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The saying goes - God created food, but the devil invented cooking. The Bible tells us that in God's kingdom, in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given fruit trees. There's no mention of sausages and pasta hanging in those trees. On the contrary, pots, fire, cooking, pans are associated with the attributes of another realm.

 
What do We Know about what We Eat?
The hardest thing, in my view, is convincing people to do something for their own good, which is harder than enjoying dozens of bee stings every day. I remember a TV journalist's experiment with a hidden camera. On the label of a canned fruit jar, they wrote the words: "cyanide (very dangerous to health)." Of course, this deadly poison was not present. In this experiment, various sales tricks worked well on the shoppers: sales, strategic placement, "natural product." There was even a line formed. And no one delved into what they were buying. The conclusion is that people blindly trust that someone else has thought about their health, safety, etc., for them. And if that someone hasn't done it or does it carelessly! What then?

Consumers' recklessness opens wide opportunities for dishonest food manufacturers and traders to gain economic benefits, undermining consumer health, and with low prices, pushing conscientious producers out of the market.

It's sad to see that people have brought themselves to the point where their only joy is overeating, stooping to the level of animals. These are unhappy people who live only for pleasure. We are rational beings who should ethically, morally, and spiritually evolve. Food is only building material and a source of energy. Often, food is presented to children as a reward for good grades, completed homework, etc., similar to how animals are rewarded for tricks in a circus.

 
With Food, You can Rule the World
Throughout world history, knowledge about nutrition has never been popularized because rulers realized that thinking could elevate to a higher level, people would start to understand global processes, realize how they are being manipulated, and become more independent, consequently harder to manage. For instance, if people switched to the diet intended by nature, it would mean the destruction of pharmaceutical corporations. Alcohol, tobacco, meat producers, etc., would go bankrupt. Therefore, governments ignore the many proofs by honest scientists in the field of health preservation, which confirm the advantages and significance of nutrition, choosing instead to support potentially more expensive and harmful treatments with equipment and medication.

 
Society Needs to Know What's What!
Food safety in the country is the responsibility of the respective state agencies, which tell us that immediately and directly, using a specific product will not harm us. I don't doubt these short-term guarantees. The long-term is different.

It's naive to think that the producer will tell the truth about their product, even if they wanted to. For example, because they themselves lack full information about the raw materials used. For example, pectin (E-440), which is a popular additive in many food products and considered completely harmless. Yes, it's a natural substance found in almost all plants. Everything seems fine, but the reality is that it's not obtained from biologically grown apple peels but from those sprayed with various poisons up to 40 times. And the peel is where the most toxins accumulate, yet in-depth analyses of pesticide residue runoff are very expensive.

For example, peanuts. To fight pests, a petunia gene is introduced, and the plant itself produces poison. Knowing the price of biologically grown peanuts, there's no doubt it's a GM product.

Advertisements tell us about wonderfully packaged products in tetra packs, even without preservatives. Opening the package, it smells fresh and seems free of preservatives. Knowing that the entrance of even a few living bacteria will inevitably start souring and fermentation processes in the package. Can there be perfect sterility? It turns out the packaging is coated on the inside with special antibacterial agents, whose formulas are kept secret. The law does not require the display of packaging composition, and the label "without preservatives" indeed matches reality. Adding cosmetics and various cleaning agents, one can only guess how all this collectively affects human health's "origin" - the symbiotic gut microflora. There are hundreds of such examples, and it's futile to wait for such information from manufacturers or advertisements.

 
Unfair Approach
Caring for health, our country has restricted advertising for alcohol and banned cigarette advertising, with warning labels and shocking photos required on cigarette packs. I completely agree with this approach. But what about other products?

Scientists say that people were more nourished during wartime than today, which initially surprised me. Food stores are overflowing with goods. You can eat as much as you want, and everything is very tasty, but the cells turn out to be starving. However, knowing that there are no miracles in nature, food products at room or even cooler temperatures quickly become un fresh due to microbial action starting to spoil them, and the only way to prevent this is to kill these microbes. They can be killed by thermal treatment, radioactive irradiation, or with preservatives (vinegar, sugar, salt, antioxidants, etc.).

