By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
October 31, 2016
- It’s okay to eat red meat
- Not all fish is healthy fish
- What to eat instead of rice
I tell my patients it’s okay to eat meat… as long as it’s from clean sources and only accounts for about 13% of their food intake. It’s also okay to enjoy an egg at breakfast and some butter every now and then.
But the saturated fat scare is so ingrained in our society that folks tend to feel guilty whenever they eat these foods, even when they eat them in moderation.
However, there are a lot of so-called “healthy” foods that will do more damage to your health than a little saturated fat ever would. And they’re foods that you may be eating every day.
For example, when everyone turned away from lard and animal fat for cooking, they switched to vegetable oils and margarines as a healthy alternative. Well, this ranks high as one of the most disastrous turn of events in the history of food.
First off, most cooking oils and margarines are high on omega-6 fatty acids. And while it’s true that our body’s need omega-6’s, we’re getting way too many of them these days – somewhere around 20 times more than is healthy.
When we get too many of them, they promote inflammation. And inflammation is a underlying cause of most chronic disease today.
Secondly, these oils are rancid. They go through processes that oxidize the fat in the oil and turn it rancid. You won’t know this, because they add compounds to the oil and steam-clean it to remove the nasty odors. Your body has no use for rancid food that contains all sorts of additives and preservatives.
Third, most cooking oils are made from genetically modified crops. The crops are designed to be “Roundup-ready.” This means the oils made from them are loaded with glyphosate, the main chemical found in this herbicide.
In addition to being a poison, glyphosate destroys healthy gut bacteria, damages DNA, messes with your hormones and disrupts your body’s ability to detoxify itself.
What you can do: My favorite vegetable oil is cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. It’s loaded with polyphenol antioxidants that can help protect against heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Other good choices of oil include cold-pressed, organic and unrefined coconut, sesame, palm fruit, avocado and sesame seed oil. If you can find “extra virgin” versions, it’s all the better.
Not All Fish is Healthy Fish
Everybody knows that fish is good for them. There’s no question that the healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in fish protects your heart and brain, slashes inflammation and keeps you looking and feeling younger as you age.
But not all fish is created equal. In fact, farm-raised fish is decidedly not good for you. These fish contain all sorts of deadly chemicals, like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Farm-raised salmon is, by far, the worst. This type of salmon accounts for more than two-thirds of salmon across the globe, with farm raised tilapia just as unhealthy.
The health of these salmon is so bad that that about half of them die before they even get to harvest. And those that do survive contain enormous amounts of PCBs – up to 16 times more than wild-caught.
These chemicals build up in the fatty tissue of the fish. So whenever you eat a piece of fatty farm-raised salmon or other fish that sounds healthy, you’re actually getting a big dose of PCBs.
As these accumulate in your body, they can open you up to liver cancer, thyroid problems, a weakened immune response and hormone imbalances. There is also evidence they increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.
What you can do: Enjoy fish from wild-caught sources. The healthiest are smaller species like Alaskan salmon, Pacific halibut, mackerel, sardines, herring, rainbow trout and flounder.
What to Eat Instead of Rice
If you’re a rice-lover, you probably gave up white rice a long time ago. Chances are you’re eating some of the more exotic forms… wild, basmati, long grain or another “healthier” version of rice.
Well, I hate to tell you this, but there is no healthy form of rice. All of them contain levels of inorganic arsenic dependent on the arsenic levels in the ground water where they’re grown.
In fact, when Consumer Reports analyzed a variety of rice products, they found inorganic arsenic in all 32 of the rice that was tested. All of them. The rice came from all over the world, including the U.S., India and Thailand.
Now, you probably already know that arsenic is a deadly poison. And the EPA classifies it as a “known human carcinogen”. This means eating too much rice is likely to increase your risk of developing some form of cancer.
Additionally, long-term exposure to arsenic is linked to abdominal issues, abnormal heart rhythm, kidney damage and a decrease in red and white blood cells.
What you can do: Quinoa is a great replacement for rice. It has negligible levels of inorganic arsenic, and it’s gluten-free to boot. Plus, it can be used in most rice recipes without altering the integrity of the dish.
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