In today’s world we are faced with problems that were not in existent many years ago, but the one which I would like to talk about today is healthy food and remaining nourished.
The irony is that as we have developed food production has moved away from home-grown, nutritious and naturally organic food to highly chemical, processed and unhealthy foods. If you look at 90% of the products in the supermarket I bet that you will find nearly all of the fruit was farmed from a different country, and probably different continent, and that the packaged foods contain ingredients that look more at home in a chemistry lab than in food.
Unfortunately it has become the case that cheap food sells and consumers want cheaper food and more for less. This drives down the price so manufacturers look for ways of lowering that even further, thereby reducing the quality of the food. You see, food production the natural way is expensive; it takes a long time to grow, requires a lot of attention and has to be picked, packed and shipped.
The producers will reduce costs by getting cheaper labour, shipping in bulk and less often (so they have to pick fruit before it’s ripe) and use preservatives to keep the food from going off so it has a long shelf life.
With modern science it has become far easier for companies to develop artificial ingredients to replace items which are expensive or more likely to expire quickly in foods. This has lead to many ingredients being developed which are not good for the human body. The body is not used to dealing with them because they are foreign and cause upset.
Unfortunately, because these items are easy and cheap to produce they infiltrate large numbers of food items and become the dominant ingredients in many foods. Further, people actually want more of them because they are the cheap foods and they would rather have the cheap food than the more expensive one, and most of the time they do not realise how bad it is for them because there is no immediate reaction to it.
I would highly recommend buying food which is locally sourced and, if possible, organic. Even if it’s not organic it would be still better to buy locally because of the early picking of the food and the conditions under which the food is subjected to while travelling many thousands of miles from one continent to the other. You can find out a little bit more about what organic food is, here.
If you can grow your own beans, tomatoes and potatoes in the garden then that is a massive plus for you and will benefit your health hugely. It will also teach you about growing food and probably appreciate it a little more so you don’t waste it, as you have put all that hard effort into growing it.
So, hopefully you will have a few ideas about this post and look at ways to reduce your intake of poor foods with cheap, highly processed ingredients.
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