Quality not quantity counts – even with fruits & vegetables

1st I want you to consider a few truths regarding the FDA guidelines or RDA [recommended dietary allowance] of vitamins, minerals, and food group portions demonstrated by the colorful My Food Plate and its predecessor the Food Pyramid.  While the plate does give fruits and vegetables a more prominent division of our diet than grains, it still gives grains a 25% allocation to your meals.  The Food Pyramid had recommended a gargantuan 9-11 servings of carbohydrates in a single day.

Food industry monopolist Monsanto has had their hand in the FDA for a long time.  Grains are cheap to produce & are added to foods like meat that we’d never consider to examine.  They also cause cows to develop e-coli.  Monsanto has “poisoned the water hole” so to speak by putting cancerous chemicals in our food supply, sued family farmers when their own Frankenstein seed contaminated the farmers’ seed, bankrupted many by keeping them in legal limbo, & even caused 1000s of Indian farmers to commit suicide by drinking pesticides.  [click here to tell Pres. Obama to cut the ties between Monsanto & the FDA — takes only 20 sec]

Go here to read Monsanto’s Dark History  (1901 – 2011).

Before my days of behind the scenes nutritional research, back when my kids were toddlers, I would lament how in the world could I fit ~10 healthy carbohydrates a day in & still provide a rich diet of fruits and vegetables.  It became clear quickly that it was an either/or situation.  While I tried to offer a fruit at each breakfast, then at least 1 if not 2 veggies at lunch, 2-3 vegetables at dinner, cushioned with at least 1 fruit snack throughout the day, affordability often gave way to dependence on grains.  At least I did use oatmeal as our mainstay rather than pre-packaged cookies and cakes.  Now if I can just track down organic oatmeal…

When it came to my selection of fruits I relied on unsweetened applesauce, oranges, bananas, and canned varieties.  Wow, have I come a long way, baby.  Out of my choices at least half of them were just plain sorry.  I will give bananas a bit of credit since the 1g of fat in each does help provide their developing brains and nervous system with the fatty protective myelin sheath that insulates nerves.  While it is famous for potassium, it turns out to be an inferior source compared to raw potatoes, cantaloupe, strawberries, and even raw cacao beans (or dark chocolate if cacao is inaccessible to you).

Oranges were a great source (but are also a choking hazard, so beware – helps to peel the inner white linings off to reveal the raw pulp), but the canned applesauce reported zero nutrients.  FRESH raw apples – including chewing the seeds extra well – are, however, superb choices.  Canned fruit (pineapples, peaches, fruit cocktail) is loaded in corn syrup.

Corn syrup (and corn oil) has been linked as a direct cause of diabetes, obesity, and soaring triglyceride fat levels, and cancer.  Quite simply it is so concentrated that it overloads the pancreas in 1 form & chokes out cell walls in the other.  Our family has come to refer to it as “diabetic juice”  and “cancer Kool-aid.”

Which brings to mind another fact:  raw fruits are better sources than juice for the simple reason that juice contains an overabundance of servings, is not fresh unless juiced yourself, and is pasteurized.  On the flip side, freshly juicing vegetables is the most fantastic way to get your quota in without sore jaws and bloat.  The fact that industrial farms have depleted our soils with pesticide and chemical fertilizer use, as well as picking produce green & shipping it cross-country or world-wide means what you’re eating isn’t as nutritious as it could be.  There is no source more superior than locally grown organic foods.

The following video shows why you should be choosing fruits and vegetables with HIGH antioxidant values.  They reduce inflammation which will help clear your skin, fight disease, and heal worn out cells.  Doing so prevents a milieu of life threatening conditions.

 

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