Are really cheap processed foods making America FAT?

Quiz; You have a family of four to feed.  Do you buy Mac and Cheese food, maybe throw in a little Spam for about 57 cents per serving, or a beef roast, potatoes, carrots and gravy for about $5.75 per serving?

Judging by our waistlines, if you’re like 2/3 of America, your family is eating the Mac & Cheese and Spam concoction.  Most of us eat our biggest meals at dinner time.  Just right for sitting on our stomachs all night.

If you are feeding your family heavily carbohydrate laden meals, chances are that’s a perfect formula for making them nice and round for their class pictures.

For the last 50 years the food manufacturers have been trying to give us exactly what we want in order to get us to buy their prepackaged stuff instead of making home made.  Since you work for a living, who has time to make home made anyway?  Besides, the box said it’s “just like home made!”

So we want good tasting food, or at least good enough to fool the kids.  We want it to be inexpensive (cheap).  And we want it to go from box to table in about 8 minutes.  So what do we get when that’s what we’re ordering?  Precooked noodle stuff with some sort of meat-like or cheese-like sauce on it.  Yum yum!

It’s also going to be carbohydrate dense, calorie dense and nutritionally…well they probably would rather you don’t read the nutritional information label.  But you can buy it for only 40 cents a box!  Before 1960 we didn’t eat this way.  Since 1980 we’ve been getting fatter and fatter.

Buy 2015 they say 75% of us will be over weight and 41% of us will be obese.  I don’t know why they have to project out into the future to try to scare us; the 2/3 of us who are fat and 1/3 of us that are obese is plenty scary now.  Are really cheap processed foods making America FAT?  Maybe.  What do you think?

Greg Arnold

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