The “food industrial complex” may be amongst the most corrupt markets in the world – and, for the most, part, they get away with pumping fake foods into the supermarkets.
Here’s a harsh reality: most people have no idea what they’re eating. Need proof? In a poll taken by the Organic Consumers Association, 75 percent of Americans didn’t know they were eating genetically engineered foods.
Just 29 percent of people say they “trust the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)” according to the same study.
The fast food industry? Ethics aren’t much better there, either. Companies from Red Lobster – busted for selling, well, fake lobster; to upscale steak restaurants feeding customers “100%, grass-fed” beef from cows saturated with drugs and hormones seems to be the norm in the food industry.
In this article, we discuss seven foods known not only to be incredibly unhealthy; but foods marketed to the public – in many cases – as the exact opposite.
7 ‘Fake’ Foods To Never Eat
Paradoxically, Americans are becoming both more obese and nutrient deficient at the same time. Obese children eating processed foods are nutrient depleted and increasingly get scurvy and rickets, diseases we thought we left behind in the 19th and 20th centuries. – Mark Hyman, M.D.
1. Diet Soda
We all know the dangerous consequences of drinking sugary soda. Kids drink of choice? Mountain Dew: 77 grams of sugar (12 teaspoons in a 20-ounce serving.)
Along came Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, and loads of other sugar-free sodas. But something had something must’ve been substituted to give the product its flavor, right? Actually, a few things were added: aspartame, acesulfame K. neotame, sucralose; “artificial sweeteners” for short.
The problem is that most independent, scientific research ties “fake sugar” to several health-related issues. Depression, digestive problems, joint pain, metabolic disruptions, and neurological diseases are all cited as potential issues from consuming the stuff.
2. Canned Tomatoes
Fresh tomatoes are a delicious staple for many dishes. They are also incredibly healthy and loaded with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients.
Canned tomatoes? Not so much. Besides being heavily processed, canned tomatoes contain unhealthy levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) – a synthetic estrogen linked to reproductive problems; to diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
The high levels of BPA found in canned tomatoes come from manufacturers preferred method of packaging: tin cans. More specifically, the resin linings of tin cans.
A healthier choice: tomatoes in glass bottles, or of the organic variety.
3. Microwaved Popcorn
Back in the day, workers making popcorn developed a strange disease that was called “popcorn lung.” The culprit? A food chemical by the name of Diacetyl.
As with most public health hazards, word eventually got out to the public. Companies responded by eliminating diacetyl; only to replace it with other additives with the same effects as diacetyl: dry cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, phlegm production, fatigue, drowsiness, headache, aches, fever, and nausea.
The better option? Make your popcorn with real butter. No, it isn’t necessarily a “healthy” choice,” but it won’t produce symptoms similar to the black lung either.
4. “Fish” Sticks
Contrary to popular opinion, fish sticks contain little to no fish at all. Rather unsurprising, since the cost of real crab is proportionately much higher.
Instead, these are often a mix of fish, additives (extract, flavor, seasonings, etcetera.) Manufacturers choose the fish used for these sticks just for its texture and color. Texture and color that are meant to resemble the appearance of a real fish. Thus, they confuse consumers.
The result: a high-processed product with loads to additives and preservatives, including monosodium glutamate (MSG), starches, and “food gum” to create texture.
5. Spray cheese (aka, “Easy Cheese”)
Spray cheese, cheese-in-a-can, or whatever one may call it, is an extremely unhealthy, additive-laden product. Sold in a pressurized can, the product appealed to consumers who’d taken a liking to a tasty, convenient alternative to individually sliced or shredded cheese.