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John Mackey: Whole Foods CEO leaves company to launch new plant-based venture

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Mackey has historically derided plant-based meat alternatives from brands. The entrepreneur claims that these products present a serious health risk due to their highly processed ingredient and recipes.

THE BEET: John Mackey, the longstanding CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market, has officially stepped down from his position at the grocery giant this month. Mackey helped build Whole Foods into a multinational enterprise for more than 40 years, and now, the former executive is setting his sights on a more sustainable venture. Called Healthy America, this wellness-centric start-up is expected to operate a chain of plant-based restaurants and wellness systems… The first location is slated to open in Southern California…

“In our medical and wellness centers, we take a holistic approach to health and leverage the best of western and eastern medicine, alongside wellness, educational and fitness, and spa services to offer a best-in-class solution,” the listing stated. “[Healthy America’s] mission is to establish a new model of care which heals the whole person by focusing on prevention & reversal of disease through evidence-based healthcare utilizing nutrition and lifestyle, and aspires to elevate each individual’s health to the most optimized state possible”…

Mackey’s latest business decision reflects the ex-CEO’s dietary preferences. During an interview with Joe Rogan, the Whole Foods founder revealed that he is 100 percent plant-based. He claimed that he went vegetarian in his twenties before briefly introducing fish to his diet. But by 2003, Mackey fully adopted a plant-based diet for ethical reasons. He also noted that a whole-food plant-based diet can help reverse heart disease. However, Mackey has historically derided plant-based meat alternatives from brands like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat. The entrepreneur claims that these products present a serious health risk due to their highly processed ingredient and recipes. SOURCE…

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