Originally Posted by Fitzgirl
This stuff just get's me a little ticked off whenever I go grocery shopping. Especially the many different aliases for sugar! (ie high fructose corn syrup, cane juice, crystalized cane...) I mean, what's the point of putting these ingredients in food if it's bad for you?
I think the whole idea was to sell more 'stuff' at a low a cost as possible.
So anything to have it last longer and appeal to certain tastes or dietary philosophies caused the rush of development of these ingredients.
Along with the change in ingredients was advertising and PR
to help get people to purchase these products. In the mid-1980's in Brazil (for example), there was essentially little to no use of artificial sweeteners because there was no diet industry. The manufacturers of diet foods started a campaign to raise weight-consciousness and "looks" issues and build a diet industry that way.
But I think it is quickly changing to persons looking for more foods without additives, colorings, artificial products, etc. In think that is why we see so many large natural foods grocery stores and co-ops opening up and natural foods sections in some "normal" (junk food :-) grocery stores. Hopefully, the prices on these foods will go down as the demand continues to rise.