Today, I’d like to talk to you about processed foods versus natural foods or foods that are unrefined and unprocessed.
Many people out there will be eating foods today that come out of cans or boxes or packets or perhaps being bought at a supermarket. I’ve noticed there’s an increasing amount of these foods being consumed over the last 10, 15, 20 years. I’ve also noticed an increase in digestive problems in people in that period of time.
These digestive problems, obviously, occurred for reasons other than eating processed foods. But I can tell you now that when you start moving toward a more healthy kind of diet and eat more natural, unprocessed foods, there’s going to be a big change in your health, regardless of what condition you might have. Whether it’s a yeast infection. Whether it’s an inflammation in the body. Whether it’s heart disease. Whether it’s insomnia. Whether it’s being overweight. I don’t care what it is. If you start moving yourself more toward a natural way of eating, you’re going to notice a lot of changes occurring in your body. It may be uncomfortable at first, you may even notice some detoxification or cleansing taking place, but the changes are going to be profound.
Let’s have a look first at why processed foods are not really good. I remember when I was a boy growing up in the ’60s and supermarkets were first starting to come in. It was incredible. The person who sold the fruits and vegetables would come to the door. These people would actually come to our house and we would buy fresh produce. And then people started to realize that they could build bigger shops and sell all these goods in one area, one point of contact. And I believe in that 30- or 40-year period that this has occurred, people’s health has certainly declined.
Processed foods? Why? Well, it’s convenience. If you think about it, a company can make food and put it in some type of a packet or can or whatever and put it on the shelf and have a shelf life for one to two years and then market that product. But doing that, the foods are often cooked at a high temperature. And many additives are included in these foods. We get various flavorings and colors and emulsifiers and all sorts of preservatives go in there. They can’t be good for your system. Eating all these chemicals is no good.
A big problem with processed foods also is they contain a lot less vitamins and minerals than freshly grown produce. Eating vegetables and fruits and meats straight from nature makes a lot more sense.
A big thing I find are digestive problems with people occur in processed foods. And I think part of this is because these processed foods, especially canned foods, they lack enzymes. If you’re going to have deep-fried foods, if you’re going to eat food out of a packet all the time, you’re going to lack a lot of enzymes in those foods. Enzymes in these foods are there for many different reasons in natural foods, but enzymes also will speed up the rotting or break down that food in nature. But those enzymes in our digestive system improve our enzymatic ability and our ability to break that food down and absorb it.
Natural foods also from nature contain more fibers than foods do that are processed, so we end up having a better bowel motion and better beneficial bacteria because of those fibers. Processed foods contain high levels of salt and sugar as well.
These are just a few reasons why you don’t really want to go for processed foods and go more to natural foods.
Start cooking foods like you did or your grandparents, perhaps, would have done. I don’t buy the excuse that people haven’t got enough time to cook food. That life is too hurried and too busy. Maybe if that’s the case in your life, you may want to reevaluate your life and go back to a bit of an easier lifestyle where you have got the time to cook foods that are going to build up your health.
As you can see, I’ve got a lot of health books. A lot of these books are from the ‘60s and ‘70s. A well-known author called Adele Davis wrote in the ‘60s that every day when you make food choices, you’re either building up your health or you’re breaking your health down. Each and every day you’ve got that choice to make a healthy choice or an unhealthy choice. And it’s a combination and a culmination of all those choices over a long period of time that are going to determine your health.
So what’s it going to be? Misery, poor health, sickness when you get to your ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s or retire in style and have good health to enjoy the things that you’ve built up over a lifetime. Your grandchildren. Your assets. Have holidays. All those things that you can do in good health.
The ball is in your court. It’s your call. I would like you to have a look at a healthier, unprocessed diet if you want to build up good health. Have a think about it.
Thanks for your time.