To Seem Rather Than to Be
Bacon Bits. Fruity Pebbles. Chicken Nuggets. Fish sticks.
We have such low expectations for our food (as advertised on TV!) that having a certain foodiness built into the title is enough. Oh, and maybe we’d like a deceptive image of the real food article masquerading on the box as if it were contained inside. Makes us feel better about serving this phantom food to our kids. And an image of a wholesome freckle-faced girl in pigtails enraptured in the eating thereof–that would also be comforting, in earth tones and a nice font. That’ll help it go down easier.
But this is really more than mildly disgusting: the story of blueberry fraud. Read’em and weep: Blueberries faked in cereals, muffins, bagels and other food products – Food Investigations
Michael Pollan’s advice is a pretty good guideline: try not to eat anything your grand parents would not have had as a food choice.
Avoid unhealthy counterfeits: in food, in entertainment, in politics, in religion and in what you tell yourself about our tomorrow. Let’s get real, folks.
- The Michael Pollan Diet: Eat Real Food (eatdrinkbetter.com)
- Post Foods to cut some cereals’ sugar content (msnbc.msn.com)
- With Support from Bill McKibben and Michael Pollan, Campus Food Co-op Project Set to Launch Nationwide (treehugger.com)