Organic Food – Not A Left/Right Issue
August 6, 2013 2 Comments
We all need it, no matter what our relationship is to it.
You will likely have heard the saying “You are what you eat”, so I have to ask you: do you want to put nourishing, foods made with wholesome, minimal ingredients in your body or foods made with lots of additions, from oil blends to synthetic chemicals?
How come people would rather have a portion of fries from McDonald’s than some home-made fries? Is the ingestion, and absorption, of who knows what a price worth paying for the convenience?
McDonald’s has a PDF available, listing the ingredients of their products. On it, we find this for French Fries:
Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives], Citric Acid [Preservative]), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. Prepared in Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness), Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
Now, if I were to make this at home, we’d see:
Ingredients: Potatoes, rendered animal fat, salt.
Gimme a plate of “my” fries any time over those from McDonald’s!
“But yours are made with rendered animal fat. That’s lard or tallow! Don’t you know how bad they are for you?”
Back in January, my family started eating a lot healthier. We’ve avoided certain foods for years anyway due to behavioral problems the children would exhibit when ingesting the artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup, so prolifically used in American “food”.
Apart from the exercise of preparing and maintaining three vegetable beds and two herb beds, our exercise levels are low, but just by making the change to organic products, we have all lost some excess weight. Whilst we are not “paleo” or “primal” I do follow a few of the pages associated with those diets on FaceBook and every comment section of every post on these pages seem to include at least one person saying something similar.
You see, the more processed a food becomes, the further away it gets from being a nutritional, filling and healthy source of sustenance. The less sustaining it becomes, the more you need of it to feel satiated, so you eat more, which makes you gain weight and causes a build up in your body of the various additives. There is no intelligence at the cellular level, the cell just either uses the chemicals it absorbs, or it doesn’t, and if it doesn’t, they get stored in case they are needed at some point or flushed from the system.
Look around at the people. Look at yourself, maybe. Which do you think is happening more: flushing or storing?
We don’t need more fad diets or medications or supplements to get healthier, we just need to go back to eating as our ancestors did, by which I don’t mean the hunter/gatherer diet that some pre H. s. sapiens hominids, but I mean as our families would have ate, right up until recent history, (a diet of local, in season fruits and vegetables; meat & dairy products from animals raised on free-range pastures).
“But organic, local food is so expensive. I can buy milk for $2 a gallon at WalMart; I can’t afford to spend $5 a gallon for organic milk at the health food store.”
A fair point, but would you rather spend more now on food that will not cause damage to your body, or would you rather spend the money later in life on cancer treatments, medications for hormonal imbalances, etc.?
Now, of course, it is your choice. I just hope I’ve opened your eyes a little with this piece and you’ll go do more research, at the least.
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