Health News #21: Sugar, Junkfood and Meat

Sugar, Junkfood and Meat

Oversold on Sugar: Is the white stuff running you down and wearing you out?

Sugar could be finding its way into the food you are eating. Included are processed carbohydrates because they convert to sugar very quickly. This includes flour and other refined carbohydrates found in breads, crackers, cereals, bagels, muffins and other items, not to mention sweets.

Here are health and fitness problems that result from the consumption of sugar: Illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart disease, chronic inflammation, ,hair loss, fatigue and depression, increased body fat, poor oral health, including cavities, tooth loss and gum problems.

Even in active people, higher levels of body fat are becoming common. Despite expending a lot of calories in training, the calories burned during workout are sugar and not fat. Sugar affects metabolism, forcing the body to use much more glucose, and too little fat, for energy. The result is less energy for endurance performance. Because less fat is used for energy, it’s stored throughout the body in hopes it will be used some day.

The myth of “whole grain” lure millions into thinking they’re eating well when, in fact, they are just consuming sugar. The same untruth is told about sugar being necessary for energy. The fact is there is no nutritional requirement for sugar, including carbohydrates.

Many liquid refreshments can cause more harm because they are usually highly concentrated in sugar like colas and juice drinks and so-called sports products, which are usually full of sugar. These include Gatorade and the many related beverages, carbohydrate replacement products, energy bars and others.

These are different versions of sugar:

Beet sugar
Corn sugar, high-fructose corn syrup
Rice syrup
Maltose, malt sugar/syrup, maltodextrin
Dextrose, glucose
Fruit juice concentrate
Grape sugar
Invert sugar
Raw sugar
Cane sugar
Sorghum syrup
Turbinado sugar

If you read ingredient lists you’ll find sugars listed everywhere; from ketchup and mayonnaise to cold cuts and fish products. There is even a separate listing for “sugar” under the “carbohydrate” heading on nutrition labels.

Sugar is also hidden in packaged, frozen, canned and processed food, sometimes not listed on the label. The ongoing name game with labeling is meant to deceive consumers, with food lobbyists petitioning governmental regulation so the products don’t look so bad.

Instead of unhealthy processed foods, replace them with the real thing like fresh fruits and vegetables, raw almonds and cashews, the best protein choices (including eggs, meats, and fish), and other foods such as cheese and other fermented dairy, beans, and lentils.

Why can’t we just stop eating sugar? This is easier said than done for the millions of people who are hooked on the white stuff. There is even a so-called war on sugar in some local governments who want to keep sugar out of schools or reduce the amount of sugar in single serving item. It is certainly something to applaud. But like big tobacco, the sugar industry has a more powerful and secret weapon—addiction. Many people encounter great difficulty giving up sugar in all its forms.

Eliminate sugar today and you can be significantly better tomorrow. Avoid all processed food, eat healthy, homemade dessert daily, sweetened with small amounts of natural honey or fruit. Honey is a lower glycemic food, tolerated well by healthy people and most of those transitioning from sugar addiction to a healthier lifestyle.

It is our choice to be healthy or not, to perform well or poorly, to reach our human potential or continue to struggle, to be injured and in pain or live life to the fullest—or, to finally shed the unwanted body fat. READ MORE

What really is junk food?

In defining junk food, the worst ones are most obvious—chips and cookies, coke and colas, and other sugared liquids, candy, and most other snacks. The biggest offenders are sugar and flour.

For those on the go, junk food is synonymous with fast food, and includes almost all burgers, fries, pizza, fried chicken and foods that are battered or coated or have sauces.

Going to a deli for lunch? The popular ham and American cheese on a roll is all junk food. As is that pasta salad with crackers as well as a plain bagel and diet coke is all junk food too. Instead, have some leaf lettuce with tomatoes, red peppers, carrots and slices of real roast beef or Swiss cheese. Hold the mayo and ketchup, but mustard or olive oil and vinegar would be OK.

It’s simple—there are two kinds of foods:

Healthy food

It’s real, naturally occurring, unadulterated and unprocessed, and nutrient-rich. If you can grow or raise it, it’s real. Included are fresh fruits and vegetables, lentils and beans, eggs, real cheese, whole pieces of meat, nuts, seeds, and similar items. Consuming these foods provide a great potential for both immediate and long-term health benefits.

