Over the past several decades, society has demanded products that make life easier. Some of these inventions have been a huge success while some of the things that came along that were supposed to improve our lives have actually caused more harm than good.
The food we have available to us today is not the same as it was half a century ago.
From the way it is grown to how it ends up on our plates, things have changed and not necessarily for the better.
Fruits and vegetables are less nutritious now than they were a few decades ago because of the depletion of nutrients in the soil.
We have seen a dramatic increase in ready-made meals and other packaged food. We buy them because they make our lives easier, and the companies that produce these items make a lot of money.
The packaged and highly processed food-like products that most of society has come to rely heavily on contain harmful additives, chemicals and GMOs.
We believe that the products available for us to buy in the stores are safe for us to eat. However, the primary goal of the food industry is maximizing profit.
We depend on Health Canada and other regulators to protect us, but we place too much faith in these agencies.
In the later part of the last century, food companies saw an opportunity. Not only were we just looking for convenience. We had also started looking for ways to reduce the amount of harmful fat in our diets. Then we started seeing products with less fat on our grocery shelves.
The problem is that when the companies remove or reduce the fat, they have to put other things in to make their products still taste good.
Introducing: high fructose corn syrup and other processed sweeteners and additives.
The addition of these ingredients in particular has made processed food highly addictive and hyper-palatable. When you compare the timing of the introduction of these convenience food products to our food supply and the increase in the rates of chronic diseases, especially Type 2 Diabetes, there is a strong correlation that is too strong to dismiss as coincidence.
We have been misled and manipulated.
The study that linked saturated fat to heart disease in the 1950s was flawed. More than 22 countries were included in the study, but only the results from 7 of those countries were included in the final report.
The results from the other 15 didn’t support the desired outcome of the researcher and were excluded.
This study has been used for DECADES to encourage people to cut the fat from their diet. New findings are actually contradicting the widely held belief that saturated fat is bad for us.
Unfortunately, when you cut the fat you feel more hungry since fat takes longer to digest and keeps you feeling full longer. This causes you to eat more other stuff.
What did most people start eating more of? Sugar, grains, refined flours and junk food. Certainly not vegetables, fruits and other healthier options.
Problems start when the scientific process is abused to show results that the data doesn’t support.
People have come to rely heavily on “what the science says”. However, “the science” will say whatever the researchers or funders of the study want it to say. Even then, sometimes the published results are misinterpreted by mainstream media.
While I truly appreciate many of the advancements of science over the last 2,000 years, the last few decades have seen a corruption that can only be explained by opportunism and greed.
We can’t depend on the government to enact laws and regulations to protect us. We can’t continue to expect government funded health care to save us from ourselves.
Food can be powerful medicine…or slow poison.
We need to take an active role in our health by making better choices as to how we nourish our bodies.
We need to send a message to food manufacturers by not buying their products until they start putting people before profit and human life before shelf life.
Choosing to eat less processed convenience food products and more whole foods is not just a good idea…it is essential if you want to have a high quality of life and give yourself the best chance of preventing chronic disease.
Most chronic diseases are caused by years of neglect and abuse that we subject ourselves to.
The trouble is that most people take better care of their stuff than they do their health.
People complain about the cost of organic produce and other healthier choices, but most can find the money for the latest and greatest gadget, or designer clothes and accessories.
Or worse, they spend their money on cigarettes and/or excessive alcohol.
The human body is like a hybrid car: we need the right fuel, we need to maintain it, and we need to recharge our batteries.
Too many people are just getting by “running on empty” and it’s created a society that is sick, stressed out, overweight and overwhelmed with life.
We need to take ownership of our lives and our health, make it our number one priority and stop blaming things that are out of our control for the state that we are in.
It’s only when you give up and believe that there’s no hope that there isn’t any.
We need to start believing that life can be different.
We can turn things around by making better choices.
We need to start relying less on some the modern conveniences that were supposed to make our lives better and get back to basics.
We need to have more fun and enjoy life, which is a whole lot easier when you don't feel like crap all the time from the food you're eating.
As a former junk-food junkie, I know first hand the difference you will feel when you make your health your number one priority.
"Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food" - Hippocrates
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