These Whole Foods Items Are Actually a Great Deal

Since Amazon acquired Whole Foods, it’s been slashing prices left and right. That’s great news for customers who, on average, have spent 10 – 20% more buying groceries at Whole Foods than at other grocery stores. (That’s why you’ve probably heard it called “Whole Paycheck.”) Amazon seeks to change that. “Everybody should be able to eat Whole Foods Market quality — we will lower prices without compromising Whole Foods Market’s long-held commitment to the highest standards,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO of AmazonWorldwide Consumer in a statement.

But despite price cuts, there are still plenty of Whole Foods’ products you should avoid to spare your budget. Look out for these products instead as quality options that won’t break the bank.

Organic Fuji Apples

Whole Foods in Willowbrook, Ill.

“Whole Paycheck” isn’t an accurate name anymore. | Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images

You don’t have to sacrifice the organic label if you’re concerned with pesticides and insecticides affecting your produce. Organic Fuji apples were given a 43% price cut through the Amazon deal. The apples are a cross between two classic American apple varieties, red delicious and Virginia ralls Janet and have been dubbed the sweetest around.

  • Original price: $3.49 per pound
  • New price: $1.99 per pound

Next: Organic, responsibly farmed salmon meets Whole Foods’ aquaculture quality standards.

Organic, responsibly farmed salmon

Grilled salmon with lime

The salmon has recently seen a price cut. | Jaroszpilewski/iStock/Getty Images

A pescetarian diet doesn’t always need to be pricey. Whole Foods’ organic salmon received a 33% price cut at no compromise to its flavor or farming. As for aquaculture and its effect on your seafood? The Whole Foods blog dispelled any misconceptions you may have, saying, “Our farmed salmon are raised in low-density pens where they … receive nutritious feed without pesticides. Our Quality Standards for Aquaculture prohibit cloned or genetically engineered animals.”

  • Original price: $14.99 per pound
  • New price:  $9.99 per pound

Next: Whole Trade organic bananas come with a fair trade guarantee.

Whole Trade organic bananas

Bunch of Bananas

Fair trade for a fair price | iStock/Getty Images

These bananas cost 30% less since Amazon acquired Whole Foods. At 69 cents per pound, the bananas still give you the 365 brand’s fair trade guarantee — just without the crazy cost. Buying fair trade products supports ethical trade practices and contributes to community projects for the workers themselves, while providing customers with high-quality, organic produce.

  • Original price: $0.99 per pound
  • New price: $0.69 per pound

Next: 365 Everyday almond butter is now a steal at Whole Foods.

365 Everyday almond butter

This almond butter is a steal. | iStock/Getty Images

Almond butter offers cardiovascular benefits as a result of its high levels of fiber and unsaturated fats. The 365 Everyday brand almond butter received a 13% price cut for both the creamy and crunchy varieties. Most organic almond butters cost around $12.00 to $15.00, making this a great Whole Foods steal.

  • Original price: $7.99
  • New price: $6.99

Next: Organic eggs are free from agricultural chemicals.

Organic large brown eggs

eggs on shelf of refrigerator

Amazon cut egg prices by 7%. | Jarabee123/iStock/Getty Images

Whole Foods’ Organic Food FAQ helps shed light on the company’s commitment to providing organic options. The site recommends avoiding agricultural chemicals by eating organic food. Products like their organic eggs uphold this standard, and now you can get them for less. The price of organic large brown eggs at Whole Foods decreased by 7% as a result of the Amazon buy-out.

  • Original price: $4.29 per dozen
  • New price: $3.99 per dozen

Next: Organic rotisserie chicken can reduce your risk of salmonella.

Organic rotisserie chicken

Your risk of salmonella is significantly reduced. | Cate Gillon/Getty Images

The benefits of buying organic chicken are plentiful. Organic chicken helps prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, guarantees USDA standards, and offers more health benefits; it actually has more omega-3 fatty acids and reduces your risk of salmonella by 33%. Now, you can get half a rotisserie chicken at Whole Foods for 17% less than before.

  • Original price: $5.99 per half chicken
  • New price: $4.99 per half chicken

Next: Organic avocados at an affordable cost.

Organic avocados

Sliced avocado

Despite an avocado shortage, prices are going down. | MSPhotographic/iStock/Getty Images

Avocados are arguably one of the trendiest foods on the market today, so they must come with sky-high prices, right? Not necessarily. Have your avocado toast and eat it too with the 33% drop in avocado prices at various Whole Foods locations.

