Wednesday, June 18, 2008

very apt quote

My daily calendar had this quote on today's page. I thought it very true and very telling, so I thought I would share. :)

"We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons." --Alfred E. Neuman

Sad, isn't it? I spend a great deal of time reading food labels, and it's depressing sometimes the things we're willing to eat. I would rather eat potato chips with an ingredients list of potatoes, oil, and salt than some of the "healthy", low-fat foods with a long list of ingredients I can't pronounce. I read of a woman who only buys food with NO ingredients list--i.e. fresh produce, etc. I am not quite to that point, but I do look for ingredients that actually sound like food! For example, my favorite guacamole (and I do buy it pre-made) is simply avocado, tomato, garlic, jalapeno, and lime juice. Nothing in it that you wouldn't put if you were making it yourself. I picked up a different brand one time, with an ingredients list that went on for a paragraph (and avocado didn't show up until the 7th ingredient!). I put it back on the shelf.

I don't want this to turn into a rant, so I'll stop here. I mainly just wanted to share the quote, and I kind of digressed a bit. :-p But I do feel strongly about eating "real" food. I think the higher fat diets of our ancestors were healthier in the long run, because at least they were eating actual food!


Tara said...

I agree 100%!! I have read that quote before and I always think about it when I see lemonade mix at the grocery store.

We live in a very warped society!

Tana said...

ditto to both of you. :)