If you want to be strong, healthy and live long, it’s a must to include fruits and vegetables in your diet every single day. Right? What if I told you that right now, today, eating carrots were almost useless and potatoes were nearly pure starches? Sound too off to be true? Read on to understand and to learn the Dark Secret.
While that’s not exactly the case, were not too far off. What do I mean? Decade after decade, agriculture has become its own tech sector, so to speak. Before GMO’s it was cross-breeding, etc. Now we’re not just splicing branches were also splicing Gene’s. Big Ag. Has taken a “bigger, faster, stronger” stance on growing.
It doesn’t seem too bad. Growing population, it’s a good thing we are all eating more greens and fruits. Except while they are modifying them to be more disease-resistant or to grow faster or produce more, that is all they are doing, creating nonviable foods while neglecting to enhance the ability to uptake nutrients from the soil. To that end, the soil itself has become all but barren. With crops designed to withstand climates and pests, all fertilization is done solely for the plant to get bigger much faster but lacks scope for what we should be getting from it. If you do any backyard gardening you know that you don’t feed the plant, you feed the soil.
Why doesn’t direct fertilization work for what we need from the food? It lacks time. It is equivalent to force-feeding livestock. Yes, you get bigger animals for the market, but they are inferior to those raised in open areas, left to forage more closely to what is natural. Yes, it does give it nutrients to grow but only the bare minimum. To top it off most fruit is picked for shelf life not when it’s ripeness when it contains more bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and minerals. That critical error on our part takes away from the whole health spectrum. If they picked it when it was ripe, it would spoil as it got to the stores and would be rejected. As someone who had worked hands-on with commercial produce for nearly 15 years, I can attest to the decline in quality as well as the bland nature of store-bought products. I can also tell you that the average American doesn’t know how to properly pick produce. Most of us have been trained to operate by sight, only going for what is visually “appealing” as opposed to what is superior or what is in season.
In addition to these, there are several other factors and one really dark one. Firstly, Lack of crop rotation and not letting the land rest. By not rotating crops and continuing to grow season after season it strips the ground. Now we’re relying on external factors to grow a crop rather than the best and most beneficial. Secondly, the use of pesticides, poisoning our foods, water, and land. Fun fact, it takes, after one spraying, 4-5 years for microbes to break down pesticides. Multiply that by decades. It would take in the hundreds of years for it to be worked out of our soils if we stopped using them today.
The Dark Secret: The U.S. currently uses pesticides, insecticides, and fungicides that most other countries outlaw. We also use them for other things besides repelling pests. Wheat growers for example, when the crop is mature would normally have to cut the crop and let it dry before further processing, but did you know that instead, they spray it with glyphosate-based weed killer like roundup to speed up the process? That “whole wheat” cereal is drenched in it. Most commercial manufacturers to meet the demand of the market use these and other methods. They have you believe that it’s safe when the World Health Organization has listed it as a known carcinogen.
Going down the rabbit hole a bit further, aside from the depletion of minerals from foods, there is also an excessive amount of food being overproduced. Most turned into ingredients like corn syrup along with other by-products used to fatten and sweeten up foods and drinks to make them more addictive. This has lead to an obesity epidemic. Now instead of eating for survival and health, we are eating Big Ag’s depleted foods only to come up empty and then have to rely on Big Pharma to fill in the gaps. Obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Aside from eating too many overly processed foods which are cheaper to manufacture since they are mostly artificial and real foods are void of the materials our bodies need to heal and be happy, many end up on medications to combat conditions that are either caused by these things or could have been prevented simply by having access to and eating whole foods instead of garbage. I have several other articles about this subject so we won’t bog this one down with all the details.
Food is your best medicine. Truth is, loose oversights, lack of morals, and profit-driven businesses have started us down a road that will leave us has empty and frail as the food we are talking about. It’s no wonder that in 2018 alone, the vitamin and supplement industry took home 31 billion, with it set to do nearly 1 billion more in 2019. If you’re still getting your nutrition in a bottle, it’s time for a change.
A few modest steps to take to make that change a reality:
● Grow your own food. It sounds simple and seems complex. It’s actually very basic. With so many forums and videos, it’s pert near impossible to mess up. TIP: Start by growing the vegetable you and/or your family eats the most then expand.
● Grow Organic, Buy Organic. While there are regulations in the pipeline that are seeking to change the industry, especially with some of the biggest pesticide consuming companies buying up organic labels, organic regulations limit the use of chemicals, synthetic or otherwise, so they have to treat the soil and plants more naturally, giving them a nutritional edge. TIP: when buying plants and seeds, look for Organic, Non-GMO seeds and plants. Organic without the Non-GMO isn’t great. Organic garbage is still garbage.
● Ugly food is good food. When buying your produce, don’t just go for the “freshest” or best looking. The ugly ones tend to be riper and riper foods have more nutritional value to them as opposed to their nicer looking counterparts. A great example is bananas: a ripe banana, one that has spots, is better than one that still has green in it. A ripe banana not only has more of the potassium you need (great for the heart, muscles and nutrient distribution) but is also has Anti-Cancer and Anti-Tumor properties. More people opt out of ripe bananas because their “texture people” or “it has too much sugar” but the fiber negates most of the sugars and the unripened version is mostly starches.
● Eat seasonally. By eating what is in season you have a better chance of getting healthier foods. When you eat what’s not in season, either frozen or produces elsewhere, your likely dealing with a hybrid variety and a lot of additives. Plus, if your interested in reducing your carbon footprint, eating what’s in season reduces storage and energy usage from manufacturing processes since seasonal item goes from farm to store.
● If you can’t buy everything organic, aim for root vegetables. They absorb more chemicals than the surface-dwelling veggies. Also, check out EWG’s shopper’s guide for a more in-depth look into how to shop clean.
Aside from those, using organic activated charcoal, spirulina, and chlorella regularly to absorb and mitigate the effects of toxins can help. In the near future, I will talk about detoxing from chemicals and heavy metals, who’s it for and if you should even be doing it. In this day and age avoiding processed and contaminated foods is nearly impossible. Do your best, make it a point and don’t stress too much about it. It would seem pretty fruitless to overstress about your foods killing you all the while the stress is hurting you more.
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