How Your Environment Affects Your Diet: The Urban Diet
There is a correlation between your diet and your environment. For example, if you live by the sea, it very likely that your diet will mainly consist of fish. Furthermore, if you swim regularly, your best source of protein is fish. It will also provide most of the nutrients that are loss during swimming. That is the natural way of life.
The same goes for Eskimos living in the North Pole. They eat a lot of fat from whales and fish. Yet, they are much less likely to suffer from a heart attack or suffer a stroke. This is because they are actively searching for food. Fat is a great source of long-term energy especially for tedious tasks. The amount of body fat an Eskimo has is just right to keep them warm. They also have to consume fish to get the much needed vitamin D which they cannot source from the sun. That is the way your environment should affect your diet.
The Characteristics of the Urban Diet
- Need Money To Buy Food
The main characteristic of the urban diet is the need for money to purchase food. Those who live in modern society rarely grow, raise or hunt their own food. Instead, they do other jobs that bring in some money which is used to secure food.
- Industrialization of Food
The industrialization of food to earn a profit is the greatest evil of modern society. This leads to the continuous decrease in the quality of food in order to increase profit margins. A perfect example is feeding corn to cows in order to drastically increase their weight gain. The cow gets sick in process rendering the meat useless or of an inferior quality. Mad Cow disease was caused by COWS BEING FED COWS.
- Food Commercialization
The commercialization of food includes the cost of marketing and distribution. Therefore, you are paying for a lot more than food. You are paying for the chemicals that are added to increase the shelf life of food. In other words, people are simple paying money to get sick. They are also paying to have the environment destroyed by the chemical wastes that are dumped into the environment after the food is processed.
- Marketing and Promotion
Marketing and Promotion also help to put people in a blind trance. Commercials on TV are just constant reminders to consume more McDonalds and KFC. They are mostly targeted towards children with cool toys and happy songs. If we were in the in the wilderness our primary motivational sensation would be hunger. A cow would not advertise itself to us as food. As a matter of fact, it would try to evade us. In a modern or urban society; marketers use a plethora of techniques that appeal to other sensations and needs. They can even make you yearn for more food when your already full.
- Engineered Taste
Appealing to your taste buds is another method of deception that is used by these organizations. A simple example is the use of excess sugar, MSG and fats in their foods. These ingredients trigger a sensation of pleasure while being consumed. Therefore, the person will always return to these types of foods to relive the pleasurable experience all over again. If you think this sounds like addictions that’s because it is.
There some other points that I haven’t touched on because I do want some of my readers to feel guilty. The point that I am trying to make is that our modern environment is just a TV, media and a concrete forest. What we believe to be a diet is nothing more than an artificially induced state of mind. The environment is an illusion so is the diet. Think about it.
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