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The Best and Worst Foods at Whole Foods in 2021—Ranked!

We're taking a deep dive into the aisles of this high-quality grocer and seeing how they stack up.

Before we discover the best and the worst Whole Foods has to offer, let's chat about what makes a product "the best." When we consider nutrient composition, we are looking at naturally occurring nutrients that are found in less processed, whole foods (no pun intended!). That means, foods that have been processed or stripped of their nutrients just don't measure up in comparison. Some of the best foods at Whole Foods, or any other store, typically are whole grains, fruits, veggies, dairy, and high-quality protein sources.

Still, even the options that aren't the healthiest can still have a place in our diet as fun foods. When trying to figure out how many fun foods to eat in your typical day, we recommend using the 80/20 Rule: get 80% of your diet from nutrient-dense, high-quality foods (ahem, the second half of this list!) and splurge with the last 20% on your favorite fun foods.

Foods that aren't super nutrient-dense can be easier to overeat, which is why we want to have a general awareness of how much of our total diet is coming from more processed, low-nutrient quality foods.

While there are hundreds of amazing name brands sold at Whole Foods, for our ranking we specifically focused on the store's brand. We rank Whole Foods' 365 Everyday Value products by nutritional value, so you can pack your cart with the best healthy food options. We also omitted beverages from this list as we want to bring you the best and the worst of the food products.

From the absolute worst to best foods at Whole Foods, here's our official ranking. And for even more shopping tips, be sure to check out our list of the 6 Best Groceries To Buy At Walmart Right Now.

53

Frozen Pizza

whole foods frozen pizza

Per 1/3 pizza: 340 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 880 mg sodium, 37 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 15 g protein

The worst of the frozen pizza pack, with 340 calories for a third of the pizza, this high-calorie option is too easy to overdo! We do appreciate the added veggies on top though.

52

Onion Rings

whole foods onion rings

Per 4 pieces: 250 calories, 13 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 290 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (2 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 4 g protein

These little nuggets may be delicious, but they are highly refined, deep fried, and not-so-filling for the nearly 1,000 total empty calories per bag!

51

Breaded Fish Squares

whole foods breaded fish squares

Per 2 fillets: 280 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 370 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 17 g protein

Battered and fried in highly refined soybean oil, this seafood option is at the bottom of the barrel. With 280 calories for two fish fillets, you won't be full for long with this choice.

50

White Sandwich Bread

whole foods white sandwich bread

Per 1 slice: 90 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 3 g protein

Despite being an American favorite, this classic option is really lacking in nutrients. Its one saving grace is that it is enriched with vitamins and minerals.

49

Chocolate Syrup

whole foods chocolate syrup

Per 2 Tbsp: 110 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 25 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (1 g fiber, 22 g sugar), <1 g protein

Certainly a better option than traditional chocolate syrup, but the 22 grams of sugar per 2 tablespoons makes us want to reconsider here!

48

Condensed Milk

whole foods condensed milk

Per 2 Tbsp: 130 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 45 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (0 g fiber, 22 g sugar), 3  g protein

Organic doesn't necessarily equate to healthy, and this product is no exception. With 17 grams of added sugar per serving, you've got a sugar rush coming your way after this one.

47

Vegetable Oil

whole foods vegetable oil

Per 1 Tbsp: 120 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Contrary to its name, this oil is not the healthiest. While it is made from vegetables, it is high in ultra-processed polyunsaturated oil. We often get an overabundance of this type of fat in our diet from vegetable oils.

46

Organic American Cheese

whole foods organic american cheese

Per 1 slice: 80 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 5 g protein

American cheese is notorious for being ultra processed and unnaturally yellow. Even the organic option at Whole Foods doesn't score it enough points to be on our good side.

45

Farm-Raised Tilapia

whole foods farm raised tilapia

Per 1 serving: 110 calories, 2 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 60 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 23 g protein

While this product is low in fat and high in lean protein, it is not super nutrient dense due to being farm-raised and fed a highly processed diet. Focusing on heart-healthy fish like salmon, tuna, and trout is a better choice!

