Nina Planck Talks Candidly About Industrial Food

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There is a lot of conversation taking place about how our food affects our health. That’s because our overall health profile is critical – as a culture, we continue to experience rising numbers of heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, autism, osteoporosis, many auto-immune disorders, food allergies and intolerances. Despite diets prescribing low-fat eating, meal plans, weight-loss schedules, and exercise regimens we have embarked upon, we are getting sicker.

It’s pretty obvious the food we eat affects our health, and I believe it’s one of the most pertinent and important issues we face in the world today. Our food system affects us socially, economically, politically, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

One of the most active voices on this this topic is Nina Planck, author of Real Food for Mother and Baby and Real Food: What To Eat and Why. She is also an entrepreneur of the first farmer’s markets in London.

Nina has focused on the fact that our ancestors ate very differently than the modern counterparts of today’s society. She believes the health problems of today are very much linked to our diets, which are totally different than those eaten by people all over the world through the history of time, until the last hundred or so years.

Bigthink has an exclusive interview featured today with Ms. Planck that is definitely worth watching. She talks about how the foods we eat are not foods of civilization, they are particular to the development of industrialization – or since the Industrial Revolution (originating somewhere around the 1870s). She examined all the modern foods and compared them to traditional foods eaten by people around the world for thousands of years.

Here is part of that interview. You can view the rest of the interview in its entirety at Bigthink.

 

Here are some of the main points she touches on in her interview:

  • Engineered foods are not whole foods; they have been reassembled – i.e., low carb bread and orange juice or pasteurized milk with vitamins added are industrial foods.
  • Real food spoils quickly.
  • Carbohydrates need the aid of fat to digest them.
  • Traditional foods need the entire component of the food to work – such as in the case of milk or eggs. You need the whole food for digestion and health. Once you alter or denature foods, such as skim milk or egg whites, you lose nutritional value and food ceases to be healthy and contributes to disease.
  • Fattening up animals on feedlots and with cheap, industrial food is only a short-term solution about how to feed people. It harms human health, the ecology, and the planet.

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Weston A. Price Foundation – a non-profit organization founded by Sally Fallon to create awareness and education about sustainable food, living, and farming for health

This post is part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesdays Carnival.

4 Comments

  • April 14, 2010 - 2:51 PM | Permalink

    Great post Raine! So important! thanks for sharing with us all!

    A Moderate Life

  • April 14, 2010 - 3:37 PM | Permalink

    Alex – thanks for stopping by and reading Nina’s words! I’m sure you have read them before, but they are always great to hear again. I’m always thrilled to be able to get someone new interested in her writing and great bank of knowledge! :)

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