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Why bad food is good for business

Why bad food is good for business

Rosemary Stanton, Nutritionist & Visiting Fellow at UNSW and Christina Pollard, Research Fellow, School of Public Health at Curtin University, Australia have written an excellent article that highlights the differences between processed and unprocessed foods. Well worth a read:

"Many people eat badly because far too much of their energy is provided by nutritionally worthless junk foods and drinks. Part of the problem is the push by the food industry to get us to buy food that may be bad for us but good for its business."


"For highly or ultra-processed foods, profitability depends on devoting as much as possible of the price on packaging and marketing while keeping the costs of basic ingredients as low as possible. Indeed, it’s been estimated that 50% of the budget for many of these foods goes on packaging, 40% on marketing and 10% on ingredients.



Basic foods, such as fruits and vegetables, which have no packaging or value padding, have only a small or no budget for promotion. And their consumption is correspondingly low (and falling)."

While the article includes comparisons of well known processed foods in Australia, I'm sure they (or their equivalent) will be very familiar to those in other western countries.

Something to chew over while you thing about what you can do to feed your body with the best nutrition to help you live well with CLL...


Photo: Frost on a Capeweed (Dandelion) leaf. Hope this helps those sweltering through a hot summer feel just that little bit cooler.

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Hi Neil,

Given the level of observed obesity where I live and travel in the US, this article indicates a need for multinational awareness that goes double for all cancer fighters and other chronically ill people.

I have seen soda 12 packs specially designed to hang on the sides of shopping carts. The folks pushing the carts most always look like they could use awareness for what they are consuming and what they are exposing their children to.

Can't help wondering if some of the CLL symptoms like fatigue are in part due to excess of sugar consumption. The experience of one patient is very anecdotal but in spite of bulky nodes everywhere, 91% marrow infiltration and an ALC at 300k at the height of my W&W I never suffered from fatigue that I hear from so many other patients. My low RBC and HGB greatly impacted any sustained physical efforts but that is different from the generalized and debilitating chronic fatigue.

I vote for pinning this article.



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