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Modern diets consist of over-processed foods and lifeless foods. We
are eating devitalized foods that are not fresh, with fewer nutrients.
It is estimated
that 70% of the "normal" diet have no
nutritional value. These foods produce little enzyme activity and contain little or no fibrous
All the natural fiber, have been removed in the
refining stages. This diet is, thus, poor in fiber,
digestion is slow and the waste materials stay in the body
longer. This sets up the perfect condition for toxic materials to
form. Also, processed foods can contain huge amounts of
chemicals and toxins which were added in the processing.
We are eating lots of chemicals like coloring agents, artificial
flavors and preservatives that can make the food appear more attractive
and taste fresher.
Even non-processed foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy
products, whole grains and meats often contain chemical residues from
pesticides, herbicides, hormones and other products used to make them
grow. All of these substances reduce the amount of Vitamin E
available for biochemical and physiological processes.
contain all the co-factors to enable the body to
function optimally. Processed foods
Why is the food processed?
Preservatives are used to increase the life of foods by controlling the
growth of undesirable molds, yeast, and bacteria in food which might
otherwise cause spoilage and subsequently illnesses. Most food
is processed and packed to stop it going bad. Most food contains
microbes which are harmless little creatures in small amounts. But,
they can multiply rapidly if environmental conditions are right.
They eat the food by breaking it down, which causes it to taste and smell
bad. The microbes are dangerous in large quantities because
their waste products are poisonous. Preserving either kills or slows
the growth of these microbes. Here are some methods of preserving:
Drying is an ancient way of preserving foods. Dried food is hard
on the outside so microbes find it hard to penetrate. Drying,
however, destroys most of the vitamins, but can lead to a higher taste
Salting, Pickling & Smoking
These are also the traditional ways used all over the world to preserve
food. Meat is covered in salt then hung to dry. This is
called curing. The salt draws a lot of the moisture out of the
meat and also protects against microbes.
Sugar is used to
preserve fruits. Thus, we have jam and sweet pickles. The sugar stops the microbes left after the preserve is boiled.
Vinegar is used to pickle vegetables.The vinegar
retards microbe growth because it is so acidic and stops exposure to
oxygen, which the microbes need to survive.
hanging meat over wood fires and allowing the hot smoke to cure the
meat. This also gives it a distinctive flavor. Most of the "smoked" products on the market today, however, have
actually just had the "smokey" flavors added to them. (check you labels)
Various methods of food preservation, such as drying, smoking, pickling,
curing and sugaring have been used over the years to preserve food and
prevent wastage. More recently, these procedures have been
replaced by other methods of preservation such as pasteurization,
sterilization, irradiation, freezing, canning and the use of other
Microbes multiply in warm environments. Freezing renders most of
the microbes inactive. Refrigeration slows the growth of some
microbes. Before food is frozen, it is plunged into boiling water to
kill off as many microbes as possible so the food can keep longer.
Canning is a common way to preserve food. First it is heated
through to destroy any microbes. Then it is sealed in air tight cans
usually lined with tin. Although some foods lose their
nutrients, heating activates some
(especially tinned tomatoes).
Never leave unused foods in cans as they can become contaminated with
metals as food/metal oxides combine. This is not a problem
when you put the remaining contents into an air tight, non-metal
You should never buy dented cans because bacteria might be able to get
in. And don't buy bulging cans because microbes have already
This is a highly controversial method of preserving foods. We have an
article on this. Irradiation
This is the
process of heating a liquid, particularly milk,
in order to destroy harmful bacteria supposedly
without changing the composition, flavor, or
nutritive value of the liquid. French
chemist Louis Pasteur devised this process in
The time and
temperature required for the sterilization of
foods are influenced by several factors,
including the type of microorganisms found on
the food, the size of the container, the acidity
or pH of the food, and the method of
The Problems with Modern Processed Foods
Today, vegetables taste bland because of the lack of minerals in the
soil. Then a lot of chemicals are added to make it taste good. Chemicals are also added to preserve it.
Why are they salty? Because salt
(sodium chloride) helps prevent spoiling by
drawing moisture out of food so bacteria can't
grow. 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 been processed contains a lack of
enzymes. Every metabolic function in our body and every
chemical reaction that keeps us healthy are helped by enzymes. An enzyme is a catalyst, which makes something work more
efficiently. The oil in your automobile engine is a
catalyst. Although your engine runs on gasoline, how efficient
would it run without oil? This is an example of a
catalyst which helps reactions take place more efficiently.
Without enzymes there is no life. Enzymes run the
body. Every day your body burns enzymes to run our organs like the
heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, as well as the trillions of individual
cells that carry on life. Those enzymes need to be replaced as the
body uses them up.
