Target: John Mackey and Walter Robb, co-CEOs of Whole Foods Market
Goal: Stop selling dairy and dairy substitutes that contain a gelling agent known to harm human health
Many health-conscious shoppers look to Whole Foods as gateway to healthy, toxin-free living. For vegans and others who choose a dairy-free diet, the store’s shelves are a cornucopia of plant-based staples and treats. But even the supposedly all-natural and healthy alternatives to dairy may be poisoning those who consume them. A new report indicates that many dairy products and dairy substitutes contain carrageenan, an additive derived from seaweed that is used as a gelling agent to stabilize and thicken foods meant to simulate the texture of milkfat. While it may be plant-based and derived from natural ingredients, carrageenan has been proven to cause inflammation in humans–a condition that can lead to more than 100 serious diseases, including arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, and even cancer.
This additive so consistently causes inflammation that scientists even use it to induce inflammation in animals during experiments. The process and by-products of breaking down carrageenan has been proven to cause ulcerations in the gastro-intestinal tract and gastro-intestinal cancer in animal subjects. The additive has even been banned from infant formulas–but not from products intended for adults.
Most of the dairy and dairy substitute products known to contain carrageenan can be found on the shelves of Whole Foods stores, even though the company has branded itself as a healthy alternative to a traditional grocery store. Even the company’s own house brand, 365, includes products containing carrageenan. It’s time Whole Foods lived up to its image and took steps to protect the health of its customers. Demand that the company remove carrageenan from its own house products and stop stocking other brands whose products contain the additive.
Dear John Mackey and Walter Robb,
Every day, thousands of Americans turn to Whole Foods for safe, natural groceries to feed their families. Your company claims to provide healthy alternatives to traditional processed food, yet dangerous additives are still listed among the ingredients of your products. Carrageenan, a seaweed-derived thickening agent known to cause inflammation and related diseases, has been found in multiple dairy alternatives on the shelves of Whole Foods stores.
Carrageenan may be commonly used in both dairy products and dairy alternatives, but it remains a serious threat to human health. The inflammation caused by the additive can lead to a variety of chronic and deadly diseases, including arthritis and cancer. While certain companies, like Eden Foods, have pledged to remove the additive from their products, carrageenan still remains on Whole Foods shelves.
I ask that you take action to protect the health of your customers. Remove carrageenan from all Whole Foods brand products and refuse to stock products from companies that have not yet sworn off the additive.
[Your Name Here]