In order to insure and increase profits the junk-industry decided to euphemize their products by calling them “snack” foods. If that were the only problem it would be a blessing. The real problem and problems come from what those companies do not want you to know.
With the growing incidences of obesity, various forms of diabetes and many, many other health issues people are becoming more aware and more conscientious about what they consume.
But the junk-food industry has to maintain a profits-first environment. The euphemized junk foods will generate an estimated $34.6 billion in sales in 2014 and guess what market they mainly focus on? Children!
According to the FTC (Federal Treachery Commission), the food and beverage industry spends roughly $1.8 billion marketing to children with about 75 percent of that budget spent to market carbonated beverages, cereals and other highly processed “fast” foods.
In 2012 there was a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine that found that for every hour of television that an innocent kid watches they are 18 percent more likely to eat candy and 14 percent more likely to eat fast foods. Interestingly enough they are 8 percent less likely to eat fruit.
Do you think that some snack foods would lose their appeal if people found out that they contained ground-up and/or boiled beetle carcasses? Where do you think the shades of red, purple and pink colors in fruit juice, ice cream and candy come from? What’s even worse is that they have been deemed safe for use for a long time by the FDA (Fraud and Drug Administration).
Maybe you’ll never see the word “beetle” on a label but you will sure as hell see “carminic acid” or “cochineal extract”. When you do, try to wait until you get out of the store before you throw up.
The largest exporter of cochineal extract is Peru, having produced more than one million pounds of dead beetles in 2013. I find it very interesting that a country that has such a large bug infestation finds a ready market for them in the good ol’ U S of A.
Recently, the Food Babe (Vani Hari) did an expose’ of an ingredient called azodicarbonamide or ADA, which was highly prevalent in Subway sandwiches. It turns out that azodicarbonamide is used in roughly 500 packaged foods including cupcakes, cookies and crackers.
ADA is used to improve the texture of bread but its initial use was by plastics manufacturers in yoga mats, flip-flops and other products. But eating it has linked it to respiratory problems and allergies. The good news is that it is banned in the European Union. God bless America!
Oh yeah, don’t forget about rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) a synthetic hormone created by Monsanto that is injected into cows to quadruple their milk production. Despite it being banned in the EU and Canada, due to the fact that it is carcinogenic, Eli Lilly, a manufacturer of it, says beyond a shadow of a doubt is “a safe, proven and sustainable technology”. By who, might you ask? By Monsanto, the salt of the earth, who would never create something harmful to anyone or anything. Yet, labeling GMOs is out of the question.
When I was a little kid living in Newark I was hooked on Twinkies. One day, after buying several, my mom thought eating too much of them might not be good for me. So, she hid a couple of them but forgot where she put them. A few weeks later when I went searching through my mom’s dresser drawers looking for loose change to buy more candy, I found the Twinkies. They were still “fresh” and yummy.
It has already been proven that highly processed foods can remain edible way beyond their alleged expiration date. If it is sealed well, kept away from light and contains little or no fat or dairy, that sucker can be finger licken good for years.
According to the U.S. CDC and P (U.S. Centers for Deceit, Control and Procrastination), each year more than 300,000 Americans are hospitalized and 5,000 die from eating contaminated foods and beverages. But because the Fraud and Drug Administration inspectors do not consider snack-food facilities a high-risk, they are less likely than other food plants to be inspected for sanitary violations.
So, one night you go to a party at a friend’s house. When you look at how appealing the food looks you start getting hungry. What’s in front of you is incredible. There’s brown rice with steamed vegetable with a dash of balsamic vinegar, coconut oil and Bragg’s liquid aminos. Next to it is a big mixed fruit bowl with organic mangos, bananas, apples, strawberries, blueberries, and Medjool dates. Also on the spread is homemade hummus and rice cakes, homemade veggie tacos and burritos, sprouted grain bagels with coconut butter and nutritional yeast, a huge garden salad and organic apple juice. It is all to freaking die for.
Now you ask the hostess what ingredients she used. Felling very secure she says she used garlic powder, a bit of turmeric, a hint of lemon, curry, cumin, and on and on. But then she says she added a touch of arsenic. You are dumbfounded and ask to be told what does not contain arsenic. And now you are having a hard time even being there.
Yet, despite arsenic being poisonous, not many people know it is found in snacks including those that are considered healthy.
Arsenic has been found in trace amounts in many grains, fruits and vegetables. But, higher levels have been found in rice, which is replacing wheat in many snacks because the manufacturers opt to offer more gluten-free options.
Might be a good time to cut back on rice cakes and rice crackers huh?
Through incredible advertising and brainwashing the nutrition and snack-bar business generated sales of $5.5 billion in 2013. It takes a brilliant mind or an idiot to see so-called energy bars as a “health” food.
If you would read the label you would likely find high-fructose-corn-syrup, dextrose, fructose, chocolate and caramel. Why don’t they just call it a sugar bar?
The USDA (U.S. Department of A**holes) regulates meat and poultry and defines “natural” products as those that do not have artificial colors or ingredients. But the FDA, which regulates other types of food, does not regulate snack-food manufacturer’s use of the word “natural” as closely.
Because of this “natural” basically has absolutely no meaning whatsoever in food labeling. Products labeled as “natural” often include crap produced in laboratories, even though the same chemical compounds can be found in nature.
But eating synthetic chemicals is safe. Just ask Monsanto!
There’s nothing like picking up some pretzels or cookies or doughnuts and seeing that they contain “enriched” wheat flour. What trippy about that is synthetic vitamins and minerals are added back to the food only after it has been raped and all the good stuff removed so it can be fed to animals soon to be murdered. They also fail to inform you that by refining, processing and raping the food, it is also stripped of fiber.
From 2008 to 2013 the dollar value of chocolate confectionary sales grew by 24 percent. The candy makers say that increase is a result of public demand. But, grocers and other retailers say that the chocolate manufacturers are always conspiring to inflate chocolate prices.
Since 2008, grocery chains and retailers have filed multiple lawsuits citing that allegation. In the U.S., a federal judge in February, 2013, dismissed the grocers’ claims of price-fixing inflation. But in Canada, several chocolate manufacturers agreed to pay roughly $23 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging price-fixing. Despite paying, the manufacturers denied any wrong doing in both countries.
All the snack-food companies live by that old saying. “In God we trust – all others pay cash!
As a final note, the most incredible dark chocolate I have been found has been at Wei of Chocolate.