Super Natural Mom Interview with Dr. David Kessler
Progressive Radio Network
Dr. David Kessler was once the head of the FDA and has recently written a book about how the food industry is manipulating people into overeating. A number of valid points are made throughout. There is convincing evidence that fructose is fattening. School lunches wouldn’t pass fast food McStandards. Food from China contains harmful preservatives (and American food doesn’t?) and is sometimes deceptively labeled as being from somewhere else.
When discussing how the food industry lures people into overeating, the focus is almost completely on sugar or an optimum combination of sugar, salt and fat. Beth Greer recently noticed the ingredients on a bag of airline peanuts included salt and four or five different kinds of sugar. Dr. Kessler made the amusing and slightly disturbing observation that they use several different kinds of sugar because if they lumped it all together, sugar might be the first ingredient on the list.
There is nothing terribly wrong with any of the points in this audio recording, but the careless or uncritical listener might jump to the conclusion that fat and salt are always bad and should always be avoided. The discussion also seemed incomplete. There was no mention of MSG or aspartame and how addictive they are or how they enhance appetite. So while this interview is not all that bad, it is not quite good enough for me to give an enthusiastic thumbs up.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2010.