Crossfit CEO Proves the Free Market is Better Than Government

Crossfit CEO Greg Glassman wants the government to stop messing up nutritional science.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this CNBC interview with Crossfit CEO Greg Glassman. I have mixed feelings about Crossfit because I think there are more efficient ways to get stronger. But I was pleasantly surprised by the political question at the end:

The interviewer assumed that Glassman, who is opposed to the way sugar is used in the standard American diet, must want the government to regulate food. While the Crossfit CEO did say he favored labeling laws, he seemed otherwise pretty much opposed to using government. His example of how the sugar industry corrupted nutritional science included the establishment of problematic nutritional guidelines by the government.

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According to the Huffington Post,

The sugar industry paid scientists to pad research to support its interests in the 1960s, according to a paper published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Author Cristin Kearns University of California, San Francisco uncovered damning letters in the basement of Harvard University that revealed that two of the school’s most famous nutritionists collaborated with the sugar industry to downplay sugar’s role in coronary heart disease. 

The collaboration “delayed the development of a scientific consensus on sugar-heart disease for decades,” coauthor Stanton Glantz, a professor at the UCSF, told STAT.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the sugar industry group involved in the tainted research didn’t have much to say about its decades-old conflict of interest.

But when asked if he wants government to limit sugar in the American diet, Glassman’s reply was, “I’m a market force.” His point is that he has convinced millions of people to reduce or eliminate sugar in their diet. The market can correct Americans’ unhealthy eating habits. But we need to eliminate the ability of the government to corrupt science at the behest of big business.

And the Crossfit CEO has accomplished this alteration in American diets and health without one cent of tax money or coercing anyone about what to eat. That’s more than you can say for Michelle Obama!


Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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