I’m beginning to veer into a health specialization within my psychology degree, and being that I have an interest in size acceptance, those things intersect in many ways. One of those ways is food – I spend a lot of time thinking about how food is marketed in America, and food availability.
Theoretically, food is plentiful and available. In reality, there are a lot of cheap and unhealthy foods that are plentiful and available, but healthier options? Sometimes not so much.
If you need any sort of special diet, for example, you’re going to spend more. If you have Celiac or are otherwise gluten intolerant, your food bills go way the hell up. If you’re like me and can’t digest gluten, dairy, or soy, not only are your options limited, but your grocery bills are higher.
It was having to go gluten free that got me interested in how food is processed and marketed in our country – it’s ridiculous the foods that can contain wheat products. It’s often used as a filler. And because I had to read labels, I began to, you know…read the labels. And I wasn’t always too impressed with what I saw.
Just because something says it’s healthy, contains healthy ingredients, or has an organic label, doesn’t mean it’s actually healthy or organic. And the FDA is not on the side of the public when it comes to helping people understand what they’re consuming.
Here’s some stuff you should read about what’s really going on with the foods you eat:
This article explains that a lot of healthy foods are actually full of sugar, and too much sugar is a big problem. But we’re not looking for sugar – the author points out that we think about health in isolated terms. In other words, we’re focused on one or two things – fiber, calcium, whole grain, etc. – that we don’t look at the big picture of what we’re consuming. Often, healthy and organic foods are misleadingly loaded with sugar. Even natural sugars in excess are bad.
Start looking at how much sugar is in the things you buy – even stuff that you wouldn’t think has a lot of sugar. You’ll be surprised how much sugar you’re actually consuming.
Even the wine industry is not exempt from criticism these days – one CEO is pushing winemakers to be more transparent in their labeling processes as well. Apparently winemaking isn’t always the pure artisan industry that many people think it is.
A really great article about Monsanto, and how it is being (slowly) exposed for what it really is, as people become more and more aware of what’s being put in their food. It talks a lot about propoganda and GMOs as well. There’s a reason why Big Food is desperately trying to keep transparent labeling laws from going into effect nationwide – because if people know what’s in their food, they may opt not to buy it. They may demand change.
An educated public is a public with power. They don’t want us to have power – they don’t want this country to be a democracy in its truest sense. We’re a country run by corporations.
Corporations value profits over the greater good, and there are a lot of people with a lot of money fighting really hard to make sure they can keep misleading the public in order to increase their profits.
The best way to challenge this industry is to keep questioning it. More and more people are beginning to question whether GMOs are really a good idea. More and more people don’t want meat from animals given hormones. More and more people are beginning to become squeamish about products with a lot of high fructose corn syrup.
This is progress. Keep educating yourselves – the only person who’s going to look out for your health is you.
Big Food and the FDA sure as shit don’t care.