Guns don’t kill people… Processed foods kill people!
by Dixon Troyer
Call The Police! Processed Foods are Killing People!
A lot of processed foods are bad, very bad, and extremely bad! They are the main reason why people all over the world are getting overweight, sick and eventually dying.
Look at the stats. What are the major causes of death? It’s not guns… It’s bad health! Heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and the list goes on. What is the major cause of bad health? Eating poorly. What’s the food we are eating that is killing us? Processed foods!
The killer word “processed” may cause some confusion for its definition, so let me help clarify the type of processed foods I’m talking about.
If it’s a single ingredient food or two with no added chemicals, even if it’s been ground or put into a jar, it’s still real food. On the other hand, a lot of our foods that have been chemically processed and made solely from refined ingredients and artificial substances are generally known as “processed food.”
Here are 4 ways that processed foods are a bullet with your name on it.
Bullet #1: If you can’t pronounce it, maybe you shouldn’t be eating it!
Ever look at the ingredients label for a processed, packaged food? Chances are that you won’t have a clue what a lot of the ingredients are, even for the people with doctorates and college degrees. That’s because many of the ingredients aren’t actual food; they are artificial chemicals that are added for various purposes. Most highly processed foods are loaded with artificial chemicals like:
Flavorants (Artificial Flavors): Chemicals that give food an particular flavor.
Colorants (Artificial Colors): Chemicals that are used to give the food a specific color.
Preservatives : Chemicals that keep the food from rotting.
Texturants: Chemicals that add texture.
ADVISE: Do you really want to put that into your body? If you don’t know what ingredients are in the food in your hand, Google it and don’t eat until you do! Or just don’t eat it!
Bullet #2: Processed foods are usually loaded with added sugar, or even a larger caliber bullet: High Fructose Corn Syrup!
Let’s break this down nice and simple. Many studies show that sugar can be devastating to your health. High Fructose Corn Syrup is even worse.
Processed foods are usually loaded with sugar or sweeteners like High Fructose Corn Syrup. Sugar consumption is strongly associated with some of the world’s leading killer: heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer (FYI — guns are way down the list).
So bulletproof yourself a little by just not eating the bullet. Check the label or eat more whole foods.
Bullet #3: Most processed foods are low in nutrients!
We eat food for nutrients. Most processed foods are extremely low in essential nutrients that our body needs. The more processed foods you eat, the less likely you will get these vital nutrients. Lack of nutrients can lead to sickness. Sickness can lead to death. Death can lead to funerals and make people sad.
Solution: Eat whole foods.
Bullet #4: Processed foods are often loaded with bad fats know as trans fats.
There are good fats and bad fats. But trans fats are one bad bullet.
The primary dietary source on labels for trans fats in processed food is called “partially hydrogenated oils.” Look for them in the ingredient list on your food packages. Trans fats are a double barrel shotgun of trouble for your heart health. Studies show that when people eat more of these oils, they have a significantly increased risk of heart disease, which is the most common cause of death in Western countries today, not guns.
Bullet #5: Processed Foods Are Designed to Make You Overeat
Your body is designed to naturally regulate how much you eat and the energy you burn. But food manufacturers have figured out how to over-ride these intrinsic regulators, designing processed foods that are engineered to make you want more of what you are eating. Because processed foods stimulate such a strong reward response in our brains, it becomes very easy to overeat.
Some bad news: Potato chips are among the most addictive junk foods on the market, containing all three bliss-inducing ingredients: sugar (from the potato), salt, and fat.
Final Bullet: The Secret to Better Health: Eat Real Food!
When we eat crappy, processed junk foods, we get fat and sick.The key to good health lies in real, nutritious foods.
Be healthy, my friends.
Dixon Troyer is the Vice President of Operations at 3 Elements Lifestyle, LLC., a Fitness and Weight Loss company that specializes in YOU!. With more than 15 years of gym and club experience, owning, operating and managing clubs of all sizes, Dixon lectures, delivers seminars and workshops on the practical skills required to successfully help you with your health and fitness goals. Dixon also helps you build the teamwork, management and training necessary to open your own fitness center. Visit his Web site at: www.3elementslifestyle.com or email atDixon@3elementslifestyle.com or call 805.499.3030