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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published October 4th 2014
Better than supermarkets for health foods
My recent stash

Anyone who buys supplements will eventually stumble onto iHerb - an American online site where you can buy all your vitamins and supplements online.

Somewhat surprisingly my doctor put me onto them and they are certainly significantly cheaper for lots of items over chemists even the online pharmacy ones.

But buying supplements is a chore. You reach the last few capsules and then you replace them. Ho hum! What I really like about iHerb is that whenever I have to stock up on supplements I will go through their grocery items and buy lots of interesting foods and cooking ingredients.

That way when the package arrives it is like unpacking a Christmas hamper .

Health foods in Australia can be phenomenally expensive. Perhaps it is our smaller market. Or perhaps the supermarkets feel that just because they put labels such as Organic or Natural they can double even triple the price.

Given they sell such goods in the first place. While supermarket health foods sections are improving they are still extremely limited.

And if you have to go to a health food shop then prices can be worse still.

The iHerb site is great for vegans and anyone into organics. In fact most of their stuff is organic. But it is the range than makes it fun shopping there.

Say you want some nut butter. In supermarkets there is a limited choice such as peanut butter and (if you search hard enough) perhaps some almond, hazelnut and cashew butters.

On iHerb there are all these but also interesting variations such as almond butter with flaxseed, spouted sunflower butter or vanilla almond butter to name a few.

Instead of having jars, where once you open them and the butter tends to go hard, iHerb have options such as packets that contain ten portions so you can open them up as needed instead of having to throw away a half filled solidified jar.

Instead of just the common varieties of all-fruit-no-sugar jams they have interesting finds such as peach, cranberry, pear, ginger and orange options.

The range of organic herbs and spices is quite phenomenal and many are much cheaper than in Australia and far better quality.

Source iHerb Facebook

If you have started a healthier eating regime such as Paleo then normally it can be hard to find interesting snack type foods. But iHerb has pages of options.

Despite shipping from California your box of goods seems to come quite quickly about a week to 10 days and shipping is quite reasonable even when you order a large carton of goods.

They ship all over the world so it is good for sending health inspired presents.

They also sell natural beauty products. This is the place to stock up on healthier deodorants and toothpastes that aren't full of nasty chemicals. Ditto for items for your pets if you have any.

Source iHerb website

It is worth checking out their Trial Section as this is items they are thinking of adding to their regular items. It could be a new brand of vitamin D3 or a lip balm and these things are really cheap. Usually under $3.

Users rate everything on the site so this can act as guidelines about what products to buy.

I just think this site is worth knowing about because too often when you try and eat better you are at the whim of the supermarkets but there is a whole world of healthy foods out there that will come to you.

Being the U.S they are also big on coupons so do a search before your first order and you usually get $5 to $10 off. Example.

I will also warn you that they advertise mercilessly. If you search their site advertisements for the items you looked up are likely to crop up when you are using your search engine. But they do go away. Personally I don't mind too much as I like to be reminded of healthier and cheaper alternatives.
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