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Getting to Know Your Processed Food

Nutritional expert Dr. Royal Lee once stated, “A food that is counterfeit is no different than money that is counterfeit.”  He was speaking in response to a question about processed food, where naturally occurring nutrients are removed and then synthetic chemical vitamins are added in an attempt to compensate. Wheat flour is a good example of this common practice. The wheat kernel is stripped of the nutrient-rich bran and germ, then bleached for appearance, and then “fortified” with a few vitamins and minerals. While this bleached wheat by-product leads to light fluffy cakes with a long shelf-life, the attempt to make up for the loss of nutrients by adding in synthetic vitamins does not replace the original goodness of the fresh, whole grain.

This process is equivalent to a thief robbing you at gunpoint and taking $100 of your hard-earned money.  A few minutes later, the thief repents, and returns to offer you $6 of Monopoly money.  It’s just not the same, is it?  

When natural nutrients are destroyed and synthetic chemicals are added back in, the food is labeled as fortified.  It may sound healthy, but to the human body, fortified food is not the same as whole food.

The practice of using synthetic vitamins and minerals to replace the essential nutrients removed during food processing is so common that we seldom stop to think about it anymore.  But think about it we must, since it is affecting the health of our families.  Additionally, this practice does not stop with our food. Commercial food and drug manufacturers also use synthetic chemicals in vitamin supplements and refreshments, promoting them as health-enhancing products when, in fact, they are not.

From a scientific perspective, the molecular structures of most synthetic vitamins are markedly different from those found in nature. Even though the chemical formula is the same, the shape is different.  The variations are minute, but significant. Vitamins produced in a lab from chemicals have a left rotation (called “levo“) while the other half rotate to the right.  In nature, all plant and animal-sourced vitamin molecules will rotate in the same direction.  Though some scientists will tell you that the body cannot tell the difference, imagine trying to put a left-handed glove on your right hand.  See the problem?

Additionally, in nature, all vitamins are accompanied by other related nutrients called synergists that must be present for any nutrient to be fully functional in the body.  If the synergists are missing, as with chemical vitamins, the effect on the body is more pharmaceutical than nutritional.  There is an effect, but it is often not the one that is desired. It can give us expensive greenish urine, but does not bring us better health.

Consider many of the so-called “healthy products” that are currently marketed to the American consumer.  Almost all of the vitamin supplements sold in pharmacies and big-box stores are made with synthetic chemical vitamins.  The well-known makers of the popular “energy drinks” use many of the same sources for these pseudo-vitamins in these beverages.  

Since there are only a few suppliers for the base components for these commercial products, the sources are easy to identify.  A quick internet visit to chemicalregister.com will confirm that many of these chemicals come from China.

Supplementing your diet with micro-nutrients can and often does improve health, IF the supplements are in the right form. In my nutrition-based practice, I recommend supplements that are concentrations of organic whole food.  This is a normal, natural delivery system for nutrients.  I use a supplement company that grows most of the food for their line of supplements on their own organically certified farm.  Additionally, they never process over 120 degrees, preserving the original nutrient value.  These are real supplements the way nature intended.

MORPHOGENIC FIELD TECHNIQUE
Port Angeles, Washington