Your 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 aren't enough enzymes available on a daily basis, your body
begins to cut back 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 critical,
the liver will not be able to handle the excretion of waste
Fifty percent of all enzymes burned by the body are used in digesting our
food. When insufficient enzymes are available for the digestion
process the body steals them from other organs. Evidence, the
high number of indigestion aids sold and the fact that you get sleepy
after a meal. The body is stealing energy (enzymes) from other
bodily functions. Without these enzymes, due to the lack of
them in the food we eat, the average person only digests about 30 to 70%
of what they eat.
Processed foods and most all packaged foods do not contain live
enzymes. When any food is heated over 112 degrees Fahrenheit,
the live enzyme activity is destroyed.
The bottom line is that when we put foods that are void of adequate
nutrition and void of any enzymes into our body, we eventually run down.
The destruction of live enzymes does not permit our food to be thoroughly
digested. Then our immune system becomes weakened, and
we develop degenerative diseases.
Many scientific studies have been conducted on how this affects our
health. In the 1940, a medical doctor named Dr Pottenger
wanted to know how processed foods affected our health. He
financed his own research, so he wasn't influenced by any big business
interests to come up with certain results. Dr. Pottenger
studied 900 cats over a period of several generations.
Dr. Pottenger divided his cats into 5 groups. The first two
groups he fed raw food and they remained healthy throughout the
experiment. The remaining three groups were fed processed
foods. The first generation of these cats developed
health conditions (arthritis, allergies, diabetes, etc.) near the end of
their life. The second generation cats developed
the same health conditions during the middle of their life span. The third
generation of cats developed the same health conditions very early in
The same is seen today in humans. Children are being born with
chronic degenerative diseases or are developing them much earlier in
life. This is a relatively new phenomenon, but nevertheless the trend in humans is
following Dr. Pottenger's experiments very closely. In addition,
Pottenger found his third generation cats could not conceive or if they did
they aborted. Right now, in America, 25% of young adults are sterile
and they cannot conceive and miscarriages are on the rise. Have you
noticed a rise in Fertility Clinics?
In Today's Health, a magazine published by the American Medical
Association, an article appeared which indicated that many researchers are
convinced that virtually all disease can be traced to missing or faulty
So, why are processed foods not good?
There are forty nutrients that cannot be made in the body. They
are essential fatty acid, 15 vitamins, 14 minerals, and 10 amino
acids. Collectively these forty nutrients are spoken of as the
body's requirements. From these our bodies synthesized an estimated
10,000 different compounds essential to the maintenance of health. All the forty nutrients work together. Therefore, the lack of any
one might result in the underproduction of hundreds of these essential
Processed foods contain refined sugar, extra salt, and other flavor
Processed foods contains unhealthy fats.
Unhealthy chemical additives are added to foods so that they stay fresh
longer. Chemicals such as MSG are added.
Processed foods can increase your body's level of homocysteine. (By the
way, Omege 3 essential fatty acids have also been shown to reduce the levels of
Many processed foods are filled with strange parts and pieces.
For example hot dogs contain "edible offal"???
Processing takes a lot of nutrients out of the nutrient rich foods.
Processed foods are fortified with synthetics. Most of the
pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, choline, inositol, vitamins B6 and E
are discarded in the milling of breads and the refining of flour for
cereals. To make up
for the loss of nutrients during processing, synthetic vitamins and
minerals are added. These synthetics are not as healthy as their natural
counterparts. The amounts of vitamins returned in
"enriched" flour are far less than the quantity that naturally
Much of the goodness is cooked or processed out of our foods. We
do not benefit from the enzymes and nutrients the foods normally contain.
The missing nutrients which allow illnesses to develop have been discarded
in processing and refining foods. Research shows that disease
produced by combinations of deficiencies can be corrected when all
nutrients are supplied.
What can we do?
Since our normal food supply sources do not contain enough vitamins
minerals or enzymes for the body to get the complete nutritional intake
necessary to maintain health. We must supply them with supplemental
nutrition. Remember that 50% of the body's enzymes are
used for digestion.
The best thing
to do is eat a diet rich in nutrient dense
What vitamins do you
To help with our fast food
lifestyle eating processed foods. We need whole
food vitamins that will supply those things that
eating processed foods do not supply, or
More information on Enzymes
Electrolytes - restoring minerals (potassium, magnesium, etc). Read about Electrolytes
A daily vitamin formula that will
supply those needs is the RHP Life Support Formula.
It is a whole food supplement that your body
Fatty Acids - Omega 3 fatty acids
isn't something available in processed foods -
so supplement with this. We recommend WSN
Cold Water Fish Oil. It is high in EPA
& DHA and comes from deep water fish where
there are no pollutants. Read about RHP
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