Gucci. Armani. Prada. Dolce & Gabbana. Sound familiar? Well, the names I have just mentioned refer to some of the most popular fashion brands which are in vogue today. These all are imported, meaning they are not native or indigenous products, or rather, they are not native to our own country. Instead of opting for Hidesign, Allen Solly, Monte Carlo (which are native to our country because they are produced here) etc people opt for the brands thus mentioned.
Unfortunately, such is the trend with foodstuffs as well. Imported foodstuffs like KFC chicken, McDonald’s burgers, Starbucks coffee, Del Monte’s pasta, Koka’s noodles etc currently dominate our market, with the humble, indigenous and homely foodstuffs like dosa, vada, roti, Sarson da saag, chutney, filter chai (tea) going right out of the window.
It is a harsh and grim reality that today we prefer to go out for “burger and some coke and fries” rather than having or packing the same from our respective homes. It is common sights to see young people (and sometimes even adults) gorge on pizzas, fried chicken and what not and even when there is an option for Indian food, we still opt for the Thai cuisine, the Oriental cuisine etc.
It is also not uncommon for us to go for imported/ unseasonal fruits which pose many dangers to us like loss of nutritional value, processing to store let them stay fresh for long, endangering our planet by emitting CO2 during storage and transportation.
Though I am myself a Junk Lover, and I do not deny that trying out new cuisines is good. But then We need to create a balance. Regular Junk, Regularly opting for Foods that do not belong to us moght be an issue. Now, just like rose has thorns, the unbridled consumption of imported food too has many disadvantages.
Here I listed some of them out for you below.
- Illness due to the food
In April 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 47.8 million food borne illnesses occur almost every year in the USA, with over 1, 27, and 839 people requiring hospitalisation with 3,037 people succumbing to death.
There are many reasons behind such incidents but yes, Food not suiting our type is one. So what grows in our habitat is customised to our body needs. When we take something out of it, it might mess with the system.
- Substandard quantity of Imported food
The sub-standard quality of food items imported from countries like China, poses a serious threat to consumers’ health, testifies, health authority. They refer to a particular incident when certain or most of the foodstuffs for the pets of the consumers were treated with or contained melamine, with other foodstuffs like fishes were treated with various illegal drugs, chemical additives etc. Even the Soya bean Chap thats imported is extremely unhealthy.
- Increased Cancer Risk
With the consumption of imported food thus arises the need for its preservation. Thus we have sodium benzoate, a commonly used food preservative in the industry. However, usage of sodium benzoate too has its side effects, which include a highly increased risk of Cancer owing to the fact that when mixed or in contact with acidic foodstuffs, it leads to benzene formation which is a forerunner of increased rates of Leukemia, and other types of Cancer.
- Possible risk of infections
Now all of us suffer from some kind of resistance to a particular foodstuff or substance, the consumption of which could lead to serious complications in health, such as an overactive fit of coughing or sneezing (allergy), prolonged sudden fever, etc. For instance, sulfites help limit the bacterial production in wine but can and do cause potentially deadly allergic reactions like rashes, low blood pressure, diarrhoea, anaphylactic shock etc.
Thus, these are the ill effects of having or consuming or opting for imported fruits over our very own, native, indigenous products.
Having watermelon all through the year, Mango stays so much longer now, Peas and carrots too meet us all year long. Thats not how nature planned them to be. Its high time, that we hear the signs of nature and act upon. We need to start living the way nature built us, else the day is nearly there when every single being ll be suffering from the wrath that mother nature throws at us.
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