The Snack Makers – Tobacco Industry Connection

Fat, sugar, and salt are known as Hyperpalatability foods. Former FDA Commissioner and pediatrician Dr. David Kessler says there are many similarities in the way the tobacco industry made their product more addictive and the way food makers combine these three ingredients to make food more irresistible. [1]

Now you know why it’s hard to stop smoking and impossible to “eat just one” of those infamous potato chips.

Cheap and “PART-some” vs. Nutritious and “WHOLE-some”

Fat. Sugar. Salt. Not only does the snack industry play upon our physiological wiring to seek out these foods, but they use the cheapest, least healthy sources of ingredients in order to maximize profits.

>>Cottonseed oil is GE and its use for human consumption is quite novel. Traditionally it has been used as an industrial oil for lubricating machinery, etc.

>>Canola oil is GE as well as a purposely mutated variant of rapeseed. You will never see canola oil in baby formula as it stops growth. You may need to change your eyeglass prescription more often and see your cardiologist more frequently, however. Canola oil damages the eyes and causes fibrotic lesions in the heart.

>>Soybean oil is GE and drenched in chemicals. Soy harms thyroid function causing weight gain and loss of energy; soy slows down circulation which can be a factor in dangerous clotting; soy damages the central nervous system, interferes with good digestion, and can cause memory loss.

>>Corn oil is GE and a major cause of diabetes in Hispanic populations that use this oil for the basis of frying and cooking traditional dishes.

These oils, most often used in their more dangerous hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated forms, are ubiquitous in chips, cookies, crackers, cakes, frozen foods, and processed foods. Any nutrition that was in the original seed has been lost due to the many chemical baptisms, solvent extractions, and deodorizing necessary. Rarely will you see traditional, wholesome fats like butter, coconut, sesame, and animal lard being used in cheap snacks.

As for sugar, the most dangerous part-some form used in thousands of snacks is high fructose corn syrup. It’s actual formulation is highly guarded, but we know that it involves GE corn that is treated with several forms of mold and that mercury has been found in HFCS. This non-nutritive sugar makes the body a health trainwreck, causing obesity, fatty liver, flaccid muscles, and diabetes. Cane sugar (non organic) has likely been sprayed with glyphosate (Roundup) pre-harvest.[2]  Beet sugar is most likely GE. Then the cane or beet sugar is highly processed, removing any vitamins and minerals before it’s use in cheap, addictive snacks.  An innovative entrepreneur once saved his plastic chair business by adding sugar to the molten plastic in order to remove the oxygen that was making his chairs weak. Since human cells like oxygen, this should be noted by those who would like to avoid cancer in their futures.

Salt that is used in snack foods has been treated at ultra-high temps to burn out impurities. Magnesium and other essential minerals have been mined out of it for other more profitable markets (magnesium is used for military purposes), leaving only a part-some food additive known as sodium chloride. Part-some salt is responsible for the high blood pressure and cardiac stress we see today. Sea salt, Himalayan salt, and other whole-salt sources provide the body with trace minerals that prevent those problems, as well as giving savor and enjoyment to foods.

The Poison Is in the Dose

The tobacco industry took a medicinal herb and turned it into a poison with the addition of thousands of toxic chemicals, but perhaps the most noxious being sugar. Sugar-coated tobacco seems to be the pride of American cigarette makers, and the statistics seem to bear out the proof. Globally, only Hungary with its 52/100K beats us at 42.1/100K lung cancer deaths.[3]  If the Old West could teach us anything, it’s that modern smokers may be using tobacco at the wrong end. Tobacco suppositories were a medicine show novelty that allegedly cured constipation as well as diarrhea and indigestion.[4]

There’s nothing inherently wrong with salt, fat, and sugar. Eaten judiciously and moderately in their natural, non-manipulated form, these foods provide essential nutrients that are necessary to life itself, and certainly make life a bit more enjoyable.

Sources:

[1] The End of Overeating, by Dr. David Kessler

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/26/AR2009042602711.html

[2] http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/01/a-wheat-farmer-weighs-in-on-wheat-belly/

[3] http://globalcancermap.com/

[4] http://cigars.about.com/od/legalhealthissues/a/cigarmedicine.htm

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