Eat Food That Rots

Click the image to view a time-lapse video of Twinkie vs. Tomato--who will rot first?  (Spoiler alert guys: it's not the Twinkie).

Click the image to view a time-lapse video of Twinkie vs. Tomato–who will rot first? (Spoiler alert guys: it’s not the Twinkie).

As my family’s diet evolved from eating processed foods, meat, and dairy to a whole foods, plant-based diet we began to see 90% of the “food” in our grocery store in a different light.  We thought that a good guideline for avoiding processed “foods” was to stick to the outside aisles of the store.  This is typically where the refrigerated sections are.  That’s where we were more likely to find real, natural food.  The type of food needs to be refrigerated.  Because real, natural food rots.

We have battled rot over the years by preserving our food.  Throughout history mankind has recognized that there are times of plenty and times of want.  He planned his life around the seasons.  He harvested and stored his food for times of dearth.  Even animals store food up for the winter, be it in the fat stores of their bodies or by burying nuts to be eaten later.  Food from man’s harvest can be preserved by curing, drying, canning, pickling, freezing, or by storing in a cool root cellar.  There are many other methods.

“Better living through modern chemistry!”  This was the cry of post World War II industry.  Along with pesticides and household cleaners we found an application for chemical compounds and new processes in preserving or even creating “food.”  Now there are two, three or more major grocery stores in almost every area of the country, all of them seemingly overflowing with “food.”

But that’s not food.  I know this because it doesn’t rot.  Did you ever wonder why the whole middle of the grocery store is not refrigerated?  If 90% of the food in your kitchen was kept in the pantry and 10% was in the refrigerator, would you think that was a reflection of a healthy diet?

Scientists recently showed us that processed foods that do not rot are not fully processed by our bodies.  In the video below we can see, via a tiny ingested camera, that after many hours in the digestive system a package of Ramen noodles looks just about the same on it’s way out as it looked going in.  Home made noodles however look as one would expect after spending hours being chewed up and processed by our bodies.

I encourage you to really think about your food choices.  Everyone should have the same “ah-ha!” moment of realization that I did.  If a product is designed to sit on a shelf, if it has an expiration date of a year or more, if it’s made to last a million years, if it would be great to stock a bomb shelter with, if it doesn’t rot, what makes us think that our body can process it like food?