  • Original price: $2.99 per avocado
  • New price: $1.99 per avocado

Next: Animal-Welfare-Rated lean ground beef guarantees an enriched environment for animals.

Animal-Welfare-Rated 85% lean ground beef

You can feel better about where your beef comes from. | iStock/Getty Images

Animal-Welfare-Rated beef follows Whole Foods’ trademarked 5-step rating process. It guarantees no cages or crates, an enriched environment for the animals, and no physical altercations. “The system not only gives you the knowledge to make informed food choices, it encourages and rewards farmers and ranchers to improve their welfare practices,” Whole Foods’ website claims.

  • Original price: $6.99 per pound
  • New price: $4.99 per pound

Next: Buy your kale organic to ensure it remains nutrient-dense.

Organic baby kale

fresh green kale

This superfood has received a price cut. | Jenifoto/iStock/Getty Images

Packages of this superfood experienced a 13% price cut, making healthy eating more affordable. Raw kale packs protein and fiber into each cup and has vitamins A, C, and K in abundance. The nutrient-dense leafy green is great for smoothies, cooking, or salads.

  • Original price: $3.99 per package
  • New price: $3.49 per package

Next: Almond milk at a price that won’t empty out your wallet.

365 Everyday Value almond milk

Organic almond milk

It’s comparable to regular milk. | Amazon

The 365 brand, Whole Foods’ generic brand, generally has the lowest prices compared to the other name brand organic food it sells. “Our 365 Everyday Value products can fill your pantry without emptying your pocketbook. With value prices every day of the year, our products are formulated to meet all our quality standards,” the market promises. With the 19% price cut on its 365 Everyday Value almond milk, that may be true.

  • Original price: estimated $3.62 per gallon
  • New price: $2.99 per gallon

Next: Tilapia is rich in proteins, and now it’s cheaper.

Organic, responsibly farmed tilapia

fried fish with sauce

Tilapia as lots of vitamins and minerals. | Peredniankina/iStock/Getty Images

Tilapia is rich in protein and minerals like calcium and potassium according to Livestrong.com. And similar to their salmon, Whole Foods’ responsibly farmed tilapia received a 33% discount without affecting their Quality Standards for Aquaculture.

  • Original price: $11.99 per pound
  • New price: $7.99 per pound

Next: Ingest fewer pesticides by buying organic lettuce.

Organic baby lettuce

man washing lettuce for salad

Avoid pesticides with organic lettuce. | iStock/Getty Images

Instead of settling for pesticide-laden lettuce for your salads, buy organic lettuce for only a few dollars more. One of Livestrong’s foods to always buy organic (even if you’re on a budget), lettuce attracts pesticides that you can’t peel off. Buying it from Whole Foods now means you can ingest fewer pesticides with little effect on your wallet; their organic baby lettuce is at a 33% discount from its original price since the Amazon buy-out.

  • Original price: $11.99 per pound
  • New price: $7.99 per pound

Next: Does it matter if you buy organic butter? The answer is yes.

365 Everyday Value organic butter (4 sticks)

Organic butter has less chemicals and pesticides. | iStock/Getty Images

Livestrong.com explains the benefits of buying organic butter, saying, “Switching from conventional to organic butter may help reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. Organically raised cows are bred without pesticides or drugs and are also kept in relatively humane conditions compared to nonorganically raised cows.” Use the 15% price cut on Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value organic butter as an incentive to make the switch.

  • Original price: $5.29 per package
  • New price: $4.49 per package

Next: Organic gala apples taste better and are now affordable.

Organic gala apples

Gala apples received a 33% reduction in price. | iStock/Getty Images

Apple lovers, rejoice. Whole Foods’ cut the price on their organic gala apples by 33% per pound. Eating organic apples is arguably more important than any other produce. According to Forbes, the average conventionally grown apple has more pesticide residue on it than any other fruit or vegetable. Plus, organic apples arguably taste better and are fresher, as well.

  • Original price: $2.99 per pound
  • New price: $1.99 per pound

Next: Learn more about the Amazon buy-out of Whole Foods Markets.

More about the recent Whole Foods changes

whole foods

The multi-billion dollar deal will benefit price cuts. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

As we mentioned earlier, Amazon recently made a $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods Markets, a grocery chain known for their commitment to organic and fair trade agriculture. The price cuts were first reported at a mid-town Manhattan Whole Foods’ location, and customers have since noticed Amazon Echo devices for sale in Whole Foods stores. Though consumers are seeing favorable price changes, this corporate buyout has sparked continuing debate on what it will mean for Whole Foods’ image and prices. Only time will tell.

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