More pandemic food casualties: Salt-free teriyaki sauce, low- and no-fat cheeeses

Healthier food options have definitely been casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic. With demand up because people are eating at home more, food processors have stepped up production of their most popular offerings — normally the least healthy ones — and dropped healthier ones. The same is true for mainstream supermarkets which are having trouble keeping their shelves stocked, still today.

Preparing salmon with Mrs. Dash no-salt marinades.
Preparing salmon with Mrs. Dash no-salt marinades.

The latest healthier product that’s become impossible to find in stores near me — Mrs. Dash sweet teriyaki sauce.

Mrs. Dash teriyaki is salt-free, a miracle when it comes to anything with an Asian flavor to it. I use it constantly on fish and in stir fry veggie, chicken and shrimp dishes I create.

In normal times, I could buy it locally at Food 4 Less, a Kroger store in my area.

But the pandemic has wiped it from the shelves here. Checking the store website, it’s not even listed for shipment.

I checked the Mrs. Dash website to see where else I might buy it, but any place listed there, like local Walgreens, did not have it either. I was forced to order it on Amazon at a considerably higher price than I had bought it locally in the past — roughly $5 a bottle compared to around $2 in-store.

Another healthier food I’ve lost — Kraft fat-free shredded mozzarella. While every major supermarket carries Kraft, only a few would carry the fat-free variety I bought, namely the local Mariano’s chain, also now owned by Kroger.

I would make special trips to Mariano’s just to buy this product, but on my last trip there, it was gone from the cheese section. So sad.

Another Kraft product, reduced-fat parmesan grated cheese, also has been largely absent from store shelves. I found some this week and grabbed it.

It’s really a shame that instead of offering people more healthier choices in these dark days,m the food retailing system is doing the opposite.

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