“Be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi
When so many healthy options are available ,the food and beverages that we choose to eat and drink, both in quantity and quality have created an incredibly toxic environment for the earth, the animals, and for our body and mind.
Diseases such as obesity, cancer, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, autism, attention deficit disorders, have skyrocketed in recent years. We like to think of ourselves as being so “advanced”, world leaders, but the truth is that we are losing not just our wealth and our freedom but our health and our credibility as a nation.
As the organic movement gathered steam, food marketers manipulated our expectations of healthier foods by deceitfully increasing the use of words such as “lite”,” lighter” or “less fat” or “fat free”, or “simple” and “simply” and the big one “healthy” on the labels. There are no health standards for those claims.
Hershey’s Good & Plenty candy boasts “A fat-free candy” but while there is no fat in it, the candy is 100 percent sugar and processed carbs. Food producers and marketers knows that the average mind equates fat-free with being good for you.
Start reading the labels to find among the first ingredient listed (there are listed by order of %) corn and soy or canola, corn or soybean oil (unless specifically indicated as not genetically modified, they are genetically modified), Not fruit, but high fructose corn syrup is often the first ingredient in staple preserves and fruit juice such as grape have as much as 30 grams of sugar (1 oz) per 6 oz serving. High fructose corn syrup is a most unhealthy source of sugar made from GMO corn.
At a time when hundreds of millions of people do not have enough to eat, hundreds of millions more are eating too much and are overweight . In the world today more people are obese than underweight. In the U.S, 72 percent of men and 70 percent of women are overweight. Food is cheap in America but evidently cheap food does not translate into healthy eating.
Epidemiological studies of human populations in Japan observe a strong relationship between low energy consumption and long life. Populations who consume the least calories have the longest life expectancy, the highest percentage of centenarians, and the lowest mortality from diabetes, heart disease, and several cancers.One of the reasons their calorie consumption is so low is become they eat very healthy, nutritious foods, such as soba (buckwheat) and whole rice noodles and soups with miso (soy paste) and greens, some fish, hardly any meat , or sugar. And dairy is essentially unknown in the traditional Asian diet. It is not how much we eat, but what we eat.
The notion of a standard calorie norm for all humans ignores the way the body adapts to external circumstances. Increased mechanization and a sedentary modern life style has reduced calorie needs. Even in rural areas bus services have increased greatly, and everywhere the use of cars and motorcycles has practically eliminated walking time. Tractors, combine harvesters and industrial machines and technology have greatly reduced the physical labor involved in agriculture and the industry. Automatic furnaces, washing machines, dishwashers and mixers have all reduced the need for physical effort in the home. Young children are eating too many calories and the number of obese children is stagering. Their (USDA recommended) calorie needs could be slashed in half if they were to eat nutritious whole foods instead of empty foods filled with fats and starches. Junk foods which include the parboiled rices and pasta ”ronis” and instant mash potaoes and canned soups, standard cereals,reconstituted juices, grocery cakes are nothing but denaturized processed foods made from concentrates and reconstituted starches, that have lost all their original vitamins and minerals and nutrients, enhanced with a variety of sugars and flavorings and re- enriched with an absurd amount of synthetically created vitamins and minerals. Every product boast “a full days supply of Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Calcium, Folic acid…..”.These low quality chemical vitamins are not well absorbed in our body and cannot replace natural nutrition. These foods are addictive partly because we have been conditionned to associate fats, starches and sugars with emotional comfort , but mostly because they never satisfy the body’s nutritional needs.
A person of average height who spends all day at a desk and all evening on the sofa watching TV may need only 1500 to 1800 calories a day. The same goes for a woman who stays a home and runs a few errands. Men and women up to the age of thirty can burn more calories than those past middle age even if their activity levels remains unchanged. The metabolism slows down and the need for scheduled excercise combined with quality, whole foods becomes essentials to stay fit.
We need to take a fresh look at nutritional norms and not those set by the USDA or politically motivated professionals. We need to have a intelligent look at what we eat and understand that a processed food can never be” healthy” for you.
Junk food is like a drug. A study in the journal of Nature Neuroscience found that eating j