What do we want to be made of? The food blog, Macheesmo takes up the question in a recent post and came up with 3 areas to consider, starting with:
You Are What You Eat Eats.
The standard statement that we’ve all heard and that we’re taught as children is that you are what you eat. If you eat a lot of junk food, you’re going to be fat. If you eat veggies and fruits, you’ll be healthy and happy!
This is, unfortunately, a bit simplistic. Michael Pollan takes it a bit further in his, “In Defense of Food” by saying that you are what you eat eats. You could eat nothing but carrots, but if those carrots are laced with arsenic then guess what. You gonna die.
The problem with this idea is that in today’s world it’s really hard to know what you eat is eating all the time.
Here’s a few things that might help you:
- If you eat meat, try to research where your meat came from, what it’s fed, and how it was raised. Sometimes packaging is a good start and that coupled with a google search or two can get you a lot of information.
- Research how food is grown. Obviously, the best way to know what’s in the food you eat is to grow it yourself, hence my gardening goal this year. But for most of us, it’s just not realistic to grow everything (or even most things) that we eat. One easy step is to find out what vegetables are important to buy organic, and if you can, support those industries.
- Read ingredient lists! This one is easy and a great way to see what companies are sneaking into the food you eat. (Check out my Guess The Food series for starters.)
To continue with “You Are What You Use Uses.” and “You Are What You Do.”, please visit www.macheesmo.com. While you’re there, make sure to check out Nick’s new series, The Homemade Trials, where he takes a store bought item, remakes it from scratch, and compares the two on time, cost, nutrition and taste. First up: mac-n-cheese!