In 2009, a children’s breakfast cereal company plastered its cartoon-clad cereal boxes with the claim that the cereal now contained “A good source of calcium and vitamin D” and “Nutrition to help your kids grow up strong!” At face value, the claim was essentially true.
Calcium and vitamin D will indeed help children grow up strong if, that is, these nutrients are derived from plant-based, whole food sources, which contain all of the naturally-occurring co-factors present in their natural state.
Of course, in the case of refined, boxed breakfast cereal, this is not the case. Thus, the “healthy” claim was found to be disingenuous.
The whole truth in the case of breakfast cereal is that the amount of sugar and refined corn in the cereal completely nullify the amount of calcium and vitamin D added to it, not to mention that the calcium and vitamin D had to be artificially inserted into the cereal to make the claim.
These nutrients are “isolated” nutrients, meaning they have been extracted from their natural state and separated from countless, complementary, naturally-occurring nutrients that help it carry out its expected benefits in the human body.
Furthermore, refined sugar — regardless of how many “vitamins and minerals” accompany it in a breakfast cereal, sugar:
suppresses the immune system
upsets the mineral relationships in the body
causes blood proteins to function less effectively
produces a significant rise in triglycerides
can contribute to juvenile delinquency and obesity in children
contributes to premature aging
aggravates arthritis, and
is associated with the development of Parkinson’s disease (Source: Suicide by Sugar by Nancy Appleton, PhD and G.N. Jacobs.)
Don’t forget that the milk served with the cereal has been sterilized of any perceived beneficial nutrients, then “fortified” with artificial nutrients. Milk also contains animal-source protein, which has a list of issues all its own.
Still want that crunchy, chocolaty bowl of disease?
Speaking of disease, we spend all kinds of time and money on disease research and therapeutic solutions, but cutting disease out or poisoning it or, more accurately, its symptoms, into submission is not the answer.
We need to focus on examining the fuel that made the body break down in the first place and using better fuel to reverse the damage. As we have already established, that “breakdown” called disease, no matter what form it takes, is simply malfunctioning cells.
NEXT WEEK… what causes malfunctioning cells and how to stop the mayhem!
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