Our current relationship with food

The human race is expanding at an exponential rate. In order to maintain this rate of expansion changes have been made to the way in which we produce food.

Unfortunately many of these changes, although offering short term-solutions cause long-term problems. To further compound this problem as a species we have also become less active.

The choices we now have are so overwhelming that we often forget what we actually need to maintain optimum health. Eating the right foods can be difficult especially when the culture we live in is so geared towards giving the consumer what we want (or what we are led to believe we want).

Governments are ready and willing to change policies to provide cheap food sources to the masses. Food corporations are enormous and powerful and have the ability to influence policy decisions in their own interest.

The paradox of the situation is that humans owe our very existence to farming and agriculture. It allowed us to create cities and settle and slowly abandon our hunter-gatherer roots. Unfortunately farming has now changed from a village based method of trade to a multi-national industry with its finger in many pies whose main aim is to sell you what they produce, not what you need.

The abundance of processed foods of low quality is replacing real food and leading to a variety of health related problems and re-enforcing peoples more is better attitude.

Let me be clear. I'm not talking about eating a little junk food every once in a while. As I cover in more detail in The Foundations' Guide to Nutrition Management and Flexible Dieting, your body isn't going to fall apart after eating a little junk food. The real danger is that much of the food we are presented with that was once "healthy" is now so heavily tampered with that we are creating problems for ourselves and future generations.

I'm referring to the industrial level in which food is modified, processed, packaged and shipped all because we are too lazy or busy to make fresh and instead we buy something off the shelf that has been imported over thousands of miles by airplane simultaneously making us more unhealthy and increasing our carbon footprint. Well done us.

Just look at bread. The very food source humanity can thank its existence to has been changed from a simple food containing three or four ingredients to a "super-loaf" with over 30!

As if things weren't tough enough as they are we also have the counter movement telling us that things like gluten, sugar, salt, white rice etc are all poison and we should consume their massively over-priced "organic health" foods instead. Organic food isn't produced by hippies on little farms. They are produced by the same companies that bring you genetically modified versions of the same foods they offer organic versions of. I'm all for organic food but only when it's produced by manufacturers whose motives are genuine.

A lot can also be said for eating for your cultural heritage. Rice and pasta are often frowned upon by nutritionists as a poor source of carbohydrates as they are deemed to be high glycemic index carbs. However things aren't that simple.

 

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For example Japan is second on the above the table of longevity and it’s citizens consume huge volumes of rice while Italy at number 3 is all about the Mediterranean diet which involves large amounts of pasta and rice.

The most important point to make is to avoid processed foods where possible. We all have to eat. Simply put; food is the fuel that powers our development through all phases of our life.

Care must be taken to ensure that we try our best to consume safely produced foods from sources that are sustainable.

We don't have to live like saints and deprive ourselves of all foods that are deemed as "bad" for you (if you read the Foundations guide to nutrition you will learn that bad isn't really that bad if you follow our 90/10 rule).

What we must do is make it clear that we want cleaner food and that if the food industry makes it we will eat it. It's the only way food producers will listen. After all; they are just giving us what we ask for.

Every noticed how beige food is usually garbage?

Sadly "foods" like the above are all too common. They are cheap, easy to cook and unfortunately kids seem to love them. I wonder why?