Organic Junk Food: Still Junk Food
A quick disclaimer before we begin: I’m not a nutrionist, nor do I claim to be a “foodie” or any other phrase bloggers and “analysts” have adopted to pass themselves off as experts in a field where they’re woefully uneducated. What I do possess is some semblance of common sense and a desire to be honest with myself.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about “organic” and “natural” food and food ingredients.
Honestly, I’m not all that bothered by the feeling I have that a good number of people shop “organic” for the sake of maintaining an undeserved smug sense of superiority, nor am I annoyed specifically with the fact that the phrase seems to be an empty marketing ploy used with all the sincerity of snake-oil salesmen to jump onto the health-conscience bandwagon and artificially inflate prices on certain products. Rather, it’s the people who know better but pretend they don’t in an attempt to fool themselves and other people into thinking they’re making healthy choices that drive me up a wall.
Grocery Stores – especially the chains – provide the best examples of what I’m talking about. If you stand around the organic food section for long enough and watch all of the people that come through, you’ll notice that the vast majority enter those areas with the intention of buying healthy food and walk away with a cart full of what is, in essence, organic junk food. However, because the words “organic” and “natural” appear on the packaging, they give themselves a free pass. It’s great that there aren’t any preservatives in that bag of cheddar popcorn, but it’s still a bag of cheddar popcorn. And that box of frozen meat is still frozen food – it tastes hitty, it’s shitty for you, and it’s loaded with copious amounts of sodium.
Again, I’m not trying to lecture people on their diet or pass myself off as an expert. But folks? Enough already. Stop spending so much time, energy, and hard-earned money bullshitting yourselves. Just because they slap a certain label on junk food doesn’t magically transform it into something healthy and nutritious. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to cast judgment on you for devouring an entire bag of Pirate’s Booty in one sitting, but don’t think that it being in a certain aisle somehow makes doing so a healthy choice.
And don’t get me started on those 100 calorie packs. It’s amazing that people are willing to pay more for pre-sorted portions out of sheer laziness and unwillingness to count and/or learn how to judge measurements. And if they’re that concerned about your their, why buy the crap in the first place?
Buy organic because you’re making a statement about the manner in which food is processed or you prefer a certain product regardless of whatever words they decide to slap on the label, but don’t pee on your own feet and tell yourself that it’s raining. Junk food is junk food, and if you were serious about eating healthy you wouldn’t be buying some of that stuff to begin with.
Phew. Rant over. As always, share your thoughts and tell me how wrong you think I am.