what you're eating enables you to choose between nutritious
foods and those that may harm your body.
If it is true that we are what we eat, we really should pay
more attention to what we allow into our body. A bag of highly
processed chicken nuggets, for example, may be easy to cook, is
tasty and cheap. But nutrition-wise, these processed pieces of
"chicken" are worthless.
In his campaign to get children to eat healthy school
lunches, British chef Jamie Oliver visited schools in Britain
and the United States of America to show children what nuggets
were actually made of: "mechanically recovered meat" which
translates into the butchered carcass of a chicken, plus chicken
fat, plus chicken skin, which is then put through a machine to
produce a pinkish slurry that looks like minced meat.
Shopping savvy: Consumers have no choice but to be discerning
when shopping for food in a supermarket. Some products, like
cheese that comes in a can, a vegetable spread in a tube, or
soup in a sachet, just aren't real food.
This "meat" is mixed with flavoring, flour, breadcrumbs,
polyphosphates or gums to help bind and flavor it. The result?
Oliver's demonstration is disturbing and raises
the question: Do we know what goes into the food we buy?
American journalist and food writer Michael Pollan feels
consumers have no choice but to be discerning when shopping for
food in a supermarket. Some products, like cheese that comes in
a can, a vegetable spread in a tube, or soup in a sachet, just
aren't food. They are edible food-like substance.
Don't eat anything your great-great-great grandmother
wouldn't recognize as food. Imagine how baffled your ancestors
would be in a modern supermarket: the epoxy-like tubes of Go-Gurt
(yoghurt you can eat on the go), the preternaturally fresh
Twinkies, the vaguely pharmaceutical Vitamin Water. Those aren't
quite foods; they're food products.
Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it
yourself. That way, it'll be less junky and you won't eat it
every day because it's a lot of work.