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WHOLE FOODS ARE HEALTHIER TO EAT THAN CHEMICALS

Nutrition is key to good health. Avoid pre-packaged foods and make the time to cook whole, fresh foods. The 'fast food' mindset is ending, fewer and fewer people seem to be lining up at McDonalds these days. But what about the 'fast food' in your kitchen? These include the frozen pre-made meals along the refrigerated walls of your grocery store but also the almost whole foods that have been packaged and treated with chemicals so that they might taste better or last longer on the shelves. Sure maybe you don't buy that bread that magically lasts for years unspoiled, or that canned soup or pasta meal marketed for kids readily made but loaded with chemicals. But it goes way beyond this. Reading the label on a package of plain cream cheese, seemingly an innocent plain food, will shock you! The same is true with the baked goods from the bakery section. I've been in the health sciences almost since dirt was invented (ok that's a slight exaggeration) and I still cannot pronounce half the ingredients listed on the labels of those otherwise healthy looking baked goods that almost seem like they were baked in the store. OH, and even the ones that have been baked in the stores come in a truck often pre-mixed, frozen, and yes with preservatives and flavorings added. 
Surely the health section is better right? It is! But it is not perfect. For example that plain organic cream cheese that you were looking for after reading what I wrote above has something called carrageenan on the label. This is an additive used to thicken and stabilize mostly dairy products (yes ice cream too) that probably causes colitis symptoms and tumor formation in rats (and people). Ok,so all you have to do is buy whole foods and packaged foods with no, or nearly no, chemicals listed on the ingredients right? Nope.Two or three reasons. First, packaging. Short story is that plastics leech into your food as estrogenic toxins that disrupt hormonal functioning and cause cancers. Don't be fooled by "BPA free". The food industry has replaced BPA (one of the main toxic components of chemical packaging that leaks into your food) with other toxic components like BPS that are likely just as bad according to the studies I've read (but wont site here because this was supposed to just be a short quick blog and it's getting way way out of hand but here's one article http://www.scientificamerican.com/…/bpa-free-plastic-conta…/). 
So these plastics are in plastic packaging and containers, water bottles (even the big jugs on a water cooler), baby bottles,any anything obviously made of plastic. But then there's the hidden plastics, like the inside lining of that organic almond milk carton you just picked up from the health food section. Or that can of organic tomatoes with no chemicals listed on the ingredients.The acidity of tomato products are extra strong for pulling toxins out of the toxic plastic linings of cans by the way. They even put this stuff on the lids of glass bottles. Plastics cannot be avoided at this time, they can only be reduced. The industry has to change, and it will slowly. Second, pesticides. Whole foods with no chemical preservatives or additives, if not organic, have toxic pesticides on them, or chemical fertilizers in them, that will probably give you various preventable diseases and malfunctionings you're just better off without. Third, GMO's. The industry of genetically modified foods is rapidly growing. Basically they are changing food into something different. Something unnatural, unproven to be safe. But it goes way beyond concern about eating something new to human evolution or any philosophical objections. The reason they modify these foods is primarily so these new 'plants' can handle the increase in the amounts of pesticides that are being dumped on them without dying. So GMO also means 'insane amounts of chemicals'. Many countries in Europe have banned GMO's altogether. In North America we care about big agriculture business as well as health so it's up to you the consumer to figure it out.
It truly is great you're buying whole foods and making time to make meals, it really is. Change isn't easy. It probably took time, years to do. Learning one or two new recipes a month is fun and easier in the internet age. Your'e not done yet! You really should be buying organic whole foods with no packaging or glass bottles whenever you can. Oh I completely forgot about mentioning looking for organic, and organically grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free meat products but you probably knew that already.I didn't even touch on healthy ways to cook food like avoiding a microwave oven and Teflon pots and pans. And if you really want to earn the gold star of healthy eating and a standing ovation from myself, start a vegetable garden. Yes I'm serious! It's something I do and I discovered it's actually quite easy and very rewarding to do. You only need some dirt, some organic seeds, maybe a fence to keep out the rabbits, and a few hours spread out over the summer months to pull a few weeds or add a little bit of water. I don't own any chickens or farm animals yet, but I love eating real food, healthy food, fresh food, chemical free food, with no toxic landfill bound packaging. And my kids know where food comes from.Bon appetit!
-- Dr. Charles
www.advancedfamilywellness.com
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