Organic food – what’s up with moderation?

Elvis Elvis

Have you ever heard the phrase “moderation is the key” or “anything in moderation”? I’ll admit I’ve said these things in the past, without really thinking about what they really mean.

These phrases mean that the human body, especially the digestive system, can tolerate abuse. So even though something is bad for you, it won’t kill you right now, or even this year probably, so go ahead, eat it! Drink it!

But the body still has to deal with whatever we put into it somehow. Cell damage occurs. Excess fat gets stored in the least flattering places. Over time, we begin to feel less than great but the doctor says there’s nothing really wrong with us. At least nothing that can be diagnosed – yet.

So what am I trying to say? Good question! I was just working on my new Food Additives pages and while researching sweeteners, ran across a website where it was stated: “Moderation is always the key. Moderate use of sweeteners can be part of the enjoyment of eating in a healthy diet.”

The problem though, is that many of the artificial sweeteners on the market have addictive qualities, as do regular sugars so moderation is difficult! No, not the kind of addiction that will land you in the psych ward, or give you the DT’s if you give it up. But is it better that you can eat something for decades and destroy your health slowly?

Organic food   whats up with moderation?

Somewhere inside we all know that moderation is BS, and as it should be! It’s just another way of saying you’ve made no real decision.

“Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation.”

William Lloyd Garrison

When it comes to food, if we humans like something we tend to take the path of least resistance and eat it or drink it- over and over and over again. We think it’s our choice, and in large part it is. I mean no one can eat for someone else, or force another person to eat, you know?

But when food manufacturers use ingredients in their products that have known addictive qualities, some which never make it onto the lable, is it really our choice? Are we just lazy and weak-willed, or is there more to it than meets the eye?

The next time someone, or some corporation, tells you moderation is the key, look closely at what they’re trying to sell you. If it has sugar, aspartame or another artificial sweetener, chances are once you start eating it, you’ll be buying it and eating it for a long time to come. (they hope!)