One thing that truly frustrates me is when people think in mindless absolutes about food. A few examples:
1) If you enjoy vegetarian cuisine you must be some kind of a crunchy weirdo. How can you have a real meal without any meat? And where are your tie-dye clothes?
2) Or the converse: If you love meat, you must be some kind of a gun-toting nut who hates both animals and the environment (PS: I know at least one vegan who proudly totes a gun).
Still more examples:
3) If you don't buy organic produce, you are poisoning yourself and the people you love.
4) Healthy food is too expensive, and to attempt to show otherwise demonstrates a lack of empathy towards the poor.
5) If you note that the food industry actually gets things right once in a while, you're a sellout and you must have some greed-based interest at stake.
6) If you shop at Whole Foods, you're a bad person. Wait: if you don't shop at Whole Foods, you're a bad person. (Can anyone tell me which it is now?)
7) If you enjoy raw food, you must be against fire. And electricity.
All of the statements above are demonstrably untrue. They signal intolerance and ignorance, if not obliviousness. And worst of all, statements like these immediately murder open-minded conversations.
Thankfully, nothing in the world of food has to be absolute. A choice to explore a cuisine or a style of eating doesn't have to require a permanent commitment. And, fortunately, nearly everything can be enjoyed in moderation, including most foods that are "bad" for you. There are no one-way streets in food!
Readers, what examples have I missed? And what do you find frustrating about food absolutism?
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