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The NOURISHED SOUL
12Oct2017

How Eliminating This One Thing Can Completely Change Your Health

We’re all pretty much on board with the whole healthy nutrition movement.  We know that certain foods are inflammatory (gluten, sugar, non-organic dairy) and that we feel a heck of a lot better when we remove them.

And yet the food industry still makes ludicrous claims on ‘heart healthy’ foods and ‘probiotic’ products and when placed in pretty packages, they’re awfully enticing.  And because we’re busier than ever, it’s really tempting to take the easier, faster road to nutrition.

But what if the easier, faster road was the same road that would ultimately compromise your health and even make you sick?  Would you take a deeper look?

What if the food industry was revealed to create ‘food-like products’ that looked and tasted like real food but were actually addictive and harmful?

Welcome to the world of processed food.

While it may not seem like a bad idea (especially if the label has words like gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO, heart healthy, organic, etc…) your body does not know what to do with this ‘food.’

Why?  Because it’s not real food and the ingredients are toxic.

Let’s look at something as seemingly innocuous as breakfast cereal.  You know the ones…they’re often famous for claiming to be full of fibre and ‘enhanced’ with vitamins and minerals.  YUM!

Do you ever wonder how the individual pieces within a box of cereal get their cool little shapes (think pink stars and round globes) and maintain that awesome crunch?

It’s called Extrusion.  In the extrusion process, the individual grains are subjected to high heat and pressure in order to give them their little shapes of o’s and stars.  They’re then coated in unstable oils and sugar to seal off the crunch that we love so much.  This process destroys any and all of the nutrient value within the grain, denatures the fatty acids, and even destroys most of the synthetic vitamins that are added at the end of the process.

But here’s where things go really wrong for the consumer of these processed cereals. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, “Researchers found that during extrusion, the protein bodies are completely disrupted and the alpha-zeins dispersed. The results suggest that the zeins in cornflakes are not confined to rigid protein bodies but can interact with each other and other components of the system, forming new compounds that are foreign to the human body. The extrusion process breaks down the organelles and disperses the proteins, which then become toxic. When the proteins are disrupted in this way, it can adversely affect the nervous system…”

You read that right:  This food is toxic and adversely affects the nervous system.

And please know that all of the organic cereals that line the so-called healthy section of your grocery store are subject to the exact same processes.

As for all of the other processed foods that now line the aisles of our grocery stores, they contain preservatives such as sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate.  Benzoate is a known carcinogen that is linked to serious thyroid damage.  They also contain colourants (linked to neurological disorders, especially in children), carrageenan (a thickening agent and stabilizer linked to cancer and ulcers), aluminum (a preservative in packaged foods that can cause neurological damage and cancer)…I think you get the idea.

So…what do we do here?

We do what grandma and grandpa did and make…wait for it…homemade food!

This food is not only better tasting and fresh, but you know exactly what’s going into it.  And I defy any packaged food to taste as good as its homemade twin.

You might tell yourself that you don’t have time but that’s likely not true.  You’ve simply organized your life around the seeming convenience of processed food. But you might want to consider how consuming this food might become a massive inconvenience to you at some point.  If it ultimately compromises your health, is it really worth the time savings?

When we feed our bodies real, whole food they thank us in countless ways.  It’s called vital nutrition.  Our bodies are begging us to feed them what they most want.  Let’s take back our health and simply say no to an industry who does not have our best interests at heart.

Let’s get back to a simpler and healthier way of living.  Your body will thank you endlessly for it.

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One Response to “How Eliminating This One Thing Can Completely Change Your Health”
  1. Kelly says:

    I love that you’re calling society out on the fact that it’s likely not true that we don’t have time to prepare homemade foods. I think you’re right. But I also think that people are misled by the marketing that they see at grocery stores. For example, when parents go down the health food aisle and choose a box of granola bars for their kids, they think they’re doing a good thing. Those packages are plastered with words like “healthy” and “wholesome”. Unless they’re reading the ingredients and notice that ‘sugar’ is actually listed under several different names and comes up multiple times in the ingredients’ list, for example, it’s hard to fault them. Education is definitely the key and I’m so glad your posts are helping us to understand the realities of the food industry today.

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