A recent study published in the medical journal, “Pediatrics,” found that 23 percent of American teenagers are prediabetic or already have Type 2 diabetes, up from 9 percent in 2000. Even kids who look skinny are at rick of diabetes and are likely to have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol (http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/05/15/peds.2011-1082).
Now, Big Agribusiness doesn’t want you to know this, but the cause is junk food and soda.
Contrary to popular thought, it isn’t just about the number of calories, but what’s in those calories. The corn industry would love you to believe than “corn sugar” (high-fructose corn syrup) is exactly like sugar; that your body can’t tell the difference. The truth is that your body does know the difference. Corn sugar is metabolized differently, leaving the body more vulnerable to insulin insufficiency, the precursor to diabetes.
The fats from those industrial-farmed chickens, cows and potatoes is deposited in your abdomen, making you more vulnerable to cardiovascular problems.
Animals that come from industrial farms are higher in cholesterol and saturated fats than animals raised on farms and fed what they’re supposed to eat. The industrial-farmed and slaughtered animals are far, far more likely to carry deadly pathogens like salmonella or e. coli. The same is true of eggs.
Fruits and vegetables raised on corporate farms have lower nutrition and higher concentrations of poisons from pesticide and industrial fertilizers.
The reason these bad foods are available is that the government won’t regulate them and people keep buying them. When a tax on soft drinks was proposed, the industry started running ads about freedom of choice. That’s right, they’re defending your right to choose products for your children that are exposing them to disease and early death.
These “foods” are killing us. They cost less at the store, but they cost us billions in health care costs and in lives lost.
I was raised on a farm and I ate real food. As my kids were growing up, I fed them real food, some of which I grew in the back yard. I baked from scratch and I avoided processed foods. We ate less meat and more beans and other proteins because that’s what we could afford.
Today, my husband and I eat as much local food as we can. Probably 80 percent of the food we eat comes from within a 100-mile radius. We buy from local farmers and we cook from scratch. In the winter, we eat more grains and beans, some of which we are able to get locally.
The point is that local food is more likely to be “real” food, as author Michael Pollan says.
“Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” is Pollan’s advice in his book, “In Defense of Food.”
In this era of business-controlled government, it’s hard t0 get the message out that our food is neither healthy nor safe.
Yes, it’s convenient and inexpensive to pull into a fast-food restaurant and order a fatty meal; no, it’s not good for you in any way.