26 March 2014
Salt, Sugar, and Fat Reflection Chapter 9-11
The book Salt, Sugar, and Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us discusses the danger of food with its readers. The dangers of food discussed in the book are the ingredients of Salt, Sugar and Fat in the food individuals consume on a daily basis. Producers use these ingredients to their advantage to get the consumers bliss point. The bliss point attained is used by the food giants to achieve a profit. However due to research on the health risks of these ingredients food companies are strategizing in order to maintain their profit and earn more of a profit.
In Chapter nine the author informs the readers about the Company Oscar Mayer. Oscar Mayer is known for its bologna foods and the popular Lunchables. Bologna is a product that is full of salt and saturated fat. Bologna was losing its appeal due to the health risks associated with it. The health risks associated with bologna is heart attacks and strokes. The Oscar Mayer Company created a low fat bologna food and marketed the Bologna product however the profit received was slipping.
The Oscar Mayer team decided to come up with a product that is known today as Lunchables. Lunchables became a popular product due to the fact it was convenient. The convenience of Lunchables was due to the fact that it was a chilled prepared food. The original Lunchables contained red meat, cheese, crackers, a napkin and a juice. Since the Lunchables gained a lot of attention the producers of Lunchables decided to add various different kinds of Lunchables. Lunchables varied from pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and more. The new kinds of Lunchables also included sugary drinks and desert such as cookies and or candy. Researchers studied the Lunchables and deemed them a disaster. They stated that Lunchables contained loads of salt, sugar, and fat. The Oscar Mayer Company stated that they wanted to give the consumer what they wanted. They stated if they didn’t give consumers what they wanted then they wouldn’t buy their products.
In chapter ten the reader learns that red meat and cheese are the source to the high amounts of saturated fats in American diets. In the USDA the guidelines for 2010 state that American need to eat more cheese. This information is conflicting. The producers and consumers seem to be at war with food. The...