One of the principles of holistic medicine regards using food as medicine. In fact, the very term holistic medicine relates to seeing the totality of one’s body as a single system. It might be a bit reductive to say that it pints to the idea that people are what they eat. But it does factor pretty highly in the overall holistic philosophy. The first step in many holistic practices involves extended cleanses or fasts And of these practices one of the more important involves ceasing consumption of refined sugar.
This helps energy levels. It might restore one’s overall natural balance. There’s evidence that it helps reset cravings and issues related to one’s GI biome. And it essentially goes on and on. Fasting and healthy food changes are part of a holistic practice for sound reasons. But a recent story points to how difficult this can be in the modern world.
They looked at the total packaged food in grocery stores. And the numbers were shocking. A full 68% of food in grocery stores contains added sugar. Basically, if one isn’t getting fresh produce than the chances of it not having added sugar is quite low.
And this isn’t just for standard grocery stores. Even health focused organic stores have a similar ratio of added sugar. One can see this pretty clearly when looking at something as innocent as vegetable soup. The calorie totals are usually amazingly high for something which should mostly consist of vegetables, water and spices. And the problem there is usually due to sugar.
It’s clear that people looking for a more holistic and healthy diet are going to need to put some extra work into planning their diet. Whether paying far closer attention to labels than one might think is normal, or just cooking for oneself.