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‘Save Money to Live Better’ at Walmart, or Whole Foods?

‘Save Money to Live Better’ at Walmart, or Whole Foods?

Organic-conscious supermarket chain opens lower-priced store in Detroit

Whole Foods isn’t known as the place to go if you’re trying to save money. Founded in Austin in 1980 and now with more than 340 stores across North America and the UK, the company strives to provide “the finest natural and organic foods available.” Unfortunately, such careful attention to food quality and ethics often translates into higher prices on products — or, at least it did until now.

Yesterday in Detroit, the franchise opened the first of its three lower-priced pilot stores. The other two are set to be in Chicago’s South Side and New Orleans, and will open in 2013 and 2014.

According to Co-CEO John Mackey, the supermarket’s fresh business model is designed to expand nutritious food access to a range of economic classes: “For every penny we cut off the price, we reach more people who can afford to shop with us.”

While the campaign inherently speaks to Whole Foods’ high-end prices, Mackey dispels the idea that consumers need a healthy-sized budget in order to eat healthy and delicious food. “If you know how to cook and if you buy whole grains, beans, and produce,” he said, “you don’t need to spend lots of money.”

Thus the question arises: if you can afford quinoa, but aren’t sure what it is or how to cook it, are you going to buy it? The answer — and the success of the Detroit store — remains to be determined.

How Much Can You Save On Whole Food at Costco? The Answer Might Surprise You.

Eating a whole food diet can ring up some pretty expensive grocery bills.

Organic and specialty ingredients tend to be pricier than their conventional counterparts, but eating a healthy diet doesn&rsquot have to drive you into debt. With careful shopping and meal planning, busy families can still afford to eat healthy. Two years ago, I transitioned my family of four from the standard American diet to a life less processed.

I started making most of our food from scratch, and I was surprised to see that our grocery bills didn&rsquot actually change much. I swapped takeout and prepared foods for dinners cooked at home using whole food ingredients.

By keeping a close watch on my grocery spending and avoiding restaurant food, I was able to make this transition without disrupting our family budget. Living in the highly populated Boston area, I have easy access to dozens of grocery stores and warehouse clubs.

I&rsquove found that Costco is the best place to stock up on affordable whole food and organic ingredients.

They sell cheese and butter from grass-fed cows, organic canned tomatoes and tomato sauce, and giant tubs of organic coconut oil. High-quality nuts, seeds, and grains are plentiful in Costco&rsquos aisles, and you can buy enough organic eggs, chicken, and beef to fill your protein quota indefinitely.

Whole Food Stores vs. Other Grocery Stores

At Whole Foods I buy: eggs from pasture-raised chickens grass-fed, "Step 4" meat/offal from ruminants and chicken parts (necks, backs and feet) for stock. Whole Foods used to be outrageously expensive, but now they have competitive prices on lots of things you just have to shop with care. They often have sales on meat and those prices are good.

I can get the eggs and meat from farmer's markets near me but their inventory is hit-and-miss and the price isn't a big savings.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 18,223
3/29/15 2:26 P

I live to far away from whole foods to shop there.

I do like Trader Joes. I think the prices are okay. I cannot buy meat from TJ's. It's too expensive.

There is no rhyme or reason to Aldi's and even though you might save money shopping there. My nerves are so frayed. It's not worth it

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 3/29/2015 (14:29)

CD15004509 Posts: 1,012
3/29/15 12:48 P

Whole Foods is too far for me to drive just to shop and I don't really like Trader Joe's (although I think they have good prices).

If in the neighborhood, I stop in and shop around in Sprout's but otherwise, just go to my favorite local store that carries a good variety of everything I eat, including gluten free items.

YANKEEGIRL6 Posts: 1,183
3/27/15 8:44 A

In my experience, there's nothing magical about what Whole Foods sells just because it comes from Whole Foods.

