Saturday, November 5, 2011

Picking a Snack

What is going on with processed food? More people are eating more processed food because, it is more convents and in some cases cheaper.  Thirty to sixty years ago more families had a garden. Back then people went outside to pick their snacks.  People do not grow or make anything a more. Thirty year ago people never heard of Childhood onset diabetes. Today, people go to the vending machines to get their snacks. I am going talk about health Issues, processed food and natural foods.
The Center of Science in Public Interest (CSPI) Margo G. Woodtan a nutritionals director say, “many parents who send their children to school with lunch money have no clue that it can be spent on Coke, Doritos and Hobo’s. A nationwide survey from CPSI showed that 95 percent of the snacks in the vending machine have very poor nutrition value (Center of Science in Public Interest , 2011).
Some people are food addicts, and it is processed non nutritious foods that they are addicted to. They are used to eating 3,000 to 5,000 or more calories in a day. Most of these calories come from things like fast foods, pizza's, soda's, cake, cookies, donuts, fried foods, and other white flour, white sugar, products. Processed foods tend to have a high amount of saturated and Trans fat, and they also tend to contain a lot of sugar, which increase the risk for Diabetes. Another effect of processed foods is the onset of high blood pressure as these foods tend to be high in sodium. From the documentary “Processed People,” The United State is known as a “Processed Nation.”   As explain in the video Promo trailer below.
Processed People
Everyone is talking, talking, talking about the issues raised in Processed People. Is anyone actually doing anything about them? Does anyone realistically know what to do?

Processed People features in-depth discussions with leading health experts detailing why so many of us are sick, and offers solutions to our current devastating health crisis. Tragically, many Americans are victims of a "health care" system and way of life which is devastating to our overall well-being.

To those running our system, the bottom line on the dollars we're able to spend is more important than the bottom line on our health. We're caught in a perpetual grinding machine, unable to escape.

But there are solutions -- read more an order the full DVD at
Data from the National Institute of Health (NIH) shows in the USA 14 million children from the ages 2 thru 19 are overweight. Then 40 million adults are morbidly obesity. Which means in the United State has the highest obesity rate in the world? Research from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in 2009, 147 billion spent on obesity related condition.
According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Artificial coloring, flavors and chemical preservatives must also be listed on the product label, as well as ingredients that for some people may cause an allergic reaction. (United States Department of Agriculture , 2011). Natural News T.V. Processed foods are foods that have been compromised by the addition of hormones, additives, preservatives, unnatural genetic material or other chemical or heat treatments that alter or destroy the natural healthy enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. The main goal of food processing is to lengthen the shelf life of foods so that larger amounts can be sold over time. (Natural News T.V. , 2010). In this video below this young 11 old understands what going on with our food supplies here in the United States.

Organic Food Activist

Birke Baehr -"What's Wrong With Our Food System? And How Can We Make A Difference?" Recently, Birke was a speaker at a Ted Conference. The annual TED conferences, in Long Beach/Palm Springs and Oxford, bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences -- the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer -- TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

If you haven't seen it yet, I recommend watching Food Inc. It's on Netflix and can be watched instantly.
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A healthy diet provides energy, promotes good sleep, and gives the body what it needs to stay healthy.  Not only do many organic foods contain more vitamins than processed foods, they also contain more antioxidants, according to Organic Facts. A University of California Davis study found that organically-raised tomatoes had higher concentrations of the antioxidants quercetin and kaempferol, both of which may protect the body against certain diseases by helping promote cell health. The researchers at the University of California Davis believe that organic foods contain more antioxidants because plants create antioxidants in order to defend themselves from plant-eating insects. Conventionally raised plants do not need to produce as many antioxidants because any plant-eating insects that might prey on them are controlled with insecticide. (Organic Facts, 2011).

Maybe, “Hipocrate” quote that said in 431BC had it right from the beginning.
“Let food be thy medicine and let the medicine be thy food.”

Now, image more families, schools and business planted, orange, pear or apples trees even grape vines and watermelon. Look at the cost saving for the people to go out to pick their snack instead of going to the vending machines. Just for fun here are some interest facts about natural foods that we eat. Actually a fruit, it took a ruling by the Supreme Court in 1893 to make the tomato a vegetable. Tomatoes are very high in the carotenoid, lycopene; eating foods with carotenoids can lower your risk of cancer. Fruits with a lot of vitamin C, like oranges, will help your cuts heal faster. They can also make your teeth nice and strong.  Apples belong to the same family as roses. The natural sugar in an apple is more potent than the caffne in coffee.

In conclusion, People have to ask themselves, “Is it worth feeling and looking awful simply to eat something quick and processed. Plus, being at risk for high medical bills in the futures? 

Works Cited

Center for Disease Control . (2009, July 27). Study Estimates Medical Cost of Obesity May Be As High as $147 Billion Annually. Retrieved from Center for Disease Control :
Center of Science in Public Interest . (2011). Retrieved from Center of Science in Public Interest :
National Institute of Health . (2011, Feb. 24). Obesity Research. Retrieved from National Institutes of Health:
Natural News T.V. . (2010, July 28). Retrieved from Dr. Andrew Siegel Processed Foods:
Organic Facts. (2011). Facts on Food, Nutrition and Home Remedies. Retrieved from
Processed People. (n.d.). Processed People Documentary. Retrieved 2009, from
United States Department of Agriculture . (2011, August 8). Guidance for Industry: A Food Labeling Guide. Retrieved from
This Article was by Michelle at People's Natural Living

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