Sometimes a person just can’t help but to know something. Fill in the blank that fits for you. For me the journey to health started with food investigation. Without food our bodies will perish. We need food to live, move, and enjoy life. What’s in the stuff I am feeding my body? I’d like to believe the food I buy at the grocery store is healthy, but discovery leaves me wondering if anything I pick up is safe.

Let’s look at 6 pros and cons of healthy eating.

Pros

  1. Increase productivity
  2. Save money on life insurance
  3. Enhance mood
  4. Regulate weight
  5. Be healthier
  6. Live longer

Increase in productivity. Everyone wants to work to get done faster, to move on to fun. We’ve all heard of brain food. It’s the good stuff we put in our bodies before a big test. It’s the food you eat that keeps you on your toes while interviewing for a new job or promotion. It’s the food in your diet that makes you feel like you feel like you’ve sealed the deal to earn a new client before you finish the presentation. The Business Wire reports employees on an unhealthy diet have a 66% production loss than those who eat whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. Good food is brain food and higher productivity.

Save money on life insurance. Keep money in the bank and pay fewer, or less, on bills. A person can be insurance poor. Insurance rates seem to go up annually. Need a new roof? The hazard insurance just went up. Have a clean record, but got in a little fender bender? The auto insurance is sure to go up. How about a way to save money on insurance for the body. Eat healthy and go to the gym. These days your health factors, and how often you workout, keep money in your pocket because you have less of a health risk.

Mood Enhancers. Feeling blue? Omega-3 fatty acids can help. Keep a handful of almonds in the purse, desk, or briefcase. All good things in moderation because chocolate, carbs, fruits and vegetables, fish, saffron, coconut, and tea can help. Not all of those foods have redeeming qualities, so go easy and enjoy a better mood as a result.

Regulate weight. Some skeptics call healthy food “bird food”, claiming it doesn’t have good flavor. One simple choice can be to replace soda with water. Want the crunch of a chip? Try a carrot and celery replacement with good peanut butter. Good food can taste good. If it’s not for you, then you could reduce the portions of the food you are already eating and enjoy them less often. Your waistline will thank you.

Be healthier. Overall healthier food increases your ability to be healthier. Not everyone who is healthy is skinny, and not everyone who is overweight is unhealthy. Junk food is high in calories and low in nutrients. Mix in some fruits and veggies into any diet for an improvement. The President’s guide on how to eat healthy, whether at home or school, offers tips.

Live longer. If life is good, and those we love are around us, we want to spend the most time with them and be active. The diseases that make you feel bad cost a lot of money, and kill you sooner. If you’re into self diagnosis, WebMD is probably one of your best friends. A healthy diet, means a healthy heart and a longer life. WebMD says so.

Clearly there are benefits to healthy eating, but you may be surprised at what else is in your food. Once you pull back the veil you will never look at food the same way again. Do you really want to know what’s coming? It is possible that you will never grocery in the same way.

Hint: stay on the perimeter of the store, that’s where the better food is cased. Stay out of the middle, away from quickie meal items and processed foods, those are shelved out in the middle. It’s life changing to study about surprises in your food.

You may decide that you can’t trust the regulations that govern food. Let’s see, then decide for yourself.

Cons

  1. Pink slime
  2. Beaver glands
  3. Human or hog hair
  4. Sprayed on viruses
  5. Insect parts
  6. Wood pulp

Pink slime. You’ve probably heard of pink slime. It’s the questionable meat filler that has graced school lunches and burger joints for decades. The rest of the population is catching on to its unhealthy qualities. The process that eliminates fat in beef leaves us to consume a product exposed to ammonia and citric acid. Ammonia might be good for cleaning my floor, but that’s a product I don’t want to swallow. Eliminating beef for a more viable alternative with a veggie burger? Think again. The real beef product may be better for you. And, it’s FDA approved. Do you buy 90/10, or 80/20?; did you just puke a little in your mouth?

Beaver glands. Everyone likes some flavor, at least now and then, but what if it comes from beaver glands? Castoreum, the dried glands of beavers, is used as strawberry, raspberry, and vanilla flavoring in some candy, gum, gelatin, and pudding. Popular soft drinks, sport drinks, bottled tea, wine coolers, and all natural juices use the natural flavorings between the male beaver’s annus and its external genitals. That’s a natural element that makes me go eeewww! Bottom’s up! (Literally)

Human or hog hair. We might expect, because people are sometimes involved in the packaging of our food, that a stray hair may end up in the final product. I didn’t think hair would end up there on purpose. L-cysteine is an amino acid preservative found in bread products, and it mostly comes from the floor of hair salons in China. Munch on that.

Sprayed on viruses. The FDA allows food producers to spray deli meats with the same bacteriophages that hospitals use to kill germs. This ABC news story uncovers the chemical cocktail the FDA approved to kill listeria on lunch meat. It might not be so bad if it’s only used on meat. We could all become vegetarians. These viruses are also sprayed on fruit and vegetables.

Insect parts. Ever wonder why there is a band or label at the top of the ketchup bottle? The insect parts float to the top. The FDA calls them “natural or unavoidable defects.” The female Lac beetle gives us the ingredient shellac. It’s used to make candy, fruit, and furniture, shiny. Carmine, commonly used in red food coloring for fruit juices and candy, is made from desert beetles. Back to ketchup, yogurt, grapefruit, ice cream, orange juice, and more food than you possibly want to know…yep, insects are inside.

Wood pulp. Packaged cheese looks nice and unclumpy because wood pulp is purposely added for the aesthetic appearance. Tiny pieces of wood powdered cellulose are used to make low-fat cellulose more creamy. Should we go to Ben & Jerry’s for dessert? I think not.

The veil has been pulled back. Are you ready to puke? Awareness of healthy eating is right in front of your eyes. Will you turn a blind eye and shop in the same manner, or will you consider what’s inside before putting the next item in your shopping cart? Healthy eating has benefits, and an awareness should cause a person to wonder…what’s inside of the food I’m putting inside me?

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