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3/26/15 10:26 P

I have found a HUGE difference in the quality of produce and have tried all sorts of places when my beloved Plow Boys (a local place known for produce) closed.
Like a lot of things in life, there are gradations of quality when it comes to fruits & veggies (think of select, choice & prime when it comes to meat there are grades of quality in produce, too).

I am not a shopping snob, but I am a taste snob in that if I'm going to commit to 7-9 servings of fruits & veggies daily, they had better taste awesome.

I tried WF, Bristol Farms,TJ's, Sprouts, Lazy Acres, Henry's as well as the chain stores. Just because a place is expensive and organic doesn't mean it tastes better, and taste is my criteria.I don't care if it's organic. I spent most of my life avoiding veggies and have done a 180 since I discovered good quality veggies & fruits.

I have found in So CA, Gelson's produce is excellent. It is pricey but it's the one area I don't feel bad splurging on because the pay off for me is so great. I love TJ's for other things, but I have had some very bitter zucchinis from them as well as other bitter / bad tasting veggies. Ditto w/ WF. For consistently great fruits & veggies, it's Gelson's.

On the flip side, I have found Costco can have some pretty decent fruit. Their berries are great, and the $ savings help compensate for Gelson's. The only challenge there is eating it all before it goes bad! That's where sharing w/ the neighbor comes in.

When berries are in season, most places will have decent tasting ones. I've had great blackberries from the 99 cent store. You just have to examine stuff. are they picking strawberries way too early and the top 1/3 of them is white? If so, that won't taste good.

The key is to experiment. If you find your produce bitter at one store, try another.

ALJ218 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/23/15 10:00 A

I'll usually shop at Aldi or Cub, and somewhere higher-end if I'm desperate. They're all the same, and I feel like if you shop the outsides of any grocery store (where all the whole foods are) you'll be ok. My favorite place to go is this giant Asian market close to where I live- there is a huge variety of fresh meats, seafood, and produce and they are so inexpensive compared to other stores!

LGOULDER Posts: 750
3/22/15 9:06 P

Wal Mart or my local grocery chain. I like the local chain because they get their summer produce from local farmers. Also, look forward to shopping at our Farmer's Market for fresh produce this summer.

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3/22/15 9:00 P

I've shopped at Whole Foods or Fresh Market whenever I was after something specific that I couldn't find at my normal places. Otherwise, Kroger, Publix, and Costco are just as good for my purposes.

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Edited by: CD13193254 at: 3/20/2015 (17:35)

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3/20/15 1:33 P

Aero, WF & TJ's may sell processed food, but I would in no way compare it to the crap frankenfood that is sold in regular grocery stores. At least WF & TJ's don't sell GMO food or chemical-laden fake crap. So, even if I cave and get some "junk food" from WF, at least I know I can pronounce and recognize what's on the ingredients list.

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3/20/15 9:54 A

Produce (fruits & veggies) and meat/seafood are pretty much going to be the same no matter which store you buy from. You may get more selection for organic or "GMO free" or whatever the buzzwords are at Whole Foods/Trader Joe's, but the food is still going to be nutritionally identical. WF and TJ sell just as much processed snack food as Safeway and Kroger (TJ's cookie butter, anyone?) if you shop through the "middle" of the store more than the "outside". You're also more likely to find things like rice, quinoa, and granola in bulk (by weight) at WF/TJ where most regular grocery stores don't carry that stuff except in boxes. They may also be more likely to carry more exotic ingredients than your neighborhood Kroger.

My hubby and I go to BJ's Wholesale for proteins (beef, pork, chicken, seafood), frozen veggies, and some other things we go through quickly (bread, milk, etc) because their prices are lower for a larger amount of the same product we'd get at Safeway. If I need fresh veggies/fruit for a specific recipe, I'll go across the street to the Safeway and pick up smaller quantities so we don't end up with a bag of onions going bad in the kitchen. I usually go to the store that's most convenient, since I'm usually on foot.

