“Real food” is simply not enough.
Supporters of the real food movement cry, “Just eat real food!” They believe that a back to the basics eating philosophy will go a long way towards preventing and reversing many of the health conditions and lifestyle-related diseases that currently afflict Americans. But, is it really just as simple as eating real whole foods? While many of us may think that a diet filled with natural proteins, fresh fruits, and colorful vegetables would be a foolproof prescription for good health, here in the 21st century, these real whole foods may not provide us with the same health benefits as they did for our ancestors.
Consider an apple, for example:
It’s a real, whole food, right? What is it about the modern apple that makes it any less “healthy” for us than it was for our ancestors? To start, today’s apple probably wasn’t grown in soil bursting with essential vitamins and minerals. Instead, it was likely grown in over-farmed, micronutrient-depleted soil. According to the USDA, an apple pick today has 96% less iron, 48% less calcium, 84% less phosphorous and 82% less magnesium than an apple grown only 80 years ago.
We are also not eating our apples moments after they were picked or at the peak of their ripeness. The apples in today’s grocery stores were often picked prematurely and shipped from thousands of miles away, losing their vitamins and minerals every minute of every mile traveled.
Sadly, the vast majority of our modern apples are not clean, naturally-grown apples. According to the USDA Pesticide Data Program, an apple is sprayed with up to 42 different pesticides, and these pesticides can cause hormone disruption, cancer, and nerve and reproductive damage.
And our protein-based foods aren’t any better off:
Do you think the fish you had the other night was wild caught, or was it one of those new-fangled farmed fish that now make up nearly 50% of America’s fish supply (and up to 90% of our Salmon supply)? It was likely a farmed fish that never swam free in its natural environment nor ate its natural diet, but instead was bred in a tank packed so full the fish can hardly move, teaming with lice and bacteria that must be dealt with using vaccines and other medications and fed a diet filled with GMO-laden corn and soy.
And the chicken breast you enjoyed last week? Was it from a healthy, organic, pasture-raised bird with access to grass, bugs, dirt, and sunshine like it would have been throughout past history? More likely it was from an animal raised in an over-crowded confined space with very little access to its natural environment, fed arsenic to enhance its color, and given a steady diet of GMO corn and soy.
The fact is, eating real whole food is a good first step toward health, but it is not enough, in and of itself, to turn around the global health crisis we are all facing today. The problems in our food manufacturing have gone far beyond what can be fixed by simply eating real whole foods. In order to see any real change we must address the issue of food quality. We must first recognize that the real value of any food is in the vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that it delivers. We must choose food that is rich in these micronutrients. Then, we must take additional, often overlooked steps:
- We must make it our goal to avoid the dangerous food manufacturing practices and ingredients that have become so prevalent in our food supply today. Ingredients like brominated vegetable oil (BVO), synthetic hormones, GMOs, azodicarbonamide, and BHA to name a few that have already been banned from use in foods in numerous other countries due to their dangerous effects on health.
- Additionally, we must also take steps to remove toxins and endocrine disrupters from our cabinets. Statistics seem to show us that we are not only what we eat, but also what we touch and what touches what we eat. (Learn more about how to do that here)
- Lastly, given that our modern food supply has been stripped of it’s essential nutrients, and that we live a more demanding and stressful lifestyle than ever before, supplementation is necessary.
Micronutrient deficiency the most widespread health condition of the 21st century—And it is also the most dangerous. This is because modern medical science now knows that when you become deficient in your essential micronutrients you open the door to the health conditions and lifestyle diseases millions are suffering from.
We believe that if a condition or disease can be directly linked to a micronutrient deficiency, then it can be prevented and/or reversed through sustained sufficiency of the deficient micronutrient(s). Not only that, but according to this new study, being micronutrient sufficient has also been linked to ‘a younger biological age’. Have we created the fountain of youth with nutreince? We know many people that would immediately say ‘YES!’