I was wondering around my favorite book store again today and ran into two books that piqued by curiosity. The more I garden, the more I’m able to go out into my own back yard and pick fruit and veggies and know where they’ve come from, the more I hear about cancer related illnesses, obesity, and diabetes-the more I crave learning about food. I’m not saying I’m going to turn into a vegetarian by any means. I’m the first to admit that I love a good grilled steak with an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day but I do want to be able to look at a nutritional label and know what I’m reading. I do want to learn a healthier way of eating and stop “hitting” up a fast food place simply because it’s on the way. And even more so, I’m excited to learn a healthier way of eating so I can hopefully pass these values on to my children as they grow up and have families of their own.
Just wanted to quote a few entries from these books:
4 lbs of pesticides for every American are used every year in the US, more than 1/5 of the world total for all pesticides and 1/4 of the worlds herbicides…Yet crop loss to pest for some crops is double what it was before this chemical storm.
Our diet is literally killing us. Around 365,000 deaths and many more suffer every year from diet-related illnesses.
In a study an average of 200 chemicals and pollutants, including a number of pesticides-many known to be carcinogens or developmental toxins-were found in the blood of umbilical cords!!
Populations that eat a so-called Western diet-generally defined as a diet consisting of lots of processed foods, lots of added fat and sugar, lots of refined grains, lots of everything except vegetables, fruits, and whole grains-invariably suffer high rates of the so-called Western diseases: obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
Virtually all of the obesity and type 2 diabetes, 80% of heart disease, and more than a third of all cancers can be linked to the “Western Diet”!!!!
Listen folks….This is serious! I know ignorance is bliss but this is our lives, our innocent children’s lives, and I think it’s time for America to take their lives back. I am throughly enjoying these books and I think if you would take some time and read them with an open mind, you would too!