You try to educate yourself on eating the healthiest foods. You shop in the specialty foods section of your high-end grocery store. This includes gourmet meals, cheese, alcohol, oils, coffee, rice, honey, etc…in the U.S. alone last year, $1 billion in revenue was generated from this particular food niche.
“This category is rife with scams,” says Larry Olmsted, author of the book Real Food Fake Food. “And even when it comes to basics, none of us is leaving the grocery store without some product being fake.” The following are just a few of the tricks and scams that could cause damage to your body or your wallet.
So should you stop eating and just get fed intravenously through a tube? No, just turn the clock back to before the 1960’s. Processed foods started become popular after the 50’s because of convenience. If you continue to rely on processed, inexpensive, quick foods, you exchange convenience for long-term health problems.
Reject this “fast food” mentality and spend time in the kitchen preparing meals from high- quality, local, organic sources that are non-GMO. If you’ve taken the time to search for things like “cat playing piano” on the internet, you can spend a little time researching where to find local sources. Look for labels in stores that say PDO…Protected Designation of Origin, the highest guarantee of authenticity higher than our own government.
Seafood should come from Alaska and should be labeled “Alaska Seafood: wild, natural, and sustainable.” Other seafood labels that are dependable are the logos from MSC or BAP. Parmesan should be from Parma, Italy, champagne from the Champagne region of France, Chianti from Italy, and scotch whiskey from Scotland. Olive oil should have the California Olive Oil Council seal or internationally produced from the EVA or UNAPROL labels. Believe it or not, big box stores like Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Sam’s have a lot of organic food and just as stringent standards as Whole Foods. Your government is not interested in protecting you, but these sources will and are not swayed by special interest groups.
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