is so contrived and inaccurate it’s astounding… You should be much more concerned about environmental pollutants.

  • Gary

    Your full of it. Studies have confirmed time and time again that those who get protein from lean meats are healthier than those who get all there protien from plants.

  • ivonne

    No soy milk does not cause cancer but that was a nice try in the marketing by meat & dairy industry. Do your research with credible sources.

  • Arlindo Godinho Ormonde

    yes soy does cause cancer you do your research I will post a research and you read and put it in your pocket.

  • Arlindo Godinho Ormonde

    AND DON’T SAY IT NOT TRUE BECAUSE THEN YOUR JUST FOOLING YOUR SELF VEGANS ARE JUST LIKE AN ALCOHOLICS ALWAYS IN DENIAL.

  • Kathleen Marion

    To buy the damn rice! If you don’t want to eat meat that’s fine but don’t start legislating it out of our diet! Who are you to to tell us how to eat. By the way several babies born to vegan mothers have died of malnutrition because the mothers didn’t have enough nutrients in their milk your diet is not a perfect diet. Stop being so self righteous or go shop at Whole Foods. Oh yeah they have me too just going to have to find a grocery store that doesn’t sell meat.

  • Kathleen Marion

    Actually the greatest increase in cancer has been since the fifties when all the processed foods and chemicals started appearing on our grocery shelves disguised as food. In fact all that soy crap that the vegans eat is probably the worst offenders. Which brings up another question and vegans don’t like to eat meat then why the heck do they have to have pretend hot dogs, pretend chicken, ham flavored soy. Absolutely has be the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard. Oh I don’t eat meat but I I’ll have that soy hot dog over there, or that imitation chicken flavored soy nugget. Rather pathetic!

  • Kathleen Marion

    I have absolute proof that soy causes cancer breast cancer because that’s how I got it I had never eaten soy in my life and I went on a Medifast diet, which is soy based, for a year and a half, lost 100 pounds and gained a lump in my breast that was cancerous. There’s plenty of research out there that supports it you just don’t wanna look at it!

  • bill

    Veganism lives on true believers of bad science. You cannot say anything that they won’t dismiss because it violates their “religious fanaticism”

  • Jo Ann V

    I too love Aldi and shop there weekly. Bananas 29 cents per pound this week!!

  • Catherine Edmends

    that actually is bullshit – read the studies that show if you eat meat and dairy your rate of cancers of all types goes up but especially breast and prostate

  • Catherine Edmends

    well meat and dairy do increase cancer, so yeah, you’re wrong – it is however a more ethical and sustainable way of life to not eat meat or animal based products – our guts also aren’t made to digest meat properly – it sits in there too long, as our intestine is both longer than that of a true meat eater and less acidic (high acid is needed to digest meat and get it out of the system within around 6 hours instead of the 24 to 48 it stays in the human digestive tract) = but go ahead – it’s your choice and health – oh and dairy and flesh “farms” are environmental pollutants, more so than all petrochemical pollution etc, according to the UN scientific info

  • Catherine Edmends

    no one says all vegans don’t like meat – most did and probably still do but they have morals and ethics when it comes to taking a life – those substitutes help those moral people maintain a lifestyle that does not do harm – a valuable tool indeed – it’s not all soy anyhow and totally not pathetic – however, eating a pig and getting enraged over another culture eating a cat or a dolphin/whale is totally hypocritical and grossly pathetic

  • Catherine Edmends

    that means “normal” people get sick more anyway – eat away and enjoy your ill health as you age

  • Catherine Edmends

    meat and dairy raise the chance of both breast and prostate cancers – breast cancers do not just pop up, it takes many years to develop, don’t blame the soy for your decades of poor eating habits

  • Catherine Edmends

    now that is a bullshit “statistic” generalisation, you do yourself no credit and damage any arguement you had

  • Kathleen Marion

    That’s a pretty HUGE ASSumption since you don’t know me and what my eating habits are. But then that is the self righteous mentality of the vegan and vegetarians.

  • Jon

    Would you link me to that UN scientific info? Also, would you please link me to the sources which correlate, or even better, actually show the studies which evidence a hard link between how eating meat and dairy directly cause cancer, without any stipulations added onto that, that are without doubt (not theoretical but evident) and with methods consistently repeatable? Did you know that, while there are definitely shared traits between carnivores with other carnivores and herbivores with their own, not all carnivores have identical digestive tracts? Same with herbivores. You should note, in what you’re saying, that we are as different from herbivores as we are from carnivores so, by that same evidence against meat-eating, we should also not be eating plants? Or, since we share traits with both of them, and clearly have the traits that fall into the “omnivore” category, shouldn’t we be eating a healthy amount of both? Many omnivorous people who don’t overdo meat or go completely vegetarian/vegan live to be healthy, alert, happy old people, even many who strictly eat mostly meat and dairy somehow make it despite having horribly unbalanced diets, and many vegans die young from cancer. This is a fact. You might say it is exclusively from environmental pollutants that such things happen, which I agree play a huge part in creating an environment for cancer, but if that’s the case, then how can we prove that this is not true for many other cases?

  • Jon

    I like how you replied to me saying that it has to do with adding chemicals and additives by saying “no actually it has to do with chemicals and additives.”

  • Mary

    I just have a couple words for you vegans Linda McCartney

  • ivonne

    Actually she was a vegetarian not vegan and consumed dairy and hence the cancer. And thank you for illustrating how diary does cause cancer.

  • Mary

    That explains why Chinese have such a low cancer rate

  • sthrngal

    I have morals and ethics myself, but it is impossible to eat anything without taking a life. Those fields and fields of soybeans do not spring up from nowhere. The plowing of them kills (directly or by loss of habitat) mice and other small ground critters which in turn starves to death owls and other animals which depend on those small critters to eat. Also, all areas of the country are not suited for vegetable farming. For example norther NY does not have enough growing days to grow many vegetables. What they grow well is grass which is perfect to feed farm animals. Eggs from my backyard do not come from any cruelty on my part but the hens eat insects (whether or not I eat the eggs, the insects are still killed). I try to do my part by eating as much as possible local food, vegetables, eggs, meat and milk. If people want to eat or not eat things I support that, but when they get up on their high horse slinging morality around, it gets annoying. Eating is a bloody business no matter what one eats.

  • Anna

    Man has been eating meat since the beginning. .. since the caveman walked the earth… their main diet was meat

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