I wrote earlier about how buying local and eating fresh are key factors in people's sense of food safety. They certainly are for me.
Yesterday I went to a Boston Celtics game, and the minute we stepped into the arena I was overcome with a desire for some M&M Peanuts. When I was a kid, I always ate sweet snacks at sporting events, and the nostalgia-powered desire to revisit that sense memory was almost too much to resist. I'll go further - I saw no reason to resist it. Like Michael Pollan, I don't believe processed foods that make us happy should be avoided forever and always. They should be treats, albeit occasional ones. And if one has a generally healthful diet, for goodness' sake, have the M&Ms and get on with life!
After looking at the list of recalled peanut products in my previous post, though, I thought of those M&M Peanuts I enjoyed yesterday and felt my stomach clench. The candies aren't on the recall list, but I started to think, "How do I know what it is that I ate? How do I know it wasn't dangerous?"
I could use some advice from seasoned generally-healthy-but-not-guilt-ridden-about-processed-treats folks: how do you keep your commitment to healthy eating without becoming obsessed with investigating the "purity" of everything you eat? How do you release the need to justify every bite, every snack?
Or do you struggle with this like I do?