When you walk through the grocery aisle of spaghetti sauce in jars, how is it that they are all the exact same color? I am not picking on any certain brand or flavor or company. I just got to wondering how on earth they get every single jar, can, sauce, paste, organic, expensive, dirt cheap and so forth….. all pretty much the exact same color?
Earlier today, I was in the kitchen processing tomatoes. I removed the skins, chopped and filled the slow cooker with 29 tomatoes; three varieties from our garden. I added my usual: fresh parsley, basil, rosemary, oregano, chopped onion, oodles of garlic, S & P.
As I was chopping, I got to thinking, this is a more deep, rich intense red than the tomatoes a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I let them ripen a touch longer? More or less sunshine, more or less water?
First picture was two weeks ago, second picture was earlier this morning:
So the question is hanging there. The longer I don’t answer the question, more pop up.
Just “maybe” food coloring is added to store-bought sauce (similar to store bought orange juice to give uniformity of color) to help it have the right marketing color? Maybe folks like you and I are trained and looking for a particular color with bits of herbs here and there? No matter the season, we want our sauce to be the same color as it was 4 months ago.
Our bodies, the wonderful machines that they are, were never ever, ever, meant to work this hard to clean out so much “stuff”; colorings, flavorings, chemicals, additives and on and on the list goes.
We all have heard folks having issues with children “a bit more energetic” then the families would like. Adults that can’t keep focus and stay on track. Folks that are more depressed than they were 5 years ago. More and more among us having headaches, serious headaches, trouble loosing weight and so forth.
I am not saying this is the miracle we all have been searching for, what I am saying is I think it is a strong case of food for thought.
Now, I am well aware that we cannot all can, process, freeze all our own food. While that might be a wonderful goal, some days, I just can’t do it. Some times I am tired and I just want to buy a perfect tomato in the produce department that someone else tended. I am still having troubles growing my own basil, so yes, I buy it. Some days, I run out and just want to buy a bottle of sugar-free ketchup from Whole Foods. I just don’t want to stop and make it.
I just got to thinking, maybe just maybe the answer is…. we all make a little more effort into growing our own something? Then share. Yes, I said, share with your neighbor. Maybe trade a few of these tomatoes for some cucumbers or trade some beans for fresh eggs. Maybe trade hemming a pair of pants for some beautiful fresh grown radishes?
While not every one has the luxury of baby steps, maybe together we can collectively take small steps towards regaining health and wellness? Give our bodies a break from the overload of colorings, flavorings … things that are foreign to our bodies.
Just asking the questions is a good start. Maybe having a great discussion over a home cooked meal or a tall glass of fresh juice?
If we put our brains together, oh yes, there is power in numbers, we might come up with some useful and amazing ideas towards sharing health and goodness. I know, I for one, would looooove some ideas and tips and suggestions. I am anxious to have a discussion and hear your ideas.
In this together, folks.
Here’s to our collective health and wellness!