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I am an avid listener of CBC Radio and one of my favourite shows is Ideas. As luck would have it, I stumbled across two-part documentary about how politics, economics and marketing negatively influenced (and still does) North American food consumption.
In a nutshell:
- we have been eating on average 200 more calories a day since the 1980s as compared to the decades prior
- we have a lot of grain thanks to government subsidies – this caused a surplus resulting in the creation of processed food (Richard Nixon is involved)
- grocery stores don’t like stocking produce as much as processed food because produce goes back quickly
- we grow a lot of corn because it creates high fructose corn syrup causing, yup, even more processed food
- the US government also subsidized the production of cheese causing a surplus and, you guessed it, even more processed food
- we didn’t have a while aisle at the supermarket for frozen dinners until marketing taught us how much of a chore cooking was – more processed food
- ditto for takeout
- and much, much more
The simple lesson again is to avoid processed food and don’t overeat.
Do you avoid the processed food aisle? How do you stop yourself from overeating?