By now most people have abandoned their New Year's Resolutions. I'm just getting ready to make one.
After I researched the last article, I took an inventory to see how much high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) we were harboring in our own kitchen. And I found a lot!
Some surprises? Breakfast cereals, even some of the "healthy" ones. Fruit juice. Low-fat yogurt. Spaghetti sauce. Bread. Soups.
I am fairly representative of the average American. We eat more processed foods and fast foods than the rest of the world's population.
For a very graphic representation of this fact, take a look at these pictures from Hungry Planet, What the World Eats, by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. These two went around the world, photographing families posed in front of a week's worth of food. Their photos demonstrate in a very powerful way that as countries become more and more industrialized, the populations of those countries eat more and more junk. And that contributes to rising rates of obesity and related diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and other chronic ailments.
Take a look: here's a typical American family, the Revis family of North Carolina. They spend about $342 a week on food.
Now take a look at the The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village in Bhutan. They spend about $5 a week on food:
So, who's getting the better deal?
You've got to wonder.
So here's my resolution -- no processed foods for at least a month. I'm going to focus on fresh foods: fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh meats -- grass-fed whenever possible.
We'll see how hard it is to cook and eat real food in Colorado.