The way the human body processes food has not changed for thousands of years. However, our predominant food supply has. With the advent of modern agricultural and food processing methods we have seen a lock-and-step increase in heart disease, cancer and other dangerous and deadly conditions.
That is because modern-day food is unfortunately highly processed. Salt and refined sugar, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and trans fats, preservatives, steroids and man-made chemicals are intentionally injected into most of the food you eat. This is not done to make you healthier. It is simply done to make the food you eat last longer on store shelves, taste better, and to produce as addictive a product as possible.
Fresh vegetables and fruits (not fried or slathered in
unhealthy dressing) have naturally healthy levels of the nutrients, minerals and vitamins your body needs. They
do not contain the processed sugar, insanely high levels
of salt, steroids, preservatives and other nutritionally
bankrupt chemicals found in processed food.
Unfortunately, the fruits and vegetables that human beings once used to eat in abundance are now lacking in your diet. Your body still craves the same nutrition requirements it did when your ancestors were eating healthy foods. However, if you continue to reward your hunger with too much unhealthy processed food, and not enough healthy fruits and vegetables, poor health and debilitating medical conditions will be your reward.
The fact that you are a product of nature, and fruits and vegetables are natural food sources, reveals why they are so important as a part of your healthy diet plan.
You could live the rest of your life in a rather healthy manner without a single teaspoonful of processed, refined sugar. Healthy levels of sodium are found in vegetables and fruits. Processed food delivers incredibly high levels of salt and sugar, and this leads to an extremely elevated risk of contracting heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and several other unwelcome health conditions.
Many fruits and vegetables also have a high water content. The human body requires at least 1 gallon of water to be ingested each day to function properly. So simply by eating more fruits and vegetables you help properly hydrate your body.
Another important aspect of swapping out processed foods for vegetables and fruits has to do with how much you weigh. If you find it hard to lose weight and maintain a slim, trim, sexy figure, your diet is probably to blame. The last few decades the importance of nutrition as the major health factor has come to light.
As much as 65% or 75% of your health and physical fitness is dictated by your diet alone.
This means trading a bag of potato chips and a sugary sports drink for a handful of nuts and a glass of water or unsweetened tea during your next snack. Small moves like that begin to impact your health in a positive manner, immediately. Fruits and vegetables are nutrient-rich, low in calories, and they make you feel full longer than unhealthy processed food.
This means you eat less, which lowers your chances of being overweight or obese. That is because vegetables and fruits are high in dietary fiber. Processed foods have little fiber, and tons of empty calories. Fiber takes a long time for your body to process, which means 1 cup of broccoli will make you feel full faster and longer than 2, 3 or even 4 cups of processed sugar!
Now let’s take a look at exactly how much nutritionally healthy natural fruits and vegetables you should be eating.