Health Washing. I've mentioned it here before on HGK. It's such an important thing to wrap your head around when you are making your own health your number one priority. It's how corporations market processed food to make the public think that the food is healthy when in fact, it is quite the opposite.
"Blurring the lines between what’s healthy and what’s not only hurts consumers more as it makes the job of finding healthy foods harder and more confusing. This muddying of the waters is precisely the goal of these corporations. If it were clear to the American people what they were actually being sold, I imagine there’d be a lot less buyers. Putting their hard-earned money towards food and drink that’s ultimately harming them seems strange indeed. This is yet another example of the American Fast Food Syndrome at its best, but with a slightly different twist. This time, the corporation at hand is trying to make its processed foods appear healthier and thus appeal to Americans on two fronts: they can eat processed food, participating in what’s considered the normal American diet, while also feeling better about eating these new 'healthier' foods." Kristen Wartman, kristenwartman.wordpress.com
For me personally, the photo above is the ultimate example of health washing: a kale and sweet potato birthday cake. Why? Just because there is kale in it, doesn't mean it's good for you. This cake is full of sugar and white flour and oil. The kale doesn't negate any of that.
But health washing examples are everywhere. I saw such a glaring example the other day, that I wanted to mention in again here on ye ole blog.
I was shopping in one of those big warehouse stores (for toilet paper and stuff) where the vast majority of the food could only be considered poison. And there she was, a big box of "Healthy Helpings Natural Animal Crackers."
Really, what's healthy about these ingredients? Exactly where did those ingredients come from in nature?
If you are interested in reading more about the concept of health washing and how it is done with breakfast cereal, check out this article about how Chef Curtis Stone and Post Cereals are doing it.
And now for the kitchen update.
|Two pendant lights above the kitchen sink are installed.|
|Three pendant lights above the kitchen island are installed.|
|Color is on the walls . . . gray! It looks stunning.|