Chemicals In Your Food – The Simple Truth And How To Avoid Them

 

Fake food or real food? That is the question.

But for real, that is the question. A lot of food today is fake AF.

What is fake food (chemical/processed/synthetic food)?

Many products on grocery store shelves today are food-like substances. LOL. Sounds crazy, I know! They don't kill you immediately when you ingest them but they're not actually food. They're a surplus of cheap crops like corn and soy processed into chemicals in a lab. Then engineered to look, feel and smell like food. They're engineered to be addictive, too. I.e. Oreos, Cheerios, Tostitos, Jello-O, Aunt Jemima, Boar’s Head...so many of the brands you’ve known since childhood.

Companies do this because it's cheap, easy and profitable. These "foods" SELL. They're so pumped up with sugar and salt that we can't help ourselves. Fake food also has a long shelf life and is easy to distribute. Companies def don't do this because they care about you. That's for sure. They don't care about you or your health. They care about making money.

To top it all off! These fake foods have shitty ingredients but expensive branding, packaging and advertising. They appear high-quality. They're wolves in sheep's clothing kind of thing, not what they seem.

So! If you want health, it's not about what foods you eat exactly but about their quality and what they're made of.

This applies to everyone, every kind of diet and all foods. Keep it simple and eat food from nature. Avoid everything else.

How to avoid fake-ass food.

For any food you want to buy, turn the package over and read the ingredient list. If the ingredient list is short and contains foods you know or would stock in your pantry on their own, then you're good to go. I.e. whole wheat flour, almonds, water, salt, yeast, olive oil, brown rice, etc.

But, if the ingredients are long words that you can't pronounce or identify, they are most likely chemical substances. Avoid the chemicals at all costs. I.e. acetaldehyde, diacetyl, flavors, natamycin, tocopherol...you catch my drift.

The thing about chemical ingredients (fake food) is that mayyyybbbeeee if you ingest a small amount in isolation once in a while you'd be ok. But if all the foods you eat are synthetic, all day long, every day...then that adds up to way too much! The U.S. has limited testing and ingredients aren't tested all mixed together. That's the extra scary part. When you eat fake food over the course of the day, or every day, you're mixing all kinds of chemicals inside of you.

These chemical/processed ingredients are confusing for your body. And hard to digest. Your body TRIES but does not know what to do with these substances. They have no nutritional value and they cause sludge to build up inside. Oy. Definitely not crushing and glowing.

P.S. – fake food is harmful for the environment. The farming methods use a lot of chemical pesticides that pollute our soil, water and air.

On the contrary, real foods from nature (whole foods) HELP you.

They have nutrients needed for your body to function. They have fiber to remove gunk. They have moisture and roughage to help you poop better. They're bulky for the calories to keep you fuller longer. And they have good nature vibes, because they're not engineered in a creepy sterile lab.

Reading ingredients is easier than you think! Here are some tips–

  • Remember that you only need to learn the ingredients of a certain product once! Determine if it's in your arsenal or not and then you know for the future. Grocery shopping becomes easier and easier over time. Because you know the brands you buy or don't buy. And only need to investigate ingredients on something new.

  • If you can't deal or don't care to read ingredients, then look for organic seals or the non-GMO project verification seal. This way at least you know the company cared enough to prove these standards to you. That the product has some integrity and proof of quality.

  • GMO = genetically modified ingredients {see here}. The main GMO crops are corn, soy, zucchini, yellow squash, canola, sugar beets, papaya and cottonseed oil. If a packaged food product is not organic or non-GMO project verified then I would avoid anything with these ingredients. They are almost certain GMO and thus not real food. So the effects of eating them are truly unknown at this point.

  • Certain grocery stores do the work for you. So if you want to leave the work to someone else, no prob! Shop at your local health food store where they have vetted what's on the shelves for you. Look for the smaller, least corporate businesses. They are in the business because they give a shit and care about health. Whole Foods for example is a mix. They have health foods bur also stock a lot of crappy, fake health foods on their shelves like the sub brands owned by Coke and Pepsi.

  • At my local health food store I like to find a knowledgeable sales person and ask them questions. Usually they love to share their knowledge and point you to all the goodies. Thrive market is an amazing online example, buy anything they sell and know it's trustworthy! Plus their prices are a steal.

In summary, a veggie burger is not a veggie burger...it depends on WHAT IT’S MADE OF.

Read ingredients! It's that simple.

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Bridget