A whole lot of resources are being developed to produce fake foods that do not supply any nutritional value or energy to the human body. In our world we have millions of people who are starving, not because of a lack of something to eat, but because of a lack of real nutritional sustenance.
It's nice that the authorities are mostly concerned with additives and other added ingredients. But what about whether the product is necessary or has any health benefit. Suggesting we eat real meals is not in the interest of the marketing folks who are concerned with persuading us to eat an increasing amount of profitable money making products.
The term "junk food" has become a buzz word that does not mean anything to us anymore other than it's not a good product. I think we should be honest and replace the word "junk food" with "problem substance that may be eaten but is not real". And then we should list on the label "contains problem fats with very little nutritional benefit or in most cases none."
It's true that "healthy" snacks don't contain high fructose corn syrup or white sugar, but they can still be loaded with sugars in disguise, such as turbinado, sucanat, and Florida sugar crystals. The latter are derived from sugarcane or beets, which are the same sources as refined sugars. Nestle points out that these products are just as high in calories without any added nutrition value.
And they can be much more expensive. For example, all natural Sundrops provide more calories and cholesterol per gram than their classic counterpart, M&M's. An oatmeal-raisin cookie by Alternative Baking Company, Inc., is cholesterol and egg free and made with organic unrefined cane sugar, but it still contains a whopping 480 calories and 18 grams of fat.
It would probably be better to buy cookies sweetened with fruit juice that are lower in fat, such as Fabe's brand, which have 90 calories and only 4 grams of fat per serving. Choose oatmeal-raisin or peanut butter varieties for an extra nutrition kick, and if portion control is a problem, buy one fresh bakery cookie instead of a box.
I find it hard to believe in the long run that fatty chips, pastries, and cakes are a source of real nourishment. And I am not even going to say a word at this time about the restaurants and their deep-fried products. If it's fat that your looking for... why not a high-fat nutritional product? Perhaps an avocado, nuts, seeds, eggs, along with good quality meats, cheese, yogurt or even fatty fish would be more suitable.
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