Our bodies are designed to consume proper food. Any food that the body doesn't recognize as a food will be a source of toxicity to the body and will stimulate an allergic response, which can manifest in many different ways, such as weight gain, obesity, headaches, eczema, hyperactivity, gout, or brain fog. If we don't heed the warning signs our bodies send us we can eventually develop chronic diseases such as diabetes, IBS, Crohn's, Alzheimer's, even Cancer.
Over the last 40 years food manufacturers decided to cut costs and started replacing wholesome ingredients with toxic chemical additives. Even the most basic foods such as commercial bread, milk, and cereals have been tainted. In truth its harder to find ingredients in many processed foods that are healthy than aren't healthy. People convince themselves that food and health have nothing to do with each other. They can't be any more wrong. They want a free pass to eat anything they feel like without acknowledging the dire consequences. Our Rabbis such as the Rambam, the Shlah, the Rabbeinu Bechai clearly explain that eating unhealthy foods is prohibited. The Shulchan Aruch (Rabbi Yosef Caro), the Mishna Berurah, and the Sefer Hachinuch Pasken that eating should only be to strengthen and fortify the body so that we can serve G-d. Any food that weakens the body is prohibited. (6)
The truth is that 90% of Americans have food addictions. I am not here to mock anyone suffering from a food addiction. In fact, even though I have been natural for over 8 years, I still have a sweet tooth which I have to fight every day. Nonetheless, our nation has to admit that we have a serious problem. With cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, Autism and obesity rates climbing through the roof we have to address the root cause. Even conventional organizations such as the FDA, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Cancer Society have voiced their concerns about problems in the food industry.
This year, The FDA issued a ban on partially hydrogenated fats in all processed foods. In their words "Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs) are not Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). ... PHOs are the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods. Removing PHOs from processed foods could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths each year"(1). Unfortunately food manufacturers have a loophole anyway (see below). Additionally, almost All restaurants that serve deep fried foods like french fries are serving trans fats to their customers.
The American Diabetes Association issued a warning against sugary drinks. "Research has also shown that drinking sugary drinks is linked to type 2 diabetes.. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people avoid drinking sugar-sweetened beverages to help prevent type 2 diabetes. " (2)