Updated: Dec 12, 2020
Published: 01/20/19 | Revised: 01/22/19
Some would consider this a boring topic, but I must give my input on the WWW – I did so in the academic setting. Also, this shouldn’t be a boring topic since a decent % of us eat food and drink water to sustain/maintain life - it's all in the message and how it relates to us as a whole. What group tends to debate me the most, dietitians!
To the public: that should alarm you – why?
If you’re new to the term, dietitian – I’ll provide a definition from eatright.org: Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met certain criteria to earn the RDN credential.
W/ that noted, dietitians must be the primary (ALL-KNOWING NUTRITION EXPERT) if… they fulfilled the following?
Uh, that’s not completely true – some RDs put on an act as all-knowing – that is why the RD ACT is so precious.
What’s the RD ACT?
Basically, the RD ACT forbids non-RDs (you and me) from giving food & nutrition advice.
This aspect focuses on food politics.
Here’s an example: if an individual owns a blog and/or online group – the RD ACT will make it illegal (for non-RDs) to write, even provide advice and/or services on (food & nutrition).
Anyway, during my undergrad (as a student in dietetics), I did a presentation on: the electronic tongue. My stance was simple: the food industry sells products, and by doing so, making / engineering it to be palatable…is a must!
What's palatable? The food industry wants to make food taste good. People will buy and eat more.
So, a lot goes into that process – it deals with bio/brain chemistry.
Some of my clients say: "Nick, I am addicted to soda and sweets. I have difficulty eating it in moderation."
Note: addiction and moderation cannot coexist.
If you notice: look at the food ingredient list and compare it to 1960s – there’s a difference...it doesn’t take an-all-knowing person to notice and figure that out.
Who’s in control, the food industry or scientists?
1. Whoever has the money and/or assets and
2. everything else follows.
Therefore, the food industry assigns a staff (scientist / chemist / dietitian to name a few) to do the following:
- Use tools (electronic tongue) to assess overall preference. Study the brain and body associated with certain foods / ingredients / additives: monosodium glutamate (MSG), high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), aspartame and etc.
- Create studies and/or talking points (propaganda) on certain foods / ingredients / additives. Also, to a certain extent, that includes: genetically engineered (GE) food and/or ingredients – the stamp: BIOENGINEERED.
Consider the following websites (w/ talking points & plan propaganda).