have known 75 years ago that cutting down trees in our forests
would affect the fish in the streams and the ozone layer surrounding
our planet? Trees provide so many useful products, harvesting
them seemed a natural and wonderful way to have a better life.
Inevitably many things were harmed by a seemingly innocent pursuit.
We have such
a hunger for secret curesfor something new and "magical"
that will change us and improve our health that we've done the
same thing with foods. In trying to improve our lifestyle we've
often destroyed the natural way in which food is meant to be eaten.
eaten by millions in its crude form, was refined into white rice.
At first a rich man's food, white rice eventually became the only
food for vast millions of people in third world countries, precipitating
a host of medical problems, including protein deficiencies and
is repeated with the refinement of flour. For centuries everyone
ate whole-wheat bread. Then the technology for milling and refining
flour produced white bread. Because it was expensive it was called
the "king's bread". Peasants clamored for it, not realizing that
white flour lacks a host of vitamins and minerals, especially
B vitamins. They eventually got the riches formerly reserved for
the kinginclude his vitamin-B deficiency.
At the turn
of the century nutritionists observed widespread malnutrition
among poorer Americans. They attributed it to a lack of protein
and B vitamins, the nutrients found mainly in meats and other
animal products. A great campaign began for people to eat more
meat, which they did. Malnutrition rates subsided, but more and
more people got heart attacks. It took nutritionists far too long
to comprehend that the diet they had pushed was too high in fat
Now the pendulum
has swung away from animal products. People eat fruits and vegetables,
extolling the "magical" qualities of vitamin A and vitamin C.
Unaware that fruits have almost no protein and few, if any, B
vitamins, these fruitaholics, as I call them, deprive themselves
of essential nutrients with their one-sided approach to eating.
Just like the big meat eaters, they mistakenly believe that some
foods are wonderful while others are terrible.
for the perfect way to manipulate our food so we can perform better
and feel better. But too often our pursuit of the new upsets what
is good about the old.
give us apple juice or carrot juice or refined rice or white flour.
He gave us apples and carrots and whole grains. In the same way
that we cut down forests to improve our lifestyle, we hunt for
ways to "improve" our diet. We fail to realize that a variety
of foodseaten as close to their natural state as possibleis
what the liver and the kidneys and the intestines expect to receive.
Put a variety
of low-fat, high fiber foods into your body. Let your organs perform
their magic. Isn't it magical they way foods that occur naturally
fit so well with our body's needs? What a shame to look so hard
for the miracle food when the real miracle is all around you.