The Food Industry Essay

1393 Words Oct 12th, 2015 null Page
The unsweet truth is that in 1822, the average American consumed 45 grams of sugar every five days; we now consume this in just one can of soda. In 2012, Americans consumed 765 grams of sugar every five days, 17 times more than in 1822 (Nursing Your Sweet Tooth). Through lobbying and the use of propaganda, the food industry has been marketing junk food as health food, distorting facts, and deceiving the public as a means to increase sale and profits. At the same time, the obesity epidemic, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease are at their highest rates.The ways in which the corporate American food industry communicates information about health and products is highly unethical, leaving consumers misinformed and unaware about the massive amounts of sugar present in processed foods and its detrimental consequences affecting the population’s health. With Big Food having such a strong hold on the different informational platforms throughout the nation, there is no doubt as to why American’s are uninformed about today’s food and the high volumes of sugar we are ingesting every day.
Before grabbing from the big bag of propaganda tricks, the food industry uses its power and huge bank account to directly influence what nutritional information makes it into the mainstream media. In 2002, the World Health Organization, or WHO, was in the process of releasing a document which emphasized the restriction of sugar, directly associating it with chronic metabolic…

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