Whole foods has its fans and its enemies; all I’ll say for myself is that I do shop there occasionally, despite being a (paid, working) coop member. But one thing I’m happy to confess my support for is Whole Foods’ quality control: Unlike a lot of grocers, they’ve got serious standards about what they’ll allow on their shelves, and recently, they determined that Bethenny Frankel‘s Skinnygirl Cocktails don’t cut it.
Frankel—who regularly promotes a
healthy skinny lifestyle—released her signature Skinnygirl Margarita and Sangria cocktails pre-mixed and in a bottle last month. But the label doesn’t have an ingredients list, and it’s unclear exactly what’s in the lower-calorie cocktails. Which is why Whole Foods isn’t down with selling them in their stores. She’s marketed her secret formula as a mixture of “natural flavors, lightly sweetened with agave nectar and made with premium Blue Agave clear tequila,” but ‘natural flavors’ isn’t quite enough info for Whole Foods to determine whether she’s using ingredients that meet their high standards.
Of course, you can still buy this stuff in plenty of other stores, but the take-away message here is that just because Frankel is ‘skinny’ doesn’t mean she’s all that ‘healthy.’ And while we’re all for cutting out excessive calories (which is healthy, by the way), we’re not all for replacing them with stuff that may or may not be just as bad for you. Which means that you should always read nutrition labels and ingredients lists, and if there isn’t one, then Whole Foods is probalby right: You shouldn’t eat or drink it.