Monday, May 17, 2010

Public Safety Announcement

In France, they are now offering the Big Mac on a whole wheat bun. I actually hate when food companies do this.

A Big Mac has to be my favourite fast food item. Since going veg/healthy - these have been no where near my mouth. But come on. Let's call a spade a spade. Just because you are changing one aspect, doesn't mean the whole of that artery clogger is going to be any healthier.

I hate when food companies come out with these new labels for their foods that have the latest buzz words on them. Like Organic Macaroni and Cheese (it's still refined noodles, with an orange powdery substance that reveals itself to be cheese-like only after adding copious amounts of milk and butter) or labelling Potato chips as "Trans fat free". Granted it is important to limit your trans fat intake to all of about zero, but just because your favourite snack now doesn't have any doesn't give you excuse to chow down.

In general, when you are grocery shopping within the aisles, it is truly a buyer beware situation. With new buzz words that are being revealed by "top food scientists", you are going to find products labelled with them. Like how many items now pride themselves on have a serving of Omega 3's in them? Does it ever make you wonder if a cookie should even have omega 3's in them? Or if that is the justifiable reason to eat 2 or 3?

If you are interested in how food science has changed the way we eat and our diets, I highly recommend Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food".  It's a bit dense to get through, but your perspective on what you eat will certainly change.

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