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Should Trader Joes label/market sweet potatoes like this?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 26, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Despite its labeling, I purchased a bag of sweet potatoes at Trader Joe's today: textareaalt texttextarea

From a truth in labeling perspective, I think it should have looked more like this: textareaalt texttextarea

Is it proper to market something that's healthy by encouraging people to add sugar, etc.?

Am I just getting carried away with this paleo stuff?

Am I the Grinch who stole xmas?

Mike

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(1097)

on November 27, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Yeah, saying something is healthy is different than making ingredient suggestions. We all know marshmallows aren't healthy, but most people think there's nothing wrong with sugar-laden cereals, and even the american heart association says to aim for less than 40 g of sugars a day.

Ba99a15e6bf870b81286791617050593

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on November 27, 2012
at 04:44 AM

yea, i do jest, but when it comes down to marketing what to eat something WITH - hands off. listing rice cakes or baked lays or cinnamon toast as 'heart healthy' or 'whole grains' etc. is pushing it; that's an issue where marketing is competing with education, the former sadly outcompeting the latter in the food industry. but i'm not going to come between grandma, some kerrygold and pack of jet-puffed marshmallows at thanksgiving time.

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(1097)

on November 26, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Anything he damn well pleases. To liberties!

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on November 26, 2012
at 10:53 AM

Mmmmmm. Need more carbs on my carbohydrates. Sugar on sweet potatoes FFS.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on November 26, 2012
at 05:43 AM

Yeah, aioli with a boiled (or even better) roasted sweet potato is heavenly. Salty, garlicky, sweet, fatty - no wonder it's so good!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 26, 2012
at 04:30 AM

Who doesn't put mayonnaise or aioli on everything?!

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on November 26, 2012
at 03:15 AM

Marketing is absolutely fucked, you aren't wrong. It is the portion of corporate hegemony that directly preys upon human weakness, addiction and ignorance, often using psychological manipulation to accomplish self-perpetuation and allowing the proliferation of all of the behind-the-scenes evils, from massive CEO bonuses/salaries to subtly removing "organic" from the ingredients list when they decide to save a couple cents by opting for a GMO ingredient (yes, WF). By *no* means should we become complacent towards seeing this kind of crap; towards the emotional ploys used to sell legal drugs.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on November 26, 2012
at 01:07 AM

@foreveryoung: I'm totally un-pure, but it's not about me. I guess I'm just reacting to marketing. I really got angry when I saw that Coke Ad at a bus shelter: buy a little happiness for just 79 cents.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on November 26, 2012
at 12:57 AM

They *are* good with butter.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on November 26, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Who cares? I highly doubt you're the most pure person on the planet. Should alcohol come with a label that says "car accidents, ruined relationships, incontinence, and humiliation"? Of course not, because not everyone who drinks loses control and becomes a worst case scenario alcoholic.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 26, 2012
at 12:51 AM

Who cares? I highly doubt you're the most pure person on the planet. Should alcohol come with a label that says ruined relationships, shame, incontinence, and humiliation? Of course not, because not everyone who drinks loses control and becomes an alcoholic.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on November 26, 2012
at 12:49 AM

Who cares? I highly doubt the most pure person on the planet. Should alcohol come with a warning label that says ruined relationships, incontinence, shame, and misery? No because not everyone who drinks is going to lose control and become an alcoholic.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on November 26, 2012
at 12:38 AM

You're right: I certainly didn't mean to suggest that sweet potatoes are the root of all evil (no pun intended). Perhaps I'm just frustrated with the fiscal cliff, skyrocketing health care costs, and people adding sugar to everything. Bah Humbug.

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on November 26, 2012
at 12:50 AM

That would kinda bug me. Like, sweet potatoes are sweet on their own, they don't need marshmallows or sugar. But butter? Totally.

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0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on November 26, 2012
at 03:23 AM

Marketing is absolutely fucked, you aren't wrong. It is the portion of corporate hegemony that directly preys upon human weakness, addiction and ignorance, often using psychological manipulation to accomplish self-perpetuation and allowing the proliferation of all of the behind-the-scenes evils, from massive CEO bonuses/salaries to subtly removing "organic" from the ingredients list when they decide to save a couple cents by opting for a GMO ingredient (yes, Whole Foods).

