Standard American Diet Is A Recipe for Disaster

 

Recipe for Disaster

Ninety percent of Americans’ household food budget is spent on processed foods, the majority of which are filled with additives and stripped of nutrients. Discover which common ingredients in the foods you eat pose the greatest risk to your health.    Grab the broccoli with cheese sauce from the freezer, the box of instant rice pilaf from the pantry, or the hot dogs from your fridge and squint at the ingredient list’s fine print. You’ll likely find food additives in every one.

Is this healthy? Compared to the foods our bodies were built to eat, definitely not!

Processed, packaged foods have almost completely taken over the diet of Americans. In fact, nearly 90 percent of our household food budget is spent on processed foods, according to industry estimates.

Unfortunately, most processed foods are laden with sweeteners, salts, artificial flavors, factory-created fats, colorings, chemicals that alter texture, and preservatives. But the trouble is not just what’s been added, but what’s been taken away. Processed foods are often stripped of nutrients designed by nature to protect your heart, such as soluble fiber, antioxidants, and “good” fats. Combine that with additives, and you have a recipe for disaster.

 

Here are the big four ingredients in processed foods you should look out for:

TRANS FATS

Trans fats are in moist bakery muffins and crispy crackers, microwave popcorn and fast-food French fries, even the stick margarine you may rely on as a “heart-healthy” alternative to saturated-fat-laden butter.

Once hailed as a cheap, heart-friendly replacement for butter, lard, and coconut oil, trans fats have, in recent times, been denounced by one Harvard nutrition expert as “the biggest food-processing disaster in U.S. history.” Why? Research now reveals trans fats are twice as dangerous for your heart as saturated fat, and cause an estimated 30,000 to 100,000 premature heart disease deaths each year.

Trans fats are worse for your heart than saturated fats because they boost your levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and decrease “good” HDL cholesterol. That’s double trouble for your arteries. And unlike saturated fats, trans fats also raise your levels of artery-clogging lipoprotein and triglycerides.

Trans fats will be listed on the “Nutrition Facts” panel on food beginning in 2006. Until then, check the ingredient list for any of these words: “partially hydrogenated,” “fractionated,” or “hydrogenated” (fully hydrogenated fats are not a heart threat, but some trans fats are mislabeled as “hydrogenated”). The higher up the phrase “partially hydrogenated oil” is on the list of ingredients, the more trans fat the product contains.

Replacing trans fats with good fats could cut your heart attack risk by a whopping 53 percent.

REFINED GRAINS

Choosing refined grains such as white bread, rolls, sugary low-fiber cereal, white rice, or white pasta over whole grains can boost your heart attack risk by up to 30 percent. You’ve got to be a savvy shopper. Don’t be fooled by deceptive label claims such as “made with wheat flour” or “seven grain.” Or by white-flour breads topped with a sprinkling of oats, or colored brown with molasses. Often, they’re just the same old refined stuff that raises risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks, insulin resistance, diabetes, and belly fat.

At least seven major studies show that women and men who eat more whole grains (including dark bread, whole-grain breakfast cereals, popcorn, cooked oatmeal, brown rice, bran, and other grains like bulgur or kasha) have 20 to 30 percent less heart disease. In contrast, those who opt for refined grains have more heart attacks, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure.

Read the ingredient list on packaged grain products. If the product is one of those that are best for you, the first ingredients should be whole wheat or another whole grain, such as oats. The fiber content should be at least 3 grams per serving.

SALT

Three-quarters of the sodium in our diets isn’t from the saltshaker. It’s hidden in processed foods, such as canned vegetables and soups, condiments like soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce, fast-food burgers (and fries, of course), and cured or preserved meats like bacon, ham, and deli turkey.

Some sodium occurs naturally in unprocessed edibles, including milk, beets, celery, even some drinking water. And that’s a good thing: Sodium is necessary for life. It helps regulate blood pressure, maintains the body’s fluid balance, transmits nerve impulses, makes muscles — including your heart — contract, and keeps your senses of taste, smell, and touch working properly. You need a little every day to replace what’s lost to sweat, tears, and other excretions.

Not So Sweet After All

But what happens when you eat more salt than your body needs? Your body retains fluid simply to dilute the extra sodium in your bloodstream. This raises blood volume, forcing your heart to work harder; at the same time, it makes veins and arteries constrict. The combination raises blood pressure.

