>> Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Image via WikipediaIt's interesting to see what pops up when you concern yourself with the food that you eat. After recent conversations about restaurants and local "health drinks" I was shown a website about a local weight loss program, Hopkins Fusion, that sells Herbalife, the same protein powder/sports mix that City Blendz sells, and out of optimistic hope to be able to make a difference I wrote to the company to see if, at least, they knew about the unhealthy ingredients in their "health" shakes, forwarding the link to my recent article about their product. I was a bit taken aback by the response I received.
I don't know about that - all I know is that Herbalife is a $4 billion business only profiting in sales, it's in 72 different countries, it's been around for 30 years, and is on the NYSE.
Have a great day!
It was a very disappointing response since what it says to me is that they don't know and don't care whether what they are selling is actually helping or hurting their customers' long-term health. They only care that they're part of a large business that's making lots of money.
And this isn't some major, faceless corporation, but a local business that just so happens to sell products made by a major, faceless corporation. These are regular people we're talking about but as long as they're turning a profit, they may as well be part of the machine. Why don't they care? Because it's not personal at all for them. It's business. If you've watched Food, Inc then by now you've heard the take-away message that in order to talk to people like this you can't appeal to their good nature. You can't reason with them. You can't just tell them how wrong they are (with rare exception). You have to talk with your pocket book. You vote for a better food system every time you buy your groceries, choose a restaurant, or go to the coffee shop.
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Don't make it an all-or-nothing undertaking, at least to begin with. People are slow to change, wont to backtrack from time to time, and most of all they need to feel that the decision they're making is their own. Hopefully people won't have to go through a personal revelation in order to wake up to how important this is. Having once been on the definitely-overweight end of the scale, I speak from experience: You want to know this stuff now! It comes down to your money or your health: choose one.
This article is part of Real Food Wednesday, this week at Cheeseslave.com