Nutrition – A Focus On Returning To Our Roots
Choosing the proper nutrition for our bodies is closely related to returning to our roots. This is because, before the advent of industrialization, our forefathers only ate real food. The benefits they derived from eating real, natural foods included having a strong body, a healthy heart, extraordinary energy and long, healthy life.
Real food here can be classified into three:
- Whole, unprocessed and unrefined foods
- Local and seasonal organic foods and fruits
- Pasture-raised, grass-fed and wild animals
Now, let’s find out what types of foods to avoid and what exactly is so bad about refined food.
Avoid Completely, Refined Sugars And Flour, Vegetable/Seed Oils, Processed Soy
White flour, white sugar, industrial seed oils and processed soy products are the four food toxins destroying our healthy daily. Added to these are the deadly effects of preservatives and chemical additives found in the processed foods. A recent study demonstrated that emulsifiers used in packaged foods like ice cream, mayonnaise and bread lead to an increase in intestinal permeability or leaky gut, and this can cause a chain reaction of inflammation and autoimmune diseases. There have been other studies that linked soda consumption to an increased risk of stroke and kidney damage.
A great way to completely avoid eating refined foods and industrially processed soy is by adhering to the “if it comes in a bag or box, do not eat it” rule. This guideline will help streamline your food choices and is an excellent guide for holistic eating.
What Is High/Ultra Processed Food?
High or ultra-processed foods are made from substances extracted from whole foods such as starches, fats, added sugars and hydrogenated fats. Unlike whole food, they sometimes contain additives like artificial flavors, stabilizers and artificial colors. Some examples of ultra-processed foods are salty snacks, cakes, packaged cookies, soft or fizzy drinks, frozen meals, instant meals, cold cuts, hot dogs, fast food etc.
The Bad Behind Refined Food
There are several potential health effects of refined food or ultra-processed foods. First off, they are the significant causes of high-calorie intake and weight gain. Other things that make refined foods bad for you include:
Excess Sodium, Sugar and Fat: Most refined foods have unhealthy high levels of added sodium, fat and sugar. They are included to help the foods taste better, but they are the major causes of heart diseases, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure in the long run.
They are Calorie Dense and Addictive: Processed foods are made with the intention to make money, so they contain certain chemicals like dopamine and caffeine that give the “feel good” effect and make it easy for consumers to overindulge and always come back for more.
They Lack Nutritional Value and are Easier to Digest: Refined foods are easier to digest. While this might sound like a good thing, it is not. Quick digestion means that our bodies spend less energy (or calories) digesting these foods. Combined with the fact that refined foods have higher calorie density, it is easier for our bodies to retain more calories and weight. They also have very low nutritional value because the heavy processing takes away the food’s essential nutrients.
With this in mind, the best thing we can do for our bodies to ensure we live better and healthier lives is to take steps towards rejuvenating ancestral nutrition. Maintaining a plan of consistency and conscious consumption of whole foods will also go a long way in ensuring sustainability in our ecosystem.