FOOD FRAUD.

Agro mafia; a term given globally to entities involved in providing foods that are not pure but fake. This could include a specific food that is replaced with another of much lower quality and cost, and then falsely labeled. Extra virgin olive oil is one such food and is diluted with cheap sunflower or rapeseed oil and accounts for a shocking 80% of the olive oil sold today. Many brands found in grocery stores aren’t what they claim to be.

As a consumer you have to question the legitimacy of the foods you buy. Unfortunately there is no foolproof way to protect yourself from food fraud. However the rule of thumb is: foods that are priced at an amount too good to be true are most likely fake. Stick with brand names that you trust and from companies that recognize the importance of keeping you as a satisfied consumer. Seek out established companies with a reputation for being honest and consistently delivering products of high quality.

Food fraud is potentially harmful to consumers because when a product has been altered, it may contain ingredients not listed on the label. This can be hazardous for someone who is allergic to a specific 

ingredient.

This practice is very lucrative, widespread and impacts a great range of products. Artificial flavours and dyes are applied to pass off fakes as the real thing.

Labeling regulations are currently too slack and allow unscrupulous food producers to get away with untruthful and questionable claims. As a result, consumers are shortchanged when thinking they are buying something of quality with health promoting properties.

 

FOOD VERSUS SUPPLEMENTS.

We obtain the micronutrients we need for the proper functioning of our metabolism through the food we consume. 

We can also obtain them through the ingestion of supplements, but there are significant differences between the two. When micronutrients are acquired through food they are made available in their live energetic form and are combined with other nutrients that work synergistically with them for perfect balance, much better bioavailability and nutritional benefits.

Supplements are instead usually produced as a single micronutrient and therefore lose their synergistic value and cause imbalance. They are also primarily synthetic in order to be made at a very low cost and have a long shelf life.

Synthetic supplements are less absorbable and won’t be of much use to your body.

Proponents of supplements argue that our food nowadays is so void of nutrients that we need supplements in order to meet our daily requirements for good health. I disagree. All you require is a diet consisting of natural, fresh, unprocessed and non-genetically modified organic foods. The money you save by not buying supplements can easily cover the higher cost of organic food. 

For your daily requirement of Vitamin C for instance, you can simply consume an organic orange; it is very nutritious, contains bioflavonoids which are compounds that enhance the action of Vitamin C, it smells and looks great, and is delicious! Why deny yourself that experience by taking instead a Vitamin C tablet with reduced nutritional benefits and absorbability?

The myriad of supplements sold through health stores sell hope more than proven health benefits, which are hard to prove. Supplements fall under the jurisdiction of food and as such are not well-regulated. If something doesn’t cause harm, it is considered safe until proven otherwise.

Manufacturers are not required to test supplements in clinical trials and therefore, there is a good chance that what you purchase may contain a much lower dose of what is claimed on the label.

Other problems include possible contamination during production, and a lack of information about the potential dangers of interaction with other supplements, drugs and foods. 

Dietary supplements are usually self-prescribed, so there’s no liability or control system (nor is it required) for reporting bad reactions and side effects. We really don’t need supplements for optimal health as long as we get proper nutrition through a health promoting diet. If anything, the excessive ingestion of supplements may cause imbalances and place a burden on our system.

PROTEIN POWDER.

 

The belief that we need protein powder for good health is debatable because we get adequate amounts of protein from our diet. Furthermore, most whey protein powders are derived from the milk of cows whose diet is primarily soy, and soy is most likely GMO. The milk used in its production may even contain traces of the very harmful bovine growth hormone rbGH.

Protein is made of amino acids, which are found in most foods, even though not necessarily in its complete form and in varying levels. However, eating a variety of plant-derived foods and possibly some that contain all amino acids like those that are animal-derived, will guarantee we get adequate amounts in our diet to fulfill all our physiological needs. 

A gorilla is mainly vegetarian and certainly doesn’t lack in muscle mass.

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