At the grocery store on Sunday, Sherry and I saw a bunch of big people there who were all trying to eat well: low-fat, whole grain, and organic fruit juices were among the items in their carts. These people actually believe that eating that food is good for them. It’s what they’ve been taught their whole lives, and by God, they’re doing their best to “Eat right.” To me, this is criminal. Our system, our health professionals, and our government have let these people down. What’s worse is that the food lobbies pay for professionals to keep spewing horrible nutrition advice to keep selling their horrible foods.
In the grocery store, it’s amazing to see how little of the food is actually good for you. I would estimate that nearly 85% of the items on the shelves for consumption have some kind of sugar in them. A lot of that comes from wheat, rice, beans, dairy, or straight-up sugar like corn syrup or other sweeteners. It’s morbidly laughable how many of these items sell themselves as “Heart healthy,” or “Gluten Free” (as if Gluten Free meant it was somehow better for you).
I don’t blame fat people for being fat. I know how easy it is to get to that point where you’re 50, 60, or even 100 lbs overweight. It creeps up on you like a ninja in the night. I blame our government, our education system, the majority of our medical and nutrition professionals, and I blame wholeheartedly the food lobbies and food manufacturers for outright lying to us about what is healthy and what is not.
The problem is that this won’t change anytime soon. There’s too much money to be made selling horrible food to people. The profit margins on fries, pizzas, and hamburgers is too high to give up. Breakfast cereals? How much money is made on breakfast cereals?
The breakfast cereal industry has gross profit margins of 40-45%, 90% penetration in some markets, and steady and continued growth throughout its history. -revolvy.com
I don’t see any of these companies giving up on these types of profits anytime soon. After all, the only thing they care about is shareholder value. The heck with us and our health as a nation.