MELO1968 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/20/15 7:01 A

I love WF & TJ's. I live 1 1/2 hours from the nearest ones, though, so I only go once every couple of months. I eat organic and rarely eat processed "fake" foods, but thankfully my regular grocery store has started carrying a variety of products that I use to get by until I can make the trips to WF & TJ's. Even so, though, I like the freshness of the chicken and other meats at WF better than the ones at my local grocery store. Also, my local store often does a very poor job on re-stocking organic products (e.g., organic cottage cheese has become almost impossible to get). Finally, I trust many of the products at WF more than in my regular grocery store. I don't put it past my local store to put regular brown eggs in the "organic" container or mix the conventional fruit w/ the organic, but at WF, their reputation rests on this, so I trust them more.

WF is expensive, but not as much as people like to claim. I often find organic products in WF that are cheapter than my local store.

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3/20/15 5:53 A

Whole Foods is ridiculously over-priced, IMO, and they don't have much that a regular grocery store doesn't have. Maybe a few specialty items here and there, but Trader Joe's does too and they are about the same price wise as any other grocery store.

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3/7/15 10:58 P

Whole Foods prices are ridiculous.

DINAOREILLY Posts: 1,566
3/7/15 5:27 P

I am a whole foods devotee but Target and Kroeger do have some pretty good stuff now both organic and in their main store.

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3/6/15 10:53 P

Costco has a number of healthy and in some cases, organic, options. And Whole Foods does have some good deals at times, but I couldn't afford to do all my shopping there. I mostly shop at King Soopers (Kroger) , which also carries an increasing number of organic or healthier foods.

The key is to know the average price of the items you buy, and shop accordingly. Buy extra of good priced non-perishables, and of items you can easily freeze.

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Walmart Has Made A Genius Move To Beat Amazon

I ordered Powerbeats earbuds from Amazon the other day. As a Prime member, I got them to my doorstep in Stowe, Vermont the next day for free.

When I unpacked the box, one of the accessories was missing. I called Amazon’s customer service to get a replacement sorted out. But what I was told raised my eyebrows:

“We’ll make a one-time exception. Keep the earbuds and we’ll issue you a full refund right now.”

“Why don’t you take them back? They are fine, it’s just the wire clip is missing,” I asked, puzzled.

“It’s too expensive to ship them back…” the customer rep replied.

This surprising story hints at Amazon’s Achilles heel that threatens its crown as the king of online retail. And as I’ll explain in a moment, America’s biggest retailer Walmart has a master plan to use it against Amazon. (Read my investment case for Walmart here.)

Amazon Is Bleeding to Retain Its Crown

As you know, Amazon (AMZN) runs the world’s biggest online store, which makes more than half of all online sales in the US. What you may not know is that Amazon is holding its crown at a huge cost.

There’s one thing that made Amazon the best, and it’s exceptional shipping service.

If you’re a Prime member, you can get stuff from thousands of retailers the same day or next day at the latest. For FREE! If you order from your local Whole Foods, Amazon will deliver groceries to your doorstep within two hours.

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Amazon falls over itself with ultra-fast shipping to siphon off customers from competitors. While it works wonders, it costs Amazon billions of dollars. Take a look at the chart below that shows Amazon’s exploding shipping costs:

And the rise in shipping costs shows no signs of stopping. According to a QZ analysis, Amazon is expected to spend a record $11 billion on shipping this quarter. That’s more than it spent in an entire year just four years ago.

This is a growing problem for Amazon. According to The New York Times, the average Amazon order for one-day shipping is $8.32, which costs $10.59 for Amazon to fulfill. Because of shipping, Amazon’s megastore is losing money on most sales.

A Powerful Rival Is Nipping at Amazon’s Heels

For a long time, no one dared to stand up to Amazon. But have you seen Walmart (WMT) lately?

The nation’s biggest grocery chain is charging headfirst into online retail. Since 2016, Walmart’s online sales are up 78%. And get this, Walmart’s online sales are now growing twice as fast as Amazon’s.