Junk food is everything else

These items are processed, manufactured, have added chemicals, sugars. This seemingly small amounts of junk can also switch on genes that trigger cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and other common, preventable conditions.

Unhealthy versions of healthy foods include canned fruit in sugar-syrup, processed vegetables (canned, frozen), flour, baked beans in a sugar and flour sauce, powdered and processed eggs, processed cheese and cheese spreads, cold cuts (bologna, salami, chicken and turkey loaf, fish sticks), peanut butter and roasted nuts.

Most people would agree that candy bars, cup cakes, colas are examples of classic junk foods. While this is true, many might not realize that these include almost all breakfast cereals, snack foods, breads, and packaged/prepared foods.

The great deception of “whole grain” is advertised everywhere—especially on packages of highly processed cereals, crackers and other junk food. The only truly whole grains that are not junk food are the real thing, wholesome kernels of oats, rice, wheat, rye and others.You know they’re real because they are whole pieces of real food that take much longer to cook. For example, oats in this form take 45 minutes or more to prepare. Compare this to junk food oats, which may take one minute to cook, or less.

Will governments finally participate in reducing or eliminating junk food? So far, New York City bans trans fats, Denmark became the first nation in the world to tax sugar, Romania has a new lower value-added tax rate on healthy foods, New Zealand is preparing to raise taxes on foods with little or no nutritional value, and other federal and regional governments are following suit. In addition, in various locations around the world there has been an increase in policies that restrict or ban junk foods in school.

Eating well means planning ahead and carefully shopping so you always have only healthy food at home, work and during travel. By avoiding junk food I guarantee you’ll quickly feel better, be healthier and improve your overall human performance. READ MORE

Best and Worst Meats to Eat

Animal foods provide a complete protein with all amino acids, along and many other vital nutrients, making building a better brain and body easier at any age. Most meats are to be avoided because they’re highly processed, or come from animals fed unhealthy food and chemicals.

Healthy sources of meat are easier to obtain these days. However, the best source remains finding a local family farm where you can ask about how the animals are raised. In particular, look for those raised without chemicals, grass-fed without corn, and humanely treated from start to finish.

I’m not talking about overeating meat, but rather making it part of healthy dietary choices, which includes vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits and other natural foods.

You also may notice that turkey, lamb, and farm-raised “wild” animals like bison, elk and venison didn’t make my list. That’s because they fall somewhere in between.

Worst Meats

1. Processed and fast foods. This includes most lunch meats, prepared and fast foods, and ground meats. Lunch meats and other prepared foods, prepackaged burgers and sausages are usually full of added chemicals and sugar as fillers.

2. Chickencontains the highest levels of arachidonic acid of all meats — this fat easily converts to inflammatory chemicals (the eicosanoids).

3. Fish. The oceans and many waterways are very polluted, and this means so are the fish. In addition, most people overcook fish like salmon, destroying heat-sensitive oils that contain health-enhancing EPA and DHA (better to eat these fatty fish raw or cooked rare).

4. Wild game. A great numbers of these animals are exposed to many toxic chemicals in the environment.Of course, if you’re hunting far from polluted areas this problem is minimized.

Best Meats

1. Beef. Buying the best beef products means grass-fed-only, organic or beyond. Because most beef can be prepared rare or medium rare, preserving such important nutrients such as glutamine (a key amino acid used by the gut for energy) makes it a unique treat. Raw beef in the form of fresh ground, as carpaccio or as dried as jerky, is also a nice option.

2. Duck. This highly aerobic animal is all dark delicious meat, not to mention the delicious crispy skin and its high nutrient content. When not overcooked it’s tender and juicy. Duck fat is particularly great for cooking and adding to recipes, and duck soup and bone broth are also great health foods.

3. Pork. It’s a better white-meat choice than chicken, with recent recommendations that it need not be cooked to death (and can even be pink inside). Pork fat – lard — is one of the best cooking fats, and bacon (without the chemicals and sugar) makes a great travel food.

4. Fresh ground meat. The digestibility of ground meat is higher providing more nutrients. READ MORE


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