We live in very exciting times. Never before have we had so many choices related to our lives and more specifically to our food choices.
The power of the global marketplace has made seasonal foods available year round and made exotic foods more commonplace.
This explosion of choices, while stimulating and wonderful, can also be overwhelming, especially when it comes to food.
As evidenced by, not only the horrible health rates here in the U.S but also by the fact that we seem to export obesity to other countries where it was unbeknownst to them previously, it’s safe to say that most of Americans and food do not have a great relationship.
It is imperative to remember to look at labels and even do some research before buying most items at the grocery store. Stores and distributors place the most value on their bottom line, not on the quality of the food.
If it sounds crazy that our FDA or Whole Foods value quantity of dollars overall quality produces, look no further than the 2012 study released by UC Davis which found 69% of olive oil to be rancid or adulterated.
60 Minutes ran an investigative piece in 2016 about the fact that because we don’t have label laws in this country, we import $16 Billion worth of FAKE olive oil from Italy alone!
I know that every day it seems there is a new product you have to watch out for – whether it’s honey, spinach or milk or olive oil or balsamic vinegar – all require a certain knowledge to know how to buy the real thing.
Fortunately, you can find some tips below to help you navigate the shady isles of the grocery store.
Stay healthy, Friends!