3 So-Called "Healthy" Foods that You Should STOPEating | Truth About Abs(if you want a lean healthy body)by Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition SpecialistAuthor of the best-seller: The Truth About Six Pack AbsI was reading a statistic in a nutrition book recently, and this is going to shock you...Now before I tell you the statistic, lets keep an important fact in mind... according to well renownednutrition author Michael Pollan, and his amazing book called In Defense of Food, humankind hashistorically consumed approximately 80,000 different species of edible plants, animals, and fungi, andapproximately 3,000 of those have been widespread foods of the human diet.Now get ready for a shocking and appalling statistic...Currently, the average adult eating a typical modern western diet in countries such as the US, Canada,Australia, etc consumes approximately 67% of their total caloric intake from only 3 foods -- CORN, SOY,AND WHEAT (and their derivatives).What would be considered a reasonably healthy amount of corn, soy, and wheat in the humandiet? Based on hundreds of thousands of years of human history, and what the natural diet of ourancestors was (indicating what our digestive systems are still programmed to digest most effectively), thiswould probably be in the range of about 1% to 4% MAX of our total calories from corn, soy, and wheat.Considering that modern humans are eating 67% of their total calories from corn, soy, wheat... you cansee why we have massive problems in our health, and our weight!Its not a surprise that we have so many intolerances and allergies, specifically to soy and wheat (andgluten intolerance)... the human digestive system was simply never meant to consume these substancesin such MASSIVE quantities.Keep in mind that these massively high levels of corn, soy, and wheat in our modern human diet is arelatively new phenomenon that originated from the economics of the multi-billion dollar corn, soy, andwheat industries. It really HAS been all about the money... NOT about our health!By "derivatives" of corn, soy, and wheat, this means the food additives such as: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) corn oil soybean oil (hydrogenated or plain refined) soy protein refined wheat flour hundreds of other food additives such as maltodextrin, corn or wheat starch, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, etc, etcThis doesnt surprise me... consider how much soda or other sweetened drinks (with loads of HFCS) thatthe average person drinks daily... this is a LOT of calories from just 1 sole corn derivative. Evenmarinades, salad dressings, ketchup, breads, and 100s of other foods contain loads of belly-
fattening HFCS!Also think about how many processed foods we have that are either fried in soybean or corn oil... andeven if the foods are not fried in these oils, these oils are additives to almost every processed food...chips, candies, cakes, salad dressings, tomato sauces, burrito wraps, corn chips, breaded chicken, etc,etc. This is a LOT of calories from these 2 other corn and soy derivatives... both of them EXTREMELYUNHEALTHY!On top of that, think about how much breads, cereals, pastas, muffins, and other highly processed wheatproducts that most people consume each day. Again, this is LOADS of unhealthy, blood-sugar spiking,nutrient-poor calories, that more than half of the population has some degree of intolerance to anyway.It gets even worse!Not only are we eating 67% of our total calories from corn, soy, and wheat... but because of theeconomics involved (specifically with cheap corn and soy) we are also feeding most of our farm animalscorn and soy now too... again amplifying the amount of corn and soy that passes through the food chainand (from a biochemical standpoint) ends up in our bodies.Probably the 2 worst examples of this blatant mismanagement of our food supply is how our factoryfarmed chickens and cows are fed.Cows are fed mostly corn in factory feedlot farms, even though their digestive systems are only meant toeat grass and other forage. This makes the cows sick (hmm... E-coli anyone?), alters the omega-6 toomega-3 ratio of the fats to unhealthy levels, and also diminishes the healthy CLA fats that would occurnaturally in grass-fed beef. All of these problems go away if our cows are fed what they were made toeat naturally - grass and other green forage!Our chickens are also fed a diet of mostly corn and soy and crowded in tight pens in horrendousconditions... when the fact is that a chicken was meant to roam around the outdoors eating a mixture ofgreens, insects, worms, seeds, etc. When chickens are kept inside in tight quarters and fed only grains, itleads to an unhealthy meat for you to eat, and less healthy eggs compared to free-roaming chickensallowed to eat an outdoors diet.Our food supply has gotten so screwed up that were even feeding our salmon and other farmed fish cornand soy...again because of the economics involved. How ludicrous is this, considering that fish aremeant to eat a diverse diet of smaller fish, worms, bugs, etc. Again this makes farm raised fish unhealthyin terms of nutrition compared to their wild counterparts. If you want to see something even scarier aboutfarm-raised fish, watch this quick video about the toxic fish you might be buying.So even when youre eating chicken, beef, and fish, youre still essentially getting even MORE corn andsoy into your body (from a biochemical standpoint) ...considering that the cows, chickens, and farmed fishate mostly soy and corn.So its actually WORSE than just 67% isnt it!Why is it so unhealthy to consume 2/3rds of our calories from corn, soy, and wheat?Well, this section could encompass an entire book, so to keep this short, Ill just throw out a few randomreasons...
