If you can sort out what's true about nutrition, the causes of obesity, the ins/outs of sugar addiction, fat consumption: is it good or bad, what types of grain are good to eat, if any, then please weigh in. I find going to the grocery store a purely painful process, as much for my thin pocketbook, as for what's healthy and what's not. I find it reprehensible that GMO foods aren't labeled. I want to avoid not only GMO, but companies campaigning against labeling. How can this even be an issue?!
Every product in our country comes with overdoses of labeling and yet we have to fight to know what's in the food we're buying? So crazy. It's a sick commentary on our capitalist society. And if you think it's not about money -- all about money -- then you must not be paying attention. Other labels try to deceive the consumer with obscure scientific words, or claims of being natural when they aren't, so I don't know who or what to believe.
I've cut out most all breads, most all of the time, but I forget all the reasons why. I know I started thinking about bread differently when I read about human hair as an ingredient that came under the name L-cysteine. Google it if you don't believe me.
"Traditionally L-Cysteine is produced from feathers, pig bristles and sometimes even human hair. These days L-Cysteine can also be produced synthetically but apparently human hair remains one of the richest sources of this amino acid – it makes up about 14% of your hair - and there is a small industry in China making the additive from hair clippings."
Which oils are good/bad? Eat butter or margarine or neither? Is the new thing now to eat more fat after being told to eat low fat? I hear reduced fat is horrible, but is it? What are all the names of sugar I'm supposed to remember so I don't buy something loaded with it? Thankfully, I'm a vegetarian so I don't have to worry about buying toxic tuna or hormone ridden meats shot full of antibiotics. I also gave up milk this last year so I don't worry about the controversy of the ill effects of from that.
Some schools of thought recommend cutting out most fruit because of the sugar. How much fruit is healthy? The debate rages on. Who am I to believe?
All I know right now is to eat many different organic vegetables. I've cut way down on my fruit consumption. (I love fruit though.)I don't have to know anything about meat since I don't eat it. I have two dairy products to finish cutting out of my diet and I eat little of either one right now. I don't have an issue with eating eggs from a local farmer down the road where I can see how the chickens are treated. I'm sure there is a school of thought that says I shouldn't eat them. People ask where I get my protein from. Aside from all kinds of nuts, green veggies have a good amount of protein, so do beans. (8 vegetables that are the highest in protein.)
Off and on I work to stay away from sugar. Right now, I'm in the stay-away-from-it phase. In fact, this whole post began all about sugar addiction. I just know that the less I eat sugar, the less I crave it. I've also read many articles about the negative affects of it. But if I could feel good about eating it, I'd eat some every single day. Clearly, it IS addictive.
Are you addicted to sugar? Dr. Mark Hyman wrote an article in the Huffington Post that you can read called 5 Clues You're Addicted to Sugar. Click to READ.
THE MYTH according to Robert H. Lustig, M.D.:
"If you eat it, you better burn it or you'll store it."
The consensus among the major health organizations (USDA, AHA, AND, ADA) is that we should aim for less than 1500 mg of sodium per day, and definitely not more than 2300 mg. (source) Dr. Lustig says the reason Coke has so much sugar in it is to mask the amount of salt in Coke designed to keep you thirsty. Every 8 oz of Coke has 19 mg. of sodium.
Dr. Lustig is challenged here by Alan Aragon. Aragon opines what he believes is true about Lustig's presentation and what he argues is not factual. Personally, I don't know which person to believe. For every article anyone can supply me about any food item, I can easily come up with contradictory information to bolster the opposing argument. I simply don't know what to believe.
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