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Do We Still Need Food?

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:23+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|Health News, Nutrition|

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Eating food is a complete waste of time, money and effort according to some people.

Consumers are opting for drinking something all day or popping lots of pills. Why?

Because it is fast, fast food! Faster than eating real food.

They do not want to waste time eating an apple, an orange, a salad or a sandwich. It’s simply quicker to add some water to a powder mixture and drink it down or pop a pill. Time is saved: No shopping for food, food prep or washing dishes.

“I don’t think we need fruits and veggies,” says Rob Rhinehart, a 24-year-old Atlanta software engineer. He switched from food – to shakes – supposedly containing all the nutrients and micronutrients your body needs.

He was so happy with his experience that he formed a company offering these products to the public and has convinced investors to back him with millions in financing. You can bet that they will be using those millions to convince you that YOU don’t need to eat real food, either.

It has been a long time fantasy to dispose of real food for the simplicity of powders and pills.

  • In 1893, at the World’s Fair, Mary Elizabeth Lease predicted that humans would use synthetic food by 1993, thus freeing women from kitchen duties.
  • In 1930, the science fiction musical Just Imagine, told the story of a man who woke up from a fifty year coma in 1980s New York, and found that food had been replaced with pills.

7 Reasons Why I do not Substitute Food for Pills or Powders or Drinks

1. Pills Lacking in Nutrients:
Simply swallowing a pill or consuming a drink made from powders does not provide us with the abundance of nutrients (or fiber!) that real food does.

“Vitamins should be used only as supplements to the diet, not substitutes for healthy food,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., antioxidant researcher, Tufts University, Boston. There are 8,000 phytochemicals present in whole foods. Pills or powders cannot mimic this balance found in the combination of phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables.

2. Powders Not Fully Digestible and Could be Harmful
When antioxidant nutrients were taken alone in clinical trials, they did not provide the full health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin and mineral supplements, especially supplemental iron, may even be associated with an increased risk for death, according to a study on women aged 55 to 69 years. – Iowa Women’s Health Study, October, 2011



Are you going to let someone else decide what your body needs?

3. Does a Scientist in a Lab Know What Your Body Needs?