by Taetske | 5:59 pm
(Last Updated On: March 30, 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

Private Photo,
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% 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 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.

 

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

 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

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