There have been some ruffled feathers in the low-carb community about the
recent launch of a new “healthy eating” program at Whole Foods Markets which has
been dubbed “Health Starts Here”. Some of the recommendations are fine: eat
nutrient-dense foods, eat a “colorful variety of plants”, and choose foods that
are whole and unprocessed, eliminating processed foods and those “void of
nutrients”. All of that is great advice, in my opinion.
So what are the problems with the program? Here’s my take on it:
1. Emphasis on Vegetarian/Vegan Diet – Although I understand why many some
people want to be vegetarians and I provide information about low-carb
vegetarian eating, I’m not at all keen on the idea of widely promoting them.
Whole Foods is clearly going in the direction of saying that everyone should
adopt a vegan, or at least vegetarian, diet. I have a few specific concerns
about these diets, which I will write about in a later blog, but I’ll briefly
touch on 2 of them:
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