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As we look at our history of food use for guidance about how to eat today, we must decide just how far back we wish to go. Should we look to our preagricultural hunter-gatherer ancestors who ate what the earth provided for them to fish, trap, hunt, dig, or pick? Perhaps we should only go back to the time before we had stores, electricity for refrigeration and freezing, and packaged “foods” that will seemingly remain “fresh” for years.
I have heard many health proponents say that if you wish to remain healthy, you should only eat foods that are located near the outer walls (the perimeter) of the supermarket. While I agree with this in principle, in practice, it is not always so. The perimeter of the supermarket is almost always where you will find eggs, fresh meats, fish, and fresh, raw vegetables and fruit. However, very little of this is organic, some of the vegetables are almost pure starch, and most of the fruit is too high in sugar for even weekly consumption. But at least these foods do not consist mostly of empty calories with added chemicals, like what lines the shelves in most of the other aisles.