It’s been a while since I’ve read any news that made me happy, but this Times article left me with a warm fuzzy feeling.
I have immense sympathy for those Americans struggling with weight problems, and I don’t believe that there’s any easy way to lose weight. But I strongly believe that the fastest and surest way to improve your health by eating is to eat a diverse a array of fresh and unprocessed foods, and I am happy to see that many Americans are starting to agree with me.
At least so far, science is losing to nature when it comes to our diets. For generations, Americans have thought – with the vigorous encouragement of agribusiness – that advances in food science would lead us to the perfect foods: ones that taste good, keep us slim, and provide us with all the nutrients we need.
Well, we haven’t yet, and we don’t seem to be very close. Every year there’s a new element of food to be avoided and a new nutrient to be added to our drinks and cereals and yogurts. And every year, we hear about how last year’s science missed the mark.
No one, however, disputes the value of the humble carrot or the stalwart banana. Almonds will always be good for us and whole grains will always be the right choice. Fruits and vegetables already beat margarine and Olestra, and they’ll be around long after sucralose and aspartame are forgotten. And I don’t see this changing anytime soon. Science may build a better mousetrap, but I doubt they’ll make a make a better mango.
And so a message to Archer Daniels Midland: Bring it on, baby. Our carrot can take on your chemicals any day.