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How many of the groceries sold at Walmart would be banned by Whole Foods?
Pioneer Press/Slate ^ | 2-20-14 | Ben Blatt

Posted on 02/21/2014 4:41:49 AM PST by TurboZamboni

Whole Foods, one of the largest health-conscious grocery stores in America, maintains a list of “Unacceptable Ingredients for Food.” The store's blacklist is 78 ingredients long and contains many well-known villains in the eyes of health-conscious eaters—aspartame, MSG, and high fructose corn syrup, to name a few.

Though Whole Foods has grown over the years—it currently boasts more than 300 locations nationwide—it's still a small operation in comparison to Walmart, which runs more than 3,000 food-selling supercenters in the U.S., making it the largest grocery store in the country and indeed the world. Walmart does not ban any of the ingredients on Whole Foods' restricted list.

In fact, approximately 14 percent of food items sold at Walmart could not be stocked on the shelves of Whole Foods simply because they contain high fructose corn syrup. When all 78 ingredients banned by Whole Foods are taken into account, roughly 54 percent of food items sold at a Walmart would be prohibited at Whole Foods.

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TOPICS: Food
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1 posted on 02/21/2014 4:41:49 AM PST by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

I wonder if they post a list the 78 banned ingredients.


2 posted on 02/21/2014 4:45:53 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Never been in Whole Foods. Does Michelle Obama work at the checkout counter?


3 posted on 02/21/2014 4:47:28 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Found it:
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/quality-standards/unacceptable-ingredients-food


4 posted on 02/21/2014 4:47:57 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Who cares?


5 posted on 02/21/2014 4:48:18 AM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Isn’t Whole Foods, for being a healthfood store, in a bit of a pickle with some on the left because they’re somewhat supportive of Republicans?


6 posted on 02/21/2014 4:51:42 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Common Sense 101

I do...


7 posted on 02/21/2014 4:57:13 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Whole Foods is owned by a right winger. I love driving by there seeing all the lefties handing their money over to a conservative. I bet they wouldn’t do it if they knew.


8 posted on 02/21/2014 4:58:21 AM PST by Varda
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To: TurboZamboni

So what? Walmart has a growing selection of whole and organic food.


9 posted on 02/21/2014 5:00:50 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: TurboZamboni

I go there because of food allergies I developed years ago at age 50. I can’t stand the smug attitude of the employees and patrons. These Pius(sp.)drivers love to smell their own superior farts. I am glad to know that a right winger owns it and laughs at the hippies, who fund his lifestyle, all the way to the bank.


10 posted on 02/21/2014 5:10:44 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Ugh! I let my wife talk me in to going into one once. ONCE! Sure didn’t take long for me to tell her that too. She agreed. Most of the patrons seemed snobbish and had that kind of air that they were/are superior to the “ignorant” shlubs who might shop at wal mart. When we got to the cereal aisle and I saw the wide variety of “enviro kids” cereals available, that was it. The containers were covered with tips for the kiddies on how to save the earth and be a good “citizen”. There are no doubt items there that some folks may “need” but it all seemed a little, I don’t know, creepy to me. Not that I want the earth to go away or anything. Plus the prices were markedly higher on a lot of the items. Costs a lot to save the earth. ;>}


11 posted on 02/21/2014 5:11:18 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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To: Varda

I go there to drink good beer (yes they have a bar) and watch all the good looking girls...lots of yuppies!


12 posted on 02/21/2014 5:12:08 AM PST by gr8eman (Neptune, Titan, stars don't frighten!)
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To: Varda

I don’t think I’d call him ‘’’rightwing”.

From Wikipedia.
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey’s editorial on August 11, 2009, in The Wall Street Journal criticizing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act produced a storm of controversy.

“In a debate in Reason magazine among Mackey, economist Milton Friedman, and entrepreneur T. J. Rodgers, Mackey said that he is a free market libertarian.[12] He said that he used to be a democratic socialist in college. As a beginning businessman he was challenged by workers for not paying adequate wages and by customers for overcharging, during a time when he was hardly breaking even. He began to take a more capitalistic worldview, and discovered the works of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman.[13] Mackey is an admirer of some of author Ayn Rand’s novels.[14]

Mackey co-founded the organization, Freedom Lights Our World (FLOW), to combine his commitments to “economic and political freedom as well as personal growth, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship.”[15] He supports such changes as green tax shifts, environmental trusts, world legal systems to allow the poor to create legal businesses, and a citizen’s dividend to help the poor in the developed world.[16] The name and focus of FLOW have since become Conscious Capitalism, Inc., which was initially created as a program of FLOW and evolved to the point at which it became the organization’s principal focus. In 2010 the name of the organization was formally changed. The Conscious Capitalism Institute was chartered in 2009. In 2010 the original FLOW group merged with the Institute group to become one unified organization.[17] In 2013 Mackey was interviewed in Harvard Business Review’s Ideacast podcast about his views on Conscious Capitalism.[18] Mackey said, “If you want to be competitive in the long term, your business needs to have discovered its higher purpose and it needs to adopt a stakeholder philosophy.” He eschewed the conventional thinking that “business has to be sort of ruthless and heartless to be successful”.[19]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mackey_(businessman)


13 posted on 02/21/2014 5:14:04 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: gr8eman

Got that right. Good looking women with money.


