Health Notes

Understanding Food Labels

Choosing new foods for your family can be fun. But faced with a shelf full of cans and packages, do you know how to identify the foods that best fit into a balanced diet? Understanding Nutrition Facts labels can help.

March's Health Genie

Dear Genie,
I love buying food in the Bulk department of the co-op, but can’t find many Gluten-Free varieties of items.  You have a lot of these products prepackaged in your store, so why not have them in the bulk department too?
GF Co-op member

E-newsletter Features: 

Herb of the Month: Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

A very popular beverage and medicinal tea herb, chamomile has recently moved from the Bulk loose tea section to the Bulk medicinal herbs section at City Market. While chamomile makes a tasty tea, it also has a great many medicinal benefits.

Herb of the Month: Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)

Native to China, dong quai is a tonic herb with an interesting sweet and spicy flavor. It is mostly known for its effects on the female reproductive system, but it also serves as a circulatory and liver tonic. Rarely used on its own, dong quai is often used with other herbs. It may be used over a long period of time to build and nourish the body.

Aloe Barbadensis: Not Just for Your Skin!

If you have heartburn and digestive upset, try using aloe as a supplement. Ttraditionally, aloe is used to relieve pain from burns and sunburns; however, aloe’s usefulness doesn’t end there. Some studies have shown that its anti-inflammatory properties may extend to uses within the body as well.