I just ran to the grocery store to get ingredients for cooking up a big beef tongue that I have. I only needed some vegetables. The store is one of the big mongo-sized Giant Food stores.
I was wandering around the store, and it suddenly struck me... there is an ENTIRE aisle for soft drinks, maybe 20-30 yards long.
An ENTIRE AISLE for potato/corn chips... dozens of varieties. And if that wasn't enough, there was another aisle for "natural snacks" (which means the other snacks are unnatural?) which included another half-aisle of chips (gourmet, rice, etc).
An entire aisle for breakfast cereals.
An entire aisle for cookies and crackers.
An entire aisle for smooshy white and pseudo-whole-wheat bread products (hotdog and hamburger buns, sandwich bread, muffins, etc). This doesn't include the fresh bakery items.
An entire aisle for candy.
A separate "seasonal" aisle with "seasonal candy" (Mother's Day stuff, now transitioning to other stuff).
An entire aisle of frozen desserts, NOT including ice cream (pies, cakes, popsicles, etc).
Another entire aisle of ice cream, sorbet, sherbert, etc.
Half an aisle of frozen breakfast items (Eggos, frozen pre-cooked pancakes, etc).
When you look at this through the lens of the Paleo diet, it's a bit mind boggling.
Prevailing wisdom is that most of these items are good for you and "part of a balanced diet". Hey, you're supposed to have 10+ servings a day of "grains" after all, and you wouldn't want any of that yucky fat. Most of the items that normally have fat like ice cream and dairy have had it removed. Almost all of them have synthetic fats added, not to mention preservatives and other stuff.
It just kind of struck me all of a sudden. It was like a sci-fi movie. No wonder there is a lot of chafing and waddling in the American population.
Ok so I guess that wasn't a question. Let me make a question out of it. What percentage of the average grocery store is stocked with items that you would actually eat?