When I read this article about the classic American treat, the Twinkie, I was shocked! I have always veered myself away from eating Twinkies, because they are fattening, but what I didn’t know was that some of the ingredients that are used to make this snack are also found in weed killer and postage stamps. Now, that’s more than just fattening.
Personally, I have never taken the time to take a deeper look at the problem of unhealthy food. It was unhealthy, I wouldn’t eat it and that was that. Wait a minute! As consumers, we need to stop to ask questions instead of always taking the word of these large manufacturers and our grocery stores. I am beginning to learn that the big producers may have PR representatives, but this is beyond PR and the dirty secrets are seeping out.
This whole issue opens a can of worms to the vicious cycle of events that is happening with the food we eat to “survive” (that is actually killing us more quickly). When I began to look closer at the process of obtaining manufactured foods I realized that even the transportation of that food to another country has environmental and monetary costs.
If everyone knew what was going on in this deceiving food process would they still buy these classic American snacks?
Like Steve Ettlinger, author of Twinkie, Deconstructed said, “The more you know, the pickier you get and the more it costs.” We need to first spread the word and inform people, and then show them the benefits of eating organic. Being picky can be expensive, but the expense is worth it, at least in my eyes. It’s a difficult process to begin changing manufacturers that control 90% of their market, but buying organic can help increase the demand for organic and change these power house manufacturers.
I found these tips to start your green eating habits on the right foot. When I read these fun green facts, I realized that many of the tips are super-simple and take even less effort than your old habits, like not opening the over door to take a peek while you’re cooking. In my house, my roommates and I have made a deal to cook a meal together every week. I am going to try a vegan pizza recipe with them this week and I’ll let you know how it goes!
Until Next time!
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