The first question I asked in my MOPS presentation was "How has industrialization affected the way we eat?"
One of my favorite quotes from the "Nourishing Traditions" cookbook addresses this topic very well.
“Father technology has not brought us freedom from disease. Chronic illness in industrialized nations has reached epic proportions because we have been dazzled by his stepchildren – fast foods, …convenience foods, packaged foods, fake foods, embalmed foods,…-all the bright baubles that fill up the shelves at our grocery stores, convenience markets, vending machines and even health food stores.” “The premise of this book is that modern food choices and preparation techniques constitute a radical change from the way man had nourished himself for thousands of years and, from the perspective of history, represent a fad that not only has severely compromised his health and vitality but may well destroy him; and the culinary traditions of our ancestors, and the food choices and preparation techniques of healthy non-industrialized peoples, should serve as the model from contemporary eating habits, even and especially during this modern technological age."
If you haven't watched the movie "Food, Inc", it is a must-see. There are some disturbing images, but I believe everyone needs to see where their food comes from, whether it is visiting the farm where you get your farm-direct meat or seeing the meat factories where meat in the supermarkets come from. I believe we need to make informed decisions when it comes to our food. Knowledge is important! "Food, Inc" is available via instant streaming through Netflix. Here is the official trailer:
This is also a must see! I call this the "Eternal Happy Meal" clip. If this doesn't concern you, I don't know what to say.
Again, I don't think we can afford to continue to turn a blind eye in the name of convenience. Can we consider something that simply fills us up and tastes good "food". It concerns me the way "faux health food" is being sold as "health food". We need to be looking at labels. A good rule of thumb is if you can't pronounce something on the back or there is a list of ingredients a mile long, then it probably isn't good for you. Also be aware of tricky marketing labels. A friend of mine pointed out that corn syrup is now being labeled as simply "sugar". It is still corn syrup. You need to know what kind of sugar it is. If it is healthy sugar, believe me, the company will have not problem putting that on a label!
My next post will be discussing the benefits of using whole grains and how I cook with them. So continue to stay tuned!