Monday, January 30, 2017

Is Wal-mart Organic Foods Any Different From Whole Foods Organic Food?

Jan. 30, 2017

Dear Cathy:

Is there a difference in the quality of organic food at Wal-mart and other health and whole foods stores? Going Organic, Alabama

Dear Going Organic:

When Wal-mart started going organic, it was just a way to grab market share, while driving small stores and farmers out of business. However, whatever Wal-mart does has major repercussions. 

Most important, the vast majority of Walmarts carry a large range of affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. And Walmarts serve many “food deserts,” in large cities and rural areas—especially including farm areas.

Whole Foods currently bans roughly 54% of Wal-Mart's food merchandise 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 everything else.

Consider the following statistics:

- 97% of the soft drinks sold at Wal-Mart contain ingredients that Whole Foods considers "unacceptable".

- 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.

- More than 80% of the candy sold at Wal-Mart would never be found at Whole Foods due to artificial flavors, while 31% of the bacon and sausage products have been blacklisted due to monosodium glutamate, or MSG.

Even though the Food and Drug Administration has deemed every food product sold in a Wal-Mart store safe for consumption, Whole Foods, however, holds itself to a higher standard. 

And the government itself has been outdated for years so you certainly do not want to listen to any statistics coming from the government.

Is Whole Foods, then, playing the role of Big Brother for health-conscious customers or simply catering to the finicky demands of foodies? The bottomline is Whole Foods is about making healthier food options.

Also don't forget the better food quality - the less doctor's visits so personally I chose Whole Foods. I rather pay the extra dollars for good quality foods, especially if it will keep down my doctor's visits. 

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