1. The Naked Truth About Junk Food

    The menacing black claws tear across your back as you seek to flee from its boney fingers.  Their laughter is so horrifying.  The laugh sound like screeching violins that hit the wrong note.  You are assaulted everyday if you are not careful by these filthy and feculent creatures.  Their voices carry with haunting accuracy to your innocent ears and pull at your soul with a steely grip with tempting messages:  “You want me!  You desire me!  You need me!”  You try your best to resist with incredible resolve yet the pleasurable pull is very powerful, welcoming, and unrelenting.  What am I referring to?  Easy.  These “creatures” are seen everyday.  Open up a magazine.  Turn on the T.V.  Look at the billboard when you drive.  The “creature” is there in its naked form.  The alluring Coca-Cola brandishing a flashy container promising zero calories.  The gooey Big Mac® grilled to sinful perfection promising no worries about cooking for lunch or dinner (and kids?  No problem.  We have a snazzy playground filled with twists and turns to keep you longer and spend more money!).  The adorable talking M & Ms that tugs at our heartstrings and look as cute as a, well, edible button.  So what am I really referring to?  I am referring to the power of junk food.  Junk food is a dangerous food. Why?  Because as Professor David Kessler, former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, contends the manufacturers’ highly addictive concoctions is made to make them “hyper-palatable.”  Let’s remove the veneer of junk food to expose the truth in all of its nakedness.

    What do you mean that junk food is highly addictive?  According to Kessler, he argues that the manufacturers purposely measure the combinations of fat, salt, and sugar to such a degree that the consumer would never fill satisfied in their hunger and desire more and more.  The results?  A possible causes of obesity in America (although one of many) and the money coffers of Big Food pimps growing in girth by their users.  The consumer (funny, how people are called by this term) is compelled to buy more and more of the junk food to try to fill this gaping hole in their hunger.

    Where is the evidence?  Consider the enigma of Mr. Don Gorske.  Have you heard of him?  Mr. Gorske is the self-proclaimed McDonald’s “Big Mac® Enthusiast” who has eaten a Big Mac, get this, every day since May 17, 1972!  According to Wikipedia, he bought and woofed down 3 Big Macs at lunch time.  Later, he came back and devoured 9 more that day.  By 2008, he had consumed 23,000 Big Macs.  Oh yeah, he also drinks Coca-Cola® everyday.  Although Mr. Gorske has not been affected aversively by his eating habits (as of yet), my suspicion is that the ingredients placed in the food may be causing this obsession in his eating habits.  Let’s look at the ingredients of Big Mac from McDonalds.com, shall we?


    Enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, enzymes), water, high fructose corn syrup,  sugar, soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated soybean oil, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, wheat gluten, ammonium  sulfate, ammonium chloride, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated  monoglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide, soy flour), calcium propionate and sodium propionate (preservatives), soy lecithin,  sesame seed.


    Big Mac Sauce

    Soybean oil, pickle relish [diced pickles, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate (preservative),  spice extractives, polysorbate 80], distilled vinegar, water, egg yolks, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, mustard seed, salt, spices, propylene glycol alginate,  sodium benzoate (preservative), mustard bran, sugar, garlic powder, vegetable protein (hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat), caramel color, extractives of paprika, soy  lecithin, turmeric (color), calcium disodium EDTA (protect flavor).



    100% Beef Patty:  100% pure USDA inspected beef; no fillers, no extenders. Prepared with grill seasoning (salt, black pepper).

    Wow, for the sake of time, I could dissect this sandwich with a fine tooth comb.  There is so much that can be discussed here.  I will focus on the major allergens to the body that Big Mac is enfolded in: wheat, gluten, and soy.  Then there is the crème of la crème of all food addictive: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).  What is so bad about this ingredient?  One Princeton study showed that rats fed HFCS gain more girth than rats that ate table sugar.  That’s not all.  According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, osteopathic physician; he asserted that HFCS can give more body fat (particularly belly fat) and triglycerides (fat in the blood).  Also, to sound like a television commerical: “But wait…that’s not all!”  HFCS has two damning studies connecting the ingredient to disease of the liver.

    Let’s switch gears now and go back to Coca-Cola.

    In Coke alone, the HFCS is incredibly addicting and most people have an extreme difficulty in getting off of this addiction.  Just type in ‘Coca-Cola addiction’ and you will find 352,000 results.  I would wager that Mr. Gorkse will not be able to stop unless he gets some serious help.  Mr Gorske has been made, to his chagrin, the perpetual profit center slave for his junk food masters.

    Bottom line, Junk food is the very worst food to be addicted to and the temporary satisfaction for a checkmark in your pleasure zone is really not worth it.  Real and traditional nourishing food is the answer that you may be looking for.  Not only would you have your palette satisfied with a contented and cozy feeling of fullness, your body will thank you for stepping back into the circle of life than the sheeple line leading to death.  If you are looking for more information on traditional foods, I highly recommend reading the credible research of The Weston A. Price Foundation at http://www.westonaprice.org.     

Leave a Reply