Are You Filling Up On Real Food or
by By Dr. Leslie Van Romer
When you are sifting through the
deluge of information about diet and nutrition and which foods are good
for your health and fitness and which foods are not good for your health
and fitness, a general question to ask yourself is: "Has this food
been altered from its original state?"
The alteration of food can occur
in many different ways.
Foods are altered through
Processed foods are often cooked
at very high temperatures which destroy nutrients by completely wiping
out many vitamins and denaturing minerals. These cooked foods are then
canned or frozen and often cooked again in home kitchens. Sugar, salt,
preservatives, stabilizers, and/or color enhancers are usually added.
Fresh and unaltered foods, like
fresh fruits and vegetables, are without question a thousand fold better
for you than processed, canned or frozen fruits and vegetables and other
Foods are altered through
refining. Most bread is the end product of pulverizing wheat berries
through processing and refining. Uncle Ben's white rice is a refined
food. Instant oats are refined foods. White sugar in any form is refined
food. Refined foods are stripped of many, if not all, of their original
nutrients. They fill you up with too many calories and not with
As if processing and refining are
not bad enough, foods are also preserved. In today's world, the
preservers of choice are chemicals, and especially salt. Salt is pumped
into almost all processed foods, particularly breads--just read the
labels. Salt is one of those chemicals that we accept as part of our
daily diet, but it is known to be hard on the body and detrimental to
And then there are those foods,
or, rather, pseudo-foods, that are completely manmade from chemicals,
not made from real foods at all. Read the labels of foods, and you will
soon become familiar with the chemicals that you don't want to put into
To give one example, imitation
strawberry flavoring, found in ice cream, jello, juice drinks, candy,
popsicles, desserts, cakes and pastries, can be created from over a
dozen different manmade chemicals. That is not food. That is a chemical
cocktail completely void of any nutrition whatsoever. Yet we fill up on
these pseudo-foods every day.
Once a food is altered from its
original state, nutrients are lost.
In this world of food and diet
madness and confusion, let's make this simple.
Is a fresh apple better for you
than a piece of apple pie? Of course it is. And to take it one step
further, is an apple better for you than applesauce? Let's put it this
way. Do you suppose a fresh apple has more nutrients than a product made
from an apple that has been peeled, cooked and canned?
Is corn on the cob better for you
than canned corn? Once the corn is removed from the cob, cooked,
processed, and preserved, then reheated in your kitchen, how many
nutrients do you suppose are left in that corn? And what about the corn
chip that is created from the original corn on the cob? How good are
these processed and packaged and often fried and salted foods?
Is whole wheat and brown rice
better for you than refined flour and refined rice? You bet.
Is a fresh, green-leafy vegetable
salad better for you than frozen or canned vegetables? You bet.
Are fresh homemade juices better
for you than orange juice made from orange concentrate or V8 juice which
is not only cooked (cooking kills nutrients), but is canned and loaded
with salt and chemicals. You bet.
In today's grocery store, how many
processed, packaged, refined, preserved, and manmade foods line about
90% of the shelves; foods that you love to eat and constantly beckon to
you and tempt you? How many of these foods do you fill up on every day?
Furthermore, if we are filling up
on altered and manmade foods, then how much space do we have in our
stomachs to eat the foods that have the very best nutrition for premium
health and fitness? Not much.
Today's modern world affords us
many privileges, not the least of which is the privilege of choice. All
year round there is a wide selection of fresh, whole foods from which to
choose. If you want a long life with health, fitness, mobility, joy, and
purpose, then choose to eat unaltered fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and
seeds, whole grains and beans.
Make every choice count. These are
the very choices that determine not only the number of your days, but
also the quality of your days.
So make your choice--starting
About the Author
Dr. Leslie Van Romer is a health
motivational speaker,writer, and lifestyle coach. Visit http://www.DrLeslieVanRomer.com
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