But I don\’t understand the problem here

So this bloke\’s weebling about what bastards the food industry are for making everyone fat. Then he says this:

But, little by little, they strayed from the honorable business of feeding people appropriately to the deplorable mission of “increasing shareholder value” by enticing people to consume more and more high-margin, low-nutrition branded products.

But low nutrition products are, by definition, low calorie products. So if the food industry is all conspiring like to sell people low nutrition products then we cannot shout at them for making everyone fat, can we?

15 thoughts on “But I don\’t understand the problem here”

  1. In woo-world, “nutritious” is used to describe foods high in vitamins & minerals and low in saturated fats, additives, preservatives, etc. Calories don’t come into it.

  2. “they strayed from the honorable business of feeding people appropriately”

    it is to laugh. As if it was ever about anything but the money.

  3. The Meissen Bison

    they strayed from the honorable business of feeding people appropriately

    Wrong.

    They were in the morally neutral business of producing food products that people wanted to buy and they still are.

  4. Fucked up with your definitions again there, Tim. Nutritious is what they think we should eat. Non-nutritious is what we enjoy to eat.
    Simples

    Get with the program.

  5. “Low-nutrition” is a made up phrase (similar to “assault-weapon”) that is used to obfucate the fact that a calorie is a calorie.

    Its replacing the phrase “empty calories” because that didn’t hide the lack of distinction enough.

    Its all newspeak from here on out.

  6. IanB, that’s your best comment ever. Keep them all like that.

    Moving on, is there any word more inclined, when wielded by these sour faced, humourless authoritarians, to make you puke than ‘appropriate’?

  7. Seriously, Interested, what’s your problem exactly? It’s quite clear that I’ve hit a bone somewhere. Are you a banker or something?

    I don’t particularly mind having a pointless internet feud and all that, but I sort of got over the thrill of such situations around the turn of the century. So it would be helpful if you’d just come out with whatever it is you’re upset about. Have I inadvertently insulted your wife? That’s the usual thing, I’ve found. Is your wife a banker?

    Considering so far you’ve slagged me off for being “a plumber”, “a part time porn cartoonist”, “a stupid person who thinks he is intelligent” and “a wanker”, I think we need to stop this before it escalates to calling me a retired accountant, kind of thing. Yes?

  8. I’m pretty sure his problem is that he’s too dogmatic to change his opinion on anything at all ever. So when he’s shown to be wrong, his only option is to call the person who’s shown him to be wrong “stupid”, since he’s able neither to argue against them nor to admit that they’re right.

  9. The more astute among us had noticed that suppliers of food were in the business of shareholder value, long before processed food was invented.

    ..it is not to the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker.. etc

  10. If it was down to those who think they know best for the rest of us we’d only be eating fresh vegetables we walked 15miles each day to a farm to pick ourselves.
    No processed meat, no eggs, no cheese, no butter etc.

  11. In woo-world, “nutritious” is used to describe foods high in vitamins & minerals and low in saturated fats, additives, preservatives, etc.

    Yes, that barmy woo-world where the word “nutritious” means “containing nutrients”.

  12. Now, I think most dieticians are ju-ju men, like climatologists, but you have to watch your step here.
    calorific value != nutritional value

    How far do you think you’d get on a diet of Mars Bars ? You might have bags of energy, but the scurvy will slow you down a bit.

    Tim adds: Entirely true. But think what a diet of nothing but vitamins would do for you. No scurvy, granted, but you’d still starve to death.

    Calories are nutrition.

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