One night I was sitting in bed watching one of my favorite T.V. shows and minding my own business (something I sometimes get the opportunity to do when the children are asleep) when a phrase from the show caught my attention. It really wasn’t anything significant, but I replayed it in my head over and over. In the scene, a guy was serving a lady coffee in his home. When asked how she liked her coffee, she replied with milk and sugar. The guy came back with the coffee and sugar and informed her “I would offer you milk too but I saw something on T.V. about how it’s bad for you because of all the antibiotics and what not”.
This simple phrase summed up a majority of American’s take on food these days. How often do we find ourselves shying away from a certain food, due to something we’ve heard from a friend or in the media? I’m guilty. When I hear other mom’s talking about how their children only eat “Gluten-Free, non-GMO, organic” foods… a sense of guilt hits me immediately. Should I be feeding my children those things too? Am I doing them a disservice by not limiting their food intake to those items? What can I give up to afford to buy only these things? I’m sure I’m not alone.
I’m not knocking anyone’s food choices, but I’m a firm believer that fear tactics are not the best foundation for food choices. Instead, a bit of studying and education about the foods in question is key to finding what works best for you and your family. Earlier this year I described things I learned on my first #FarmFoodTour trip with the Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Soy, and Kansas Pork in my article “The Shocking Truths I Learned While Visiting Monsanto“. This trip was life changing for me, so I eagerly jumped at the chance to participate on a second #FarmFoodTour, this time visiting farms all over rural Kansas.
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