The Truth About “Healthy Eating”

Commonly Accepted Health Guidelines:

Low calorie is healthier – Truth: Quantity of calories doesn’t matter nearly as much as QUALITY

Low fat is healthier – Truth: Fat is required for cell membrane structure, hormones, energy production, memory and so much more! Plus, when sacrificing fat, flavor is also sacrificed, so sugar is often added to make it taste better. Not only do naturally occurring fats make food taste better, but they are MUCH healthier.

Avoid any saturated fats – Truth: Saturated fats are needed for soft, youthful skin, as well as the other benefits listed above – quality, organic, humanely raised meats, butter, and other dairy with saturated fat are very good for you and prevent Alzheimer’s, memory loss and dementia from any cause (usually due to inflammatory blood sugar spikes from carbohydrate/starch/sugar laden foods). Coconut and palm oils are excellent non-animal saturated fats.

Whole grains are part of a healthy diet – Truth: This one is tougher. Any grain causes variations in blood sugar, which cause inflammation. Wheat is especially inflammatory because of agricultural practices and the gluten molecule. What the food industry calls “whole grains” usually aren’t whole anymore. They were once whole, but now are just a regular grain. (Sidenote: “grams of whole grain per serving” doesn’t mean anything – its just buzzwords.) But they have fiber! Well, so do vegetables, and if you are eating the recommended 9 servings per day of vegetables (NOT potato or corn – corn is a grain anyway) you won’t have room for grains AND you’ll be getting plenty of fiber without the blood sugar variations, AND LOTS of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients! I recommend avoiding all grains and just replacing them with a variety of vegetables, lightly cooked or steamed, with butter or other oil for added flavor.

That’s 9 servings of FRUITS and vegetables, right? – Truth: Fruit sugar (fructose) gets absorbed and sent straight to the liver where it turns directly into triglycerides – an unregulated process that can be dangerous. Elevated triglycerides are the lipid (blood fat) equivalent to increased blood sugar in diabetes. They can cause a lot of damage. Sure, there are some vitamins and a little fiber, but the risk isn’t worth it. The body processes glucose before any fructose, so eating fruit with other carbohydrates is especially hard on the body, especially for diabetics who have blood sugar regulation issues already. If you must have fruit, eat it as a snack, by itself so the body can focus on handling it appropriately (without any other food distractions), and in small amounts (1/2 apple, a small handful of berries, etc) and try to choose low sugar fruits. Or just eat 9 servings of vegetables!

 

admin posted at 2014-11-24 Category: Health Information

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