Before the large supermarkets became established in the 1960s, most Australian families lived on their quarter acre blocks, and planted fruit trees, and grew seasonal vegetables and salads. Many families also had chickens, and near the country towns it was not uncommon to see a cow in the back yard or adjoining paddock, to provide milk. Most families supplemented what they could grow with fresh seasonal foods from the local corner store and the local butcher.
The large supermarket chains introduced a huge variety of packaged fast foods as well as vegetables and fruits (frozen, fresh, and delayed ripening) that could be obtained all year—strawberries in Winter. They provided variety, ease of shopping, and cheaper products, which was impossible for the local corner stores to do, and almost all went out of business.
The global food market was developing at a rapid pace, and supermarkets were an essential part of this. Junk foods, fast foods, packaged long shelf-life foods became desirable, and normal in every household. They were promoted on the radio and television by celebrities and doctors, and initially were believed by many to be healthy as well as entertaining. The Australian population didn’t need the quarter acre block any more.
By the mid 1980s, more and more of the public were waking up to the health problems that continually eating fast foods (fresh and packaged) tended to promote—obseity, heart conditions, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases had been on the rise for 20 years. Today, it is being confirmed that continually eating the same commercial plant-based foods all year round without a break promotes the occurrence of non-communicable chronic diseases—which currently are responsible for 75% of the world’ deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.
People need a break from eating packaged fast foods and bakery products made from grains to let their bodies detox and recover health. By the mid 90s, the average person was understanding this, so when family members or friends were not well, the anecdo- tal health advice was for the sick person to cut down on junk foods, and eat more fresh produce—and this usually made them feel healthier.
By the early 2000s, anecdotal health advice included reducing sugar (and in some cases salt). It seemed the general public were changing in their understanding of which foods gave better health (probably because of the internet). Today we all understand the health problems associated with eating high sugar, high salt, trans-fat, junk foods—and most people have a break from them, every now and then.
By 2010, many of the public, as well as many health practitioners, were questioning the value of eating gluten. Gluten was the ‘trigger’ for coeliac disease, atypical coeliac disease, silent coeliac disease, pseudo coeliac disease, gluten intolerance syndrome, and the spectrum of non-coeliac gluten sensitivity symptoms. People were talking about feeling healthier when they removed gluten from their diet. In the public domain, general health advice included removing junk foods from their diet, reducing sugar to low levels, and removing gluten from the diet. Now the manufacturers of fast foods have been followed along, and there are more and more gluten-free products on supermarket shelves. Also the medical profession is slowly starting to agree with popular public opinion.
Also in the early 2000s, a health movement started due to a publication of a paper entitled, ‘Cereal Grains: Humanity’s Double- Edged Sword’ by Loren Cordain (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/12810032_Cereal_Grains_Humanitys_Double-Edged_ Sword). Embracing a grain-free diet has now become an established way of eating for health, for an increasing percentage of the public, and 15 years after the movement started it is still growing in popularity.
There are also more and more people removing all grain foods and going Paleo for a few weeks, as a type of ‘detox’. This appears to have stemmed from the growing popularity of intermittent-fasting proving to be a lifestyle health benefit for most who try it. So a push by growing numbers of the public when they want to improve their mental and physical health naturally (as well as to look and feel younger) is to undertake a detox for a couple of weeks by removing junk foods, lowering sugars to a minimum, go-ing totally grain-free, and practicing some form of intermittent fasting.
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