Do today’s oranges or apples contain the same nutrition as the same piece of fruit did many, many years ago? The sad answer to that question is NO!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. An age-old quote that may have been true 60+ years ago, but sadly not today.
Mid- 20th century United States claims many “improvements” to our lives; microwave ovens, frozen dinners, television, and much more. In the early and mid- 20th century, close to half of Americans were farmers. Since then urban life has exploded with industrialization and now about 1-2% of Americans feed a population that has nearly doubled in size since then. That was a time that we still had nutrition in food, but we got so much smarter. Or did we?
I have talked to many people lately, especially those in the health field, that are completely against supplements calling them “expensive urine.” (sounds great, huh?) They feel that if a person would get adequate physical activity and eat a variety of clean foods, that should be all that’s necessary? Maybe 100 years ago, but sadly – not today! I have heard, from a scientist specializing in food, that you can drop an orange on the ground and it will lose up to 50% of its nutrients right then!
Other Circumstances Contributing To Low Nutrition in Food
Ignorance! Let me be blunt here, do you really believe that just because a fast food commercial says their food is nutritious because they use only white meat chicken and that is very nutritious? Seriously? And the world’s flat!
We believe what is convenient to believe at that time in our life. Think about it? When my husband lost his voice due to cancer, we found out that it was too much of an inconvenience for people to really LISTEN to my husband when he spoke. He spoke at a whisper. They heard him, but wouldn’t put forth the effort needed to listen. The same applies to people believing everything we’re told. A fast food restaurant advertises that their chicken nugget is healthy because they use only white meat chicken. It’s still processed where it looses its natural quality, so identified by our bodies. A processed food is always a processed food, whether it uses white meat or any meat!
What I’m telling you here is use some common sense. Just because a television commercial or magazine ad or the menu itself claims that their food is healthy for whatever reason, and they show a brightly lit, colorful picture of their nutritious food – that doesn’t make it so! Look at the ingredient list on “healthy” frozen dinners, or where does the fast food chain buy their “healthy” chicken? If we are what we eat, then what is fed to the cattle or chicken that is featured at fast food restaurants as a healthy option? I have to assume that those that aren’t aware of this also aren’t aware that the FDA has also approved adding flavors and coloring to our natural foods. Bacon has added ingredients to make it taste more like bacon. Aroma is added to popcorn to make it nearly irresistible!
Below is recommended reading to educate yourself. Don’t wait to hear this from me! Read!
Flashy Careers and GMO Foods
With the trend in our society moving towards city and urban living, careers are moving away from farming, thus the necessity for GMA foods. After all, GMA foods are unbelievable! They withstand pesticides, grow faster, produce more, . They must be the SuperMan of foods!? Not natural.
By the latter 20th century, the job market primarily targeted the baby boomers that were the population surge after WWII, and the Vietnam and Korean wars. The US had so many revolutions in the food industry, faster growing and heartier producing yields from the fields, microwave ovens, frozen dinners! It was still an ear of corn that appeared healthy, so why ask why? This was the time to live for the marvelous future that, as Americans, we were all sure to have! After all, we did put a man on the moon, our food is easy!
Scary Thought: Crossbreeding of Our Food and Animals
I can remember, many years ago, watching horror flicks that focused on genetic breeding and cross breading of animals. I never considered it to be a truth. This is done today as a tool to make money for breeders of animal products, or in farming to produce higher crop yields. I will never condemn the farmers, they are the foundation of any country and are doing what they can to make a living. Just like any other career. The issue is, what our farmers have to accept in order to make a living, may be slowly killing us. I believe it is.
Did you know that our food had been genetically modified for years now? There are positives to this process. As mentioned earlier, farmers can produce more and for less. Genetically modified crops are cheaper to grow and can handle weather extremes with more ease and require fewer herbicides and pesticides (that’s good).
Suzette’s Final Thoughts
In my opinion the positives don’t out weigh the negatives! With all the mixing and matching of genes, at some point nature get’s lost. If nature wanted cauliflower to be modified with broccoli genes, it would have been done originally! My concern, along with many others, is how genetically modified food affects the human body. If the fuel we’re giving our body to run on is processing food that isn’t natural, then logic dictates, at some point, something’s going to go wrong. If you put the wrong fuel in your vehicle how long will it run? If you feed you dog cat food eventually the dog will need other nutrition or illness will occur. I believe GMO foods lead towards chronic illness, or contribute to chronic illness. If we’re not giving our body the correct fuel, it will eventually break down.
Remember, this is my opinion and I may be wrong? Please leave my your thoughts below, I would like to know what you think!