Sunday, March 28, 2010

Eating Healthy is High Cost


I watched a good documentary called "Food, Inc". It was nominated for an Academy Award . The promo says you'll never look at dinner the same way and they are right. Since I am a fan of Michael Pollan and have read "Fast Food Nation", I was already one of the healthy food fans, but seeing how agriculture and farming has changed over the last 40 years was still a shocker.

There is no doubt that high calorie, sugar laden processed foods is contributing to serious health issues in America. And 10 billion animals (chickens, cattle, hogs, ducks, turkeys and lambs) are raised on factory farms under inhumane conditions.

So when I went to the grocery store today, I made a conscious choice to ask if Safeway had any grass fed beef. I am making a healthy stir-fry for dinner. The answer was "No", so I journeyed over to Whole Foods. I bought one lb of sirloin. The cost was a whopping $16.43.

I have to ask myself why grass fed beef should be so much more expensive than corn fed beef. There is no way the average family could afford to eat the way we should and the impact on our environment and our health is suffering terribly because of these perverted economics.

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T.D. said...

Such an enlightening movie! I watched this a few months ago.

Anonymous said...

What do you think of Jamie Oliver's attempt (on current tv) to change the way of eating of school children in a town in West Virginia?

Toni Brayer, MD said...

Anon: I am crazy about Jamie Oliver and think what he is doing is fantastic. He will bring a lot of needed awareness to this problem and I hope he will start a (healthy) food revolution.

Anonymous said...

Those processed junk foods are not exactly cheap, so a family may eat healthier while spending less by eliminating the junk foods and replacing them with fruits and vegetables.

Toni Brayer, MD said...

Anon 9:42: You are so right. Pound for pound, processed junk foods are quite expensive. We need to start home economics in schools again and teach all kids to shop and cook. that's what I like about Jaime Oliver. He is trying to make cooking fun.

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