Friday, August 08, 2014
I was reminded, when I read Mark Bittman this morning (NYTimes food editor), of the forthcoming movie, FED UP, to be released on DVD in early September. Katie Couric is one of the Executive Producers and the film has received good reviews in exposing the incredible amount of sugar in our food supply. This sugar is addictive and it also makes us very sick.
Fed Up asserts that "everything we have been told about food and exercise for the last 30 years is dead wrong" (http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/
Processed foods, convenience foods, fast foods, packaged foods, etc. are all about sugar -- and salt, and fat.
The exposure of these facts is becoming more mainstream, thank goodness. Forks Over Knives (available for streaming on Amazon), is about Whole Foods, Plant Based nutrition. So, this is about eating vegan -- but they do not use this term, as it is politically charged, and as one can eat very poorly as a vegan. Like, for example, fruit loops and coke for breakfast, white bread and chips for lunch, nuts, with oils and sugar, and so forth. Special packaged "vegan foods." There are other films and books, as well. King Corn (film) comes to mind and explores food/USDA policy.
We now see the the food industry's response to the gluten free market -- the production of many processed foods - gluten-free -- but with sugar, salt, and fat. Now, there does need to be gluten free products. Surely there are persons with celiac disease and those who are gluten sensitive, but there are others who are legitimately trying to be healthier, and, perhaps, reduce inflammation. In these situations, it may be good to also try cutting out the sugar, salt, fat, (overall, and hidden in processed foods) and see if that makes a difference. IOW, it may not be the gluten that is the bandit.
What is in common here, it seems, is the message that processed foods do nothing for our health - they make us sick. Michael Moss' book, Salt, Sugar, Fat, speaks to this. And then there are the books Michael Pollan has written, speaking to many of the same issues.
My personal experience? Since I have begun to eat Whole Foods, Plant Based, I spend more time in the kitchen, I am more connected to the food I eat, I am getting healthier on so many counts, and I have no cravings. I love the food I eat. I am eating less but spending more time doing it.