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Corporate Dollars and Health Costs

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Stepping into the grocery store aisles, meander into the inner aisles away from the produce section and the refrigerated foods, you make think there are a multitude of food corporations.  Actually only a few corporations own those labels.  As it turns out a large share of the costs go into advertising and not so much into the food itself.  They're selling their brand and may tweak a product to create a unique twist to catch your attention.  The costly advertising is what keeps you coming back for more.  If corporations are not putting money into the product, what are you really getting?


Inexpensive Ingredients:

  • Fat, Salt, Sugar— The majority of a these highly advertised products are snack foods.  More salt, sugar and fat are inexpensive ingredients that keep you coming back for more.  Additionally salty foods sell more beverages, what goes with a salty snack but a sugary beverage.  That's why PepsiCo bought Frito-Lay.

  • Refined Flours—Processed foods usually mean refined flours or low fiber and high carbohydrate foods.  Low fiber, refined flours are less filling so you can eat more without getting full.  More calories sells more food.

  • Artificial Sweeteners and Synthetic Flavors—Artificial sweeteners, synthetic flavor enhancers and artificial flavors are cheaper than using the real thing.  As an example, saccharin the artificial sweetener found in diet sodas is 1/10th the cost of sugar.  Consequently, you're paying more for the cheaply made diet soda when a soda with real sugar is the same price.  Note that sugar should be consumed in moderation but having a soda with sugar may be more satisfying.

Health Consequences

  • Chronic Conditions—Too much sodium in the diet can lead to high blood pressure or exacerbate high blood pressure.  High fat and high sugar diets can lead to high cholesterol or elevated lipids.  All these increase risk of heart disease and stroke.  Some of the artificial sweeteners have been implicated in higher cancer risk as is similar with low fiber diets.

  • Obesity—Unfortunately the major food companies main goal is to sell more product.  More product equals more calories and weight gain.  Their priorities do not lie in improving health.

How to  Choose Healthy Options

  • Opt for Unprocessed—Fortunately, we do have other options at the grocery store.  Aim for the less processed foods which are mainly found on the outer edges of the grocery store, the produce, meat and dairy sections.  Prepare your own foods as a way to select the healthier ingredients and how much salt and fat is used.  Plan for snack or processed options on occasion but don't let corporate advertising sway all your food choices.  Read ingredient lists and nutrition facts panels to understand what you are really buying and consuming. You'll save money and your health in the long run.

Here are few reasons to see a nutritionist/personal trainer/health coach: relieve tension & stress in the body, properly train or progress in an activity, improve your microbiome, assess nutrient intake, disease prevention through evidence-based diet, and exercise, maximize exercise performance, improve sleep quality, enhance mental clarity, optimize digestion and nutrient absorption, establish long-term healthy habits, meal planning for a whole foods diet and eat in a way to sustain the planet.  Please consider Sheri for nutrition counseling and/or fitness appointments to help you develop a healthier lifestyle for you and the planet. 


Don't Be an Active Couch Potato

The so called "active couch potato" came out a recent study out of Finland.  They found that those who met the 30 minutes per day of recommended exercise then spent the rest of day sedentary, basically erased the benefits of the exercise.  It appears 60 minutes per day of moderate activity seem to counteract the sedentary time.  Get the best of both, 60 minutes per day of moderate activity and try to move at various times throughout the day, limiting long periods of sitting.

Sheri is a Certified Nutritionist with a master's degree in nutrition, with over 15 years of clinical counseling experience, an ACE-certified Personal Trainer with advanced certifications in medical exercise, senior fitness and health coaching.  All nutrition consultations include exercise guidance, dietary analysis and meal plans to meet your individual lifestyle, calorie and nutritional needs.

Free introductory 15-minute appointments are also available.

To schedule an appointment with Sheri Mar, email:  or call:  206.789.6440

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