There was a time when people could actually pronounce what went in to the things they ate. Before the days of interstate commerce, nearly all food was made from locally produced ingredients that were locally purchased and locally consumed. People ate food that was made with recognizable ingredients.
But then transportation networks began expanding, as did the business of food. The wonder of junk food was bestowed upon us, convenience became king, and our food became increasingly complicated; and not in a good way.
Between preservatives, sweeteners, food dyes, flavor enhancers, stabilizers, anti-caking agents and other assorted mystery substances, factory-made foods have introduced a whole new food group to our diet: chemical additives. In fact, the FDA keeps a database called Everything Added to Food in the United States (EAFUS) – it lists over 3,000 food additives. Why do we need 3,000 additives in our food?
Simple food is a slice of homemade pound cake rather than a Twinkie and its 37 bizarre ingredients. It’s time to get back to simple food, here’s your place to start.