This is intended as a brief overview for those who may not know of the dangers in our ‘food’ supply. However, we really need to be aware of what we put in our bodies. Many foods that we consume are processed, and the majority of those contain GMO ingredients. There are dangers in our food supply that affect not only your health and way of life, but even the functionality of your local independently operating farmer. This may seem like a general statement so let’s explore some of the “whys” you should be vigilant of your own diet.
What is in our Food?
First, some terms….
- Processed, Packaged Foods – The type of food Americans spend most of their food budget on (up to 90%). Many of which contain artificial sweeteners and flavors, chemicals, preservatives, and factory-made fats. These same foods are often deprived of their natural nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Simply put, processed food is anything that has been altered from its natural state. They would include anything that is pre-packaged.
- Genetic Engineering – The development and application of scientific methods, procedures, and technologies that permit direct manipulation of genetic material in order to alter the hereditary traits of a cell, organism, or population.
- GMO – Genetically Modified Organism – An organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered using the techniques of genetic engineering.
- Fractionated – Process that separates oil into two separate fractions. This changes liquid oils into thicker semi-solid fats. The reason is to prevent melting at room temperature.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup – HFCS – Man-made process involving molecule manipulation in which a blend of 45% glucose and 55% fructose is created resulting in a taste similar to sugar. HFCS is linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. While sugar, in moderation, is burned and turned into energy, high fructose corn syrup turns into fat. The body requires more time to metabolize factory sweeteners than it does natural sugars. (Try to use natural stevia as a sweetener instead)
- Artificial flavor – Chemical mixture that mimics a natural flavor
- Artificial sweetener – An unnatural food additive that duplicates the effect of sugar in taste. They include Acesulfame Potassium (Sunett, Sweet One), Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), Neotame, Saccharin (SugarTwin, Sweet’N Low), Sucralose
- Refined Grains – Grains processed in a mill to remove the bran and germ. Result is longer shelf life while sacrificing the content of fiber, iron, and vitamins. When you see ‘enriched,’ it means that the grain has been refined with some nutrients being added back manually.
- Salt or Sodium – A mineral, essential to life in small quantities, but is harmful in excess.
- MSG – monosodium glutamate – Derived from glutamate acid, which is a naturally occuring acid. In the factory form, however, the bound glutamic acid is broken down by various processes and refined to a white crystal that resembles sugar. Numerous negative symptoms can be attributed to its consumption. Yeast extract, gelatin, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed protein, caseinates, and whey protein, among many others, contain a portion of glutamate. **Even some falsely labelled pre-packaged ‘natural foods’ contain yeast extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, and Textured Vegetable Protein. It would be wise to stay away from anyting that says ‘hydrolyzed’ or ‘autolyzed’ if you want to avoid hidden MSG.
- Butter > Margarine **butter = cream, salt (not bad) **margarine = a big list of stuff which include refined vegetable oils (bad)
- Hydrogenated – Result of a chemical reaction used in the processing of cooking oils and fats, turning unsaturated fatty acids into saturated ones. This is a process that has a hydrogen atom added to oils.
- Tran saturated fat – trans fatty acid – Made through the chemical process of the hydrogenation of oils
- Partially Hydrogenated – When the process for hydrogenation is not carried out completely.
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are used to increase shelf life of food, as well as its taste. Unfortunately, these same oils also act as a poison.
The following can be attributed to the consumption of hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils:
- risk of diabetes
- risk of heart attack
- increased LDL (the bad cholesterol)
- insulin function
- poor vision
- worse skin complexion
- joint pain
- PMS and menstrual symptom severity
- back pain
These conditions are also problematic because people will take an aspirin or medication to mask the effect. Meanwhile, overuse of the drugs that they don’t really need, create more problems for which they treat with more medications! All they really needed was to eat true natural foods and quit poisoning their bodies.
Procinctu recommends everybody become a keen label reader. Really, it’s common sense. Why would you put something into your body that you can’t even pronounce much less know the consequences of its consumption. Science has its benefits, but we see time and again, there are some things in nature, man is not supposed to manipulate. Unfortunately, inAmerica, companies are not required to state whether their product is made using GMOs or not. So the only way to be sure the food you are eating is natural, is to buy from a local farmer whom you trust, or grow it yourself. Though that is probably unrealistic for many people, you should still monitor what you eat and try to buy natural or organic certified food when possible. These simple steps can greatly improve your health and decrease many negative affects later in life.