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Cheese puffs, with added vitamin D

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

Canada inches closer to a decision on whether to allow companies to add vitamins and minerals to packaged or processed food ...Read the full article

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  1. d koz from Canada writes: When I buy my green tea in the states I usually buy the big brand "Celestial Seasonings" (owned by a Canadian) offering all kinds of ginsing or Vitamin C fortified.

    As a boomer I need my tea to pick me up and Canada does not allow most of the green tea and ginsing teas I normally buy.

    It would be nice if Health Canada would allow the grocers to stock the shelves with lots of choice and allow the consumers to choose what they consume. If we want to indulge in sugar; fat; ginsing; green tea or whatever leave us to our foolish choices.
  2. Que Sommes-Nous from Ontario, Canada writes: People just don't get it. Just eat fresh, whole foods, mostly plant-based, mostly raw, and you won't have to worry about nutritional deficiencies. (Unless you're atypical.)
  3. Commander Groovechild from Canada writes: I've been saying for some time that we should allow companies to make Tylenol donuts.
  4. Western Girl from Canada writes:
    Here's a novel idea: make healthy, fresh, nutritious food cheaper, and tax the heck out of the chips and chocolate bars. Duh.
  5. Kris M from Canada writes: Well said Western Girl, well said!
  6. Mark H from United States writes: "Western Girl from Canada writes: Here's a novel idea: make healthy, fresh, nutritious food cheaper, and tax the heck out of the chips and chocolate bars. Duh." And the forces of the free market prevail! Oh. Wait.
  7. Serenity Now from Canada writes: This should be buried in the cemetery of exploded ideas.

    Added "things" in food will do nothing for you, just take a multiple vitamin and you cover your bases for the most part.

    Also, anyone recall the whole Omega eggs bit? Then a study was done showing every day eggs had more than you need already?

    Then there was the BRAIN FOOD that would make your kids smarter by eating white bread. Yeah right.

    People, these guys are non-creative garbage...and should be focusing on better products and flavours, not simply tipping a can of vitamin A into a vat somewhere.

    Wow, that all you could come up with in a brainstorming session! Let's add vitamins! circa 1950~!
  8. Serenity Now from Canada writes: Western Girl IS absolutely right as another said.

    But sadly the opposite exists. They'll keep using "proto-foods" from "Frankenberry Farms", that are nothing like what they came from.

    Look at cheese and ice cream (other than the good stuff).

    To get around the duty of milk products, they use butter oil....EMMMMM! Yummy!

    Then they sell the cheese for the same inflated price! They could make quality cheese and sell it, but why do that! Sell cheese that isn't even cheese, and charge more for it!

    I now assume every corporation is lying to me, period...you should too!
  9. Pete A Guy from Edmonton, Canada writes: I'm a smoker and a junk food addict. The cost of smoking has at least gotten me to reduce intake over the years, from a pack a day to a pack a week.
    Junk food is just as dangerous and just as costly on the health system as tobacco, they should be faced with the dame tax regime, disgusting pictures on the packages, and all dis-insentives imaginable.

    They certainly should not be allowed to add vitamins and then claim they are in some way healthy. Remeber when KFC claimed thier chickn was low-carb health food.. (small print, must remove the skin and all semblance of flavour)

    As far as free market goes... there hasn't been a true free market in... centuries.... and there are good reasons for this.
  10. Serenity Now from Canada writes: Pete you are right too. I love when they talk about free market, it's such a lie.

    It's the same tired old families handing the keys down to their "Bhal-spawn" and rinse repeat.

    Time to add a sin tax to junk food and anything that delivers more than 20% of your daily intake of fat.
  11. Richard Arsenate from Canada writes: 1. You don't need surplus vitamins. Pretty much nobody in North America is vitamin deficient, though I think I read Vitamin E might be the only thing we do occasionally have shortage of.

    2. Spiking crap food with vitamins is nothing but deceptive marketing; false advertising, almost. We do regulate that for good reason, you know.
  12. Jesu Pifco from Canada writes: Over 40 years ago my grade 9 science teacher quipped about the economic advantage of eating a bowl of sawdust, sprinkled with ground up vitamin tablets, as opposed to buying "fortified" breakfast cereal at inflated prices.
  13. N J S from Canada writes: They already do this. "Now with no trans fat!"
  14. mike hunt from Canada writes: this is a catch22 situation. on the one hand, critics are right in that such fortification will be used in marketing.. imagine a pack of players that had bits of vitamin C and calcium crushed up and mixed in with the leaves... right next to the health canada warning propaganda, would be another add saying 'with vitamin C and calcium added for healthy bones and teeth!'. conversely.. people like junk food. as much as hard as the social engineers out there are trying, people in general are not keen on being told what to or not to eat. that being said, junk food is good stuff. its cheap, its usually easy to prepare or have delivered, and it tastes a lot better than the rabbit food on the healthy menu... so, there is a logic to trying to make junk food more healthy and less unhealthy. fortifying junk food solves half the problem by making such things more healthy.. whats needs to be done next, is to find a way to make them less unhealthy as well. vitamin X im sure is great for you no matter what, but if you mix it up with pure lard, well you rob peter to pay paul... i think this is in general a good way to go, but there should be limitations placed on marketting strategies.. applejacks cereal vs applejacks fortified, the fortified is still better than not.
  15. My eyes are open, Are yours? from Canada writes: The main problem with 'fresh food' isn't it's cost; an apple is cheaper than a bag of chips. It's that you have to have refrigerated storage for most of it - try keeping a bunch of bananas in your desk or glove compartment for a week. Even oranges get all penicillin-y after a few days. Cut watermelon? Pineapple? Carrot sticks get all limp.