Skews the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in our diet to as high as 30:1, when a natural ratio of 1:1 to 2:1 in our ancestral human diet is considered healthy. Problems with gluten intolerance (related to heavy wheat consumption that is rampant) Problems with weight gain, blood-sugar swings, and reduced insulin sensitivity (and progression of diabetes) due to excessive refined corn and wheat flours, as well as HFCS in our diet Soy and corn are the most genetically modified crops (which also allows more pesticides and herbicides to be used, which are usually "xenoestrogens") Many of the pesticide and herbicide residues in these crops are xenoestrogens, which can increase "stubborn" belly fat Soy products and derivatives contain a double-whammy of xenoestrogens as well as phytoestrogens... again creating an environment in your body for fat storage, carcinogenic effects, and even "man boobs" for some men in very severe cases The feeding of corn and soy to animals reduces the health and nutritional benefits (and micronutrient levels) of those animal products and the list could go on and on and on...So how do you avoid all of this overwhelming amount of corn, soy, and wheat in our food supply,and finally take control of your weight and your health?1. Dont purchase processed foods! It all starts with your grocery cart discipline... choose only 1-ingredient foods such as fruits, veggies, beans, eggs (free roaming), nuts, seeds, and meats from grass-fed or free roaming animals that are raised correctly. Organic is preferred. Only resort to junk foods orprocessed foods on a 1-day per week "cheat day" but ONLY when dining out... that way, the processedfoods arent in your house to tempt you.2. Get most of your carbs from fruits and veggies instead of grains.3. Avoid store bought salad dressings as they almost always contain soybean oil and HFCS (instead, trymy homemade healthy salad dressing)4. Make sure that your tomato sauces dont have HFCS and soybean oils... look for sauces made witholive oil instead. Remember to avoid unhealthy canola oils too!5. If you like guacamole (one of the healthiest snacks on the planet!), try veggie sticks with guacamoleinstead of genetically-modified, oil-soaked corn chips6. If you like hummus, try veggies sticks with hummus instead of pita chips or other bread.7. Reduce your cereal, bread, and pasta intake by having these foods only on "cheat days" and stick tomore of the 1-ingredient foods I mentioned in #1 above. Try some of these healthy snacks as goodalternatives (yes, I know that one of the 13 snacks on there has sprouted grain, which is fine onoccasion).I could go on with more examples, but I think thats good for now.So with all of this said... Is my diet perfect? Well, no of course not! Nobody is perfect, and I can give into temptation on occasion just like anybody else.However, Id estimate that my corn/soy/wheat consumption is only about 2-4% of my total caloric intakecompared to 67% for the average person. The way that I achieve this is to simply not bring any corn, soy,or wheat products into my house, so Im never tempted by it. Therefore, at least 6 days/week, I eatvirtually no corn/soy/wheat, except for the occasional piece of sprouted grain toast a couple times a week(which is a better option than typical "whole grain" bread).I do, however, give in and sometimes eat breads, pasta, and even corn chips, etc. when Im dining out. Isee these as my cheat meals and try to do this no more than once per week. I still completely eliminate
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