People often believe whole real food is more expensive than processed food.
At first blush it seems so. Two dollars buys more potato chips than carrots.
But when one takes into account the true cost of eating those chips as opposed to eating the carrots, whole real food is a bargain.
Eating garbage food results in needing more high cost medicine and medical services that come with side-effects, in other words, more costs.
By not eating an ideal diet we humans suffer in many ways: lack of productivity, shortage of general energy to complete basic tasks, and reduced happiness that comes with being a malnourished person.
There is evidence that the Standard American Diet keeps us North Americans in a constant state of malnutrition. We get plenty of calories but we still feel hungry. The problem is lack of nutrients.
Processing strips food of its natural vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and phytochemicals, all of which play intricate and important roles in the function of the human body. An imbalance of one of these critical nutrients could open the door for chronic disease.
Much of our “hunger” comes from deficiencies of vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients.
Today’s food has a fraction of the vitamins and minerals it had just after WWII when modern farming practices began stripping the nutrients out of soil. Chemical fertilizers add only three major nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.
Then our food is further denatured through various processes. It is chopped, ground, cooked, frozen, canned, bagged, and boxed. Natural chemicals are removed and synthetic ones are added.
Food lobbies and big agricultural subsidies ensure that “commodity” foods like wheat, corn and soy dominate the grocery store shelves to the detriment of our health. We need variety to capture all the micronutrients our bodies need for optimum health.
The solution is for us all to reconnect to our food, first by understanding the components of whole real food then by taking steps to ensure we are properly nourished.