what is food even made of?

what is food even made of?

No matter where you go in the world, food is central to life, culture, and our health. But have you ever wondered what is in our food? What makes food taste good? What effect does food have on us? Why do we as humans crave and eat food so often?  What effect does food have on us? What is food even made of?!



  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats


  • Vitamins
  • Minerals


Various miscellaneous compounds

  • Salicylates
  • Oxalates
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Phytonutrients
  • Other


After we eat real food, our bodies break it down into usable nutrients. Our bodies need macronutrients and micronutrients. These nutrients are also what make food taste so good to us.


Real food fuels our bodies. They contain nutrients our bodies can breakdown and utilize. Real food also contains other compounds like anti-oxidants that play a vital role in keeping us healthy, both mentally and physically.


Real food also contains compounds that can negatively impact our health. Plant based foods, in particular, often contain what I like to call ‘nature’s natural pesticides.’ These compounds can either be difficult to digest or even poisonous (for bugs at least!). However, our bodies have processes to handle these compounds and the good nutrients far outweigh the bad compounds. This is not the case for food-like substances. This is one example of why some people can eat healthfully and still experience health issues. They aren’t eating the right food for their body. In this case, that’s how the power of food can work against us.


Real food is medicine. It contains the nutrients our bodies need and can utilize for optimal health. Food is a powerful substance that we often take for granted. We must choose what we put into our body’s wisely, if we want to achieve and maintain good health.



Not all food contains the vital nutrients listed above. Processed foods like chips, crackers, pasta, breads, pastries, pretzels, sweets, and snack bars are lacking, if not devoid, of these nutrients.


Food-like substances also contain artificial ingredients. These ingredients can’t be used by the body. Our body actually needs to work harder to process and eliminate these ingredients. This means nutrients will be expended to efficiently eliminate these ingredients instead of being used for other important bodily processes. When we eat a diet full of food-like substances we can become deficient in nutrients. This can lead to more serious health issues like diabetes, cancer, obesity, chronic fatigue, dementia, and more.


This is why it is so important to eat real food! Real food gives your body what it needs for optimal health. Food-like substances contribute to health issues.


Food-like substances often contain additives that are addictive to humans. Making us eat and crave more. Some of these substances are natural, like sugar, and some are artificial like high-fructose corn syrup. The natural substances are not inherently bad; however, they typically are bad for our health when they are in food-like substances due to the preparation, quantity and quality of said substance. Also, naturally addictive substances, found in whole foods, are usually balanced out by other nutrients that help your body process and utilize these substances. Food-like substances are devoid of nutrients making it difficult and even impossible for your body to utilize these substances causing health issues.




Our bodies breakdown food to use for everyday functioning. When we don’t supply our bodies with real foods, our bodies can’t get the nutrients it needs for optimal health. This is when we start exhibiting health issues. This is our body’s way of trying to tell us it needs help. The best way to help your body is by eating a properly prepared, nutrient-dense diet.


Food is a powerful substance that we put into our bodies multiple times a day. We must choose wisely.

And as always,

Happy Eating!

For a free healthy swap handout click here!

1 Comment
  • Laurie Young

    December 22, 2018 at 12:25 pm Reply

    This is a very thoughtful and truthful post! My daughter developed an eating disorder and one of the things that make recovery challenging is finding excellent and safe foods. Once you read the ingredient labels on the foods in your cabinet and then understand what those actually are (just propylene glycol alone will alarm you!), you realize a lot of it is not only empty, but toxic- especially when ingested daily from multiple sources. Propylene glycol, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, splenda and artificial sweeteners, 60 + various names for sugar, msg, carrageenan, BHT, dyes, preservatives, fillers, etc. are commonly found in pre-prepared foods. Even ones with “healthy” labels and ingredients. The key is education and becoming highly selective with food sources and choices. And finding a wise support system like you! Fresh and varied is best. Thank you for your creating awareness and offering to help anyone willing to be coached.

Post a Comment

Send this to a friend