Whole Foods Bans 54% of Food from Wal-Mart
t is amazing to me that the whole world seems to be waking up and realizing the problem with our food industry. It seems that conversations we couldn’t have just 10 years ago for fear our friends would think we were total “granola hippies” are happening more frequently. The awareness and connection between the rise in chronic illnesses and obesity is finally sinking in. In a recent and very interesting study, Ben Blatt of Slate Magazine revealed some interesting statistics about offerings at Wal-Mart vs. Whole Foods.
According to Blatt’s research, Whole Foods bans roughly 54% of Wal-Mart’s fare due to the presence, in its words, of “unacceptable ingredients for foods.” These 78 banned ingredients include everything from recognizable sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup to the tongue-tying dimethylpolysiloxane.
Wal-Mart’s “Great Value 100% Whole Wheat Bread” contains seven ingredients that Whole Foods scoffs at, including everything from high-fructose corn syrup to calcium propionate. Not one or two “unacceptable” items, but seven. All in a staple product that you have to imagine just flies off the shelves. We’re not talking about an obscure frozen dinner here; we’re talking about sandwich bread.