Big Business Wants To Stop People From Eating Healthy And Moving Towards A Whole Food Plant Based Diet
Big business only cares about its profits and not the health of people. Big business will know that a whole food plant-based diet is protective of health and will keep promoting foods and diet that kill both because a whole food plant-based diet is not highly profitable.
The blame can’t be totally put on big business because without people buying its products these industries wouldn’t be able to continue to exist. Big business will do everything in its power to protect its bottom line even it is harms people’s health, and this was the case when the sugar industry went up against the World Health Organization (WHO).
The WHO recommended American citizens reduce their consumption of foods containing added salt, trans-fat, saturated fat, and sugar. This didn’t sit well with the industry’s that profited from the production of these substances, which led the sugar industry to take a hostile stance against the recommendations.
In 2003 the WHO released a draft report calling for the people to,
“…limit the intake of ‘free’ sugars…”
The WHO made this recommendation because added salt, trans-fat, saturated fat, and processed sugar caused 14 million deaths every year. This didn’t matter to the sugar industry.
The food industry went to work within days of the draft’s release. The sugar industry, through the Sugar Association, enlisted the support of officials high in the U.S. government and lead a vigorous attack on both the report and on the WHO.
The Sugar Association threatened to pressure Congress into stopping the funding of the World Health Organization, which is an organization that only works to combat malnutrition, infectious disease, AIDS, and bioterrorism.
Thankfully, the WHO didn’t withdraw its report. The WHO concluded,
“…that a diet low in saturated fat, sugar and salt, and high in fruits and vegetables was required to tackle the epidemic rise in chronic diseases worldwide.”
Clearly a move towards the consumption of a whole food plant-based diet ultimately fits into this recommendation, and is the antithesis of the direction these industries want not only the United States to continue to move in, but also the whole world.