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Can you prove real food is best?

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Posted by on February 14, 2011

Well, can you? Can you show me numerous studies absolutely proving the superiority of real food: raw grass fed butter, milk and cream; pastured animals and eggs; cultured and raw dairy; fermented fruits and veggies; and wild seafood and organ meats?

I not only write for my blog, Nourishing Nancy, I have written for, who asked me to prove that raw grass fed butter was more of a superfood than broccoli, in response to a statement I made in a yet to be release article. They are very vegetarian leaning over there, and so I was asked to stay within the parameters of Natural News’s belief system.

Editor Comments: Nancy Thank you for submission. Good piece. Article is approved. For Future Submissions: Content was a little unaligned w/NN. Many do consider broccoli to be an official superfood, & while grass fed is much healthier, butter is rarely considered an official superfood: “Broccoli with some raw, grass fed butter could be considered a superfood, but it is the butter that contributes those attributes.”

The article has yet to be released, but has also had the above line in quotes deleted. And you thought Natural News was a site fighting  for food freedom? I will no longer be writing for Natural News, as I have my own parameters to align myself with: the dietary advice of traditional cultures all over the globe for millennia, thank you very much.

I also write for as the NY Healthy Food Examiner. Assuredly, as soon as I publish an article touting the benefits of real food, I can count to ten and find a scathing comment from fellow writer, James Cooper, or others that hope to debunk real food’s claims to health.

“This is simply irresponsible nonsense. Advising people to take on all those calories and cholesterol based on unsupported theories without scientific basis,” denigrates Mr. Cooper.

(read “The 5 best dietary changes to make for optimal winter health” with comments)

The question is not whether I am right or wrong, but can I prove it, it seems. There are many studies supporting the claims of today’s “diet dictrocrats”, as Sally Fallon Morell would call them, but not nearly the abundance when searching for real food claims. We have the sacred knowledge of traditional cultures, you may say. Yes. I agree, but why can’t we find the flow of studies supporting real food and the benefits herein?

Two words: Corporate funding.

Read “Deep Nutrition”, by Dr. Cate Shanahan, for an account of she and her husband, Luke Shanahan, trying to get studies supporting real food and the devastating effects of today’s modern food on our physicality and our genes: It is nearly impossible. Why? Once again: two words…corporate funding. The funding comes from corporations supporting scientific studies that will support that which supports the sale of their products.

Watch “The Future of Food” on DVD for references to the same type of corporate funding, which sends scientists back to the drawing board to “find a different outcome” to support that which supports the sale of their products.

Listen to the true-life tale of Dr. Wilburn Ferguson, the real medicine man of the movie with the same name. “Medicine Man” talks of corporate interests vanishing once the realization kicked in that an herb from the Amazon does not support that which supports the sale of their product. This time it concerned the Pharmaceutical Industry. Same difference.

So, I have a request: If you know of recent studies that support real food and it’s benefits, please send them my way! It seems to take an arsenal of studies and facts to hold off the attacks of the proponents of processed food. Who am I kidding, it would take a nuclear bomb worth of studies to convince some. And sadly, some will never learn.

Still, I continue to write my blog posts and for in hopes of reaching those who seek real food information. However, if you got em’, send ‘em, if for no other reason than to make me smile when Mr. Cooper pays me another visit.

This post is part of Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist!

8 Responses to Can you prove real food is best?

  1. Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    Quite sad, isn’t it? I avoid almost all the dietary advice on NN for that reason — clear vegetarian/vegan bent. And it’s too bad it needs to be that way, because I think there’s room for all kinds. Apparently they don’t.

    Love how they resort to scathing retorts and ask YOU to prove yourself…why don’t they prove it? Because I’m pretty sure all the REAL corporate studies have shown great HARM from all those processed foods, not health….

    • nourishingnancy

      Hey, Kate! Thanks for the supportive comment! Let’s hope the real food voice becomes so loud that it can not be silenced!

  2. Danielle @ Analytical Mom

    With so much corporate funding going to biased studies, anecdotal evidence almost has more credence with me than the double-blind, controlled type. This is such a good article- a great reminder to read every study with the question, “Who funded this?” in the back of your mind!

    • nourishingnancy

      Thanks, Danielle. I’m just coming across this again and again and again. It’s redundant. People who do not believe real food actually feeds your body differently than the garbage being passed off, on the unsuspecting or uncaring, as “food” are living in the Matrix, if you get my meaning. “Who funded this” is right. The more I learn, the more I believe nothing of what is being told to me by the mainstream. Being a concerned parent goes a lot deeper in this generation than ever before. It’s funny, but I search for studies to bring out in my articles. I’m always amazed how one week “they” say one thing, the next week it is completely the opposite. Keeping the public confused perhaps? Only, “they” forget that people that take the initiative to learn all we have about food are awake. We no longer are part of the “Matrix”…..we understand. (Chime in with the Twilight zone theme…doo doo doo doo….doo doo doo doo…doo doo doo doo).

  3. theorganicchicken lady

    What about the journalist Kevin Trudeau, he literature on what is in our food, what is FDA approved, all the lies they tell us. He talks aboutthe real foods that we should be eating and how good they are for us.

    The Body Ecology by Donna Gates. She has a lot to say about the Real Food like Coconut oil, Kefir, fermented foods, sea vegetables. There are many books out there, and something else to take a look at is the local farmers on Long Island. The Golden Earthworm for instance who will be carrying real food in March, April and May June etc. Like grass fed beef, organically raised chickens, raw milk, and my soy free eggs. A lot of our local farmers are buying real food because there customers are asking for it. Heck that’s why I starting raising my own chickens for eggs because I didn’t want soy in my eggs and I wanted them to roam and eat all good things. I don’t trust store bought eggs. My eggs are a part of real food and I totally stand by them a hundred percent.

    • nourishingnancy

      Alright, Connie! Your eggs are indeed wonderful. It is great to see so much real food popping up in our community. The East End of Long Island seems especially open to where our food comes from, how it was produced and connecting with our local farmers. Some of the farmers seem a bit slower to going back to the traditional farming, but there is money in it these days: that makes it a lot easier to change over. There is a lot of affluent people from the city here too; they want the best: real food like grass fed beef and pastured eggs.

  4. Maris

    I love this lecture called the Big Fat Fiasco on the bad science that led to our lowfat thinking.

    Thanks for continuing to get the word out about traditional foods.

    • nourishingnancy

      Maris, this video was amazing! My sincere thanks for turning me on to it. I realized while watching the graphics used, that I have seen some video shorts of this producer. I didn’t realize there was a movie and a lecture. The lecture really puts the information in easily understandable terms. I sent it out to family members hoping to open their eyes about things. Not sure they’ll even watch it, coming from me, but it’s worth a try. I’m the “food nut” of the family. LOL.

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