Walmart is already the world’s third-largest online store. And since last March, Walmart stock beat Amazon’s return by 30%, as you can see below:

But Walmart is just getting warmed up.

Walmart’s Genius Move to Beat Amazon

As America’s largest retailer, Walmart has a “footprint.” Walmart operates 150+ distribution centers across America. Each is over 1 million square feet!

It also runs 4,789 stores in 49 states, according to Statista. Walmart’s footprint is so big that 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart store.

No online retailer could match Walmart’s logistics network. And Walmart has a master plan to use it in its battle with Amazon.

In last year’s talk at the South by Southwest conference, Walmart’s former Chief Technology Officer Jeremy King revealed how Walmart is leveraging its physical footprint to charge ahead of Amazon.

It turns out Walmart is using its physical stores as warehouses for online sales. Since stores are already turning a profit from grocery sales, maintaining extra warehouse space adds little to costs.

That means Walmart will soon have the biggest and most effective “shipping network” in America. By the end of the year, Walmart plans to deliver stuff from 1,600 stores. For comparison, Amazon has only 110 warehouses across the US.

Most important, Walmart will pull this off at relatively little cost.

In a World of “Free Shipping,” Walmart Has the Upper Hand Over Amazon

A recent NRF study found that 75% of Americans expect free shipping, even on orders under $50. And according to Invesp, 56% of folks expect same-day delivery from online stores.

In other words, free same-day shipping has become the norm. While Amazon is bleeding to deliver on it, Walmart has it all figured out.

Think about it: 9 in 10 Americans will be able to order stuff online directly from their local Walmart store, which is just a few miles away. That will keep Walmart’s shipping costs to a minimum.

Since shipping is the biggest expense in online sales, we are talking a big difference in profits. Walmart will dodge Amazon’s fate and save billions on shipping.

Buying Walmart Is Like Buying Amazon at a 73% Discount

Ultra-fast shipping is the final frontier in the online retail wars. Those who figure out how to deliver stuff the fastest—while keeping their heads above water—will be the winners.

While both Amazon and Walmart have strong growth prospects, I’m putting my bets on Walmart for the long haul. Not only does it have the biggest shipping network in America, its stock is also selling at a 73% discount relative to Amazon.

Today, Amazon stock trades at a P/E of 84. That means if you bought it today, you would pay $84 for $1 of the company’s earnings. If you bought Walmart, you would pay only $23 for $1 in earnings.

That’s almost one-fourth of Amazon’s price. With so much more room for growth, I’m picking up this bargain.

Written with the assistance of Dainius Runkevicius.

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Whole Foods: The Walmart of Healthfood

I just found out today that a Whole Foods is going to be built close to my neighborhood. Too bad it’s not an Earth Fare.

While many crunchy, green mamas might rejoice at Whole Foods coming to town, I am in mourning because Whole Foods is basically on par with your “neighborhood” Walmart.

There is nothing “neighborly” about Walmart or Whole Foods.

Whole Foods is just another cutthroat Corporate Bully dressed in organic, “let’s save the world”, “buy local” disguise with the shareholders in full throttle, profit taking control.

While Whole Foods is undoubtedly counting on health conscious Moms like me in the neighborhood cha-chinging away at the brand spanking new registers, let me just share with you that you won’t see The Healthy Home Economist browsing the aisles there.

I’ll be shopping at the 2 small, local healthfood stores less than a mile away where I’ve shopped for the past 15 years. That’s where my business loyalty lies.

I spend almost all my food money with local businesses and local farms. Not Whole Foods.

How could I possibly rationalize shopping at Whole Foods which has recently rolled over on the GMO issue in the United States by suggesting that we all need to “learn to live with GMO’s” by accepting the USDAs proposal for “peaceful” coexistence between organics and genetically modified foods?

