Processed Foods are they bad for you?
As our culture has changed so has the way culture addresses how to obtain the food we need. Years ago growing up I noticed that most everyone I knew had a back yard garden. Often an expansive one that covered most of the yard. Gardens were our pride and joy to be nurtured and shown off. Now not many people I know have a garden or even a yard large enough to plant a few favorite foods. I remember going out to the garden with Dad to pick the days crops and how wonderful the cherry tomatoes tasted picked right off the vine! Many did not even make it to the kitchen table. I also remember picking peas from the vine and how they tasted as good as candy. And it was always exciting when the first ears of corn were ready to be picked, dinner was going to be a sweet delight as we bit into a juicy sweet treat. And we could eat anything from Dad’s garden off the vine without worrying about fertilizers or pesticides because Dad did not use them. Mom bought very little canned food from the store because our pantry was full from her hard work of preserving the produce from our own garden. Now if we want fresh vegetables we get them from the grocery store and even washing them is not getting rid of all the fertilizers and pesticides that have been used on them.
I remember going with my Grandmother to purchase fresh peaches from a local farm so that we could make peach jelly and canned peaches to have for the winter. It was always a treat because she would buy extra to eat as a dessert that evening, served with cream and a little sugar and cinnamon. A reward for going with her. I remember going to the strawberry farms so that we could make strawberry jelly. And how on the way home we would eat one after another until Gram (that’s what we called her) told us to save some for the jelly. Those were some wonderful times that made our childhood joyful and memorable.
Food we eat today comes from a grocery store and the process of preservation has changed. Food quality had decreased. Additives are added to preserve color, texture, and taste. Preservatives are added to prevent spoilage. Fertilizers and pesticides are need to be able to produce larger crops and prevent bugs from eating the crops. And we are ingesting these products with each bite we take. As the food is processed nutrients are lost and so supplements are added to replace them. Yet often those supplements are not in a form that our bodies can readily use.
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