Finding real health in a world of artificial foods
Remember those days when we used to shop in grocery stores no bigger than a grocery store? They were full of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, nuts, beans and cereals. The markets at that time had only a few shelves filled with non-perishable foods.
Today it is the opposite. We now have supermarkets that are mostly filled with non-perishable foods that can stand on shelves for years. They are called “processed foods”. There are many reasons why this shift has taken place, but the real question is how can we now manoeuvre through a world full of artificial food? This is a legitimate concern, so hopefully the following information will help you search this confusing world of food sources.
Most processed foods are not really real foods at all. Real food is alive and gets spoiled. Processed foods may contain a few “real food” ingredients, but these items have been processed to have a profitable shelf life – which ultimately reduces them from a live food to a dead food. Dead food can stand on a shelf for a long time.
Many manufacturers add add addictive chemicals to their processed foods to create cravings and make us consume their product more often, which increases their profits. I read years ago about the hallucinogenic effects of MSG that make us long for the food that is laced with MSG. These chemicals get lost in the huge list of ingredients. Many times people will eat the food and ignore the dangers. Usually they just don’t want to, or don’t have time to examine every ingredient. They are driven by their appetite and desire because the last time they ate the food it gave them great pleasure. But as we know, just because something was fun doesn’t mean it was safe.
Reinforced and fortified foods
Enriched and fortified foods typically originate as genuine foods, but with the healthiest portion removed; either intentionally removed or destroyed during processing. This is done to give the product a long and profitable shelf life. Unfortunately, the part that spoils is the part that contains the greatest health benefits. Adding synthetic vitamins, minerals and fiber back into the product does not compensate for the lost natural diet. It simply makes the product look better. Again, the actual food is reduced to artificial food – dead food.
Here is an interesting fact about fortified foods. If the manufacturer does not complete Step 2 by injecting artificial nutrition into the item, he cannot sell it in a grocery store. A pharmacist told me years ago that it is illegal to sell this type of product in a grocery store because it is not really food! Without being “fortified” with artificial nutrients, it could only be sold in a drugstore. Remember, our bodies live, and they need food that is alive – to stay alive!
Real food is grown from the earth. Fruits, vegetables, grains, lentils, seeds and nuts are filled and live with vitamins and minerals, natural medicine (phytochemicals) and energy and are full of remarkable components that keep us alive. You can never do anything wrong when you make a living food choice. Living food has the right amount of fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals that are perfectly combined to work together synergistically. Living food contains proteins, carbohydrates and fats that are balanced to meet the body’s needs, and phytochemical drugs that fight the daily beetles and chemicals of life. With live food there is no need to count carbohydrates, omit fats or use protein. The work is already done for us. It is designed to perfectly meet the needs of our body. Eating real food is like inserting a square pin into a square hole. It also tastes good.
Live food also tastes great! When you remove artificial food sources from your diet, your taste buds begin to detoxify and return to normal sensitivity. When this happens, you will find that artificial life