Another thought I had today...why is it that when you see "organic" or "free-range" or "pastured" eggs, they're always brown??? And the cheap ones are always white? The color of the egg has nothing to do with the nutrients therein, nor with the TYPE of egg it is...it has to do with the color of the chicken. So what gives? It'd be refreshing to see the plain vanilla eggs labeled "Free-Range, Pastured, Cage-Free" eggs...do you think as many people would buy them? We're definitely trained to see certain things and think one thing or another as consumers. I was reading an article the other day on TheHealthyHomeEconomist.com regarding those wonderful Horizon Organic milk boxes we mommas are so fond of buying for our children--especially those of us who frequent Starbucks and feel guilty that we're buying OURSELVES a treat and not getting one for our children (no, that is NOT me--anymore!). She (the author of that blog) was going over the process of ultra high temperature pasteurization (the process they use in the Horizon milk) and the appalling fact that they proudly say, "ORGANIC" on the box. Not only are the boxes lined with BPA and filled with boiling hot milk (thus releasing chemicals INTO the milk), there is no way that you can heat milk to that temperature without totally destroying EVERYTHING good that was once in that milk--hence the shelf-stable for 3 months milk your child is drinking. HOWEVER, they put that milk in the refrigerated section because studies show that if we see those milk boxes in the refrigerator, we are more likely to buy them thinking they're "healthy" because they're organic. YUCK!
I tell ya, there comes a point in ones life when you either want to learn more and do something about what you're learning (as I said before, really the only way I see to do it is to produce the majority of your own food) or you have to hide your head in the sand and ignore the atrocities that are happening in the food industry. The food we eat today is not our parents food and CERTAINLY not our grandparents food. Yes, we're living longer, but we're also seeing a rise in some of the weirdest, rarest forms of all kinds of diseases and conditions.
I firmly believe in finding a balance though, I don't think we can get totally crazy and never allow sugar or refined flour or processed foods into our diets...unless you're really committed and organized and diligent, it's nearly impossible in this crazy world we live in...but the more we can eat natural, from the farm foods the less we'll NEED to eat due to the nutrient density of the good foods and the healthier we'll be (and the less expensive it really is since you're buying less and getting more, if you catch my drift).