Responding to renewed interest in wholesome, healthful foods, supermarkets are reviving the displays of the old country store stocked with bins of staples and fresh foods, according to Cherry Bell, a registered dietitian with the Dairy Council of California.
Bell believes the abundance of nutrition research and information linking good nutrition to lowered risk for disease has sparked the trend toward more healthful eating.
"Even though diet is just one factor in diseases such as cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis, consumers are aware that diet is something they can control," Bell said. "Supermarkets are responding accordingly to consumer demands for fresh, more nutritious foods."
Markets stock bins full of staples such as dried beans, peas, nuts, whole-wheat flour and bran, much as the country store of days past. Alongside are today's popular pastas and an array of other complex carbohydrates recognized as important parts of a balanced diet, Bell said.