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«This Friday will be the most important day of your life -laughs-. The government has approved raising taxes on sugary drinks». On the other end of the phone line, a realfooder, as the legion of followers of Carlos Ríos (Huelva, 1991) is called. It is true, Ríos and his followers are now in luck after the decision of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

«They have decontextualized my message. Everything I say I prove on a scientific level. I am supported by the World Health Organization and university nutrition departments,» he defends himself against the criticism that he is accused of creating TCAs. He assures that there are many other versions that «are insubstantial». «If they are people who make constructive criticisms, I listen to them and it is solved. The basics of realfooding are not invalidated,» he says. «When you make your way and position yourself as a leader in realfooding you uncover a lot of envy.»

He has the A and B side of this tape: «The worst thing was exposing myself to so many people. That brings you harsh criticism and enemies. On the other hand, the best thing is also the exposure to so many good people, who love me, stop me in the street and hug me. Besides, the adventure of entrepreneurship makes you grow in all facets on a personal level».

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Carlos Ríos is not only the spiritual guide of his own movement («realfooder» has become a label whose followers proudly assign to themselves and brandish incessantly against others). He is also an entrepreneur. A very successful one. He has published several books, offers private consultations for €60 and has worked on developing «real» foods and away from «ultra-processed» ones. There is already a «RealFooding Market» where Ríos sells guacamole, 100% whole wheat bread, gazpacho or salmorejo, always in collaboration with other brands or producers. What better way to comply with the «realfooding» postulates than consuming the creations of its founder, right?

The pompous launch of the cream and the enthusiasm with which its followers have received it has sparked a bitter debate in the nutritionist sphere. It has opened a breach, or rather, a chasm. A low-intensity civil war that has forced the most respected and visible voices in the sector to take a stand on Rios. On its business model, on its influence on the preferences of thousands of consumers and on the impasse that every revolutionary faces at some point: can you reach the mainstream without betraying your ideological principles?

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«We are going to develop more good processed together with @shukran_foods and other real food manufacturers in our country to beat the ultra-processed,» Rios assures on his Instagram profile, which is followed by more than 1.5 million people. «We are going to show that healthy and pleasurable eating is possible. Because the most important thing is quality ingredients, food at the service of people’s health, under this mission we will create the realfooding supermarket.»

«The moment you declare that you use it to sweeten you are skipping this part of the legislation,» Robles assures. «It’s that you declare it openly, that the technological purpose is that.» The label also fails to state the percentage of dates the product contains which, in Robles’ opinion, should be indicated since «it is highlighting these by means of a graphic representation.»

Robles posted on Instagram his doubts about the product’s labeling and was answered by Ríos himself, asking him to «declare your conflicts of interest so that people know where this absurdity comes from.» Immediately, Robles says, she received a barrage of messages from Ríos’ followers, who described her as working for the industry -although, in reality, she works for media outlets such as El País or RTVE-.

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Rios says he feels persecuted, although he has the great defense of his hordes of fans (more than 1.5 million on Instagram), and has decided to silence some of the opinions such as those of Sanchez, who has just published a video on the subject in order to express what the Real Fooder networks have deleted or hidden.

«We cannot say that a food is cardioprotective even knowing that it is healthy,» Sanchez explains. We know that broccoli or pistachios, for example, are good for health, but saying it about a product like a cocoa cream is rather more questionable. In addition, «we are entering a swampy area, that of a health claim that has to be very well regulated,» he says. In the European Union, the body in charge of this is EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority. «You can’t go around saying that your product is heart-healthy and go around selling it, it’s a major blunder,» concludes the expert.

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