Today, vegetables taste bland because lack of minerals in the soil. Then a lot of chemicals added to make it taste delicious and preserve it.
Why are they salty? Because salt (sodium chloride) helps prevent spoiling by drawing moisture out of food, so bacteria cannot produce. Salt also kills existing bacteria that might cause spoiling. At one time, salting was one of the only methods available.
Additionally, the food that has processed contains a lack of enzymes. Every metabolic activity in the body and every chemical reaction that keeps us well helped by enzymes. Enzyme is a catalyst, use to makes something work more efficiently. The oil in the automobile engine is a catalyst. Although the engine runs on gasoline, how helpful would it be without oil? This is an example of how catalyst helps reactions take place more efficiently.
Without enzymes, there is no life. Enzymes maintain the body. Every day the body burns, enzymes to nourish the organs like the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, as well as the trillions of cells that carry on life. Those enzymes need to be replaced as the body uses them up.
The body re-supplies enzymes by manufacturing them or by receiving them from an outside source. They come from raw foods - vegetables, fruits, and even meat. They can be converted for bodily needs.
When there are not enough enzymes available on a daily basis, one body begins to cut off from various bodily functions. For instance, hair may become dry nails may crack, and skin may become dry - giving the appearance of an older person. Then more serious, the liver will not be able to handle the excretion of waste products.
Fifty percent of all enzymes burned by the body used in digesting food. When restricted enzymes are available for the digestion system the body steals them from other organs. Evidence, the high number of indigestion aids sold and the fact that one feels sleepy after a meal. The body is stealing energy (enzymes) from other bodily functions. Without these enzymes and lack of them in the food we eat average person only digests about 30 to 70% of what they eat.
Processed foods and most all packaged foods do not contain active enzymes. When any food heated over 112 degrees Fahrenheit, the active enzyme activity destroyed.
The bottom line is that when we eat foods that are void of adequate nutrition and void of any enzymes into the body, we finally go down.
The elimination of active enzymes does not allow the food to be thoroughly digested. The immune system becomes weakened, and we get degenerative diseases.
All of these compounds, just to look and taste as close to normal as possible. Why not get totally, real food and not all these synthetics?
Get the right food with the real benefits! How to avoid processed food while living an active lifestyle
What are Processed Foods?
Processed foods are foods that have compromised by the addition of hormones, additives, preservatives, synthetic genetic material or other chemical or heat treatments that alter or destroy the natural healthy, enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
The main source of food processing is to increase the shelf life of foods so that larger amounts can be sold over time.
In contrast, whole foods are simple and straightforward. Whole foods require no processing - they are ready to eat off the vine or off the fire; whole foods age as like us, and they must be eaten while fresh.
A List of Processed Food
Ever notice that the sources of the ingredients in processed foods shrouded in mystery? Food manufacturers even patent some of the processing methods they use. The process for making Splenda, an artificial sweetener, is a big secret and patented with the US Government.
Seems to me that if one has to follow the procedure for how food made a big secret, it probably means that if most people knew the process, they would not eat the food.
Here’s, a short list of some common processed foods (most have unusually long shelf lives):
•White wheat flour, typically bleached white flour.
•Refined sugars (crystalline fructose, malt dextrin, dextrose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, maple syrup, date sugar, cane sugar, brown rice syrup, corn sugar, beet sugar, agave syrup, etc..)
•Margarine and other hydrogenated vegetable fats
•Refined vegetable oils
•Boxed foods such as meal mixes, cereal and pasta
•Soft drinks and sugary "fruit" drinks, which loaded with white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors and other food additives.
•Fast food, which is a source of Trans fats
•Cheese food, packaged cakes and cookies, chips, snack food crackers and other junk food
•Processed meat products (sausage, bologna, bacon, packaged ham, and salami) if they contain artificial colors and soy fillers.
•Frozen foods such as TV dinner meals, fish sticks, pizza rolls and similar foods
•Soy products such as soy milk, soy cheese, soy protein isolate, and other processed soy foods. Natural soybeans taste horrible; it is Nature's way of warning about the dangers of soy. In order to make soy products edible, soy manufacturers have to add large amounts of sugar, MSG and other flavorings and spices.
•Powdered milk and eggs: Commercial milk powders contain ox sterols (oxidized cholesterol) in excessive amounts. The ox sterol free radicals have suspected of being initiators of atherosclerotic plaques. Powdered eggs contain even more ox sterols.
As a general rule, processed food has changed extensively from its natural state.
Other Less Obvious Processed Foods to Avoid
•Avoid non-organic pasteurized, homogenized milk and products made from it. Many commercial dairy farms manage their dairy cows with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which made from genetically modified organisms. It increases the production of milk but also sickens the cows, increasing udder infections and lameness by 40-55%.
The use of rBGH has banned in Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan and every other industrialized country except the United States.
The proteins in pasteurized milk have altered from the high heat applied, and the useful digestive enzymes and vitamins have destroyed. Without the beneficial enzymes, milk is a lot harder to digest, and "lactose intolerance" is the result.
•Do not buy meat, pork and poultry from commercial factory farms. Here's, why: The animals raised in these factory farms confined, abused, fed food which makes them sick (genetically modified soybeans and corn, other extinct animals, bakery waste, manure and other nasty things), and many become seriously ill from this treatment.
They then injected with bacterial killing drugs, further polluting their flesh. Worse, this reliance on drugs contributes to the development of new and lethal bacteria strains resistant to modern antibiotics. Read this article about the resistant bacteria MSRA found in commercial pork products. It already killed 19,000 people, but the FDA is choosing to ignore the problem.
Choose grass fed organic meats and chicken instead.
Processed foods made for convenience and long shelf life, and have completed short-changed in nutrition while using these methods to create foods.
The relationship between processed food and health is not a favourable one. On top of the loss of nutrients during the manufacturing process, most convenience foods recommend using a microwave oven to make them, which further deteriorates the nutritional values.
Genetically Engineered Foods
Here, a sobering factoid: it estimated that nearly 75% of the processed junk foods found in local grocery store contain corn, soybean or canola ingredients which have engineered from genetically modified organisms. This includes bakery products, salad dressings, corn products, baby food, infant formula and other products.
In addition, vegetables like tomatoes and potatoes genetically modified as well. That is another compelling reason to grow own vegetables. Recently, the biotech companies have applied genetically to alter fish.
The adverse health effects of these foods well known in relation to the animal kingdom.
•Farmers have reported that if given a choice, cattle will ignore genetically engineered corn in favor or naturally raised corn.
•Dairy cattle get sick when injected with rBGH, a genetically engineered hormone used to increase milk production, and still, this hormone used widely in the commercial milk industry. Fortunately, many grocery store chains have pledged to avoid selling milk tainted with rBGH.
Now all of this information is by no way "scientific", but common sense tells me that if cows will not eat genetically engineered food crops, and insects die after interacting with these food crops, it would be wise to avoid them as much as possible.
The human body did not change eating these technological foods, and the adverse health results have documented in studies.
Remember that by avoiding processed junk foods, we will automatically avoid most genetically engineered foods.