Healthcare vs. Processed Food Industry

It's time for a food fight. In one corner, we have physicians advocating for health and wellness. In the other we have the processed food industry, which, borrowing tactics used by Big Tobacco, puts corporate profits above the public good.

3 comments on "Healthcare vs. Processed Food Industry"
mperron (3/14/2013 at 9:37 AM)

Great story and comments. Are there scientists working with companies such as Coca Cola and Doritos that fit our taste bud desires but in a healthy way? Can't they reformulate Doritos, for example, to keep the great taste and crunch without sacrificing nutrition? Is there a movement or a push for this somewhere?
Bruce E. Woych (3/13/2013 at 5:13 PM)

The label "junk" food is no longer valid as a comprehensive category. Pleasure foods; industrial waste foods; shelf life foods; modified chemically preserved foods and perhaps the more benign processed foods are all part of the problems. Ask your local forensics will discover that they are finding that intestines are literally preserved by food additives. The quest for shelf life has been beneficial from its start, but new market interests no longer care about nutritional preservation in that process. Junk foods are staples for poverty stricken people, and the children are the victims. I defy anyone to tell me that the junk foods (packaged cakes etc.)are not learned habit; and market driven venders create "comfort junkie habits" and behavioral conditioning is no true reward...
mkparker1210 (3/13/2013 at 3:02 PM)

I enjoy junk food in moderation[INVALID]-it should be a special treat. While obesity and poor health related to malnutrition can be traced to poor dietary habits, I don't believe junk food is responsible for all the evils attributed to it. Here are just a few of the problems obesity and poor health have had laid at their doorstep: sodium, corn syrup, gun violence, poverty, health literacy, genetics, a 24/7 culture, poor sleeping habits, gaming/internet, advertising, product placement (like physically at the checkout counter in addition to television and paper advertisements)...I could go on. Obesity and other related health problems are a multi-faceted problem. What if the problem with obesity was a culture change in the 1970's that made it ok to snack or eat constantly between meals? To walk around with a drink in your hand or something on your desk? To not eat meals as a family or a somewhat more formal occasion at a table instead of in a car or in front of a screen? I don't think laws restricting access are the answer. I think mindfulness and a culture change are what we really need. Making food "communion" in all senses of the word becomes the first step.


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