I was talking to a middle aged lady who was discussing potatoes with me. We were talking about potatoes which have sprouted. She said that last time her mum cut off the bad/green parts of the potato and still continued to eat the good parts of the potato.
But she said that due to some new info she read, apparently it's not good to eat even the good parts so both her and her mum stopped eating even the good parts of the potato and just threw the whole potato away as long as it has sprouted a bit.
I then asked this lady... Is your mum still alive? Yes... Is your mum still healthy? Yes... Then I asked... Your mum has eaten this for the bulk of her life and is still healthy. How come suddenly you read something and decided to change your habits? She had no answer for me.
Why do we fall ill? By eating bad chemicals... By germs, bacteria, viruses getting into our system. There are billions of bacteria, some are harmful to humans. Other bacteria is apparently good for us. In our digestive system, we have millions of bacteria living inside us which are good for us.
Someone wanted to give away some expired packet drinks. She and her friends drank the packet drinks. Then after finishing their drinks, they discovered that the drinks were expired and decided that they didn't want to drink the remainder of the carton anymore. When asked if she or her friend fell ill... Her answer was, nope, nothing happened to her friend or herself... And yet... She decided that the drink was not fit for her consumption...
Ok whatever, less for her, more for us.
I know of a friend who religiously checks ingredient lists for sugar and she avoids food with sugar. But yet, she is ok to consume fruit juices and lots of fresh fruit. Cos to her, these sugars are acceptable cos they are plant based sugars.
I asked her...Where does sugar come from? Cane sugar comes from sugar cane. High fructose corn syrup comes from corn.
No difference right? Still eating plant based sugar.
The problem with sugar isn't the source of sugar. But the quantity consumed. Why is there so much sugar in our processed foods? If we do a little research, it comes from people wanting to have less fat in our processed foods. Manufacturers removed fat and added sugar instead to keep the food tasty and acceptable to consumers.
And yet, throughout the years, obesity has increased and diabetes has also increased.
More and more research has come to show that eating animal based fats and oils are better than eating certain types of plant based oils or sugars.
More and more research has also come to show that processed foods like cereals are loaded with sugar and may increase their chances of getting cancer, yet people still consume them...
And people continue avoid eggs. Where research has showed that dietary cholesterol has little impact on serum cholesterol. Apparently eating lots of processed foods and transfat impact cholesterol in the blood stream more.
You see... The thing is... Humans are logical. They are ruled by emotions. Fear, greed, anger, laziness, happiness, etc.
People like eating sweet stuff, it makes them happy.
People are afraid of falling sick. Even if there's been no experience of falling I'll throughout the years.
People are lazy and want the convenience of easy to prepare food so they don't really bother about the side effects of eating cereals.
People always comment on how rescued foods could make us sick. But we aren't fools, we make sure that the foods are cooked properly before consumption. I have never had any issues with rescued foods cos I reheat them properly myself. Rescued foods... Could be leftovers from restaurants, or unsold fruits and vegetables, whatever... Could contain germs... Just like any other food. I make sure to reheat the foods or cook them properly to kill the germs.
And yet... In the past few weeks, Singapore has had 4 cases of mass food poisoning from restaurants with proper food licenses.
So yes... Rescued free food can make me sick, paid food from restaurants can also make me sick... But the reality is... Germs and pathogens make me sick. Doesn't matter where it's from. And only when I prepare my own food will I be confident that I have done it correctly.
And it continues to baffle me. We all learn maths and science in school. But somehow when we come out into the real world. Not many people use what they have learnt.
Cos humans make decisions using their feelings... And marketers know this...
I'm always so anti-marketing. Cos I find that it's... Unscrupulous.