This is it, 100%.
The perfect "food product" is one that is cheap to produce, tastes good, and never fills you up: cheap starchy food and HFCS products. People will always want to buy more (the insulin spike means it will only satisfy hunger very briefly, and then leave you hungrier a little while later), and even if the retail price is low, cost of production is ridiculously low so profit is made up for in volume --- low price is a bonus because this processed food is now a staple of poor households and "just a snack" in more affluent ones.
I knew a food chemist who worked on industrial production of food products and efficiency of manufacturing. Corn comes in, starches and sugars are extracted and mixed with binders, fillers, flavorings, etc. and a "snack product" is produced at a few cents per kilo. This stuff comes from food, and can be digested for calories, but I don't know if we shuld really call it food --- quasi-food, perhaps?
Since everyone is now wanting to lose weight but can't, because they are malnourished and addicted to junk, the NEW holy grail of food manufacturing is a product that has all the above characteristics but NO CALORIES: a tasty, digestible, calorie-free substance that people can gorge on guilt-free --- eat, s**t, rinse, repeat. It will make billions of dollars.
Originally Posted by Indiana
The problem with 'the people who watch over nutrition in schools' is that they are funded by or reliant on substantial discounting from food-producing corporations. So there is a vested interest in promoting 'food products' over actual food. This is what happens when schools are underfunded - they have to turn to corporate interests to stay afloat. And those corporate interests are not in our waistlines, they're in the company bottom line.