Humans have been eating a long time, yes? There was a time in our recent history when tummy rumbles meant we set about preparing meals from food that that was caught, hunted or grown.
Those pioneering days of archaic food prep are long gone, but we have given up something else besides the inconvenience of having to make meals from scratch: our health. As a society, we’ve sacrificed nutrition in lieu of pre-packaged foods, frozen meals and mass manufacturing.
Sure, the organic push remains all the rage, but the vast majority of us are eating foods that have zero nutritional value. Foods that are heavily promoted as “healthy” are actually detrimental to our wellbeing. Toxins, chemicals and artificial additives are turning our dinner plates from legitimate meals to filthy affairs.
Here is a list of 5 foods you will never eat again:
Nonorganic strawberries: MSN Healthy Living starts us off with this one. The 2008 Food Inc. documentary, directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner, took us behind the scenes of mass farming. Among the revelations brought to the fore was the fact there are 13 to 60 different pesticides residing on strawberries. Workers wear Hazmat-like full body suits when working with the noxious sprays. As a fruit, strawberries carry one of the highest pesticide counts; most cannot be simply "rinsed" off.
Wait until strawberries are in season and pick your own. Growers typically douse the "u-pick" portion of their farms with less chemicals, since the fruit is quickly harvested and does not need to be shipped. Otherwise stick to the organic aisle.
Diet soda: You've seen this: The shopper with multiple six packs of diet sodas hanging off the sides of their grocery cart like garbage men clinging onto the back of the refuse truck. And what's in the cart is equally appalling.
So called "diet" sodas are seen as a weight-loss panacea; one can foolishly pair their unhealthy fare with a zero-calorie soda and expect magical results. The opposite is true. Diet soda dangers are well documented – obesity, kidney problems, wonky metabolism, cell damage and rotting teeth to name a few. Prevention.com profiled 7 Side Effects of Drinking Diet Soda.
Whole wheat: Wait a second… Whole wheat is the intrinsically healthy alternative to nutritionally-void white bread, right? The “contains whole wheat” tagline is trumpeted on products as if there is nothing better for us. Not so fast. Whole wheat to refined wheat is analogous to filtered cigarettes to unfiltered, says authoritynutrition.com.
Instead of “whole wheat,” look for “whole grains.” The whole grain – literally the entire kernel of grain – is ten times better for you than refined wheat. Grains in their natural form have a low glycemic index, meaning our bodies do not instantly convert them to sugars.
White chocolate: Chocolate lovers listen up. While dark chocolate in moderation actually has nutritional value, white chocolate is the antithesis of the sweet tooth’s chocolate cravings. White chocolate has a “blank” health profile, says MSN Healthy Living.
The dark cacao bean boasts an impressive set of phytonutrients and antioxidants, but white chocolate is nothing more than a sugary and saturated fat bombshell. Stick to the "dark side."
Orange juice: Now before you fly off the shopping cart handle with this one, consider: Almost all OJ is nothing more than water, artificial flavorings and sugar. The amount of “real” juice in fruit juices is alarmingly low, and the sugar serving? The same as a can of soda. Fruit juices are full of unnatural flavorings and sweeteners. We seem to fear real sugar.
Says food resource huliq.com: “If you think that sickly-sweet simulated syrupiness is better for you than pure unrefined sugar, you probably still think margarine is better for you than butter. Google it.”
DIShonorable Mentions: Artificial sweeteners (For goodness sakes straight sugar is the best for you – do the research), margarine (We’ve outdone ourselves with this disgusting invention), bean spouts (major food recalls), and microwavable popcorn (see the chemical Diacetyl).
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