I Don’t Think I Am a Food Snob…….

Source: Foodies enjoy different tastes than the rest of us – USATODAY.com.

Foodie flavor preferences are in stark contrast to that of the general population, whose favorite flavor characteristics are far more familiar: sweet (81%) and salty (67%).

I don’t think I am a food snob but I really do enjoy savory and sour food as opposed to salty and sweet. I have been on a low salt diet for about six years now and have come to totally detest very salty things. For instance, for the most part, canned soup is no longer on my list of things to eat. If you haven’t looked lately almost all canned soups have 1,000 or more milligrams of salt per eight ounce serving.  I just don’t understand the obsession with salt in our society? It has been shown to be detrimental to your health in a number of ways so why do we continue to put so much of it in our foods?

Sometimes I do enjoy sweets but they must be taken in moderation or the weight starts piling on. It is estimated that within ten years more than half of us will be approaching the morbidly obese category. This seems the epitome of the old saying “too much of a good thing”. We in this country have the luxury of being able to afford much more food than is good for us. It’s a shame that we can’t somehow take this problem of having too much food and move it to just about any country in Africa. Of course we can, we just shamefully choose not to make that a priority.

What is going to be the consequences of our love for sweet and salty? Are we heading for a tsunami of healthcare problems down the road? Let’s hope not as we can’t even manage our healthcare as it is…..