Ever wondered why there are so many health food advocates out there who make it known to everyone what they are eating and why it's so much better than what you have in your lunch box right now? We now live in a world of seemingly crazed health food advocates and consumer nit-pickers. You may even have gotten used to terms like 'granola' and 'hippie', or adjectives like 'Whole Foods conservatives' which describe friends of yours who are the type to post Instagrams of their lunch all over their social media sites. They may even be so extreme as to wear shirts that say "This chick was raised cage-free", and listen to songs like "Nothing But Flowers" by Guster and live every word. Well, okay I admit it, brothers if you're reading you're rolling over laughing because I'm guilty of a lot of the above... I don't yet have a shirt that says that but hey, my birthday is coming up, maybe one of my lovely followers will ge... Scratch that, please no one get me that shirt, the other chicks in the world will be jealous. Anyways, aside from seemingly perpetual drama that we crusaders for real food tend to create, willingly or otherwise, our voices are not speaking out for nothing. If you've ever wondered why we need to keep letting everyone and their mother (one of my actual mother's favorite sayings) know that we disapprove of the junk, it's because of the many loopholes in our food system, in our government, that continuously favor the power and intentions of big companies over the health of our population. It's because we can't count on the FDA to protect us in the way where we can blindly pick up a product and know that because it's in a grocery store in a neat package that it is safe.
Countless major companies, in their pursuit of gaining the most profit, use the cheapest quality ingredients, and add chemicals, additives, preservatives, artificial coloring, etc so that their product will last longer on the shelf, appear attractive to small children. Just because a packgage of Kraft Mac n' Cheese includes an adorable picture of SpongeBob, who your little guy happens to love, unfortunately does not mean that Kraft cares about your child's health at all. Or at least, not nearly enough to make sure that the ingredients they use are safe. In fact, the only time they look into that is when Europe tells them they will ban their products from their stores until they change. Yet, we in America continue to get jipped in exchange for their profits.
In Europe, for example, they have banned additives like Azodicarbonamide (you know, the stuff they make yoga mats out of that was recently discovered to be used in Subway sandwiches), Europe has a ban on GMO food period, and as a result Kraft Foods, Betty Crocker, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, for example, have changed their ingredients to be healthier in Europe, because some money is better than none at all. Before you read about the process of adding these ingredients, check out these shocking side-by-sides from FoodBabe.com, where she shows the different ingredients that are currently used in the U.S. vs the UK.
The only reason things are changing is because we are using our voices, doing the research, and speaking out about what we actually want and deserve. We speak out for the people who don't know. So, I beg of you, please read this absolutely fantastic infographic, learn about how messed up the system is currently, and only buy foods when you can pronounce every ingredient on the label.
For now, cheers to healthy, pure, organic, real, delicious, flavorful, perishable, natural, food. And to the fact that now, because you know what not to trust, you can choose the right foods without the health risks.
You have the power to change by making the first step. You vote everytime you purchase a product. Supply and Demand is how this country works.
Bon appetit et bonne sante and I hope you have an absolutely wonderful day! :) Trish