There is an obesity epidemic in this country. I believe in personal responsibility, exercising, and the importance of health. I probably have stronger convictions regarding these things than the majority of the population. With that being said, I think there is a serious problem with food manufacturers in this country. There is a problem with putting products in food for the purpose of making it addictive. I think this practice should be criminal. Yes, obese people need to take steps to having a healthier lifestyle; truthfully it’s something everyone should strive for. How are things like MSG, artificial sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup still legal when they are proven to be addictive?
There is a difference between good food and addictive food and I think in this country most people don’t get it. I have no idea why children are served juice, I really don’t. The only thing you are doing is prepping them for a soda addiction later. There is almost no nutritional value in a glass of juice. You are better off to eat the fruit that the juice is derived from. In case you don’t know, canned fruit packaged in any form of syrup or artificial sweetener is probably worse than juice and definitely not as beneficial as fresh fruit. Yet, fruit cocktail in heavy syrup is a staple in almost all cafeteria lunch lines.
I’ve read studies on the hazards of everything from GMO’s, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, and food dyes. All the research says the same thing, this stuff is killing us slowly. (Well to be fair, they probably say it a little nicer than I just did, but you get the point.) If you don’t want to listen to the research then listen to me.
If you know me in real life you probably know that I struggle with my weight. I’ve been really fat and really thin and just now in my mid 20’s have begun to stabilize. I used to diet all the time: 6 shots of espresso with equal (check), protein shake with artificial sweetener to reduce hunger (check), tons of “healthy stuff” that doesn’t really qualify as food (check.) And you know what? None of it worked. You might think I’m crazy but I lost 20 pounds by ditching protein shakes and diet soda without a minute of cardio. I now follow 2 very simple rules: drink water and limit yourself to 6-9 teaspoons of processed sugar a day. I’m still losing weight.
BE CAREFUL because sugar is in everything from ketchup to cookies and everything packaged in between. Chobani yogurt, famous for the slogan “how it’s made matters”, has 3 teaspoons of sugar per serving for fruit varieties. You have to stay on your toes and pay attention. Maybe someday when the lobbyists have less power, food will actually be good for you again. Until then, proceed with caution.