Straying off topic today and into the world of nutition, which is also fraught with junk science, tragedy and greed.
Pepsico and a “lethal force in society”
Forbes reports Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi is not amused over Trump’s election, warning of a potential “lethal force in society“.
As a result some people have reacted critically to Nooyi’s comments, and are even calling for a boycott of Pepsico products.
Yet looking at the company’s product range, there are far more compelling reasons to boycott them: your HEALTH!
If anything is lethal, it is the many of Pepsico’s beverage and snack products.
Comically, Nooyi insists that the company’s products contain mostly natural ingredients, and so can be enjoyed healthily in moderation. “We never want you to make a choice between health and taste, health and availability, and health and price,” she said.
Killer dream team of junk food
With the exception of Quaker Oats, its mineral water and maybe Tropicana brand juice, much of the rest of the product line shown above is what I’d call a killer dream team of unhealthy junk food.
Such junk foods throughout the industry have in large part contributed to the massive epidemic of heart disease and metabolic syndrome now sweeping across large parts of the globe.
Never mind the sugary soft drinks or aspartame-laced diet beverages, Pepsico’s range of snack foods are real health dangers when eaten in excess. No credible healthfood expert would recommend their consumption on any frequency scale other than rarely or never.
For example look at the ingredients for Doritos (analysis here):
Whole corn, vegetable oil (corn, soybean, and/or sunflower oil), salt, cheddar cheese (milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), maltodextrin, wheat flour, whey, monosodium glutamate, buttermilk solids, romano cheese (part skim cow’s milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), whey protein concentrate, onion powder, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, corn flour, disodium phosphate, lactose, natural and artificial flavor, dextrose, tomato powder, spices, lactic acid, artificial color (including Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40), citric acid, sugar, garlic powder, red and green bell pepper powder, sodium caseinate, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, nonfat milk solids, whey protein isolate, corn syrup solids.
Though many may stem from “natural” sources, as Nooyo likes to trumpet, most ingredients are so highly processed that they are de facto rendered totally foreign of natural foods.
Note all the added starches, processed flours and various forms of sugar that will do a real number on putting your blood sugar on a roller coaster. The product also contains partially hydrogenated oils – bad stuff.
Moreover the ingredients are not only selected and portioned to make the product taste great, but also to mess up with your appetite-regulation system (intense cravings). You’ll just want to eat more.
Checck out what one finds in Cheetos here!
The high number of calories in each package hardly delivers any body-regenerating nutients in the form of essential vitamins and minerals. Nutrient-density is practically zilch.
The oils these snacks contain are often subjected to high heat Levels and extensive processing, making them real free radical suppliers. In my opinion any parent making such products (no matter the manufacturer) a part of a child’s daily nutrition ought to be punished for child abuse. Little wonder child obesity rates are as high as they are today. Unbelievable corporations get away with this.
Of course consuming a serving of these snack products from time to time (a couple times a month) will likely pose little added health risk because the human body is equipped with rather a formidable waste treatment/disposal system that is designed to deal with the rubbish that the digestion of junk snack foods leads to – but only to a certain point.
Forget the political boycott. Just do it for your health.