I just want the responsible state authorities to clarify what's what. Why are there age restrictions for buying alcohol and cigarettes in stores "only from 18 years old"? The answer is well known, to care for the youth's health. But there are no restrictions for GMO food and products containing it for sale. Independent scientific studies are unequivocal - the reproductive system is being damaged, from bacteria to animals, and humans are no exception. Therefore, it might be logical for stores to label such food, for example, "prohibited for use in reproductive age." It's an injustice!

 
Legal Drugs also Influence Human Behavior
What a person eats and drinks not only affects their health but also their behavior and reactions. For instance, if there's an accident with victims, of course, an investigation follows, determining whether the perpetrator had used alcohol or drugs before. But maybe there have been other factors promoting such behavior, and the incident wasn't just a coincidence? It's common in the investigation process to rarely consider what and how much the perpetrator had eaten and drunk before. It could have been coffee, maybe medications (tranquilizers, antidepressants) have been used, which are becoming increasingly popular, or the incident could have been facilitated by energy drinks, whose actual composition doesn't always match what's written on the label. Does anyone investigate why a person chronically lacks energy, has a slow reaction in extreme situations, and tries to alleviate a depressive mood with substances causing a narcotic effect or legal drugs?

 
Bio+M
My suggestion would be to introduce a new, higher quality product label for food compared to current ones: Latvian eco-product, Eco-product, Biological food, Organic food, etc. It could be, for example, Bio+M, meaning not only that this product was grown without using mineral fertilizers and pesticides but also that it was grown in living soil rich in minerals, especially such as lithium, zinc, iodine, selenium, silicon, chromium, etc. There should be a requirement that the soil maximally retains all its biological diversity. This currently applies to forest berries, as forests have not yet been depleted of soil and destroyed biological diversity.

Unfortunately, for some organic farmers, the soil was already partially depleted before they began farming. Nature needs time to restore these areas, first allowing deciduous trees to grow, to lift the lacking minerals from the depths of the earth, and to fully revive the biological diversity in the soil.

 
Health-friendly Food
As the demand for food and understanding of health-friendly food increases worldwide, those who consume such food talk less about it to not intensify competition and thereby not increase the price. Compared to other countries, Latvia still has not completely destroyed all possibilities to produce such food.

 
If You Only Eat from What is in Supermarkets
It's no coincidence that pharmacies operate next to or within supermarkets, because even with substantial knowledge in dietetics, it will be challenging to fill a health-friendly shopping basket, so the next choice is between dietary supplements and medications, as there's no third option. Although the deficit of biologically active substances created by the supermarket food assortment in the body cannot be fully compensated with dietary supplements, it is possible to do so partially. Understandably, not everyone can afford to buy the entire range of desired biologically active substances or dietary supplements.

However, if I were to choose dietary supplements as an average supermarket shopper, with the condition that I could only select five products, my choice would be omega-3, antioxidants, vitamin D3, vitamin K2, and the universal dietary supplement bee bread.

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                                       About Food

The saying "you are what you eat" should be taken literally
Deception begins in grocery stores, starting with the color of the showcase lighting to give products the desired appearance, termed as store design. Food manufacturers artificially alter the taste, smell, color, weight, volume, extend the shelf life, or reduce the nutritional value of products, etc. Additives are added to food products that suppress the feeling of satiety and to drinks - substances that induce thirst. You eat and cannot get full, you drink and cannot quench your thirst - you want more. It's possible to deceive the eyes, nose, tongue, even ears with advertisements. But it's impossible to deceive the smallest particles of the human body – 100 trillion (10^14) living cells, which are the basis of life with hundreds of millions of years of development.

For the sake of profitability in food production, one cannot complain about a lack of innovation and rationalization in this industry. Technologies have been invented that allow for the production of, for example, tomato ketchup without the need for tomatoes, it's cheaper to replace them with banana or apple puree, achieving this with the addition of artificial flavors, smells, and colors.

Possibly, meat processors have become 'more conscientious' and, realizing the damage meat does to human health, almost no longer use it in the production of sausages and hot dogs, only continuing to do so, legally speaking, to list it on the label. Old meat can be returned to its previous appearance by soaking it in certain liquids. Fish and meat can be smoked not in real smoke but in liquid smoke containing formaldehyde and chemically synthesized flavorings, just by dipping. Even spoiled meat or fish can be given the aroma of freshly smoked products.

