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What is food if not your Medicine

Thursday, May 7, 2015 9:00
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Shouldn’t you be paying close attention to what you ingest, then? Most of our readers are probably aware of the difference between real food and products labeled as things that someone thinks is food. However, non-food products are closer to our fridges and dinner tables than we think, even while being careful with what we eat. The average supermarket, which most people recognize are their only source of food, is infested with products assembled in laboratories and factories, not in kitchens. The reason for this is that in order for giant food companies to sell their products to millions of people while making a profit, they need to add substances to the food they sell. The addition of artificial substances is part of a process known as food engineering. This does not mean that all food engineering is bad, it only means that most of the food people eat today is engineered. People’s bodies react differently to the ingestion of truly natural foods -those we pick with our own hands from trees or plants and that hopefully we planted ourselves- and industrialized food products that appear to be fresh and shiny due to the engineering they suffered in a food assembly line. The question is, how close are those engineered food products from out kitchens and tables? The answer is extremely close. So close that for most people it is hard to distinghuish between real food and industrialized, engineered food. That is why many local, state and federal governments around the world have decided to ban the import or sale of certain industrialized products, while other have passed legislation to label processed foods that have ingredientes whose safety is still up in the air. Banning certain products may seem as a radical measure, but this step is taken in accordance with nutritional common sense. That is, there are too many processed foods that are proven to he unhealthy for human consumption. Labeling engineered products -although it is thought of as unnecessary by the manufacturers of GMOs and other engineered foods- actually facilitates the choice for consumers and helps them become more and better informed. Some of the substances used for the production of engineered foods include GMOs, additives and growth promoters, which in addition with certain production practices result in products that are harmful to humans, animals and the environment. Undoubtedly, the list of non-food products that pass as real foods is long, but let us take a look at a handful which may be surprising because most of us think of them as products that help nourish our health. The key to determine whether a food product is good or bad is based on many different premises and considerations, but the one that is probably more rational is to decide if the food we eat makes us healthy or sick. Consumers need to ask themselves questions like the following: Am I addicted to this food, or do I just eat it because it is nutritious and delicious? Does it help me be fit or does it make me gain weight? Will my cholesterol be ok or will it go through the roof? Where was this product planted or produced? How long did it travel until it got to my table? What ingredientes does it contain? Are they natural or added during its production? Do they last long to rot or are they foods I need to eat two or three days after i purchase it?   The information obtained from asking questions such as the ones above is the kind of information that the giant food companies who engineer and sell non-food products do not want consumers to ask, because the more they know about the origin of the food, the least likely people are to buy it. Large non-food producing conglomerates want freedom to put anything they want on the labels and to be able to police themselves in regards to safety and nutrition without any intervention from food safety and nutrition watchdogs. However, they do not want people to have the freedom to choose what they want to eat based on what they can learn on the origin of those non-food products. As governments’ around the world ease their safety and nutrition rules to large non-food corporations, billions of people are exposed to numerous toxic substances contained in the cans, bottles, packages and boxes where non-food products are sold. These substances are not only found on the product itself, but also on the boxes, packages, bottles and cans used to keep the products. So what are the biggest offenders? Let’s see if this short list surprises you: Salmon, and fish in general, genetically engineered products, tainted meat, popular soft and sports drinks, foods with artificial colors and dyes, chicken, bread, milk and dairy products in general. I bet that most if not all of the products above make part of your daily diet, but you did not notice they were potentially hazardous to your health. The questions is of course, why are they dangerous? The answer is because they contain artificial substances produced in laboratories that are added during their manufacturing to achieve different goals such as enhance flavors, change colors, textures, smells, make them live longer while conserving their freshness, etc. What is wrong with fresher products, you may ask. The problem is the same for the other features: engineered food products are not naturally fresher. […] Read the rest below at the source link


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