Risks of Over Emphasizing The Health Benefits of Whole Foods, Super Fruits, and Herbs

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 16th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/13i0vb0q/
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Every year we hear about some new whole food, super fruit, or herb, being raved about as a cure all for a milieu of health problems. These products burst onto the health food scene with claims for faster weight loss or increased life span. The over attention may not be such a good thing.

Our Bland Diets Need a Boost

Most of the whole foods, super fruits, or herbs, are actually very beneficial to our diets. These whole foods are especially needed for those of us living in North America (or the UK) with its bland, starch and protein based, diet, where vegetables and fruits often are just there to garnish the plate.

The nutrition is cooked out of many of our foods, and due to fewer nutrients in soil and pressures to grow foods (meat and vegetables) faster means less nutrition is in our food than ever before.

What are Whole Foods, Super Fruits and Herbs

Some of whole food (also known as whole food supplements) are: Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Spirulina, Blue Green Algae, Hemp, Maca, Unprocessed Sugar.

Some super fruits are: Goji Berries, Acai, Mangosteen, Noni, Cupuacu.

Some herbs are: Ginseng, Kava Kava, Yohimbe, Rosemary (oil of), Valerian, Ginkgo Biloba, Clavo Huasca.

Whole foods are not things like whole apples, but rather a food source that offers many nutritional values. Of course "Whole Foods" can also be defined as "apples" things that are eaten whole, but in the health food industry its a bit different than that.

Whole, or super, foods have been a part of the cuisine of other cultures for centuries and can be bought much cheaper at ethnic markets than at health food stores. At health food stores you will get a hyped version of these foods and sometimes many exaggerated claims about their benefits. These exaggerated claims besides being a bit devious and manipulative sometimes have a more dire outcome for the foods in question.

The outcome is that at times countries ban the sale of certain whole foods, super fruits, and herbs.

Problems Arise

Foods that have been used for centuries come under the scrutiny of pharmaceutical companies, the health administrations of countries, and consumer watch groups. People are paid to lobby politicians to ban foods that have been around and used for eons because they might conflict with a new wonder pill that a drug company is making or some group believes that teens have discovered a way to use it to get high.

If these companies, governments, and concerned citizens were so concerned about the health of people they would be targeting such things as processed sugar, one of the most abused and dangerous substances in the world, instead of beneficial fruits and herbs.

This article is directed purely to those involved in the whole food industry or sub-culture. If you are in the whole foods industry or culture you need keep your head about you when discussing or promoting the health benefits of whole foods.

Do not make claims for these foods as health products!

We need these things in our diets at fair prices and without them being hyped to ridiculous extremes. We need these things not to be hyped to the point that they become a target of lobbyists who want to get them banned.

Above all do not call them nutritional supplements as that is one of the first steps to getting a whole food banned. Whole foods have been a easy out for far too long with politicians trying to look like they are actually working by banning one of them before they fly off to some luxury resort where they spend our money. Keep whole foods, super fruits, and herbs cheap and legal ( you may note that depending where you live some are banned already).

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar Denise O
16th Nov 2010 (#)

Mark, I feel our governments need to just stay out of what we eat period, but hey...
That's just me.
I use honey for sweetening for the most part, on a day to day basis but, I find processed sugar gets a bad rap.
All things in moderation, I say.
Good informative article to say the least.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Nov 2010 (#)

Good article Mark.

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author avatar Erik Van Tongerloo
16th Nov 2010 (#)

Great article

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author avatar James R. Coffey
16th Nov 2010 (#)

Nice job!

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author avatar Carol
19th Nov 2010 (#)

Great article

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author avatar Agnes Chin
21st Nov 2010 (#)

great pointers. I have come across mangosteen, acai berries, goji as health supplement juices which has been widely promoted in the markets.

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author avatar Retired
17th Feb 2011 (#)

Excellent article

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author avatar chrysolite
29th Nov 2011 (#)

I couldn't agree more with Mark, but at the end of the day, we all have to make our own decision on whether to follow the hype blindly or switch the TV off and grow our own.

We have chosen the latter. A few thousand square meters and a little cottage is all one really, really needs in life and a little "Garden of Eden" which we can all have.

I know how others belittle us and look down on us, but hey! We have 3 small beehives in the garden, healthy organic bees, and also a few chickens and pigs and a couple of milk goats, vegetables, fruits, herbs and wild food is growing everywhere, I just have to step out of the cottage and harvest or collect everything!

I've read your article about telling people "not" to do something and that they resent it. Sure, I agree, but I can tell myself "no" as many times as I like! And with "no TV, no white sugar, no white flour, no white rice, no fast food, no freezer, no fridge, no drugs, no supplements" we are happy, healthy and fit at 56 and 58.

How come?????

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