The greatest fear of many conscientious natural foodists is that pesticide residues in their food might cause harm or illness, especially cancer.
However, it is an esoteric fact that most of the toxic substances in our diets originate naturally from food plants themselves (endogenously) or are formed during the storage, processing and cooking thereof.
This phenomenon does not apply to fruits (the natural food of humans), with exceptions from extreme environments that are unnatural habitats for humans, hence the emphasis on vegetables, tubers, legumes and grains in this analysis.
"Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es."
That's French for: "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are."
Those words were written by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826.
Someone knew about this almost 200 years ago, and we're still not paying attention to it?
At least some people are. Like you.
And you will be better informed and empowered to make healthy lifestyle choices after reading this important article.
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was not the only one who knew that "you are what you eat".
Lectins are present in almost all plant and animal products in different amounts.
They include seeds, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, and tomatoes. Wheat and all other grains contain the highest concentrations of lectins.
Lectins are sugar-binding proteins and can bind to cell membranes and cause biochemical changes in it.
Lectins are not all bad but, as with most things in life, consuming too much can be detrimental.
Epigenetics is the study of biological mechanisms that switch genes on and off.
Genes are specific sequences of bases that provide instructions on how to make important proteins. Proteins are complex molecules that trigger biological actions to carry out life functions.
"Here’s an analogy that might further help you to understand epigenetics.
Think of the human lifespan as a very long movie. The cells would be the actors and actresses, essential units that make up the movie.
DNA, in turn, would be the script — instructions for all the participants of the movie to perform their roles. Subsequently, the DNA sequence would be the words on the script, and certain blocks of these words that instruct key actions or events to take place would be the genes.
Let me ask you something: when you experience a headache, do you reach for pain killers?
Every single time?
Have you ever stopped and thought, "my body is trying to tell me something"? Maybe you have and it prompted you to go to your doctor.
As with most people in our modern age, you may have heard, "you are stressed. I'm giving you a prescription for such-and-such pills. It will help you feel better."
Problem solved.. at least for a week or two!