Pink Candy Corn (by newmanlp)
I think this is a good image to illustrate how we should all think about candy. I mean, look at this stuff. It bears no resemblance to real food whatsoever. It looks pretty much like plastic. We only respond to it because we know it’s made of sugar sugar sugar. But we wouldn’t really be that surprised if we stuck one in our pie-hole and it turned out to be plastic, would we? Just look at how fake it is. It is so obviously not food.
I basically have reclassified all candy in my mind. I put it in the same category as coke, meth, heroin, LSD. It’s a substance created in a lab which has powerful effects on our mood, brain chemistry and body chemistry. It can create nearly instant euphoria but the come-down can be even more intense. It is addictive and people can spend their whole lives craving it. If you give in to the craving, it makes you crave even more. It can have very serious negative side-effects, both in the short term and the long term. It can be entertaining/fun, you can use it to numb out the pain of your life, but in the end the side effects will catch up with you hard core.
Listen to Nancy Reagan this Halloween, kids. JUST SAY NO.
I’m not going to lie, this commercial kind of offended me.
WHOA but that is a whole bunch of bullshit. It’s like, multiple layers of bullshit all smashed together.
1. They are marketing their food as being NOT a diet food. As being a sort of normal, more-healthy option to choose when you finally see the light and give up on your insane diet. But in fact, their food is a diet food! It’s specifically created to help you lose weight! On a diet! That’s why it’s called “Healthy Choice.” So this is quite disingenuous. “Your diet is nutty-pants, but our diet is normal.” Uh, bullshit.
2. They are saying that low carb eating is hardcore, makes you hungry all the time, and stigmatizing it as basically being really crazy. Again, wow, bullshit!! Maybe, just maybe, low carb eating is actually a really great way to deal with things like diabetes, epilepsy, not to mention acne. Oh, and fat. Yeah, don’t forget fat. Way to use shaming as part of your marketing techniques. It’s an oldie but goodie. Make people feel as if their choices are crazy, bad, or inappropriate, so they lose their conviction and fall prey to your snake oil.
3. “Don’t diet. Eat Healthy.” Oh, so eating pre-packaged committee-created “food” is what you call healthy? ACK slajkflkdjfad;slfkajdsfk
In short, I have run out of words to describe how bull-shitty this is. Screw you guys. You don’t even post the ingredients of your food on your website. Don’t want me learning about all the seventeen-syllable chemicals you threw in there, huh?
What do all the paleo peeps think about this Beyond Meat stuff?
Beyond Meat is… Twitter!
Beyond Meat, a startup that makes vegan meat analogues, is making products that purportedly taste and feel like real meat (we haven’t yet confirmed this ourselves), have a better nutrition profile (no cholesterol, no saturated fat, but lots of protein), and will eventually be at a lower price point than the industrially-farmed stuff. The company has some surprising backers, especially the Obvious Corporation—a company founded by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone and former Twitter VP of Product Jason Goldman—and venture capitalist powerhouse Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. Why is Beyond Meat garnering so much interest?
Here’s what the Beyond Meat website says is in this product:
Say hello to Beyond Meat™ Veggie Chicken Strips. These delicious plant-based strips have all of the convenience, taste, and tenderness you expect from real chicken—without the bad stuff (no saturated or trans fat, no cholesterol, no gluten, no antibiotics, no GMOs…and no meat). It’s a humane protein upgrade that will fool your taste buds while helping your health and the environment.
Water, Soy Protein Isolate, Pea Protein Isolate, Amaranth, Chicken Flavor (Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavoring), Soy Fiber, Carrot Fiber, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Dipotassium Phosphate, Titanium Dioxide, White Vinegar
So, they claim it has no GMOs. But it has canola oil, which by its nature is a GMO. In its unmodified state it is toxic. So every time we eat canola oil, it’s a GMO. And then there’s the maltodextrin — typically made from corn. Almost always a GMO nowadays, and also it’s becoming increasingly hard to even find non-GMO corn due to the scary miracle of cross-pollination. (Just another reason why I find it quite easy to shun corn. I don’t appreciate being the subject of a vast, uncontrolled science experiment on the part of Monsanto Corp.) And by the way, maltodextrin is a form of sugar. Why would a protein food even need to have sugar added? How is that supposed to be good for us, exactly? And titanium dioxide may turn out to be a carcinogen. But the jury’s still out on that one. And of course, the protein powders are heavily processed, and now even processed yet another step into this… stuff. Then there’s the yeast extract. I’m pretty sure that is the stuff they put in the foil packet of Ramen Noodles, actually. I’m sure that’s super-good for you.
So, in brief, my opinion is that this product should not be considered real food. It’s merely a food-like substance. I would not eat it no matter how hungry I was.
Also, in my opinion, it’s odd or maybe even emotionally painful to want to eat meat-like things if you are a vegan. I mean, I don’t try to disguise my meatloaf and pretend it’s Tofurkey, do I? No, I eat the meat and I am proud of myself. When I was keeping kosher, I didn’t search out fake bacon or fake shrimp. Whatever you choose to be, you ought to put your whole self in and let go of the rest. Don’t be pining after meat if you think it’s immoral and unhealthy! Let it go! You are a vegan, so eat vegan stuff like kale and coconut and whatnot. (I eat those things myself and I know darn well they are delicious.) Eat vegan stuff that is real food. Please don’t waste your money or your health on this pseudo-food garbage. It’d be a shame if you went to all the trouble of becoming a vegan only to develop atherosclerosis and diabetes from eating fake chicken.