(Also, I have not had internet or cable TV at home for almost a week now...which sucks in a way, but I have found so much more time to do other things like reading, cleaning, organizing, etc.)
Nina Planck has written a pretty convincing book on food advices. You see, she doesn’t use the words “healthy,” “organic,” or “natural” to describe her food of choice. Her label is “Real Food.” The book revolves around a central theme – that humans for tens of thousands of years have been eating both vegetables and animals, both grown the way nature intends them to be. Cows should graze on grass and not eat animal products; milk should be drank raw and not pasteurized; the list goes on. She proposes that modern industrialized food is the culprit for heart diseases and cancer. Throughout the book many references are given to bolster her claims. Although I think some of these information sources seem a bit dubious, I must admit that deep down I whole heartedly agree with her philosophy. The most convincing sections of the book are her detailed description of how modern farms quickly and efficiently raise animals and produces. Perhaps the most relevant, or timely, bit of information is that grain-based diet dramatically lowers cows’ digestive systems’ pH levels, creating a favorable environment for the deadly E. coli O157:H7 strain – the now notorious infecting agent hiding in uncooked spinach that caused an outbreak in the US just a few months ago. Other interesting fact include:
1. Pasteurization of milk creates more oxidized cholesterol (bad for your circulation), destroys naturally occurring enzymes such as lactase, which would help the digestion of lactose.
2. The grain diet fed to milk cows increase the omega-6 fatty acids and decrease omega-3 in milk production