There’s a movie out entitled “Fed Up,” excoriating the severe sugar addiction this society is plagued with. The crisis of obesity and the increase in diabetes are merely two examples of many that are directly related to heavy consumption of sugar. It seems that virtually every food item has added sugar.
I’ve known for decades the malevolent health effects of sugar and yet, have had recurring setbacks of my own addiction. However, since my bladder cancer surgery I have made a conscious effort to significantly reduce my intake.
I am a Whole Foods customer, eat from their salad bars frequently, and do most of my shopping there. I have noticed, with increasing alarm, their promotion of sugar laced food. One cannot help but notice, directly along the cashiers, the huge display of cookies, pies, cakes, and others, all heavily laced with sugar.
I recommend walking down every aisle and reading the ingredients. You will see sugar added to almost everything. While most cereals contain added sugar, I normally purchase a brown rice cereal without sugar. The other day, shopping for this cereal, I noticed it wasn’t there. In its place was a Whole Foods brand brown rice cereal with, of course, added sugar.
It’s bad enough that Whole Foods is encroaching with its own brand, but when it replaces products that are healthy with ones that have added sugar, that’s an insult to its name and stated mission.
Whole Foods claims that the store is concerned with, and advocates for, healthy people. I do not expect them to stop offering food with sugar additives. Since Whole Foods reaches out and markets to health conscious people, it needs to offer more foods without sugar. I would suggest that Whole Foods develop a non-sugar section of its store where an eclectic selection of sugarless food can be on display.