There are more and more foods coming into existence that people are managing to survive on despite the underlying fact that they are crap. Did you just read that last sentence? There are more foods “coming into existence”. Let’s think about that. Botanists are not discovering new kinds of plants everyday that farmers are then growing and harvesting and then shipping to grocery stores everywhere so that we can put them on our dinner plates at night. There are also not new species of animals being caught, bred, and domesticated for our meat dining pleasure. Therefore, all things that us humans think of as food are probably already being eaten.
Sorry. I know, that sounds boring eh? But, you’re in luck! Because food companies are INVENTING new “food products” all the time. New combinations of ingredients, and new ways to prepare them. This is their way of curbing your boredom with the “limited” number of edible things that you think there are on this planet. Think about it. They are desperate to come up with ever more interesting ways to feed you, while keeping costs as low as possible to make a profit.
How do they do this? It is considerably cheaper to use stale, un-fresh, poor quality ingredients that are later fortified with artificial vitamins, protein, and taste, than it is to simply use fresh, wholesome, local ingredients that are naturally full of these nutrients, as well as great taste.
So, even though the label on your Hungry Man frozen dinner proudly displays some decent numbers in terms of your daily values of nutrients, and eating such foods may allow you to exist until your average life expectancy is met, don’t you think making those exact foods yourself will probably help you to live longer? And would help you feel better while living longer?
Something the food companies are also doing, is to try to confuse you into thinking certain things are healthy, when they’re really just the lesser of many evils. I explain this in my post Health Food – Do you know what it is?
Despite our culture’s depreciating diet, our life expectancy has continued to rise. However, it is beginning to taper off. The expectancy rise in the U.S. has actually slowed so much that some countries that were once far behind are now quickly catching up. We’re lucky, in a way, that these food companies are fortifying our foods. There is less and less a need to seek out the specific foods that provide our bodies with the specific nutrients that we need. It’s easier to survive as a species. Easier meaning it takes less work. Notice I said “survive” as a species, not THRIVE. Thriving takes more effort. More effort to seek out the foods that are naturally good for my body, and not processed to artificially be sorta good.
It may be more effort, but I choose to thrive. My body is worth-it. Is yours? Or did you give up?