When it comes to family the main concern for everyone is health. Making sure everyone in the family is healthy and safe. It all starts with what is bought at the grocery store. It’s an age now that people are becoming more aware of natural ingredients and eating better as part of a healthy diet. All across stores there are labels that read ‘All Natural’ but when the ingredients are read there are items listed that can’t even be pronounced. The catcher is that something can be deemed natural if it is naturally derived; technically speaking, what isn’t?
A popular thing is to call bread natural. It is derived from wheat, a naturally occurring grain. The ingredient normally reads ‘Enriched bleached wheat flour’. The bleaching agent used is normally benzoyl peroxide – yes, the same thing as the active ingredient in acne creams. The only reason to bleach flour is to make it more visually appealing. It is a completely unnecessary process and has been known to eliminate some or most of the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, hence the enriched part. It is deemed safe because when we consume it our bodies can tolerate its toxicity. A process that removes nutrients with a toxin that our bodies can tolerate to a certain extent to then replace the nutrients just so the end result looks more appealing does not sound like a natural ingredient.
Similarly, High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is in nearly everything at the grocery store these days, is processed so many times that there is a huge debate going on as to whether it can be deemed natural or not. To state what’s been proven so far, all sugar even HFCS has nearly the same properties; a relatively even amount of glucose and fructose. What makes sugar and corn syrups bad in general is the body’s inability to metabolize fructose. Like alcohol, fructose is only digestible in the liver which in high amounts leads to liver disease. High amounts of fructose in a diet have also been known to cause gastrointestinal problems, and even obesity. This normally isn’t an issue with regular sugar since it’s consumed in moderation but HFCS, however, is in so many products it’s difficult to moderate it.
The best way to ensure that the groceries bought are all natural is to be able to pronounce and recognize the ingredients listed as being something found in nature. Also, a good rule of thumb is to buy foods that are processed as little as possible. Organic of course is best due to the assurance of no pesticides or chemical ingredients. It is a challenge to take the time to find a product that truly uses natural ingredients that have not been processed, but the health benefits are truly worth it.