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ANTIAGING NUTRITION - TOXIC FOODS

 

Toxic Foods Not Supporting Antiaging

There are three key food groups that we can regard as "toxic foods" in that they are known to produce high levels of free radicals, that is, they do not support the antiaging wellness program.

  1. Sugar and industrial fructose (high-fructose corn syrup).
  2. Trans fats
  3. Bleached flour

 

Hidden Sugars

Many of the foods you purchase contain corn syrups.

Fruit Juice - Juices contain around 8 to 10 percent sugar; usually added sugars extracted from grapes, apples or other fruits rather than from sugar cane. Diabetics shouldn't drink fruit juices because they drive blood sugar levels too high, nor should people who are trying to lose weight drink fruit juices because a rise in sugar calls out extra insulin that makes you hungry.
And, in spite the juice bar craze, juices are not healthier than whole fruits or vegetables. How can an extract from food be more healthful than that food? A glass of orange juice contains about one tenth as much fiber as an orange and twice the calories.

Colas - each can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and chemicals. Studies have linked soda to osteoporosis, tooth decay, and heart disease. Despite this, soda accounts for more than one-quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States; the average American drinks an estimated 56 gallons of soft drinks each year. Each can contains:

  • Phosphoric Acid -may interfere with the body's ability to use calcium, leading to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is not an “old age” disease. It’s a lifestyle disease. Phosphoric acid also neutralizes hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can interfere with digestion, making it difficult to absorb nutrients.
  • Sugar: Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar.
  • Aspartame - used as a sugar substitute in diet soda, has over 92 different health side effects including: brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders, and seizures. When stored for long periods or kept in warm areas it changes to methanol, an alcohol that converts to formaldehyde and formic acid, which are known carcinogens.
  • Caffeine - cause sleep problems, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, and perhaps some forms of cancer. Caffeinated drinks can be as addictive as coffee.
  • Tap Water - is the main ingredient in bottled soft drinks. It carries chemicals including chlorine, fluoride, trihalomethanes, lead, cadmium, and various organic pollutants.


Trans Fats

There are four kinds of fats:

  1. Monounsaturated fat – good fat
  2. Polyunsaturated fat – good fat
  3. Saturated fat – bad fat
  4. Trans fat – worst by far

Trans fats cause significant and serious lowering of HDL (good) cholesterol and a significant and serious increase in LDL (bad) cholesterol; make the arteries more rigid; cause major clogging of arteries; cause insulin resistance; cause or contribute to type 2 diabetes; and cause or contribute to other serious health problems.

For Full Details on Trans Fats

For a list of Foods to Avoid

 

White [Bleached] Flour

Alloxan, a chemical that is used to bleach flour, also destroys the beta cells in your pancreas. If you occasionally eat bread or pasta, choose those made from whole grain.

On our good food list you may find it interesting that we have included both chocolate and caffeine, these two both have a place to play in our antiaging wellness program diet.

 

Avoiding Toxins in Food

Fast Food

Avoid virtually all fast food and chain restaurants and most processed foods. Nearly all of them contain some form of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). MSG makes you gain weight by affecting the pancreas, resulting in increased insulin secretion. This causes food cravings, increased fat storage, and obesity. MSG is also linked to diabetes, migraine headaches, neurological and behavior disorders, autism, asthma, ADHD, and hormonal dysfunction.

MSG creates an addictive response, making you crave and eat more of the foods that have this chemical in them.

MSG is disguised on food labels using over 25 different terms, including: natural flavoring, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, gelatin, maltodextrin, potassium glutamate, and textured protein.

Pesticides and Herbicides

Toxic farm chemicals are designed to stay on the plants through watering and rain. Conventionally grown spinach, for example, can have as many as 10 different residues on a single sample - AFTER it has been washed.

Hormones and Heavy Metals

Farm-raised fish and commercially raised meat and dairy can contain harmful levels of dioxins, PCBs, hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides. And most wild fish are contaminated with mercury. Always choose naturally raised animal products.

Processed Foods

Processed foods are loaded with artificial ingredients of no nutritional value and may be highly damaging to your health. Avoid all artificial sweeteners other than Xylitol, and food additives, such as MSG and fake fats (hydrogenated oils)

For a list of Foods to Avoid


 
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