Learning that I'm not the only one put off by Whole Foods' adoption of Dr. Joel Fuhrman's ANDI scoring system, I'm compiling a list of other people's comments which I've found worth reading, along with easy-to-digest bites from those pieces.
Photo source: Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Blog
Jimmy Moore's Livin' La Vida Low-Carb: Low-Carb Community Responds to Whole Foods Exclusively Marketing A Low-Fat, Vegetarian Diet:
"Dr. Fuhrman is the author of a book I reviewed several years back entitled Eat To Live and is certainly no fan of animal-based, high-fat, low-carb diets. I’ve given him an opportunity to explain the basis for his beliefs in an interview on my podcast show but he has refused... [ANDI] gives plant-based foods a way to appear more nutrient dense than animal-based foods which are just as chock full of vitamins such as A, D and K, DHA, EPA arachidonic acid, taurine, iodine, biotin, pantothenic acid, and vital minerals like sodium, chloride, potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, copper, manganese, boron, molybdenum and chromium..."
Agriculture Society: Whole Foods "Health Starts Here" Campaign Is A Vegetarian Agenda:
"'Whole foods' and 'nutrient-dense' are on the list – which most no one would bothering arguing about…but Whole Foods carries products in their stores that clearly fall into the category of 'processed foods' such as grains, soy, legumes, and even vegetable – and what’s more, are promoting consumption of these products as healthful choices, so it’s plain to see those statements simply aren’t compatible with each other for obvious reasons... I don’t like the fact that Whole Foods is using their power over the natural market segments to send a message to consumers that meat and dairy products should be avoided unless lean and low-fat. I don’t like the fact that nowhere have I ever seen the message to support all sustainable farming, including meat and meat product farming. All we’re hearing is the message that the majority of our diets should be plant-based and low-fat – which clearly doesn’t include any meat."
The Lyme Disease Sentinel: Vegetarianism, Politics and Money:
"...is the corporate push for vegetarianism fueled more by profit and political goals rather than for improving and maintaining the vibrant health and mental functioning of the people? ...Humans are omnivores. Does the agricultural industry play a role in the vegetarian movement?"
Nourish DC: Whole Fools:
"...vegetarians are healthier in general than average Americans (not a hard thing to be, frankly) — they tend not to smoke or drink, and they tend to exercise more. There has never been a comparison with a third group — a group of people who eat whole, unprocessed foods only — including pastured and grass-fed animal products... Whole Foods’ own website admits that 'the only reliable sources of B12 are animal foods, fortified foods or supplements' and that 'it is challenging to maintain adequate levels of vitamin B12 on a primarily plant-based diet.' (Um, a deficiency in B12 is a serious thing — it can lead to nerve damage.)"
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