Whole food supplement and their nutritional benefits by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
March 15 2016

Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined. Whole foods are not necessarily organic. Examples of whole foods include whole grains; organically garden-grown fruits and vegetables; and non-homogenized milk. For some, it is preferable to eat whole foods raw to obtain the maximum nutritional benefit. Whole Foods is also the name of a natural grocery chain.

Whole Food Multivitamins sold online
Garden of Life, MyKind Organics, Prenatal Multi, Whole Food Multivitamin, 180 Vegan Tablets

There are a number of companies that promote whole food supplements. It is difficult to generalize and each one has to be evaluated on its own merits.

Public Health Nutrition 2014. Adherence in a 1-year whole foods eating pattern intervention with healthy postmenopausal women. To determine the degree of dietary adherence or change in eating patterns, and demographic, psychosocial and study characteristics associated with adherence, in the Comparing Healthy Options in Cooking and Eating (CHOICE) Study. Randomized controlled trial where women were randomized to one of three eating patterns: (i) Whole Foods, plant-based, macrobiotic-style (n 22); and Moderate Fat with (ii), and without (iii), 10 g of ground flaxseed added daily, which were combined (n 49). A year-long intervention based on social cognitive theory, consisting of twenty-four class sessions involving hands-on cooking classes and behavioural sessions. Monthly 24 h food recalls were obtained and a psychosocial questionnaire was administered at baseline, 6 and 12 months. Healthy, free-living, postmenopausal women. A non-adherence score measuring all food servings out-of-compliance with eating pattern recommendations was specifically designed for the present study. Non-adherence scores decreased significantly in both groups to about 65 % during the adoption phase (first 4 months) and remained so during the 8-month maintenance period. Class attendance of the Moderate Fat group showed a trend towards significance as a predictor of adherence. None of the other predictors (e.g. demographic and psychosocial factors) in a longitudinal regression model were significant. Postmenopausal women were able to adopt and maintain significant changes in their eating patterns, including those on a demanding, near-vegetarian eating plan, suggesting that behavioural interventions with a healthy free-living population can be effective. The non-adherence score developed for the study provides an example of a means for evaluating eating pattern adherence to a dietary intervention.

J Chiropr Med. 2013. Changes in weight loss and lipid profiles after a dietary purification program: a prospective case series. :The purpose of this case series was to describe immediate changes to weight and lipid profiles after a 21-day Standard Process whole food supplement and dietary modification program. Changes in weight and lipid profiles were measured for 7 participants (6 men and 1 woman) participating in a 21-day program. The dietary modifications throughout the Standard Process program were consumption of (1) unlimited fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits and preferably twice as many vegetables as fruits, (2) to 1 cup of cooked lentils or brown rice each day, (3) 4 to 7 teaspoons of cold pressed oils per day, and (4) at least 64 oz of water a day. After day 10 of the program, participants were allowed to consume 1 to 2 servings of baked, broiled, or braised poultry or fish per day. Participants consumed a whey protein-based shake as meal replacement 2 times per day. Nutritional supplementation included a cleanse product on days 1 to 7, soluble fiber supplementation including oat bran concentrate and apple pectin on all days, and "green food" supplementation on days 8 to 21. Weight loss ranged between 5.2 (2.4 kg) and 19.9 lb (9.0 kg) (average, 11.7 lb; 5.3 kg). Total cholesterol levels decreased with ranges between 11 and 77 mg/dL, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels decreased in a range between 7 and 67 mg/dL. After participating in a dietary program, the 7 participants demonstrated short-term weight loss and improvements in their lipid profiles.

Whole Foods buys Wild Oats despite FTC attempt to block the acquisition
Texas-based Whole Foods Market challenged the US Federal Trade Commission after the regulator stepped in to prevent the world's largest organic and natural products retailer from acquiring Wild Oats, its major US rival and creating a 300-store mega-chain. The FTC notified Whole Foods that it filed a complaint in the US District Court in Washington, DC, to prevent the Whole Foods takeover of Colorado-based Wild Oats. The FTC also sought a restraining order to prevent Whole Foods from completing its $670 million acquisition of Wild Oats while the Court considered its verdict. Whole Foods has committed to a Fair Trade ingredients sourcing scheme and opened its first UK superstore in Kensington, London. Whole Foods has 195 stores in Canada, the US and the UK and turned over $5.6 billion in 2006, while Wild Oats has 110 stores in the US and Canada with annual sales of $1.2 billion.

Whole Foods Market, Inc., reported results for the 12-week second quarter ended April 12, 2009. Sales for the quarter were $1.9 billion, in line with the prior year. Comparable store sales decreased 4.8% versus a 6.7% increase in the prior year. Identical store sales, excluding seven relocations and two major expansions, decreased 5.8% versus a 5.1% increase in the prior year. Excluding the negative impact of foreign currency translation, comparable store sales decreased 4.1%, and identical store sales decreased 5.1%. "We are very pleased with our second quarter results, including free cash flow of $98 million. Despite flat sales year over year, we exhibited strong expense control leading to a 10% increase in income from operations excluding non-cash asset impairment charges," said John Mackey, chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Whole Foods Market. "Based on our strong year-to-date results, we are maintaining our prior fiscal year ranges for estimated EBITDA, EBITANCE and diluted earnings per share, excluding asset impairment charges and assuming just under $8.0 billion in sales." For the second quarter, the Company's effective tax rate was 42.5%, income available to common shareholders was $27.3 million, and diluted earnings per share were $0.19. These results included non-cash asset impairment charges of approximately $13 million, or $0.05 per diluted share.