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    I came across this very eye opening article yesterday that is in line with a lot of the stuff Mark talks about in the Primal books. It's pretty shocking what we can get accustomed to thinking is "just the way it is" when it comes to our food.

    How Food Companies Exploit Americans - 100 Days of Real Food

    Would be curious to hear some thoughts on this. I had no idea a lot of the stuff we eat is made so differently in other countries - other than the possibility of slightly altering ingredients due to geographic reasons. Good ol big business and lobbying trumps morals/ethics I guess - otherwise what else could be the reason companies can get away with that here?

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    posted to facebook. Good read- running down the linked articles now. Thanks man.
    "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

    Jack london, "Before Adam"

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    • #3
      OP, you're preaching to the choir with me. Even if I turned my back on Primal, which would be turning my back on good old common sense imo, I'd never eat corn or soy again.

      The relationship between Monsanto and the USDA is so blatantly corrupt, that honestly, I think if I ever met a Monsanto executive, I'd punch first and afterward do my community service happily. (First I'd try to argue self-defense.)

      The bottom line is that the nutritional advice given to us by our government is motivated by profit and politics, and has nothing to do with health. I'm sure if the Paleo/Primal/Whole Food/Raw Food/Organic/Grass Fed contingent could come up with the millions of dollars it takes to elect our "representatives," and to get them to extend the same subsidies they do to BigFood, things would start to change.
      "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

      B*tch-lite

      Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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      • #4
        Thanks for sharing the link. I had no idea. I'm American but live in Europe. Now that I'm primal, I don't eat processed food anyway. Still, this just reinforces how bad processed food is for you and how much dropping dropping it can improve your health.
        My primal journal

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        • #5
          No, ultimate loser. It's not immoral. People have the right to choose what they put in their body. People have the right to educate themselves instead of watching American idol and posting face books statuses. The right to choose is moral. People who choose to put that crap in their body are stupid. If you don't like America, then leave u liberal idiot

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          • #6
            If you don't like America, then leave
            LMAO. Forty years later and the same old bone-headed "love it or leave it" coming from the intellectual elite. (That would be sarcasm.) As my old granny would have said, "Everything old is new again," though she usually was talking about fashion.

            Love it or change it is probably more constructive, and by shopping nonCAFO, non-preservative/dyes/pesticides, rather than supporting BigFood, you are doing something to change it because dollars talk. That's why many of what we think of as "healthy packaged foods" (an oxymoron if ever there was one) are really owned by companies like ConAgra looking to cash in on the health market.
            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

            B*tch-lite

            Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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            • #7
              Adding all those additives takes up space in the product. This makes the product cheaper and profits higher. Any ingredients that also make us behave addictively toward the food is a plus.

              I have been to Nepal and India (with a brief stop in Thailand). Even the processed foods in these countries tastes better than in the US. We eat really bad tasting food here, never mind just being bad for you.
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                Adding all those additives takes up space in the product. This makes the product cheaper and profits higher. Any ingredients that also make us behave addictively toward the food is a plus.

                I have been to Nepal and India (with a brief stop in Thailand). Even the processed foods in these countries tastes better than in the US. We eat really bad tasting food here, never mind just being bad for you.
                Most processed food in other countries, even big chain fast food, tastes better than ours.

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                • #9
                  Both parties support these actions so doubtful anything will change
                  Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
                  Starting Weight: 294 pounds
                  Current Weight: 235 pounds
                  Goal Weight: 195 pounds

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                  • #10
                    100 Days of Real Food is one of my favorite blogs, one I found on my journey towards primal. I don't agree with her philosophy entirely of course, since she eats whole grains and so on, but I really admire the effort she had made (along with her husband) to get back to basic whole foods (including grains in their case) and making sure their children grow up with a solid understanding of how to make good food choices. They have a lot of Facebook discussions about how to handle kid's parties and other social situations, it's interesting.
                    yay!

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                    • #11
                      After reading the whole article I believe she (Food babe) has done herself a bit of disservice by not pointing out some equally harmful ingredients in the UK foods, which are some of the same things as here in the US but with different names (glucose syrup, artificial colors) and she doesn't see to understand that Canola Oil (marked bad in US foods) is the same as Rapeseed Oil, which she did not mark bad on the UK foods.
                      yay!

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                      • #12
                        After reading the whole article I believe she (Food babe) has done herself a bit of disservice by not pointing out some equally harmful ingredients in the UK foods, which are some of the same things as here in the US but with different names (glucose syrup, artificial colors) and she doesn't see to understand that Canola Oil (marked bad in US foods) is the same as Rapeseed Oil, which she did not mark bad on the UK foods.
                        Dead right about the rapeseed oil. My mom knew it as rapeseed oil... we're Canadian, so we have some lingering British-isms, although Canola is definitely the common term here.
                        Out of context quote for the day:

                        Clearly Gorbag is so awesome he should be cloned, reproducing in the normal manner would only dilute his awesomeness. - Urban Forager

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                        • #13
                          I posted this over to a martial arts forum, and a man in Austria said that he's under the impression part of the disparity is labeling requirements.

                          According to his source, the makers in the EU -don't- have to label everything we do.

                          However, I cannot confirm (nor deny) the truth of that statement.

                          I did think it was a little strange rapeseed was OK but Canola not. I perused her blog and wasn't too impressed. I got the impression that, while her intent was in the right direction, her picture of the situation was not complete.

                          M.

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                          • #14
                            Some of that is a matter of law... the long ingredient list for flour for example is a direct result of US law from the early 20th century intended to prevent malnutrition in school age children. You can't really blame Betty Crocker for using ingredients that are required by law and have been for 100 years.

                            Some of it is a matter of language. Notice that the author red-letters "corn syrup" in a US product, but doesn't highlight "glucose syrup" in the European product.

                            The rest of it... well... who actually buys that crap anyway? The foods they are talking about are foods that maybe I have tried (When Chick-fil-a started opening stores in California they were giving away free sandwiches for example) but they represent less than 0.01% of my total caloric intake over the past 20 years. Why? Because it's all very expensive and not very good.

                            I think the problem with these sorts of articles is that the implication is that we should have more laws to tell manufacturers what to do, when really what we need is for more people to have some basic life skills like cooking. If you have even the barest ability to cook for yourself you won't buy most of those products because you'll recognize them as very expensive while offering basically no reward. It's only when you are - due to ignorance - dependent on pre-made food that you must buy this sort of product. You can lobby for laws but - as the enriched flour part of the ingredients list demonstrates - that just enshrines today's conventional wisdom....or you can teach people to cook in which case most of the food products listed here simply go away. Which is a better solution? I know my answer.

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