Here is Whole Foods’ official statement on the matter:

The reality is that no grocery store in the United States, no matter what size or type of business, can claim they are GMO-free. While we have been and will continue to be staunch supporters of non-GMO foods, we are not going to mislead our customers with an inaccurate claim (and you should question anyone who does). Here’s why: the pervasive planting of GMO crops in the U.S. and their subsequent use in our national food supply. 93% of soy, 86% of corn, 93% of cotton, and 93% of canola seed planted in the U.S. in 2010 were genetically engineered. Since these crops are commonly present in a wide variety of foods, a GMO-free store is currently not possible in the U.S. (Unless the store sells only organic foods.)

Since the U. S. national organic standards do not allow the use of GMO ingredients and practices in the growing or production of organic foods, choosing organic is one way consumers can avoid GMO foods. The other is through labeling, of which we are strong supporters.

Hey Whole Foods, here’s a novel idea: How about selling only organic and local foods then? That would solve the problem nicely wouldn’t it?

I don’t know about you, but that statement screams “sell-out” to me. Even more damaging, Whole Foods recently endorsed the peaceful coexistence option with regard to GE alfalfa rather than an outright ban. The unrestricted planting of GE alfalfa that starts as early as this spring threatens the entire grassfeeding dairy industry over the long term as alfalfa hay is an integral part of winter feeding.

Whole Foods is all about corporate profits and management can shade it and couch it any way they like, but the message is loud and clear: corporate profit and shareholder gains are more important than sticking to the basic sustainability ideals Whole Foods was founded upon.

Do you want your neighborhood healthfood stores and farmer’s markets to suffer revenue losses from business ruthlessly stripped away by a Whole Foods coming to town?

If not, you can choose to stay away like me and treat Whole Foods like just another supermarket or Walmart: a place of last resort where budget dollars are rarely if ever spent.

Note: as of July 2012, it appears that Whole Foods is still sourcing much of its “organic” produce from China which provides further verification of the video below.

In addition, as of June 2015, Whole Foods’ new veggie rating system can rank conventional produce grown in another country ahead of organic, local produce!

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She is a summa cum laude graduate in Economics from Furman University and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is the author of three books: the bestseller Get Your Fats Straight, Traditional Remedies for Modern Families, and Living Green in an Artificial World.

Her mission is dedicated to helping families effectively incorporate the principles of ancestral diets within the modern household. She is a sought after lecturer around the world for conferences, summits, and podcasts.

Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year in 2010 at the International Wise Traditions Conference, subsequently serving on the Board of Directors of the nutrition nonprofit the Weston A. Price Foundation for seven years.

Her work has been covered by major media including USA Today, ABC, NBC, and many others.

“Box-a-Week” programs

You can also look for weekly programs that don’t require much of a contract, if any. There are several that allow you to purchase a box of produce and pay by the week, again some with more flexibility than others. We belong to a Box-A-Week program in Tri-Cities, Washington called Local Pumpkin that delivers local produce to our door from early spring to late fall. During the winter, they source produce from surrounding states so we are still getting what is “in season”, just not necessarily local.

Bountiful Baskets is another wonderful program or you can check for options in your area.

WIC Recipes for Sides

Try making some of these easy and delicious side dishes using WIC-approved foods.

23. Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash

Who wouldn’t like to try green mashed potatoes? You can also call this recipe “ogre mash” to make it fun for your kids.

Just mash fiber-rich broccoli, creamy cheese, and potatoes to make a tasty, inexpensive, and nutrient-rich side dish. The recipe calls for fontina cheese, but you can substitute a WIC-approved cheese like provolone, muenster, or mozzarella.

24. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

If your family loves french fries, try this healthier baked option made with sweet potatoes.

You can also change the flavor significantly depending on what your family likes. Sprinkle the fries with garam masala, curry, pumpkin pie spice, Cajun seasoning, or chipotle seasoning. Or skip those and use good, old-fashioned salt and pepper.

