During my childhood in the 1970s, I remember the suburban landscape being dotted with self-proclaimed "health food" stores. From what I remember, accompanying my parents to a few during their shopping excursions, the stores were really quite small -- nothing like a Whole Foods or organic/natural food supermarket of today. Also unlike today's yupscale organic supermarkets, I really don't recall health food stores stocking much actual food to speak of. The bulk of inventory seemed to consist of vitamins, powders, and various grains and seeds; I recall a LOT of wheat germ, for some reason. No produce, no bread, no canned goods - nothing really edible except different varieties of raw cereal grains and seeds.
My question: what was "health food"? Did hippies of the time just live on a diet of raw grains and seeds?