I am reading a book this week called "The Hundred Year Lie". It's a book written by an investigative journalist on modern food and medicine. Most of it is reinforcing what I have already learned. Some of the facts are shocking. My commitment to no processed foods has only intensified along with my commitment to eat only grass fed beef and pastured chicken. If I can't afford it, I'll just pretend I'm vegan for the day!
Here are a few bullet points from the book that have really hit home:
"In large feedlots, 100 percent of cattle are fed five or more sex hormones, such as progesterone and testosterone, to accelerate weight gain, and these hormones are known to cause reproductive dysfunction and cancers in humans."
"Many of our commercial dairy and meat products come from animals that consumed livestock feed made from the remains of tens of millions of dogs and cats that were killed with euthanasia drugs at animal shelters and veterinary clinics,"
"Medical evidence is emerging that suggests that the artificial sweeteners in diet soft drinks may cause brain tumors and neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. The occurrence of these diseases has risen dramatically in proportion with the expanded use of those synthetic sweeteners."
Our food in America may be "cheaper" but the long term health affects are staggering. If you watch a show called extreme couponing you see cash register totals of 3.00 for a cart full of "Food" but is it really? It may fill our stomachs but is it nourishing our bodies? Food is medicine, so bad medicine in equals a bad body and many many long term health effects. Let's nourish our bodies with the things we buy, grow and give.
I am looking forward to sharing more of this months reading with you in a future blog post!