25. Honey-Glazed Carrots

Honey-glazed carrots is perfect recipe to make when carrots go on sale or you have a bumper crop in your garden. These carrots are quick and easy to prepare and sweet enough to appeal even to picky eaters. In addition to carrots, it uses just a handful of ingredients, including honey or maple syrup for sweetness, butter, thyme, salt, and pepper.

A little fresh thyme goes a long way to adding that extra something that makes these carrots extraordinary. But if you don’t have it, you can leave it out or substitute oregano, marjoram, parsley, or even herbes de Provence if you’ve got it.

26. Heirloom Tomato Salad

Save this recipe for the height of summer, when fresh tomatoes are at their peak in flavor and freshness. It features tomatoes with grassy basil and chives. Other simple ingredients, like Champagne vinegar, honey, and olive oil, enhance the tomatoes’ flavor without disguising their natural sweetness.

27. Oven-Roasted Vegetables

When you score a great deal on fresh vegetables at the grocery store or farmers market, try roasting them in the oven. Oven-roasting transforms fresh vegetables into crispy, caramelized bites.

This recipe uses comforting spices like rosemary, thyme, and basil to bring out the flavor of caramelized carrots, Brussels sprouts, baby red potatoes, red onion, and sweet potatoes.

You can use oven-roasted vegetables as a side for dinner, and they also taste heavenly on top of pasta, in a wrap with hummus and olive oil, or on top of a salad.

Other vegetables that roast well include parsnips, peppers, beets, broccoli, whole garlic heads, kale, and cauliflower. You can use the same roasting instructions (though cook time may vary) and any herbs or spices you have on hand. Some common seasonings for roasting include salt, black pepper, thyme, garlic, rosemary, and oregano.

Adding a little citrus or apple cider vinegar also adds brightness. You can cut a lime or lemon in half and roast the halves with your veggies, then squeeze the slightly sweetened juice on at the end.

28. Arugula Salad With Parmesan, Lemon, & Olive Oil

You don’t need to buy calorie-laden salad dressings to make a great salad. This recipe uses only five ingredients: peppery arugula, nutty Parmesan, a squeeze of lemon juice for brightness, olive oil, and pepper. The result is a quick, healthy, and delicious salad.

If you have leftovers, you can add a boost of protein with a handful of canned chickpeas, marinated firm or extra-firm tofu, or leftover cooked chicken or steak. Toss it all into a Mason jar for lunch on the go.

29. Chopped Thai Salad

This flavorful Thai-inspired salad uses many WIC-approved ingredients: fresh cabbage, colorful bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, and limes.

But what makes this salad shine is the dressing, which uses creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and chili-garlic sauce.

30. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

This unique salad uses an unlikely ingredient, Brussels sprouts, as a base for a quick and healthy side. Since Brussels sprouts can be slightly bitter when raw, the recipe relies on sweet dried cranberries (you can use regular or golden raisins), a splash of citrus, chives, grated cheese, and nuts to balance the flavor and add texture.

You won’t find pecorino cheese on your list of WIC-approved foods, but you can easily substitute Parmesan. Pine nuts won’t be there, either, and they’re too pricey, anyway. You can use any other nut or seed you have on hand, such as pecans or sunflower seeds, or try roasting some canned chickpeas instead.

Brussels sprouts are a hearty green that holds up well over time, which means you can make this salad hours in advance of dinner, and it will remain crisp. But dress it at the last minute for best results.

1. Bananas are the best-selling item

This is a close-up of bananas. (iStock)

Bananas have been the top-selling item at Walmart for years. "Customers love bananas because they're an easy, healthy food to pack and eat and very affordable," company spokesman Brooke Buchanan told Business Insider. "Kids also love bananas, and so a lot of customers are probably thinking of their children." That's presumably why the company sells about one billion pounds of bananas annually around the world, which works out to about 32 pounds every second of the day.

Walmart Rotisserie Chicken Review

This Walmart rotisserie chicken review is long overdue.

