In one year, each American eats just over a ton of food. That’s approximately 2,175 pounds a year or almost 6 pounds of food a day. But what is are we eating?
Wikipedia says, “Food is any substance, usually composed of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and water, that can be eaten or drunk by an animal or human for nutrition or pleasure.” (Italics added.)
Webster says, “Food is any substance taken in and assimilated by a plant or animal to enable it to live and grow…any thing that nourishes.”
Notice the difference between Wikipedia and Webster. Wikipedia reflects the change in our culture, not a change in our biology. Pleasure has always been a component of food, but this is the first time in history that food can be eaten entirely for pleasure, without any nourishment. Not only can some food be ingested without it supporting life and growth, but we regularly eat food products containing harmful artificial ingredients.
A typical grocery store carries 40,000 products. Most of it is highly processed, wiping out most of the nutrients, transforming it to the status of “fake food.”
Harper may be tiny, but she knows the difference between fake and real food.
Fake food products are produced or manufactured, always taste the same, are convenient, have a long shelf life, and they usually contain artificial flavors and additives. Three thousand chemicals are added to our food supply and food is genetically modified and irradiated. Each year people ingest 135 pounds of artificial ingredients. Ten pounds of that is food coloring. Yet, people are genetically designed to thrive on a naturally derived diet.
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