Saturday, February 11, 2006

Food Company Holds Secret Low-Fat Meeting

In the wake of this week's earth-shattering news about an explosive 8-year study exposing the lie that the low-fat diet is a healthy way to eat for weight management and disease control, an astute regular reader of my blog sent me the following cartoon that perhaps illustrates best what the real motive behind the low-fat diet fad has been about from day one:

Let's face it, people, food companies are out to make a buck any way that they can. They DON'T CARE about your health and they really DON'T CARE about whether you ever lose weight or not. What they DO CARE about is you buying their products over and over and over again. Cha-ching, cha-ching -- $$$$$!!!

Are all food companies like this? Of course not. The smaller companies who still value the people and are involved intimately in their products I think, for the most part, DO care. But it's the giants in the food industry who are constantly looking for trends and attempt to meet that need with what they think the consuming public will want to buy. Again, it's not ALL major food companies, but I contend it is MOST of them.

These companies even tried to jump on the low-carb product bandwagon, but their nasty and unhealthy not-very-"low-carb" concoctions were a dismal failure because these food manufacturers obviously didn't know what the definition of "low-carb" is. When people didn't lose weight eating these products, the media and health "experts" quickly announced that low-carb is dead and that was the end of that in their minds.

With all the ridicule and scorn that these low-carb products have taken over the past year for their supposed failure, why hasn't the same reaction happened to these genuinely gross and ineffective low-fat food products, too? I guess when it comes to low-fat foods, the worse they taste the better they are supposed to be for you! :-~ I couldn't stomach them when I was low-fat dieting! If that was the ONLY way to eat healthy as some suggest, then I don't think that would entice anyone to ever try to lose weight. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that is exactly what has happened with some people.

I don't know about you, but I think it's best just to stay away from ANYTHING that CLAIMS to be low-fat, low-carb, or whatever until you have had a chance to take a good hard look at the company that makes these products and feel certain that it is one you can trust. Heck, even a big-name and supposedly reputable company like McDonald's can't even tell the truth about the nutritional content of THEIR products which we KNOW are bad! What makes you think other major food companies haven't also fudged the numbers on the foods they serve to the public, purposely or otherwise? Hmmm?

In the end, you are better off just choosing the best whole food products that you can and be very selective about which brands of "low-carb" foods you allow in your home when you are livin' la vida low-carb. For the most part, you can trust most of the products carried by your local low-carb retailers. If you don't have a low-carb store near you, then there are many online retail stores that would be happy to provide you with the low-carb products you are looking for.

You might want to try these stores that I KNOW can hook you up with the best products:

Low-Carb Central
Low-Carb Connoisseur
Kick The Carbz
Viva Low-Carb
LoCarb Life & Health

Meanwhile, the secret low-fat food company board meetings will continue on trying to scam the public out of their money all under the guise of providing "healthy" products for them to consume.

WAKE UP, AMERICA! Hear it loud and hear it clear: THESE COMPANIES DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH!!! Repeat that over and over again until the truth sinks in. Then take personal control of your health and weight without relying on the corporate bigwigs at these food manufacturers to decide what is good for you. What do they know anyway?

Speaking of that, isn't it funny how so many of those top executives at these companies could stand to lose a few pounds themselves?! Just an observation! For example, I was watching television while working out at the YMCA the other day and saw a local Pepsi commercial featuring the president of the Greenville, SC-based bottler. Here was a man that had to weight at least 350 pounds wearing a suit with the buttons on his shirt just about ready to pop off and injure the cameraman! The commercial showed this man proudly holding up a giant guzzler bottle of Pepsi while the president guys made some flattering comments about the product he was holding.

Does he even realize the irony of that image he was portraying? Probably not. BECAUSE HE DOESN'T CARE!!!


Blogger Science4u1959 said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful if that exact thing happened? Although I can easily think of much more yummy things to look at I'd pay a fortune to watch mr. Sugar burst out of his suit in prime time :)

But no doubt, if such devine justice would happen, the next segment would have the wonderful and caring mr. Kahn of the ADA on, assuring us that sugar doesn't make you fat and that "it's just a function of calories in, calories out" and similar nonsense.

What a world... but anyway, great post, Jimmy.

2/11/2006 10:34 PM  
Blogger Newbirth said...

I read labels and buy what works for me. I've found a few good dressings from Kraft - two marketed toward people on South Beach (but perfectly fine on Atkins, too), and one not marketed to any group, but low enough in carbs and calories to use. One carb or less per two tablespoons is pretty much what I look for. By the time you get up to 2 carbs per two tablespoons, it adds up too quick for the amount of dressing I use. (Think 10 oz. of salad.)

I used to read nutritional info. looking for calories and fat. Now I look for calories, carbs, and sugar.

2/12/2006 10:54 PM  

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