Processed foods like ramen and gummy bears are bad for you. Now you can see why!
Note from Carolyn:
Science is now going to be able to prove what those who monitor real health have known intuitively for years. Processed foods are not as good for us as whole foods.
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Processed food like ramen noodles and gummy bears are bad for you. Now, for the first time ever, you can see how for yourself.
Artist and provacateur Stefani Bardin‘s newest project M2A™:The Fantastic Voyage
offers a graphic look at how the gastrointestinal tract (GI) processes a
meal of Top Ramen, Gummy Bears and Blue Gatorade versus a meal of hand
made noodles, pomegranate/cherry juice gummy bears, and hibiscus
Bardin worked in collaboration with gastroenterologist Dr. Braden Kuo
of Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital to launch the
first ever clinical study using the M2A™ Capsule (mouth-to-anus) to
record video of the digestion process. They also used a SmartPill
wireless gastroenterology device to capture rich time, pressure, and pH
data of how the GI tract reacts as each kind of food is digested.
Bardin worked with Mike Lee of Studiofeast to design the whole foods menu.
While the final results are not published yet- Bardin and Kuo are
raising money to run more trials- the video is a disturbing look at how
difficult it is for the body to break down food made for shelf-life.
Which makes sense, given the ingredients used to preserve and give them
their color are derived from petrochemicals and butane. Perhaps more
disturbing, however, is that fact that “since artificial colorings and
flavorings are considered the intellectual property of a company,
manufacturers are not required to divulge this information since it
could potentially do economic harm to their business if someone stole
their trade secrets,” says Bardin.
The goal of this project?
Bardin explains, “to present
unseen and often veiled information about our food system in unexpected
ways, so that the public is in possession of as much knowledge as
possible in order to make informed choices about the food they eat.”
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