Growing up, my family sprinkled MSG on food to make it more tasty, drank Koolaid and ate Jello, full of artificial colors, and flavors, having no idea that we were filling our bodies with chemicals. We liked our foods yummy and pretty. Scientists were working to make that happen. We survived because our parents also believed in feeding us lots of real food. We ate good fruits, vegetables and proteins. My Dad, the food shopper, brought home new and unique fruits and vegetables for us to try. When I became a home economist some 40 plus years ago, people in general were not as concerned about what was in food, as long as we were eating a variety of foods from all the major food groups, and as long as they tasted delicious and didn’t make us fat.
But they did make us fat!
Over the last several decades, as more and more people began to have challenges with obesity, the wisdom of the day was that to lose fat, one must remove fat from the diet. The “low fat” diet was so popular, that manufacturers began to strive to remove fat from processed foods, and touted them as “low fat” or “fat free.”
The challenge came that, in order for the food to still taste good, they had to replace the fat with other ingredients, especially sugars, and the one that tasted best and was the cheapest, was high fructose corn sugar. High fructose turned the body into a super fat storing machine.
Since people gained weight, rather than loosing it with the “low fat diet, high sugar diet” the very next solution was a “sugar free” diet.
They replaced some of those offensive sugars with artificial sweeteners. These artificial sweeteners made the body crave other foods, and threatened our health.
Each time the replacement caused more problems than the perceived culprit. Many of those artificial sweeteners actually caused a great deal more harm than good.
In recent years studies have clearly shown that additives in foods are not only hurting our health, but are slowly killing us. It is hard to find any packaged food that is not full of additives that are potentially harmful to the body. What our bodies really need is real food.
Have you ever gone to the grocery store and come home realizing, after unpacking all the groceries and you got ready to fix a meal, that there was nothing to eat?
I’ve often wondered how many folk have had this happen to them. Sometimes I play a game, with myself, while walking through the supermarket. It is to observe how much real food is actually in other people’s carts.. Real foods include, fruit and vegetables, dairy, and meat. The carts I see in the supermarket, often contain very little real food. They are full of processed foods which lack nutrition, and are filled with empty calories, and additives that make the liver work so extremely hard to process them, that everything else must be simply stored as fat. In my little game, I rejoiced to see even a lonely hand of bananas in a cart 🙂 amid the chips, soda, “hamburger helper” and sugary cereals.
One of the reasons I write this blog is that I love making up recipes that are quick and easy to accomplish and free of the “junk” and additives. . My goal is to put out real tasty food, without resorting to purchased mixes or packaged foods with additives. Each recipe presented on Home Again Jiggety Jig has as much “real food” as possible. You will find on this blog some amazing food that is quick and easy to fix, tastes good, is less expensive, AND good for you.
Edited: July 2015
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