Monday, August 11, 2014

The High Cost of Sitting Down with the Industry

As the registered dietician who wrote this article points out, the food industry as well as the soda industry are "spreading their good word" of their ongoing relationship of "good will" with health organizations in order to combat the growing public health problems that we have in this country.

But, how can we honestly believe that organizations like Coca-Cola and McDonald's truly have the public's best health interest at heart? Aren't these two organizations part of the unhealthful food web that we are trying to extricate ourselves from further plummeting down the unwholesome rabbit hole of bad lifestyle behaviors?

This is what happens when health organizations and Big Food/Big Soda try to come together...
"Health organizations have -- or should have -- one simple goal: help Americans achieve healthier lives. Coca-Cola has one very specific goal: sell as much product as possible. Expecting Coca-Cola to prioritize health over profits borders on delusional."

As an example to further understand where an organization like Coca-Cola has their real interests, it is important to understand their real intentions. This is what they argue or rather claim on their Coca-Cola Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness website/page:

1) "Studies show that under some circumstances, intake of sugars can boost performance on cognitive tasks."
  • In addition to the point made by Andy Bellatti, MS, RD, there is plenty of undeniably statistical evidence that sugar is actually a poison to the body. If you don't believe me, check out the following books/writings of Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist from UCSF.
2) "The U.S. Institute of Medicine found that very high and very low intakes of added sugars were associated with lower micronutrient intakes. The report suggested an intake level of 25% or less of calories (energy) from added sugars in the total diet based on data showing decreased intake of some micronutrients in some population groups exceeding this level."
  • This is just a fact that the food industry wants people to believe -- really? cutting back on added sugar can actually interfere with good nutrition? Makes no sense... What the Institute of Medicine really did say is the following:
  • "Added sugars should compromise no more than 25 percent of total calories consumed. Added sugars provide insignificant amounts of vitamins, minerals, or other essential nutrients. Major sources include soft drinks, juice drinks, pastries, candies and other sweets.
3)  "The causes of diabetes continue to be a mystery."
  • Upon reading many of the articles from this blog, there is evidence that Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. "About 9 cases in 10 could be avoided by taking several simple steps: keeping weight under control, exercising more, eating a healthy diet and not smoking.
To learn more about this issue, read the article...

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