Here’s why your grocery cart has more fruits and vegetables


The grocery store used to be an oasis of bountiful sustenance of all kinds of junk foods, meats, poultry, canned goods and drinks. Predictably, as the aisles expanded with choices so did waistbands. But things have taken an interesting turn as more people have gotten health-conscious: Fruits and vegetables are back.

New data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) Non-Durable Products Report shows that fresh, natural and organic foods are the most popular among customers, leading to increased sales.

New report says consumers are buying more fruits and vegetables — here’s why

Two factors that have allowed grocers to benefit include better food quality and slowed price increases, which the ACSI indicates will continue in the near term.

Contrary to popular belief, money expert Clark Howard says, “Cheap options for organic food are available.”

Major retailers like Aldi, Target, Walmart and Trader Joe’s all have organic brands that are affordable. That means you don’t have to be wealthy to eat healthy.

“A growing demand for healthier foods has reshuffled the playing field for grocery brands,” ACSI Managing Director David VanAmburg said in a news release. “In 2018, we saw the sales of plant-based foods grow by 20%, and one in 10 consumers have tried a gluten-free diet. These aren’t fads; customers want to adhere to a healthier lifestyle and they’re more satisfied with brands that offer those options.”

Since all this talk of veggies has probably got you seeing green, here are 29 ways to make your fresh produce last longer.

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