Modern processed foods are far worse than in Davis’ days

Again, Davis’ primary warning was that processed foods destroy health. Unfortunately, things have only gotten worse since her time.

Food processing occurs on a spectrum, with traditionally canned or fermented foods being “processed” but minimally so, whereas ultra-processed foods have not only been cooked or altered but also contain unnatural ingredients.

In Davis’ days, the primary issue was refined food, such as refined sugar and wheat. GMOs, artificial sweeteners and synthetic food additives were not yet in use.

Today, ultra-processed foods make up 57.9% of the average American’s diet, and what characterizes them are:

  • Ingredients that are not traditionally used in cooking.
  • Unnaturally high amounts of processed sugar, salt and seed oils.
  • Artificial flavors, colors, chemical sweeteners and other additives that imitate sensorial qualities of unprocessed or minimally processed foods (examples include additives that create textures and pleasing mouth-feel).
  • Preservatives and chemicals that impart an unnaturally long shelf-life.
  • Genetically engineered ingredients, which in addition to carrying potential health risks also tend to be heavily contaminated with toxic herbicides.

That Davis was correct in her assessment that real, whole food is necessary for optimal health is evident by the fact that as food processing has become more intense and our food more artificial, chronic disease rates have skyrocketed and now even affect children.

So, regardless of which foods you eat or avoid, one foundational basic remains true across the board: If you want to be healthy, eat only real food; nothing processed.

This advice alone will set you on the right path. Davis was one of the shining nutritional stars of the 20th century who understood and popularized this foundational biological truth.

Originally published by Mercola.

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