In an effort to cater to health conscious people, a number of food companies have produced products that are artificial versions of existing items, but with less calories and fat.
There are modified versions of butter and sugar, among other things, on the market, which have less or no calories, but contain chemicals that are not conducive to healthy neurological functions.
Some products were even branded cancerous in post-release studies, such as the formerly popular, alternative, chemical version of sugar, known as Saccharin.
Genetically modified and scientifically altered foods are not the best options for your health. Not to mention, the pesticides used during the growing process, as well as chemicals such as chlorine sprayed on fruits, vegetables and chicken for presentation purposes (to make them look more appealing) are not healthy.
Many non-organic meat products (including chicken) have been pumped full of hormones to make them bigger and look more appealing. When people go to the supermarket, they pick the biggest and plumpest chicken, turkey and cuts of beef, as it is more food and they look better on the table (that picturesque Christmas turkey or chicken). However, it is at a price, because these items do not natural grow to the sizes and shapes being presented in many major nations’ supermarkets.
These hormones in the food are causing girls to develop breasts at a younger age and more facial and bodily hair.
People should also be careful with their consumption of tofu and other soy products. Due to the fact many soybeans have been genetically altered and use certain methods of extraction to create soy products, coupled with the consumption levels by some, it is promoting cancer in select people.
While it is difficult to escape some genetically modified foods, especially if you live in a major world nation, one of the best things you can do is stay away from altered versions of sugar and butter, as much as you can. Some people consume real butter, but much less of it. Some consume brown sugar in moderation, rather than artificial sweeteners. Some consumer sea salt in moderation, rather than iodized salt.
Rather than artificial products, the more natural foods you choose the better for your health (fresh fruits, vegetables, black beans, lentils, brown rice and no more than 7 eggs per week if you have a healthy heart).
Some supermarkets, especially smaller ones, do not carry a wide variety of natural foods, which makes it more difficult to find the healthiest products. However, do try to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, buy genuine organic foods when you can afford to, as they aim to be chemical/pesticide free, which is better for your health.