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We all spend a reasonable amount of time daily thinking about food and then worrying about how to manage it.
But do we spend even a minute thinking about the hidden secrets of the food we eat three-time, every day?
Team StickToHealth has done exhaustive research regarding the food industry’s secrets, which we compiled as an elaborate article.
Without wasting any time, let’s dive into the controversial topic, “Secrets of the Food Industry.”
We hope Giant Food Industry owners don’t sue us for compiling “explicit facts” about food!
To sell a product, you need to advertise it on TV, billboards, social media, YouTube and everywhere.
Of course, this teasing process is meant to arouse the senses and make people want to buy the product.
Photoshop and advanced marketing techniques are used to do that, like particular words that trigger emotions and tasty, good-looking pictures.
Often these ads will portray a product in a different light than it is.
Especially regarding food, the colours are different on TV, and the ingredients look fresh, making the product look bigger and better.
But when you buy it, you get to experience the genuine product.
Without Photoshop editing and marketing, it’s even worse. When you taste it, it’s nowhere what you expected or what it was advertised.
The cheating by the false advertisements and their relative truth are to be taken with a grain of salt.
Moral of the story. Keep your children away from ads.
The Food Industry is Worth Trillions of Dollars, globally!
Most of our monthly budget goes to food, groceries and eating out.
If you don’t grow your food, you must buy it from stores or supermarkets.
Yearly the whole food industry makes around $ 570 Billion in revenue, which is bigger than the value of most countries.
In the USA alone, the total profits of 2017 were over $ 200 billion more than in 1970.
We buy so much food, sometimes in bulk, and then throw it away.
Capitalism has its good side but also has a dark and wasteful one in which we kind of throw money away with a good conscience.
Chicken is Injected with Antibiotics to Increase its Size
Protein is the primary nutrient we need in our diet, which can be easily found in meat and some vegetables.
Of all the meats, chicken has the most protein and is the most popular type of poultry in the world.
Since there are around seven billion people on this planet, the demand for chicken is very high, and the poultry industry is worth Billions of Dollars.
To increase profits multifold, the owners of poultry farms have learned to cover that need by injecting the live chicken with antibiotics and growth hormones.
This makes the chicken grow faster and more significantly than the standard size, but it sadly compromises the quality and taste of the meat.
The downside is that people eating antibiotic-injected meat are at risk of developing gastrointestinal infections, urinary tract infections, and antibiotic resistance; be careful what you choose from the shelf.
If you have cooked anything in your life, you know that salt is the ingredient you always add. A pinch of salt, irrespective of the dish, is enough to balance the taste of your food and make the other flavours stand out.
Sadly, lots of food we buy contains large amounts of salt and sugar, and the worst part is they are meant to mask sour flavours, preservatives or shady ingredients.
Surprisingly or not, salt suppresses bitterness better than sugar. So, you might consider adding a pinch of salt next time you cook something.
On the other hand, the additional amount of salt in foods has a lot of harmful effects on our bodies, making us gain more weight or become more dehydrated, and it can even lead to kidney issues.
While sugar can give you diabetes.
Sugar and salt are the perfect combos for acne inflammation and extra pounds on your hips.
Being a parent is hard.
You are 100% responsible for what your children do, act and eat, and everyone has the best advice to offer on how to raise your offspring.
You want to give them the best out there, but what is the best, which food is good for them, and what brands do you trust?
Studies have shown that children often misbehave due to bad diets and sugar intake.
If you don’t know what to do anymore, maybe you should analyse their diet at the end of the day, we are what we eat.
Preservatives can cause irritability, restlessness, inattention and sleep disturbances in children prone to food sensitivities and food colourings, particularly red, yellow, and orange, can cause hyperactivity in some children.
Farming and agriculture have been around for a long time, providing human food.
In the United States alone, over 260 million acres of forest have been cleared to make room for crop fields farming and livestock to maintain the constantly growing food supply need.
If you don’t know this by now, intensive agriculture is a huge source of pollution.
The industry uses a lot of freshwaters to produce crops, and the chemicals used do a lot of harm to the environment.
These contribute to land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain and deforestation worldwide.
In every industry, a handful of people are the stakeholders, and they manage to make Billions of Dollars out of it.
Some are famous, and some rule their kingdom from the shadows, not wanting the attention shifted onto them.
In the food industry, one umbrella company has so many little brands, but it actually rules the entire industry.
Yes, we’re talking about Nestle.
They made over 90 billion dollars in revenue and 8.6 billion dollars in profits in 2017 alone.
This Swiss company owns many brands in many departments, like cereals, baby food, chocolate, cookies, noodles and coffee, animal food, bottled water and so on.
If you look at the variety of brands they own, you’ll quickly realize that whatever you do and wherever you are, somehow, you’ll buy a product from Nestle.
One of the worst things about the food industry is that regulations and laws are often vague, with loopholes allowing them to mislead the public perception and trust.
No sugar or sugar-free claims are often stated on a box for marketing reasons to trick you into believing one product is healthier than another.
