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White and Yellow Food No Good for Our Children

Go to just about any restaurant with your children and find the same kids' menu almost without exception: fried chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, french fries, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

I was in Whole Foods (WF) the other day and walked past the food buffets. (I can't find a single thing to eat from their buffets or deli if I'm hungry. It's almost all cooked. None of it is organic and the dishes include all kinds of other objectionable ingredients.) But back to my main point ...

I saw a sign from a distance that said "Kids' Corner" at the self-serve buffet. Though my son is now grown, I still have a great love and real concern for all our children who are growing up. I walked over to see what WF felt was appropriate to serve our children for lunch or dinner. (After all, think of the name "Whole Foods." What does that name imply to you? To me, it implies that the foods you will find inside are whole, complete. My dictionary says this about "whole food:" 'food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances.' WF sells a lot of quite the contrary.

Well, it is interesting that the Kids' Corner served french fries, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese and a farfalle pasta that I guess you could add a sauce to from the adult section. I call it white and yellow food. Starchy and glutinous, if not, animal-based food. It was disappointing to me to find that WF was serving the same tired and almost nutrition-less food to children, just like every other restaurant, as if it was a good and caring thing to do.

A store like WF is in a position to teach and lead by example. They certainly don't seem to be doing it either for our children or for adults. Perhaps they, too, are more about the dollars than the reason for their existence in the first place.

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Comment by Purusha K. Radha on April 11, 2012 at 11:48am

I, too, remember Rahansia when you could at least get a very nice salad there, your way. And I agree with you that you often really have to scout at WF to find the organic foods.

Comment by Purusha K. Radha on April 11, 2012 at 11:47am

You got that right, Greenmama! Most babies wince horribly when given their first spoonful of babyfood meat puree. Right from the start, children are fed what I call 'white foods:' white flour pasta, cow's milk and cow's milk products, white bread, and white sugar-laden drinks, candies, cookies, etc.  They need to eat a different color, like green and red!

Comment by Rahansia P. Ben-Mejuri on April 11, 2012 at 6:27am
I really felt that Whole Foods changed when they went public. They started to have a lot of non organic foods and much less raw foods. I remember when it use to be mostly organic, I could get a big nice salad. Not any more :(
Comment by Greenmama on April 11, 2012 at 4:42am

I find it funny that it is commonly assumed in our culture that kids do not like anything healthy.  My kids love fruit and salad and whole grains and vegetables.  They also like the crap that other kids eat, but they don't throw a fit that I don't serve it at home.  I'm always shocked when people say, "All my kids eat is pizza or chicken nuggets."  Really?  I'm pretty sure if you only had healthy food in your home, your children would not starve themselves and would even learn to enjoy the food you serve.  ESPECIALLY if you are eating it and enjoying it!  I have a super-picky child and even he loves apples, grapefruit, romaine lettuce, walnuts, brown rice and peas.

Comment by Purusha K. Radha on April 11, 2012 at 1:54am

Hi Melissa, thanks for your comment. Even just a few years ago, it seemed a lot different.

Comment by Purusha K. Radha on April 11, 2012 at 1:53am

You are right, Sunshine. To avoid them is best and we certainly do. I think it's going to take a long time, though, before they get the message. Our stores here in the Orlando area are so crowded we can hardly get through the aisles. Perhaps it may have to take an upheaval in all of our way of life to force everyone to return to the simple life.

Comment by Melissa Bryan on April 11, 2012 at 1:33am

I worked there 13 years ago and things were certainly different.

Comment by Purusha K. Radha on April 11, 2012 at 1:08am

Wow, Robbie and Stephanie. Names mean nothing but money to a lot of business people in our world today. Their names ring hollow.

Comment by Robbie Belmonte on April 10, 2012 at 9:10pm

Here in Ontario Canada there is also a string of so called Health food stores I passed through on my way to finding this great Community....they also have aisles of healthy chips, rows and rows of various chocolates, breakfast cereals that need milk, and of course a dairy section.

I always try to teach the kids about advertising, the meanings of names of the companies and what they create, we are up against a giant marketing machine in several industries....young kids that can read will see the propoganda in stores, on TV on their PC's and take for granted that the info is correct and truthful.

Whole Foods is a business name only, McDonalds refers to themselves as Restaurants, the list goes on and on.

Robbie

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Comment by stephalina on April 10, 2012 at 3:23pm

i work at a so-called health foods store and we often will have groups of kids coming in to take a tour of the store. they'll go over to the produce department and tell them about how they should eat apples because they're healthy, not because they're delicious or anything like that, and then they go over to the deli to pick up some cookies for a treat. i'm not allowed to wear patterns. why? "whole foods, whole colours." never mind the fact that 90% of what we sell IS NOT even CLOSE to being a whole food. we have an entire AISLE dedicated to chips. not. healthy. food. at. all.

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