Posted On 06 Sep 2009
Are you confused about what not to eat?
There’s an enormous variety of nutritious foods available to us North American shoppers. Still, it’s easy to become confused about what’s good for us to eat and, so, develop bad habits when buying food.
Some media hype is well-placed. For example, all trans fats should be avoided. Trans fats are found in all hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, oils, and margarines.
Avoid all foods that have been harshly processed. These are the best examples of what not to eat. This even includes frozen, milled, or canned foods (such as canned vegetables and frozen dinners) or commercially baked goods (such as cakes and cookies). Harsh processing destroys nutrients.
Avoid large fish such as shark and swordfish because they may contain high concentrations of mercury. Avoid eating tuna more than once a week for the same reason.
Avoid all foods containing processed or refined carbohydrates. These are great examples of what not to eat. Especially avoid anything made with white flour or sugar of any kind. This rules out breads, pastas, rolls, muffins, crumpets, pastries, cakes, cookies, doghnuts, pretzels, corn chips, most Mexican food, pizza, croissants, white rice, soft drinks, granola bars, breakfast bars, and breakfast cereals.
It’s also a good idea to rule out anything made from gluten-containing grains such as wheat, oats, triticale (a wheat-rye mixture), rye, barley, spelt, and kamut. Also avoid corn, rice, so-called wild rice, teff, millet, sorghum, sugarcane, cane sugar, and corn syrup. This means avoiding candy, sweetened foods including drinks and desserts, and dried fruits. Remember, when digested all carbohydrates become sugar. The human body did not evolve running primarily on sugar (glucose). All sweets and other refined carbs are what not to eat.
In order to keep your daily grams of carbs well under 100, severely limit your intake of sweet fruits and high-carbohydrate vegetables. I suggest varying your daily carb intake, but average only about 60 grams daily. If you have too much body fat and make this one change, you may quickly be pleasantly surprised by the results. You’ll realize that you have been eating too much of what not to eat.
Avoid sweetened dairy products such as frozen yogurt, and limit (or eliminate) products from cow’s milk.
Avoid unnatural flesh foods. This especially includes grain-fed beef, bison, and beefalo that are raised in feedlots and treated with antibiotics and, often, hormones. (The antibiotics are necessary because nearly all of those animals raised in those unnatural conditions are sick.) Similarly, avoid farm-raised fish. Since animals grown in captivity neither eat what their wild cousins eat nor move like their wild cousins, flesh foods from them are, not surprisingly, much worse for us to consume than flesh foods from their wild cousins.
It may appear that, if you avoid all these common foods, you’ll always be hungry. Not so! I’ll explain why in my next post. In fact, just as there’s no good reason for you ever to be thirsty, there’s also no good reason ever for you to be hungry!