The importance of food for your Health
You are what you eat
Food will be your best Medicine but you have to be informed about what you eat. In our modern world too often we are being fooled to put something into our mouth which might taste good but will actually harm us if eaten for longer periods. If you can it is always better to grow your own vegetables and fruits and if this is not possible then try to buy organic.
Diet and Diseases
I read a recent article that stated: “seven out of ten deaths are caused by chronic diseases which can be prevented or treated with diet.” The article continued to state that medical students study 4 additional years after their Bachelor’s degree to become a doctor.
In those 4 postgraduate years, they receive less than 20 hours of nutrition education. Doctors learn early in their career, that it does not pay to talk about food nutrition. Only 14% of doctors feel qualified to talk to patients about food.
Additives to our Food Supply
We know that a significant portion of our food supply is processed. Most of these processes add preservatives to alter color and shelf life. In addition, sugar or sweeteners are added to increase the perceived taste.
The article continued by stating that “Obesity is the most common reason nearly 4 out of 5 military recruits in the U.S. are rejected.” The obesity epidemic in the U.S. is not due to only sugar but to a combination of sugar and fat
A Small Comparative Study
A pair of doctors who happened to be identical twins performed an independent study. When one moved to the States, he gained weight while the other maintained his weight. This alone is not unusual but an article written by one of the brothers, published in the Daily Mail on January 28, 2014, described an amazing realization.
For a long time, we have been led to believe that fat was bad for you. That you had to eliminate butter, had to eat only lean beef and had to have low-fat dairy products. Now we are told that carbohydrates (including sugar) are bad.
Fat V.S. Carbs
In their study, one of the twins could eat as much fat (meat, fish, butter, etc) as he wanted but had to completely eliminate carbohydrates including sugar or sweeteners, while the other could eat as many carbohydrates (Pasta, bread, vegetables, etc.) but had to completely give up fats (the article states Chris had to minimize his fat intake since you need some fat to survive.) They both maintained the same exercise program and each lost weight.
What the twins found is that excluding one or the other, caused issues. “Take away carbohydrates and the joy goes out of meals. And remove all fruit and vegetables – they all have carbs- and you get constipated.
Fats and Carbs
What we discovered is that the real reason we’re all getting fatter isn’t fat or sugar. Furthermore, sugar alone isn’t very addictive – only horses snack on sugar cubes and very few people gorge on boiled sweets or dry toast. And fat isn’t really addictive either: when did you last sneak a spoonful of butter from the fridge late at night?
The modern processed food industry knows this and that’s why you’re rarely sold the two separately – what is addictive is the combination. We interviewed some amazing scientists who showed us that a combination of fat and sugar (such as in milk chocolate or ice cream) has a similar effect on your brain to cocaine.”
The Addictive Nature of a Fat with Carbs Diet
This is a bold statement, but the article backs this up. After consumption of fatty sugary foods, the body has a surge in dopamine. The two doctors concluded you should avoid processed foods made with sugar and fat. These foods affect your brain in a completely different way from natural foods and it’s hard for anyone to resist eating too much.”
To stay on the safe side eat close to nature. Reduce man-made foods which contain unhealthy fats, sugars, and additives. Try and buy organic as these foods contain the vitamins and minerals you need and one should not forget fiber something modern diets often lack.
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