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Understanding the politics of food (2)

By Julia Oyefunke Fortune

While most people would not consider food a “drug,” the truth is food can be as potent as many medications, eliciting even immediate and often very strong reactions within the body. Caffeine for example, is an extremely powerful, yet natural chemical found in coffee beans.

For  those who drink coffee on a daily basis, you know how important your  morning coffee can be. Sugar is another obvious example of a powerful food. We all know the effects of a sugar high, especially if you have children.

While coffee and sugar can cause noticeable and immediate physiological effects, there are also plenty of examples of other foods that can trigger abrupt physical reactions within the body without causing any noticeable outward effects. For this reason, these foods may be even more potent because we tend not to notice their effects on our body until an imbalance or illness results. Like many things in life, too much of anything can be a bad thing. h  e key is always balance.

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When it comes to food, what many people don’t understand is that every food we put in our mouths directly affects our pH balance.

Each food can either acidify or alkalize your body and as such, is just  as potent as any drug. When we choose a food, we typically look at its nutritional value.

For the most part, we never consider what this specific food does to our body (beyond providing nutrition) after it is eaten. We understand certain foods are high in vitamin C or E for example, or that some foods are high in protein or carbohydrates, but each of these foods also has a much deeper and lasting eff ect on the body.

As discussed earlier, your body runs at optimal levels only when its internal pH levels are balanced as nature intended. Food is the biggest factor in maintaining proper pH levels since every single food item and beverage you consume including medications, is ultimately broken down into an acid or an alkaline within the body, thus affecting overall levels.

Scientists can determine whether a food is acid or alkaline by burning it and then mixing the resulting ash with water. If the solution is acid or alkaline then the food is labeled as either an acid or alkaline.

Essentially, the ash is the mineral content of the food. For instance, certain foods that are typically regarded as unhealthy are also inherently acidic including any alcoholic beverage and artificial sweetener.

On the other hand, many of the foods we are told are healthy, like most proteins, actually break down into phosphoric and uric acids leaving an acidic ash behind.


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