Let’s face it, our bodies are overfed and undernourished. I didn’t know this until I started reading labels to find out what really is in the foods we eat. In today’s day and age, it is very easy to focus on convenience (and cheaper too.) As consumers, we expect that the government wouldn’t allow “bad stuff” to be added to our food products if they knew it wasn’t good for us. As a parent, we wouldn’t buy things or allow our families to use products that we knew negatively impacted their health. But the fact is, the average consumer does not realize the real health impacts the “bad stuff” has on our bodies.
The “bad stuff” does not appear to harm us at first glance. It’s not like an individual has a severe reaction to the food and knows its bad for them, like many kids with peanut allergies. You know the peanut is harmful to them. What about all of the other “bad stuff” out there, where there is no immediate outside reaction, but rather an inside reaction that is harming some internal regulatory functioning of the body. Maybe there isn’t enough scientific evidence to pass a law into congress to elimante the “bad stuff”, but regardless, more and more people in the world are healing themselves and their families, by paying attention to the foods they are comsuming. They are adding in more of “the good stuff’ and taking out more of “the bad stuff”.
So what is the “Bad Stuff”
- Added Preservatives – promotes cancer and are heavy on liver
- Added Colors – Promotes ADHD and behavioral disorders
- Added Sugars – Promotes obesity, diabetes, vitamin loss, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders
- Hydrogenated Oils – Contains trans fats, promotes heart disease, nervous system disorders, ADHD, birth defects, tumor growth
- Chemical Sweeteners – promotes migranes and nervous system damage
- Refined grains & White Flour - promotes diabetes, obesity, vitamin loss
- Fried Foods – contains carcinogens, promotes heart disease, obesity
So why should I cut out the “Bad Stuff”?
- Many of the top health issues in today’s world can be preventable. Food related disease is the #1 cause of preventable death in the US
- It changes the taste of our food. A woman in a book I read lived in Africa for a couple years and when she came back to america she could smell and taste the chemicals in our foods. We are so used to the “bad stuff”, we don’t realize its bad for us.
- Healther choices now will save you money in the long run. Buying organic, non-processed foods, may be more expensive, but may save you unnecessary health bills in the future.
- Do you really want to consume foods that have “bad stuff” in them? Majority of processed foods have some type of Corn Syrup or Hydrogenated oil in it. Manufacturers claim this is to make our food, taste better, smell better, look better, and last longer.
- Many of the foods we eat have empty calores in them. Refined grains and white flour products have the nutrients stripped out of them. A grain is made of 3 parts:
Gem – Nourishment for the seed (B vitamins, Vitamin E, Trace Minerals, Phytonutrients
Bran – Protects the seed (contains Fiber, B Vitamins, and Trace Minerals)
Endosperm – Provides Energy (Carb, Protein, some B vitamins)
Refined grans and white breads have both the Gem and Bran stripped out of them, leaving nothing but the endosperm. As a result most of the grains nutrients are removed from the grain. The process of “adding nutrients” back in, is not the same as its origin. The product itself has gone through some sort of process to damage the nutrients. Our bodies need the nutrients from the other parts of the grain.
Have you ever paid attention to all of the food that your child consumes in a regular day? Do they get the recommended amount of fruits and veggies? Do they eat food that is processed and packaged as opposed to natural, organic or homemade? How much sugar do they consume in an average day? What shocked me was that my kid could be eating some good foods, but that having too much sugar, white flour or refined grains, interferes with the bodies ability to absorb nutrients. So my child could be making some good choices, but if there is too much of the “bad stuff” in his diet, then the “good stuff” does not enter the body’s system and then disease continues to grow.
So Whats the Good Stuff?
The good stuff consistents of foods that are natural and are not processed. They contain the nutrients in their in their original forms.
- Water – Essential solvent for nutrition
- Raw Fruits (all kinds) high vitamins, fiber complex carbs
- Berries – high antioxidants, healthy brain and heart
- Veggies (Preferably organic) vitamins, fiber, phytonutrients
- Healthy Oils – Healthy heart, brain and more
- Seafood – healthy heart brain and more
- Seeds – healthy oils, fiber antioxidants
- Nuts – healthy oils, antioxidants
- Sea Veggies – Healthy immune function and minerals
- Whole Grain Foods (Ensure they are 100% whole grain, and not enriched) – high fiber, healthyoils, vitamins and more
- Microalgae – protein, minerals, phytonutrients
As far as dairy there is great controvesary around whether or not dairy should be included as a key nutrient source. There are 3 main reasons people consume dairy, Calcium, Vitamin D and protein. One issue with dairy stems from the agricultural trends in how the cows are raised. Some milks have growth hormones in them or have been processed in some sort of way. Many people are finding that they have an intolerance to dairy. Research has not proven the cause of the intolerance, but a variety of people have taken dairy out of their diet and seen dramatic changes in their health issues.
As far as meat, there again is controversay around the impacts of meat in our diets. Many of the meats purchased have been processed or have some types of chemicals or growth hormones in them based on the agriculture in when they were bread. If you are going to consume meats, ensure they are from local raised farms.