I agree these companies are part of the problem - but the other part is America's ignorance of how studies are conducted, that correlation does not equal causation, how our metabolism operates, lack of research and skepticism of "research" that shows these products to be healthy. They follow blindly like a heard of cattle, either not caring or not knowing how to conduct proper research on their own of what's best for our bodies. I would love to believe people care, but everyday I drive by McDonalds and guess what? ITS ALWAYS PACKED. If people wanted to make a real change in their health these places would be out of business because there is not doubt about it: whether you're grain free, dairy free, calorie counting, Atkins, Paleo or Primal, those places are bad, in any context. So if they know it's sooo bad, then why are they there? The only logical conclusion would be they didn't care enough about their own health to pack a lunch the day before. And guess what? Those companies KNOW American's want to feel good with minimal effort or thought on their part and that they don't really care or are too blind to see for themselves what they are consuming.
I believe it's more the uneducated, uncaring American's fault than the major companies because if people refused to buy those products as a result of conducting their own research on what is good and what isn't when considering the company brands behind the "healthy" product, these companies would be forced to do something, or go belly up. But most average people "can't live without bread." I hear this so much it makes me sick.
&& It's not just about living well, it's about dying well.