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

Creative Health Institutes New Candida Relief Training Program

 

About Candidasis

There are more than 20 species of Candida, the most common being Candida albicans. These fungi live on all surfaces of our bodies. Candida yeast grows naturally in the gut, however, when this yeast multiplies out of control it can unbalance your whole system, creating an acidic environment where yeast over-growth and bad bacteria can thrive. Over time this imbalance in the intestinal flora lowers the immune system, leaving the us open to sickness and disease…

Are You At Risk From A Candida Albicans Overgrowth?

 

  • taken birth control pills
  • inability to lose or gain weight
  • fatigue
  • concentration/focus problems
  • short term memory
  • painful joints
  • muscle aches
  • pour  sleep
  • white coated tongue
  • chronic sinusitis
  • painful gas/abdominal bloating
  • frequent urination
  • constipation and/or diarrhea
  • headaches including migraines
  • visual blurring
  • sensitivity to light
  • depression
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • mood swings
  • chills
  • night sweats
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness and balance problems
  • sensitivity to heat/cold
  • gluten intolerance
  • irregular heartbeat
  • antibiotics, steroids
  • hypothyroidism
  • diabetes

 

  • irritable bowel
  • painful gas/abdominal bloating
  • low grade fever or low body temperature
  • numbness/tingling in the face or extremities
  • dryness of mouth and eyes
  • difficulty swallowing
  • menstrual problems (PMS/endometriosis)
  • recurrent yeast infections
  • recurrent ear infections
  • skin rashes
  • dry/flaking skin
  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • acne
  • skin discoloration/blotchiness
  • dandruff
  • jock and rectal itching
  • chronic athlete’s foot
  • chronic toenail and fingernail fungus
  • ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • allergies
  • sensitivity to noise/sounds
  • sensitivity to foods
  • sensitivity to chemicals
  • sensitivity to odors
  • anemia
  • child birth
  • diet of processed foods
  • parasites

If the answer is yes to any of the above, then read on.

 When Should You Do A Candida Detox

If you suffer from or suspect that you suffer from any of the aforementioned symptoms you may have Candida.
If you have you been following an anti-Candida diet for some time and still experience any of the aforementioned symptoms.
If you suspect they may have heavy metals in their system.

The Diet

The anti-candida diet is designed to starve the yeast, reduce acidity and bring the body back to its ideal pH balance. It consists of energy soups, green juices and living foods that alkalize your system. During the Candida Detoxificaton program you will include herbal tinctures, probiotics and natural supplements to target the yeast, zeolite a liquid mineral supplement to chelate heavy metals.

The Program

This detox will help you for re-establish the balance of good bacteria and yeast in the colon. You will restore healthy bowel function, relieving gas, bloating and other candida symptoms. You will remove heavy metals so as to eliminate yeast overgrowth on a permanent basis.

The Candida Detoxification Program comprises a special anti-candida diet of special energy soups, fresh green juices and living foods, herbal tinctures and natural supplements, zeolite mineral supplement to chelate heavy metals, probiotics, Candida detox therapies including daily far Infrared sauna sessions, daily use of the electronic Candida-Parasite cleansing uint, daily health education classes, proper food prep classes, welcome kit including everything you will need for your Candida detoxification program.
For more information relating to Candida and home testing for it, please read the following article by our Health Education Director, Bobby http://www.creativehealthinstitute.com/blog/yeastovergrowth/

Program Includes Everything You Need To Take Charge!

    • A Candida Detox diet based in the traditional teachings of Dr Ann Wigmore.
    • Specific foods including  energy soups, juices and teas
    • Probiotics
    • Superfood supplementation
    • Herbal tinctures
    • Natural supplements
    • Essential Oils
    • Zeolite Mineral Supplement for chelation of heavy metals
    • Daily use of the electronic Candida-Parasite clearing unit.
    • Far infrared sauna therapy sessions daily
    • Daily health education and food preparation classes
    • Post- detox guidelines to help you transition from your detox

2012 CHI 10-Day Candida Detox Program Schedule

Thur, January 5 – Sun, January 15 Thur, January 19 – Sun, January 29 Thur, February 2 – Sun, February 12
Sun, February 12 – Wed, February 22 Thur, February 23 – Sun, March 4 Sun, March 4 – Wed, March 14
Thur, March 15 – Sun, March 25 Sun, March 25 – Wed, April 4 Thur, April 12 – Sun, April 22
Thur, April 26 – Sun, May 6 Thur, May 10 – Sun, May 20 Sun, May 20 – Wed, May 30
Thur, May 31- Sun, June 10 Sun, June 10 – Wed, June 20 Thur, June 21- Sun, July 1
Sun, July 1- Wed, July 11 Sun, July 15- Wed, July 25 Sun, July 29 – Wed, August 8
Sun, August 12 – Wed, August 22 Sun, August 26 – Wed, September 5 Thur, September 6 – Sun, September 16
Thur, September 20 – Sun, September 30 Thur, October 4 – Sun, October 14 Thur, October 18 – Sun, October 28
Thur, November 1 – Sun, November 11 Sun, November 11 – Wed, November 21 Thur, November 29 – Sun, December 9
Sun, December 9 – Wed, December 19

Wishing everyone the best of health, Bobby

 If you have any questions about this program, please call us at 866.426.1213. All article and information published on this site are the property of Creative Health Institute and Robert Morgan – Bobby. You have  permission for reprinting and posting aritcles and information on this site, as long as you give proper credit to Creative Health Institute and Robert Morgtan –  Director of Health Education

Pesticide Residue Is Found In 98% Of The USA’s Conventionally Grown Apples

The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen Fruits & Vegetables For 2011

“In setting the tolerance amount, the EPA must make a safety finding that the pesticide can be used with reasonable certainty of no harm.’ The EPA ensures that the tolerance selected will be safe,” according the EPA’s website. The President’s Cancer Panel recently recommended that consumers eat produce without pesticides to reduce their risk of getting cancer and other diseases. You can reduce your exposure to pesticides by up to 100%, by buying the organic version of the Dirty Dozen,”.

The Dirty Dozen

1.  Apples 2.  Celery 3.  Strawberries 4.  Peaches 5.  Spinach 6.  Nectarines – imported 7.  Grapes – imported 8.  Sweet bell peppers 9.   Potatoes 10. Blueberries -domestic 11. Lettuce 12. Kale/collard greens.

Not all non-organic fruits and vegetables have a high pesticide level. Some produce has a strong outer layer that provides a defense against pesticide contamination, these fruits and vegetables will have less pesticides on them. These non-organic fruits and vegetables dubbed the “Clean 15″ that contain only small amounts of pesticides.

The Clean 15

1.  Onions 2.  Avocados  3.  Sweet corn  4.  Pineapples  5.  Mango  6.  Sweet peas  7.  Asparagus  8.  Kiwi fruit  9.  Cabbage  10.  Eggplant  11.  Cantaloupe  12.  Watermelon  13.  Grapefruit  14.  Sweet potatoes  15.  Mushrooms. Information provided by the Environmental Working Group –  http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/. All of the food served at Creative Health Institute is raw and organic. We adhere to the living food lifestyle diet.  

If you have questions about raw food, raw food diets or raw living food, contact us at 866.426.1213.

Best to you and your family,

Robert “Bobby” Morgan

Program Director Union City, Michigan