Food and beverage companies ditch HFCS and toxic ingredients in frantic effort to catch up to the clean food movement
WE ARE WINNING the clean food wars: Food and beverage companies ditch HFCS and toxic ingredients in frantic effort to catch up to the clean food movement
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Note to those who work for large food manufacturers: Yes, this is the article you’re supposed to forward to your corporate executives. This is your gateway to the pulse of the rapidly growing clean food movement that has now become unstoppable for reasons explained below…
Every time I walk into a grocery store, I see more examples of how we’re winning the clean food wars against the corporate food and agriculture giants.
Almost every week, another major food manufacturer or restaurant drops GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, aspartame or some other toxic additive. Clean food activists are WINNING BIG, and consumer awareness is forcing these large food corporations to clean up their products or lose significant market share to smaller, more nimble companies that disavow the use of offensive ingredients altogether.
Despite all the lies of Monsanto, shameless chemical pushers and lying mainstream media propagandists who parrot Big Food propaganda (i.e. the criminally-run Grocery Manufacturers of America, an industry front group that operatives with the ethics of a sleazy political campaign), consumer awareness of food ingredients is exploding across the globe.
This massive, unstoppable trend is happening because of YOU! While leading clean food activists like Doctor Oz, the Food Babe, the Organic Consumers Association and myself are covering the news and sharing the latest findings, it’s grassroots consumers like yourself who are forcing these corporations into cleaning up their labels by removing chemical additives and artificial ingredients from their products.
This movement is unstoppable, and as people learn even more about what’s really in their food (including GMOs and glyphosate), they will continue to demand cleaner food labels and greater transparency from food manufacturers. Remember: many of the most dangerous chemicals found in your food aren’t labeled at all: Pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, BPA and more. Did you know, by the way, that a lot of today’s non-organic wheat products are contaminated with cancer-causing glyphosate? Did you also know that most gluten-free foods are loaded with GMOs?
Check out these recent photos from a grocery store in Texas
As an example of the move toward cleaner food ingredients and labels, CapriSun just announced the removal of HFCS from its product. (By the way, don’t misinterpret this as an endorsement of CapriSun. It’s still a processed beverage packaged in plastic. You’d be way better off drinking fresh, non-pasteurized juice or eating a raw orange.)
After years of refusing to clean up their products, when big food companies finally cave and reformulate, they usually roll out the new formulation with a “You asked, we listened” type of message.
CapriSun, while being commended for removing HFCS, evidently thinks its customers are incredibly stupid. The company claims “We’ve also never had any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives” and that you can “see for yourself with our clear-bottom pouch.” Seriously?
How you’re supposed to “see” flavors or preservatives with your naked eye is beyond me… but apparently the CapriSun company thought it sounded good enough to fool the kind of low-IQ people who actually buy and drink CapriSun in the first place… probably the same people who used to drink Coke but now think pasteurized sugar juice packaged in hormone-mimicking plastic is a “healthy” alternative to Coke and Pepsi.
Two years ago, we exposed “Nursery Water” for being made with added fluoride. It was one of the most insidious products you could buy for any child, and the internet exploded with pictures of the Nursery Water jugs labeled with “fluoride added!”
After being widely mocked across the internet by clean food activists, Nursery Water now offers a purified water products that touts “no added fluoride.” This is definitely an improvement:
Check out the bulk snack section at a local HEB grocery store in Texas: they’re all certified organic!
Shout out to Trader Joe’s
By the way, I recently visited a Trader Joe’s in Austin, running a surprise Health Ranger audit of their store-branded products to see what kind of ingredients they’re using these days.
Guess what? To my surprise and delight, Trader Joe’s has made huge strides toward clean food formulations. I examined dozens of their products, and from what I can tell, Trader Joe’s has eliminated all partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and many other offensive ingredients from their foods.
Trader Joe’s breakfast cereals, for example, use real freeze-dried fruits and are far better than anything made by General Mills, Kelloggs or Post. (I actually bought some Trader Joe’s cereals for my own personal consumption. I eat them with home-made almond milk, not the store-bought “junk” almond milk made with carageenan and calcium carbonate…)
Trader Joe’s isn’t perfect yet: they’re still not going non-GMO, and they haven’t committed to GMO labeling to my knowledge (Whole Foods promises GMO labeling store-wide by 2018). So there’s room for improvement, but I have to commend Trader Joe’s for being way ahead of the curve on the clean food front.
The Texas HEB brand “Central Market” is also churning out some really pioneering clean food products as well. HEB stores across the state are also being retrofitted with health food aisles. I’ve even seen vegan protein and coconut oil in these stores!
Keep up the momentum… we all deserve clean, safe and honestly labeled food
Keep up the great work, everybody! The more you share the truth about clean food and the toxicity of chemical additives (and glyphosate), the more these corporations will fall over each other to see who can clean up their labels the quickest.
In the end, we all win when the food supply is less toxic. That’s why I urge you to follow these two simple steps:
1) REWARD companies that make clean food products by purchasing their products and spreading the word about their clean labels.
2) BOYCOTT companies that keep pushing processed foods made with GMOs, artificial additives or toxic ingredients.
If you simply do these two things on a consistent basis, you will be part of a powerful movement that’s forcing corporations to pull the toxic ingredients from their products and replace them with safer, more wholesome ingredients.
Spread the word: Natural News is your clean food news pioneer, and we’re even expanding our food science laboratory this year (announcement coming soon) to be able to conduct more off-the-shelf food investigations in the public interest.
I can’t wait to bring you that announcement soon…