What’s the easiest way to being able to spot junk food?
Fat? Cholesterol? Weird, unpronounceable chemicals?
Those are all good, but there’s an easier way than that…
Just look for high fructose corn syrup and/or artificial food dyes.
This is coming from a guy who over the course of several years, learned the cure to eczema (dyshidrosis) by experimenting with what I did and did not eat. The first step for me, 6 years ago, was discovering I had to eliminate high fructose corn syrup and/or artificial food dyes from my diet.
High fructose corn syrup is the most processed version of GMO sugar you can find. It’s the sweetest of the sweet, which teaches your body to “look for the rest of the food” it came from. In other words, high fructose corn syrup keeps you hungry; as explained in this article by scientificamerican.com.
Meanwhile, artificial food dyes have been linked to anxiety, migraines, and cancer; according to this respectable article on Forbes.com.
Today, I want to introduce you to the concept that WalMart’s vendors are very good at making sure WalMart’s customers are strategically surrounded by high fructose corn syrup and artificial food dyes.
It’s common knowledge to our generation that WalMart has this way of attracting a certain crowd worthy of their own website: peopleofwalmart.com. (I don’t endorse that site, by the way; it’s not “family friendly”.)
However, there’s a reason it’s so easy to relate to WalMart memes:
For example, over the weekend I overhead this phone conversation while I was there at WalMart: “I ain’t no snitch… I didn’t give the cops a first name. I wasn’t brought up that way…”.
In case you need a visual, he looked like a young version of Weird Al in his video for “All About The Pentiums.”
This past weekend while I was there to pick up my car after getting an oil change, I took a walk around the place.
I only had to walk past a few aisles to pick up on a marketing strategy: WalMart’s vendors strategically place “pillars of cheap junk food” around the outer perimeter of the store’s interior.
Vendors pay for that high-traffic real estate within the store, as explained by one of my coworkers, whose wife is a manager at WalMart.
If I sound a little harsh regarding these strategically placed junk food pillars, let me give you some more quick background on me, because I feel it’s relevant to my passion behind this story.
I was one nervous little kid, from age 10 to age 12. I had anxiety issues, as well as constant digestion problems.
Fortunately, my own parents were open-minded enough to listen to good advice, and cut out red food dye (Red 40 and Carmine) from my diet.
What a lot of people here in America don’t realize about those petroleum and insect derived food dyes is that are banned in Europe.
So hopefully now it makes better sense why I am “outing” WalMart’s vendors for barricading the floor with junk food pillars.
See for yourself the next time you shop there.
I realize that other stores do this to, but I feel it’s taken to a whole new level at Walmart.
This is me inviting you to be in the know; just like I did back in 2009 when I pointed out the marketing scheme of fast food companies using the color combination of red and yellow in their logos to subconsciously control you like a traffic control light:
Yellow: “Slow down.”
What do you think? Do I know what I’m talking about here?
Is it safe to say that the vendors of many stores, WalMart serving as the epitome of them, surround the floor space with pillars of junk food, filled with high fructose corn syrup and artificially food dyes?
Tell me I’m not crazy. Most people say I am.