These three things may be destroying your health

The Deadly 3When it comes to eating healthy, I constantly receive this question, “What should I eat?” And usually get a odd stare when I tell them, “Its not what you should eat, but more what you shouldn’t!” What a person leaves out of their diet is just as important as what they have in it, and in a lot of cases, even more important. Not knowing what foods are good and bad could be detrimental to anything you are trying to accomplish. Thus, providing more fat gain and the probable loss of motivation.

These top three foods are found in abundance and, if not monitored, can have harsh effects on your health.

Food #1: Vegetable Oils (Canola, Corn, and Soy Oils)

It’s not the vegetable oils that are bad. It is the oxidation rate when heated that poses a significant problem. Not knowing what oils oxidize at what temperature can have huge negative impacts on your health.

Anytime you cook with vegetable oils, and do not know the rate of oxidation, you are at risk of running heat-induced damage. Any oil you cook with must be stable enough to resist chemical changes when heated to a high temperature.

“Well then how does vegetable oil affect me when heated past its stable point?” Well simple, when heated past its stable point, vegetable oils inflict damage by converting good cholesterol into bad cholesterol through oxidation. Oxidized vegetable oil should NEVER be consumed. This can easily lead to vascular disease.

—Try this: Coconut Oil or Olive Oil

Coconut oil is just about 90% saturated. This means that it will remain stable at high temperatures. Saturated fats are best for cooking, because they are far more stable at high heats. So in turn, coconut oil is a great way to avoid this problem all together.

Olive oil is a better addition to foods after they have been cooked but can also be used during the cooking process. This is usually my Go-To when cooking at times.


Food #2: Simple Sugar

Sugar in moderation is not bad for you at all. Fructose is a carbohydrate, but holds little to no nutritional value in its purest form. Sugar is in-fact empty calories.

Now, I know the common belief of fructose being the monster of all monsters. Regular table sugar is sucrose (sucrose = fructose + glucose) and is introduced in a wide variety of processed meals, drinks, and even fruits. So does this make it bad?

No! Fructose is not bad for you unless you are taking in large quantities of it. Consumption of fructose does not make you fat. Unless that is, you are in taking a very large amount of it.

“So how much is too much?” Well here is the surprise; a study done a meta-analysis published by McMaster University (2012)  clearly establishes the true understanding of weight gain in fructose. Coming to the conclusion that “Fructose does not seem to cause weight gain when it is substituted for other carbohydrates in diets providing similar calories.” So in essence if the calories are the same, individuals will not gain weight as apposed to normal eating.

So how can fructose be detrimental to your health?

Well my friend, it is very easy to get way over the limit of normal fructose consumption. Consumption of 25-40 grams of simple sugars like fructose is very safe. It is also very easy to go way more than that set amount.

For instance, lets say you drink a 20oz bottle of soda with high-fructose corn syrup (35 grams of fructose). Later in the day, have dessert or candy with 50 grams of sugar (half being fructose, 25 grams). Now this begins to add up. We aren’t even mentioning simple sugars in all the other processed foods you have eaten that day. If you eat and drink like this for months on end, like some people do, you can see how it can easily catch up to you and eventually cause insulin problems like diabetes.

I DON’T want you thinking, “Well I am not going to eat any more fruit because of the sugar.” I myself get about 100 grams of my carbohydrates from fruit alone.

Read these next few words carefully… To get around 25-40 grams of fructose from fruit you would have to eat 3-6 bananas, 6-10 cups of strawberries, 10-15 cherries or 2-3 apples in a day. Fruit also provide a verity of nutritious micronutrients as well.

Food #3: Table Salt

Don’t get it wrong, salt is very essential for life. The problem is that you may be getting the wrong type of salt. Natural, unrefined salt is the type of salt your body needs. Natural salts are made up of about 84% sodium chloride and the remaining percentage coming from all natural minerals such as phosphorous and vanadium.

Processed table salt is about 98% sodium chloride and 2% of deadly chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate. Salt is good for your health but just like anything in mass quantities it can be very damaging to your health and this is where the problem lies.

The average individual gets around 3500mg of sodium a day. This is far above the set requirements of 1500-2300mg set by major health organizations. With this refined salt bombarding the system you can run into problems such as hypernatremia, bloating, hypertension, memory decline, and erectile dysfunction.

Since salt is essential to life we want to keep it in the required numbers and as natural as possible. So before you reach for that refined table salt, think twice and go with an all-natural sea salt instead.

Also, keep your processed foods down to a minimum because they are widely known to pack in very large amounts of sodium. You can easily get way over your daily amount of sodium by eating processed foods, instead try to stick to organically-grown foods.

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