Alcohol can be obtained from waste. Strong drink manufacturers just need to dilute it with water, add flavorings and colorants. Beer producers no longer need high-quality barley grains. Low-quality grains, including corn, will do. The fermentation process is achieved with synthetic enzymes obtained with the help of GMO microorganisms, for example, Novozymes. Hops are no longer as necessary; they can be replaced with artificial flavorings and the alcohol content adjusted to regulate the strength of the beer. If beer used to sour the day after opening, now it does not happen even after a year. The same applies to other alcoholic beverages. However, the problem is that, like with synthetic vitamins, the human body does not recognize this alcohol, which has a different molecular spatial orientation, compared to naturally occurring alcohol in metabolic processes. As a result, human degradation occurs much faster.

Drying fruits (apricots, raisins, plums) is a time-consuming and expensive process. To make it quick and cheap, caustic soda is used, which is also used for cleaning sewage pipes. It is added to boiling water. Dipping fruits in this solution rapidly creates micro-cracks and the drying process is very fast. To achieve an attractive product appearance, treatment with sulfur dioxide, marked as preservative E-220, is carried out.

It is well known that proteins are the basis of all living things. The most popular sources are dairy and meat products, although plant-based proteins would be a much better choice. Poultry meat, compared to beef, is considered a healthier choice. The most bred birds are chickens, leaving only a few percent of the market niche for others. In natural conditions, these birds live almost 15 years, but to reach the size commonly seen on store shelves, more than half a year is needed. Industrial producers are not satisfied with such a wait, so the period is reduced to less than two months. This is achieved through selective breeding, selecting hybrid chicken lines that grow very rapidly. One could say these are defects of nature because in natural conditions such birds would not be viable; they are forced to feed on special combined poultry feed from GMO materials, are in huge stress and pain because their bones cannot keep up with the rapidly growing mass. In these conditions, the life of such birds is only two months, so one must not delay delivery to the slaughterhouse.

Even in bread production, the fermentation process can be accelerated with yeast and enzymes. Since air and water are cheaper than flour, they can be generously added to the bread with special additives.

In conventional agriculture, treating grains with pesticides concentrates the toxins in the grain husks, which are the bran. Bread with bran is advertised as a healthy product because fiber is needed for good gut bacteria. This is true, unless these brans have been thermally processed and the minerals have turned into an inorganic form. The result – we get toxins and do not feed the good bacteria. The alternative – sprouted grains grown in organic farms are an excellent source of energy, vitamins, and minerals, but it is even better to use the green sprouts of grains to avoid lectins.

To give the product the desired shape, add more air and moisture, flours with a high gluten (

lectin) content are used, which promote the coating of intestinal villi and as a result, complicate the metabolic process. Added margarine (hydrolyzed fats) worsens the quality of cell membranes. The consequences of this include the onset of several serious diseases.

Juice manufacturers increasingly do not need natural raw materials. Flavor, smell, and color can be obtained using chemical substances. Sugar can be replaced with synthetic sweeteners, and such products have a long shelf life.

Our ancestors did not have access to exotic fruits in winter. The main source of vitamins and enzymes placed on the table daily was sauerkraut. Possibly, caraway, cranberries, or carrots were added to its preparation, and that was all. It's different nowadays. Apart from the rich dose of toxins already added during the cultivation of cabbages, during the preparation process, acetic acid E-260, citric acid E-330, potassium sorbate E-202, salt, sugar, etc., are added. Such a product is widely used in various ready-made salads in supermarkets. In small amounts, these additives are considered harmless. Their purpose is to stop the activity of bacteria and enzymes so that the product does not change its taste properties during storage. Fans of acetic acid-containing (pickled) products are reminded that vinegar is not friends with blood. The penetration of acetic acid into erythrocytes increases the osmotic pressure inside, followed by fluid influx into the erythrocytes. As a result, swelling and rupture of the outer shell occur. Hemoglobin in the erythrocytes gets into the blood plasma and further into the kidneys, where it mechanically blocks the nephron tubules.

I remember a radio interview with an employee of a widely known confectionery brand in Latvia. When asked, "Why can't local butter be used in confectionery production?" it was explained that technically there is no problem, but the shelf life would only be one month, hence vegetable fats are used. As a result, the shelf life can be extended to one year. Most likely, under this seemingly innocent name "vegetable fats" hides palm oil, which is cheaper than butter. A double economic benefit for the producer.

