by Taetske | 5:59 pm
(Last Updated On: December 9, 2018)

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.

 

Organic


My vegetable garden

 

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.

 

Vegetables

Vegetables you should eat

 

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 the 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

 

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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.

 

Olive Oil

Olive Oil Virgin Extra

 

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.

 

Fruit

Healthy Blue Berries

 

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.”

 

Walnuts

Walnuts, good for your Brain

 

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.”

 

Vegetables

Healthy vegetables

 

Conclusion

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.

 

 

Source: NaturalHealth365

Photo Source: Pixabay

Comments

Nicky33

Hi Taetske, I really enjoyed reading your article!

The study you mention was an eye-opener for me. I always thought that “too much sugar or too much fat is going to make you obese”. I have tried Paleo diets that eliminated carbs and sugar almost completely, and raw vegan diets with much reduced amount of fat. And though I lost weight on both, it never occurred to me that it’s the combination of the two that is addictive and fattening!

In any way, I believe that moderation is the key in everything in life, so I never stuck with a specific way of eating for too long (never touching a cheesecake ever again in my life is not going to work for me!)

But of course we could try and keep our sugar intake separate from our fat intake, and thanks a lot for pointing that out! I’m going to take a look around your website for more healthy tips, thank you for this post 🙂

Oct 02.2017 | 08:32 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Nicky,

    Thank you for visiting my website. I am all for taking away most of the sugar, that means to reduce menmade foods as much as possible. I do eat fruits every day but that is different. In the village where I live I can get raw honey of which I take 1 spoonful a day. I cook with good olive oil and for cold I use the extra virgin olive oil. In the US one has to becareful as I heard that a lot of brands are adulterated along the way but here in Spain one is relatively safe when buying in a shop. I am also into using coconut oil which I really like.
    Please visit again.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 03.2017 | 11:24 am

Michel

I went to a talk recently and they spoke about nutrition. They were saying that if we were only to eat natural Whole Foods and eliminate processed foods, we as a nation would not have any weight issues.

I guess over the years we have been conditioned to eat badly and eat a lot of junk actually. We have forgotten the joy of tasting food in its natural form and anything without sugar tastes as if something is wrong with it.

Thanks for this informative  article. It was interesting to read about the twins who ate opposite foods and still managed to lose weight. I think we need get away from the word diet and think rather about what we actually put into our mouths.

Dec 13.2018 | 03:33 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Michel,

    So called better health care but people are only getting sicker, that is really strange I think. We have turned away from nature, she provides the best food ever, but we humans always think we can do it better. As I live on a farm I have the possibility to grow quite a few things myself. People who have little space can do a vertical vegetable garden and that functions very well.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 13.2018 | 05:02 pm

Darren

The food industry is inundated with confusing information on what we should and shouldn’t eat however I firmly believe in moderation and keeping it simple and that includes what I eat.

I try and eat as clean as possible and nearly always make my food from scratch so I know exactly what goes in to each meal.

Your right about fats, we need certain fats and they are not all bad for us. People need to educate themselves rather than listen to the media. 

Websites like yours are much more informative as I know you have done your research.

Dec 13.2018 | 03:37 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Daren,

    Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Great that you take the time to cook your own meals so you know what you put into your body. Modern life is full of hazards, GMO, bad air and water, pesticides and plastic, and the list is only getting longer. I hope you do not use a microwave oven as that is really bad for your health. Perhaps you care to read the post I wrote about that.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 13.2018 | 05:02 pm

Chris

It really is worrying that so many man made products contain certain ‘hidden’ elements these days – I suppose it’s now got to the point where the only way you can be sure of what you’re eating, is if you opt to purchase all organic!

This was a really interesting article, and certainly powerful. I will spend some time exploring the rest of your articles for more health-related issues – great post! 

Dec 13.2018 | 03:53 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Chris,

    Thank you for your visit and comment. Yes, do read some more of my posts. As we are not informed or on purpose misinformed you will encounter some shocking things. I say better be informed than to be sorry.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 13.2018 | 05:02 pm

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