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. []

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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8 Comments for "Processed Food and Nutrition"

  1. Amiria Gale

    I agree. The reason so many people struggle with weight is that the vast majority of what we eat isn’t FOOD. It’s mixtures of highly refined sugar and flour, stirred together with fat, artificial colourings and flavour enhancers. As a consequence, when we eat such things, we love the taste (and thus tend to eat more), gaining a whopping calorie intake…but not once giving our body what it really is hungry for… which is nutrients / vitamins etc, so it can go about its daily task of renewing / repairing and growing our body…and keeping it safe against disease.
    I am in the middle of writing a book about it, but right now I am exploring such ideas in my paintings (these are displayed on my website
    Essentially…if you give your body what it is actually hungry for, there is no more battle. No more willpower required. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle becomes easy! :)

  2. George Vigil

    Hello Amiria Gale,

    I agree whole-heartedly with you. One’s body gets lugged down with all those additive chemicals. I would love to see your book.

  3. Damon

    At the very least, you won’t feel as good as you could. – All summed up right there. It’s amazing how many people will spend their lives saying they feel “fine” yet may never really know how they are SUPPOSED to feel. We should ask ourselves how good COULD we feel today instead of how good DO we feel today. A small change like that makes all the difference regarding our decisions about what we eat or purchase. Hats off to you too Amiria, your book sounds like one to have. Great day to you all….

  4. Amiria Gale

    Hi George and Damon,
    Thanks for the comments. I will be sure to let you know when my book is done! For now, keep up the good work both of you, posting about such topics. Seems so simple, but the majority of the population seems to have it so wrong! Every bit of information conveyed helps :)

  5. Diane Vigil

    Is it possible that the lack of uptake of organic food by the population at large is due to lack of proper information? For example, I’ve read articles that claim that organic food is no better than conventional food (they seem to leave out the part about the pesticides).

    It’s also true that organic food can be more costly than conventional food — but I loved the description I read recently regarding the cost of conventional food being “artificially lower” than organic food.

    And that would be because they use “cost-effective” methods of production, like pesticides, etc. Unfortunately, that ruins the food.

  6. Damon

    I think that IS the problem Diane. I personally think it is solely because organic, biodynamic or generally unprocessed food producers have nowhere near the marketing resources of the food processors and massive monocultural operations. Ever see a commercial on TV or a billboard telling you to grow your own food or eat organic? VERY rare if ever. Sad. Simple photos of fruits and vegetables in schools would get kids thinking about them. Instead they are inundated with vending machines or brand name products to build brand loyalty. Very sad. California suffers as a result of pulling sodas and candy from schools. Now they won’t get grants from the big corporations for new computers, books or advanced education programs. Very Very sad! It will only end when we turn off the TV and go back to the basics. Love, family, garden and home. The marketers are taking over and we like it WAY too much :( We WILL be donating some time to our local school this year, possibly with a gardening or hydroponics demonstration. I like the saying I found recently… “We cannot NOT change the world!”
    Peace all!

  7. George Vigil

    I’m with you Damon. I think we should go back to the family basics and not rely solely on the large chain markets to determine what we eat as governed by corporate think as to their profit. Life shouldn’t revolve around the “bottom line” thinking of the only thing that counts is profit. The individual’s health, whom mass producers of food profit from, should weigh more into their think. Yes! One needs to make a profit in order to grow. However, if one were to produce healthy food that nourishes one’s body and continues a high quality of food, one will have a great number of customers for a very long time. And those customers will tend toward health and consume one’s product over the long haul.

    Which brings me to the following: I think the small organic or natural food producers need to start somewhere in their advertisement of their products and build out like any other business, if they so chose. And make a profit.

    We are in the process of finding a home with land. We’ll be growing our own garden, free of pesticides or other chemicals, in organic soil. We are going to plant any kind of fruit or nut tree that we desire or like. We’re going to freeze the veggies and can the fruit. Naturally!

    So that we can control what we eat that much better!

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