Until the middle of the 20th century, poor people struggled with the most basic need for nourishment. They simply did not have enough to eat. Many a nights they would go to sleep on an empty stomach. People were skinny, overly so. Only the wealthy could afford to eat well; they would flaunt their wealth with a hefty waistline. If you’ve ever seen paintings from the renaissance period, the ideal of beauty for a woman back then was a full physique.
Fast forward to today, the world has prospered, and food is now cheaper than it has ever been. Which means that in most western countries, even poor people can go to bed with a full belly.
Yet even today poor people struggle with basic nourishment. Only now, the problem has reversed, with too much (bad) food being consumed, creating for the first time in history a larger number of obese people on the planet than the number of starved people.
Not only are poor people facing this crisis. It’s anyone who lives in country whose food system has joined the global chain and adapted to the “western diet”. A diet of convenience, replacing home cooking with processing in a factory.
America, the leader in industrialization and economies of scale, took to food just like cars in an assembly plant, and through amazing breakthroughs in food technology was able to produce a Twinkie that would stay fresh for 5 years and a $0.99 burger available on every other street corner in a metro area.
So while the cost of filling our bellies has decreased, the true price of processed foods is in the collective medical bills we pay for obesity related disease treatment.
Yes, it is tasty, convenient and cheap to gulp down greasy, sweet, and salty foods and beverages.
Low Price, Taste, and Convenience are the thee pillars of modern eating.
However, a table standing on three legs is bound to topple. That missing fourth leg is your health, and it is what’s absent from many people’s diets today.
In the second part of this post, we will provide simple advice on how to turn your food priorities around to eat healthy and within budget…
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