The Postulant sent me an interesting and, from my point of view, amusing article today. Essentially it suggests that so-called 'Bio Food' obtained at Farmer's Markets may be far better for us than the highly sanitised and quality controlled stuff we get in the supermarket. The reason?
It's loaded with dirt and bacteria which helps keep ur immune systems primed and ready.
This is something I've long argued. The current fetish with sanitised everything has laid us open to all kinds of infections for which we have, now, no immunity. Yet, in our parents generation, some of the things that currently kill children and even older folk, were common and certainly not killers - unless they happened to attack someone already weakened by something else. Salmonella was one such. It comes in eggs among other things and, if you had a dose of it in childhood, you'll probably notice a mildly upset stomach if you catch it again. But, no more. Because everything is now sanitised, we don't get mild doses of anything which would help us develop immunities. Now, when we do get an outbreak, it's usually a serious one.
I said I found this amusing, and, in a sense, I do. Having grown up in Africa, and having visited many Third World countries, I get a laugh every time I hear one of the earnest Food Hygene types banging on about 'Healthy food.' Frankly, they haven't a clue.
I think this is, once again, an area where well intentioned meddling has created a situation where the consequences are unintended, but include a loss of vital immunities to fairly minor ailments and the development of some pretty serious allergies because of dietary changes.
When will we learn ...