If you have 10 minutes, this is a concise and thought provoking video by the BBC comparing Big Food to Big Tobacco, and the lawyers who are working to take on Big Food. There is a section that shows neuroscience researchers testing hypotheses on food and addiction that is both fascinating and creepy (shoving shrimp scampi in a woman’s face while she lays in an MRI tunnel). Kelly Brownell, a personal favorite of mine from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, is featured.
"Only when you affect their profit can you affect their behavior."
Clear evidence that Big Food wants to trick you.
I read about this somewhere a few months ago, but this is the first time I’ve actually seen the horrifying sight in real life.
Potato chips prominently displayed in the produce section.
Apparently, processed food companies are trying to work their products into the fresh/unprocessed food section of grocery stores to align them with healthier alternatives and boost sales.
Normally, (and I’m sure this is the case for many), I never travel down the chips aisle, but now here they are, right in the middle of two weekly staples: avocados and tomatoes. Perhaps a shopper was picking up some tomatoes for salad, then saw the chips, and thought… Mmm chips and guac! Delicious and totally fine.. except when a company is manipulating you when you’re not even aware.
Nothing makes me angrier. So BEWARE! Don’t let Big Food get a hand on your grocery list. Get that junk out of my produce aisle.
..Is Rick Perry aware that most of those illegal immigrants he’s referring to who are being hired by American companies are migrant farm workers and slaughterhouse employees? These immigrants are doing the work that Americans refuse to stoop low enough to perform, not only because they are arduous and low paying jobs, but because they are extremely dangerous.
If Rick Perry wants to stop American companies from hiring illegal immigrants, he needs to first look at the state of our agricultural system and the conditions of it’s workplaces.
Last week in my nutrition class we discussed nutrient and health claims that companies print on their products.
I’ve written about my disgust towards health claims before, but I didn’t know much about the laws (and lack of laws) that make these claims even more insidious.
There are two types of health related claims: HEALTH CLAIMS and STRUCTURE-FUNCTION CLAIMS.
- example: “Fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
- example: “Promotes a healthy heart.”
Basically, food companies got on the FDA’s case and complained that they wanted the ability to make claims for things that could be true, arguing that “holding only the highest scientific standard for claims interferes with free speech.” AND THIS WORKED!
Now, companies can print possible benefits as long as they don’t relate the claim to a disease or health-related condition.
Guess what types of products you can find structure function claims on!
We know health claims are everywhere, but now we know that the FDA really isn’t doing all that much to regulate them. Not shocking news, but still depressing.
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Michelle is a: Postbac premed student, former documentary producer, vegetarian, runner, & food-lover.
My life revolves around food. Cooking food, eating food, discussing the politics of food. We’re surrounded by so many false advertisements and misconceptions about nutrition, its difficult to know where the truth lies. This blog is where I share my food choices, recipes, and outlook on healthy-living (and some quips about my path towards becoming a doctor).