Fad diets and health trends come and go, but Pacific Health Foods owner Nathan Noll recommends eating clean no matter how you do it.
“As far as the trends go they’re always going to come and go. One thing I try to stress to people is different diets that come out aren’t necessarily for everyone. They’re not going to work for everyone’s lifestyle. Just because one person did it and got results doesn’t mean it will work for everyone,” said Mr. Noll, who is a dietitian by trade.
He said that all organic foods have health benefits, such as not being genetically modified and having a higher overall vitamin count.
Mr. Noll’s grandparents founded the store in 1991 and he bought it from his parents six years ago.
“It was actually the first health food store in Carpinteria when it opened. I’ve been in and out through high school and college. My wife Whitney and I eventually bought it,” said Mr. Noll.
He explained that the store is stocked with items requested by the community, as well as foods approved by the trending diets such as Paleo and Keto.
“We try to have a good selection of gluten-free stuff, as well to help people with allergies. We try to be up to date on the latest trends to help the people who want to do them,” said Mr. Knoll.
“We try to stock local items as well, whether that’s small businesses starting out in Carpinteria or in products from California. Right now everything that is Keto related is big. We carry all kinds of Keto-friendly products. Everything from protein powder and supplements to breads, chocolate, cookies and crackers. We have a little of everything in the Keto section,” said Mr. Noll.
He explained Keto diets cut out added and refined sugars. They tend to stay away from grains in favor of nuts, seeds and meat.
“The Keto bread is made of different nuts and seeds. Sometimes they use cassava flour which comes from yucca root. Remember Keto doesn’t do grain.”
Paleo also avoids added sugars, but natural sugar from fruits and vegetables are allowed. Paleo is more meat-heavy and low dairy, but you can have some grains, said Mr. Noll.
“I do have a nutrition degree so I’m always here to help out, make recommendations and get people on the right program,” said Mr. Noll
He continued that lots of products have labels to indicate they are Keto- or Paleo-friendly, but he recommended that shoppers watch out for added sugars on the labels.
The store also offers a juice bar and full lunch menu with organic sandwiches, acai bowls and fresh salads for those who want a healthy meal without the prep-work. Visitors can also choose from a selection of breads.
“One of our most rewarding things about this store is helping the community. When they’re changing the diet, switching to organics, switching to supplementation and we actually see a difference. Anywhere from digestive health, pain, arthritis,” said Mr. Noll.
Pacific Health Foods funds a summer reading program through the Carpinteria library and donates to city projects and local schools.
Mr. Noll said that’s just another way the store can give back to the community that has embraced it for so many years.
“The community has really accepted us, really loved us and we try to cater to them as much as possible. We listen to their advice, their opinions and I think they appreciate that.”
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