There is so much information, it’s sometimes too much. I feel like you can google one thing and find the complete opposite’s expert opinion on the next click of a button. There are products that do things for you, others than undo things for you, things that are apparently vital that I never knew about and don’t get me started on what’s listed on the side of a jar and the difference that’s inside. The only surprises should be kinder ones, yet we are constantly surprised by the number on ingredients in our food, or is that food products.
The theory that less is more, is a pretty good one to use, the less nonsense you are putting into your body the better. But the more good stuff you are putting in, also, the better. So sometimes more is better, more or less.
It’s not just information overload, it’s information overwhelm and over explain. When life was simpler, in the 1950s, I mean sure there were struggles, like the Great Depression but that gave way to an economic boom, appliances in our homes, frozen food and McDonald’s, so that was a great era for human consumption and increased cholesterol. It’s also when the wheels fell off our nutrition goals to make way for convenience and we started sinking into a hole of package over produce and immediacy over mineral intake. And I just realised the irony of the previous statement, the wheels falling off, because this was also the era in which horses were upgraded for motor vehicles, in which the wheels were technically very well assembled.
Way back when in the 1950s, which is before the Internet, before selfies were a thing, before we took photos of our food and uploaded it to our social media feeds, wait, is that why it’s called a feed? A time when Ritz crackers cost 32 cents, a simpler time, perhaps? But then I guess not, because if life was so simple, why did we need to simplify it further by industrialising our food consumption, outsourcing meal prep to machines and making food more about what you could freeze and ship across the country over what was nutritional going to fight off those flu symptoms.
Was it because when the war was over, the sun shone again, and women who were forced into the work force were forced back out into the home to make way for the man? The industrial boom boomed and with it came gadgets, cheezy TV commercials (not just for cheese) and before you could get a Dr to recommend smoking Camel cigarettes, you could zap a meal in a microwave. This made way for quality family time; inhaling frozen dinners on stable tables whilst crowding around one fat back TV to watch the evening news or The Price Is Right. But what price have we paid for the early adopters of convenience? Is it our health, in general? More people are sick now than ever before and surely, it’s to do with what we are feeding ourselves and our families. Food that isn’t nutritionally abundant, but rather food that is a product, whose purpose is to inject profits into a corporation’s bottom line, just isn’t keeping us healthy, and that’s the real bottom line.
As I Love Lucy premiered on television and the hydrogen bomb was invented by the USA, good one America our diets and eating habits changed and now it’s 2017 and there are obese kids, and new diseases.
There is some good news, there are a lot of things that are good for you and although I’m not a mega fan of taking things out of a bottle, if you’re going to look to science to reintroduce the good stuff our postmodern agriculture has stripped out of nature, then finding a pill that is slammed with the good stuff would be a step in the right direction.
You can’t get the same nutrients you used to from eating an apple day to keep the Dr away and in 2017 more people will probably vouch for a Mars a day to help them work, rest and play. There are some kickbacks to the postmodern world, despite draining out Earth of its resources, destroying our forests to make room to grow cows which we then slaughter and consume like chumps, science has provided a way to get the nutrients that we lack, back.
There are a few really great options if you do your research, and there are companies who are working on developing products other than space food sticks and Le Snacks. These aren’t food products, they are nutrient dense and mineral laced and getting more of that natural stuff into your veins, is a no brainer, and I guess quite convenient. So it’s not all doom and gloom, there is a glimmer of hope for the nutrient savvy. As much as the birth of our era of fast food saw giants like McDonald’s emerge and Taco Bell ring some alarm bells, we are also the recipients of technologies ability to somehow persist and continue to get the good stuff into us as well.
So, it’s really all about you choices and making them healthful ones. And you thought it was all about likes on Facebook!