44

Grapeseed Oil

whole foods grapeseed oil

Per 1 Tbsp: 130 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

High in polyunsaturated fats, this oil can be part of a balanced diet. You can cook with it at higher smoke points, making it a better alternative to vegetable oil.

43

Canola Oil

whole foods canola oil

Per 1 Tbsp: 120 calories, 14 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

While this type of oil is high in "good" unsaturated fat, it is considered subpar to monounsaturated oils like olive oil and avocado! Too many of the omega-6 oils in our diet can be inflammatory, so switching over to heart smart oils may be a better fit.

42

French Fries

whole foods french fries

Per 1 serving: 130 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (2 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 2 g protein

These fries got an upgrade as they are made with no added salt! With 2 grams of fiber and no added salt or sugar, these fries are a better-for-you option than conventional french fries.

41

Potato Chips

whole foods potato chips

Per 1 serving: 150 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 270 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 1 g protein

These salty snacks may be a fan favorite, but they pack a loaded punch with 270 milligrams of sodium in a 1 oz. serving. That is only 14 chips!

40

Cinnamon Rolls

whole foods cinnamon rolls

Per 2 rolls: 210 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (1 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 3 g protein

Two mini cinnamon rolls here will get you about 200 calories and 14 grams of added sugars. These two-bite treats aren't the healthiest, but at least they are portion-sized!

39

Strawberry Cereal Bar

whole foods strawberry cereal bars

Per 1 bar: 140 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 85 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (1 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 2 g protein

Upon first glance, this convenient breakfast option might look like a winner, but with very little fiber or protein to keep you full, you'll likely be hungry in a couple of hours! When we peeped at the first ingredient, we didn't like seeing that this product is nearly all sugar.

38

Almond Butter Cups

whole foods almond butter cups

Per 3 pieces: 190 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 50 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (2 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 3 g protein

Looking for a better-for-you peanut butter cup? With 2 grams of fiber per serving and a dose of healthy fat from the almond butter, these almond butter treats turn out to be a balanced option!

37

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

whole foods maple brown sugar oatmeal

Per 1 packet: 150 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (3 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 3 g protein

Oatmeal may lower your cholesterol, but the 12 grams of sugar in this flavor isn't doing you any favors.

36

Pita Chips

whole foods pita chips

Per 1 serving: 130 calories, 3 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (<1 g fiber, <1 g sugar), 4 g protein

Sadly, hummus gets along with these chips better than we do. They are low in fiber and on the starchy side with 20 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

35

Plant-Based Cheddar Cheese

whole foods plant based cheddar cheese

Per 1 serving: 80 calories, 6 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

This middle of the road food provides a dairy free alternative, but has five times the ingredients when compared to the real thing!

34

Whipped Cream Cheese

whole foods whipped cream cheese

Per 2 Tbsp: 70 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 70 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, <1 g sugar), 1 g protein

With 70 calories per serving; this breakfast spread is lighter than most!

33

Cape Cod Trail Mix

whole foods cape cod trail mix

Per 1/4 cup: 150 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 4 g protein

Usually trail mix is loaded with added oils and sugars. While this option does have added oils, it is lower calorie and contains fewer sugars than most!

32

Canned Peaches

whole foods canned peaches

Per 1/4 cup: 60 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (1 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 1 g protein

These are definitely an upgrade from fruit that's packed in syrup, but these canned stone fruits can still rack up quite a bit of sugar from the juice.

31

Organic Grass-Fed Hot Dogs

whole foods organic grass fed hot dogs

Per 1 hot dog: 130 calories, 10 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 400 mg sodium, <1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 9 g protein

If you're going to grill out, choosing the higher-quality dogs can give you a nutritional boost! These grass-fed hot dogs are more nutrient dense than their conventional competitors. Still, we want to go easy on the processed meats for our health.

30

Coconut Oil

whole foods coconut oil

Per 1 Tbsp: 130 calories, 14 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

This tropical oil is higher quality and unrefined. However, you may want to use sparingly due to saturated fat content and mix it up with a variety of healthy fats in your diet!

29

Uncured Smokehouse Bacon

whole foods uncured smokehouse bacon

Per 2 fried slices: 90 calories, 8 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 270 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 4 g protein

This breakfast meat scores a few bonus points because it is uncured and has reduced sodium content! Despite it's reputation, 2 slices is only 90 calories and offers 4 grams of protein.

