Tuesday, July 8, 2008

America's Food Supply

This blog will be about our food supply and how its decreased nutritional value and increased toxicity have led to a litany of issues that are negatively affecting our general health and well-being.

So much of what we eat isn’t real food, and for the most part we are unaware of the extent to which our food supply has been compromised. Processed and packaged goods crowd supermarket aisles, and artificial, man-made ingredients dominate the ingredient lists of these products. In addition, other synthetic compounds not manifest on labels—pesticides, hormones, antibiotics—are omnipresent in what we ingest.

The last century has witnessed a dramatic change in how we eat and think about food. Whether it is obvious junk (soda, chips, candy), supposed healthy snacks (granola bars, fruit-flavored yogurts, “baby” carrots), everyday staples (milk, butter, bread), or our main animal proteins (chicken, beef, fish), what we consume is markedly different from what our ancestors ate for thousands of years.

The results of this shift have been startling. Food allergies, obesity, heart disease, cancers and diabetes—health issues that were virtually non-existent one hundred years ago—run rampant throughout society and are proliferating at an alarming rate.

The good news: with a little reading, effort and fortitude, we can limit our exposure to the harmful chemicals that our great-grandparents didn’t have to contend with. And by doing that, we’ll live, sleep, exercise, work and eat better.

Stay tuned.


Selwa said...

Hello! I just learned about your blog through Fooducate, and so far I think it's great. I decided to start reading from the beginning, and I already have a question: what's wrong with baby carrots?

Chef Rob said...


Thanks for reading and I'm happy to hear that you are enjoying The Delicious Truth.

My issue with baby carrots is that they represent the dumbing down of our food supply and what we encounter at the supermarket.

Baby carrots in plastic bags aren't true baby carrots at all. I've written other posts about this. Read more:



Hope that helps.