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Nutrition 101: Comparing Apples to Apples

Warning! The difference between these apples is life or death.

You see, there’s an interesting thing about food once it’s been removed from its natural state: The more aggressive the manner of preservation – harvesting, drying, cooking, irradiating – the less healthy and nutritious the food becomes.

In other words, the further we get from the living aspects of food – enzymes, proteins, probiotics, etc. – the less ability the food has to sustain life on its own.

If we become too far removed from the living aspects of food, assistance to survive becomes necessary: Enter pharmaceutical drugs, synthetic vitamins & supplements, and expensive medical interventions.

Don't let this happen to you! This should help...

Feeling Raw vs Irradiated

It’s no coincidence that the more life you have in your diet, the livelier you feel. This is one of the main pillars behind raw food diets. But it’s not about being a raw foodist. It’s about understanding that when it comes to food and how it makes you feel – aka perform – you get out what you put in.

Do you want to feel raw? Or irradiated?

Here’s a quick breakdown of apples and 4 ways they can be consumed:

Apple #1: Freshly Harvested

Price per pound Organic: ~ $1.99

State: Fully intact

Nutrient density: High

Best eaten raw or juiced.

Apple #2: Dried

Price per pound Organic: ~ $14.06

State: Water content has been removed

Nutrient density: Good

Best eaten dried or rehydrated.

Apple #3: Cooked (Heated above 120°)

Price per pound: ~ $2.24

State: Possible nutrient loss (Ex: Vit C) and essential oil loss (Ex: Cooked off or turned rancid)

Nutrient density: Fair

Best eaten cold or reheated.

Apple #4: Irradiated or Synthesized

Price per pound: ~ $40 - $60 for the apple content

State: Enzyme loss and additional diminishment of the original nutrient profile

Nutrient density: Low

Best eaten in moderation or in an emergency.

Getting what you paid for...

If you want to enjoy health and mobility, late into your years, then I’d suggest taking inventory of your daily food intake now. If you're missing that living element in your diet, I'd suggest adding some in.

How can you add more life into your diet?

By looking at what you’re already eating and moving closer to the source of it.

Here’s a few examples of how to add more life into your diet:

Strawberry Pop-Tarts > Strawberry Jam > Strawberries

Crackers > Dried Veggie Chips > Sprouted Almonds

Ketchup > Sun-dried Tomato Pesto > Tomatoes

Pre-packaged Spices > Non-irradiated Spices > Fresh Garlic & Herbs

Apple Juice Crystals > Dried Apples > Apple Sauce > Fresh Apples

What's the deal here?

Don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re getting all the benefits of eating fresh apples and non-irradiated cinnamon when you’re eating Apple Cinnamon Apple Jacks.

When it comes to highly processed or essentially dead foods like these, at best, what you’re getting is a bunch of synthetic vitamins which have been added to it. These can be seen on the ingredient label.

Watch out for recipes like this:

…because without these things being added to it, there wouldn’t be any nutrients in them at all. Instead, look for recipes that produce results like this:

In Summary:

Nutrients ARE the living aspects of food.

How can you upgrade your snack? Comment below.


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