Many foods which are now commonplace in groceries first entered the market in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Frank A. Sawall began selling powdered mineral drinks door to door and lecturing on the benefits of vitamin supplements.
One early health food store was founded by Thomas Martindale in 1869 as "Thomas Martindale Company".
The New Westminster store operated by Health Food Research, opened in 1954 on the outskirts of Vancouver.
In 1896 a new building was built in Birmingham, England to house James Henry Cook's vegetarian restaurant.
Health food stores became much more common in the 1960s in connection to the newly emerging ecology movement and counterculture.