This gross pic on Gothamist of Whole Foods hot bar food transported alongside of garbage got me thinking that maybe the two really do belong together.
Whole Foods, despite being a source of decent grass-fed meat and seafood, was already kinda in paleo hot water because of their promotion of a low-fat vegan nutrition plan in store literature and signage. I took this pic in the produce section last month:
Isn't "low fat" and "nutrient dense" an oxymoron? Well, if Whole Foods is the only place you can find good food, I recommend you make a beeline for the meat counter and then hightail out of that place. Do not pass the fruit juice section, do not collect organic low-fat chocolate cookies. And especially skip the hot foods bar. In NYC a good quick cheap meal is hard to come by. On the surface the hot bar looks like a good choice, but look at the ingredient lists and you'll find canola oil and other questionable ingredients in EVERYTHING. Ugh. Why ruin a perfectly good chicken by drenching it in that dreck? It's just WRONG!
Fairway, a major Whole Foods rival, uses olive oil in its hot bar. Thank goodness there is one next to my office.