Tae Kwon Do and Fitness Arts, LLC
Master Daniel Fusco
One of the most challenging aspects of traveling is being away from my “own” food. While away I am at the mercy of conventional sources for food. Back home, my family has control of our food nutrition and what we put in our cupboards, refrigerator, and on our plates. Living on a small farm in a farming community allows this control.
Many people really just don’t care about this, regarding it as unimportant. However, if one wants to take charge of their own health, food nutrition is of the utmost importance.
Nutrition plays a huge role in maximizing our genetic potential and minimizing hereditary propensities for disease.
I want to share an example which illustrates the difference between properly sourced food and reliance upon what the commercial food industry has to offer.
Food labeling is a jungle, requiring a knowledgeable guide to safely navigate through.
The first image is of a food label on a commercial egg carton. It is crafted like well-written prose using pleasing terminology such as “Cage Free”, “Farm Fresh”, “USDA Grade A”, “CA SEFS Compliance” – California Shell Egg Food Safety Compliance, requiring each hen to have a minimum of 116 sq. inches, (.806 sq. ft., slightly larger than the bird itself)) of floor space, and “American Humane Certified”. These terms are displayed mostly with primary color text and organic tone background. This label is intelligently designed to appease and earn the trust of the consumer.
This next image is of the eggs sold in this carton.
The third image is of eggs produced on two different small farms. The lighter yolk eggs are from my Amish neighbor’s flock. His hens are chemical free and allowed to graze in an outside confined area. This area, however, is picked over and mostly dirt ground now lacking diversity. The darker yolk eggs are from our farm (please, I am not self-promoting here), where the hens are allowed outdoors each day in a wide-open area. They eat primarily grasses, plants, and bugs as they freely roam through the pastures, under trees, etc.
It is more than an assumption that a richer colored egg yoke is more nutritious. In fact, science has shown that eggs from hens allowed to graze freely have higher content of nutrition and disease fighting elements such as, Glucosinolates, Flavonoids, Carotenoids, and Omega-3 fatty acids, Choline, Chlorophyll, proteins, beta-carotene, Vits. D, B’s & A, Selenium, Iodine, high-density lipo-proteins ( healthy HDL cholesterol), etc., than their factory produce likenesses. Hens fed in confinement, (and yes, cage-free for all intensive purposes is confinement), are much lower in these nutrients. This not only applies to eggs but meats, farm-raised fish, vegetables grown in depleted and chemically enhance soils, and packaged processed food. Therefore, food we rely upon to provide us with nutrition may be leaving us short. Instead we are left with disease causing low-density lipo-proteins (bad LDL cholesterol), high sugar content, carbohydrate, and cellulose.
Studies continue to emerge raising the question of whether or not eggs are healthy for our cardio-vascular system. The consuming public is left mostly in a state of confusion.
This article does not intend to be a voice of dome and gloom but rather an observation that feeding the masses has come at a big price. The silver lining is that with correct information we each can take charge of our own food and enhance the quality of our nutrition. Many countries around the world ban food produce in the US due to the lower quality and health ramification of our domestic commercial food production practices.
As a self-defense instructor it is my job to promote healthy eating and share information.
Currently, at the time of this writing, our area of Central NY is bursting at the seams with an abundance of healthy locally produce food. We have many small farms operated by Amish, young entrepreneurs, and others dreaming about serving our population with healthy food. They can be found at farmer’s markets and by knocking on their door and saying hello.
Food is a cultural exchange between people of this planet. Keep it pure, healthy, enjoyable, and abundant.