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Today we’ll discuss about a very important phrase related to making healthy food choices, while also avoiding unhealthy foods – “If man made it, you can’t eat it”.

We’ll discuss what this phrase means and why it’s such an important reminder when it comes to making healthy food choices.

Watch my video post below to learn more, but make sure to also read the article found below the video.

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So what does this phrase mean? What does it mean when we say: “If man made it, you can’t eat it”?

This simple, yet powerful statement, refers to the fact that most (if not all) of the things that one should eat will have to come from natural whole foods. Avoiding “man-made foods” should be a priority for anyone because these engineered foods lack any kind of beneficial nutrients.

Before we go any further, I want to point out that hybrid or heirlooms plants do not fall into the category of “man-made foods”.

Here are some of the ways that we can define these “man-made foods”. Ask yourself these questions when going food shopping:

  • Does the food come from a shelf or from nature?
  • How long has that food stayed on the shelf?
  • Does this food has a long expiration date?
  • Can is safely stay on a shelf for months or does it need to be stored in the fridge?
  • How long is the ingredients list and what’s listed there?
  • Do these ingredients make sense to me?
  • Is this food made in a factory or has grown in nature?
  • Was this food ultra-processed?
  • Does it have additives and preservatives of any kind?

These are some of the questions that you can focus on. If the answer to any of the above questions will point you towards the idea that the product you have it front of you doesn’t come from natural sources, it’s better to avoid it.

By now you may ask yourself, why these “man-made foods” are bad for you? Well, let me clear this for you in the following paragraphs.

When it comes to food, we are taught to judge food based on macronutrients (that’s protein, carbs and fats). But, in order to get an accurate picture of a certain food, we shouldn’t look only at the macronutrients, we should also focus on micronutrients.

All these “man-made foods” are basically dead food because they don’t have enough micronutrients – vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, healthy fiber and enzymes. Simply put, processed foods lack the micronutrients that your system needs on a daily basis.

While the idea of macronutrients is pushed by the food industry, I strongly believe that micronutrients are even more important when it comes to our health.

Because all these “man-made foods” are ultra-processed, they lack the micronutrients that your body needs on a daily basis. As I pointed above, these super important nutrients are: vitamins, minerals, healthy fiber, enzymes and phytonutrients.

These kind of beneficial nutrients can only be found in living food. So my advice for you today is to make an effort and invest your energy into consuming living foods, while staying away from processed foods.

If you’re already eating real food, that is perfect, keep doing it every single day!

If you’re just discovering real food now, don’t be alarmed. Know that every single choice that you make will either get you close to health or close to dis-ease. Start making healthy choices now and you will become healthier and happier!

I hope this makes sense to you and I’m looking forward to hear what are your thoughts on this. Feel free to comment using the comments section below.

Marcel Corbeanu

Hi, I'm Marcel! I'm a health coach, I write about health and wellness and I love cooking healthy food with fresh and simple ingredients.

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