The food industry says it has never been so safe, healthy and closely monitored as it is today. It is true that it has made considerable progress with, for example: Pasteurization – which has made it possible to obtain milk free of tuberculosis pathogens without reducing the vitamin content; Preservation – with preservatives that protect food from rapid deterioration and fungal attack; and Freezing – which has made mass production of food possible; so that today everyone can eat for relatively little money.

But the refinement of raw materials and the very long shelf life that allows food to be transported farther than ever before have made food production so far removed from traditional cooking that consumers lose track of how their food is made. So the industry is perhaps more controlled but not so transparent…

La industria alimentaria

El problema real es que en la mayoría de los hogares, la gente ya casi nunca cocina alimentos frescos debido a los alimentos preenvasados que son baratos y fáciles de preparar. Tiene sentido, porque en algunos países europeos el mercado ofrece alrededor de 30.000 nuevos productos alimenticios por año. Todos estos alimentos listos para usar vienen en envases de aluminio, bolsas o latas. Y, por supuesto, todos estos productos se someten a un complejo proceso y reciben numerosos aditivos gracias a la tecnología más avanzada.

Alimentos preenvasados

Industrially produced food no longer owes its fresh colour to nature, but to dyes and colour additives. If you knew what you had on your plate, you would be surprised… For example, a citizen of Central Europe consumes about eight kilos of preservatives per year… Not to mention flavour enhancers, flavourings, separating agents, colourings, packaging gases and fillers. Speed, convenience and practicality are the basis for prepared food! So allow the chemicals industry to cook for us is not really a good idea. Because food is no longer boiled, stirred or cooked, but isolated, optimized or modified.

Let’s explain: conventional ingredients are broken down into small (modified) units, then processed, stored and reassembled. For example, butterfat or vegetable fats are used in ice cream instead of cream. Milk proteins and sweet whey powder are used instead of milk. Instead of pure flour, a mixture of wheat and soy flour, emulsifiers and other ingredients are used. As a result, the farmer has become a supplier of raw materials which are then “refined” in the food industry. The incredible wealth of natural substances is then used in modified or replicated form as ingredients for the brave new world of food that is moving further and further away from nature.

El sabor artificial

This phenomenon does not only affect young people but most families living in cities. This leads to the fact that more than 3/4 of the food produced in Central Europe is processed or refined industrially. This means that we just have a little of the precious starting ingredients in our plates… For many foods, the natural taste is extracted and then processed without being able to recognize it. It is often assembled with chemical additives, which gives it an artificial taste. It’s to make you lose your appetite… For example, for the famous strawberry flavour found in many products such as yoghurt or certain cakes, the industry uses about 50 substances that will be found in the basic food… Instead of laboriously and expensively extracting the original aroma from the real fruit, the industry leaves it up to fungi and bacteria to produce substances with a similar taste in fermenters.

To produce the peach flavour it uses the yeast-like fungus Sporobolomyces odorus. For the coconut flavour it uses the earth fungus Trichoderma viride. For the aniseed and honey smell, it is the tree fungus Trametes odorate. Sawdust and sewage sludge are also used as raw materials for “natural” flavouring substances.

It’s up to us

Por lo tanto, aunque según la legislación alimentaria, los aromas naturales deben estar presentes en la naturaleza, pueden ser producidos de manera diferente. Aquí es donde entra el matiz. De hecho, las sustancias aromatizantes naturalmente idénticas no son más que aromatizantes artificiales que imitan los sabores de la naturaleza. Sólo pretenden tener un sabor natural. Debido a que son baratos y ampliamente disponibles, ayudan a aumentar el volumen de negocios.

So we, the consumers, are the ones who must take action: the food industry says it wants to improve the health and taste of food by adding individual ingredients. In many circumstances, however, these have a different effect from the components of natural foods. Let’s take beta-carotene, as an example. Epidemiological studies in Europe have long claimed that this provitamin protects against lung cancer. Food manufacturers then mixed it into all kinds of foods and drinks, presenting them as good vitamins, especially for smokers. But later it turned out that smokers who consumed high doses of beta-carotene were more likely to develop lung cancer.

