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How unhealthy can foods that have been eaten for years really be if...?

our grandparents and parents ate far less regulated things without the current day additives, etc and lived long full lives?


Asked by Zoeyis at 8:49 AM on Oct. 14, 2010 in Health

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  • They ate fresh, whole, homecooked foods. That right there is the answer - they didn't have all the additives we do. Their immune systems were healthier, because they didn't have all the processed crap, they didn't have all the electronics & drugs, they ate well and lived well.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:12 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • A lot of what they ate the grew themselves also with no chemicals, the animals (cows, chickens, pigs) they raised themselves without the added hormones also so while they ate meat it was a healthy version of what most people buy today, you can still purchase it organic but the cost is so high many can not afford it. I know that my DH grew up in a family of 7 and they only ate meat once a week maybe twice but most meals were just lots of vegetables from their own garden, fresh when in season, and his mom canned them for winter months.

    Answer by niehoff9 at 9:08 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • it all depends on how old your grandparents are.... mine were Depression babies, I guarantee they didn't have money for most things unless they grew or killed it themselves

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 9:06 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • you think our grandparents ate doritos, lucky charms and mcdonalds......?

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 8:57 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • Yeah, most people old enough to be grandparents today didn't have access to the uber-processed and high-fat foods that are part of the typical American diet today. 99% of what my grandparents ate was cooked in the home, vegetables were always served (often more than one per meal) and there was far less fat and sugar than today's stuff. Not to mention, they ate far less than we did - their portions were much smaller.

    Answer by Dr.Donna at 9:01 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • My mother smoked forever and lived to her late 80s. But she would have lived longer if she had not developed c-p disease.
    You cannot reason this way.
    To say it is okay to do something that we know is bad for us is not using intelligent thinking.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 9:01 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • I heard my grandpa and dad having a conversartion when I was very little. I did not understand what they were talking about for years obviously. My family farms.

    My grandpa told my dad he thought all the preservatives and such are what raised the cancer rates. He saw how things seemed to be changing healthwise over the years. He said all this before studies started coming out based on this. He actually passed on before we started seeing anything on the subject (or at least when I can remember hearing such things pertaining to this). I missed a lot of this conversation due to my age but my dad says he remembers clearly that conversation. So I know it happened. I remember grandpa asking dad why he could see this, when he had no education beyond high school, and others could not. I heard him say that he felt people were turning a blind eye because of "progress". He went on about other issues as well.

    Answer by tiddliwinks at 9:07 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • cont'd...

    I did, later in life, find that conversation very interesting since it happened over a smoke break. Grandpa died of lung cancer and so did my grandma.

    Answer by tiddliwinks at 9:08 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • Yeah General Mils (cereal), McDonalds and Doritos have been around since at least the 1960s, well within my grandparents lifetimes, they were only in their 30-40s during the 1960s, so yeah definitly they ate those things. My grampa loved Egg McMuffins.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:13 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • They may have been around while the Grandparents were adults, but, I am pretty sure they weren't around from childhood on. Kids today are eating that processed crap straight out of the womb. Formula(processed), baby food(processed)....every little thing is processed.
    Grandparents had breastmilk/not formula, but, some milk concoction, real meat and veggies and fruit, no baby jarred foods...then real foods until they were adults.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:09 AM on Oct. 14, 2010

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