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.
10 responses to “There Are Far Better Reasons For Boycotting Pepsico Products: YOUR HEALTH”
Unfair on Quaker oats but spot on otherwise, even Lipton is disgusting sweetner laced ‘ice tea’ rather than a decent cup of tea to go with the Quaker oats porridge for breakfast.
In their R&D labs, Pepsi uses select aborted fetal tissue to test various new flavoring agents.
I find that morally reprehensible, and have not had any Pepsi since I read about it.
They don’t use it in the products, just in tests while developing additives, but any use of murdered babies is too much, as far as I’m concerned.
“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.”
Since I lug my body around on a bike since February again I will say one thing to the defense of providers of calory-laden foods.
They sell you a whole lot of calories for little money!
It turns out though that purely sugar based products pale in comparison to the combination of starch and fat: Potatoe chips are the optimal fuel in calories per dry weight.
That’s what *I* currently do to replenish my fuel…
I use standard, classic Coca Cola as bike fuel. With a pinch of salt. Literally.
Perfectly reasonable. I had to up my salt intake as well. (Which is not a health problem as long as you don’t have hypertension problems! as scientists found out. To me it looks like a certain group of people have problems shedding excess salt – and most people do just fine)
In as much as our digestive system is not just a simple chemical plant decomposing our food into the required agents and building blocks to maintain our bodies. But it is a very complex biological system with many thousands (maybe millions) of microbes ensuring that food is digested in the correct way.
The balance of these microbes can and often are upset by our individual diet. Inputting large volumes of processed food is not what this system was made for, and as is being found in many studies, the balance of the biochemistry and microbe activity can become seriously compromised leading to illness.
Certainly there are a lot of modern studies that highlight diet to low level inflammation and plenty of information…
Here is some info on inflammation and diet — http://www.livescience.com/52344-inflammation.html
And her on inflammation and depression —
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-breakthrough-depression-solution/201111/the-brain-fire-inflammation-and-depression and http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/836260
Drinks with a mix of sugar, synthetic caffeine, taurine and artificial sweeteners aspartame have been implicated in wide range of illness, from liver degeneration, stroke, and heart abnormalities, to serious episodes of migraine in adults, and ADHD in young people.
Do you want fries and a Red Bull with that depression?
Re the aspartame: The production process leaves varying amounts of methylene residue in the drink. Coke Zero is good. The Aspartame coke by German discounter chain Lidl does seem to have a higher residue – it left me with excruciating cluster headaches on a hot day when I drank lots of it. I later found out that connection.
Hangover headaches are the same thing, caused by methylene residue in drinks – Pilsner is good, wheat beers like German Hefeweizen contain more.
I did NOT know that. Since I’m prone to migraines, I should probably keep an ey on that.
You may be interested in this (preliminary) study.
I believe that this is the tip of the iceberg when it come to the effects of aspartame and other similar chemical sweeteners.
And also this https://migraine.com/blog/aspartame-a-potential-trigger-for-migraines/
Which I have found to be an informative site for all fellow sufferers.