Junk Food

Makeover Walmart’s Grocery List

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The above pictures are from a Walmart ad that ran in my local paper this weekend.  The ad compares two grocery lists to highlight savings between stores but what struck me were the items on the lists.  There was not a single fruit or vegetable unless you count chips (which I don’t).  It did include plenty of  highly processed/high fat/high sugar junk food:

  • Lean Cuisine Cannelloni
  • Weight Watchers Pizza
  • Lean Cuisine Pizza
  • Bacon
  • Ice Cream
  • Sunny D
  • Fruit Loops
  • Lucky Charms
  • Pringles (twice!)
  • Mountain Dew Soda
  • Gatorade

To top it off, Paula, the “shopper” is pictured in the produce aisle.  The newspaper also ran an article on that same day titled How to Shop Healthy.

With so many health-conscious shoppers these days, groceries are making extra efforts to emphasize healthy selections.

And the first step to eating healthier is to make sure you’re buying healthy foods.

In that case, they should have just had an arrow pointing to the Walmart ad with the caption “Make sure your grocery list does not look like this!”  As Michelle Obama travels the country on the childhood obesity “Mission Accomplished” tour singing the praises of Walmart, maintain a healthy dose of skepticism a la Tom Laskawy.

First off, childhood obesity is a major crisis, and your Let’s Move! anti-obesity campaign is an important initiative…

But your latest move? Expecting the processed-food companies and retail giants to spearhead the move to healthy eating? It’s just not going to happen…

Healthy food may be good for business. But unhealthy food is far better.

If you want to save money and your health, skip Walmart’s junk food list and look to the one Yoav and Shira Potash created for their film FoodStamped.  The highly processed junk food is replaced by whole, nutrient dense foods like these.

  • Lentils
  • Black Beans
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Spinach
  • Peas
  • Broccoli

You know which of these lists really deserves the slogan “Save Money. Live Better.”

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