I really enjoy reading Dr. Mercola's newsletters. The following is an excerpt from his recent newsletter on the perils of eating fast food. He talks about the 6 month old McD's hamburger that looks as fresh as a new burger. Why? How? Do you really want to eat that - or feed it to your kids?
Here are his guidelines for for finding and eating REAL Food.
Regardless of where you do your grocery shopping, these are the signs of high-quality, health-promoting foods you want to look for:
If the food meets these criteria, it is most likely a wise choice, and would fall under the designation of "real food."
- It's grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)
- It's not genetically modified
- It contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs
- It does not contain any artificial ingredients, including chemical preservatives
- It is fresh (keep in mind that if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh conventional produce, the latter may be the better option)
- It did not come from a factory farm
- It is grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors)
- It is grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just wanted to share this with you. If you follow these guidelines, you can't go wrong.