|Real Food - It's Harder to Find Than You Think|
Infographic from Ecomom.com
Lately much has been publicized about the quality, purity and true nature of the foods we eat in the typical Standard American Diet (SAD). Most of us know what highly processed, junk and fast food looks like, and we've been opting to choose "real food" instead. But how safe and healthy is the "real food" we are choosing?
Unfortunately (as this infographic so aptly points out) most of the food, even the "real food" we consume in the U.S. has been chemically treated, genetically engineered or modified, heavily processed and/or otherwise devitalized. For example:
The GE/GMO Threat
✔ It is estimated that 70 percent of the foods sold in the supermarket have been genetically engineered (GE) or contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
✔ GE food is first created in the laboratory, using technology that alters the structure of the organism (plants and animals) we ultimately consume. Modification or alteration is often achieved through use of foreign DNA, synthetic genes, radiation and chemicals.✔ GE foods in the U.S. food supply includes corn, soybeans, sugar beets and cotton (cottonseed oil used in many products)
✔ GE foods and hundreds of GMO derived additives (glucose, lecithin, maltodextrin) are found in thousands of food products that we consume on a regular basis - cereals, breads, baked goods, crackers, snacks, soups, condiments, chocolate, ice cream, juices, soft drinks - the list goes on.✔ The safety for human consumption of GE/GMO foods has not been adequately tested. Certain preliminary studies suggest links between GE/GMO foods and:
- Severe allergic reactions
- Antibiotic resistance
- Immune suppression
Animal Products (Meat and Dairy) Threat
✔ Meat and dairy products from conventionally raised farm animals contain synthetic hormones, bacteria, antibiotics and other drugs. Although safe levels of various drugs in meat and dairy products are permitted, most animals are not tested. When testing is actually done, unsafe levels of drug residue is often found.
✔ Among the most dangerous animal products to eat are the processed meats - hot dogs, sausages, lunch meat, etc. It is thought that eating just 2 ounces of processed meat increases your chance of getting:
✔ Conventionally raised cows are routinely injected with Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) causing them to produce IGF-1 milk. It is thought that the presence of this hormone in milk and other dairy products (cheese, sour cream, ice cream, etc.) increases the risk four fold (4 times) in the human development of:
- Heart Disease by 42%
- Diabetes by 19%
✔ Cows injected with rBGH have a much higher incidence of developing udder infections which are treated with antibiotics. The antibiotics then end up in the dairy products that we consume.
- Breast Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
Many leading physicians, researchers, nutritionists and health experts believe that the best way to protect ourselves and our family from threats in food, including "real food", is to avoid eating all processed, prepared, junk and fast food and instead to eat a certified organic, whole-food, plant-based diet. A healthy, chemical and additive free, unprocessed diet means selecting ingredients carefully (reading labels) and preparing most meals at home. Many people say that they don't have the time or money. But nowadays there are many excellent resources on time and money saving tips and methods. We can eat healthily if we re-educate ourselves.
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