Monday, September 20, 2004

Jane Brody discovers capitalism

"You may think that a genuine interest in consumer health prompts food companies to market products that claim to reduce the risk of heart disease or cancer or help people lose weight. Think again. Many food companies are interested in one thing - the most efficient route to extra sales."

Jane Brody has moved beyond stating the obvious on "personal health"-related issues and is now focusing on the world of economics. You may have thought that for-profit businesses care about your well-being, but it turns out they're just in it for the money. Next thing you know, she'll be saying that every diet trend happens twice, the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce.


Maureen said...

The best part is when she gives the hypothetical case of someone eating 1400 calories in low-carb snack foods--who the hell would do that? First, they're relatively expensive; secondly, they're made of soy and fiber, so they fill you up pretty fast; third, they don't taste that great. I've tried most of the items mentioned, but I couldn't imagine eating more than one bag of the Adkins chips--they're not bad, but the soy acts as a check on binging.

Phoebe Maltz Bovy said...

The list she provided--diet cookies and low-carb beer, if I recall... hands down the most nauseating list of "foods" I've ever seen, and this from someone addicted to Diet Coke.