By no means should we become complacent towards seeing this kind of crap; towards the emotional ploys used to sell legal drugs.

But nonetheless, as Badiou put it, existing in opposition limits your potentialities to the inherent limitations of the system you are opposing. We win when we choose non-participation, when we stop wasting our energy fighting and begin to create, to build the world we want to live in and be the ideal that we hold. Conversely, they win when we waste our energy worrying about the state of affairs, when we think within the constraints of asking for permission for change, when the entirety of our actions revolves around the presupposition of their existence as such.

Protest is inherent in a hierarchical system, and inherently accounted for. Radical non participation however, that's where we start to scare them; where we start to have the power over our own world.

Pragmatically speaking: let people do and eat what they want. Educate those that you can, in a positive light. Accept that you cannot change everyone, and hold dear those that are also enlightened - these are your comrades that you will create a new world with.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 26, 2012
at 12:41 AM

I'm pretty sure you're just grinch-y. A little sugar isn't a big deal. I personally no longer like sweet potatoes so sugared... maybe as a dessert, with some ice cream on the side. :)

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on November 26, 2012
at 01:25 AM

Unfortunately, most people who are sugar addicts and metabolically screwed up just can't fathom that a sweet potato, on its own, is a sweet treat. Until you've altered your taste buds and really experienced natural sweetness, they really aren't that appealing to people.

Then again, I find sweet potatoes to be absolutely amazing by themselves...

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on November 26, 2012
at 01:21 AM

At least with the sweet potatoes, there is nutrients, unlike pop.

No, you shouldn't get mad. I mean, you can, but what's the point?If you could only buy them covered in sugar, that would be bad. It's people's choice about what to top them with. A better thing would be for you to put a sticker on the bags with serving suggestions.

Life's too short to be a part- time food cop.

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on November 26, 2012
at 01:08 AM

One sweet potato consumed is one victory for a whole food, added sugar/marshmallows or no. People can learn afterwards to drop the extra stuff and just enjoy the sweet spud as a sweet spud.

Mmm... too bad I'm trying to keep under 50g carbs every day this week. I could use me some spudalicious.

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on November 26, 2012
at 12:35 AM

You're being ridiculous, they were just trying to be cute. Plus, if they labeled it as you suggested, that would imply that sweet potatoes caused those diseases, which I don't believe to be the case, nor your intention.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on November 26, 2012
at 12:38 AM

You're right: I certainly didn't mean to suggest that sweet potatoes are the root of all evil (no pun intended). Perhaps I'm just frustrated with the fiscal cliff, skyrocketing health care costs, and people adding sugar to everything. Bah Humbug.

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on November 26, 2012
at 01:46 AM

They should NOT have listed aoli. Who the hell puts mayonnaise on sweet potatoes? And 'garlic aoli' is redundant!

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on November 26, 2012
at 05:43 AM

Yeah, aioli with a boiled (or even better) roasted sweet potato is heavenly. Salty, garlicky, sweet, fatty - no wonder it's so good!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 26, 2012
at 04:30 AM

Who doesn't put mayonnaise or aioli on everything?!

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on November 26, 2012
at 12:33 AM

I don't think that label is necessary, but SO many healthy things can be turned into crap with other crap ingredients. Most people know these are the typical toppings for sweet potatoes, but it just depends who's buying it.

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Ba99a15e6bf870b81286791617050593

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on November 26, 2012
at 06:46 AM

WWRPD?

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(1097)

on November 26, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Anything he damn well pleases. To liberties!

Ba99a15e6bf870b81286791617050593

(671)

on November 27, 2012
at 04:44 AM

yea, i do jest, but when it comes down to marketing what to eat something WITH - hands off. listing rice cakes or baked lays or cinnamon toast as 'heart healthy' or 'whole grains' etc. is pushing it; that's an issue where marketing is competing with education, the former sadly outcompeting the latter in the food industry. but i'm not going to come between grandma, some kerrygold and pack of jet-puffed marshmallows at thanksgiving time.

Medium avatar

(1097)

on November 27, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Yeah, saying something is healthy is different than making ingredient suggestions. We all know marshmallows aren't healthy, but most people think there's nothing wrong with sugar-laden cereals, and even the american heart association says to aim for less than 40 g of sugars a day.

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