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Did you know that we diabetics and low carbers have a nickname dubbed by Cargill?  Well, we do, we are called the Savvy “Natural Splendid” Consumers.  Cargill says “While convenience and taste are important to all consumers, Naturally Splendids are more likely to prioritize health benefits over taste and convenience”.   Beware, we are a 39% target (by far the largest of the four groups) in the sights of Cargill, and probably other companies as well.

This explains the four “target groups” (see Consumer Attitudes) regarding sugar preferences and again, not long but quite insightful.

https://web.archive.org/web/20130814195505/http://www.nutraceuticalmag.com/the-battle-against-obesity/  Cargill actually has the audacity to talk about “Ethical Ingredients” Are you kidding me? Cargill and ethical anything seems to me as oxymoronic as it gets.  Get real!

Alas, we are “targeted” yet again…but…I kind of like the name “Natural Splendid” and what it stands for.  I just don’t like the targeting aspect of it.

And here is Cargill targeting children http://web.archive.org/web/20130707001433/http://childhood-nutrition.com/

Chances are if you eat anything other than a few raw ingredients you buy at the grocery store or you local farmers markets you are eating something containing a product produced by Cargill and really you aren’t even assured of that.  Products like beef, turkey, pork, salt, oils or sweeteners are just a few.  Their ingredients are in your pharmaceuticals, your personal care products and they even feed the whole of the livestock industry.  This is the stuff listed under Chemical Industry and it is all foodstuffs we eat.  http://web.archive.org/web/20130828211455/http://www.cargill.com/products/industrial/chemical/index.jsp 

If you (and I) think we are not eating this crap we are wrong.  Whole Foods Market?…full, full, full of it.  The only way I can think that anyone can escape this stuff is living in a commune and growing everything yourself which is a pretty impossible task.

Cargill is not listed on the Fortune 500 because…it is privately held and if it were listed it would rank about 17th or 18thCargill is by far the largest privately held company in the USSo who does own Cargill? The Cargill family, of course. The understandably secretive Cargills own 90% of the conglomerate, and no, they haven’t disclosed plans to sell anytime soon.

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While the title of America’s largest public company has changed over the last couple of decades, from GeneralMotors to Microsoft to ExxonMobil, the most valuable private American company has enjoyed its status largely unchallenged. Cargill is a $27 billion company that you perhaps may have only scant familiarity with, yet have almost certainly patronized. The Minnesota multi-national is responsible for a staggering one-quarter of all the grain exports from the United States.

I am of the belief that the closer you live to, and buy your food from, the better for you your food will be.

I’m thinking this stuff is not meant for the average guys eyes and this is probably only the tip of Cargill’s iceberg.  Holy Cow Batman!

Below is only one state and Cargill is all over this exhibition map.

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Cargill By The Numbers

Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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What The Hell Are We Eating Anyway?

PepsicoNo matter what, unless you are a commercial bakery or food manufacturer you cannot buy the ingredients that go into most low carb breads, bagels, and a thousand other products. For what it’s worth I pretty much consider these ingredients FrankenFoods.  They have been, and are being, developed by companies like Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and the infamous Monsanto.  The names are innocuous enough but the idea of eating them turns my stomach.  These products list like a who’s who from some horror novel:  soy fiber, pea fiber, cellulose fiber, rice fiber, corn fiber, stabilized bran, and multifiber.  What is multifiber?  Some combination?  Think aboutMonsanto Products this:  These products are not just in breads and bakery items; they are in hundreds and hundreds of processed packaged and fast food products and include beverages, candy, cereals yogurt, and ice cream.  Ice cream?  Last I knew ice cream had four basic ingredients:  Eggs, cream, sugar, and vanilla.  And then…there are all the modified starches in foods.  To name just a few:  Instant puddings and desserts, canned soups, gravies, low fat foods, salad dressings, jellied candies, baby foods, infant formulas, and liquid cheese.  Yeah, lets get them babies started off right early in life with some of them modifies starches…and what is liquid cheese?

Tostitos Smooth & CheesyCellulose Fiber From Wood:  Manufacturers use cellulose wood fiber in foods as an extender, providing structure and reducing breakage in a variety of processed foods and meats meant for human and pet consumption, as well as for plastics, cleaning detergents, welding electrodes, pet litter, automotive brake pads, glue and reinforcing compounds, construction materials, roof coating, asphalt, and even emulsion paints, among many other products.

Manufacturers are able to remove as much as 50% of the fat from some cookies, biscuits, cakes and brownies by replacing it with powdered cellulose but still end up with a very similar product in terms of taste and appearance.  Some of the largest offenders are:  PepsiCo, Kellogg, Weight Watchers, General Mills, McDonalds, Sara Lee, Yum Brands, Jack in the Box, Kraft Foods, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Sonic, Dole, KFC, Nestle, and get this-Atkins.  These are just the biggies and each of the above individual companies produce multiple products with wood cellulose.

Most consumers might be horrified to find these types of filler products are used as substitutes for items that they believe to be good for them.   Shouldn’t we perhaps expect increased disclosure to follow increased use of cellulose and other filler products as these practices increases?

Money WorldWhy are these fillers used?  Simple-MONEY, MONEY, and more MONEY.  You know the old saying:  Money makes the world go round.  They are far less expensive that real food and if people will eat it, bring it on.

Why the hell are we all eating this crap?  All it takes is to stop!  Companies are complacent because people keep buying their products.  You can bet that these same companies would perk right up if people, en masse, stopped purchasing all of this Frankenfood MythFrankenFood.  It is my best guess when you are told you need more fiber they are not talking about these wood fibers and fillers.  I don’t know about you but I’m not to keen about eating something that also goes in roof coating, asphalt and glue.  Am I missing something here?

Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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