Are companies making food healthier or just concocting more weird stuff in the lab?

This post was just going to be a little News Nugget to let you know that PepsiCo, the maker of brands like Doritos and Pepsi, announced it wants to triple its sales of healthier products in the next decade. But as I kept reading about some of the plans the company has to make its products “healthier,” it kind of creeped me out.

I like that PepsiCo’s plans include cutting the sodium, sugar, and saturated fat in its products. But then I saw that science may come into play. This is the line that got to me – “PepsiCo is investing in science to improve nutrition, including developing a new salt and more lower-calorie or zero-calorie sweeteners.”

Apparently, the new salt dissolves more quickly in your mouth so you don’t have to eat as much to get the same effect. Personally, I would rather just cut back on salt than eat something made with this lab-ified new salt. But that’s just me.

I’m not picking on PepsiCo. I understand it and other food and beverage companies want to make money and keep up with the trend toward healthier foods. But do we really need to invent a new salt? And concoct more lower-calorie or zero-calorie sweeteners?

Potato chips of the future in the making? The concept leaves a bad taste in my mouth. What about you?


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