This is something I’ve been asking for a while. How is health food really any healthier than regular food?
Hear me out here.
Yesterday, I went to the local Safeway (grocery store in the southwest of the USA) and picked up a couple bags of ‘snap pea crisps’. They are fried snap peas, fried in corn oil and have some rice flour dusted on them. They are really good, and one of my snacks of choice when I’m in the mood for a ‘chip’.
However, this bag of snap pea crisps is the exact same bag of snap pea crisps I can get at the health food store (I know, because that’s where I first found them) for about $1.50 US more than what I purchased them for at Safeway. The same brand, the same size, the same everything.
So, how is that any healthier?
I know people are going to say that sometimes there are the same things or types of things in regular grocery stores and health food stores, and that this is just one of a small list of things that make more sense to get at a regular grocery store.
Okay, lets compare apples to apples — or in this case, snap pea crisps to potato chips. While I was at Safeway, I was picking up some potato chips for my mother-in-law. And decided to do a comparison. Both the snap peas and the potato chips have the same suggested serving size; one ounce. Both the snap peas and the potato chips have the same calories per serving; 150. The potato chips get 10 more calories per serving from fat than the potato chips do. And the ingredients of both included corn oil for frying (and no other oils).
So, honestly, can you tell me what the difference is? Why, when I’m eating the snap pea crisps, am I (or anybody) automatically considered to be having a ‘good’ snack, but when I’m eating potato chips, I’m giving in and eating junk food? And yes, on the snap pea crisps bag it does claim to be a healthy alternative to junk food.
I admit that there are a lot of reasons to buy food at a health food store. Lower antibiotics in the meat and dairy, possibly fresher fruits and vegetables (especially if the health food store purchases their produce from local markets), usually a wider variety of oils, and generally the ability to find hard to find food items. Add to all that the generally large selection of herbs and vitamins, and there are many reasons to support the local health food store.
To say that buying your food from the health food store makes it more healthy, which is then equated to losing weight for fat people? From where I see it, not so much.