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Five Foods That Could Kill You

Our digestive systems are pretty much identical to our prehistoric ancestors’ 30,000 years ago. They ate nuts, berries, plants, and meat on occasion. If you replace that diet with white bread, cheese whiz, fruit loops, and bologna, digestive issues are inevitable.
There is a lot of research that shows that 90 percent of all disease begins in the colon, so monitoring what you put in your mouth is not only the number-one way of keeping your body lean, it could ultimately save your life. Here are my picks for the five worst foods.

1. Sugar
Sugar is complex. We need it because it’s the preferred fuel source our body uses to perform any activity. But too much sugar can devastate our body. Sugar increases insulin levels, which promotes fat storage and prevents fat from being burned as fuel. Insulin helps us store protein, minerals, vitamins, and acts as an anabolic hormone that helps build muscle. But if your body develops insulin resistance, it becomes resistant to the other life-sustaining functions of insulin. Chronic diseases of aging will follow, such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Excessive sugar intake has also been associated with numerous cancers, including breast cancer, ovarian, prostate, rectum, and colon cancer.

2. Processed Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates have a bad rap. Ridiculous low-carb diet books have convinced people that carbohydrates make them fat. The authors of these books then go on to recommend you eat fried bacon, hamburgers with cheese (no bun), and sausages instead. You don’t need to be a dietician to know that these types of proteins aren’t healthy. Any carbohydrate, protein, or fat can be healthy or unhealthy. Pastries, white bread, and French fries are bad carbs. They will make you fat and promote disease in your body. Oatmeal, whole grain bread, and yams are good carbs, full of energy, vitamins, and minerals. Some diets even discourage you from eating carrots because there is too much sugar in them that releases too quickly (high in the glycemic index), and are thus considered bad carbs. Yeah, right. The culprit behind society’s obesity problem is carrots. A medium carrot has approximately 18 calories. Oooh, watch out ladies, that’s going straight to your hips.

3. Trans Fats and Hydrogenated Oils
Like refined carbs, trans fats are found everywhere. They’re put in food products to give them a long shelf life. When hydrogen is added, it makes the oil harder and more stable at room temperature, like margarine. Trans fats and hydrogenated oils are considered more of a health risk than those occurring naturally. The big problem with trans fats is that it changes the molecular structure of the fat, which destroys the metabolic activity in our cells. Trans fats increase the bad cholesterol (LDL) and decrease the good cholesterol (HDL) in our body. Blockage in the artery walls increases dramatically. North Americans are taking more prescription drugs than ever before and the majority of these drugs are to fight diseases arising from poor diets. Many dieticians believe that 80 percent of all illness can be attributed to diet.

4. Additives and Flavour Enchancers
When you buy a box of pop tarts, you have the choice of many different flavours – strawberry, blueberry or apple. The interesting part is that if you read the food label, none of these fruits are listed as an ingredient. The companies that sell these food products send their recipes to people called “flavorists” whose job it is to mix chemicals together to create different flavours unnaturally. These chemicals are used to colour, stabilize, emulsify, bleach, texturize, soften, harden, preserve, sweeten, add or remove flavor, make the food gooey, chewy and spongy,. The flavorist could even make pop tarts taste like freshly cut grass if he wanted to, by mixing the appropriate chemicals together.

According to the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 2,800 food additives and 3,000 chemicals are added to food products. The average North American eats 150 pounds of food additives per year. When you see “natural” or “artificial flavour” on a food label you should leave it on the shelf. Natural flavour doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Alcohol, cocaine, and tobacco are all natural. Natural and artificial flavouring is essentially the same thing. The difference is just the process of extracting and mixing the chemicals. The big problem is that the liver has to process and filter all the chemicals. It becomes so overworked and flooded with foreign matter that some chemicals will get through and end up in our blood stream with access to all the cells in our body, which causes free radical damage. This weakens our immune system, accelerates the aging process, and creates disease.

5. Alcohol
Other than red wine, which can be consumed daily in small quantities, you should remember that alcohol is a sugar and really has no significant nutrients. Excessive consumption (more than seven drinks per week) can cause gastrointestinal inflammation. It can also lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome, which allows toxic substances to pass into body tissue, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and joint pain. Too much booze also can block the absorption of many vitamins and minerals. It should be avoided in any weight-loss program.

With fast food outlets on every corner, commercials convincing kids to eat poorly, and pizza only a phone call away, it’s impossible to avoid consuming any bad food – we’d have to live on organic farms. Just take a moment before you eat something and decide whether this food is going to do your body some good. Keep track of how many times you say, “Going to a fast food outlet once in awhile is no big deal”, “One donut won’t kill me”, “One can of pop can’t be that bad.” Did that “once in a while” attitude give you the body you want? If the answer is no, you know what needs to be done, no excuses. Your life depends on it.

Health implications of poor nutrition:
over 30% of Canadians are considered overweight and 40% have heart disease. 

You wouldn’t put cheap gas in your car and expect it to run optimally.  Why would your body be any different?  Eat to perform your best!

Linus Pauling stated that nutrient deficiencies, particularly minerals are the cause of most modern diseases.

Preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers and genetically modified foods make us obese, sick and diseased.  Choose organic foods when possible.

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