Freedom Friday: Retail giant wants to tell you what to eat
Everyone -- and I mean EVERYONE -- is trying to tell you what to eat.
The feds, the food industry, your doctors, media know-it-alls and more -- and if that's not enough, now you can add one more name to the growing list of lecturers.
Starting next month, Walmart is going to put labels on its products that tell you which foods are "GREAT FOR YOU."
I'm not kidding -- that's the label.
I've had an advance look at the list of what Walmart thinks is "GREAT FOR YOU," and I have to say it IS actually great for you... if you happen to be building a fallout shelter.
The list is packed with enough canned meats, canned vegetables, pasta, rice (brown of course), beans, and nonfat dry milk to ride out the apocalypse.
Fresh fruit and vegetables also make the cut, but fresh meats don't unless they meet the USDA definition of lean. And don't even think about touching real, fresh milk -- only skim and 1% are GREAT FOR YOU.
It's downright insane, because it's the fats and cholesterol from fresh meat and dairy that are in fact GREAT FOR YOU, not the tasteless junk Walmart is trying sell.
The initiative doesn't end there, either.
Walmart's other GREAT FOR YOU claim to fame is that they're getting food makers to create "healthier" products. And you're not going to believe what they consider "healthier."
The biggest move so far was strong-arming meatpackers into cutting the amounts of sodium used in the solutions that meats are soaked in. But the real reason those meats are soaked in any kind of solution in the first place is to soak you -- so you pay $6.99 a pound for a salt water solution along with your meats.
If the meat is still being packed in weight-adding liquids, it's still a rip-off no matter how much or how little salt they use. (And since it comes from a meatpacking plant, odds are it's crawling with bacteria, too -- not so "great for you" after all!)
Forget Walmart or any other supermarket and head straight for the nearest butcher instead. Tell him you want as many grass-fed cuts of fatty organic beef as you can carry home.
Now that's what I call "GREAT FOR YOU."