I have covered Costco rotisserie chicken and taken a look at a number of other chickens in the dazzling article:

I didn’t even know Walmart sold rotisserie chickens until someone asked me about them. Not every Walmart has a food market (the one nearest to me does not). At first, I was confused that a place where I buy socks would also have chicken.

You need one of these “markets” to have rotisserie chickens:

I found it right away at the front of the store! The package looked good. How could you go wrong with “Lemon Pepper”. It cost $5 for 2 pounds which is 30% more than the Costco $3 chicken (also $5).

Where I was concerned was the time. As you can see, the chicken was finished at 11 AM, but I was at the store at 1:30 PM. I asked if they had any ones that were cooked closer to 1:30 and they didn’t. Yikes!

I don’t know about you but 2 ½ hours sitting on a hot table in Walmart does not sound like a safe bet to me. Food poisoning and chicken are a real thing.

I went ahead and bought it because I had driven 30 minutes to buy and taste this chicken. Whaddaya gonna do?

As you can see from the top photo, when I unveiled it – it looked burned. It also tasted burned – surprise!

I applaud Walmart for putting the nutrition facts on the side of the chicken. I had a tough time finding those facts for the Costco bird.

What is shocking and I mean SHOCKING is the amount of sodium in 3 ounces of chicken – 690 mg!! Wowza. Costco was 460 mg – which wasn’t great but this is really out of this world.

You can guess what it tasted like – burnt, salty, meat. Was it juicy? Yes, but it didn’t taste good to me. I am probably going to make chicken salad with it.

If I learned anything, I learned not to buy a chicken that was sitting there. I was sure that the time on the hot table didn’t help its flavor.

The best bird for people who want to control their salt intake (me) is the one at Whole Foods. They have a “No Salt” bird. Whole Foods may cost a lot more but it is by far the best product out there that I have found thus far.

Do you buy Walmart rotisserie chicken? What do you buy?

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Hi! please take a second to always check the amount of sodium in the nutrition facts because it changes frequently evn with the same brand. The last time I checked, the Walmart brand was actually the lowest in sodium in the rest of my city in Canada: 130 mg for 100 g edible portion. The Your Independent Grocer brand was 330 mg and the Food Basics. can't remember but it was higher than Walmart's. Costco's is likely at least 330 mg as it tastes as salty or saltier than the YIG's one.

The recommendation from health authorities is less than 200 mg sodium in a portion of any food. so good to keep that in mind, especially if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, are older or hope to live a long, healthy life!

PS I don't shop often for food at Walmart (not many lower sodium or lower fat items there) but I do deliberately go there (in Canada) for their rotisserie chicken, which hasn't been burnt yet . I'm lucky. a lower sodium bird that is always nicely cooked.

Susanne, a friendly RD.

Susanne Couture on July 16, 2017

I very seldom buy anything at a Walmart. I don' have one closer than 1 hour away. I do buy rotisserie chicken from the local grocery stores. I have never checked the nutrition label as I do on other things. or the time. I will do so from now on. Love your column.

Mary Lou Harms on July 16, 2017

Weird. I've bought several chickens at WalMart because Whole Foods is 80 miles away (and too expensive) and they've always been cooked perfectly. Never burned. I have to admit I haven't looked at sodium so I need to do that. I also won't buy one that's been cooked more than a half hour previous.

Christine Hollis on July 16, 2017

I buy the Walmart chicken. It is the only option in our area. My family likes it, but then again we have nothing to compare it to.

I prefer Kroger or Sam's Club rotisseerie chickens. The walmart taste so salty and now I know why! Funny thing is that although Sam's and Walmart are the same company, the chicken tastes better at Sam's! It's also a large chicken for a better price. I've never had a burned chicken in any store I've purchased. sometimes they are darker than other days, I think it's really whoever is cooking and not keeping an eye on them.

fyi - most supermarkets that sell cooked foods, also sell some articles of clothing.

Laurie Brenner on July 16, 2017

I'm with you, if I buy a rotisserie chicken it is always from Whole Foods. Our store has

a deal on Mondays that makes it more affordable. i mostly eat chicken skinless breasts so one of these chickens is a treat for us.