28

Savory Chicken Breakfast Sausage

whole foods savory chicken breakfast sausage

Per 3 links: 110 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 350 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 10 g protein

Surprisingly, this product is comparable in fat to other breakfast meats, however, it is higher in protein. Delivering 10 grams of extra protein at breakfast, this option is more likely to keep you full.

27

Organic Sourdough Bread

whole foods organic sourdough bread

Per 1 slice: 100 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 4 g protein

This sandwich option has been fermented which helps with digestibility and feeds the good bugs in our gut. It is lacking in fiber though, which doesn't help its case.

26

Strawberry Kefir

whole foods strawberry kefir

Per 1 cup: 170 calories, 7 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (0 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 8 g protein

With 7 grams of added sugar, this kefir is not the worst option considering the protein content packs a hefty punch!

25

Cage-Free Eggs

whole foods cage free eggs

Per 1 egg: 70 calories, 5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 70 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 6 g protein

The birds that produced these eggs may not have been in cages, but they still didn't get access to the outdoors. This product is a great source of protein, but the quality is still middle of the road.

24

Gulf Coast Shrimp

whole foods gulf coast shrimp

Per 1 serving: 100 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 23 g protein

These little morsels are packaged without extra ingredients or additives. A little high in cholesterol, but they are a lean source of protein and super nutrient-dense.

23

Grain-Free Almond Flour Tortillas

whole foods grain free almond flour tortillas

Per 2 tortillas: 170 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (2 g fiber, <1 g sugar), 5 g protein

Low carb, and high quality! These tortillas are sure to impress. High in fiber and healthy fat from almond flour, they are sure to keep you full too!

22

Flaxseed Oil

whole foods flaxseed oil

Per 1 Tbsp: 120 calories, 13 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

A high-quality alternative to fish oil, this product is packed with omega-3's for healthy brain function. Add this to your salad dressing or mix a teaspoon into your oatmeal for a nutrition density boost.

21

Organic String Cheese

whole foods organic string cheese

Per 1 piece: 80 calories, 6 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 210 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 7 g protein

An easy, high-protein snack! Coming in at 80 calories per string cheese stick, this product offers enough protein and fat to keep you full between meals.

Find even more healthy options with our list of 35 Best Store-Bought High-Protein Snacks.

20

Dark Chocolate

whole foods dark chocolate

Per 3 blocks: 180 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (3 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 2 g protein

Rich, creamy flavor goes a long way with this dark chocolate option. With only 4 grams of sugar per block, you can enjoy this treat without the blood sugar crash.

19

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

whole foods extra virgin olive oil

Per 1 Tbsp: 120 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Cold pressed and extra virgin, this oil is a hit! Be sure that you stick with non-heated options, like salad dressings, when cooking with the extra virgin option.

18

Light Coconut Milk

whole foods light coconut milk

Per 1/3 cup: 45 calories, 5 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, <1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Only 5 grams of fat per serving here, and you still get the creamy taste and texture without extra calories to boot. Use up your can and cook this Curry with Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Stir Fry!

17

Quinoa, Rice, and Chickpea Blend

whole foods quinoa rice chickpea blend

Per 1/4 cup: 170 calories, 4 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (4 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 7 g protein

With a healthy dose of 4 grams of fiber per serving, you can't beat this medley of starches for a whole grain addition to your diet.

16

Organic Whole Wheat Sprouted Bread

whole foods whole wheat sprouted bread

Per 1 slice: 90 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 130 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (4 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 5 g protein

With only 90 calories per slice and 4 grams of fiber, this whole grain option beats out many of the higher-calorie breads.

Related: The Best Store-Bought Bread Brands, According to Dietitians

15

Spinach Feta Egg White Bites

whole foods spinach feta egg white bites

Per 2 egg bites: 120 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 390 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 12 g protein

Low carb and filling, these protein-packed morsels make a high-quality convenient breakfast. Two bites have just 120 calories from lean protein and filling ingredients.

