I don’t keep much junk food in my pantry, as I don’t like my kids eating too much high calorie food. Also if I know it’s there I will invariably eat it and get fat. Fortunately, I’m generally too lazy to go shopping when an urge to eat junk food hits. So if it’s not here at home I won’t do anything about it.
Instead, every Tuesday at my house is “Junk Food Night”. My kids get to have anything they want, and I will go out and buy it. My 17 year old will choose something like a family size meat-lovers pizza with BBQ sauce. My 10 year old usually wants a “slushie”, frozen coke sugar laden thing, so last Tuesday off we went to the local all-night petrol (gas) station.
It was there I spied some “Organic” potato chips. My skeptical “spidey senses” started to tingle…….
Lets break it down from the information on the pack:
OK so they are made from organic grains. This means they are chemically and nutritionally equivalent to scientifically farmed grains but we need to cut down twice as much rain forest to grow them and they cost more. There is no scientifically proven health advantage to organic food. Just a profit advantage if you happen to sell it.
There is nothing wrong with Gluten. Nothing at all. It makes our bread have a nice texture. Humans have been consuming it from the dawn of agriculture. Like most marketing, the Gluten fad is just a way to make us feel bad and choose more expensive options.
And soy is suddenly evil? Please. Likewise dairy it’s a choice, not a question of nutrition. I’ve never met a cow I didn’t like. Especially served medium rare.
Whole grain is good, if the micro-nutrients survive deep frying in boiling oil.
There is nothing wrong with GMO. Another scam where scientifically proven benefits are being held back by fear, uncertainty, and doubt. We have been modifying the genetic material in everything we eat for centuries through selection.
Kosher is a religious choice and has nothing to do with nutrition.
Speaking of nutrition, lets compare the nutritional content per 100g to a Big Mac:
|Item||Big Mac||Organic Chips|
|Energy||1030 kJ||1996 kJ|
|Protein||12.5 g||12.5 g|
|Carbohydrates||17.6 g||66 g|
|Fat||13.5 g||22.4 g|
|Sodium||427 mg||343 mg|
This is very high energy food. It is exactly this sort of food that is responsible for first world health problems like cardio-vascular disease and diabetes. The link between high calorie snack food and harm is proven – unlike the perceived benefits of organic food. The organic label on these chips is dangerous, irresponsible marketing hype to make us pay more and encourage consumption of food that will hurt us.
Give Us Our Daily Bread – A visit to a modern wheat farm.
Energy Equivalents of a Krispy Kreme Factory – How many homes can you run on a donut?