Touché Tho’lle #9
Touché Tho’lle #9 Edition
Understanding Food: When did it go wrong?
Sometime ago, our understanding of food dramatically changed. In a commercial world, we hunger for more, be it in the sense of ownership and affordability or in the accessibility of what we perceive to be good food. In our opinion foods that are highly commercial and processed are the opposite of food, the nutrient content is lost and those foods are so processed that they often fail to look like whole foods. Foods that are obtainable from commercial outlets often lack the nutrients our bodies so dearly desire, and instead we opt for the insignificant of taste as opposed to food that is supposed to nourish the body and mind.
Most of a person’s DNA resides in the abdomen or gut which is why there is such a resonance for the term “you are what you eat”. All the food you ingest is absorbed by the majority of the DNA in your gut area which affects how you think and feel. Many people who switch to whole and natural food diets claim to have a major boost in energy and brain processing or thinking. This must be primarily attributed to the difference in nutrient absorption from switching from a taste first processed diet to one which is whole and real.
There is a continued increase in the degree of obesity and chronic diseases and for some reason the connection with food as a contributing factor is grossly omitted. We are often led to believe that our chronic diseases are hereditary because of the association of our genes, however have you ever stopped to think that the one more visible thing that is carried over from generation to generation is your eating habits? Did you ever wonder about the correlation between sickness and food? Did you ever think that the lack of nutrient dense food could be starving your body from obtaining those vital ingredients we need for optimal health?
Recent studies and documentaries have highlighted the decline in food quality among our logistical and commercial systems. Consumers are demanding food that lasts longer, but have you ever thought about the consequence of food that lasts longer? Try a simple experiment of cutting fresh produce or herbs from your garden and making a comparison in how long it lasts to that which you can purchase from a super-market. The home-grown produce won’t last half as long and will vary greatly in taste, smell and texture. Have you ever wondered why?
Consumers seem to think that the brighter and more coherent a fruit or vegetable looks the better. This isn’t always the case, sadly this is such a difficult mindset to change. In order for commercially available food to last as long as it can it has to be treated. If you research how to preserve food from your garden, they recommend making jams, freezing, drying or canning it. How do food merchants then preserve fresh produce? Doing research on the topic, I was alarmed to hear that global food producers have an arsenal of over 14 000 synthetic chemicals to make food appear fresher and last longer.
Some medical information journals argue that it is an impossibility to understand the impact and extent of using synthetic chemicals in food and that we are far from understanding the implications. Having said this it is so difficult to turn away from our current habits and we have very few alternatives. Only now have organic door-to-door fresh produce deliveries stepped up and a but a hand-full of real food stores are available to consumers and these are often in inaccessible areas for most. So what then is the way forward?
Personally we are on a journey to eliminate as much processed food product from our kitchen as possible, and we currently produce our own vegan “meat” and “dairy” substitutes. We do not use any preservatives, additives or chemicals and believe that good food prepared properly can last a for a reasonable amount of time. Our frozen options can last up to 3-4 months in the freezer, which gives us a sufficient window to stock up for convenience considering we are a family of 5. We also grow most of our herbs in our garden and are busy extending our home grown vegetable range. Not only does this make us more self sufficient, but so too are we 100% sure that there are no contaminates in that which we grow ourselves.
One of our biggest challenges at the moment are trying to convince our fur baby that the tomatoes are not for him and that we’d like to see them at least ripen before they disappear.
Our products are natural, vegan, chemical, additive, preservative and cruelty free – the only way we know how.