Sugar can be found in various products in different forms and quantities.
Like carbs, another form of sugar, it can affect your body similarly.
Sadly, no sugar statement is not entirely accurate.
The same is the case with big brands like Coca-Cola or Tic-Tac and their zero-sugar products.
Yes, they still have sugar next time, make sure to read the label and don’t trust their advertising info.
Thousands of years ago, the native cultures that populated our world had different lives and rules. They used food and weaponry as currency and hunted for a living.
In Central and Southern America, the pre-Olmec cultures, especially from Mexico, used to trade cocoa beans and seeds.
When the Aztecs began to dominate Mesoamerica, now Central America, they had an intense craving for cocoa beans which unfortunately could not be grown in the heart of their civilization.
Therefore, they were forced to rely on the Mayans and traded with them for cocoa seeds.
This is how they used food as currency, a habit many civilizations used before the Bronze Age.
A few years ago, Jamie Oliver, the famous chef, decided to wage war against McDonald’s and their burgers.
We all know that the fast-food chain does not make the healthiest food on the market, but he went so far as to claim that their burgers are quite unfit for humans and they should stop selling them.
He addressed this issue in many videos and shows, explaining to everyone how they make these burgers and why they are unfit for us.
The fatty parts of the beef are washed in ammonium hydroxide and used in the filling of the burger. A challenging process that does not affect the taste, so people don’t notice it.
Later, he won the battle against the chain, forcing them to change the recipe. So, Thank You, Jamie.
There is a place in Japan where people live up to a hundred years or even more. We’re talking about Okinawa, an island where all people live until they are at least 80 or 90 years old.
There are more octogenarians in Okinawa than anywhere else and five times more than in the rest of Japan.
People have been studying their lifestyle and diet and have come to realize that it might be their diet that keeps them alive.
It consists of a low-carb diet with lots of fruit, tofu, vegetables, rice, and seaweed.
This balanced diet and an active lifestyle have helped many people in Okinawa live up to 100 years old.
You might want to change your diet and switch to the Okinawa side to live longer.
Food is significant in our lives, and some take their diet very seriously. People who invented veganism, low-carb diets, high-protein diets, paleo, etc.
There are even people who only eat fruits and nothing else.
Another extremely more rebellious way of eating is freeganism, aka dumpster-diving.
Freeganism means that you raid restaurant and supermarket dumpsters and eat their trash which consists of rotten fruits and any valuable leftovers.
This is often viewed as more like an anti-capitalism movement or ideology than a dietary one, but it’s meant to combat food waste.
Unfortunately, it can put people at risk.
The food can lead to a few problems you don’t want to have if contaminated.
France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them to donate it to charities and food banks. No freeganism in France.
Diets have been around for a long time; along with modern times, they’ve evolved too.
Sometimes with significant scientific breakthroughs, but other times with stupid reasoning behind them.
Nowadays, more and more people are turning to veganism because every one of their cats is doing it more like monkey see monkey do.
Another trending dietary restriction is dairy-free and gluten-free. People believe that dairy, such as milk, cheese, and yoghurt, can cause inflammation and make you bloated, whereas gluten in grains and bread can make you tired.
There are not so many studies to back up the information, and most of these diets apply to celiac disease and lactose intolerance, so if you don’t have a special diet recommended by a physician, you might just be restricting yourself because of the internet.
Okinawa might be the place for centenarians, but it also involves other factors like genetics, lifestyle, and environment.
On the other hand, a diet that pretty much everybody can follow is the Mediterranean one.
People living on the Mediterranean coast in countries like Italy, Spain, Greece or Northern Africa have different diets and habits.
It’s the best choice for fish, fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds, and oils. This diet includes all the nutrients you need and a bonus glass of vino.
Besides the benefits you get from it, you also mix and match all the ingredients and make the best of what you have never felt like you’ve overeaten.
All Brands are under a Few Big Corporations
Like any other out there, this industry is ruled by a few corporations.
They are umbrella brands that brought the small ones in, and now each one shares a share of the market, leaving little to no space for independent companies and small producers to enter the market.
Go into a store or supermarket. You’ll see that Mondelez, craft, Coca-Cola, Nestle, PepsiCo, P&G, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s and Unilever own almost everything from food to health care products whatever you buy, you buy from one of these companies.
It’s not necessarily bad, but other products might not have their budgets to market and be visible.
War is always tough, especially on soldiers. They have to endure harsh weather conditions, physical stress, and malnutrition.
Luckily since World War I and II, the food supply for soldiers has significantly improved.
Soldiers carry some smartly engineered meals in their bags when they go to war.
It must be light and easy to carry, capable of staying edible even after weeks in the hot sun.
Supply the high number of calories that soldiers in the field need, more than 4,000 a day, and of course, not cost the taxpayer any inordinate amount.
During the war, metal can be invented and also powder food.
Nowadays, they are found in every store, and we eat them regularly. There was one good thing to come out of the war.
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