The Humble Veggie...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

For me - I think the genetic lottery predisposed me to not be able to handle grains/carbs/sugars effectively. Looking at my family - sure, we all eat the same way and face many of the same issues. And I think the answer I've identified (Paleo) would work for other members of my family too... But mom is thin, diabetic, and has the ability to purchase a pastry and eat one bite a day for a few days then toss the rest. I could no more stop at one bite than win an Olympic event! So she was never addicted to carbs/sugars the way I was...

Just seems there are lots of "healthy" lifestyle options for those who are not seeking to lose weight. Some with meat - others without; some cook veggies - others raw; some with dairy - others without; some with beans / peanuts - others without. What they seem to have in common are lots of veggies very close to their natural forms providing a nutritionaly dense sources of low calorie / high volume food. So, if lower glycemic veggies (unprocessed) became a MAJOR part of our diets again, would We, as a species, be able to handle everything else in moderation?

If so, then the political/economic issues become even more frightening as the prices of non-GMO plant based diets (dare I say without pesticides?) would not be constant, stable (they would be impacted by such things as pests, disease, and weather) and this would not be acceptable to most Americans who have grown to love 'consistency' (you may not care for the fast food burger/pizza, but anywhere in the US, you can stop at that chain and get that 'consistent' product; and for those of us who travel often, how comforting is it to stay at the same brand hotel? Doesn't matter what city, we 'know' what amenities to expect and maybe even the room service options!).

Finally, in our desire for consistency - It's also shameful how much produce is currently grown and discarded as waste because it is blemished and would not sell if it made it to the shelf in a standard American grocery store....

(Heavy sigh...)

Looks like we're back to the issue(s) of sales, shelf life, and profits again - not just with grains, but with our unsung heros who might be able to "save us from ourselves" - the Humble Veggie.

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  • TEKRU1
    I so agree with you! It is sad and scary how this is affecting us and nobody in power seems interested in doing a thing about it!
    2498 days ago
    Good info. emoticon
    2501 days ago
  • SAMI199
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  • BEAR128
    2502 days ago
    I once saw this show on the Food Network where these chefs had to take wasted food and make a meal out of it. They could not believe how much food is wasted because of a blemish. I know I may not want to buy food with blemishes at full price. If the price is right I will buy it.
    2502 days ago
    Good points. I am a firm believer that messing with anything for the sake of profit will only degrade the quality of said item. So sad too, because our bodies need the nutrients in veggies and fruits to ward off cancer/heart disease/ etc. but inside these fruits and veggies are the very toxins we're trying to eliminate! *sigh*
    2502 days ago
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