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The Truth About Food Today

Updated on November 2, 2013
We don't cook anymore....we don't eat healthy
We don't cook anymore....we don't eat healthy

If you're younger than 50 you may not know...

America used to be a "healthy" country. If you ate what your Grandmother or her Grandmother ate you'd be healthy!

Grandmothers, like mine, used to eat things like: bananas, Cream of Wheat, macaroni she boiled and put real shredded cheese on, bread pudding, fish, and homemade apple pie.

McDonald's actually started in 1937 but became very popular in 1960's when people began driivng a lot. A friend of mine over the age of 50, remembers people protesting McDonald's saying they didn't think the food cooked so fast would be healthy. Nevertheless, it grew and now is a huge worldwide chain. What do we know about McDonalds?

We know it contributes greatly to people being obese in this country. And now even some other countries are getting fat due to McDonalds being in their area.

Have you heard of Super Size Me, the movie where a man does an experiment and eats McDoanlds food for every meal and starts to feel depressed and lethargic and even feels a lower sex drive? Well, in another documentary Food Inc, I learned that 90% of our food is unhealthy. Cows are being fed corn (not green grass) and kept in warehouses without sunlight until they get fat and can barely walk to be slaughtered.

Hmmm. We have a huge problem today with our meat, eggs, chicken, and milk, and almost everything we eat.

Companies are putting high fructose corn syrup in nearly every food you buy in the store including many brands of these:

  • crackers
  • juice drinks
  • soda
  • cereal
  • candy
  • snacks like chips/cheese curls
  • Pancake mix
  • orange juice
  • bread
  • waffles
  • condiments
  • cookies and cakes
  • chocolate
  • dairy
  • granola bars
  • jam
  • soup

What does it mean? Watch Food Inc! It means we have to read every label, spend more money on healthy food, and keep it simple. (Anything with more than a few ingredients means added stuff you don't want!!!)

What is healthy today?

Try to buy lots of FRESH FOODS and cook your own such as:

  • FISH
  • Foods that you've read the labels and are free of high fructose corn syrup and no diet food! Why you ask?



Did you know that it's been said many food companies are making their foods addictive ?


  1. The way food is made today (unless organic); it is addicting and fattening
  2. some people can't afford organic food- it's very expensive
  3. Many people are on psychiatric medications which make it almost impossible to lose the gained weight
  4. We live sedentary lives--many work office jobs--it's hard to motivate

What are your thoughts??

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    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thankyou K9!

    • K9keystrokes profile image

      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      Great way to watch for what's best in our diet, the fewer the ingredients, the better it has to be. Thanks SG. I always enjoy your work.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      you are a writer if I ever saw one!lol

      Wow your rendition of savory meals and aromas just makes me want to go back in time (and that's not the first time actually. My view always that things were ' better ' back then. Well, I'm trying to change my diet and my boyfriend does cook very well, so that is a blessing!

      Thanks for your wordy and nice comment!!

      your friendj


    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      Thank you! Always nice to see you! Thanks for coming by!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Joni,

      those were the days, eh?

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      2bebure: yes- I wish it was still that way

      Science and technology can be a double edged sword

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      schoolgirlforreal, I was surprised to learn that MacDonalds had been around that long, not that it matters,for I have never frequented one of their establishments, as a matter of fact these fast food joints are not for me at all.

      At almost 63 years of age now, the one thing I have noticed in the engineered foods of today is the fact that not only are they less healthy for us but they no longer have the tantalizing aromas that they used to have.

      I can remember as a kid, and in my teens, coming home from church on a Sunday around noon and as I would walk up the driveway of our home I would take a deep breath and be able to know what mom was cooking for dinner that day. The aromas of the various meats and vegetables, would fll both the air and my nostrils.

      Today though if you walk by a restaurant you'll be lucky if you can smell french fries cooking. Walk into a bakery, nothing, KFC, nothing. The only store now that still gives you any idea as to the freshness of its goods is the fish market.

      God how I miss the good old days and the delicious aromas of the foods we cook and eat. Even when I cook as I often do, aroma is no longer a factor in much of the foods we eat. Our taste buds, now have to replace our sense of smell as the meats and veggies, are being engineered rather that naturally grown.

      Brother Dave.

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      8 years ago

      SchoolGirl: Excellent hub! Bravo! :)

    • Joni Douglas profile image

      Joni Douglas 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! My mother had a fit if we sat wound the house all day watching TV, we didn't have game systems back then. Her mantra......Find something to do or I'll find you something. We always found something.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great hub! As kids we were outside form daylight to sunset, running around an playing, hot peas and butter and tag. My mom also seldom purchased soda or fruit drinks. I don't know what is going to happen to this generation.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank you for your comment, drbj, I'm glad we agree and can help each other and anyone who learns too! Amazing isn't it?

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Not only do we eat unhealthy foods that our grandmothers never heard of but we don't work as hard doing physical labor, for the most part, as our ancestors on farms did.

      MSG, which is addictive, is still being added to many foods as well. Take a look at my hub, "MSG, Fat Rats and Us" and you'll probably be amazed at what else food manufacturers and processors are putting in our foods in addition to high fructose corn syrup.


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