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False Food

Not everything you put in your mouth is food. You say I'm stating the obvious right? After-all you are an intelligent person and you know that mouth wash is good for killing bacteria in the mouth but no-way would you drink it like apple juice. Also unlikely that you would eat toothpaste, straws or dental floss(well atleast not in large amounts...lol) so perhaps more specificity is needed here. I could say: Everything you swallow is not food" but one could point out the most of us have popped a few pills in the form of "medication" at some point in our lives and none of us have confused Tylenol with food. Obviously I need still to choose my words better if I hope to keep you reading.

How's this? "Everything you eat is not food"

Now I realize that you may say well I know that also and I don't eat everything. If this is your response I would have to ask you to take inventory of the things that you do eat. After careful search, does your diet consist of only food? Below is the Wikipedia definition of food, most dictionaries say pretty much the same thing so its safe to say the definition is universal.

Wikipedia: Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or mineral.

Do you see how this could become a bit of a trick question based on that definition? "Any substance consumed to provide nutritional support" well we could fortify mouthwash with protein, vitamins and minerals couldn't we? Of course we could and there would be new found benefits to drinking mouth wash - we would be receiving useful protein for example. So we could then technically classify our new fortified mouth wash or toothpaste as food.

Here's my point: Someone has given us a pretty bad definition of food and many of the substances that you and I are eating on a daily basis are in fact NOT food. If you and I were crazy enough to start drinking mouthwash fortified with protein,(I know I'm not) we would benefit from this because we would be getting much needed protein. But obviously there would soon be some adverse reaction from all the ethenol one would be consuming in most brands.

Ok some maybe using toothpaste and mouthwash as bad foods is a bad example in making my case because most of us would not eat a cup of toothpaste protein or not. That would be crazy right?

I think a better example of a substance that is consumed to provide nutritional support for the body would be: Silly Putty. Why not? Silly Putty is in your chicken nuggets afterall, and people eat nuggets. If asked most of us would classify chicken nuggets as food. Now to be fair not all chicken nuggets have Silly Putty in them, to my knowledge its just the McDonald nuggets. But how many millions served again? Millions of people are eating Micky Dee's and by extension - Silly Putty. The nuggets in the freezer section of your local supermarket is filled with salt, fat and preservatives. Chicken nuggets are pretty far from chicken when you begin to investigate and anyone eating processed substances on a regular basis is doing harm to themselves.

I would change the definition of food by simply adding natural and organic. Here's what the new definition would read: Food - any natural or organic substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or mineral. huge difference right?

So what are you eating today? Food I hope.


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Thanx for reading Chris #Peace

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  about 7 years ago

wow... some "food" for thought I guess! :) great article! :)

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  about 7 years ago
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