Good Food vs. Bad Food – That is NOT the Question

Good Food vs. Bad Food – That is NOT the Question

31 August, 2014 0

So-called nutrition experts and diet gurus make billions spreading health confusion and fear.  They have convinced many of us that certain foods are good while others should be avoided at all costs.  Of course, according to them, purchasing their products is the only way to inoculate yourself from a life of poor health.  Just the other day, I overheard a co-worker proudly refuse to eat a fresh baked potato; opting instead for an expensive frozen diet meal containing over 30 chemical ingredients.  This madness must stop.

There are three primary macro-nutrients – Dietary Fats, Proteins & Carbohydrates – all of which are adequately obtained by enjoying a well-balanced diet.  While our bodies need each of these to survive, the proponents of fad diets want us to believe that normal diets provide too much of certain nutrients (like fats and carbs) and too little of others (like protein).

Instead of advocating that you simply eat more real food for better health, fad diets introduce convoluted rules aimed at getting you to limit a particular macro-nutrient.  This effectively brands vital nutrients (and the foods most associated with them) as being bad. The two most common culprits are low-fat and low-carb diets.

The notion that you should limit a macro-nutrient for the sole purpose of losing weight is ridiculous. First of all, not all macro-nutrient sources are the same. For example, Omega 3 fatty acids, found mainly in fish, are considered much healthier than the fat consumed in treats such as ice cream (no fancy study needed). Secondly, macro-nutrients play vital roles in our health and body function. Carbohydrates, for instance, are the exclusive fuel of the central nervous system and a fuel for exercising muscle – restricting them to artificially low levels is both unhealthy and unsustainable. Finally, limiting consumption of anything will result in weight lose; but is that healthy?

Good food versus bad food – that is NOT the question. Not to be outdone, the media, bent on attracting eyeballs, uses shock-journalism bolstered by inconclusive nutrition science to confuse people even more.

Look at this excerpt from US News & World Report as an example:

High-glycemic carbs include white starches and candy, but also surprising foods like baked potatoes, watermelon, and brown rice. “Good” carbs, which include most fruits and vegetables, grainy breads, and pasta, cause a more gradual rise in blood sugar leading to a slower release in the hormone insulin, which moves glucose out of the bloodstream and into cells where it’s used as fuel or stored as fat.

Apparently, watermelon, brown rice and potatoes are bad for you – on par with candy. Who knew?

Caution; another common sense point is about to be made:

“All real food is good for you. Therefore trying
to distinguish between good and bad real food is absurd.”

I understand that many of us need to drop the pounds – and yes this is predicated on reducing consumption.  However, improving your relationship with food is by far; more important than eating less – solely to loss weight.

The first step to improving our relationship with food is to go back to basics.  This means appreciating the splendid variety of real food on this earth and recognizing that all of it is good for you.  You cannot go wrong when eating real food.  Also, you already know more than enough to consistently eat healthy.

“Really, do you need to pay some charlatan to tell you that potato chips contain bad fats and salmon contain good fats?”

If so, send me a money order for any amount and I will be happy to oblige.

For those currently overweight; I am sure you have already tried several cumbersome diets and failed.  So why not try the 5 Ruleskick the soda for a whileget active, enjoy normal portioned meals which always include two veggies and/or fruit and plan your snacks – not only should the weight begin to fall off, but your relationship with food will improve drastically.  This is far more important.

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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and cannot even spell nutritionist or dietitian, which in my opinion makes me overly qualified to share common sense healthy eating tips. However this blog is for entertainment and informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.

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