IN DEFENSE OF FOOD | Calorie Conveyor Belt | PBS

IN DEFENSE OF FOOD | Calorie Conveyor Belt | PBS


-The food industry
has gotten incredibly good at manipulating the properties
of food so it has just the right texture,
just the right color, just the right smell
to make you consume as much of it as possible,
miss it when you don’t have it, crave it to the point where you want
to keep coming back for more. -And the key
to getting us hooked is our inborn craving
for salt, sugar, and fat. -We’re biologically designed
to like foods that are very high in calories,
very high in sugar, fat, and salt because
that was adaptive during almost all
of human history when food was scarce and
there were things like famines. But now food is abundant
and our biology is mismatched with what’s occurring
out there in the environment. Take Buffalo wings. What are they? You start off with the fatty
part of the chicken. Usually fried in the
manufacturing plant first. That pushes a lot of fat
into that chicken wing. Fried usually again
in the restaurant. That pushes more fat
into that wing. That red sauce — what is it? Sugar and salt. That white creamy sauce
on the side? Fat, sugar, and salt. What are we eating? We’re eating fat on fat,
on fat on sugar, on fat, sugar, and salt. -From fast food meals to all the packaged products
in the supermarket, we’re eating more processed
foods than ever before. They now make up
some 60% of our diet. -The food industry
makes its greatest profits through the most
extensively processed foods. -The key ingredients
for those foods — corn, soybeans, wheat,
and rice — don’t cost the food companies
much because government subsidies keep
supplies high and prices low. The food companies
turn those crops into things
like hydrolyzed soy protein, mono and diglycerides, and high fructose corn syrup — ingredients that end up
in so many processed foods. -The American farm system has turned
into a calorie conveyor belt that produces
massive amounts of commodities to make sugary beverages,
fast food, junk food very, very cheap. -You’ve added
all this packaging, and this marketing,
and these characters, you know, that appeal to kids,
and you’re selling it for an order of magnitude
more money. -And, of course, this is a good
business model for the companies ’cause they want
to maximize their sales. But it’s not very good
for human health. -People who eat a lot
of processed foods struggle more
with health problems. And so we’ve been really curious to understand
what happened to the food.

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