This probably won't surprise you, but 70 million fast-food meals are served
daily across the U.S. The problem with fast food—or any sort of
meal-on-the-go, like TV dinners, turkey potpies, or chicken nuggets—is
that you and your family are eating processed foods in a form not
healthy for your body. Processed foods have been adulterated with
sugars, salt, chemically charged additives,and unhealthy preservatives
that make them cheaper to mass-produce, but much costlier in terms of
health. One of those costs is that processed foods are nearly devoid of
A diet composed exclusively of processed or cooked food can put
severe strain on the pancreas, drawing down its reserves, so to speak.
If the pancreas is constantly overstimulated to produce enzymes that
ought to be in foods, the result over time can result in inhibited
function of the pancreas. People eating an enzyme-poor diet comprised
primarily of over-cooked or over-processed food use up a tremendous
amount of their enzyme potential in the outpouring of secretions from
the pancreas and other digestive organs.
The result, according to the late Dr. Edward Howell, a noted pioneer
in the field of enzyme research, is a shortened life span, illness and
lowered resistance to stress of all types. Howell points out that
humans and animals on a diet comprised largely of cooked food,
particularly grains, have enlarged pancreas while other glands and organs, notably the brain, actually shrink in size.
Dr. Howell formulated the following Enzyme Nutrition Axiom:
"The length of life is inversely proportional to the rate of exhaustion
of the enzyme potential of an organism. The increased use of food
enzymes promotes a decreased rate of exhaustion of the enzyme
Another rule can be expressed as follows: Whole foods support good
health; enzyme-rich foods provide high energy. Unfortunately, however,
our diets do not primarily consist of these health-supporting
foods--and that includes much of what our children typically eat.
The number of children and teens consuming grain-based
snacks regularly--including crackers, popcorn, pretzels and corn
chips--have more than doubled (60%) in the last couple of decades, but
that is not all. About one-half of preschoolers eat away from home on
any given day--and one of the primary places they eat is at a fast food
restaurant. By the teen years, fast food restaurants become the most
frequent choice of outside food for teenage boys, and a close second to
the school cafeteria for teenage girls.
For American children some of the most popular choices for foods
eaten away from home include French fries,grain mixtures such as pizza,
lasagna and ravioli, and Mexican foods such as tacos and burritos.
That's not exactly a diet full of nutrition or necessary enzymes--and therefore, does not quite make the grade.