The modern diet - for info.

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The modern diet - for info.

Postby mark lloyd » Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:08 pm

The modern diet

Our eating habits have changed dramatically in modern times and although our society tends to be overfed it is undernourished. The foods we eat are far less nutritious than they appear due to intensive farming methods, pesticides, additives and preservatives.
When fruit is picked unripe they are incomplete in their normal nutritional value. Vegetables are lacking in minerals as much of the land today is over worked and the soil cannot replenish itself. Therefore, it is unlikely that the average person's diet provides sufficient amounts of the necessary nutrients.
Instead, we are consuming excessive amounts of harmful ingredients like food additives and refined sugars. Processed foods and chemical additives have upset our entire body chemistry resulting in food sensitivities. These chemicals trigger a cascade of allergic symptoms that can affect the respiratory system and the skin and can contribute to various conditions such as asthma, eczema and arthritis.
Sugar is implicated in many physical and emotional disorders, including:
Hyperactivity in children and adults.
Aggression and violence.
Inability to think clearly and concentrate.
Heart disease.
Hyperactive children are especially sensitive to sugar and stimulants. Have you ever noticed your child's behaviour changing shortly after it consumed a soft drink?
Other refined foods can also trigger adverse affects, such as the following:
Acid-producing refined foods like white flour raise the acidity in the body which can have a significant effect on joints, tissues, muscles and organs.
High consumption of salt (sodium chloride) can result in weight gain as it causes the body to retain water.
Some fats are healthy, while others are not, such as saturated fats found in meat, whole-milk dairy products (cheese, margarine, milk, and eggs), and it is this type of fat that raises total blood cholesterol levels.
Food refers to anything that nourishes the body and keeps it healthy. The body uses food for energy, growth and for replacement of tissues. We are interested in food that nourishes and the preparation of food that allows it to remain in its highest state of efficiency; not altered into another state.
Most modern processed and cooked foods are nutritionally deficient. You can take food and prepare it in such a way that it ceases to be food. Although we could live on refined food to a certain point, our capability to fight viruses and infection would be compromised. Therefore we need to eat a balanced and nutritious diet of food that is properly prepared.
Fruit and vegetables have become less nutritious
Although fruit and vegetables are one of the best sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, research findings published in the journal HortScience suggest that they have actually become less nutritious than they were 50 years ago, due to new agricultural methods which have stripped nutrients from soil. In fact, according to one study, it would take eight oranges to get the same levels of vitamin A as it would in one orange a few generations ago. To make sure you get enough vitamins, try to buy organic produce where possible and eat more fruit and veg.
Non-organic apples
Although it is advisable to buy as much organic fruit and veg as you can, in reality this is hard to do on most people's budgets. When making decisions over whether or not to go organic, it is important therefore to note that some foods have a higher concentration of pesticides than others, and apples are one of the fruits that top this list. Because apples are vulnerable to insect infestations and growths, growers are liable to coat the fruit in chemical pesticides and fungicides, some of which will absorb into its flesh. To minimise health risks, try to buy organic apples wherever possible, or at least remove the skin before eating.
Farmed Salmon
We may be constantly urged to eat more oily fish, but research has suggested that consuming farmed salmon may not be the best way to do it. A study found that 13 different toxins - including PCBs, which have been classed as a probable human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - are at much higher levels in farm-raised salmon than in wild salmon. Due to the possible health dangers of consuming these toxins, it is advisable to either reduce your portions of farmed salmon (guidelines are for a half to two portions a month, depending on where the salmon is from) or switch to the wild vari
Potatoes may look innocent enough, but did you know they actually come from the same family as poisonous plant the deadly nightshade? Although they are not quite as dangerous as this family member, potatoes do pose certain risks to our health due to them containing toxic compounds known as glycoalkaloids, the most worrying of which is solanine which affects the nervous and digestive systems, causing headaches, weakness, confusion, diarrhoea and vomiting amongst other things.
Poisoning from potatoes occurs very rarely but fans of the popular vegetable should take measures to protect themselves by avoiding potatoes with sprouts - which tend to have a higher concentration of glycoalkaloids - and those which have turned green. Although the green colour of the potatoes is harmless in itself, it does indicate that the potatoes have been exposed to light, which can also encourage solanine levels to rise over the safe level for consumption.
Not only are peanuts one of the most common food allergens, but the popular bar snack may also be dangerous to those who don't suffer from allergies. Peanuts are particularly best avoided by those with kidney or gallbladder problems as they contain oxalates which can crystallise and cause kidney and gallbladder stones.
However, even for the rest of us peanuts can be toxic due to their susceptibility to mould and the frequently occurring presence of aflatoxin - a highly toxic carcinogen - that is produced by a fungus called Aspergillus flavus invading the nuts. If you simply can't resist snacking on peanuts, try to purchase ones produced in arid areas - such as New Mexico -where the soil is dry and the risk of aflatoxins is lower.
Processed meats
These are also sometimes referred to as 'mystery meats' because it's ambiguous as to what some of them actually contain. But you can be assured that if it comes from a can and is kind of unrecognisable — it's not going to be great for your body. Try to steer clear of sausages and salamis too, these food stuffs are generally all the unwanted bits churned up with fat and salt, we are talking heads, knees and toes (plus a few other less-desirable bits).
Chicken nuggets
First off, chicken nuggets that are not made from fillets are the real bad guys. Again it's similar to the sausages situation, all the leftover carcass bits mixed up with sawdust-type stuff to bulk out the meat so manufacturers can crank out more portions. But it's when these little nuggets are deep fried that really boosts their 'worst-food' status and it's all to do with the size. Smaller fried items, i.e. nuggets absorb more fat that larger pieces of fried goods, so a portion of nuggets will pack way more fat that a single larger fried piece. So if you want fried chicken — go for a big breast.
If there is one food that epitomises the 21st century junk food it's the doughnut. Coated, filled, glazed, sugared, jam crammed or plain old ring they are not great for your body. And it's not only the refined flour, refined sugar and then the frying in the refined oil that makes them bad for you. Doughnuts will upset blood-sugar balance, and give a quick high followed by a crash and burn low, then you guessed it, you're hungry again and reaching for another one — that's why they generally come in boxes of 10.
Canned soups
Now, soups don't seem to be one of the bad boys and in comparison to some of the above, and they probably can sit quite comfy in the middle of the bad-food scale, but it's their salt-packing stealth that gets them into this list. Soups mainly sport a healthy identity; wholesome, warming and good for you. The reality is many canned varieties are super-high in salt, so if you must have soup, avoid the canned ones or make your own.
Your food can legally contain bugs and hairs
Most of us wouldn’t class insects as a component of our diets; however, you may be eating more of them than you think and, worryingly, these may not be the only unpleasant addition to your diet. In the US, the FDA allows for “natural defects” by permitting a certain amount of bugs and rodent hair to be present in food products. For example, chocolate products may contain an average of 60 insect fragments and one rodent hair per 100g, while citrus fruit juice can contain one maggot per 250ml.
Food and disease

