Why “Everything in Moderation” is Wrong


Food Quality

Should you moderately consume foods that aren’t good for you? Will you eat junk food 40% of the time, and 60% of the time you will eat healthy foods? What ingredients do you eat? Are you conscious of the ingredients in purchased products?

I believe there are certain foods and ingredients you should never eat like genetically modified foods, artificial flavors and colors, and trans fats. Chemical ingredients such as ammonium phosphate dibasic, sorbitan monostearate, corn maltodextrin, and pentosanase should also be avoided. If you have trouble pronouncing it, would you still consider your processed meal or snack an acceptable food?

When you become aware of the harmful effects of various food additives, preservatives, and chemicals found in food, you should do your best to avoid them. You may still consume sweets and snacks; however, the ingredient list may be smaller or you might make your own.

When you consider meat consumption, people may moderately eat steak or chicken, but the quality also plays a factor. Are the animals considered kosher, organic, or factory farmed? The quality of the meat certainly affects your health based upon the use of antibiotics, steroids, and hormones. It is normal for the average American to eat animal products two to three times a day. Based on that “moderation,” it may be damaging to your health if the animals contain harmful chemicals for your body.

Moderation can have many meanings. Just as one man’s food is another man’s poison, one man’s moderation can be another man’s extreme.

Hetzler, L., “What Does Eat in Moderation Mean?” LIVESTRONG.com web site, Feb. 7, 2014; http://www.livestrong.com/article/523349-what-does-eat-in-moderation-mean/.

“The Food Guide Pyramid,” USDA web site; http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/MyPyramid/OriginalFoodGuidePyramids/FGP/FGPPamphlet.pdf, last accessed Feb. 12, 2014.