 

The Pinnacle of Cynicism
One of the most harmful products, sweet cottage cheese snacks, are given affectionate names "Baby" or "Delight", positioned as if for children. The most difficult-to-digest protein, casein, together with sugar – is fermentation and bloating, guaranteeing inflammatory processes, regular respiratory diseases, and many other common problems. It would be more logical and honest to put the same labels on such "products" as on cigarette packs.

 

Cats No Longer Eat Mice
This is my observation that we have reached the point where cats, fed with store-bought cat food, no longer eat mice, what nature intended for them. While the instinct is preserved, mice are caught and bitten, but left behind. However, at the smell of the aroma of opened cans of cat food, a cat is ready to jump. Something like this was unthinkable before. It's naive to think that it's different with humans. But it's a reminder that humans differ from animals in that they are endowed with reason, and a rational person should never degrade to the point where something seems pleasant and tasty, thus wanting it so much, therefore trying to justify their weakness and degradation with all sorts of nonsense and foolishness.

 

Why Does Everything Have to Be Spoiled?
Using dead products daily, it should be considered that there is a different amount of vitamins and enzymes. These are different products compared to those used by our ancestors. Dead products complicate the activity of enzymes produced by the already overloaded pancreas of modern humans. The result is an abundance of toxins, a deficiency of minerals and vitamins, but the gut tract is dominated by pathogenic microflora, so pancreatitis, as well as a bouquet of disease symptoms, is not a coincidence.

 

Why Does This Happen?
Compared to small producers, large retailers have huge capital with a powerful advertising machinery, driven by marketing specialists and psychologists. Of course, huge money is invested in the creation of retail networks, which must generate profit. Add to that the salaries of sellers and the maintenance costs of retail facilities. If you consider the small supply volumes and short shelf life of health-friendly food, as well as the not always ideal appearance of fruits and vegetables, the store's financial health takes precedence, not the consumer's health. And if you add the interests of pharmaceutical companies (which turn over even more money than the oil industry and lobby at the highest level). What does that leave us with? Waiting for changes is futile.

In theory, it is possible to force manufacturers and retailers to change by simply not buying their products, but this would require a tremendous amount of work at the national level in consumer education. For now, it's up to each individual to take care of themselves and not to harbor hopes for the state.

When a person loses their health, everything else becomes insignificant. How good it is to be healthy is usually realized when problems with health have already started. How often, in the pursuit of money, do we think about the point of exclusive movable and immovable properties, if there is no health, because in a sickbed, a person can give up everything. Are we ready to understand that investing both money and time in our health will definitely pay off handsomely?

 

Can Anything Be Changed?
Yes, it can! It's about educating society. We need charismatic leaders whom the people listen to, who dare and are able to tell it like it is, setting aside the interests of the pharmaceutical industry and pseudo-food producers. Education should start with teachers in schools. It's a very difficult task – to teach people from school not to get lost among many temptations, in modern grocery stores to still find that 1 percent of products that, when used, there is hope to maintain normal body function and much less frequently visit the pharmacy or clinic. Unfortunately, that's the terrible ratio – 1 to 99 percent. It cannot be changed just by prohibitions. It's a mirror of the current health and thinking of society. Therefore, what's needed is so-called "lifelong education". Because nothing stands still. Continuously, new temptations and methods of deception are emerging.

To slightly change this ratio, my recommendation would be - an online link to an annotation about the product next to the composition and shelf life indicated on the packaging, by independent food and health experts, nutritionists. Judging by the amount of E numbers is very subjective, but decoding and especially their mutual compatibility requires very serious prior knowledge. Just indicating E – substances does not objectively inform the consumer. The most important thing is that this final judgment, or verdict on the product, is made not by the manufacturer or distributor, but by independent experts, similar to judges in court.

The content of the annotation would unfortunately not be as it is told in advertisements. For example, a cake produced by a popular large manufacturer could have such an annotation: "A means of obtaining pleasure. An 'food' product that creates acidity in the body and promotes diseases with approximately 150 diseases. By using it, cells do not receive the necessary substances for life processes (everything is killed with preservatives). Added strong preservatives, flavor enhancers, colorants, flavorings, and sugar substitutes complicate kidney function and promote the body's contamination with harmful substances, as well as weaken the immune system. Contains hydrolyzed palm oil (worsens blood quality, as insoluble fat plaques are formed). Included soy lecithin and peanuts – are GMO products, which can irreversibly affect the reproductive system and not only. This 'product' should not be included in the daily diet, especially for children. Regular consumption of such products requires additional body detox programs."