It’s because of all these extremes situations that certain currents such as paleo-nutrition are totally opposed to industrially processed foods.

En el camino hacia una dieta saludable

If you are able to listen more carefully to your body and focus more on it, you may wonder what you really want to eat . You’d be surprised that it’s not unhealthy food. On the contrary, your body will rather signal a craving for foods that are part of a healthy diet such as vegetables, fruit or fish. Trust your body because it is perfectly capable of telling you what it needs. Unfortunately, many people forget to listen to that inner voice. So it is important that each of us work on ourselves to learn how to do it again and we will see that we no longer have to worry about poor nutrition.

Comer bien

En efecto, para estar sano hay que comer bien. Con una dieta saludable es posible prevenir eficazmente la hipertensión, las enfermedades vasculares y por lo tanto un ataque al corazón o un derrame cerebral. Para ello, adopte una dieta baja en calorías reduciendo su consumo de grasas y colesterol.

Consejos

        • Comer mucha fruta y verdura
        • Cocinar las verduras suavemente
        • Comer fruta con piel
        • Asegúrate de tomar vitaminas A, C y E:

– Vitamin A: Carrots, liver
– Vitamin C: blackcurrant, rosehip, parsley, paprika
– Vitamin E: almonds, wheat germ, linseed and sunflower oil

        • Comer productos ricos en fibra: productos integrales, patatas, coles, plátanos, judías
        • Evite la bollería, el chocolate, los embutidos, la carne, la mantequilla, los pasteles,.
        • Coma de cuatro a cinco comidas pequeñas repartidas a lo largo del día en lugar de dos o tres comidas grandes. Esto reducirá su hambre y evitará que su nivel de azúcar en sangre se convierta en una montaña rusa
        • Utilice aceites vegetales y alimentos bajos en grasa y colesterol (por ejemplo, pescado o aves de corral)

Consejos a seguir

If you eat healthier you’ll probably lose a few extra pounds. In case you don’t succeed to listen to your body in the beggining, we offer you 5 tips to follow to steer you towards a healthy diet:

Comprueba tu motivación

There must be good reasons for wanting to eat healthy. If it’s because someone told you that you’re too fat or because you want to do like your best friend who lost weight, it won’t work well. You’ll be back to normal in no time. You have to be convinced that eating lots of fruits and vegetables is only good for your health. You lose your extra pounds for your own benefit, because they relieve your body. Less mass pressure on the joints, for example, reduces the risk of osteoarthritis. And less risks for health due to reduced overweight. If you weigh less, you are also much more mobile and active and your quality of life increases. Only when you recognize these health benefits will you be able to maintain a healthy diet over the long term.

Comer en el momento adecuado 

Si se ha acostumbrado a comer comidas preparadas, el hecho de querer preparar de repente su comida fresca provocará un cambio significativo en su vida diaria. Esto lleva tiempo y también algunas habilidades de organización. Si su vida ya está muy ocupada en este momento, puede que no sea el momento adecuado para darle la vuelta a su menú. Tal vez sea mejor esperar un poco más y entonces tendrá el tiempo y el placer de probar muchas recetas caseras saludables. Empiece con cosas pequeñas: asegúrese de comer fruta al menos cinco veces al día. Y trate de comer menos postres y grasas animales en general.

Actitud positiva ante la vida

Remove negative statements from your conscience, such as “I don’t want to be fat anymore” or “I don’t want to be unpleasant anymore”. Think positively, such as “I want to live a healthy life” or “I want to lose weight”. In this way, you signal to your subconscious: “I like myself”. And if you like yourself, it is easier for you to do something positive for your own health.

Establece objetivos realistas para ti mismo

You can’t expect to lose masses of pounds in a short period of time. You have to be patient. Even if you’ve only lost one or two pounds in a month, you will be rewarded. Maybe you’ll buy a smaller size of clothing.

Tener apoyo

Una gran parte de la vida funciona mejor cuando no estás solo. Si quieres perder peso, pide consejo a un nutricionista, por ejemplo. O únete a un grupo de pérdida de peso donde puedas intercambiar ideas con personas afines. Conoce a gente, tal vez haga nuevos amigos.