There is no denying that many modern packaged foods are problematic for health due to their poor structure and favoring a positive intake. However, this notion is exaggerated by many food writers and nutrition gurus to sell alternative food products, supplements, and processed information or to gain clicks for ad revenue. Let us step back for a moment.
Industrialization is Inherently Good
Every modern commodity that you and your neighbor share are more than likely a byproduct of industrialization. From cell phones to cars to bottled water to lights to computers to wires everything is available in most modern households due to industrialization. Industrialization is merely an application of processed information that works. If the information produced is bad or the science behind it is poor, we get bad products. Hence, it's obvious to see that the problem is the science and processed information and not the actual act of processing or industrialization.
The Hypocrisy of Traditionalist Food Writers & Nutrition Gurus
Processed information generated to invoke an emotional or fearful response among the public will always be a tool used by food writers and nutrition gurus to use the lowest-hanging fruit to generate ad revenue or monetize processed information. Good science that works is the top killer of processed information as there is nothing left to invoke a fear response if something is quantified and settled. This is why poor aspects of nutrition science are scattered everywhere. This is also why we have countless diets and diet camps. Our propensity to radicalize ourselves and fall prey to poor information is the big elephant in the room when it comes to not finding a solution to obesity and modern preventable chronic conditions. The true hypocrisy lies in the fact that many such advocates have recipes, books and articles that purvey the very same foods they demonize. In other words, it's more about control, self-validation and monetary gains rather than striving for something that helps everyone.
We Need to Sharpen Our Tools of Discernment
Industrialization and processing of food is a prerequisite to not just feeding a large population but necessary for safer foods. We have to accept it akin to how we accepted that cars are a superior mode of transportation to horses. The question shouldn't be about whether or not processed foods are bad for us. The question should be, "how can we improve processed foods?"
That has been our quest at Ketogeek with our product, podcast, and our quest to learn. With this approach, we can make food healthier and more affordable for the masses. However, as you can see, many forces are antagonistic to this approach. We need smart consumerism that believes in a vision of science and learning. We need you.