Ever since the inrush of the American "Industrial Revolution", the nutritional value of the food we eat has been on the decline, even following the addition of vitamins and minerals to fortify our foods to offset the losses using artificial fertilizers.
So, the question is, “why”? With the continual increase in technology since industry began to expand, the art of food processing should have produced a delivered food product of increasingly better quality. So, why hasn’t it?
The Name Of The Game In The Food Processing Industry Is Greed…
In the beginning of the great upheaval in our technological growth here in the U.S., manufacturers began realizing the easy profits that could be made by simply adding small amounts of certain readily available ingredients to any given food process which would increase its life in transition to the market, the shelf life after it arrives and even in some cases after it is sold to the consumer. Soon, many more changes were made to the art of food processing, such as basic food imitation additives. Some food processing companies added imitation “blueberries” to certain of their products. Well, at least they were made to print this change in “their recipe” on the front of the package. Unfortunately, our government regulators gave them the O.K. so it wasn’t on their conscience, the fact that blueberries are unique in species and just cannot be duplicated. This is outright “false advertisement”; but I guess it’s o.k..
The discrepancy in this matter is really that blueberries contain some of the highest nutrition per pound of just about any other known fruit in existence today. With this added “imitation blueberry”, all that nutrition has simply been removed. Has the manufacturer rolled back the price of this item? It has not and on the contrary has raised the price slightly. What this has effectively done is to lower the amount of nutrition the consumer pays for the same dollar in the past. This is not the same as inflation costs. I would like to call this “effective nutritional cost” taken from some selected year in the past, such as 1970.
Besides the “imitation” foods the consumer puts up with, there is the processing of the oils that are used in the foods that are manufactured for our consumption. It is called “hydrogenation” and it has been shown to affect the human metabolism and some nutritional experts claim it may even cause heart disease. Effectively this also raises the cost of our nutrition, since it has a negative effect on the human body.
How Does The Food Irradiation Program Calculate?
Since our irradiation program begun on an extremely small scale in the middle 1950’s, the effect on our foods has not been felt until fairly recently. We are told that the irradiation of our fruits and vegetables destroys between 50 and 80 percent of the vitamins, so this increases the consumer’s “effective nutritional cost”, which means we now have to buy more of any given fruit or vegetable to get the same level of vitamins. Before irradiation, an individual could eat raw fruit and vegetables, since the vitamin levels were usually sufficient to supply the daily needs of the body. It is no longer the case, but people still eat raw fruits and vegetables with their confidence of nutritional sufficiency and they are not being told the truth, simply that the process of irradiating our food is costing the consumer their nutrition.
So, What Can The Consumer Do?
Simply, don’t buy foods containing “hydrogenated oils”. Only buy foods with unprocessed oils. Also, do not buy food preparations containing “imitation” additives. When manufacturers find their products are not selling, they will simply no longer produce them and the consumer will benefit.
Published in: Consumer Information