Your limit should be 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, about the amount in three-fourths of a teaspoon of salt. (Table salt, by the way, is 40 percent sodium, 60 percent chloride.) Older people should eat even less, to counteract the natural rise in blood pressure that comes with age. People over 50 should strive for 1,300 mg; those over 70 should aim for 1,200 mg.

Only the “Nutrition Facts” panel on a food package will give you the real sodium count. Don’t believe claims on the package front such as “sodium-free” (foods can still have 5 mg per serving); “reduced sodium” (it only means 25 percent less than usual); or “light in sodium” (half the amount you’d normally find).

HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP

Compared to traditional sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup costs less to make, is sweeter to the taste, and mixes more easily with other ingredients. Today, we consume nearly 63 pounds of it per person per year in drinks and sweets, as well as in other products. High-fructose corn syrup is in many frozen foods. It gives bread an inviting, brown color and soft texture, so it’s also in whole-wheat bread, hamburger buns, and English muffins. It is in beer, bacon, spaghetti sauce, soft drinks, and even ketchup.

Research is beginning to suggest that this liquid sweetener may upset the human metabolism, raising the risk for heart disease and diabetes. Researchers say that high-fructose corn syrup’s chemical structure encourages overeating. It also seems to force the liver to pump more heart-threatening triglycerides into the bloodstream. In addition, fructose may zap your body’s reserves of chromium, a mineral important for healthy levels of cholesterol, insulin, and blood sugar.

To spot fructose on a food label, look for the words “corn sweetener,” “corn syrup,” or “corn syrup solids” as well as “high-fructose corn syrup.”

 Thanks you Kelly V, for all you do for Creative Health. We are blessed to  have you helping to write our Daily Health Factoid.

Wishing all our friends and family the best new year ever! We have been so blessed to be a part of  your lives.

Bobby,

 

Robert C  Morgan is the Health Education Director Creative Health Institute in Union City, Michigan. For more information on the instituteplease call 866.426.1213

Get Married And Lower Your Chances Of Getting Cancer

 

Bobby’s Daily Health Factoid: A recent study showed men are up to 35% more likely to die of cancer if they never marry. Ok ladies, let your boyfriends know it’s time to get married or die young… For those guys who don’t want to take the marriage plunge, tell them to eat more fruits and veggies and to add some fenugreek, red clover and broccoli sprouts to their diet, all of which have been shown to lower the chances of getting cancer. Have the best weekend ever!

Robert Morgan

Health Education Director

Creative Health Institute

Union City Michigan 49094

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Bobby’s Daily Health Factoid: Did you know that there are more than 400 varieties of edible grasses? Did you know that all 400 these grasses have amazing healing properties? Most scientists believe grasses where the first plant life to take root in earth’s soil. At CHI we drink the king of all the grasses, wheatgrass. It’s the mainstay of our program and our students and guests drinks 3-6 ounces a day. We even take baths in it… Blessings

Robert Morgan

Health Education Director

Creative Health Institute

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Bobby’s Daily Health Factoid: Scientists have known for years that raw chocolate/cacao contains massive amounts of antioxidants; no common food has a higher antioxidant rating. Recent research shows that the antioxidants found in raw cacao have unmatched stability and are easy to assimilate. Of all known foods, raw cacao is also the ONLY food which does NOT lose its Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) over significant periods of time, making raw cacao/chocolate both the most POTENT and  STABLE source of antioxidants found in any natural food.

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Bobby’s Daily Health Factoid – Did you know cayenne pepper powder can usually lower your blood pressure, immediately. Place a pinch of it under your tongue and hold it for a few seconds before swallowing it. If you have a problem with the heat of the cayenne, you can apply the powder by putting it on a moist hot cloth and laying it on your stomach, then place a hot water bottle on top.  Always consult your doctor, before using any home remedy.

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Bobby’s Daily Health Factoid – Did you know eating just 1 medium sized carrot a day could slash your risk of stroke by 70%. This wonderful food is 87% water and has more beta carotene than any other vegetable. What is beta carotene? Its a powerful anti-oxident that protects us from free radicals. I think carrot juice flows from the fountain of youth.

Organic Food Contains 50% More Nutrients

Bobby’s Daily Health Factoid – Did you know that organic food can contain 50% more vitamins and minerals than non-organic food? The reason for this is organic food is grown in mineral rich soil. When we eat organic food we avoid an average of 20 different pesticides.Many of the pesticides used in non-organic farming have been shown to depress the immune system and can even cause cancer. Have a great Sunday and try to eat more organic foods this week. Remember you will not need as much to eat, because the food you eat will have more nutrients.
Blessings…