News Review - 28 Jul 2017

Fast Food… processed food… “cosmetically perfect” food… wasted food… low sugar food… low fat food… low salt food… food laced with chemicals and pesticides… how do we survive…

“The War on Food”

In our modern Western world, our food supply has been greatly corrupted. One big reason is that supermarkets demand perfection, so farmers are forced to use pesticides and herbicides to try to satisfy their demands. Much of our food is “processed”, for profit, leading to the term “foodless food”. How can we survive the war on our food? First, a look at the problem…

“Strawberries contain the most pesticides of any fruit or vegetable, new research reveals. The summer-favourite fruit contains at least 20 synthetic chemicals, a report found.

How the study was carried out

Researchers from the Environmental Working Group analysed 48 types of popular non-organically grown fruit and vegetables. The analysis was based on more than 36,000 samples collected by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. All of the produce was washed prior to examination. It was also peeled if appropriate.

Key findings

Results revealed that nearly 70 percent of the samples were contaminated with pesticide residues, with 178 different chemicals being identified.

‘The dirty dozen’

The foods that contain the highest number of pesticides, known as ‘the dirty dozen’, are strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, pears, cherries, tomatoes, bell peppers and potatoes.

The ‘clean 15’

Yet, only one percent of the avocados and sweetcorn analysed contained pesticides. Other members of the so-called ‘clean 15’ are pineapples, cabbages, onions, frozen peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplants, honeydew melons, kiwis, cantaloupes, cauliflowers and grapefruit. None of these ‘clean’ produce contain more than four types of pesticides.

How to avoid pesticides

Previous research by the University of Washington found that people who ‘often or always’ buy organic food have significantly less pesticides in their urine. Pesticides have been linked to cancer, reduced brain development and behavioural problems in children. The report authors wrote: ‘Smart shopping choices matter. People who eat organic produce eat fewer pesticides.’

Organic vegetables really are healthier than standard produce, research revealed last month . Products grown without toxic chemicals, which can cost twice as much, contain higher levels of flavonols, a study found. Such vegetables have 20 per cent more of the antioxidants, which prevent damage to the body, the research adds. This comes five years after a major review of more than 200 studies concluded that organic food offers no nutritional benefit.” ( )

“More than 97% of European food products contain pesticide residues, according to analyses carried out by the EU’s national authorities. The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) annual compilation of results from studies across the EU on the presence of pesticides in food products held no surprises. Of the 84,341 samples of produce from conventional agriculture analysed, 97.2% contained traces of one or more of 774 pesticides. Meanwhile, 99.3% of organic food was free from residues or within legal limits ’.” (

Do You Know What You Are Eating?

First, read the contents on the label. If you cannot pronounce the names of the ingredients, then this points to the fact that they could well be unhealthy. A long list of ingredients just has to raise some questions!

And what about those unpronouncable chemicals? Would you like some Tertiary butylhydroquionone, or some Sodium acid pyrophosphate? How about some Dimethylpolysiloxane?

Later on in this article, you will find out that if you eat Fast Food, you are eating these chemicals.

The following article explains the effects of junk food on the body:

“Genetics student Tom Spector explains why his father asked him to eat junk food for every meal - and what the effects were on his body

The idea was hatched on a family holiday in Brazil, two Christmases ago. My father was researching microbes in the gut, which make up as much as three pounds of our body weight and play a big role in our health. He was wondering about testing all the family. It was perfect timing. I was thinking what project I was taking on in my final-year dissertation for my degree in genetics at Aberystwyth, and there wasn’t much research into how much a specific diet could change gut microbiodiversity. So I suggested that I did a study, using me as a guinea pig.

Before the start in January 2014, I gave myself strict rules. I could have a Big Mac meal or a chicken nugget meal, both with fries and a full sugar Coke. I didn’t have anything for breakfast, but I allowed myself beer and crisps in the evening. No fruit juices, though. That would be cheating as they’d affect the gut microbes.

