Remember when the Hostess company went out of business and Twinkies were going to be discontinued? There was wailing and gnashing of teeth. If we all agree that eating processed foods is unhealthy, why do so many of us find them tempting? The answer to that question is no longer a mystery to me.
By reading Michael Moss’s book Salt, Sugar, Fat, I now know the giants of the food industry employ scientists whose job is to make foods highly addictive…and cheap. Highly addictive means we must eat more to feel satisfied. Eating more means more sales. More sales mean higher profits. In other words, follow the money.
I’m currently on Day 16 of my Abstain from the Grain wheat withdrawal. I know first hand what withdrawal cravings feels like. I don’t want to go through this again. One day at a time, I don’t have to.
After reading Moss’s book, I now make my weekly grocery store run with a different attitude. Instead of looking a processed, sugary, salty, fatty foods thinking, “Boy, do I miss those,” I think about the evil scientists in their laboratories and I silently tell them…
“You can’t have me.”