Friday, July 24, 2009

You ARE What You Eat

6:31 AM by dody ·
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let me ask you, have you ever really taken a moment to think about it and what it actually means? Allow me to assist you. Every time you plow your way through a double cheese dog with extra fries, it is not just about gaining a few ounces. It is, however, very definitely about accumulating all sorts of noxious substances and harmful chemicals in your body, stuff that can bring your life to an end far sooner than necessary!
Many people would, no doubt, think that this is scaremongering, that one
fast food meal is not going to harm anyone, and that to a large extent is true,
assuming that everything else that you eat is good for you.
But the chances are that it’s not, and therein lays the problem.
The overwhelming majority of foodstuffs that we consume nowadays are
processed in some way, and this processing almost always involves some
additional chemicals or preservatives being added to the foods.
Foods that survive for a week or more on the shelves of your local
supermarket only do so because they have chemical preservatives added to
them.
The succulent looking cuts of meat that you pull from the chilled cabinet are
only the color that they are because they have had artificial colorants added
to make sure that they stay looking the way that shoppers believe they
should Put another way, do you think that eating sodium propyl parahydroxybenzoate
is going to be good for you, particularly when you know
that it is a preservative that is most commonly used in hand lotion and
shampoo?
How about Potassium hydroxide or Propylparaben?
Even without knowing exactly what these things are, I would imagine that
most people would feel that they are not things that you really want to eat.
They sound like things that your natural human instinct would suggest are
not going to be good for you.
Yet, all of these are what are known as ‘E-numbers’ in Europe and many
other part of world, permissible food additives that manufacturers can
process into the foods that they produce.
Such chemicals are added to foods for a wide variety of reasons.
They can sometimes give the food a longer shelf –life (preservatives), make
the food taste better (flavor enhancers), add extra color and so on.
Are such chemicals harmful?
Well, the truth is that in a lot of cases, we simply do not know the real
answer to that question.
Sure, some research may have been carried out into the shorter term effects
of many of the chemicals that are added to our foodstuffs, but the longer
term effects of the overwhelming majority are still pretty much unknown.
Do these chemicals simply pass through your body 100% effectively, or do
traces gradually accumulate over the years, slowly poising you?
Again, who really knows the answer to that question when the only people
who have probably done any kind of research at all into the question are the
food companies themselves?And they can hardly be said to be entirely unbiased, or to have a totally
objective view, can they?
That said, what would your common sense tell you?
And the even worse news is that it is not only added chemicals in the food
that you eat that can harm you.
For example, fats are an essential part of a healthy human diet, as they form
a long term store of energy on which the body can call whenever it is
needed.
However, too much fat is a bad thing – any that is not ‘burned’ is simply
accumulated by the body, generally in all of the unhealthiest places – and the
wrong types of fat are particularly harmful.
Trans-fatty acids (sometimes known as trans fats) are, as an example, widely
acknowledged to be very bad for you indeed.
Such fats occur naturally in small amounts in dairy products and meat, and
are also formed by a process called partial hydrogenation, which is used to
extend the shelf-life of processed food.
They are still fairly commonly found in margarines, biscuits, cakes and fast
foods.
And yet recent US research revealed that a paltry 2% increase in the energy
intake from trans fats was associated with a 23% rise in the occurrence of
coronary heart disease.
It really couldn’t be much clearer that trans fats are bad for you, could it?
According to experts, trans fats have no nutritional value whatsoever either,
and some countries such as Denmark have banned them entirely, without
any discernible impact on the consumer at all.
So, are you still eating trans fats every day, without even thinking about it?
If so, why?Don’t you want to be a healthier?
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