Fake Foods – Its Scary Stuff

Today I would like to talk to you about food, not the good kinds.

Our supermarkets are filled with food that has a nutritional value of nothing!

Foods which are packed with chemicals, preservatives, sugars and fats just to make them ‘tasty’ AND CHEAP/PROFITABLE and more importantly convenient for us to eat!

It is no surprise to read all of the stories that have been in the news in 2013 regarding horse meat in our products.  This shows that we cannot trust many of the food suppliers around today, I would go as far to say the whole industry puts profits before health.

These foods aren’t good for you and this is a major factor in the high obesity figures we see in today’s society.

I like to call these foods fake foods!

So many things are added to the products we eat today to add colour, flavour, texture and help preserve them, this is because processed foods without these would be bland horrible things.  These additives which help to make up the processed foods were not designed to eat, they are not food.

The growing demand for things quick and easy has driven this beast out of control..

Processed foods make up a large amount of the toxins we consume every day, if you see a food with ingredients you can’t pronounce then I would recommend you just put it back.  This is the reason why I am such a big advocator of untouched organic food, at least your edging your bets.

Does this sound tasty?

‘benzyl isobutyrate, ethyl acetate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate (petroleum derivative), methyl benzoate (petroleum derivative), hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone.’

If you read the back of many of the sweets, fizzy drinks and chocolates you eat you are likely to see a couple of these.

The main purpose of fake foods is to compete against the more expensive real products.

Many people are drawn in by the cheap price rather than what is actually contained in these products which is understandable given the economic situation.

Margarine is made up from hydrogenated oils and was introduced as a cheaper alternate to butter. These fake foods are made primarily of different chemicals and sometimes contain gums and sugar fillers.

Did you know?

If you place a small piece of butter and margarine outside on a plate, the butter will get eaten by ants and the margarine will not get touched.  Its classified as a non food! So not good enough for ants but good enough for us…

So I would always recommend eating real butter.

I read a very good and quite worrying quote:

“It is a dangerous experiment that humans are living on processed, junk, and invented foods that have never before existed as part of our food chain.” – Jesse Hanley.(an holistic physician specialising in women’s health, menopause, and chronic fatigue)

I feel as if this comment is a fair reflection on society; we were not put on this earth to eat these types of ‘foods’.   It is just overtime most people have become lazier in their nature and the quick fix, cheap option seems to be most popular.

Hydrogenated fats are also something to be very wary of.  Hydrogenated fats came about by injecting hydrogen into vegetable fats when under a high amount of pressure and heat.

This chemical configuration is not found in nature, the result is to prolong shelf life of certain products. Hyrogenated or Trans fats(trans fatty acids) are actually banned in USA and many European countries, and should be avoided at all costs.

Did you know? that if a product contains less than 0.5g of trans fats then it can be advertised on the pack as containing 0g of trans fats!

The best thing I could recommend is to be a lot more interested in the back  of the packets rather than the price on the front.   Have a quick look at the ingredient list and most of you should be able to tell pretty soon whether it is a good product or not.

I personally try not to eat too much of anything out of packets, I stick to fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, meat, fish and poultry along with some rice and pototoes.  None of these foods need to be messed with or put in a packet with additives and preservatives, they are safer.

I would like to mention high fructose corn syrup, in my opinion another VERY bad food product which you should avoid. It is a sweetener used for foods (particularly processed foods) and drinks. Food manufacturers love it as it is CHEAP, has a long shelf life and is just as sweet as other sweetener products.

You will find it listed in the ingredients of many products like soft drinks, ketchup, other sauces, ice cream, salad dressings and sometimes even in bread!

As you can imagine too much sweetened foods are bad for you and can lead to weight gain, so it doesn’t help that sweeteners are placed in so many of the foods that we buy. High fructose corn syrup as even been linked to causing an increase in type 2 diabetes. You need to be wary.

Another artificial sweetener which should be avoided is Aspartame.  Its a proven neuro toxin.  A neuro toxin damages the nerve pathways and sheaths protecting your whole nervous system and brain.

Aspartame is the technical name for brands such as Nutra Sweet and Equal, they both contain phenylalanine and methanol, and should be avoided. Splenda (sucralose) is marketed as natural because it is made from sugar.

It starts out as sugar, but winds up as an artificial, synthetic product. The structure of sugar is changed chemically by substituting three chlorine atoms for three hydroxyl groups. These product types are also used in many of the diet soft drinks, and thousands of other “diet” or low carb products.

Lots of these toxins entered the supermarket and were marketed as “helpful” time saving, longer lasting or improved, wonder products which we as a society welcomed with open arms because we are so busy, I would recommend taking an extra ten minutes each day on making a proper meal which can help to ensure long term health.

As you can see many food manufacturers are not thinking about your health when creating these new products, just PROFIT.

It could be said many are trying to mislead us into thinking their products are healthy when they are not.

Lets take more time and go back to the way we used to eat.

“Remember when we had more, when we had less”.

I absolutely love cooking.

Tell me where the sense of pride is from putting something in the microwave clicking 3 buttons and done!

I know we live in a busy world but if we want to live in this busy world for longer then we should sacrifice a bit of time now to ditching these fake foods and eating properly.

Thanks for reading,

Richard Clarke

PS Please comment below to let me know what you think and to tell me your experiences with these ‘fake foods’

4 thoughts on “Fake Foods – Its Scary Stuff”

  1. Regarding the artificial sweeteners: I am concerned about this as I use them as a substitute for sugar in my drinks. Is there a “safe”
    product to be used.
    As they effect the nerves in your body would this contribute to
    trembling of my hands.
    Also I am finding it extremely difficult to lose weight, and I desperately need to. I cannot do a lot of exercise due to arthritus in both knees. And any diet I am trying is not successful.
    Any ideas please!

    1. Hi Angela,

      In my hot drinks i use honey and cinnamon. I cant say if it would contribute to your trembling hands you would need to see your doctor but its worth cutting it out and monitor the benefits.
      With regards your weight loss its complicated as you have the arthritis. I would certainly look towards your nutrition and follow an anti-inflammatory / detoxification diet. I will be giving a free three days sample of this very soon, but you can Google it and you will find loads.
      arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition, so you need to stop any inflammatory causing things in your nutrition – caffeine, alcohol, wheat, dairy, processed foods, sugar.
      Good luck


  2. As always another amazing piece of nutrition info from you RC, I have invested a lot of money on nutrition seminars and courses, but I have to admit the information we receive via email, and your detox course have taught me far more than any course, it’s always good to pick up nutrition info, and I have completely changed the way I look at nutrition for myself, and my clients, thanks again, and keep up the great work, Gareth

    1. Thanks Gareth thats very kind of you to say so. I know there are a few other PT’s benefiting from the info in Swansea too.

      Top man, take care,


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