A study by Carlos Monteiro and his team at the University of Sao Paolo recently revealed that about 60% of the average U.S. citizen’s daily calories come from highly processed foods… and only 1% from vegetables. They defined highly processed foods as any foods containing sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, emulsifiers, flavors, dyes, etc.
It’s no secret that a high-calorie diet full of junk food and sugary treats is a one-way ticket to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
If your diet is very reliant on processed foods that are stripped of nutrients that are substituted with tasty chemicals, it’s very possible to be fat and simultaneously poorly nourished.
To eliminate processed junk and center your diet around whole foods that are great for your taste buds AND your body…
Ditch foods that contain:
1. Any ingredients you wouldn’t find in an average home kitchen.
Odds are, you won’t find emulsifiers, dyes, and additives (lookin’ at you, “natural and artificial” flavoring) in your kitchen or sold independently for cooking in the grocery store. Synthetic chemicals aren’t meant to be cooked into your food, but are often added for preservation, color, and flavoring. You can add plenty of color and flavor to your food using organic ingredients that don’t threaten your health.
2. Refined sugars.
While we’re all guilty of indulging in sweets every now and then, it’s no secret that consuming tons of sugar is unhealthy and often unflattering (I can’t be the only one who has packed on a few extra pounds over the holidays from Grandma’s shortbread cookies and Mom’s chocolate toffee.) Indulging in sweets made with natural sugars every now and again is nothing to fear, however, the refined (chemically processed) sugars that are added to nearly every food on the shelf at the grocery store can have serious health consequences.
Refined sugars such as high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, and a litany of others are often found in low-fat foods or low-calorie beverages in order to add more flavor. They may knock off a few extra calories, but they come with their fair share of risks. In fact, according to Dr. Edward Group at the Global Healing Center,
“Free sugar, meaning sugar that isn’t bound to fiber in fruit, can lead to inflammation, blood sugar instability, and, over a period of time, type 2 diabetes.”
PS- I highly recommend Dr. Mercola’s book “Sweet Deception: Why Splenda, NutraSweet, and the FDA May Be Hazardous to Your Health” to anyone who is curious about refined sugars or has faith in the FDA’s ability to protect consumers.
3. Refined grains.
Most people I’ve discussed the matter with seem to have a vague idea that whole grains are healthier for you, but don’t understand what the difference is between a refined and whole grain.
The whole, natural wheat berry has three parts, the germ, the endosperm, and the bran. When the grain is “refined,” it is processed to strip the wheat berry of the nutritious components, the germ and the bran, leaving just the high-calorie and low-nutrient endosperm. They are all ground up to make the white flour you’ve probably grown up eating in most of your starchy, high-carbohydrate products.
If you’re going to cash in your calories on a piece of cake, a cookie, or even that new pasta recipe that you saw on Pinterest, why not get at least some nutritional value along with it?
4. Artificial dyes and other additives.
It goes without saying that these products aren’t natural, and foreign, man-made chemicals simply aren’t going to agree with the human body in the same way that whole, organic foods will. There’s a reason our ancestors were able to thrive without additives for nearly all of human history by eating whole foods. I’ve always been a big fan of the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Chemicals like sodium benzoate and dyes such as Red 2 can cause a long list of health problems from hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children to elevated risk for specific cancers. Red 2 is legally categorized by the FDA as a a carcinogen, and is still allowed to be put in your food. As consumers, we allow this to continue by establishing demand for these products. We can flip the corporate food system together and demand changes by using our voices as consumers and constituents, it’s as simple as reading labels and making a phone call to your congressional representatives.
5. More than 10 ingredients.
If you can’t recall the names of ingredients to avoid while you’re out shopping, try this simple technique.
If there’s more than 10 ingredients, or you can’t pronounce the name of an ingredient, it’s probably best to make your own version at home. We live in the age of Pinterest boards and blogs full of healthy, whole recipes that you can access in seconds. If you hate cooking and can’t be bothered to try a recipe from scratch, you’re probably missing a few things from your kitchen.
Make sure along with delicious ingredients, your kitchen is full of music, helpful people you love, and of course good wine to share.
Sources: 100 Days of Real Food (9/28/16), 100 Days of Real Food (3/26/10), Mercola, WebMD, FDA.gov, Cancer Center, Underground Health Reporter, Global Healing Center, Time (online publication)
Breakfast, blood sugar, & inflammation
Recent research has shown that Inflammation is responsible for 7 out of 10 Deaths in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be the same way for you.
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Enjoy! Let me know how these work out for you. And if you run across anything I've missed please let me know.