Fruits and Vegetables Contain The Minerals and Vitamins We Need Daily
Here at the Sacred Pantry our objective is to understand how the body works. Our goal in helping our clients is through educating, motivating and coaching individuals to cultivate positive health choices in nutrition, lifestyle changes and spiritual connections. We also focus other elements of life that can impact markers of health such as stress, weight issues and lack of energy.
Walk into the average grocery store, and the aisles overflow with a dizzying array of items, from Oreos and Cheez-its to Kashi and Greek yogurt. Back in the day when I grew up few food we ate did not come in a package and labels were non-existent, we simply cooked and ate real food. Yet those days are gone, replaced with complex food that has flooded itself into the fabric of American life. Our processed food products, the chips, granola bars and hummus packs are so convenient, affordable and easy to eat. Most people can’t imagine life without them
More than 60 percent of the American diet consists of highly processed foods that have been taken apart and put back together again with various combinations of sugar, salt, oil and additives. It’s no surprise that junk food and frozen dinners fall into this category as well as many innocent-looking food in our kitchens. For instance, the majority of breads are concoctions of refined grains, sugars, emulsifiers, dough conditioners and preservatives with synthetic vitamins added back in to make up for the nutrients stripped away during processing.
There are over 10,000 substances directly or indirectly added to our food, according to a 2011 report led by chemical engineer Thomas Neltner. Direct food additives include everything from emulsifiers and preservatives to colors and flavorings. The food industry relies on them to keep products fresh, consistent and appealing to both our eyes and taste buds. Indirect additives are the substances that come into contact with our food during processing and packaging, such as plastics and lubricating oils. They do not have to be listed on labels, though they can leach into food.
As a result our bodies are bombarded with chemicals and food additives that need to be expelled through detoxing.
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