14 posted on 02/21/2014 5:18:06 AM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: gr8eman

There’s a beer store and bar in the local one too. Grocery stores around here mostly have decent cafes and beer. Whole Foods does OK here but it’s got competition.


15 posted on 02/21/2014 5:20:20 AM PST by Varda
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To: TurboZamboni

I love how they targeted Walmart specifically but their grocery section sells the exact same stuff as every other grocery store in America.


16 posted on 02/21/2014 5:21:05 AM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: BuffaloJack

Hmmm. Nothing there about castoreum


17 posted on 02/21/2014 5:37:04 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

He was called a right winger by someone who met him. I’’m not sure that wikipedia page says anything that’s evidence against that.


18 posted on 02/21/2014 5:38:45 AM PST by Varda
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To: TurboZamboni

Who cares ?


19 posted on 02/21/2014 5:46:37 AM PST by tomkat
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To: Common Sense 101
looks like i should've quoted you .. lol
20 posted on 02/21/2014 5:48:17 AM PST by tomkat
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To: TurboZamboni

We go to Whole Foods maybe once a year or two.
At our age artificial and adulterated foods aren’t much of a worry, but if I had small children I would really look closely at what I was feeding them.
Very likely going organic, no HFCS, etc.
BTW, special Passover season and Mexican Coca-Cola is made w/ sugar. Not sure of other soft drinks.

Whole Foods salad bar and prepared foods bar is mouthwatering .


21 posted on 02/21/2014 5:50:12 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: TurboZamboni
I'm a Walmart kinda guy. But I don't go there to buy fruit and veggies. More like Hostess cupcakes.
22 posted on 02/21/2014 5:51:14 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
I don’t think I’d call him "rightwing”.

OK then, what would you call him? He's certainly no leftist.

23 posted on 02/21/2014 6:08:20 AM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: Vinnie

Whole Foods is the only place in Dallas that carries Califia Farms almond milk. I go there for that reason alone.


24 posted on 02/21/2014 6:09:30 AM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: TurboZamboni

I like Whole Foods, but Walmart is fine as well. Both have a place in the market, imho.


25 posted on 02/21/2014 6:12:38 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Somehow I don’t think Whole Foods and Wal-Mart attract the same clientele.


26 posted on 02/21/2014 6:15:47 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: TurboZamboni
I've noticed the canned goods I usually buy now show "sugar" instead of HFC as an ingredient.

And, when I consider I've seen several commercials telling me with great sincerity that HFC is just really nothing but "sugar" I wonder if what is in the can has changed at all OR did "BiG FooD" bride the FDA to allow them to call HFC "sugar"...?

27 posted on 02/21/2014 6:17:19 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: TurboZamboni
I've been in a Whole Foods a couple of times with friends.Never bought anything there...never will.Until people start dropping like flies after having eaten Shop Rite's $2/lb chicken I'll buy *it* rather than the $10/lb chicken at Whole Foods.
28 posted on 02/21/2014 6:24:12 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: DoodleDawg
Somehow I don’t think Whole Foods and Wal-Mart attract the same clientele.

A few years back I saw an article in an MIT student publication about a young girl's (presumably an MIT student) visit to a Whole Foods in her home town.In essence what she said,after having described the 400 types of cheese and the 300 varieties of wines they sold there,that shopping at Whole Foods isn't about health....it's a blatant display of conspicuous wealth.You don't see many Volvos or Bimmers in a WalMart's parking lot while that's *all* you see at Whole Foods.Well...those and some Subarus with ski racks on the roof.

29 posted on 02/21/2014 6:29:38 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Vaquero

I, too, have a list of adult-onset food sensitivities. My main culprits are sodium nitrites and MSG. Our family used to frequent Whole Foods but 2 years ago we found an organic grocery that delivers to your door in the Indianapolis area. Green BEAN Delivery has the same high standards but we are buying from a local company.