At first it was really quite easy. I always went to the same branch of McDonald’s. I got quite friendly with them at the drive-through. “Oh, it’s you again,” they would say. I had to explain to them that it was part of my dissertation, I didn’t just have a twice-a-day McDonald’s habit.

By about day three or four it started to get harder, with the tedium of the same food. But around the sixth to the seventh day I started to have some real problems. I was feeling really tired and lethargic, and I had trouble sleeping. I like to think I have a good metabolism, but I felt my body was having a hard time processing all the sugar and fat.

By the sixth day I was having a food hangover for two hours after each meal and I would have to sit down as I felt quite sick. I really hit the depths. I didn’t have a girlfriend at the time, but if I had, I wouldn’t have been in the nicest of spirits. But I wasn’t bad-tempered. Luckily, I’m not a moody chap.

Coming into the last days, I really started to lose my appetite. On the eighth day I had a McDonald’s for lunch and it was horrible. Come supper time I was hungry, but I was aware how bad this meal was going to make me feel, so I just didn’t eat.

Still, by then there were only a couple of days to go, so I felt I couldn’t give up, even though I could almost hear my poor pancreas going: ‘No more! I don’t have enough insulin to deal with all this sugar.’

Then there was a disaster. I suddenly got very constipated. I didn’t have a movement for about two days. No big deal, you might think, but I needed to provide a stool sample for the study. That added a whole extra layer of stress. Fortunately, it all worked out – literally – in the end.

Straight after the experiment, I drove to the supermarket and got two big bags of salad. I ate them all. I was over the moon. And the test results were fascinating. I’d lost 1,400 bacterial species in my gut in just 10 days, which was extraordinary. After a week back on my normal student diet I’d recovered a bit but not completely. I still don’t know if I’ve completely restored the diversity of species to my gut.” (

So Much For The Fries – Now The Burger

It’s not just McDonald’s. Note the phrase in the next article: ‘ The ingredients are similar to anything you’d see in processed fast food.’ All processed food is similar. It contains chemicals to make it smell good, taste good and have a long shelf life. Nutritional value is always going to be suspect, as are the effects of the chemicals used on our health!

“The chain’s [McDonald’s] burgers can resist rot for years. Scientists explain why they have the shelf life of the undead! The latest entrant is the Happy Meal Project, a burger and a packet of fries that have soldiered on undecayed for 143 days.

Ultimately, says O’Keefe, the McDonald’s haters have gotten their science wrong. ‘The ingredients are similar to anything you’d see in processed fast food,’ he says. For better or for worse, McDonald’s is no more a chemical laboratory of secret compounds designed to embalm us from the inside than any other processed food maker .

A Happy Meal manages to stay unspoiled because it is fatty, salty and practically empty of nutrients - which, really, are all good reasons to avoid it anyway.” (

Why This Reaction To Fast Food?

The following article reads a bit like a horror story. French Fries should be potatoes, oil and salt – but not these fries. They sound more like a chemical experiment!

“We all know that eating processed or fast foods is very harmful to our overall health. However many health conscious people retain a soft spot for McDonalds French fries. ‘Fries are just potatoes, oil and salt, right?’ they say. Wrong. These people could not be further from the truth. The ingredients are as follows:

  • Soybean oil
  • Canola oil
  • Hydrogenated oil
  • Dextrose
  • Citric acid
  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Hydrolyzed wheat
  • Tertiary butylhydroquionone
  • Sodium acid pyrophosphate
  • Dimethylpolysiloxane
  • Natural beef flavor
  • Hydrolyzed milk
  • Hydrogenated soybean oil

The three worst offenders found on this list of Frankenfood recipe ingredients are TBHQ, dimethylpolysilioxane and hydrogenated soybean oil.

Tertiary butylhydroquionone, or THBQ, is a type of phenol used in the foods in order to prevent deterioration of food. It is also used in substances such as perfumes and bio-diesel.

