It makes good common sense that good nutrition is the foundation of good health; we truly are what we eat.
Whenever I drink a cola, which is rarely, I look at the black bubbling concoction and wonder what my ancestors might have thought of it, and if they would have considered it actual food. I have also wondered how the foods I buy at the grocery store can be a week old (at least), and still considered to be fresh. I also wonder what happens when to food when it becomes ‘processed’.
As I sit back and think about the modern cycle of growing, processing and distributing food, I cringe, wondering how what ends up in my body affects everything, from my weight and my mood, to my current and future health. Even when I leave meats out of the conversation (and what cooking does to the nutrients in vegetables), and focus just on raw vegetables, I still find the current state of food production and preservation alarming.
When looking at items grown in soil, most farms will fertilize with nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Each of these three nutrients plays a critical role in plant growth; however the soil requires approximately 52 different minerals to restore it to its natural state. Generally, these additional minerals have not existed in most farmed soils for over a generation. As a result we are most likely missing rich minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, etc. in the foods that we are eating. Modern farms are producing the food we eat with nutrient deficient soil. So we are eating deficient produce, which then leads to a major toxicity problem.
Plants have their own defense against diseases, pests and fungus. When soil is deficient, plants are also weak and deficient, and more vulnerable to attacks by pests and fungus. Farmers combat this problem by treating their crops with toxic pesticides and herbicides. So when grown foods come off the fields, they are already infused with toxins. We have not even considered what might be caused by processing food, and the 10,000 chemicals that are approved by the FDA as being a “safe” food additive.
Looking just at the vegetables we eat, we are in a situation where our nutrition-deficient food has added toxins from pesticides and herbicides, and has added chemicals added during processing.
What we end up with from conventional farming is not just poor soil health and poor plant health, but our food supply becoming deficient and toxic, leading to our bodies becoming deficient and toxic. Even when we think we are eating a balanced diet, our bodies may actually be deficient in nutrients.
So WTF can we do?
There is a ton of information everywhere, and it often conflicts. Finding unbiased info is almost impossible. I have found this site (although heavy with ads and product promotion, and pretty difficult to maneuver) to be a very good jumping-off point for information and discussion on nutrition and eating healthy.