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The One Real Danger of Modern Food


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I once served home-made Sinigang na Bangus sa Bayabas on our dinner table. If you are an organic food dish lover like me you'd understand what kind of food this is---cooked just like how grandmas used to cook them.

All natural and nutritious.

Then my sons said, "What's that smell? Cat pee?"

Cat pee---that's how they found the aroma of sinigang sa bayabas.

The real danger of this present generation's getting so used to modern (synthetic) food is that their taste preference system (or taste bud mechanism) is being mutated into something that veers farther away from God's original design for human food consumption.

Most young people don't know what's real food from fakes (or poison).


They didn't develop a taste for real food like sinigang sa sampalok (using real tamarind fruit, not the powdered chemical in sachets), sinigang sa kamias, or pinangat na isda. What their minds and taste buds identify as food is anything processed or ordered from fast foods.

Burgers, fries, pizzas, pastas and shakes and fancy drinks that are heavy with white sugar and food colors.

Well, pizzas are good especially if they have lots of vegetables like mushrooms and bell pepper. But native Filipino dishes are lots more nutritious than these foods are.

Gradually, I talk to my kids about real organic food dishes and their natural sumptuous taste. Gradually they appreciate sinigang sa miso, ampalaya and inihaw na isda, especially small fresh water fish wrapped in banana leaves and steamed in vinegar, garlic and ginger. (Well, they still find sinigang sa bayabas smelling like cat pee).

These were the foods my grandma, dad and mom cooked us and we were healthy and fit. Very few in those days were "obese." Today, obese seems to be the order of the day, everyday. They have to go to gyms and work out hard there to get in shape. In our days, you simply had to eat 3 meals and play outdoors in order to be fit.

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