I am a child of the 80s, an era that included big hair, bad clothes, good music, the PC, and the liberation of women.
As more families became two-parent working households, food that could be easily prepared with little effort became less of a convenience and more of a necessity. The breakfast staple when I was a kid was some colorful grain in a box that often included a prize at the bottom. If cereal was too much of a hassle, there was always the fruit-filled pastry that could be popped into the toaster. My school lunch almost always included a chocolate cupcake. Chips, crackers, or cookies were always on hand for a snack at home. Dinner often included the “just add water and stir” side-dish. While fast food was an occasional treat, I still had quite the collection of Happy Meal toys.
When I was growing up, whatever I learned about food and proper eating habits came from the food pyramid. The food pyramid was king. Forget about nutrition labels or the ingredients list. Who even read those anyway?
Fast forward twenty-five years. It turns out that that food pyramid may not have been such a great model after all. And those often ignored ingredient lists? Reading those is actually pretty important.
While there is now heightened awareness about the importance of reading food labels, there is still so much confusion out there about good-for-you food. Turn on the news one day and you may hear that everyone should avoid foods with gluten. Turn on the news another day you will hear that a gluten-free diet should not be followed unless you have a gluten allergy. Are low-calorie or low-fat foods best? Count calories or don’t? How about a low-carb diet or one free of meat? The contradictory information out there is dizzying.
And while reading nutrition labels and ingredients is important, making sense out of them is difficult. Have you ever read an ingredient list and wondered what “natural flavors” means? Have you ever wondered what certain additives are, such as soy lecithin and carrageenan, and why they routinely appear in the ingredients of packaged foods? I did. And that was the inspiration for this website.
Our goal at FoodNarc.com is to create a one-stop resource for all things food. Whether it is information about food production, food regulation, or food additives, you will be able to find it here on FoodNarc.com. Since we are also self-proclaimed foodies and love a good dish, we are also a resource for delicious recipes!
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