Are American Food Companies Knowingly Fattening Us Up?


Perhaps you won’t be able to rid your diet of all the bad ingredients– but understanding how tempting and unhealthy food components are expertly marketed makes them easier to avoid.

We live in a world of sugary caramel sodas, cheesy bacon cheeseburgers, and greasy pepperoni pizzas.

But what do these unhealthy explosives have in common? They all carry copious amounts of sugar, fat, and salt.

David Kessler, MD, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, writes that food companies feast on our biological addictions to those three specific food components similarly to the way tobacco companies exploit the addictive characteristics of nicotine in their products.

The food industry’s scheming tactics were recently brought into question by New York Times reporter Michael Moss, who indicated in his new book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us that food industry executives have known since 1999—and willfully ignored—the part their foods have played in the growing obesity epidemic.

Dr. Kessler doesn’t think there’s any reason to be excited for change more than a full decade later, either; today’s multilayered, multisensory, “hyperpalatable” foods, as he terms them, feed on our insatiable need for sugar, fat, and salt.

In truth, these tasty goodies fill our brains with pleasure but our stomachs with empty, fruitless calories that have us craving more grub.

According to Kessler, the biggest obesity food perpetrators are the ones that food consumers believe are healthy– like vegetables or chicken. That’s because producers of these “healthy” foods are oftentimes sneaking in hidden sugars, fats, and salts. Not to mention, the food industry continues marketing huge portions of food so that consumers expect nothing less. In short, the food industry has discovered ways to stimulate our taste buds– and our waistline expansion– in a very profitable way.


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