Remember that one? you probably heard your parents and grandparents utter that sigh when you where young. Perhaps now you are a bit older and think the same thing and I must say…. some things definately where better in the good old days….. food for example.. When I was a wee little pup I remember I got send out on regular note to baker, greengrocer and butcher. I had to buy fresh baked bread, freshly grown vegetables and good honest meat. You would often know where your vegetables where grown, the cow that gave your milk was the cow you passed by every morning when you sat on you bicycle going to school and the smell of freshly baked bread lingered in the entire neighborhood. Supermarkets you went to to get your basic household items like tinfoil, washingpowder and garbage bags.
Nowadays we run into the supermarket and grab ourselves a TV Diner, we nuke it a few minutes and we drop it on a plate. While we are watching the news, sports or cartoons, we stuff it into our mouth mindlessly chewing on the same taste every day again. We don’t take the time to read the box for what they put in, we don’t teach our children that we have to chew 30 times before swallowing. We eat taste enhancers, genetically modified foods and toxics without concern meanwhile warning smokers and drug users about how unhealthy they are acting (and in some cases how unhealthy they are for us)
Here are some common additives that you can find in your tv diner, your cola, your icecream and your factory bread.
Genetically Modified, synthetic sugar substitute. People report dizziness, headaches and even seizures. Scientists believe it can alter behavior due to altered brain function. Long term effects of this genetically modified organism on human health has not been studied or tested. Found as a sweetener in foods and some body products, such as shaving gel. See our Genetically Modified / GMO Foods section for more information.
Coal Tar Dyes – (includes D&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 33, etc.)
Even though their carcinogenicity has recently been proven, the 1938 Act includes a specific exemption for them. Severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, headaches, nausea, fatigue, lack of concentration, nervousness, increased risk of Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Found in bubble bath, hair dye, dandruff shampoo, toothpaste and foods. For more information, see the Dyes Commonly Used in Food and Body Product Section.
An additive that tastes like butter causes a serious lung condition called bronchiolitis obliterans, or “popcorn workers’ lung. Found in foods, especially microwave popcorn.
GMO/Genetically Modified Organism
Plants, animals or foods that have been genetically modified, genetically engineered or BT/Biotechnology modified. Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally. Minimal testing shows that animals fed GMO feed, refuse to eat it. When force-fed the feed (corn, soy, tomatoes etc.) the animals developed stomach lesions and malformations of organs. GMO food is not labeled as such in the U.S. Almost all other countries have banned the use of GMO in food and body products due to insufficient testing. See GMO section for more information.
High Fructose Corn Syrup/HFCS
High fructose consumption has been fingered as a causative factor in heart disease. It raises blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. It makes blood cells more prone to clotting, and it may also accelerate the aging process. See Sugars, Insulin Resistance and Glycemic Index section for more information.
Hydrogenated/Partially Hydrogenated Oils
Hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats. A trans fat is an otherwise normal fatty acid that has been radically changed by high heat. Trans fats are poison: just like arsenic. Partially hydrogenated oils will not only kill you in the long term by producing diseases like multiple sclerosis and allergies that lead to arthritis, but in the meantime they will make you fat! See Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils section for more information
MSG is an excitotoxin, which causes nerve damage and allergic reactions. Found in hundreds of foods, often under other names. See our Monosodium Glutamate / MSG section for more information
Polyethylene Glycol /PEG
Moderately toxic, eye irritant and possible carcinogen. Many glycols produce severe acidosis, central nervous system damage and congestion. Can cause convulsions, mutations, and surface EEG changes. Found in cosmetics, body products, foods, lotions.
Other Ways To Ingest Genetically Modified Products
Drink milk from or consume dairy products from cows fed GMO corn and who have been injected with rbGH (genetically modified growth hormone)
Eat meat from animals fed genetically modified grain diets (rather than grass-fed) and who have been injected with rbGH (genetically modified growth hormone)
Use of genetically modified food additives such as Aspartame, flavorings and enzymes
Honey and Bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen
Names Of Ingredients That Have a Very High Chance of Being Genetically Modified
As the U.S. does NOT require labeling of Genetically Modified Foods, consider the following ingredients on food labels to be Genetically Modified unless the ingredient is Certified Organic or labeled NON-GMO:
Vegetable Oils: soy, corn, cottonseed, canola
Soy Flour, Soy Protein, Soy Lecithin
Textured Vegetable Protein
Cornmeal, Corn Syrup
Now many people will think that they don’t have a choice, after all the ready to go meals and tv diners are cheaper than buying fresh produce..right?? (Often) Wrong….
Maybe if you look at the short term you might be right, one lasagna from the microwave will be cheaper than a freshly made lasagna. However that tv lasagna is a one time meal, the lasagna you made yourself however very well might be 2 or 3 servings. You can’t freeze your tv lasagna if you have a bit left (and with their sizes it would be a waste of time and energy to begin with)… your home made lasagna can be frozen very well thus giving you a second meal a few days later. Same goes of course for your vegetables, casseroles, pies etc etc. Another money saver with fresh food is your medical bill. You and your kids will be less ill, feel stronger, have more air, smell better and have a wider taste range when you eat fresh food. If you take note of where your meat and egss come from you have as added benefit that the animals are treated better than the animals in your McHamburger (did you know a hamburger from Mac can contain the meat from up to 100 animals, not cows perse)
Make your Doctor never see you….eat fresh