Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Do you know what you're eating?

In light of my previous post, I wanted to share a few things I read yesterday in Michael Pollan's book, In Defense of Food. Mr Pollan states that for those of us eating a Western diet, 75% of oil in our diet comes from soybeans, and over 50% of our sweeteners are corn derived "(representing about 10% of daily calories)!" He goes on to say that "corn contributes 554 calories a day to American's per capita food supply and soy another 257. Add wheat (768 calories) and rice (91) and you can see there isn't a whole lot of room left in the American stomach for any other foods."(pages 116-117)

And, this is just too good for me to butcher, so I'll just quote him from page 122:
"Since 1980, American farmers have produced an average of 600 more calories per person per day, the price of food has fallen, portion sizes have ballooned, and, predictably, we're eating a whole lot more, at least 300 more calories a day than we consumed in 1985...Nearly a quarter of these additional calories come from sugars (and most of that in the form of high-fructose corn syrup); roughly another quarter from added fat (most is in the form of soybean oil); 46 percent of them from grains (mostly refined); and the few calories left (8 percent) from fruits and vegetables." (He got these USDA statistics from FoodReview, Vol. 25, Issue 3, a publication of the Economic Research Service at the USDA.)

All I can say is WOW!

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