Saturday, January 2, 2010
Heart disease, cancer, diabetes melitus etc were all very rare a hundred years ago. So what changed? What are we doing wrong? Clearly something is very wrong.
The public have been very conscious about their diet, they take exercise seriously, many have stopped smoking, consumption of fresh vegetables and grains has increased, many have reduced their intake of salt, and a good portion has cut back on red meats and animal fats.
But none of these measures has made a dent in the ever increasing statistic of degenerative diseases.
We buy foods labeled "lowfat", "no cholesterol", "reduced sodium", thinking they are good for us... why then, are we so sick???
The purpose of this blog is that the advice of the Diet Dictocrats- what they tell us, and just as important, what they don't tell us- is wrong. Not 100% wrong. There is a certain amount of truth in their pronouncement, enough to give them credibility, but not enough to save us from the sufferings of chronic diseases.
Lets take a look at what the food pyramid says about how we should be eating.
  • Avoid saturated fats- saturated fats actually play many important roles in the body. They provide integrity to the cell membrane, enhance the body's use of essential fatty acids, enhance the immune system, protect the liver and contribute to strong bones. Saturated fats do not cause heart disease, in fact, saturated fats are the preferred food for the heart. Your body makes saturated fats out of carbohydrates
  • Limit dietary cholesterol- dietary cholesterol contributes to the strength of the intestinal wall and helps babies and children develop a healthy brain and nervous system. Foods that contain cholesterol also provide many other important nutrients. Only oxidized cholesterol, found in powered milk and eggs, contributes to heart disease. Powered milk is added to 1% and 2% milk.
  • Use more polyunsaturated oils- polyunsaturates in more than small amounts contributes to cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, learning disabilites, intestinal problems and premature aging. Large amounts of polyunsaturated fats are new to the human diet, due to the modern use of commercial liquid vegetable oils.
  • Avoid red meats- red meat is a rich source of nutrients that protect the heart and nervous system including vitamins B12 and B6, zinc, phosphorous, carnitine and coenzyme Q10.
  • Cut back on eggs- eggs are nature's perfect food, providing excellent protein, the gamut of nutrients and important fatty acids that contribute to the health of the brain and nervous system. Americans had less heart disease when they ate more eggs. Egg substitutes cause rapid death in test animals.
  • Eat lean meat and drink low fat milk- lean meat and low fat milk lack fat soluble vitamins needed to assimilate protein and minerals. Consumption of low-fat foods can lead to depletion of vitamin A and D reserves.
  • Limit fat consumption to 30% of calories- 30% of calories of fat is too low for most people, leading to low blood sugar and fatigue. Traditional diets contained 40 to 80% of calories as healthy fats, mostly of animal origin.
  • Eat 6-11 servings of grains per day- most grain products are made from white flour, which is devoid of nutrients. Additives in white flour can cause vitamin deficiency and intestinal problems unless properly prepared.
  • Restrict salt- salt is crucial to digestion and assimilation. Salt is also necessary for the development and functioning of the nervous system.
  • At least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day- fruits and vegetables receive an average of 10 applications of pesticides, from seed to storage. Consumers should seek out organic produce. Quality counts!
  • Eat more soy- modern soy foods block mineral absorption, inhibit protein digestion, depress thyroid function and contain potent carcinogens.
(info from www.westonaprice.org)

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Hi.. Im Katie. I am 20 years old. I am a student nurse. I love learning about healthy eating and living healthy lifestyles. There are so many lies and myths about the food we eat today and I am determined to spread the word. If you have any questions don't be shy to ask. Email me at k_rotgans@hotmail.com P.S I am not a doctor, I do not diagnose conditions. I am just hear to educate myself and others. Any symptoms I address please see your doctor.
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