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Food

Food – How do you choose?

Food

Food is so important to our everyday health yet so many people don’t even know a lot about it. Think about it. We can go to the corner market and buy just about any type of food you want. I mean, it’s everywhere! But how much do you really know about the food that you’re buying, and eating? I remember the days when I believed everything that the food manufacturer put on the label. I trusted these people to provide me with a product that was not only delicious, but one that was good for me and healthy to eat. Wow, was I naive! And that’s okay, it just meant that I was young and trusted what I was being sold. I mean, why in the world would these companies lie, right? I’m so glad that nowadays there is such a huge focus on not only food but our food system. Where it is grown, the way it is grown, the pesticides used, the antibiotics used, the crap used to make it grow faster, and even using fake ways to produce more food – GMO (Genetically Modified Foods – this is another whole topic I’ll get into one day soon!) – which isn’t even necessary. Also, what about all the additives and preservative, as well as HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup), unnecessary sugars and dyes, and… I could go on and on. Please read your food labels. Please do your part in making sure you know what you are buying and accordingly what you are putting into your body. If everyone starts to demand that our food be made healthier (i.e. natural, as food should be!!) then companies will listen. Most companies only care about money, so if we refuse to buy their unhealthy food product, then they’ll do what it takes to make it healthy(ier) in order to keep making their money. So do your research! Find out which companies care about providing you with a quality product that is safe to eat! Support them by buying their product! As Michael Pollan says – Vote With Your Fork! I was fortunate enough to listen to Michael Pollan give a lecture when I was at UCB. He was very engaging! I also got to talk with for a few minutes after a screening of King Corn, where he and the two college students that made the movie were present. He signed my copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and, of course, told me to be sure to vote with my fork!