There’s so much new research (and old stuff that was ignored coming to light) that is teaching us about the good and bad effects different foods and components of foods have on our bodies.
To date, nutritional information has been confusing, misleading and contradictory. That is mostly because parts of studies or findings are taken out of context and blown out of proportion by the media. If anyone actually took the time to read studies that are quoted by the media, most times, they’d see that the findings were not at all what the media is saying.
But boring, uninteresting facts don’t sell papers and magazines. And it is hard to promote a miracle product when the science doesn’t support it.
So marketers, promoters and the general media (and anyone else with a product to sell) will pull sentences and ‘facts’ out of studies (and even totally contradict the study) if it helps them to market their product. Even if what they are saying is totally false.
Today I’m discussing two things you need to avoid as much as possible, or even eliminate from your diet if you can.
One is a sugar and one is a fat. So here we go. Bare in mind, I’m not selling a solution to these, I have no product to replace them and I have no vested interest in you eliminating them, besides the fact that I want to help you to improve your health.
Here’s a short list of SOME of the ways fructose will destroy your body:
- It rots your teeth
- It makes you fat (in more ways than just excess calories)
- It can create high blood pressure
- It can destroy brain cells
- It feeds cancer
- It can increase depression and anxiety
- It destroys your liver and messes with your kidneys
- And more. It has no health benefits and is not essential for you body
In short, fructose begins a series of diseases caused by the fact that fructose is turned into fat in your liver. This can lead to type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, obesity (yes, you get fat), heart disease, liver disease and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Also, due to the uric acid created when the fructose is turned into fat it also causes gout, high blood pressure and kidney disease to name a few.
If you’d like more information about this, 2 great reads are by David Gillespie: Sweet Poison and Eat Real Food. Take a look at these easy to read books. They’ll explain a lot and reference studies too.
In the meantime, remember that all the things that fructose does to your body can be reversed. So that’s good news.
Unfortunately, this is not true with the conditions and diseases caused consumption of polyunsaturated fats. These are largely permanent!
Some of the ways polyunsaturated fats can cause harm are:
- Cause cancer
- Contribute to making you blind
- Can contribute to Parkinsons Disease
- Increase osteoporosis
- Major cause of allergies and asthma
- Give you rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases
- Help fructose to cause heart disease
The David Gillespie book Eat Real Food also explains this in detail; the why and the how.
What foods contain fructose and polyunsaturated oils?
Here’s a list of foods to avoid:
- Dried Fruit
- Fruit Juices
- Vegetable Juices
- Jams and honey
- Tomato and BBQ sauce (and similar)
- Lollies and yep, chocolate
- Flavoured waters
- Flavoured yoghurts
- Pre-mixed spirits and ciders
- Vegetable/seed oils
- Ice cream
- Cakes and sweet biscuits
- Most breakfast cereals (including the ‘health section’ ones)
- Soft drinks
- Marinated meats/fish/chicken
- Most premade jars of pasta or other sauces
Wow, that’s a large list and for lots of you, may have just drastically reduced your grocery bill.
You should also reduce your use of artificial sweeteners too. In fact, cut them out all together.
What can I eat then?
- Meat, chicken and fish
- Seafood (not crumbed or battered)
- Whole fruit, especially berries
- Whole nuts and some seeds (keep seed consumption low)
- Vegetables of all kinds including all types of potatoes for those going to ask.
- Unsweetened and unflavoured greek or natural yoghurt
- Real butter and coconut oil
- Oats – whole rolled – not flavoured varieties
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And don’t forget to check out those books. They’re both an easy read with lots of information written in an easy to understand format complete with study references.