Monday, December 13, 2010


Often when you tell someone that cooking healthy, nutritious food will kill its enzymes, life force and create carcinogens, they look at you like you're from another planet. People's level of denial of what they think is good for them is deeply rooted. It's clear why someone would take this so personally. No one wants to hear that what they put in their bodies three times a day could kill them. However, several cooking methods have been linked to everything from Cancer to fertility rates. Browning during baking, frying, or deep-frying produces acrylamide, and over-cooking foods may produce large amounts of acrylamide. They can also be created during microwaving. The FDA has analyzed a variety of U.S. food products for levels of this carcinogen.The European Chemical Agency added acrylamide to its List of Substance of Very High Concern in March 2010.                                                                                                               

 I realize that one's choice of diet is a personal, somewhat private choice but now, more than ever, it's important to remember the choices we have. How many commercials do you typically see promoting fresh fruits and vegetables, organic produce and holistic lifestyle options during a given day? Now think about how many you see for fast food and pharmaceuticals. The two go hand in hand. There's no money in health. There's no money in a cure. Entire global industries would have to shift or disappear completely if people, en masse, began eating what's actually best for them. That's the power we have. Yet every meal we give that power away to global industrial agribusiness and eventually mainstream medicine to patch over our dietary-induced symptoms. Acrylamide is only one of several things slowly killing us. Yet the food you pass over, right in front of your eyes can heal. Deeply ingrained, mental product placement and a concerted effort of what "they" think is best for you is a prison from which you can free yourself. For it's the ones that never move that don't notice the shackles.

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