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We need a food revolution

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What about vegetarian food? If a health food store can make fresh vegan burritos, fried tempeh sandwiches, garden and black bean salads and a variety of quick vegetarian meals, why can’t Stewart’s, Grand Union, Hannaford, Price Chopper or Walmart?

There are few stores that carry these kinds of on-the-go nutritious alternatives, mostly health food stores, but they are not always open when we need the food, such as early in the morning and late at night when people are on the go.

Try to cut out the following in your diet: cheese, processed frozen food, processed meat, salty snacks, sweets, and traditional fast food. Make it low-sodium. Make it vegetarian. Now walk into a convenience store, fast food restaurant or grocery store and look around. You won’t find much, if anything, to eat on the go, certainly not a meal.

It takes time to eat healthy, and time is something many Americans don’t have. No wonder we’re so obese. And businesses that sell us food could make it so much easier, and help us get healthier, if they only tried as hard as the health food stores.

Here’s an idea: The health food stores could contract with these other stores and offer fresh, wholesome grab-and-go food in a natural food cooler.

The same old food just doesn’t cut it anymore. When will our food suppliers realize that?

So here’s our challenge for 2012: Demand healthier food. Write letters, complain to store managers and make them change. Tell them you’re mad as hell and you’re not going to take it anymore.

Comments may be directed to denpubs@denpubs.com.

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