Food Technology Is Detrimental To Human Health!

by Steve Prussack
Host of Raw Vegan Radio

Advances in food technology have been hailed for creating freeze-dried astronaut meals and Twinkies with the survival capacities of an extra resilient roach. All that new tech’s been great for the longetivity of food — but not of the humans who eat the stuff.

“Humans today get much - if not most - of their calories from just three kinds of plants: corn, wheat and soy,” points out a recent article in the LA Times, which explains how a lot of food tech’s been extremely bad for human health.

Wondering what’s really in that Twinkie that SO MANY Americans consume on a daily basis? The ingredient list’s so scary it’s actually inspired an entire book: Twinkie, Deconstructed.  Look for the author Steve Ettlinger on a future edition of Raw Vegan Radio.

From Los Angeles Times:

Food technology has been bad for human health since long before the invention of high-fructose corn syrup

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2011

As a result, humans today get much – if not most – of their calories from just three kinds of plants: corn, wheat and soy. This is why, when CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta had a strand of his hair tested in a UC Berkeley laboratory in 2007, 69% of the carbon in it was traced to corn.

Processed foods tend to emphasize tasty ingredients like sugar, salt and fat. To decrease transportation costs and extend shelf life, they contain less water, leaving each morsel of food more densely packed with calories. The detrimental health effects of these innovations are obvious.

But we can’t simply abandon food technology, Ludwig writes – indeed, if the nearly 7 billion people on the planet are to be fed, we must embrace it. However, we should keep in mind that “reducing the burden of obesity-related chronic disease requires a more appropriate use of technology that is guided by public health rather than short-term economic considerations,” he concludes.

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4 People have left comments on this post

» Carissa Leventis-Cox said: { Jun 2, 2011 - 08:06:12 }

MY thought is let us Un-Process our children’s food:

» Dimitri Snowden said: { Jun 6, 2011 - 09:06:32 }

It seems like a “duh!” moment, but the fact that my kitchen (and countless others’ in this country) looks the way it does only proves that Twinkies are come in various, seemingly limitless form

-Dimitri Snowden

» Laura-Jane the Rawtarian said: { Jun 6, 2011 - 02:06:13 }

Haha, oh, that’s a TWINKIE! I was staring at that photo wondering, “What *is* that thing!” for the longest time, lol. I guess when all one eats for two years is raw fruits/veg/nuts/seeds Twinkies do start to look like foreign objects.

Love your radio show, Steve! I listen to it all the time from iTunes when driving to/from work. Keep up the great work!

» FawnM said: { Jun 8, 2011 - 07:06:00 }

Great topic, Steve! I use to resign to the fact that I didn’t recognize many of the ingredients in the foods I ate. And these were so called “health foods.” Steer clear of the obvious offenders, like monosodium glutamate, and all was okay. But all that hydrolyzed, autolyzed, modified, “…ium glutamte,” “… protien,” etc. is (aside from containing MSG) basically foreign substance. And the body doesn’t know what to do with it. Thanks for reinforces the importance of eating whole, unprocessed foods.