The Healthiest Foods for Your Anti-Cancer Diet
Lack of time often means that we reach for easy, quick, convenience foods such as take-aways or pre-cooked or frozen dinners, which is definitely not eating healthily and could actually be a major health-risk.
While the majority of us know that there are many foods that are not healthy and that many ingredients such as carbonated soft-drinks, fake meats, and chemical-laden foods that come in a box are not healthy, there are many other ingredients that are just as bad and which the manufacturers try to hide from us with false advertising.
Some food labels list so many chemicals used to simulate real food that one needs a PhD in chemistry to decipher them and as most of us are not chemistry majors we usually just give up and ignore the labels.
These foods masquerading as “healthy” foods are dangerous and the curse of today’s fast-paced life as many of the ingredients are carcinogenic.
The basic rule of thumb is that anything that is boxed, canned, jarred, or otherwise packaged and has a list of unpronounceable ingredients a mile long (anything more than 1 or 2) has been processed.
This means that ingredients have been taken away, refined or added to make the product last longer, taste good and marketable.
Manufacturers don’t care about your health and will use pretty pictures and fancy words and even outright lie just to get your money.
Even fresh food is not always healthy as approximately 90% or more of the fresh produce in the supermarket has been treated in some way or the other; for instance, apples are waxed and polished to make them universally appealing; oranges are often dipped in food colouring to make them bright and really orange.
Unless the fresh produce has been labelled “organic” or “non-GMO,” it has been processed just like packaged foods, albeit possibly to a lesser extent.
Commercial agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry and Big Business do not have any problem with planting genetically modified (GMO) seeds in chemically enhanced soil and using artificial nutrients, pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides to get the best crop, which is then is rinsed in water containing bleach and bathed in wax to kill (some) bacteria and make it look pretty.
This also means that many of the so-called “fresh” items of food that should be the healthiest option can spend days and weeks in trains, trucks, and boats either ripening during that time or being tricked into not ripening by artificial means.
All of these synthetic additives are turning some of our previously healthiest foods into carcinogenic delivery systems at an alarming rate.
How Safe is Fresh Meat?
Just in case you thought the fresh meat that you purchase very week is safe, don’t be too sure about that either. The majority of meat sold in chain supermarkets is cut in a factory, sprayed to prevent discolouring, injected with salt and preservatives, prepackaged to look appealing on the shelves, and frozen.
A lot of commercially raised cattle eat genetically modified grain feed enhanced with growth hormones, grown in pesticide filled soil in order to make the animals grow to abnormal sizes to feed the growing global population. These animals are also often injected throughout their lifetimes with antibiotics, growth hormones, and various other nasty compounds.
Oh, and just in case that is not bad enough for you, some meat is actually irradiated (exposed to ionised radiation) before it hits the shelves in your local supermarket. This practice originated in a plan to find a use for spent fuel from nuclear reactors. It wasn’t about making your food safer; it was about finding a new use for nuclear waste!
What is possibly the scariest is that despite the chemical treatments, the antibiotics, and irradiation, there are still certain organisms that can survive all this and cause sickness and even death. As our chemicals become stronger, so do the Bacteria, Fungi, and Viruses, which then end up in our bodies.
The Healthiest Foods Available
The healthiest foods available are local and organic foods. Organic foods are always the best option but we do understand that they are more expensive and therefore beyond the budget of many families.
If organics are beyond what you can afford, then the best option for you and your loved ones is to buy local; explore your local farmer’s market, get to know the people who grow your food and raise your meat, and say “no” to mass manufactured foods whenever possible.
Another option is to grow your own food; one can grow sufficient vegetables for an entire family on a very small piece of ground or even in containers on a balcony. There is nothing nicer than picking fruit and veg from your own garden and using it to make fresh, healthy, and wholesome food without all the additives. Growing your own also saves money so you score on all sides.