Tuesday, July 02, 2013
My son sent me a link to this article from the Atlantic magazine;;July/Aug issue.
It is a controversial article, but it did make me think.
He begins by going to health food eateries and getting 9 dollars kale shakes. He then comments that he found a 3 dollar healthy and lower calorie shake at McDonalds.
He notes that now the trend is to say that all processed food is making us sick and overweight. The Fast Food Industry is largely to blame for addicting people to foods with high amounts of sugar, fat, and salt. He notes many writers, Michael Moss, "How the food giants hooked us" Gary Taube, "Is Sugar Toxic?" and Michael Pollan from UC Berkeley who validate this thinking. (*** I know and respect these authors)
He then notes the development of the wholesome food industry..such as the Whole Food Chain and Trader Joes.(My favorite stores) In investigating products from these stores he finds that so called wholesome foods are as caloric as Burger King's offerings. They can be high in fat, salt and sugar.
He even says wholesome foods can be obesogenic: Ie cause obesity. (new word for me.)
Yes, you do need to be aware of food content even if it is labeled as organic or non processed. I agree with this.
What I found interesting was his comment that only a small elite minority will seek these wholesome foods..due to cost. The obese masses will not look for wholesome foods, but will buy cheaper fast foods.
This might be true. He suggests that the junk food industry should create healthier food that makes it affordable to the obese masses.
I agree this is a good idea..but wonder if the fast food industry who studies the perfect tension is a potato chip to get people to buy it, will actually eventually produce healthier food. Is this happening with Taco bell gluten free tacos or Chipotle using local foods?
For myself, I think the less processed food the better.
A final comment..it was interesting that he mentioned that they have found human remains from Egypt and Peru..with bodies with hardened arteries..this is pre-industrial times thousands of years ago.
I welcome any comments on this subject!
** Just found out that some of the organic brands are made by major food corporations:
Cascadian Farms is owned by General Mills, Bear Naked Kashi and Morningstar are owned by Kellog's, Naked Juice by Pepsi Cola and Odwalla by Cocoa-cola.