Food & Drink in the Modern World
We have many considerations in this changing world in relation to food. Here are a few.
1. ORGANIC. How the food is grown in relation to chemicals used.
2. Has the food been grown with seed altered by genetic modifications? GMO
3. How is it processed and transported?
4. Where is it produced? Some countries have farming methods that are less than ethical, and have learned legal ways to export around the world. This is happening with many foods. Sometimes the label indicates where it was last packaged, not where it was produced.
5. Avoid fish high on the food chain such as tuna. Heavy metal and radiation accumulation is of great concern with our modern diet. Fish, especially tuna could have high mercury levels. Even fresh water fish may have heavy metal contamination, and are to be avoided. Avoid ALL farmed fish, especially in restaurants. Avoid sushi.
6. Removing wheat, corn, rice, potatoes and soy from the diet can significantly improve health by reducing the inflammation they cause. Replace with organic quinoa, hemp hearts, (refrigerate), and sprouted beans.
7. Remove canned food from diet. Buy food sold in glass containers, then use the glass (recycle) for food storage. Plastic is to be avoided in all its forms. The petrochemical industry must be diminished and eventually given up for sustainable practices. Use a large mason jar for your water bottle. They are both durable and a healthier choice to plastic or metal.
Continuously educate yourself on food choices. Food that is prepared with unprocessed, unadulterated, whole and organic ingredients that have proven the test of time will help nourish and sustain vibrant health. Make a garden. Connect with the earth and the sun in the soil and the plants.
GMO- Genetically Modified Organism- This is not food that supports and sustains life. It will alter the chemistry of the body. This includes all animals consuming it. Consider your pet food.
Here are 3 sites with an excellent list of some of the GMO foods we may already be unknowingly eating.
Genetically modified foods (GMO foods) have been shown to cause harm to humans, animals, and the environment, and despite growing opposition, more and more foods continue to be genetically altered. It’s important to note that steering clear of these foods completely may be difficult, and you should merely try to find other sources than your big chain grocer. If produce is certified USDA-organic, it’s non-GMO (or supposed to be!) Also, seek out local farmers and booths at farmer’s markets where you can be ensured that the crops aren’t GMO. Even better, if you are so inclined: Start organic gardening and grow them yourself. Until then, here are the top 10 worst GMO foods for your “do not eat” GMO foods list.
GMO Foods List: Top 10 Worst Foods
One of the most prominent GMO foods, avoiding corn is a no-brainer. If you’ve watched any food documentary, you know corn is highly modified. “As many as half of all U.S. farms growing corn for Monsanto are using genetically modified corn,” and much of it is intended for human consumption. Monsanto’s GMO corn has been tied to numerous health issues, including weight gain and organ disruption.
Found in tofu, vegetarian products, soybean oil, soy flour, and numerous other products, soy is also modified to resist herbicides. As of now, biotech giant Monsanto still has a tight grasp on the soybean market, with approximately 90 percent of soy being genetically engineered to resist Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. In one single year, 2006, there was 96.7 million pounds of glyphosate sprayed on soybeans alone.
According to NaturalNews, genetically-modified sugar beets were introduced to the U.S. market in 2009. Like others, they’ve been modified by Monsanto to resist herbicides. Monsanto has even had USDA and court-related issues with the planting of it’s sugarbeets, being ordered to remove seeds from the soil due to illegal approval.
Aspartame is a toxic additive used in numerous food products, and should be avoided for numerous reasons, including the fact that it is created with genetically modified bacteria.
This one may come as a surprise to all of you tropical-fruit lovers. GMO papayas have been grown in Hawaii for consumption since 1999. Though they can’t be sold to countries in the European Union, they are welcome with open arms in the U.S. and Canada.
One of the most chemically altered foods in the U.S. diet, canola oil is obtained from rapeseed through a series of chemical actions.
Found in cotton oil, cotton originating in India and China in particular has serious risks.
Your dairy products may contain growth hormones, since as many as one-fifth of all dairy cows in America are pumped with these hormones. In fact, Monasnto’s health-hazardous rBGH has been banned in 27 countries, but is still in most US cows. If you must drink milk, buy organic.
9. and 10. Zucchini and Yellow Squash
Closely related, these two squash varieties are modified to resist viruses.
The dangers of some of these foods are well-known. The Bt toxin being used in GMO corn, for example, was recently detected in the blood of pregnant women and their babies. But perhaps more frightening are the risks that are still unknown. Even while these foods should be on your GMO foods list so that they are avoided, you can buy 100% organic to be safest.
With little regulation and safety tests performed by the companies doing the genetic modifications themselves, we have no way of knowing for certain what risks these lab-created foods pose to us outside of what we already know.
The best advice: steer clear of them altogether.
If you are eating meat, find pasture raised, loved local animals, that are not fattened with GMO corn.
Avoid ‘hothouse’ grown peppers and tomatoes. The list is long for the foods to avoid. Educate yourself, and follow the body’s intuition in choosing food and drink that will feed the vitality of the ever regenerating physical body.