The quick answer: Natural food contains all the elements essential to life, in their proper form and ratio. In contrast, the primary criteria for factory food are cost, shelf life, and taste—not the ability to sustain life, which is difficult to measure. To ensure the survival of the species, write a weekly menu based on natural food.
In The Dark of the Night
Ever woke up in the dark of the night, unable to get back to sleep? It happened to me. Later, sitting alone in the living room, thinking bigger than usual, my thoughts went to the creation of the world, and of our food supply.
Though incredibly complex, our world is made up of just 92 elements. Some elements are common, like nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon (the main elements in air), or hydrogen and oxygen (the elements of water). There’s plenty of carbon in plants too, but some elements are quite rare.
But here’s the deep question: Are all the elements essential? Does each have a purpose? If you believe a wise and efficient God created—better said, organized—the world it follows that everything in it has a necessary purpose. I find that easy to accept; it's intuitive.
Which leads to the next question: Is there a reason for their relative abundance? This is too complex a question for the wisest scientist to answer, but by the rationale of the last question it follows that there’s both reason and need for the relative abundance of those 92 elements. We need more of some, just a dash of others.
Take cobalt—it’s the main molecule in vitamin B-12 (also called cobalamine), and we know that B-12 is essential to life. We need just a bit, but it's essential to our well being. Or selenium—found in seeds but especially Brazil nuts, and theorized to be protective against certain cancers, like prostate cancer. It makes sense to me that in time we'll find that all the elements are essential to life in some way.
Survival of the Species
This is where my mind went during that long night: The elements—in their relative abundance—are necessary and essential to the planet and to the species that inhabit the earth.
I believe this, but understand that the question is likewise too complex for Science to answer. For example, it’s estimated that there are 9 million species of life on the planet. That includes a certain specie of greatest interest—mankind.
Of the roughly 9 million species, only a million or so have been identified. The great majority remains unknown. We’ve done a good job with birds—it’s rare to find an undiscovered bird. But most species, like the fungi family, are pretty much strangers to us.
Closer to home, microbiologists have only identified a small fraction of the bacteria that live within our G.I. tract and are our digestive partners. So the species—and the means for their survival—are so complex they likely will never be fully understood, at lerast by Man.
The Wisdom of Natural Food
As the dawn was breaking I came to this conclusion: To get all the elements in their proper frequency, it’s best to eat food as close as practical to the form of it’s original creation. The survival of mankind can best be assured by eating natural foods—meaning plants, with a little meat, as close as practical to their original form. By doing this, we get the proper amount of all the elements.
We likely won’t be able to prove in our lifetime that a diet of factory food is a threat to mankind. But an omniscient God didn’t design factory food. Factory food was designed to use the cheapest possible materials, and provide the greatest appeal, even addictiveness. The range and ratio of the elements in factory food is all out of whack.
So, if you’re a God-fearing person, it makes sense that the wisest decision is to eat a diet of minimally processed, natural food and very little factory food. To do that, you’ll need to eat with purpose, guided by a thoughtfully prepared menu. No more highly processed foods full of additives like Mac ‘n Cheese, Top Ramen, frozen corn dogs or chicken nuggets, etc. That was my deep thought of the night.