Unlike past generations, nowadays people suffer more from many kinds of allergies. Your grandparents may have known nothing about the very meaning of the word allergy, but today this epidemic significantly complicates life.
A study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that the number of children suffering from allergies has risen by 50% between 1997 and 2011. Milk allergies are named to be number one food allergy, because of the use of growth hormones incorporated in milk and the overuse of antibiotics in factory farming.
Such statistics suggest that all evil roots from something humans didn’t use before, that is processed foods. Stuffed with various flavors, preservatives, food colorings and additives, these products may cause allergies and be a serious threat to our health. Moreover, modern food industry often uses different components people are still unaware of, for example, new proteins that were introduced into our food back in 1990s. But few customers know what it is and whether it contributes to allergic issues. There had been no human trials conducted in order to examine their safety for human and animal consumption, yet this change was implemented in the production of numerous foods.
In 1994, the dairy industry began to use a genetically engineered growth hormone, rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) on cows to boost the production of milk. This resulted in increased rates of disease in the treated livestock. To get rid of the side effects, more antibiotics were used, which are one of the major reasons of the increase of antibiotic-immune bugs in humans.
So, here’s the answer to why our grandparents didn’t suffer from food allergies that much. They ate unprocessed, organic food with no preservatives, which came from farms, not from genetic laboratories. Their menu didn’t contain chemicals, stabilizers, additives, flavoring, GMO’s or food coloring.
It’s also important to remember that people previously didn’t use so many gadgets everyday, and preferred spending time outside in nature. Before running to the hospital, they tried to treat the symptoms naturally using soups, tea, broths and herbal mixtures.
As we see, modern lifestyle influences our health. In order to protect ourselves, we should become aware of what we eat and how to eliminate chemicals and toxins from our food.