Heart Health - To Eat and Not To Eat
December 14, 2015
Eating even a tiny amount of this daily is the enemy of a healthy heart:
Foods that promote weight gain
- Processed foods of all kinds
- Added sweeteners, regardless of whether they have calories or not. This includes all forms of added sugars, especially processed fructose (such as high-fructose corn syrup), but also artificial sweeteners, which confuse your metabolism and trick your body into storing fat
- Meats from confined animal feeding operations, as they're typically fed genetically engineered grains contaminated with glyphosate instead of plain grass, plus antibiotics and other growth promoters to fatten up the animals as quickly as possible.
- Farmed fish are also fed an inappropriate diet that reduces their nutritional quality
- Processed grains of all kinds, including organic ones, as they all break down into sugar in your body. Unless organic, grains may also be contaminated with glyphosate even if they're not genetically engineered. Such is the case with most conventional wheat for example
Foods that promote healthy weight
- Whole, unadulterated (ideally organic) vegetables, fruits, and berries
- Unprocessed, unpasteurized traditionally cultured and fermented foods, such as kefir, kambucha, natto, kimchee, and fermented vegetables of all kinds
- Organically-raised grass-fed meats, pastured chicken, and wild-caught fish that are low in contaminants
- Fresh sprouts, which can be easily grown at home. A wide variety of seeds can be sprouted, which maximizes their nutritional value.
- For example, once sunflower seeds are sprouted, their protein, vitamin, and mineral content will typically provide you with 30 times the nutrient content of organic vegetables
- Trans fats, found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, such as margarine, canola, corn, and soy oils
- Healthy fats, including organically-raised grass-fed meats, fatty fish like wild caught salmon, coconut oil, olives and olive oil, avocado, raw nuts, organic pastured egg yolks, and butter made from raw grass-fed milk.
- For cooking, tallow and lard are ideal. Since they're saturated fats, they do not oxidize when heated. And, since saturated fats do not have double bonds that can react with oxygen, they also cannot form dangerous aldehydes or other toxic oxidation products.
- Coconut oil is another healthy option, as it too resists oxidation when heated