Food has been changing for the last 100 years into forms that are barely recognizable today as food. Gogurt, Cheerios, Oreos, Doritos, Fruit Roll Ups, Gushers… The fact that food can be “invented” seems insane. What was wrong with food before? Why did we need to create strawberry-flavored Fruit Roll Ups when we could just eat strawberries? Why do we eat Doritos corn tortilla chips instead of eating corn on the cob? We do this because someone realized they could make money inventing food items. Suddenly, a lot of people realized they could make money off of new inventions.
Now consumers are left wandering supermarket aisles that more closely resemble the aisles of a Best Buy. Do you want The Fruit Snack 3000 that also plays Blu-Ray DVDs or do you want the cereal that transforms your milk into a touch screen display AND lowers your cholesterol? Decisions, decisions. All these newfangled foods live in shiny packaging and promise to make consumers skinny, healthy and generally well-liked in the workplace.
Of course, no single food can’t promise to do any of those things. The sum of one’s diet is certainly greater than its parts. Even so, why fill your diet with a product that served simply to make someone else rich? Humans and other animals have tried and tested natural foods for thousands of years. Therefore, I prefer to look to the past when filling my plate.
Eat foods that nature perfectly and meaningfully designed. Eat foods that our ancestors were proud to grow and eat foods that you are proud to consume. Stick to the basics: choose whole, unrefined, non-processed foods. Our food becomes a part of us. Allow the food you eat to be your best feature.
But unfortunately, I don’t think Gretchen Weiner’s father, the inventor of Toaster Strudel, would be too pleased to hear about this.