Recently, I spent a week in Jamaica for a relaxing vacation. While it was full of both relaxation and fun filled days/nights, I actually learned quite a lot. One interesting thing that I picked up on was the difference in diet. I’m not talking about the differences in foods, but rather the difference in quality of food. During my week there, I had little to no exposure to processed foods or chemical-filled foods. While I can’t speak for all of Jamaica, the city where I stayed really only offered freshly cooked foods, there were not many fast food restaurants. In fact, the streets were constantly alive with vendors selling a variety of fresh fruit and jerk chicken being grilled on location, along with a few other things.
It seemed that there was no need for “organic THIS, or natural THAT” because practically everything already is.
Here, organic and naturally based foods are considered “specialty foods”. How backwards is that? If you ask me, chemical-filled foods should be non-existent, processed foods should be a rarity, and organic/naturally-based foods should be the norm. Now, there’s an idea.
It’s not to say that everything in the American diet is horrible, or that all other countries diets are perfect. But on the whole, I think we can take a lesson from other countries whose diets put the American diet to shame.
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