There is a product on the market now which is essentially frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which Moms can take out of the freezer and put in their kids’ lunchboxes so that by lunchtime they will have defrosted and be ready to eat.
How insane is this? Are today’s Moms so terribly pressed for time that they can’t slap some peanut butter and jelly on a couple of slices of bread and stuff it into a plastic bag? Is buying a pre-made sandwich really that much of a time-saver?
The fact that this product exists at all is astounding to me. The fact that there is a market for this product speaks to the eventual extinction of the human race because being an unconscious consumer will certainly, sooner or later, lead to our demise.
What is profoundly disturbing about this food product is that the ingredients are significantly unhealthy. A bunch of chemicals, preservatives and carcinogens have been added to the bread, peanut butter and jelly such that not only is it easier for us to send our kids off to school with sandwiches that we didn’t have to prepare, we’re also sending them on the fast track to diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. And it’s costing us more money than it would if we made the sandwiches ourselves. How cool is that?
So what’s the take-home message? Let’s stop buying prepared, processed foods. Let’s purchase whole foods and take the time to prepare our meals ourselves, without adding salt, sugar, oils and chemicals, thereby retaining their nutrients and natural flavors, the end result being foods that heal us rather than kill us.
The broader message is this: Perhaps we should stop trying to make everything so gosh darn quick and convenient. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so busy finding ways to save time and appreciate the fact that oftentimes the shortcuts we take end up costing us dearly in the long run.
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