14

Whole Wheat Naan

whole foods whole wheat naan

Per 1 naan: 270 calories, 9 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 470 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (5 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 7 g protein

A brilliant creation; this product just gave your favorite Mediterranean dish an upgrade! With 5 grams of fiber per naan, you can't knock it.

13

Avocado Oil

whole foods avocado oil

Per 1 Tbsp: 130 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

High in monounsaturated fats, this oil is super heart healthy and can withstand high cooking temperatures—perfect for roasting up some veggies in the oven!

12

Organic Turkey Breast

whole foods organic turkey breast

Per 1 serving: 70 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 410 mg sodium, <1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 12 g protein

Although it is a little high in sodium, this product redeems itself as a lean protein source that's easy to add to your meals.

11

Ancient Grains Bread

whole foods ancient grain bread

Per 1 slice: 70 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 105 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (3 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 3 g protein

This sandwich bread seems too good to be true. Only 70 calories per slice and 3 grams of fiber, you are getting the biggest bang for your buck.

10

Avocados

whole foods avocados

Per 1 serving: 160 calories, 15 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 7 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (7 g fiber, <1 g sugar), 2 g protein

You can't go wrong with fresh produce. Get your daily dose of monounsaturated fats and soluble fiber to boot with this 365 fresh produce option.

9

Frozen Raspberries

whole foods frozen raspberries

Per 1 cup: 70 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (9 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 2 g protein

Bursting with fiber and vitamins and minerals, this low sugar fruit is easy to add to smoothies or top off your favorite snack. Bonus: the frozen option is available all year long!

8

Riced Cauliflower

whole foods riced cauliflower

Per 3/4 cup: 25 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 70 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 1 g protein

With minimal ingredients, you can't go wrong by adding this to your meals for a veggie boost. Consider adding this favorite to a stir fry or mashing with some potatoes to reduce the total carb content.

7

Organic Raw Almonds

whole foods organic raw almonds

Per 1/4 cup: 160 calories, 14 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (4 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 6 g protein

Unprocessed and unroasted, these nuts are preserved with the highest nutrient value! These almonds provide monounsaturated heart-healthy fat and nearly 4 grams of fiber per serving. Bonus tip: keep them in the fridge to prevent them from going rancid.

6

Spray Olive Oil

whole foods spray olive oil

Per 1 serving: 0 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Easy to use and saves you some calories, this multi-purpose oil is a kitchen staple. Perfect for grilling, sauteing, and roasting, this heart-healthy oil spray can reduce the total calorie content of nearly any dish.

5

Walnuts

whole foods walnuts

Per 1/4 cup: 190 calories, 18 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (2 g fiber, <1 g sugar), 4 g protein

Heart healthy, high in fiber, and one of the few plant-based sources of 0mega 3 fatty acids. What's not to like?

4

Pole-Caught Tuna

whole foods pole caught tuna

Per 1 serving: 170 calories, 5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 120 mg sodium, <1 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 30 g protein

Sustainably caught and packed in water with no additives, this sustainable fish can't be beat! One serving contains 30 grams of lean protein with a dose of heart healthy fats.

3

Great Northern Beans

whole foods great northern beans

Per 1 serving: 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (8 g fiber, <1 g sugar), 7 g protein

Providing a whooping 8 grams of fiber per serving, these beans are out to impress. Known for helping with anything from wonky digestion to high cholesterol, these are an all star player in the healthy nutrition game.

2

Chia Seeds

whole foods chia seeds

Per 3 Tbsp: 160 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (9 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 6 g protein

Tiny, but mighty is the name of the chia seed's game. These seeds are known to pack a punch: high in fiber and protein, they are beneficial for everything from digestion to high cholesterol. Just 3 tablespoons provide 9 grams of soluble fiber!

1

Wild Alaskan Salmon

whole foods wild alaskan salmon

Per 1 serving: 150 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 90 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 25 g protein

Ding! We have our winner! Only one ingredient here, this heart-healthy fish takes the gold for the best food at Whole Foods. Get your daily dose of omega-3s from this Alaskan delight. High in protein, heart-smart fats, and wild-caught nutrients, this salmon is the king of Whole Foods land.

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Caroline Thomason, RDN
Caroline is a women's health Registered Dietitian and diabetes educator based in Northern Virginia. Read more