According to Michael Taylor, food has lost much of its nutritional value once it hits store shelves. In a previous post, I mentioned the concept of end-gaining and how that affects our personal health.
Today, I would like to specifically focus on how end-gaining has affected the food industry and caused us to deviate from the way God originally instructed us to grow and distribute food. In order to increase the quantity and profits in the food industry, we have resorted to artifical processes that have caused nutritional value to suffer.
Here are some of the major examples of how this has happened.
Five Unhealthy Food Processes
1. Milk Pasteurization: When milk is heated to 75 degrees Celsius for over fifteen seconds, more than half of the Vitamin C and over ninety percent of the enzymes are damaged. Other amino acids are no longer helpful to the body without these enzymes.
However, more nutrient dense dairy foods include kefir, raw milk, Greek yogurt, etc. Raw milk tastes very different from normal milk at the grocery store. It is often bought using a cow share. My piano professor at a camp I attended would order raw milk from a local farmer because it tasted more like the milk he drank growing up in Moscow.
2. Processed White Flour: While whole grain is very nutritious, the process of white flour production has excluded the bran and germ from the wheat kernel, so a lot of vitamins and minerals are lost. Then the powdered flour is bleached, destroying its Vitamin E content. This is done so that the white flour will not spoil for a long time.
3. Feeding Livestock with Antibiotics and Growth Hormones: Eighty percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States is intended for livestock. They are mixed in with food and water to replace good living conditions for the livestock. They also make the animals grow faster. This is bad because feeding antibiotics to healthy animals generates antibiotic resistent bacteria. People who work with these animals can come into contact with this bacteria, and it can also seep into the groundwater. Naturally, this can also create problems for people who consume these meats.
The more ethical thing to do is to prevent infection of animals by feeding them a well-rounded nutritional diet.
4. Feeding Animals Scraps From Other Animals: This is how mad cow disease gets transmitted. God designed cows to eat grass, not to cannibalize off other cohorts.
5. Overprocessed Oils: Similar to the overprocessed flour, a lot of normal vegetable and canola oils that are transparent have gone through severe bleaching, deodorizing, winterizing, etc. Unrefined oils that have been pressed is much better for us. Try to replace current oils with oils such as coconut oil, red palm oil, virgin olive oil, etc.
Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’”
1 John 5:19: “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
While food supply chains globally are dominated by unhealthy and unbiblical ways of producing food, a movement is growing to reverse food production back to the way it was designed. Local advocates are working to make nutrient dense food more available to the community at a more affordable price through a wholesale buying program. To learn more, visit this link.
Read more about a ministry that advocates for healing healthier food.
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