Why are Americans so afraid of food? We are so afraid of the safeness of the food that we are eating, that it's preventing us from allowing ourselves to see it as it truly is. Our perceptions of what food is safe and what isn't have been completely warped by strict health codes and air-tight packaging. This week on Let's Get Real, Erica Wides examines the tendency that Americans have to let their fear of food prevent them from eating some of the most delicious things nature has to offer.

"I think it all boils down to fear. The pathological fear of food that we Americans have." [9:00]

"The smell is bad, but it's the smell of meat. It's the smell of dead animals. But if you're going to eat them, shouldn't you know what they actually smell like?........ We need to get over the fear." [19:00]

--Erica Wides on Let's Get Real