Many people including myself adore Trader Joes and their food at store. One helpful reason to their success is their lower prices to their health conscious competitors such as Whole Foods. Some people like to call Trader Joes the “poor man’s Whole Foods”. I do not One-hundred percent agree with this, since most Trader Joe shoppers are well off and professionals, it is relatively cheaper than Whole Foods.

When shopping at Trader Joes, you might get the idea that you are choosing a better item since it is from Trader Joes, and in most cases this would be true, but be careful some stuff in the store can trick you to think otherwise, especially that frozen food section!

Here are a few items that have higher calories, sodium or saturated fat than you might want in Trader Joe’s frozen food section:

Chicken Marsala and Mashed Potatoes TJs10

One serving of this Italian dish contains 480 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat , 110 milligrams of cholesterol and 750 milligrams of sodium. While the calories are not that bad for a full meal, the saturated fat is more than the equivalent of nine large eggs! If you do choose this dish, do not have it more than once a month.

Mac N Cheese Bites TJs9

If you are craving a quick and cheesy snack, you might want to think twice about this one. Trader Joes’ Mac N Cheese Bites contains 210 calories, 35 grams of saturated fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol and 430 milligrams of sodium per serving! That is one heavy snack, especially if you are going to serve it to your kids! Be careful on this one maybe serve 1/4 of the serving???

Last but not least,  Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken TJs4

Mandarin Orange Chicken is never a healthy option, whether its ordered from a take-out restaurant, frozen or even a fine dining restaurant. The Trader Joes version contains 320 calories, 3.5 grams of saturated fat (not that bad), 95  milligrams of cholesterol, 330 milligrams of sodium, not that bad compared to some other “frozen” Chinese food. In this dish the cholesterol is the killer here, still not a good choice to make for your dinner.

Even though these dishes are not good for your health, its okay to have them every ONCE in a while, keyword “once in a while”.

Do you ever shop at Trader Joes? What is your favorite dish from Trader’s?

1 Comment on Why Trader Joes is Not Always Healthy

  1. I don’t have a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods in my state, which might explain why West Virginia has so many health problems. If we at least had healthier options, it wouldn’t guarantee health for everyone but it would open up some possibilities that people don’t currently have.

    Personally, I’ve heard some negative things about the food offered at Trader Joe’s, predominantly that the fresh foods are at high risk for food poisoning. I don’t know that I’d want to shop at a place that always seems to make the FDA’s food recall list.

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