A trip through my local supermarket often makes me laugh due to all the pre-cut and pre-cooked foods.
I recently had to stop and laugh at a new product I saw. One of the large fruit companies had a large display offering pre-sliced apples. I had to chuckle at that. How lazy are Americans getting if we pay extra to purchase presliced apples? This seems ridiculous to me.
It just follows the trend though of “baby carrots” which are actually just regular carrots cut down to size and beautified through a chemical treatment (ewww). Soon Americans may not even recognize fruit and vegetables in their natural state.
Grocery stores make huge profits off the “busy” lives of Americans. People will pay much more for a large bowl of prepared fruit salad to serve at a party rather than slice and dice their own fruits to make a more frugal bowl of fresh fruit to serve. Frankly, again I think that is ridiculous and unsanitary to boot. I prefer to prepare my own fruit salads. I like knowing the fruit is fresh, was prepared in a sanitary environment, and was touched by me only during the preparation process.
A few months ago I practically gasped while perusing the egg section of the local grocery store. I saw a display of precooked and peeled hard boiled eggs. Jeez, who wants to think of some stranger peeling the hard boiled egg they are about to eat? That just seems gross.
A nice, warm, freshly cooked hard boiled egg is a rare treat for me. I don’t eat eggs often, but when I do I enjoy the process of cooking them. Eggs are natural and remind me of farm life. Eggs seem old fashioned to me. I like that. And I’ll cook my own hard boiled eggs thank you very much!
Bags of prepared greens for salads are another items that now almost seems “normal” at the supermarket. I do sometimes buy bagged greens, only because I cannot otherwise find the more exotic greens at my local market. However, most of the time I buy a good old fashioned head of lettuce, and add some other vegetables to make a lovely salad.
Modernization is not always a good thing when it comes to groceries. Most often the best nutritional buys are those products that are direct from the earth. Eating “from the earth only” helps one avoid chemicals in overly processed foods. Who knows what kind of chemicals are used to wash pre-peeled hard boiled eggs? Who knows what kind of contaminants may have gotten into frozen meals during the manufacturing process?
Overall it is safest and most appetizing to eat natural foods. Americans are getting a bit too lazy with their food preparation habits. Cooking is a nurturing activity. Whether preparing food for oneself or loved ones, cooking shows you care enough to prepare a meal that is healthy and cooked at home.
I wonder what product will next shock me at the supermarket? Only time will tell. Food manufacturers are taking full advantage of the American trend to prepare meals quickly, even if it means they have to spend a bit more on the food products.
Boycott this trend and eat from the earth with foods you prepare yourself. Your body will thank you!