A funny thing has been happening to American consumers over the last couple decades regarding what they eat. Actually, its not really that funny, and it reminds me of old “The Boiled Frog” story, which goes something like this:
Keeping in mind that this is a parable, and not factually correct (according to Fast Company), it still makes a great point; like the frog, our instincts seem geared toward detecting sudden changes, while we miss the build up of truly life-threatening situations.
Throughout history, humans have not needed to consult others to figure out what to eat. We figured it out. We learned what to look for, especially nature’s markers for “danger.” And, we did it all without the benefits of industrialized food. But, with industrial food’s so-called revolution, things started changing. Like so many things related to food, I really like how Michael Pollan describes what has been happening:
The evidence supporting Mr. Pollan’s statement above is steadily rolling in, including Marion Nestle’s latest post on Food Politics: “Antioxidants as a marketing tool.”
Like the frog in the “Boiled Frog” parable, we can continue being slow-cooked by large food manufacturers. Or, we can wake up to the reality they have created, discount the onslaught of nutrient claims (and counter claims) associated with highly processed food, and begin experiencing the wholesome goodness of natural and organic foods.
Post Author: Rob Smart of "Everything Kitchen Table"
Mostly Plants: very self explanatory. The Western Diet is the opposite and is most definitely NOT working.