They Say We Are What We Eat; (What Does That Make Of Us?)

321207-002We are no experts in food, nevertheless having consumed a great deal of it over years on earth, we have opinions. Who of us does not? It seems to us that food and our mealtimes have changed as time has slipped by and we wonder what to make of those changes, many of which we attribute to government.

In support of our feelings on the matter, we have read of our Diet Shift: We are eating more meat, dairy and sugar than our predecessors did; unfortunately, we are also drinking more booze. And this has come at the expense (excepting the booze) of eating grains. Wheat, rice, corn oats etc. were once the staple diets, merely flavored with those meats, cheese and sugar items we now take for granted.

An accompanying result: we are larger, stronger and healthier than before. We should note as well that back when we were living on grains, the elite of those days ate meat, dairy and sugar as the less wealthy did not; they were costly. We have enriched our diets in more than one sense. Economically, an accompaniement of the creation of a historically unique middle class. Even today, as one leaves The West, it is a return to surviving upon grains but for the wealthy.

We note two possibly significant trends underway:  In one, we see that after the feminist victory of forcing housewives back to work, increasing amounts of supermarket food are packaged, processed products that are designed to be heated and served, saving the working spouse the preparation once required in feeding a family. And next, the proportion of meat, dairy and (shudder) sugar are reduced, the resulting vacancy being filled by (one guess) grains.

We note that the addition of preparation, packaging and refrigerated storage raise the prices of these products; dilution by using more grains helps deal with that. This is being reinforced by government dietary advice to reduce consumption of meat, dairy and sugar, “for our health.”

Conveniently, we see rising resistance to GMO Food. Bringing meat and dairy to the masses has required the industrialization of livestock production; one result being that Old Time Food tasted better. Looking at say, chickens, it was much better. Nothing in this world is free, right? If one fails to have noticed the chicken, consider strawberries …

Those of us with an appropriately dark sense of humor may appreciate some irony here: The serfs flavored their bread, pasta or rice with toothsome scraps of meat and with good cheese, if only in tiny bits. Today’s New Serfs will ‘flavor’ their processed grains with factory grown, processed bits of meat and cheese that have been robbed of their one time flavor by industrialization and chemical preservatives. We call this (Or our masters do) “Progress.”

We begin to suspect one reason for the increase in alcohol consumption.

Restaurants cannot make up for these changes; they must buy food from the same suppliers. They too, with central kitchens putting out flash-frozen food, are constrained. They are falling into two patterns: A few, costly purveyors of high labor content meals, will be out of reach; most will automate labor and compete with the supermarkets, in essence. Affordable, no taste to speak of. One may as well stay home and open a frozen dinner.

We note that neighborhood specialty butchers are springing up, places where one can buy “Barred Rock” free range chickens and genuinely smoke cured bacon. If one can afford it, of course. Add too, if one has the time and energy and knowledge to prepare it in now obsolescent procedures.

It all seems undeniably “Progress” but in an unfortunate direction. The industrialized, beakless, confined chickens being force fed flavorless meal to fatten them for market in the least possible time … seem increasingly to resemble those who are consuming them for sustenance.

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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4 Responses to They Say We Are What We Eat; (What Does That Make Of Us?)

  1. It makes me a big chocolate bar.

  2. the unit says:

    Jack I told you months ago how I enjoy reading here, though not commenting much. I know all about nutrition. Momma fixed spam sandwiches for school lunch ’48 to ’54 except Friday when school fixed a fish stick.
    Then in the ’70’s vacationing with girl friend in Florida, bought a tee shirt at beach shop that said…”Enjoy Health…Eat Your Honey.” Back then there were little country roads with stands that sold jars of honey, on your honor you took a jar and left the money in a container, no proprietor.
    Lost the honey ‘caus didn’t like sharing the money. 🙂

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