30 posted on 02/21/2014 6:40:23 AM PST by newpalfan
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To: Gay State Conservative

Anybody bother to check the labels on foods sold at Walmart? MUCH of their “off brand” items come from China like the majority of their other products. There ARE food brands produced in American but you have to watch what you purchase. One example: Canned mushrooms. Check the labels and you will find a number of items like these that indeed were produced in China.


31 posted on 02/21/2014 6:40:32 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Gay State Conservative

Anybody bother to check the labels on foods sold at Walmart? MUCH of their “off brand” items come from China like the majority of their other products. There ARE food brands produced in American but you have to watch what you purchase. One example: Canned mushrooms. Check the labels and you will find a number of items like these that indeed were produced in China.


32 posted on 02/21/2014 6:40:33 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I met Mackey once, philosophically he’s a libertarian but politically he’s Republican. Most importantly he’s a great defender of Capitalism and puts his money where his mouth is. I used to go to Whole Foods for a few specialty items I couldn’t find in a regular grocery store but I moved and there is a Harris Teeter closer...i do like my antipasto.


33 posted on 02/21/2014 6:45:12 AM PST by Raymann
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To: TurboZamboni

Gee I don’t know the answer to that, but when Whole Foods starts selling their items at the same cost as Walmart let me know. I think the biggest question for most families is what is the most/best food I can afford. If they can buy three or four meals at Walmart and the same money will buy only one or two at Whole Foods than it’s no contest where they will shop.


34 posted on 02/21/2014 6:50:08 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: TurboZamboni

Who cares?How many Men of Mongo would it take to overthrow Ming the Merciless????????????


35 posted on 02/21/2014 7:00:18 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: newpalfan; Vaquero

Not sure if there is a Costco in your area but Costco started selling organic foods a few years ago and has been steadily increasing their selections so that they actually have quite a bit now (at least in my area).

I know people that shop at Whole Foods, but I think it’s too expensive. I normally shop at a Kroger affiliate, Costco (great produce, meat and wine selections as well as good selection on frozen foods and other items IMHO) and sometimes Safeway in my area. My sister buys things at Trader Joe’s from time to time and likes it (I just forget to go there - just a habit going to the others). I haven’t been to either one very often, but I think Trader Joe’s is sort of a lower-cost, not so fancy version of Whole Foods (not sure if Trader Joe’s is just a west coast thing or not).


36 posted on 02/21/2014 7:04:59 AM PST by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops)
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To: Vaquero
I wish I had a Whole Foods to go to. There's only one chain around here that makes any attempt to have healthy choices.

I've been eating "pure foods" for over four years now. It's not any more expensive if one eats less and everthing eaten has good nutritional value.

It isn't just the ingredients, which are bad enough in WalMart-type foods. It's that there is so much salt in cheap prepared foods, and some still contain transfats, HFCS, and food dyes. Good luck trying to find a whole grain bread with no filler ingredients at WalMart.

The better chain around here also has more ethnic choices. And you know what? They manage to stock healthy foods that aren't more expensive than the major or store-labelled brands.

37 posted on 02/21/2014 7:05:20 AM PST by grania
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To: newpalfan

Same here....MSG and nitrates/nitrites are my enemy.

those and dairy, gluten, legumes, mollusks, and a bunch of other things, some like MSG and mollusks that could send me to the hospital with anaphylactic shock..

as a kid I ate everything and anything.....


38 posted on 02/21/2014 7:22:59 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Varda
John Mackey's no lock-step liberal. He authored an editorial for the WSJ in 2009 in which he wrote:

While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care—to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter?

39 posted on 02/21/2014 7:31:55 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I'd rather be at Philmont)
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To: TurboZamboni

My Whole Foods stock has gone up over 1000% in the last 3-4 years.


40 posted on 02/21/2014 7:42:37 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: John Valentine
Whole Foods is the only place in Dallas that carries Califia Farms almond milk. I go there for that reason alone.

I'm partial to Sprouts, probably due to proximity to my house. That doesn't mean I don't shop for food at Wal-mart or the big supermarkets like Krogers. I'll definitely check out the Kroger in Valley Ranch after they complete their 40,000SF expansion.

41 posted on 02/21/2014 7:46:27 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Seattle Conservative
Costco is a heavy contributor to democrats. Source: http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/costco-wholesale/9f8574f18f644ce18a693ba03a7d9d8d
42 posted on 02/21/2014 8:36:06 AM PST by johnsmom (I must be dreaming 'cause this can't be real)
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To: Vinnie

Several soda makers make ‘retro’ versions of their soda with sugar cane sugar now.

I love sugar cane Coke in a bottle.


43 posted on 02/21/2014 8:37:18 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Raymann

Whole Foods Fight
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2318199/posts

Liberals attack Whole Foods
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2321825/posts


44 posted on 02/21/2014 8:40:51 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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