Friday, November 7, 2014

Foods You’ll Never Find at Whole Foods

Want to buy these products? Better look elsewhere 


Heinz ketchup contains high fructose corn syrup, which is on the “unacceptable ingredients” list. 

Walking around your local outpost of Whole Foods, the Austin-based supermarket chain with nearly 400 locations in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, it’s pretty easy to tell that it’s not your everyday supermarket. Their offerings are quite different from what you’ll find at your local Safeway, and in fact there are more than 80 ingredients that the store considers to be “unacceptable,” and won’t allow in any of the products they sell.

Whole Foods has very high standards for what they’ll stock. Their seafood is sustainable, the meat is certified according to a five-step animal welfare rating, they’re working to remove all GMO foods from the shelves, and produce is organic whenever possible. But at Whole Foods, it’s not just about what they stock the shelves with, it’s about what they won’t stock the shelves with; and plenty of everyday ingredients are off-limits.

For example, a recent study found that 54 percent of the foods sold at Walmart stores would be considered unacceptable at Whole Foods, as would a whopping 97 percent of the soft drinks and sodas. And while the average supermarket sells essentially the same products at all of its locations, each Whole Foods purchases as many locally-produced products as possible, so the selection is slightly different at every store.

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