A few more examples. Crab sticks. The annotation should read – "Fish processing waste with added chemically synthesized flavor and smell imitators, resembling crab sticks."

For white bread and buns, the annotation would read – "Contains gluten (lectins), which promote inflammatory processes in the body. The product has a high glycemic index, which rapidly increases sugar levels in the blood, uses thermophilic yeast, which very negatively affects the composition of the intestinal microflora and weakens immunity. Grains grown using glyphosate-containing herbicides, which damage cell DNA molecules and negatively affect the hormonal system."

The annotation for sausages would be too long. One can only admire the producers' imagination in how they manage to make all those components stick together and not fall apart.

The examples I've named do not refer to any specific product and are not fantasy. It's a sad reality, products that should have such similar annotations dominate almost every store's product assortment.

The even sadder reality is that the assortment of products offered by 'food' stores and catering establishments is an accurate mirror of society's thinking and health. Retailers offer what is bought, but buyers buy what is offered, because there is no choice. And regulatory authorities only ensure that, if you eat and drink all this, serious consequences will not be noticeable in the coming days.

 

Can We Do Without Supermarkets?
Modern people have become so accustomed to supermarkets that many cannot even conceive of such a question. Supermarket, next to a pharmacy, everything is thought of, convenient, right? But let's look at it from another angle – the biological value of the food products offered in stores on a 10-point scale based on what benefit it brings to the body from a biochemistry standpoint, what impact it has on the body as a whole. By rough estimates, about 90% of products have a biological value of zero or close to zero. This means that these products inevitably cause health problems in the long run. Therefore, such products should not be bought. And if the consumer starts to understand this and does not buy, it turns out that such large stores are not even necessary.

Food stores, if they can be called that, should rather be called something else. There are almost no health-friendly products in them. Even fruits, considered healthy food, knowing how they are grown, this illusion fades. For example, to obtain a banana crop, 32 kg of pesticides are consumed per hectare, accordingly for pineapple crops – 20 kg, but for strawberry crops, up to 300 kg of pesticides are used. However, in Latvia, strawberries can also be grown without a single kg of pesticides, and I have seen it with my own eyes how it happens. The only problem is that fresh berries are not available for a few months of the year.

It being economically unfeasible for supermarkets to offer shelves to small food producers, but perhaps for consumers, looking ahead, it is economically unfeasible to go to such stores.

 

Everyone Benefits from Not Changing Anything
The most frequently purchased product, bread, contains gluten (read in the "Nutrition" section), which contains gliadin, the main cause of cardiovascular diseases. These diseases are the most common cause of death in Latvia. With all due respect to the victims of the Maxima tragedy and their relatives, who have been tormented by years of court proceedings, I allow myself to be cynical and say that the same number of people (more than 50) are buried in Latvia every day, thanks to what is sold in these and other supermarkets. Of course, no court proceedings take place, because in a system where astronomical sums of money are circulated, the financial interests of many participants would be undermined. Starting with conventional grain growers, meat and dairy producers, to global food manufacturers and distributors, including the pharmaceutical industry. To avoid changing anything and not losing a profitable business, politicians are influenced, pseudo-scientific services are used, and accordingly, the mass information space is adjusted.

 

What is the Alternative?
Direct purchasing from the producer. Such systems are already in place, and there are various offers, it's just a matter of further developing them. Especially it would be relevant for those people who have decided to look towards adequate nutrition, who want to refuse chemized food. Many vegetables, fruits, and beekeeping products can be purchased in larger quantities for a longer time. There are various ways to preserve products for a long time without losing their value, for example, shock freezing or dehydration, or sublimation (vacuum drying). Consumers can create reserves at home and not go to stores every day. This would open wide opportunities for small producers, who are ignored by supermarket chains. In this way, bypassing supermarkets, delivering products directly to the consumer without intermediaries. Small stores would take care of the missing assortment. A mutual trust and responsibility would form between the consumer and the producer.

If a person switches to adequate nutrition, their thinking changes, they simply do not need the many "benefits" offered by supermarkets in a wide assortment. It's enough to have fruits, berries, vegetables, grains for sprouting, beekeeping products, and a few other products. Pharmacies are also visited much less frequently.

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