The intake of food and liquids is not merely pleasurable, but a necessity to human and animal existence. Nutritionists are of the opinion that the rigidity of the breakfast, lunch, and dinner ritual is not a necessity.

Physiological actions in the body are the true indication of a need for nourishment.

To be really hungry, cells in the stomach and intestine produce ghrelin a hormone that triggers the hunger sensation, with higher levels often associated with obesity.

Besides gatherings at functions, the intake of food at various times has almost become the norm, be it nibbling if there is a “need” or attending various social events where food is appealing.

A question arises … are we perhaps programmed at birth?   Nutritionists tend to think that eating patterns evolve during the first year of life. Later on, many eating disorders can prevail like anorexia, bulimia, and bouts of depression that impact healthy eating habits.

Excluding disorders, financial issues are most prevalent and unless life on a farm exists with good nutritional choices,  the export of food to our towns and cities plays a major role with many foods being modified for attraction and financial gain.

Supermarkets encourage speedy purchasing, as time is precious, and one is overwhelmed with the gaudy placards offering  “the best discounts”.  

Children, alongside parents, are crafty having a beady eye for products with comical packaging,  not to mention the free toys as a bonus !!

Unfortunately, great pressure exists with limited time for shopping, thus consumers often unwittingly purchase foods that could be modified and unhealthy.

This dear reader is the norm for masses of consumers caught up in this maelstrom of pressure.

Avoidance of “the present scenario” is a magical formula for the advancement of those in production and to outdo competitors.

This on the whole is expectations in the pipeline.

Be sure to not miss a forthcoming article on the “future of farming” having a huge impact on livestock and produce.