Health and disease are directly linked to what we eat and as all disease originates at the cellular level, healthy cells create healthy tissues, healthy organs, healthy heart and healthy skin. Therefore, what is going to nourish those cells and how well they protect and heal themselves depends on the food we eat. No matter what you do, unless you properly nourish these cells, you cannot improve your health.
All this continuous repair work requires proper nutrition on a daily basis. We need a wide range of nutrients for the body to perform various functions and stay healthy as our bodies do not make them.
The nutrients include proteins, fat, carbohydrates, amino acid, vitamins and minerals; all are required for health and body maintenance. Eating a diet rich in nutrition will not only better protect you from illness, but will leave your entire body balanced and feeling great. To look and feel your best, you have to eat adequate amounts of the proper foods. Having a balanced diet is one of the most important factors in maintaining an healthy lifestyle and protects the body against health problems.
The idea that food can ameliorate, prevent or cure disease, slow the ageing process and alleviate suffering is not something new. Dr Linus Paulings, winner of two Nobel prizes, states that 'you can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency'.
Dr. Max Gerson, cancer researcher and one of the most eminent geniuses in medical history found that the underlying problems of all cancer patients are toxicity and deficiency. He began observing that cancer and other illnesses could be cured with nutrition in conjunction with systemic detoxification. Correcting underlying nutritional deficiencies can alleviate depression; reduce side effects of medication, prevent and cure disease.
The fastest way to restore health is to stop putting into the body the food that has caused the physical problem in the first place. When we supply the body with proper nutrients, it knows how to repair and rebuild itself. The body has the inherent ability to heal itself and ward off disease when nutrition is corrected.
So what should we eat?

The rule is to choose foods that are as close to their natural state as possible, as they are most likely to provide the full range of nutrients that the body needs. Most of us assume that we are getting plenty of nutrients from the food we eat, but in reality, we may not be. There are more than 50 essential nutrients in food and no single food can supply all of these nutrients. This is why it is so important to eat a variety of foods.
Food is the fuel that makes us function, that gives us energy, builds the body and repairs it. When nourished properly, it has everything it needs to function properly, destroying invading agents and removing toxins. However, if it is denied of the most essential nutrients, it becomes weak and inefficient, leaving the body vulnerable to attack.
Nature has given us a wide variety of plant foods that are rich in nutritional content. Whole foods (unprocessed), rich in vitamins and minerals are the best choice. Eating these foods, given that they are organically grown, will feed and strengthen your body, allowing it to heal faster, prevent disease and weight problems.
The powerful effects of food on your body
The body undergoes a series of changes through a lifetime. Cells are replicated, tissues are reconstructed and body form develops. The cell regenerations are completely dependent on the food we feed these cells, whether they are toxins or nutrients. If these cells are nourished from toxic foods, toxic beverages or toxic drugs, the cells will weaken and will continue to degenerate. Cell regenerations are impossible unless detoxification measures are implemented.
What you eat and drink either nourishes these cells or contaminates them. Whether you eat organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and seeds or whether it is refined ‘foodless foods’ and toxic sugar drinks.

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