Hydrogenated soybean oil – People who consume it on regular basis can expect many, many unhealthy effects. According to the Women’s Hospital in Boston and the research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Brigham Young University, showed that at least 100,000 cardiac deaths in America every year could be prevented if people replaced trans fats with healthier non hydrogenated polyunsaturated or life-giving mono-saturated oils.

Dimethylpolysiloxane – a compound that is most commonly used in hair conditioners, silly putty and in aquarium tank sealants . However Dimethylpolysiloxane dealers also receive orders from McDonalds Corporation. This hazardous compound can even contain formaldehyde, a well-known toxic chemical that has been linked to cancer, allergies, brain damage, and autoimmune disorders.

Future generations will look back at McDonalds with horror. They will be astonished that the multinational corporation was allowed by the FDA to perform what is essentially a sick and twisted science experiment on the world’s population, damaging the health of millions of unsuspecting people in the process. McDonalds aim their advertising squarely at children and adolescents, trying to hook them on their chemical-laden addictive products while they are young and vulnerable – and all in the name of profit over all else.” (

The High Price Of Wastage

Supermarkets demand perfection. The slightest imperfection results in rejection. So farmers are pushed to protect their produce with all the chemicals available.

“The demand for ‘perfect’ fruit and veg means much is discarded, damaging the climate and leaving people hungry. Americans throw away almost as much food as they eat because of a ‘cult of perfection’, deepening hunger and poverty, and inflicting a heavy toll on the environment.

Vast quantities of fresh produce grown in the US are left in the field to rot, fed to livestock or hauled directly from the field to landfill, because of unrealistic and unyielding cosmetic standards, according to official data and interviews with dozens of farmers, packers, truckers, researchers, campaigners and government officials.

From the fields and orchards of California to the population centres of the east coast, farmers and others on the food distribution chain say high-value and nutritious food is being sacrificed to retailers’ demand for unattainable perfection. ‘It’s all about blemish-free produce,’ says Jay Johnson, who ships fresh fruit and vegetables from North Carolina and central Florida. ‘What happens in our business today is that it is either perfect, or it gets rejected. It is perfect to them, or they turn it down. And then you are stuck.’

Food waste is often described as a ‘farm-to-fork’ problem. Produce is lost in fields, warehouses, packaging, distribution, supermarkets, restaurants and fridges. By one government tally, about 60 million tonnes of produce worth about $160 billion (£119 billion), is wasted by retailers and consumers every year - one third of all foodstuffs.

But that is just a ‘downstream’ measure. In more than two dozen interviews, farmers, packers, wholesalers, truckers, food academics and campaigners described the waste that occurs ‘upstream’: scarred vegetables regularly abandoned in the field to save the expense and labour involved in harvest. Or left to rot in a warehouse because of minor blemishes that do not necessarily affect freshness or quality.

When added to the retail waste, it takes the amount of food lost close to half of all produce grown, experts say .” (

What Can We Do?

Avoid fad diets for a start. Low salt, low sugar, low fat… the question is, what has been used to replace the salt, sugar and fat?

“Before the summer holidays, a client came to see me with a leaflet that had been sent home in her six-year-old’s school bag. ‘Let’s get sugar smart,’ it said, but I quickly realised it was anything but. The mother was confused, as the leaflet went against everything I’d taught her. Its overriding message was right: that sugar is lurking everywhere, from cereal to drinks, and that too much can lead to a build-up of harmful fat, which can eventually lead to serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes. However, the advice it went on to give astounded me.

In the ‘Swap this for that’ section, parents were advised to swap sugary cola and juice for water (great) or diet and sugar-free drinks (shocking!). It also suggested swapping chilled desserts (ice cream and similar) for fruit (great), low-fat yogurt or sugar-free jelly (so misleading and so wrong).

I consider foods advertised as ‘low-sugar’, ‘diet’ or ‘sugar-free’ as wolves in sheep’s clothing. They look harmless, but they often have their sugar replaced with artificial sweeteners, which encourage our taste buds to want more sugar and so sugar cravings continue.

