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The more man gets his hands on our food supply, the less healthy it is for us. Americans consume upwards of 90 percent of their nutrients as processed food. This is a very unhealthy practice.
Food processing takes on many forms. Food suppliers add chemical coloring, artificial flavoring, anti-caking agents, texturing agents, chemical preservatives and more to our food.
They may heat it, grind it, pulverize it, compact it or puff it up. Chemical cleaning agents from processing machines make it into our food as well.
Sometimes they’re trying to make it taste or look better. Other times they’re trying to make it last longer.
Because most big food suppliers are more concerned with next-quarters profits than consumer health, most of the time they’re trying to make that so-called “food” cheaper or less expensive.
Here are some broad guidelines to follow when selecting animal products:
Beef and dairy should be pastured, and grass-fed. Poultry should be free-range, and organic. Fish should be wild caught, not farm-raised. Farm-raised fish are fed an unnatural diet and often live in sewer-like conditions. Tilapia is almost always farm-raised and is among the lowest-quality fish you can buy.
When you go to the grocery store, use some common sense and ask yourself: “What kind of processing may have gone into this product?” If it’s in a box or a package, it’s always suspect.
Read ingredients, and look for minimal processing. A good rule of thumb is that if something has more than five or six ingredients, its best avoided.
Be careful for MSG (Monosodium Glutamate). The FDA allows many names for MSG including:
There are many more sources of MSG, but these seem to be the most common. Again, just find real food and you don’t have to worry about memorizing these terms.
Instead of buying hamburger, buy steaks and have the meat department grind it for you. Instead of frozen breakfast sausage, buy pork chops at the meat counter. Instead of breakfast cereal, buy whole grains such as wheat berries or amaranth and cook them yourself as you would rice.
The same goes for legumes such as beans and peas. Instead of buying a can, purchase them uncooked, and cook them yourself. Add flavoring to suit your taste.
Instead of a can of broth, talk to your butcher about purchasing bones and make the broth yourself. This way you control what ingredients go in.
Instead of a fruit roll-up, buy fresh fruit (organic, local and in-season is best). Instead of potato chips, buy potatoes and bake them yourself.
Many legumes, most grains, and all meat should be cooked. However, when it comes to fruits and vegetables, raw is almost always best.
When food is exposed to temperatures above 115 degrees fahrenheit, critical digestive enzymes are de- stroyed, and nutrients are lost. If you’ve never had a raw ear of corn, or raw asparagus, you’re in for a taste treat. Raw foods are bursting with flavors many people never knew existed.
I know this may sound expensive, and in some cases it is more expensive. However, keep in mind that processed food is very expensive for the amount, and for the nutritional value, we receive. We pay for someone else to prepare that food.
Many times, buying food in its unadulterated form can be cheaper in the long run, especially if you can find a local farmer’s market.
Another way to think of the up-front investment in healthy food is you can either pay now … or you can pay later in the form of chronic health problems and mounting medical bills.
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