Reference Webster’s New World College Dictionary: ‘Food’
1. Any substance taken into and assimilated by a plant or animal to keep it alive and enable it to grow and repair tissue; nourishment; nutriment.
2. Anything that nourishes or stimulates; whatever helps something to keep active, grow, etc.
But does it enable to grow and repair tissue, or give proper nourishment and stimulants to our mind and body? There was a time when this question could be answered with an astounding yes. But this certainly isn’t true anymore!
As a good example, in 1880 it was evident in the general population, that there were around 2.8 cases per 100,000 people who were diabetics. Then this rose to around 29.7 cases per 100,000 people in 1949. But then, in that same year, 1949, the manor in which they started keeping statistics was changed, to where the 29.7 cases were now 16.4 cases per 100,000 people. The consequence coming out of this change was to obscure what was actually the incredible rise in diabetic cases over this same period. Of course during that time period there was no distinction between Type I, and Type II diabetes it was known simply as diabetes.
Today, Type II diabetes alone has affected around 10 to 20% of the population; this is up from a low 0.0028% in the 1880’s. The cause for this seems to be connected directly to the reengineering of our once natural food supply. It appears that certain essential nutrients have been removed from our foods for the sole purpose of extending its shelf life. But the problem grew even more intensive and dangerous. If we look to the same 100 year period, as we see the diabetes epidemic increase, we must also take note to what occurred within the food industry. As we do this, we have to notice the many coincidences that exist between the almost complete corruption of our food supply and our massive disease epidemic.
As one looks back on the efforts being made to substitute artificial food as the real thing, we will find that it goes back to the time of Napoleon. It has always been the enormous profits as being the motivation factor that is possible with artificial food. It was a Frenchman named Hippolyte Mege-Mouries that invented what is now known as Margarine (ref.). He did this in order to win a contest that was sponsored by Napoleon III for the invention of a palatable table fat. We patented his invention in England in 1869. Based on today’s standards, this Margarine was barely edible. It wasn’t until 1874 when Margarine was first introduced to us in America. It wasn’t too palatable, for it consisted of such things as Hog Fat, Gelatin, Fat, Bleach, Mashed Potatoes, Gypsum and Casein.
It was in 1899 when David Wesson established a vacuum and high temperature process for deodorizing cottonseed oil (ref.). It was the next year when he marketed “Wesson” oil. It took him over ten years to fully develop his hydrogenation process. Then in 1903, William Norman patented the hydrogenation process. This process was used to prevent unsaturated fatty acids from becoming rancid, by turning them into saturated fats.
It was then around 1911 that the artificial fat business actually began to take off. These artificial fats did not spoil and turn rancid as un-refrigerated natural products do. It was also this same year that Crisco came upon the food scene. Even the Jewish community accepted Crisco, because it was considered to be “Kosher”.
But, it wasn’t until the time of WWII that Margarine finally became popular in America, even though it was taking up around 40% of the market, since the 1920’s. Formerly prior to WWII, there had been restrictive laws against Margarine which were repealed, and then Margarine became the dietary staple, as was motherhood and apple pie. And soon after this, it was followed by Crisco and artificial lard. It was also during this same period that refined oils made great inroads into the market place and became attractive to the consumer. It was these refined oils that actually made the manufacturer look great to the housewives of that time. It seems that no one ever noticed that even the insects would not eat of these oils, when any was spilled.
But by this time, it was very evident that these artificial oils and other product were here to stay. No one ever seemed to take note, or gave any thought to the long term consequences on the health of the nation and the world that came with these cheap artificial foods. The whole period that started in the 1930s up until the present, was increasingly proliferated by a market driven science, one that was out to change consumer food habits. The complete idea was to wean the consumers away from the animal fat and cold pressed vegetable fat and seeds that had worked and was healthy for generations, and entice them to the new refined oils. Saturated fat was declared to be bad by salespeople posing as scientists, and as well, by the real scientists that were prostituting their trade.
The American Eskimo, whose diet formally consisted of about 60% animal fat, remained healthy without any signs of diabetes for several generations. But, after they became wealthy from their pipeline revenue, they adopted the typical American diet of artificial foods. Then within one generation, they had degenerated health wise, to the same health status that was then considered normal in America.
As scientific studies increased, several misleading studies came out regarding artificial fats, and the oil companies asserted the value of “polyunsaturated” or “monounsaturated” oils to ones health. There is no law that says they must tell you the truth, that these are really “transfats”; so they will not tell you, that a “polyunsaturated transfat” and a “monounsaturated” transfat, are poisonous. A polyunsaturated Cis, or natural fat, is a desirable and necessary part of a healthy diet. So now you know!
So, due to all of this, it becomes more evident that the health trend will continue to worsen, and more and more people will continue on the path of becoming Type II diabetics. That is, without some kind of dietary change, such as the living food program.
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Top 5 Amazing Healthy Food Swaps For Diabetics
The foods of today are not as healthy as they were in past years. If one wants to stay healthy, then that person must seek an alternative to what is considered as the normal food program, and eating healthy. We have some delicious and healthy alternatives to your favorite ‘junk food’…
1) Carrot cake and cheesecake are two of the most popular cakes, but they are extremely unhealthy. A slice of either of these cakes will load your body with a huge amount of calories, carbs, and sugar. Try switching to almond flour cake, it’s gluten-free and diabetes-friendly as it has only around 3g of carbs per slice!
2) A pint of beer while at home or out with friends may seem harmless, but they are actually packed with carbohydrates and sugar. Switch that carb-loaded beer with a glass of red wine. Red wine is rich with polyphenols and antioxidants.
3) Pizza…It’s delicious. But most pizzas are full of carbohydrates, calories, saturated fat, and sodium. A regular slice of pizza can contain roughly 30 to 40g of carbs. If you want a healthier version of pizza, try cauliflower base pizza. At only around 3g of carbs per slice, they are an excellent choice for diabetics as it won’t raise your blood sugar.
4) High-sugar foods like candy, soda, and cookies lack in nutritional value. They are also packed with low-quality carbohydrates. You can please your sweet tooth by snacking on high-quality dark chocolate. This is a much better choice for blood sugar control.
5) Overdoing it on fried, greasy foods can lead to weight gain and wreak havoc on your blood sugar. So try swapping those french fries for healthier sweet potato fries which will give you around 400% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A! Also try swapping out those oily potato chips for some delicious oven-roasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are high in fiber, magnesium, and beneficial fatty acids.