The term “food” refers to any material absorbed into the body to provide nutrition to the organisms. Generally speaking food is composed of plant, animal, or fungi origin, and includes essential nutrients, including vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, or minerals, which are required by the body in order to maintain its normal function. In most cases, the human body cannot produce its own food. Various foods are necessary to maintain a healthy and varied diet. However, there are certain types of food that we consume on a daily basis that are quite toxic to humans and need to be severely limited or eliminated from the diet.
One type of food that has to be restricted or eliminated from the diet is the type that is contaminated with genetically modified (GM) food products. This means that if you eat or buy food from a grocery store or farmer’s market that is labeled as having GM food in it, then you should know and understand that this food is at a greater risk of containing genetic material that could harm your health. For example, spinach that is GM would contain a gene that allows the plants to grow more rapidly than they should, making the plants less nutritious for human consumption. Similarly, milk that is GM contains another gene that makes cows produce more lactate, meaning that cows’ milk is full of milk proteins and less nutrients like calcium and protein, both of which are important for healthy bones and muscles development in growing children. GM potatoes and cottonseed are also at risk of being contaminated with genetic material that could potentially harm humans.
Another area where food is categorized as “chemically altered” is with regards to the carbohydrates that are in the food. Just about every food that is consumed around the world is altered in some way to enhance the growth or make it better suited to human consumption. Carbs can be altered by adding extra sugars or reducing the amount of fiber that is present, for the purpose of increasing the storage and metabolic rates of energy within the food. This is often done to increase the shelf life of the food, or to make it easier to digest so that it can be used more easily as a food source. There are also some carbohydrates that are chemically altered for the purpose of changing their chemical properties in order to allow them to be metabolized differently from other carbohydrates.
A prime example of food that has been subject to these changes is sugar. Sugar is one of the most commonly used fuels in the production of food, as it provides both food energy and is a source of many nutrients that are vital to human nutrition. However, most processed sugar has been found to be completely devoid of nutritional value, often containing no nutritional worth whatsoever. As a result of the widespread use of chemical-based processes to alter sugar’s chemical properties, the value of the nutrients that are supposed to be provided by this fuel have been greatly reduced.
Another type of food that has been found to have had its chemical properties altered to enable it to be more easily processed is fat. The process of converting animal fats into a product that we call alcohol required the modification of the carbon and hydrogen bonds in order to make it more soluble in water. The conversion of the fat into energy was, in turn, altered so that the fat itself would have greater surface area available to store food. While fats are generally thought to provide dietary benefit, the current understanding is that they do not play a significant role in supporting the human body’s overall health and nutrition. Therefore, they are not useful as nutrients in their natural state.
It has been found that if people want to eat healthy, they need to eat more foods that contain the right combination of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and other nutrients. Although food manufacturers would like us to believe that there is such a thing as a perfect food, the reality is that all foods contain elements that can affect our health, whether they are good or bad. In order to get the disease called food deficiency, you need to eat enough vitamin D, which can be obtained from seafood, green leafy vegetables, fortified soy milk, fortified tofu, vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, oily fish, and fortified white bread.