How Foods are Chosen

Quality - How Foods are Chosen for the Guide

The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) is a nutrition education non-profit started in 1999, dedicated to research, education, and activism on health promoting, traditionally prepared, nutrient-dense, whole foods in the human diet. Their shopping guide has been released annually since 2004, and is the ONLY guide of its kind, which truly rates foods on their nutrient density and lack of additives and processing.

What determines the quality of a product?

Food quality is assessed based on proven nutrition principles including plants and animals raised in healthy ways on mineral-rich soil; and grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables that are packaged in ways that preserve and enhance their naturally occurring nutrients. Key ranking factors include: nutrient density, organic, bio-dynamic, seasonal, raw, fermented, grass-fed, pastured, humanely raised, wild, and sprouted. Foods must be in their whole form, have no additives, artificial flavors, MSG, or trans-fats. Each of the 30 food and beverage categories have their own unique set of criteria to determine if the product should be ranked as BEST , GOOD , or AVOID.

Who chooses these products?

Since 2004, the non-profit Weston A. Price Foundation s team of food experts has scrutinized thousands of products and brands from small local farms to big ones who retail their products in grocery stores.

How foods are chosen in each category

Dairy: Yogurt & Kefir

Best

Plain, naturally cultured yogurt and kefir, preferably raw, without additives, made with whole non-homogenized milk from grass-fed animals.

Good

Plain, whole yogurt and kefir from non-homogenized milk, without added vitamins.

Avoid

Lowfat and sweetened yogurt and kefir; yogurt and kefir from homogenized milk; yogurt and kefir with added vitamins.

Sweeteners

Best

Organic natural sweeteners such as molasses, green stevia leaves and green stevia powder, dehydrated sugar cane juice, malt syrups, coconut sugar, palm sugar, date sugar and sorghum syrup; maple syrup, maple sugar; organic sugar for making kombucha; raw honey, preferably unfiltered. (Note: Raw honey should not be given to babies.)

Good

Organic jams made with natural sweeteners, and without ascorbic acid and citric acid.

Avoid

White sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, fructose, agave, yacon syrup, imitation syrups, heated honey, concentrated fruit juices, stevia extracts (liquid and powder), artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal), sugar alcohols, such as xylitol; jams made with sugar, ascorbic acid or citric acid.

Soups & Stocks

Best

Homemade soups based on homemade stock (bone broth); homemade stock made with bones of poultry, beef, lamb, goat, game meats, pork, fish or bonito flakes.

Good

Canned broth or stock without additives. Add 1-2 teaspoons gelatin to these canned broths.

Avoid

Most canned and all dehydrated soups, which are loaded with MSG; stock sold in high-temperature aseptic boxes; bouillon cubes.

Snack Foods

Best

Organic chips cooked in pastured lard, coconut oil or palm oil; organic popcorn home-popped in pastured lard, coconut oil or palm oil.

Good

Organic chips and popcorn cooked in lard (but may contain additives), avocado, olive, palm, high oleic sunflower or high oleic safflower oil; plain pork rinds.

Avoid

All chips, popcorn and snack foods cooked in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils; microwave popcorn; snack foods containing agave, citric acid, unsoaked quinoa, chocolate, cocoa or cacao; snack foods made with non-organic grains (most of which are sprayed with Roundup); non-organic chips and popcorn.

Seafood

Best

Fresh/smoked caviar/roe (no additives); fresh/frozen ocean fish (esp. herring, mackerel); shellfish in season; fresh/frozen wild shrimp (Maine); Pacific/Alaskan salmon, fresh/frozen; kippered, dried or pickled herring, eel, mackerel and salmon (not canned); dried, salted small fish; trout/catfish (clean waters); canned cod liver.

Good

Canned tuna without hydrolyzed protein and other additives; canned sardines or anchovies in water or olive oil; canned Alaskan salmon; canned shellfish; canned roe and caviar without added coloring.

Avoid

Farmed salmon, catfish and trout; seafood containing soy oil, vegetable oil, hydrolyzed protein, citric acid, smoke flavoring or liquid smoke; caviar from China.

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