I love Sam's Club rotisserie chicken - but our local Walmart ALWAYS has burned chicken. one glance turns me away.

Holly Cook on July 16, 2017

The Walmart closest to me doesn't sell precooked chicken. I wouldn't buy one even if it did.I rarely use salt at all even to cook with. Chicken is pretty cheap and I would simply cook my own if I wanted one and I would use my own spices.

My family loves the rotisserie chickens from Sam's Club - and what a great bargain for a large chicken. I sometimes buy 2 in the winter if we can't get to our grill outside - one for dinner, and one to have for lunches for the next few days. Sorry you had a bad experience with your experiment.

[email protected] on July 16, 2017

You must be in the USA. The one and only BBQ chicken I bought from WM here in Canada was not even cooked - yuck.

I would advise anyone who buys ready to serve whole roasted chicken to roast their own. My son works at a grocery store (first the kitchen and now the meat department), and I have heard enough horror stories to know that the only way to guarantee that your food is cooked when and how you want it with no added anything except what you, the cook adds, is if you cook it. What goes on behind the scenes would scare the living daylights out of you. My son cannot wait to find another job. The food industry, as a whole, could care less about you, the consumer. It is all about the money. Trust me, I heard it from someone who knows.

Great article. I bought rotisserie chicken only once, from Shaw's on the Dartmouth line. Uncooked near the bone, fatty, salty and dried out. Never took a chance on one again. I remove all fat, remove the skin and rub on olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, usually five-spice powder and that's it. Has an Asian flavor, not salty, and is juicy.

I stopped buying them because every one I bought was raw and they would not refund my money either.

Really? It's a chicken. The sodium is in the skin. Just don't eat that part if you don't like it.

We always get the original not the lemon/pepper. Could it be that was the seasoning that wasn't liked? Our chicken is not burned, btw.

If I was you, I would worry more about hormones in some chickens rather than sodium in the skin that you can remove.

I used to feed my male cat exclusively chicken. He buffed out like a pro wrestler! Make of that what you will.

Kroger/Ralph's also had a no salt chicken that I buy in a pinch. As a single mom, entrepreneur, sometimes, my days go long and Iɽ prefer to grab a salt free pre-roasted chicken and a bag of salad for dinner than hitting a drive thru!

Love your website and your commitment to low sodium. I also like that you review products for your readers. I would like to point out that with chicken you need to be aware of the sodium solution that is injected into the chicken. It can add tons of unwanted sodium to the meat. Always try to look for all natural chicken that has not been injected.

After reading this article I had commented on it but the information stuck in my mind. I went to my local Giant and looked at their package. There was a date, time and ingredients. So I sent them a Email requesting that they place a nutrition label on them. I received a call back with in a couple of hours from the deli manager at our local Giant. She said that because the chicken is considered a deli product and not a butcher product, it is labeled differently according to the FDA. They have the nutrition information in a notebook and willing to share it with me. I later went on line and found the nutrition info for Giant, and Wellsley Farms (BJ'S) Giant also told me that the FDA just recently came out with requireing that ingredients are needed on the label. I suggested that Giant go 1 step further and add the Nutrition information. I also found out that after a certain # of hours the chicken is removed and placed in another case nearer the checkouts, no reduction in price. The time in the 1st case was 12N and I was there at 12:15pm. The ones in the front the time was at 10:am.

Mary Lou Harms on July 21, 2017

The chicken stories never end! I recently purchased Longo's rotisserie chicken - SOOOO GOOOOD! And less sodium - the best I have had yet! FYI

Loreen Richer on July 29, 2017

I am so surprised at all of the purchasing of cooked Chicken!! I only cook using a crockpot but even I can buy a whole chicken that's not Huge and put it in the oven. weekends are an option. I never use salt so any of those would be awful to me.

Susan Moses on July 30, 2017

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