One thing that always bothers me is hearing people say ‘I want something low fat, something low carb.. Something low in sugar…’ People, we need to change our mentality!
Yes we should be saying ‘I want something without Trans Fats – or something low in saturated fats’ BUT we should also be saying ‘Give me something high in essential fatty acids, because, you know, my body can’t make them and I need to eat them on a daily basis to keep my brain working, skin healthy, my central nervous system and eyes healthy, and reduce any inflammation in my body…’
And low carb should mean low in REFINED horrible carbs that my wonderful book Healing with Wholefood says: Whenever we eat refined food, whether it be white-flour foods, denatured rice and other cereals, or refined oils and sugars, we limit the opportunity to bolster our immune system, keep our blood sugar and emotions balanced protect against degenerative diseases, maintain a trim and fit body, and in general, keep our integrated experience of life harmonious..’
Wow.. that seems to me a pretty good list of reasons to ‘swap’ as our government would say.. We should be saying ‘can I have something high in wholegrains, full of fibre and containing proper sugars, rather than any of those artificial chemical ones, because my body runs on glucose, high fructose corn syrup causes obesity and aspartame is poisonous..’
What is hard to explain to people is that the full fat version in its natural state is much easier to digest than something modified – skinny milk for example, or reduced fat butter – we need all of the components so our bodies can recognise them as a food, and digest it accordingly.. This is the reason Trans fats have become so dangerous – they are modified and our body has no idea what to do with it, so it just stores it, never to be digested or eliminated. Imagine if you are eating a lot of them…
Ok… enough of a rant? I guess i just wish clinical nutrition was a subject everyone had to do at high school – we are never taught the true value of food, or vitamins and its evident from the way society eats, and looks that this info could be beneficial :)