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Diet & Nutrition > The foods we use and consume

Foods have sustained not only mankind, but all life on Earth since life began. Our foods are classified by the nutrients that they provide; i.e. meats, fish, pulses, seeds and nuts provide proteins, grains (starches) provide energy while fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These foods when eaten in various combinations have different effects.

"Let food be your medicine" ~ Hippocrates.

For any food to be medicine, it needs to fresh and free of introduced toxins such as chemical fertilisers and pesticides. But how much do we know about where our food comes from or what's in it. When we grow our own, knowing is easy but when we buy food, we may never know what we are really eating.

All our foods are derived from agriculture, right?

Not completely as some of our food may contain synthetic and genetically modified ingredients, and did you know that starch, a filler widely used in many products is manufactured from wood pulp. á With a a nutritional value akin to dietary fibre, its not harmful, but it's very cheap to manufacture and is used as a filler in many products.
The often publicised image of our food being produced in pristine environments is an illusion to sell you those products?

The introduction of horse meat in the USA for
Independence day 3013. Play the video to learn more.

We know that along with most poultry, increasing numbers of animals are confined to factories where they are cruelly treated. At the store front, you don't see any of this and you may not notice any taste difference when you eat this food, but it may be loaded with growth hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals.

Some companies use more dangerous fillers to bulk up products in the same way drug dealers add baking soda to cocaine so they can increase their profits, but some backfire as happened in the infant formula incidents in China where hundreds of babies died due to chemicals used to bulk up infant formula.

In this video you can learn what else you may be eating and while the facts in this video apply to the USA, ágiven the level of trade and that the US guidelines also apply to most western countries, wake up!

Do you know what you are eating?

In order to produce the huge volumes of food required to feed the workers and middle class society, farmers have changed farming from the idyllic ideas of yesteryear to production line factories based on economics with no regard for animal welfare or the effect on the end user, that's you and me.

Today with the widespread use of fertilisers, weed killers, growth agents and genetic modification, the only way to ensure you have some idea about what you eat, you must purchase organically certified fruits, grains, legumes, vegetables and products.

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct, there is no need of medicine. ~
An Ayurvedic proverb.

So if we want to be healthy, we need to eat foods that are free of contaminants that are not genetically engineered which is some task in today's world where legislation is being passed in the USA to prevent consumer watchdogs speaking out against illegal food growing, preparation and marketing. áBig brother has the idea that you should eat what you're given, even if it kills you.

To have a chance of staying healthy, we must avoid:

US grown rice, soy, wheat, canola, corn, sugar, dairy products and some meats as they may all have been genetically engineered. Without adequate food labelling, there are few ways of knowing what's GE or not. Canola grown in the USA we know is 100% GE modified as the genetic strain has taken over the entire canola crop.

So what can we eat?
Organic, organic, organic. If you cannot grow your own, go to your local farmers market where the grower takes responsibility for delivering a safe and healthy product and is fully accountable.

Oils are listed under nutritional supplements as oils are considered unnecessary in our diet and maybe detrimental to our health.

Food groups

The description of food groups varies around the world, but here they are listed in importance of maintaining natural good health.

  1. Vegetables
    Eaten raw or cooked, fresh vegetables are the mainstay of any diet as they provide essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, some protein and fibre.

  2. Grains or carbohydrates
    Grains are usually cooked and during the digestive process are converted into sugar that provide energy.
  3. Fruits
    Often eaten raw, fruits are good sources of fibre and vitamins

  4. Protein
    The human body needs about ten grams of protein daily and we can get that from some vegetables like potatoes, but more often we get if from nuts, seeds, legumes (beans & pulses) or more commonly from animals as meat or dairy.
  5. Fats and oils
    Fats are important for our metabolism, yet we get enough by eating sufficient fresh vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds that we don't need to eat any additional fats and oils. .
  6. Water
    Not always considered as a food, water is indispensable to our health as it facilitates the conduction of energy around our bodies and the elimination of waste.
  7. Superfoods
    Super foods are a new classification touted by the health and fitness industry.  They are often the wild fruits or berries that have traditionally been considered 'poor mans food' as they are labour intensive to harvest.
    Superfoods are really any foods that have been found to be especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being so as to support recovery from illness, provide additional strength and stamina above more commonly consumed foods.

    For example most fresh berry fruits are often considered as superfoods (or superfruits) because they contain significant amounts of antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese and dietary fibre that are easily digestible

    The term is not in common currency amongst dietitians and nutritional scientists, many of whom dispute the claims made that consuming particular foodstuffs can have a health benefit. There is no legal definition of the term and it has been alleged that this has led to it being over-used as a marketing tool.

All Information is provided for educational purposes only and not intended to be used for therapeutic purposes, neither is it intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. Please consult a health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

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