What made us so sick?
Updated: Jun 26, 2019
I am hoping that you have managed to go through your cupboards and get rid of some of the unhealthy foods that may have made their way into your kitchen. But in case you still need convincing as to why these foods are unhealthy I wanted to highlight what the food industry is doing to your health.
Probably one of the greatest causes for the increase in preventable diseases has to be the food industry. I have always been on a bit of a mission to get people to prepare their own food from natural, preferably organic or homegrown ingredients because when you do this it will have the biggest impact on improving your health.
When we buy something that someone else has conveniently made for us what is it doing to our health and to the health of the planet?
Food manufacturers would have us believe they are on our sides. So often I hear people say that they don’t have time to cook or prepare food from scratch and the food industry has largely helped to create this feeling of convenience. Have you noticed how busy we have become even though we have so many things that are supposed to give us more time?
Food manufacturers are not here to look after our health they are here to make a profit, a large portion of the food industry is now controlled by a few very big multi-national companies.
In the 1920s food manufacturing began to develop because food technology had come up with processes that could make food last longer so it could be kept on the shelf for longer, less spoilage meant bigger profits. The reason why food could now last longer was that it had been refined removing much of the goodness including the natural oils which caused foods to go rancid.
By refining and processing, foods became cheaper because the ingredients used were cheap. This food looked good and tasted great but lacked vitamins, minerals and fibre. We eat far less fibre than we used to this is because most food that is processed is made from refined grains where much of the fibre has been removed. So many people suffer from constipation and other digestive complaints and this is largely due to the lack of good natural plant fibre in our diets.
The food industry will also tell you that the food it makes is healthy, they spend a lot of money on marketing. Convincing us that not only do we not have time but that what we are buying is actually good for us.
One example of this is Milo they have trademarked called Activ-Go. It is on the front of the tin, sounds good. It refers to the combination of ingredients in Milo that get released to give the right amount of energy through the day, they basically made it up to help highlight their marketing message. They also state that Milo is packed with all the nutrients you need, and a sound amount of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Nowhere in the ingredient list could I find evidence for this, it’s basically a junk food pretending to be healthy. Milo is made by Nestle and contains 4 teaspoons of sugar per cup, and that’s the healthy part.
What are you really paying for when you buy foods that have been processed? You are not paying for quality ingredients that you could use if you made the food yourself. What you are paying for is the convenience and that convenience is coming at a price, to your health. Because when you eat food that lacks nutrients your body becomes deficient and keeps telling you to eat so you can get key nutrients but in processed foods, you are never going to get them. You will probably only gain weight as you eat more food high in calories but low in nutrients.
Only by eating nutrient-dense foods, whole natural foods will your body be nourished and you won't feel so hungry. Real food contains information that communicates to our genes and influences our DNA. It switches genes on and off that can lead to health or disease.
So what is the real price of all this processed convenient food? Food that lacks vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fibre and antioxidants. Food that makes us sick but that was supposed to give us more time. Food that seems cheap but we spend more because we don’t feel satisfied.
We all need to get over this idea that we don’t have time, we do have time, it is more a case of how we choose to spend our time that will be an indicator of our health.
And as Mark Hyman said “Your fork is the most powerful tool to transform your health and change the world” We all have that choice, even though it may not always be convenient or easy.