The Top 10 Healthiest Supermarkets

Unless you live off the land, your health and well being is in the hands of your local supermarkets. Not all grocery stores are created equal. So it behooves you to know which offer you the healthiest foods, and thus the best choices.

The folks at asked six health experts to help choose the top 10 healthiest grocery stores out of the nation’s largest chains. Many of these I’ve heard of, since I’ve had the benefit of living on both coasts of the country. But like everyone, there are a couple in here I’ve never been to. Here are the top 10, and the regions of the U.S. that they service. For details on each, head over to

1. Whole Foods (279 stores in 38 states and Washington, D.C.)

2. Safeway (1,700-plus stores nationwide)
3. Harris Teeter (176 stores in the Southeast)

4. Trader Joe’s (300-plus stores in 23 states and Washington, D.C.)

5. Hannaford (165-plus stores in the Northeast)

6. Albertsons (529 stores in the West, owned by SuperValu)

7. Food Lion (1,300 stores in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic)

8. Publix Super Markets (952 stores in the Southeast)

9. Pathmark (141 stores in the mid-Atlantic)

10. SuperTarget (239 stores in 21 states, primarily Texas and Florida)

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