There is so much information out there on what we should and shouldn’t eat, it can be very confusing at times. lm going to give you just 4 simple things to avoid and explain why this is necessary. Lets begin.
Lets go with the most “Popular” first, good old Gluten. It is interesting to note that Gluten is essentially 2 different types of protein, Gliadin, and Glutenin. Gluten is refined flour (wheat/barley/rye) and there are a increasing number of people being diagnosed as gluten “intolerant” on a daily basis, roughly 15% of the US population and counting. Gluten causes irritation in the small intestine and can be associated with feels of gas, bloating, and diarrhea. It is essentially the chewy component of breads, cakes, cookies, etc.
Everyday it is getting easier and easier to abstain from Gluten, they make pretty much everything in a Gluten free version now try them out It is important to understand that this is in no way a fad diet, there has been countless research studies done on the negative effects of Gluten and they are well supported. Now onto sugar, who doesn’t like a little sugar? I know I do, but we all no that its not the best thing to have in our diet.
Lets get something simple out of the way first, Glucose is a form of sugar used for energy in the body and all in all not such a bad thing. Fructose however needs to be metabolized by the liver to be converted into glucose, but heres the problem MOST of the time your liver will already be full of glycogen (glucose converts into glycogen to be used as energy) so there is no more space in there for this cookie we have just eaten. So where does it go? your not gonna like the answer, a rule of thumb is anything ingested that is above your daily caloric needs will be stored as fat. Monitor that sugar intake and if given the option glucose over fructose every time! Dairy farmers in North America are quite a bit behind the rest of the world as far as milk goes, heres why.
They simply cannot produce enough RAW milk safely. RAW milk is not modified in anyway and is PACKED full of probiotics, vitamins and nutrients essential to our overall health. Pasteurized milk however goes through the pasteurization process which kills off ALL bacteria including the good bacteria therefore it ends up being mostly sugar water with a bit of calcium. Have a look at the nutritional facts for yourself, you will see pretty much any version of milk other than pasteurized is the better choice! Note: Europeans can buy raw milk in vending machines.
Salt has been wearing the unhealthy hat for so long now that there is not much new on the subject. Heres the basics, Salt raises blood pressure, can cause dehydration, Osteoporosis, Coronary Heart Disease, and can even cause Stomach Cancer. Moderate your salt intake or use a substitute! In conclusion, Educate yourself and take control of what your putting into your body. Ultimately you control your own fate here. We would all like to believe that people wouldn’t sell us things that aren’t good for us. After all thats immoral! But of course money comes before morals in this day and age. Sad truth is this is just the tip of the iceberg. Take comfort in the fact that you now have the knowledge to make the right decisions and to spread the good word!