It is hard to eat well if one is poor and working class.
So much of the food one finds in stores, particularly in pre-prepared foods and semi-prepared foods is real crap filled with more chemicals than one would imagine and so high in sodium and sugar as to cause health problems.
Bovine Growth Hormones to help fatten up corn fed cows and cause rapid growth. Do you really think the BGH disappears between the rapid growth, slaughter and your plate? What are the links between that and the epidemic of obesity in the USA? Particularly considering how European nations where BGH is banned are not experiencing the same epidemic.
I work in retail marketing, I read the labels. All those products from childhood, the ones that sound as though they still come from the independent companies of the past actually come from a handful of companies like Archer, Daniels, Midland or Cargill and Philip Morris which hides behind an alias to delink its self from the murder of millions. Instead of the cancer causing Philip Morris it is now Alitra. The same weaseling bastards who refuse to pay the legal judgments against them and instead string the apeals out for ever while their victims continue to die.
HFCS or High Fructose Corn Syrup is in everything. Since its introduction we have seen not only a rapid rise in obesity but an equally rapid rise in diabetes. Type II diabetes now affects some one in four middle aged people in the US.
And the same lying bastards who denied a link between cigarettes and cancer are now denying a link between HFCS and diabetes/obesity.
A recent article in the New York Times caught my attention:
For Corn Syrup, the Sweet Talk Gets Harder
FOR much of 2009, Michael Locascio, an executive at ConAgra Foods, watched with concern as the bad news about high-fructose corn syrup kept coming.
In January, there were studies showing that samples of the sweetener contained the toxic metal mercury. Then came a popular Facebook page that was critical of the syrup. By year-end, there were about a dozen spoofs on YouTube mocking efforts by makers of high-fructose corn syrup to show that science is on their side.
But it was pleading comments like this one, from a devoted ConAgra customer, that finally persuaded Mr. Locascio, president of the meal enhancers category at ConAgra, to take action: “Hunt’s is by far the best ketchup ever, but please start making a variety without the high-fructose corn syrup,” wrote Jennifer from New Hampshire.
Early this year, she got her wish when ConAgra decided to reformulate one of its biggest brands, replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in Hunt’s ketchup with old-fashioned sugar. This month, new bottles featuring a banner proclaiming “No high fructose corn syrup” arrive in stores.
Hunt’s ketchup is among the latest in a string of major-brand products that have replaced the vilified sweetener. Gatorade, several Kraft salad dressings, Wheat Thins, Ocean Spray cranberry juice, Pepsi Throwback, Mountain Dew Throwback and the baked goods at Starbucks, to name a few, are all now made with regular sugar.
Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/business/02syrup.html
Now the New York Times of today is not the great newspaper of record of the past. It is just as much a cheer leading whore for the big money interests as any other main stream media outlet. As a corporate entity its sole purpose is to make money for its owners and shareholders. Like your local TV “news” it is basically an advertising outlet that sells an illusion of existing to provide information. Yet when Bush want to go to war against the people of Iraq it sold us that war based on lies.
Since those who produce HFCS are major advertisers who line the pockets of the NYT I consider it reasonable to ask the question, “Does the Cheer leader tell the truth on HFCS or is it like every other dependent on the money paid corporate shill just repeating what those who pay the bills want them to say?
I’m as guilty of doing this as everyone else. Some days at work I am asked to market a product I would no more put in my body than poison. And I justify doing so the same way, I need my job.
People who warn of the dangers of HFCS are dismissed by the HFCS producing corporations in the same way the cranks who waned us about the link between cigarettes and cancer were. And often by the children of those corporate whores who denied the risks of tobacco as causing cancer.