America’s big food companies are hearing us, a little bit

My hunt for low-salt,low-fat, low-sugar foods has been a tough one in the two and a half years since my angioplasty, but little by little I am finding items and blogging about them here to help you kick the evil triangle of salt, fat and sugar as I am trying to do. Just check my ingredient and recipe pages for help.

Turkey meatball ingredients include lean ground turkey, panko breadcrumbs, low-fat cheese and Italian seasoning.
Lower-fat, lower-salt packaged products are out there, you just need to hunt for them.

A recent article in the Washington Post gave me some hope that America’s major food processing companies may slowly be getting the message that consumer tastes are changing. The piece noted that several major companies, such as Kraft and Kellogg, have seen earnings fall in recent quarters.

“Their real problem is a much thornier and enduring one: Your eating habits are changing, and they have been having a hard time keeping up,” the article noted.

Some, like Kellogg, have been buying organic companies and other smaller processors who aim more at today’s tastes. Unfortunately though, even organic products can have too much salt, fat and sugar. Food companies still obsess that Americans won’t eat processed products that aren’t loaded with salt. I think some will, I certainly will.

But there is an entire generation coming of age now that doesn’t want processed foods, period. It’s a back to basics movement both my adult children seem to have embraced, and I applaud them for it.

I still don’t want to make everything I eat from scratch, so I keep hoping food companies will see me and others voting with our dollars for lower-salt, lower-fat, lower-sugar offerings, and respond.


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