It Seems To Me: keep a wary eye on vegan processed "food"
After writing the series of Vegan Variations, I feel compelled to post a summarization about one of my great concerns.
It seems to me that the great advantage of a vegan diet is that it offers us health. Eating a vegan (whole-food, plant-based) diet is an opportunity to put clean fresh foods into our systems, to make great strides in regaining our health, to eliminate additives and chemicals from entering our bodies, and to reclaim a form of eating we haven't seen on a regular basis for 40 to 50 years.
We have an opportunity to have this fresh start. To lose it because food manufacturers seize this new market and direct “food” scientists and inventors to do what they did to our original food supply would be a shame.
You see, 40 to 50 years ago, households were preparing recipes using whole foods. Food back then didn't need to be fortified with this and that vitamin or nutrient because the food came packed with their own.
However, enter the food industry in pursuit of convenience; in pursuit of preserving, storing, and selling more and more foods; in pursuit of making life easier for home cooks; and of course in pursuit of making more money. To reach these goals they processed our food, taking out many of the nutrients in the process and infusing it with salt, sugar, and oil to appeal to our taste buds and to entice us to reach for more and more.
You know these things about the food industry. Is the same thing happening to the vegan food industry? It might be. After all, consumers are reaching for meat substitutes, vegan chips, vegan ice cream, vegan crackers, etc. More and more products are coming out every day, reaching deeper and deeper into our favorites from the old days.
It just seems to me that we should be very cautious when approaching these products. I, for one, am committed to eating single ingredient foods … as in: a carrot is a carrot, and an apple is an apple. Keep it simple and keep it unprocessed.