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Thursday, February 21, 2013

I know this isn't anything new, especially to those of you who've read "The End of Overeating" by David Kessler or Pam Peeke's book.

"Hyperpalatable" foods have been engineered by huge corporations and food scientists.

Yes, I know that what goes in my mouth is my own decision. All I want is a level playing field. I want the food industry to stop the marketing that preys on ignorant, poor people AND on children. I want SOMEBODY to step up to the plate and take some responsibility for what passes for food in this country.
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    I get kicks of overeating some foods. Some good some bad. I have to agree about the about the foods that are designed to make a profit, not for health.

    All three of my children are into small gardens. One daughter and my son and daughter-in- law also take advantage of buying fruits and vegetables where you can pick your own and farmer's markets. They even buy some local farm raised meats and poultry. My other daughter takes advantage of what she can find here. The farmers market here has sort of dwindled done to not much.
    1914 days ago
    In the urban landscape in which most people now live, they have become living guinea pigs of the giant 'food' conglomerates. The are so many websites and books nowadays about container gardening, vertical gardening and such that more people could start growing at least a small portion of their food. Perhaps this could help to raise consciousness.
    1915 days ago
    Most people who work in a company that is out to make a profit do what they are told or they are out of a job. If money wasn't an issue in our society then these companies would not thrive.

    Here's a link to a story about a couple who are activists and try to live without money:

    To a certain degree I agree with your statement, "Yes, I know that what goes in my mouth is my own decision." But once a person is addicted to a food sometimes that addiction can really take hold of your life. My cousin has a serious addiction to diet pepsi and is desperately trying to (or maybe even has by now) kick the habit. Aspartame was discovered when scientists were trying to make rat poison. HELLO!

    What people will do to turn a profit is often times disgusting. It's a very sad world we live in when we are involved in that kind of activity instead of being more concerned about what is for the good of all. If we thought about what is good for all this world would be a much better place.
    1915 days ago
  • NANCY-
    “Well, that’s what the consumer wants, and we’re not putting a gun to their head to eat it,”
    That kind of attitude really ticks me off... it is all about profit. Preying upon the innocent. It's like when cigarette companies gave out free samples.
    I was one of those trusting souls that believed the hype. Now I don't even trust the FDA.
    The less processed the better.
    If all that money was directed toward healthful items the would be great benefits... oops but the healthcare industry and Big Pharma would not profit.
    All we can do is lead by example and spread the word. Kudos to those who have made healthy eating easy and flavorful.
    Oops... sorry your blog. :) but you touched a nerve.
    1915 days ago
    Thank you for sharing!
    1916 days ago
    The documentary you pointed me to called "Hungry for Change" totally highlighted all of that for me. It led me to looking at more videos along the same line like "Sick, tired and nearly dead" --- so I guess in a sense I could say you are the one who really pointed me in the direction of looking at why clean eating is so important! Thanks!
    1916 days ago
    Just think what 30 million could do to house/feed the homeless or funding medical research. What else would we expect from Philip Morris? Tobacco wasn't addictive enough so they created more poisonous additives.

    I've been reading up on "hydrogenated" (anything which is why twinkies and such have a forever shelf life, pudding cups are in this category) and GMO's. The responsibility seems to lie with us.
    1916 days ago
    Thank you for sharing!

    1916 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    emoticon Knowledge is power!
    1916 days ago
    1916 days ago
    It's not possible to get the nutrients we need if we eat those empty calorie foods. I'm finding the more I stay away from them, the more I want the good, nutrient rich stuff. The converse would probably also be true... emoticon
    1916 days ago
    I remember several years ago idly tasting a couple of my son's honey-mustard-and-onion-pretzel pieces. I had just read The End of Overeating by Kessler, and as soon as I tasted them I thought, oh no, this is big trouble, these are DESIGNED to be eaten uncontrollably!
    1916 days ago
  • BUTTERFLY-1976
    Wow. Thank you for sharing.

    The daughter of the lunchables creator doesn't even feed them to her kids....That tells you something right's not good for you!
    1916 days ago
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