Although we might not always like to acknowledge it — especially when the hunger pangs hit or the junk food is staring us in the face — the issue of food additives and our nutrition is a vitally important one. We need to eat, yes, but what are we trying to do with that eating? It’s a matter of nutrition — nourishing our bodies.
Nutrition: The process of nourishing or being nourished, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and for replacement of tissues, is not the simplest of issues. [Answers.com]
So we are essentially not just trying to fill our stomachs, but to give ourselves vital nutrients in order to live, and live well.
When we eat what is normally known as "processed food," we lug our body systems down with chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, fungicides, antibiotics, monosodium glutamate and preservatives galore, not to mention carbon dioxide. The list is very long, and could be viewed as a dangerous environmental circumstance for the body — not one that improves our health.
If your liver could talk it would be screaming "ouch"! Unfortunately, it could pack up eventually — stop doing its job efficiently or properly. What about our other organs? The digestive system? How about the affects at the cellular level? What about the nice little tidbits stored in the fatty tissues of our bodies — residuals of food additives, chemicals, pesticides that don’t just go away after we’ve digested a meal? Our bodies can only handle the ingestion and processing of just so much pollution. Anything beyond what the body can handle opens the door to illness. At the very least, you won’t feel as good as you could.
The taste of good food
What’s the point of processed food and nutrition? It’s not as if you can’t eat healthy delicious food free of additives. We’ve not heard anyone argue that a little pesticide improves the taste — and, even if it did, it still can’t be good for you. While concerns about such additives have been dismissed, as if ingesting toxic substances (oh, in "small amounts") was nothing to be concerned with, what if you took care not to ingest them at all?
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