No finger pointing is intended here. If you want to know what is in your food, a degree in biochemistry is often needed. If you prefer to not know- stop reading.
**Or, if you would like to do your own research, Children of God for Life has a very user-friendly website. And this is a link to a quick list.
But everyone thinks they eat healthy. Everyone. So consider the fact that you may not know it all. Eve was beguiled; it could happen to you. ***Genetically altered, chemically enhanced and biologically engendered foods UNNATURALLY stimulate the neurological taste receptors *** Your “wanter” will be “programmed “ wrongly.
The big ol’ granddaddy of all genetically altered food is wheat. It accounts for 20% of all calories consumed. Try and find an aisle at the grocery store that is wheat free. I don’t think this is new information to state that the wheat we eat today is genetically not the same as even the wheat I grew up eating (it was not THAT long ago). The super dwarf wheat has 3 times the gluten of the Wonderbread of old; it may look and taste the same, but there are biochemical differences. Small changes in wheat protein structure can alter how our body responds. The industry has been so busy seeing if they could do it, virtually no consideration has been given to question if they should.
Wheat does not stand alone in twisted production, and HUGE question marks should be raised as you evaluate what is on your plate. Maybe we SHOULD question science and just trust God.
What about chemically enhanced additives? Have you ever heard the saying, "You are what you eat?"
Do you want to be: Aluminum Arsenic Artificial Food Dyes Aspartame Cyclamate Saccharin, lead, mercury MSG, Nitrates, PEG, Steroids and Hormones,Sulfites, Trans Fat? Or have you seen what they can do with meat glue? This list is even abridged.
Many of these are known carcinogens and hidden under the label of natural flavoring or some other deceptive name. I remember baby food which was labeled as “no preservatives “ had the inside of the jars sprayed with the preservatives- no, it TECHNICALLY wasn’t “in” the food. It’s a lot harder than you think. Not that your values and convictions of what you want to be eating have changed, but that it’s easier to not be aware. The love of money is nowhere more disgusting than in the sale of abortion products for research or development. Insert my nausea here…
HEK is a human embryonic kidney, which is used for testing and development. How badly do I need flavored coffee creamer? Big household companies HAVE at times tested their products on fetal tissue, from sodas to soups. Human cells are IN certain cosmetics and certain medicines. We can be ignorant but let us not be willingly ignorant. Because of the vagary of FDA labeling, unless you are proficient at reading patents and pharmaceutical inserts you wouldn’t know aborted fetal parts were there without someone to tell you. Do we not want to support life!? How many cell reproductions does it take to make it not from an abortion? Isn’t it clear we live in THE time when evil is called good and good is called evil? It takes some effort to find the information, but since Thou shalt not kill is actually written on stone, put forth the effort; lists do exist.
One of the most echoed arguments against eating healthier is “I can’t, it’s too expensive." It doesn’t have to be. If you add convenience foods- often name brands, processed foods, and chemically enhanced foods- your cost goes up significantly. Some poor quality food may be inexpensive but add in the fact that you will crave other food to meet your nutritional needs or to enhance your energy or the cost of being sick… it’s not a free lunch. I will only brush over the cost of obesity (and I am NOT supporting skinny as a life goal) but it costs your health to strain your system.
In being diligent, food can become an idol way too quickly. I know I often have to take food off the throne. I thoroughly enjoy a good meal, but I am bent toward sin. Daniel wanted to honor God with his eating practices. For myself, keeping a simple palate offers some hedges. It’s eat to live, not live to eat.
Although just my theory, maybe not having food taste too good, provides some protection.
***Genetically altered, chemically enhanced and biologically engendered foods UNNATURALLY stimulate the neurological taste receptors *** If you are spiritually and emotionally hungry, empty “nourishment” can trigger pleasure centers in the brain, never satisfying any actual needs (spiritual, emotional, or physical) but giving temporary pleasure.
Eat simply and wholesomely. Proverbs 23:6 says, "Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:"
Food is fuel.
What you put in your body matters. It is a huge health contributor. My small purchases of food may only be a drop in the giant of fiscal gains of the food industry, but I am accountable for my choices. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. (Ephesians 5:15)
Joyfully serving her Saviour in her blessed position of wife and mother, Dr. Michelle Zarrillo has a unique perspective on health related issues. As a working chiropractor and an avid reader, she has many opportunities to practice that which she learns. Educating her children at home and discovering their special needs has further challenged her to examine the connection between the physical, mental and spiritual realms of the human nature. Her passion for healthier living and her quest for the Creator’s ways of healing keep her pressing forward in search of truth.