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FOOD FRAUD.

Agromafia is a term given globally to entities involved in providing foods that are not pure but fake. This could include a specific food that is replaced with another of much lower quality and cost, and then falsely labeled. Extra virgin olive oil is one such food and is diluted with cheap sunflower or rapeseed oil and accounts for a shocking 80% of the olive oil sold today. Many brands found in grocery stores aren’t what they claim to be. 

As a consumer, you have to question the legitimacy of the foods you buy. Unfortunately, there is no foolproof way to protect yourself from food fraud. However, the rule of thumb is that foods that are priced at an amount too good to be true are most likely fake. Stick with brand names that you trust and from companies that recognize the importance of keeping you as a satisfied consumer. Seek out established companies with a reputation for being honest and consistently delivering products of high quality.

Food fraud is potentially harmful to consumers because when a product has been altered, it may contain ingredients not listed on the label. This can be hazardous for someone who is allergic to a specific 

ingredient. This practice is very lucrative, widespread and impacts a great range of products. Artificial flavours and dyes are applied to pass off fakes as the real thing. Labeling regulations are currently too lax and allow unscrupulous food producers to get away with untruthful and questionable claims. As a result, consumers are shortchanged when they think they are buying something of quality with health-promoting properties.

 

FOOD VS. SUPPLEMENTS.

Through the food we consume, we obtain the micronutrients we need for the proper functioning of our metabolism. We can also obtain them through the ingestion of supplements, but there are significant differences between the two. When micronutrients are acquired through food, they are made available in their live energetic form and are combined with other nutrients that work synergistically with them for perfect balance, much better bioavailability, and nutritional benefits. Supplements are instead usually produced as a single micronutrient and therefore lose their synergistic value and cause imbalance. They are also primarily synthetic in order to be made at a very low cost and have a long shelf life. Synthetic supplements are less absorbable and won’t be of much use to your body. Proponents of supplements argue that our food nowadays is so void of nutrients that we need supplements in order to meet our daily requirements for good health. I disagree. All you require is a diet consisting of natural, fresh, unprocessed, and non-genetically modified organic foods. The money you save by not buying supplements can easily cover the higher cost of organic food. 

For your daily requirement of Vitamin C, for instance, you can simply consume an organic orange; it is very nutritious, contains bioflavonoids, which are compounds that enhance the action of Vitamin C, and is delicious! Why deny yourself that experience by taking a Vitamin C tablet with reduced nutritional benefits and absorbability instead? The myriad of supplements sold through health stores sell hope more than proven health benefits, which are hard to prove. Supplements fall under the jurisdiction of food and, as such, are not well regulated. If something doesn’t cause harm, it is considered safe until proven otherwise. 

Manufacturers are not required to test supplements in clinical trials, and therefore, there is a good chance that what you purchase may contain a much lower dose of what is claimed on the label. 

Other problems include possible contamination during production and a lack of information about the potential dangers of interaction with other supplements, drugs, and foods. 

Dietary supplements are usually self-prescribed, so there’s no liability or control system (nor is it required) for reporting bad reactions and side effects. As long as we get proper nutrition through a health-promoting diet, we really don't need supplements for optimal health. If anything, the excessive ingestion of supplements may cause imbalances and place a burden on our systems.

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The belief that we need protein powder for good health is debatable because we get adequate amounts of protein from our diet. Furthermore, most whey protein powders are derived from the milk of cows whose diet is primarily soy, and soy is most likely GMO. The milk used in its production may even contain traces of the very harmful bovine growth hormone rbGH. 

Protein is made of amino acids, which are found in most foods, even though not necessarily in their complete form and at varying levels. However, eating a variety of plant-derived foods and possibly some that contain all the amino acids, like those that are animal-derived, will guarantee we get adequate amounts in our diet to fulfill all our physiological needs. A gorilla is mainly vegetarian and certainly doesn’t lack muscle mass.

 

BIG PHARMA.

 

Most pharmaceutical drugs address the symptoms but not the root cause of an illness. The cause, more times than not, is a poor diet over the span of many years. Furthermore, many prescription drugs typically cause side effects, some of which are serious. More drugs are then prescribed for the side effects. 

Soon enough, you end up with a medicine cabinet full of drugs that you will stay on indefinitely with no lasting solution in sight. 

The medical community commonly prescribes antibiotics to patients with the flu or common cold. This is not good practice because both are viral infections and not bacterial. Antibiotics offer absolutely no benefit and instead weaken the immune system at a time when it should be strengthened to fight the virus. 

Furthermore, the excessive and indiscriminate use of antibiotics has been shown over time to reduce the body’s ability to fight actual bacterial infections. It has even created antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The excessive use

Antibiotics also wreak havoc on our gut flora and cause a decrease in the population of beneficial bacteria. This can lead to an overgrowth of unwanted microorganisms such as Candida. 

You might assume that the best way to avoid the flu is to get the flu shot. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There is mounting evidence that the efficacy of the flu vaccine is, at best, questionable. There are also many reasons why this toxic cocktail can be much more harmful than the flu itself. 

Lastly, we should not fear contracting the flu because our body has the innate ability to fight it off. A fever is one of our immune system’s natural responses and should not be suppressed, as long as your temperature does not exceed 107.6° F (42° C).

We have been told that a daily low-dose of aspirin can help prevent heart attacks and strokes. This claim is based on its alleged ability to thin the blood and decrease the formation of dangerous clots. 

However, results from the latest large clinical trial show that the benefits are absent. What is not absent is the actual risk of serious internal bleeding in the stomach from its daily use. Natural alternatives to prevent heart attacks and strokes include fish oil, pycnogenol, and tumeric.

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