Why we can’t stop eating processed foods

Spoiler Alert! Because it’s all that’s available at Freddie’s…

Between commerce and government, there is no way to prevent processed food from flooding the stores, and by extension, our homes’ cupboard shelves. So, why can’t we stop eating processed foods? Because that’s all there is!

There’s no way to stop eating salt, and sugar, and fat. It’s endemic to everything that’s available and everything we put in our mouths.

After reading Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss, I was determined that I was going to clean up my diet. No more of the chief offenders called out in Moss’s book. No more of the banned ingredients that the food industry (all but owned by tobacco giant, Philip Morris) added to all of our foods, including those branded as “health foods” by the bought-and-paid-for industry leaders.

After dutifully reading the ingredients labels on dozens of store-bought foods, I threw up my hands and gave up! How can an ordinary human being compete with an entire nation of manufacturers who have nothing to do but maximize profits. By lacing everything we eat with salt, sugar and fat, plus all the (equally unhealthy) derivatives of these primary ingredients. Blank-blank-sodium, blank-blank-sucrose, etc. You get what I mean.

As Winston Churchill once said, “Never give in, never give in!”And to borrow from the essential thought of this Churchillian phrase, thinking a new way, a way we think now as just stubbornness, actually has to become our default! We are the way we are because we never eat salt or sugar or fat! Period!

About Gerry Wieder

Gerry is a former Registered Nurse, currently living in the Seattle area of the United States.
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