Do we know what we eat? Aside from the name and essentially what it is supposed to be, do we fully understand what we are eating? Do we recognize every item that is posted on the label? Or how about the “other ingredients” that aren’t listed by amount. Hydrogenated Oils, “enriched” grain or wheat, msg, high fructose corn syrup, or how about sugar. Do we actually soak in the knowledge of what our bodies are absorbing?

A 4 yr old french fry from McDonalds(left) vs. a 3 month old potato fry(right)

If you chose to click the image, you saw an article about the french fry and hamburger issue. What’s even worse is if you watch the video. Alright, my goal in this article isn’t to explain something you already know. FAST FOOD IS BAD FOR YOU. I won’t stand on your street corner holding a sign that says it. What I want to do is explain how even things that say they aren’t bad for you….are.

Over the past year, my wife and I have given a strong effort to learn more about health and adopt a cleaner life style. After only minimal research began, we came across almost too much information that made our jaws drop. The sad part was, it all made sense. After watching the documentary, Food Matters, everything about my doctors clicked. Of course they wouldn’t tell me that a basic lifestyle of Vitamin C would keep the common cold away. They only waited until the cold sunk in and referred a prescription pill that would knock it away from me.

The video continues on the explain how doctors receive very minimal schooling in nutrition. Even here they explain how only a quarter of our major schools offer just one course in nutrition. So that’s why when you ask the Doc about how to make your face not have blemishes anymore, he won’t say “Try a multivitamin with two full servings of green vegetables a day.” No! He will say, “Try this pill that has a number of risks slapped on the back of it….it’ll make your face shine though!” Is this really what we need?

Whatcha doin to my food?

The issue goes deeper when we see how farms are hit with pesticides and worse. We can’t even get the nutrients we need from the greens on our plate. This stresses that we should be taking vitamins just to make sure our body can heal the way it was meant to.

The core problem that we need to open our eyes to is how even what is on the shelf cannot be trusted. Jason Vale said, “We can put a label that says 100% fat free on a bag of sugar, which is not a lie; but once we put that sugar into our body it immediately is stored as fat.” All across America we see companies faking the health jump. Oh yeah, no msg….but how much high fructose corn syrup do you have in that can? Some studies go as deep as to say that the ingredients in the foods on the shelves kill our brain cells .

Spend a minute or two looking through this list to get you started. Quit the “Diet” soda, which has been chemically engineered to make you crave the next liter or two. Look into adopting a lifestyle where you know what is going into your body and you aren’t just trusting Chef Boyardee or Hot Pockets to keep you alive. It’s not always about saving a dollar, it’s about saving your life.

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  1. This is such a great, informative post–First off, kudos to you for trying out a healthy lifestyle, many “think” they know what healthy is or they may know but are just too (i hate to use this word but I’ll use it anyway) ‘lazy’ to do anything about it. Takes a lot to examine your lifestyle and make the changes when needed.

    The students in the ICCI course I teach are currently writing an essay about the food culture in America and we’ve went over a decent amount of sub-topics– childhood obesity, lack of organic foods in low-income areas, the fact that corn is in basically everything we consume (even ibuprofen), GMOs and the government’s connection to Mosanto, etc. There are a lot of strong opinions from my group, so I think the main thing is, while we can’t ‘fix’ this problem now,if we as consumers are informed, we can make the choices we see fit and we can no longer can play the blame game on each other.

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  2. I would be interested in learning a bit from your article about the politics of healthy eating. You end with a line about saving a buck, but I think the idea warrants further investigation regarding the economics/politics that keep the hot pockets and the mcfood cheaper than the kale and free-range all natural chicken. And this is a common complaint, that people in economic need make poor diet choices. Conversely, there is the problem of “pure” food retailers/farm stands not taking food stamps of their users being critcized for “frivolous” spending.This is an issue that shades into a lot of different areas.

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    • I agree with what you are saying. This all sums up to my title in how if it is easier to just buy the mcdonalds for the family instead of cooking your own meal then the country is happy because it not only profits from sales but also from the fact that it will eventually lead to health issues bringing these people into our hospitals and needing our medicine.

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  3. […] aren’t carrying as many of the nutrients as they should, we need a lot! (see my post Why America Loves the Unhealthy) We should be consuming organic vegetables like it is our job. Really analyze your bag of Doritos […]

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