    You can't bring anything with peanut butter into any school, community centre or public sports facility. Cheese, unrefridgerated, gets all sweaty and smelly. Don't even get me started on eggs. How long do you want to keep that chicken leg out of the fridge?

    Maybe Purina can come up with a 'human chow' that we can buy in 50 lb bags.
  16. Do The Math from Canada writes: "Hey -- I work night shifts and play lots of video games so I don't get always out in the daylight as much as I'd like to. That's why when me and my bro's feel like a quick snack, we reach for Dracula Brand Cheese Puffs -- with added Vitamin D!..."

    Until there's a cure for stupidity, we'll have Vitamin enriched Cheese Puffs -- or whatever. In the meantime, the junk food tax isn't a bad idea.
  17. Commander Groovechild from Canada writes: Right now there is soya milk, which is usually fortified with vitamins. Then there is the much cheaper ordinary soya milk containing just soya sweetened with sugar cane. The plain stuff is about 30 to 40 percent cheaper. Because so many foods already have Vitamin A and D3, I just go ahead and buy the plain soya. It tastes better. It might not last as long in the fridge. A bit will depend on what sort of vitamins are in the food. I would however like to see us move towards non-refrigeration in the future. Imagine all the electricity we could save if we used traditional techniques.
  18. ryan farmer from Canada writes: it is truly amazing that the human race has evolved this far. from the difficult beginnings as a single cell to what we are no, a grotesk cosumer of everything artificial, because we are informed by the powers that be that it is HEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    the single cell only survived because it accidentely ate healthy, today we are informed consumers and are dying from various forms of cancer and in higher numbers than ever seen before, but we eat healthy or at least so we are told.
    we are becoming more and more reliant on the likes of Oprah and Dr.Phil who sell all this hype about the benefits of eating healthy, while there is nothing healthy to be had in the store. everything is modefied and or added no whole foods available. cheese from modified milk ingredients meat enhanced with color and bananas gassed to have the freshest banana in the store and than we are suprised that we have cancer. the corporate world and its quest for profit, does not care if we are healthy or sick, only profit is what they care about. if they leave more dead people on the road to profit so be it.
    what is more disgusting is that policy makers are in bed with them. why do the policy makers allow this without proper consultation? are they in league with them or is it the more simple that hte corporate world runs the world and the people be dammned??????? perhaps the policy makers should be modefied and enriched because they seem to be dead from the a-hole up.
  19. John Mayer from Oak Park, United States writes: If you are uninsured and does not have insurance, you should check out the website http://UninsuredAmerica.blogspot.com - John Mayer, California
  20. S Palframan from Canada writes: Let them add the vitamins - but require that they state the # of calories and fat and sugar per serving in the same font and prominence as the RDA of vitamins.

    Still remember a box of Pop Tarts from the US, with the entire back of the box claiming they were healthy. We laughed ourselves silly calculating how many you'd need to eat to get your RDA of riboflavin. I think it was 50. At which point you'd be vibrating from the sugar intake!

    It's a marketing ploy, intended to deceive. I don't like it for that reason. Crap is crap, no matter how many vitamins you sprinkle on it.
  21. Candice Bond from Toronto, Canada writes: There are already too many falsehoods in the "nutrition labels". For years, we have had laws requiring flour to be fortified with folic acid, to decrease birth defects. But the that only counts for the white flour. So if, as many of us do, you opt for the multigrain breads, pastas, etc., you need to get it elsewhere, be it foods or supplements. If you choose soy beverages over milk, you have to look to see that includes vitamin D (regular milk, by law must be fortified).
  22. Chuck the Canuk from East of Eden, Canada writes: I sure hope they deny this abomination. We can't even get the labels on REAL food to tell us what is in it, and they seriously want to try and police the fat and lard king's products. What next, toss a little viagra in the twinkies, while you clog your arteries?
  23. Randal Oulton from Canada writes: Here's a novel idea! let consumers decide themselves if they want to buy it. Do we need the chattering classes mucking with our snack food, too??
  24. evelyn collins from writes: Junk food with Vitamins and Minerals?
    I'm sure it couldn't be worse than the toxic drugs that are prescribed by physicians. Perhaps we could get them to replace toxic drugs which have severe side effects with something nutritional,too. .
  25. The Pinch from Toronto, Canada writes: For decades Wonderbread etc have been marketing baked bleached paste and adding vitamins to it. This is no different from today's bottled koolaid type drinks (ie. Gatorade) being pushed as "healthy" or bottled water being better for you than Toronto's finest.

    In the meantime take a bunch of small Macintosh apples, or clementines, or fresh raspberries, or carrot and celery sticks, and park them in front of the TV. Hasta la vista.

    Fresh fruit and veggies is inconvienient; a pain, really. But watch the sore eyes when you peel an orange on the subway. People need and crave good food.
  26. Alistair McLaughlin from Canada writes: Terrible idea. 1) It allows junk foods to masquerade as healthy. 2) It could lead to an overdose of certain nutrients, which is even more accutely dangerous than not getting enough.

    It's not the lack of nutrients that makes "junk food" junk. It's the fats, sugars, starches, sodium, MSGs, and varous other "flavours" added to them. Throwing vitamin D into the mix doesn't make the stuff less bad for you, and food companies shouldn't be allowed to even go down that road.

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