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Our food is killing us.  Plain and simple.

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Our choice in health goes beyond cafeteria lunches, fast food restaurants, and obese caused by video games use.    Schools are getting rid of vending machines, soda, and supposedly offering healthier food choices in the cafeteria.  Many debate the fast food controversy causing our health issues today.  And to solve our obesity epidemic, we are told to get the kids away from the tv so they can get active.

Restaurants today might as well be considered fast food – most rely on prepared food to be quickly reheated to prepare for the demanding customers they serve.  Stay away from McDonalds, but go ahead and fill up on that 2,100 calorie meal at Applebees!  We no longer go to restaurants on “special occasions”.   Our fast pace week is filled with rushing our kids to practice after school, so there is no time for dinner preparation – instead, we need to pick something up on the fly and its not the best choice, it’s what’s convenient.  It becomes a pattern.

Is this what’s causing our obesity diseased epidemic?

We head to the grocery store to pick up our cancer fighting blueberries.  Don’t forget the soy milk – It contains certain vitamins and proteins needed for a healthy body.  And pick up some popcorn – that’s a healthy snack!  Pick up the easy microwavable kind.  The label on a package says “All Natural!” – That’s got to be good for us, it’s from nature!

Wanting to make a change in our health, we reach for the foods with cancer fighting properties.  If it is marketed as such, it will give us a sense of comfort knowing that we are eating well for our health.

Unfortunately, the blueberries are submerged in chemical pesticides.  The corn and soy contain a  a genetically modified organism that while in plant form could wipe out an entire ecosystem. If we are able to eliminate all the reptiles, birds and insects surrounding farms, what is this plant organism doing to us?

Sugar, also a genetically modified crop, has been labeled on ingredient lists as dextrose, sucrose, glucose, corn syrup, and maltodextrin, just to name a few.  Health professionals tell us sugar is highly addictive, as well as the main cause for our growing obesity related disorders, such as diabetes and heart disease.  Yet, it’s hidden in everything from bread to yogurt, as well as most processed foods.

In retrospect, the health problems today are largely contributed by foods we find in our local grocery store.

Our food has been altered in such a way that we are unknowingly consuming the harmful products which cause the human conditions such as cancer, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease.  Take a look at the ingredient list of food products on the grocery shelf.  The majority are filled with unexplainable names such as palmitate, enzymes, sodium protein isolate, carrageenan, potassium chloride, ammonium chloride, soy lecithin, lactic acid . . . and the list goes on and on.

In addition to this, MSG, an ingredient that has been around for decades, is prevalent in most processed foods.  The scary part is that this ingredient, which has caused many side effects and allergic reactions, is hidden by a different name to disguise it from skeptics.  Following are some examples of ingredients which contain Monosodium Glutamate:  Maltodextrin, Carrageenan, Calcium Caseinate, Hydrolyzed Protein.  Again, to name a few.

When I think of MSG’s and GMO’s, the scary part of it to me is that the FDA considers these “safe” foods.   Yet, many lab rats fed MSG will become increasingly obese and ultimately diseased. MSG rat

We don’t know the extent of what GMO’s are doing to our bodies.  Most countries have banned these or label the product to give consumers a choice.  We, Americans, have no choice in the food we eat.  The ingredients do not specify GMO, yet the most common GMO crops (soy, sugar beet, corn, canola, cottonseed) are found in just about every box or can throughout the supermarket, as well as restaurants.  With health disorders on the rise in comparison to other countries, it makes me wonder whether WE are the lab rat.

If you make one change today, start looking at the ingredient list.  Chances are you will be amazed at what you find, and it may even keep you from buying it.

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