A switch Complexity to Simplicity:
Seriously? Hasn’t our food become MORE complex in the past ½ century? It begins with our soil, which in many cases has been over used and improperly cared for. Degradation of our soil means a loss of nutrients which transfers into the plants it produces. A conventionally grown apple today contains 1/3 the iron as the same apple in 1940. So you eat the apple and your body is like, “What the hell? Where’s the iron?” so you eat another one, and another one…or more likely, grab a candy bar because the apple. “just didn’t do the trick”. In order to meet our nutritional needs, we’re having to eat more calories. Excessive calories leads to excessive weight which makes way for disease.
Processed foods also offer less nutritional bang for your buck. Foods begin to lose their nutrients the more they are processed. Of course, thanks to food scientist, we can insert various vitamins back in to processed foods. However, the given vitamin is now taken away from its partner vitamins and minerals and won’t work as efficiently in your body. Also, what is typically found is that scientifically created foods just don’t do the same thing as the real deal. Baby Formula is a great example. In theory, babies drinking formula should thrive just as well as their breast feeding crib buddies, but they don’t. Breast milk steals the show.
Plan of Attack: The good news is that most organically grown produce has proven to be nutritionally superior to its conventional counter-part. So, when possible, buy organically raised produce. Farmers markets or Co-ops are a great way to do this. Pollan says, “shake the hand that feeds you.” Get to know your local farmers, ask how they grow their produce or, heck, grow your own.