I woke up today feeling like utter rubbish, and of course, this is partly due to it being my fourth day without caffeine. The raging headache did nothing to improve my mood either. Well, I figured if I was going to give up caffeine, I might as well go all of the way and toss the diet soda. No more Diet Coke, Pepsi, etc. I decided to go food shopping with the goal of not buying the usual crap and was shocked how expensive quality food is. I could buy 3 Swanson Hungry-Man dinners for 3.00. Of course all of those TV dinners are good, old-fashioned comfort food: fried chicken, smothered turkey, meat loaf, lasagna, etc. The Red Barron and Tombstone Pizzas were all like 3 for 2.00 as well. All of this is garbage food though. It has very little nutrition and tons of fat and sodium. Those Swanson dinners cost the same as 1 bottle of salad dressing. The salad and fresh fruit together cost more than the Swanson dinners and the Red Baron Pizza.
It’s no wonder that America faces a nuritional crisis and it does not take a registered dietician to see the problem. The screen is flashing red and alarm bells are going off. I walked further down the frozen foods aisle and pretty much every brand was on sale, some forms crazier than others. On some of the end caps, I saw donut packages that were for 2 for 3.00 and cookies with similar markings. The scary bottom line is that it is cheaper to eat like crap. Just a meager shopping trip for chicken, salad, dressing, and some fruit and yogurt cost 35.00 dollars. That 35.00 could have fed me for a lot longer had it been on TV dinners. But those TV dinners are utter junk food.
I am left to wonder if the big food industry is just catering to the demand and extracting profits versus really caring about their consumers. With COVID19 being what it is, the crap food is going a whole lot faster. There was plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables available. Maybe prices need to fall on those so that they sell faster? Or maybe the prices cannot fall because no profit will be made. The frozen crap food also lasts a whole lot longer make it easier to price lower. I am no economist but I can see why things are the way they are. I also see the appeal for the poor like myself buying the crap food. It isn’t necessarily about taste but an economy of scale. If you’ve mouths to feed, it can be a lot cheaper just loading up on TV dinners.
But what you don’t pay for now, you end up paying for later in life with heart disease and diabetes. I am a diabetic so I should really know. I am paying for a lot of the poor food choices that I have made. Some of those were born out of necessity. I remember when I worked a long term job away from my home. In order to maximize my earnings, I actually bought this cheap food because I didn’t know when I would be able to earn this kind of money again. It is altogether a sorry state of affairs.