The raging horse meat scandals in Europe and poison peanuts in the United States, which have caused 19,000 serious illnesses and 8 deaths in 43 states, reveal one of the most troubling features of the modern food industry. The global food chain has become so large and complex that large companies are beginning to lose control of their own products and the ingredients in them. When a scandal like the above erupts, it only takes months for companies to determine if their products contain dangerous ingredients.
However, if we want to look at the most dangerous to public health ingredients in foods and semi-finished products, we must divert our attention from colors, flavors, etc., and focus on sugar, salt and fats - the Holy Trinity of Food. -taste industry.
Although only a handful of people have a clear idea of how widely advertised products are produced that are intended to be (at least) addictive, the industry has repeatedly said that foods do not have the potential to be addictive. However, scientists and technicians in companies know perfectly well when they hit the optimal ratio of sugar, salt and fat in the products - a condition widely known in the industry as the "point of bliss". They also know that when this proportion is reached, the product will be sold en masse , although (as the manufacturer claims) it does not have the potential to be addictive.
The food giants also claim that they never intended to make society addicted, obese and sick - this is not in their interest (the same, by the way, is claimed by the cigarette industry). No specific product - they point out - is to blame for health problems affecting the general public. Instead, they continue, the cumulative effects of the semi-finished products are to blame, along with the growing dependence on them (but not the physical one, the manufacturers remind us) and the lack of willpower .
Fortunately, there has been a positive trend in recent years - many people are starting to ask themselves, " What can be done about all this ?", " What can I do to change things at home ?", " What can I do ?" to change children's nutrition at school ? ”etc.
There are definitely things we need to start paying more attention to . It is already well known that on the back of the packaging there is information about the nutritional value of the product - information that should always be carefully read and well thought out . Even more obvious markings placed on the front of the packaging are already gaining popularity - " Low fat ", " Sugar free ", etc. are inscriptions that can increasingly be seen on the shelves of grocery stores. These are the smallest, first steps we need to take towards better health and perhaps a better society.