Nine Non-Nourishing Foods to Avoid

Some foods are just a chosen accident waiting to happen to our bodies. GMO's are Ubiquitous…If you are eating out of a box or a can or a package, chances are pretty good you are eating GMO's, and they are worse than the rest of this list!!!

1) Canned foods (evenfrom  the lids for home canning) are exposed to BPA (Bisphenol A) in the plastic lining of the can. It is a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, heart disease and other serious health problems. The more acidic the canned food (like tomatoes) the more the BPA leaches from the plastic lining of the can or lid.

2) Processed meats get a double whammy (in most cases). Pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and growth hormones are used in 90-90% of the production systems out there.

Processed meats are also filled with sodium nitrite (a commonly used preservative and antimicrobial agent that also adds color and flavor~good meat does not need color of flavor added) and other chemical flavorings and dyes.

Nitrites can be converted into nitrosamines in your body, which are potent cancer-causing chemicals. Research has linked nitrites to higher rates of colorectal, stomach and pancreatic cancer. But that’s not all. Most processed deli meats also contain other cancer-promoting chemicals that are created during cooking.

3) Margarine We should all know why this is bad by now. Good old-fashioned butter from grass fed cows is rich in a product called CLA. CLA has the same cancer preventing/fighting properties when consumed in 1/20th the amount od Omega 3's necessary to have the same effects.

4) Vegetable oils Anytime you cook a food, you run the risk of creating heat-induced damage. The oils you choose to cook with must be stable enough to resist chemical changes when heated to high temperatures, or you run the risk of damaging your health. One of the ways vegetable oils can inflict damage is by converting your good cholesterol into bad cholesterol—by oxidizing it. 

Coconut oil or organic butter can be heated to very high temperatures and are much less susceptible to heat damage.

5) Microwave popcorn. So it gets a bit technical...Perfluoroalkyls, which include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), are chemicals used to keep grease from leaking through fast food wrappers, are being ingested by people through their food and showing up as contaminants in blood. Microwave popcorn bags are lined with PFOA, and when they are heated the compound leaches onto the popcorn. These are considered "Gender Bending" chemicals because they can disrupt your endocrine system and affect your sex hormones.

6) The Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables. Apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, imported nectarines, peaches, potatoes,spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers and kale (unlucky 13)!

7) Plain White salt does increase blood pressure and a number of other things. The "Salt of the Earth" however regulates blood pressure and a number of other things. Tidal or sequestered SEA SALTS are complete with minerals. Over time, man has been polluting the tidal pool sea salts, so I suggest the sequestered sources like Real Salt from the USA or Himalayan salt.

8) Soy Protein Isolate and other unfermented Soy products. Sadly, most of what you have been led to believe by the media about soy is simply untrue. One of the worst problems with soy comes from the fact that 90 to 95 percent of soybeans grown in the US are genetically engineered (GE), and these are used to create soy protein isolate. 

Thousands of studies have linked unfermented soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility—even cancer and heart disease.

The only soy with health benefits is organic soy that has been properly fermented!

9) Artificial Sweeteners What needs to be said about this subject except…Ditto!

And just a bit of a changeup, Americans are eating 383 more calories a day than they did in the sixties. I used to think it was because our food had less nutrition per calorie (lower in vitamins and minerals) but Christy Matta stated,

 

"One study, for example, found that obese subjects ate 81 percent more total calories after eating two meals of instant oatmeal than they did after eating two meals with the same calories in the form of a vegetable omelet and fruit."

In a nutshell, research shows that calories gleaned from bread, refined sugars, and processed foods promote overeating, whereas calories from whole vegetables, protein, and fiber decrease hunger.

Other researchers have clearly demonstrated how your body's metabolism is altered by the foods you eat—as well as the impact of synthetic and toxic chemicals."