5 Foods You Should Never Eat?

Food design, vector illustrationSoy milk, artificial sweeteners, orange juice, margarine and whole wheat bread:

These foods are advertised as ‘healthy’ alternatives to help with weight loss- But as the ‘Never Eat These 5 Foods’ program states, these foods are filled with artificial, chemical-laden ingredients that cause the body to hold onto fat. This has its benefits -prevents the major organs from exposure but also inhibits fat loss.

Artificial sweeteners-Some artificial sweeteners have been linked with neurotoxicity and cancer. Better to stay away from chemicals and use stevia or raw, organic honey or organic maple syrup sparingly.

Soy milk-over-processed, GMO if not organic, Often there are stabilizers and other additives. Many people have soy allergies that are exacerbated with the effects of GMO’s on the gut. Better to make your own almond milk or buy non-GMO almond or hemp milk.

GMO’s are a lab experiment gone awry-an inexact method of placing the genetic material of one species, usually animal-based, inside the genetic material of another species usually a plant, such as a fish gene in a tomato to prevent freezing, with a bacterial marker. These unstable proteins can mutate causing allergies, cancer, increased permeability of the intestinal lining and potentially other serious  problems such as viruses.

Margarine-often has GMO’s, hydrogenated oils (although they are being phased out), and lots of chemical additives, which again, the body has a hard time metabolizing . Organic butter has gotten a bad rap. Each cell of our body needs oils. The myelin sheath, the insulating envelope that surrounds the nerve fiber contains oil. Studies show that saturated fats cause harm when combined with a high sugar diet. Better choices for fats are organic coconut oil, organic, low temperature processed olive oil and organic butter.

Whole wheat breadbromated flour competes with iodine on cell’s receptor sites and can contribute to thyroid disease. This has deleterious effects on the body’s endocrine system. Many ‘natural’ whole wheat breads are not natural since there are no standards for ‘natural.’ There are dough softeners, added fiber such as inulin (from chicory) which the body can only handle in small amounts but could be too high in some foods i.e. Vita Moist Muffin Tops. Better to eat unprocessed grains like quinoa, millet, brown jasmine rice and gluten-free oats.

Orange juice is high in fructose that is associated with tumor promotion and in hyperinsulinemia (high blood insulin) which causes AGE’s that age the body. OJ adds lots of extra calories. Better to get your fruit from fresh, unpasteurized whole, organic fruit and eat higher percentage of vegetables than fruit to reduce intake of fructose. Frozen, organic blueberries are a great choice for smoothies.

AGE’s stand for Advanced Glycation End products and are proteins or lipids that become glycated after exposure to sugars. AGEs are prevalent in the diabetic vasculature and contribute to the development of atherosclerosis  http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/114/6/597.long.

Even organic foods that have been processed such as cereals are allowed to have a percentage of non-organic ingredients.

So, what’s to eat? The bottom line in general: Eat natural food. Unadulterated, non-GMO, pure food. Just the real deal.

As Michael Pollan says, ‘Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.’

Thanks Fred. You motivated me to turn your question into a blog post.

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Food design, vector illustration

Food and Love

Food Can Bring to Life…..My Keen Anticipation…even when you’re eating healthier

“Food can bring to life my keen anticipation. It can evoke my memory in all its pain and joy. It can pierce me with nostalgia. It’s preparation can be an act of relatedness, of self-fulfillment, of creativity and love. It’s eating can be participation and communion…Let us also hope it nourishes me physically, supplying me with proteins, carbohydrates, and other nutrients I need to stay alive and healthy so that I can experience the fullness of human existence.”

~ René Dubos, Humanistic Biologist

 

This quote has stayed with me since I was in college (a little more than a few years ago). It captures the depth of feeling we have around food and it’s ultimate purpose which is to provide us with the nutrients necessary to be healthy so that we will have the basic energy to reach for our dreams.

 

We all have memories associated with food, family, holidays….for most of us, we look back with nostalgia at the large family gatherings and the massive amounts of delicious food that was served; the love that went into preparing it and the joy of sharing the food with family and friends.

 

Some of us feel deprived when we are eating healthier, especially when those Thanksgiving mashed potatoes with lots of butter are not on the menu. However, good food is still to be enjoyed and new flavors like chicken broth can take the place of butter. Eating with awareness can lead to satisfaction with smaller portions.

 

The joyful memories I have of food overshadow the “sitting at the table till the Rice Krispies or tomato juice were finished” My mom loved to cook and she prepared the most delicious meals ever like marinated beef shish kabobs with red and green peppers, purple onions; bouillabaisse soup with fish, mussels and shrimp that was perfectly seasoned, fresh crispy garlic bread with spaghetti and meatballs (her special recipe) and dinner parties with dishes like chicken filled crepes, large, colorful salads with homemade dressings, and desserts like baked Alaska. I remember many holidays with family sharing traditions like the Passover Seder with traditional foods like the parsley (the bitter herb) dipped into salt water to represent suffering; and FINALLY getting past the seder to the food. It reminds me of the love that went into teaching me these stories.

 

And now, with nutrition science and guidelines changing all the time, health practitioners are often as confused as the clients….but still: one guideline remains timeless. Eat more vegetables. And eat them organic whenever possible. Why would you ingest cancer-causing chemicals on your food if you didn’t have to? And find a few, delicious recipes that just make your taste buds sing.

 

So, whether your health goal is to lose weight, lower your blood pressure or blood cholesterol, remember to buy the food with love, prepare it with love and enjoy it with love, knowing that this vibration of love can only lead to better health.

 

© Copyright 2012 Susan Faith Noss, MS, RD