New research has also found that when we’re eating artificially sweetened foods the body triggers a range of hormonal and metabolic responses ready to take on a blood-sugar increase. So if you’re eating a low-sugar jelly, your body suffers the metabolic consequences of eating sugar regardless. This is why dieters who depend on diet drinks and foods often don’t experience the weight loss they were expecting.

Artificial sweeteners are also heavily processed and full of man-made ingredients that are not great for the body. So my advice to my client was to forgo them entirely. At breakfast, try boiled eggs instead of sugary cereals, swap fizzy drinks for water and eat fresh fruit for dessert.” (

You are what you eat… and so is the meat you eat!

What we eat affects our health. When we eat meat, what the animal is fed affects the quality of their meat, as the following article points out:

“Proponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) purport that there is no real difference between organic and non-organic foods, since both are molded by the hands of man. Once the surface of non-organic food is scratched and the layers are peeled back, however, the nutritional quality unearthed is by no means similar to whole organic food. That is at least what the largest study thus far comparing organic to non-organic animal products suggests.

The study reviewed more than 200 scientific papers, which examined the difference between organic and non-organic milk and meat products. The researchers found that organic meat and milk products had far higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in comparison to non-organic contenders. The human body can produce most fats from raw ingredients and other fat.

This isn’t true with respect to omega-3 fatty acids, however. They are essential fats, meaning the body cannot produce them by itself but must obtain them from food. The human brain is largely made up of omega-3 fatty acids, meaning organic food is literally brain food.(

Real Food Or Pills?

Now some doctors are stressing the importance of a well balanced diet:

Pharmaceuticals may not be the best medicine for patients. Some doctors are now changing the way they treat patients – by taking them grocery shopping. Physicians, such as Dr Daniel Nadeau, are prescribing food rather than pills to fix the body.

Nadeau suggests consuming the following items to improve your health naturally:

  • Avocados: have very healthy oil, which helps to lower cholesterol
  • Carrots: contain a lot of beta kerotene, which is good for the eyes
  • Blueberries: help prevent dementia
  • Plant-based proteins: beans, seeds and nuts can lower the risk of heart disease

‘Cultures that eat the highest number of beans in their diet have the longest life expectancy,’ Nadeau explained.” (

The Basic Third Law Of Success

In his booklet, The Seven Laws of Success, Mr Armstrong stresses the importance of being careful what we eat:

“The all-important law coming next in time order is GOOD HEALTH.

We are physical beings. The mind and the body form the most wonderful physical mechanism we know. But man is made of matter. He is 16 elements of organic, chemically functioning existence.

And so man IS just what he eats. Some of the most famous physicians and surgeons have said that 90% to 95%, of all sickness and disease comes from faulty diet!

Most degenerative diseases are modern diseases – penalties for eating foods that have been demineralized in food factories – usually an excess of starch, sugar (the carbohydrates) and fats. Others are caused by a type of malnutrition – lack of needed minerals and vitamins in foods. Then people try to put the ‘vitamins’ back into their systems by buying pills at the drugstore!

The average person has never stopped to realize that it is not natural to be sick. Sickness and disease come only from violation of nature’s laws of body and mind – the physical LAWS of health. Most people have not learned that there are any such laws! They suppose that occasional illness or disease is natural in the course of life. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Sickness should not be taken for granted. Some authorities go so far as to say that we do not catch a cold – we eat our colds and fevers! They explain that a cold or fever is merely the unnatural and rapid elimination of toxins and poisons stored up in the glands, resulting from improper diet.” ( The Seven Laws of SUCCESS)

The Key To Radiant Health

Writing in The Plain Truth magazine in January 1982, Mr Armstrong wrote:

“Today nearly everything we eat passes through man’s hands – or his factories – before it comes to the consumer. In the interests of bigger profits the gigantic food industry is giving us a diet of FOODLESS ‘foods.’

One dietician gave this advice, ‘My BASIC RULE in diet is: Eat only those natural foods that will spoil – and eat them before they do’ .” ( The Plain Truth – January 1982)