Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Processed Food Manufacturing
Subsidies from the USDA have made vegetable oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids and refined grain products (flours and sweeteners) from wheat and corn the cheapest food commodities in the world in terms of price per calorie.
As a result, the processed food industry has used every trick in the book to mix these cheap commodities into processed foods that not only have a long shelf life, but also have much higher profits.
Today, a large supermarket may sell up to 50,000 items, much of it processed foods made from refined grains and cheap fats.
The annual sales of these processed foods are about $175 billion per year.
This number is frighteningly close to the $160 billion per year spent on prescription drugs in America.
The processed food industry in the US is the most technologically advanced in the world – it can make virtually anything out of cheap refined grains and vegetable oils.
Most important, the processed food industry also knows how to make them taste great.
There is another dilemma with processed food – palatability versus satiation.
Very palatable foods cause hunger (because they’re rich in high glycemic-load carbohydrates).
Foods inducing satiety (control of hunger) aren’t thought of as very palatable.
A candy bar is very palatable, but it doesn’t control your hunger very well.
A plate of broccoli is very satiating, but most don’t think it’s very palatable.
Human nature drives us toward what tastes good, and the food industry has the right tools (thanks to subsidies from the USDA) to make exactly what we like to eat.
And, the food industry spends about $33 billion per year in advertising (1/3 on advertising to children) to let you know where you can find the cheapest, most palatable foods in the world.
This leads to the real problem of cheap food.
For people in lower socioeconomic groups, the best economic decision is to buy food products with the greatest number of calories for the least amount of money.
It used to be rice, bread, and potatoes.
Now it’s processed food of refined grains, sugars, and vegetable oils.
In fact, the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables is 100-400 times greater per calorie than refined grains, sugars, and vegetable oils.
Asking the poor to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables to lower the glycemic load of their diets is simply not going to happen.
The USDA food subsidies keep the real price of grains, starches and vegetable oil incredibly low, and the processed food industry turns these commodities into extremely palatable, inexpensive foods.
Spokespersons for the processed food industry have also taken a lesson from the tobacco industry, stating that eating their products is purely a personal responsibility.
If you really want to lose weight, then you should “eat less and exercise more.”
What they don’t tell you is you’d have to walk for 6 hours to burn off the calories in one supersize McDonald’s Big Mac value meal.
And if Americans really did partake in the other part of this mantra to “eat less,” then very soon the entire American agribusiness industry (as well as a significant portion of the processed food, grocery, and restaurant industries) would collapse because they need as many people as possible eating as much food as possible to make profits.
Are the USDA and the entire food industry the only organizations responsible for the current epidemic of silent inflammation?
There’s still another unlikely suspect: the American medical establishment.
Come join us on our natural weight loss journey! We’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)
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