You may not realize it but every time you give your child a 'treat' of a sweetened drink, biscuit or sweet (candy), you are firstly creating a nutritional deficit and secondly, hastening the day they succumb to diabetes, obesity, cancer or other chronic disease. Not just your children but you, too. We are the only species on the planet committing biological suicide by knowingly eating food that is toxic.
My dog is smart. When I offer him a sugary biscuit, he sniffs at it, looks at me as if to say, “Are you kidding?” then walks away. What do I do? Scarf down the whole packet. I can't just eat one. Food companies know exactly how to get us addicted. Biscuits have been designed to hit our 'Bliss Point'. What is the ‘Bliss Point’? It is the exact combination of fat, sugar and salt, plus ‘mouth-feel’ that gives maximum stimulation to the pleasure-receptors in our brains. This effect is compounded, today, by the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup and Aspartame, two 'excito-toxins'. We are all being turned into junk-food addicts, little different to amphetamine- junkies in the street.
Foods are not just addictive. They are designed to get us to eat or drink more. An example is soft drinks. The drinks companies add extra salt. We cannot taste it because they add extra sugar to mask the taste. Why do they do that? Because extra salt makes us thirsty, so we drink more.
Today, our ‘food’ is so nutritionally-deficient, our starving, yet full bodies, keep telling us to eat again. It is difficult to escape. ‘Agri-business’ and the Food Giants have captured the food supply, destroying competition, quality and diversity. We are left with little choice but eat what they present to us on the glittering rails of our local supermarkets. The 50,000 - 100,000 products you see, appear to provide an amazing choice, yet come from just 4 genetically-modified and heavily-sprayed crops, grown in over-worked, depleted soil, owned by a handful of corporations who own ALL the brands, even organic. Choice is an illusion. Another illusion is the whole idea the products your taste buds are salivating over is food at all. In my book there is a chapter called ‘There is No Food in a Supermarket’ which emphasizes this point. What you are buying may look like food, taste like food and smell like food but Fido wouldn’t touch it if he was starving to death.
For most people, healthy food choices are unavailable, unaffordable or unattractive. Healthy food would produce healthy populations and healthy populations would put ‘Big Food’ and ‘Big Pharma’ out of business. Do you really think the owners (with their own addictions to $$$) of these industries will allow that? We already know the answer. In 1999 the heads of the major food corporations held a meeting in Minneapolis to discuss the staggering cost to the health of society of their products and what should be done do about it. The result was predictable. They refused to change a thing and stuck two fingers up at humanity.
What does this mean for you and I and our expanding waistlines? It means the cavalry are NOT coming to the rescue. It means more diabetes, more disease, more malnourished bodies, more obesity. We are on our own and must learn how to protect ourselves. And do something about the collective insanity that is causing mankind to commit biological suicide.
We need to be as smart as our pets. Woof!
More in the next blog, The Three Musketeers of Diabetes
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