new FLAT EARTH veggie chips.....total rip off!!!!

  • Celticmusl

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    Sep 29, 2007 4:44 PM GMT
    I bought these thinking I was making a healthy decision only to get home and read the ingredients. I couldn't understand why something that was in the "healthy food/Organic" isle of the local chain grocery store would have ingredients such as "artificial flavoring" and "modified rice starch" etc. I finally noticed who owns this FLAT EARTH....its FRITO-LAY!!!! Large food corporations like this completely own the chain grocery stores, its like the food mafia...that's why they can strong arm the grocery stores to put their crap in the organic isle when in fact you might as just as well eat doritos. And get this, on the bag of these flat earth chips they state that you get a full half serving of vegetables in every serving....I guess they consider rice flour a vegetable? urghhhhh!!!!!!
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    Sep 30, 2007 4:45 PM GMT
    Actually, the chain grocery stores charge the food producers a fee for shelf-space. Every item you see in the store is there because someone has paid a kick-back to get it there. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth about this, in the agriculture magazines.

    As to the marketing ploy, there is probably some validity to the idea that anyone who thinks there is something special about things labeled "organic" or "natural," is pretty gullible in the first place.
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    Sep 30, 2007 8:37 PM GMT
    Ah....I see, it must be a very complex symbiosis between the grocery store chains and the suppliers. I know someone that delivered for frito lay a few yrs ago and she saw it a completely different way..like the grocery store called all the shots and her company had to shell out all this money just to sell their stuff.

    And yes I do buy a great deal of organic food, and it always seems to be so much better in terms of quality...I've been doing it since the late eighties when it might have meant more than it does now, but if buying organic means that Im gullible so be it.

    As far as "better luck next time" shopping tips, the reason it is upsetting is that they hooked me and it rarely happens! I guess I wouldn't think that another company "Flat Earth" would actually be Frito Lay, oh for my shame! ...the food mafia seems to be getting quite good at gorilla warfare. I have been lazy though since I usually go to a local health/food market that has their own quality standards as to the products they peddle.

    In terms of the food mafia, I once dated a head waiter/host to an upscale restaurant. He said he wouldn't date anyone that is rude to waiters. I responded 'who would be stupid enough to mess with the ones in charge of the food supply?'.
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    Sep 30, 2007 9:01 PM GMT
    just goes to show....NEVER buy before you read the labels.
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    Sep 30, 2007 9:34 PM GMT
    I think this is something a lot of people miss.

    Just because a product is marketed to a certain group of people does not mean its actually what it says.

    Look at DIET COKE...it does not help you diet, it just has less calories than a regular coke but is still so bad for you. Yet people think because there was no calories in coke that they can drink tons of it or the can replace the missing calories with something else.

    I think it is false advertising.

    The same thing with the chips, because it is healthier than regular chips they market it as healthy. Probably less trans fat and baked as opposed to fried.

    So it is technically healthier than regular chips even though there are still some or a lot of unhealthy things in it.


    Truth is that a lot of the stuff you think is healthy really isnt that great for you whether it be bananas covered in pesticides, meat with steroids or artificial shit added.