Ultra-processed food

Processed food has historically helped human beings to be healthier (eg pasteurization, fermentation, natural conservatives, and so on). But ultra-processed food has not. It is proved that it causes diabetes, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, depression, mood disorders and obesity. So why does it represent more than half of the diet of the British and the Americans and why is it selling so well in developing countries?

This article explains that view in details: How ultra-processed food took over your shopping basket – The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/feb/13/how-ultra-processed-food-took-over-your-shopping-basket-brazil-carlos-monteiro

The university of Cambridge and the UN have elaborated a classification called the Nova system to help buyers to know how processed is the food and make better choices.

To know more about the Nova system, click here:  The UN Decade of Nutrition, the NOVA food classification and the trouble with ultra-processing –  Cambridge University press: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/public-health-nutrition/article/un-decade-of-nutrition-the-nova-food-classification-and-the-trouble-with-ultraprocessing/2A9776922A28F8F757BDA32C3266AC2A

But this is not enough. Ultra-processed food doesn’t always even look like food but its attraction remains. Why? They are convenient, cheaper, they have stronger flavours and smell, and they release a first taste which doesn’t go on and make you want more to experience again. Moreover, advertisement and nostalgia due to the fact that people ate it during their childhood weighs more on the decision than a future health well being even if people may feel depressed afterwards because they did not have the willpower to resist that temptation. 

For more details about this mechanism, read this. We know highly processed food is bad for us. Why do we keep eating it? – Global News: https://globalnews.ca/news/5331125/ultra-processed-food-nutrition/

To know more about willpower, read Willpower by Roy Baumeister, 2011.

To have a comprehensive understanding of human behaviour, read Behave by Robert Sapolsky, 2017.

So how to stop?

1. Stop watching advertisement and TV.

2. Shop after having eaten to give your prefrontal cortex enough energy to make the good choice.

3. Stop blaming yourself and lower your self-confidence because the food industry knows how to mess with your brain (colours, sounds, TV, flavours, packaging, and so on).

This article  about the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Nobel price Daniel Kahneman explains how our thinking is biased and how it can be manipulated by industry Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking,_Fast_and_Slow

4. Shop online and take your time to read the labels and get information on the internet. The choice is made when you buy, not when you eat.

These websites give you a tool to know more about what you eat: Open Food Facts: https://world.openfoodfacts.org and the independent app Yuka: https://yuka.io

5. Be patient. This is an addiction, you’ll be craving even more for this ultra-processed food when you begin to stop. Later, you won’t miss it.

6. Cook, it’s not that difficult if you choose delicious and easy recipes.

7. Don’t avoid all processed food, as nature is not always that good for you. Avoid ultra-processed food only.

Aliments ultra-transformés, mais que mange-t-on ! ABE-RTS: https://youtu.be/YoemtsZ4Tvc

Wishing a safe journey to the yellow vests

The movement began because many people were outraged by the sharp rise in fuel prices. Let’s welcome their first popular success on Saturday, November 17, 2018 when they blocked access to supermarkets.

Do you think they will turn to other less dangerous means of action such as boycotting these same consumer temples? Behind industrial products are the powerful people who finance this “representative democracy”, which decides for the French in the interests of the richest, the oligarchy.

Of course, success is as dangerous as failure. If successful, they will be joined and taken over by the parties, unions and lobbies on all sides that they will have to manage. It is a risk that it is beneficial to take and perhaps they will succeed together and despite everything to manage democratically and in a participatory way this movement that gives a breath of fresh air to French democracy!

It is not for the future to tell us. It is up to the citizens to make the future. To take back their country.

The movement of yellow vests can lead to so many different results: something good, something bad or both. No one can say today.

However, there is hope. The hope that participants will develop a taste for organizing actions in a participatory and democratic way. To find the path of personal initiative that leads to collective action, and not the other way around. After that, there is only one step, certainly a difficult one, towards the implementation of the same process for the drafting of laws by popular initiative.

Let us hope that this will lead to a more direct democracy.


Atlantico – Les gilets jaunes ou le deuil de la démocratie représentative : SOS corps intermédiaires disparus: https://www.atlantico.fr/decryptage/3558628/les-gilets-jaunes-ou-le-deuil-de-la-democratie-representative–sos-corps-intermediaires-disparus-christophe-boutin

Le Monde – « Gilets jaunes » : « La mèche est allumée… On attend la relève »: https://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2018/11/18/gilets-jaunes-la-meche-est-allumee-on-attend-la-releve_5385051_3224.html

La situation des gilets jaunes aujourd’hui: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180479499655/la-situation-des-gilets-jaunes-aujourdhui-1-un

Gilets Jaunes Coordination (Serveur Discord): http://www.giletsjaunes-coordination.fr

The situation of the yellow vests today: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180480765525/the-situation-of-yellow-vests-today-1-fed-up-with

Contempt is not automatichttps://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/185151419405/contempt-is-not-automatic

Voix: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/173639682525/voix-alimentation-la-ruche-qui-dit-oui

Tomorrow – Chap 3: L’économie: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/165431928955/demainlefilm

Travail, famille, consommation vs liberté, égalité, fraternité: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/158740398389/travail-famille-consommation-vs-liberté-egalité

Demain – la démocratie: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/164301056995/tomorrow-chap-4-la-démocratie-the-panama

Oui au référendum d’initiative populaire: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/158886557375/oui-au-référendum-dinitiative-populaire-sur-le

Le chiffon rouge Moderne: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/177737397710/le-chiffon-rouge-moderne-le-chiffon-rouge

La liberté guidant le peuple: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/tagged/liberté-guidant-le-peuple

Les oisillons qui attendent la becquée prendront leur envol: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/165045035925/the-chicks-waiting-for-the-beaked-will-take-flight

Parcours épique: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/180075513835/parcours-épique-le-cheval-va-t-il-sauter-bien-sûr

Gilets Jaunes Coordination (Serveur Discord): http://www.giletsjaunes-coordination.fr

The same companies can’t get enough of our money; they poison us with their food (that we buy more and more because of the craving feeling it creates) and poison our democracy by corrupting politicians and scientists to make their poison legal. Thus craving for more and more money.

– How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food – The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/16/health/brazil-obesity-nestle.html

These 10 Companies Control The World’s Food – Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/17/companies-control-food_n_5684782.html

What you can do – Oxfam, Behind the brands: https://www.behindthebrands.org/company-scorecard

– Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health – Marion Nesle : https://www.amazon.com/Food-Politics-Influences-Nutrition-California/dp/0520275969/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0/132-8971515-6300731?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=W4XTVF6WT1X06CVG8TNM

Food is toxic when you can’t stop.

‘Ultra-processed’ products now half of all UK family food purchases – The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/02/ultra-processed-products-now-half-of-all-uk-family-food-purchases?CMP=share_btn_tw

imagehttp://time.com/4130043/lobbying-politics-dietary-guidelines

Fiddler on the roof – If I were a rich man : https://youtu.be/RBHZFYpQ6nc

The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction: https://youtu.be/nrIPxlFzDi0

Netflix – Rotten: https://youtu.be/_ot6W_7hvrM