Boxed foods and fillers

One of the emphases of this blog is to capitalize on the additives and fillers used in boxed foods. After briefly looking through my parents’ pantry, I realize that I, myself, have been a product of the boxed-food lifestyle. This is a lifestyle of enriched bleached flour, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, corn starch, modified corn starch, partially hydrogenated oils, sucrose, salt, mono and diglycerides. Sounds scary doesn’t it? This is the culture of an ill-informed industrialized country. As my Biochemistry teacher would say, the United States (following closely behind Mexico) is living off of “Oreos, Ding-Dongs, and RC Cola.”

The problem with consuming these “foods” (other than the inevitable disagreement from your body about 5-10 minutes after consuming them) is that they are just not naturally what we would use to make the same products. I was looking through the cabinets at my parents’ house the other day and it made me think of a particular scenario. If I were to tell you that I want to make blueberry muffins, what is the number one ingredient that I should buy? (waits for answer) Blueberries, right? If I want to make blueberry muffins, I should grab real blueberries. Why are we relying on fake blueberries with huge amounts of fake sugar to make what we desire?

The truth is that we only have a limited amount of time on this Earth. We only have a limited amount of times to eat throughout the day. Why would you waste ANY of those precious moments to supply your body with the exact thing that’s killing it?

Imagine another scenario: You map out a period of three weeks. In these three weeks, you replace your typical lunch with two triple lardburgers from McDonalds and a large coke. You return to work for the next 3 hours to get the rest of your work done. Your body is trying to extract nutrients that just aren’t there. Your energy levels are low because your body is putting more energy to break down the unnatural food than it is actually receiving from it. If you don’t feel good after you’ve eaten, consider listening more to what your body is trying to tell you.

Now imagine if you could replace your lunch meal with something that is actually nutritious and not made from the cheapest food and fillers. How much more would your body benefit? Don’t underestimate the benefits of giving your body what it wants.

What to look for in future posts:

-Sodium!

-My favorite recipes!

-Relevant research!

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