The majority of Americans are not only overweight, but suffering from malnutrition. How can this be in an affluent country that prides itself on having and knowing everything? We do not have what we think we have, and we do not really know what we know. We do not have conscious agriculture practices that work in harmony with nature, and we think we know what we are doing when it comes to growing food. If we are not implementing biodynamic farming, we are not true stewards of the land. We are growing in mass production for demand and profit with little concern for the soils we starve and poison.
American farming practices result in depleted, toxic soils and nutritionally depleted, toxic food. Even if one chooses to follow a healthy diet, the majority of American grown veggies do not provide adequate nutrition. The dead food diet inevitably becomes a poor diet resulting in obesity from having the need to eat everything and anything in an effort to be nutritionally satisfied. Even if you happen to shop for all your veggies at Whole Foods, the most vital nutrients in fresh grown food have already dissipated from the time of picking to the store shelf. If you buy organic, you will not get the toxins and you will get more nutrition, but it is still not enough. Mannose, the essential sugar in fresh veggies that helps transport nutrients in the body, is long gone. Just go pick a ripe peach off the tree, and compare the sweet taste to a store bought peach. There is no comparison.
Why are consumers tolerating this? I personally loathe paying top dollar for beautiful, dead food. If you think when you buy veggies and fruit at the store that you are buying healthy food, think again. The only healthy, fresh food available is what you grow in the healthy soils of a garden, and which you eat within 48 hours of picking.
I was a sixties girl. We preached love not war, and it was time to go back to the garden. We were considered crazy radicals, but we were not that crazy. We were just seeing where things were clearly going, and we didn’t want to go there. We felt we were the sane ones who understood the power of love, and the need to stay connected to nature and mother earth. And here we are, a half a century later, suffering the consequences of choosing war over love, and not going back to the garden. The great paradox is explained further below in a recent article.
Do yourself a favor. Buy and read Secrets Of The Soil. It will impart the wisdom needed to understand why going back to the garden is essential. Imagine empty city blocks filled with community gardens with fresh produce stands on every few corner blocks. Would the health of Americans improve? Would we save money on buying food? Would we rekindle our vital connection to nature and the earth? You bet we would.
The Ultimate Paradox: The U.S. Is An Overfed and Malnourished Nation
By Christina Sarich | Natural Society
It seems ridiculous that a nation of obese people (almost 40% of Americans are fat according to recent statistics) could be nutritionally-starving to death, but the plain truth is that we are simply over-fed and under-nourished.
The nutritional value of foods is at risk, with the amount of nutrients found in fruits and vegetables having diminished greatly over the years. One apple today may carry half the amount of nutrients as an apple produced 50 years ago.
So, how exactly is it possible to be starving to death when the average American eats more than 3700 calories a day? An adequate daily caloric count for rural Chinese farmers is around 2600. For professional athletes, they might healthfully consume 3000 calories in a day, but that is with a disproportionate amount of physical activity compared to the general public. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) admits that obesity causes a plethora of disease: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some types of cancers, among them.
Overeating, Nutritionally-Dead Food, and Ineffective Farm Practices
One problem is that even with all of this calorie consumption, people aren’t obtaining the basic nutrients their bodies crave in order to carry out its basic functions. This, in turn, leads to more eating, as the body feels ‘hunger’ as a neurological response to depleted nutritional stores.
Take for example, the chemical process that occurs when we eat high fructose corn syrup (often made from GMO corn). When we eat this nutrition-less black hole of a food, we undergo a fierce cycle of craving and eating instigated by circulating triglycerides. Belly fat was especially pronounced in a Princeton study. Instead of feeling full after we drink sodas or eat packaged, convenience foods that are made with high fructose corn syrup, we feel hungry again. Our natural satiety isn’t quelled and the vicious loop to eat more foods with no nutrition ensues.
Second, many of our agriculture practices have completely ruined the soil we grow food in, so we no longer enjoy the proper nutrients that were once provided for abundantly by just having highly fertile turf on which to plant our crops. We eat too many processed foods, and when we do eat a vegetable or fruit, it often has been grown in a mineral-depleted soil that has been improperly used since at least the 1950′s.
One University of Texas in Austin study has gained particular attention in the media. According to Donald R. Davis’s findings published in HortScience, crops grown in limited space almost always contain lower levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein—by up to 40%, which translates directly to our food.
While obesity rates are staggeringly high in America, they are also elevated in Europe, American Samoa, Tonga, Saudi Arabi, and Egypt. Vietnam, Laos and Madagascar have the lowest obesity rates, and likely because they practice very different agricultural practices and don’t fill up on processed foods. Vietnamese cooking, for instance, relies on fresh seafood, minimal oil, and lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
The paradox of an overfed nation starving itself to death goes back to agricultural practices and simple, good nutrition. Maybe its time to go back to the old saying, ‘if a food makes its own packaging, then eat it.”
Article Source: Natural Society