Monday, February 1, 2010
I just finished watching an interesting Oprah show. It's all about the food we eat, where it comes from, and how it has changed over the last 50 years. It was very eye opening. It was based on a documentary called Food, Inc. It's now in my Netflix que and I can't wait to see it. Here is some of what I learned from the Oprah show.
~Chickens have been re-engineered through breeding and diet to produce the breast meat consumers want. Compared to 50 years ago, chickens are now raised and slaughtered in half the time and grow twice as big. All done with hormones and anitbiotics.
~While fat-free yogurt may be 99% fat-free, they have more calories than full fat yogurt because of the sugar.
~Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
~Don't eat things your Great Grandmother wouldn't recognize. Would Granny know what Go-gurt is? Probably not.
~Most will complain about the time and expense to eat healthier, but what about the time and expense you will have in medical bills? Good point.
In America, it's often cheaper for a family to eat fast food than purchase fresh produce. Federal agricultural policies are to blame. Government subsidize the fast food in the form of the $56 billion we spent over the last 10 years to subsidize corn, soy, wheat—just a handful of crops. We don't do anything to subsidize fresh produce.
To read the full show transcript, click here.