FOOD FACTS & MYTHS
Food Myths & Facts
There are many myths about certain foods, so let’s
look at the most common ones, and get to the core facts
that will support your antiaging wellness program.
- Coffee [Caffeine]
- Cheating helps you diet
Salt itself is not an evil. In fact, natural salt
contains vital minerals your body needs. Standard table
salt is dried at high temperatures, and its many beneficial
trace minerals are removed. The salt is then mixed with
iodine, bleaching agents, anti-caking agents, and even
dextrose (sugar) to remove the bitter chemical taste.
What is left is purified sodium chloride with as much
as 3% added chemicals. So avoid processed salt. Its
concentrated sodium and lack of potassium can lead to
high blood pressure and other health problems.
Many processed foods have too much sodium as well as
being full of other chemicals, the wrong carbs and the
wrong fats. Instead, look for Sea Salt.
It’s proven! - Chocolate is a good for you as
drinking red wine or taking an aspirin a day.
Harvard researchers found that ate chocolate 1-3 times
a month lived longest. Those who indulged 3 or more
times a week died earlier. Those who ate no chocolate
at all died the earliest; up to a year earlier.
The polyphenols in dark chocolate help reduce blood
pressure. They also protect the body against oxidative
stress. Fruits, vegetables, tea, red wine, and cocoa
beans contain these healthful compounds. HDL levels,
(good cholesterol) go up by 11.4%. Dark chocolate was
even better, producing a rise of 13.7% (5). Cocoas high
levels of nitric oxide, which helps open up blood vessels
and increase blood flow.
Best Diet Chocolate - 70% pure cocoa
and sugar-free [approved for diabetics]
Many believe that drinking coffee supports weight loss
because caffeine speeds metabolism. Wrong! Coffee may
even make you gain more weight.
Conversion of fat to energy requires the fat to be
broken down, freeing fatty acids which are immediately
burned. This process is boosted by about 30 % when caffeine
is consumed prior to exercise. But, this only occurs
when you're in action!
Don’t drink coffee while you workout because
it’s a dehydrating drink. Drink only water.
When you drink coffee without working out, the caffeine
increases adrenaline secretion and your blood sugar
scales up. Higher blood sugar = fat accumulation.
While the fat is being burned, the glycogen, glucose,
and amino acids (blood sugars) are being reserved -
so blood sugar levels remain higher for longer. Low
blood sugar = hunger; high glucose staves starving.
This is why coffee is popular among students and think-tankers.
The brain functions exclusively on glucose, and higher
blood sugar levels facilitate thinking.
Cinnamon is a powerful anti-inflammatory, reduces
cholesterol, and is also one of nature's best blood
It imitates and enhances the effect of insulin in the
body. Even less than half a teaspoon has been shown
to reduce blood sugar by 20%. The impact of this is
that cinnamon can lower your risk of developing diabetes.
And if you already have the disease, it can be an effective
and affordable tool to help manage your condition.
So sprinkle it in your tea or coffee, oatmeal or any
food that it would complement. I am a big fan of Mediterranean
recipes due to the high level of cinnamon and nuts.
The top of our good food list is without doubt water.
Water is your most essential nutrient, and every system
in your body depends on it. Unfortunately, chronic dehydration
is widespread ... and there's a convincing hypothesis
that it is a root cause of many degenerative diseases.
Whilst you may not consider water as a food, consider
that we start out life being 99 percent water, as fetuses.
At birth, we are 90 percent water, and by the time we
reach adulthood 70 percent. At 90 we are probably only
50 percent water.
Our body needs a constant intake of water to transport
nutrients, and to get rid of toxins. To maintain a hydrated
body, means 8-10 eight ounce glasses of water a day.
Inacitivity during illness can lead to blood becoming
stagnant. When blood stops flowing, the body starts
to decay, and if the blood in your brains stops, it
can be life threatening.
If you get bored with plain filtered water or want
an alternative to alcohol, consider:
- Bottled spring water, with a squeeze of lemon
- Green tea, loaded with important anti-aging anti-oxidants.
Whenever possible, avoid tap water unless it has been
filtered to remove fluoride and chlorine. Stick to water
from a high quality water filter or home water distiller.
The prices vary from $100 to $500 for a good home
water distiller and costs about 25cents to distill one
gallon. Compare that to 89cents for a 10oz bottle.
Berries - Great Snack Super Foods
Berries are among the healthiest foods you can eat.
They are all very high in antioxidants, particularly
blueberries. This derives mainly from the pigments in
the skin of the blueberries. There are many different
varieties of berries; raspberries, strawberries, blackberries
The darker the berry, the more anti-oxidant protection
against cardiovascular disease, degenerative eye disease
such as cataracts, and may offer some help in preventing
some cancers, and bladder infections.
Berries may be raw, frozen, or dried. They retain their
These antioxidants are also found in other fruits with
very dark red or dark purple colors; such as cherries,
black raspberries, pomegranates, bilberries, saskatoons
High-carb breakfasts make you fat, slow and tired.
In the morning, your body needs nutrients it can readily
convert into energy. Protein is the king of breakfast
food - fish, eggs.
Many natural enhancement pills are based on well-known
ancient aphrodisiacs like Cayenne Fruit, Chinese Ginseng,
Horny Goat, Ginkgo and others. They also contain vitamins
(Vitamin B3, Vitamin E) and minerals like Zinc.
Many day to day foods also contains useful ingredients:
- Sea products - especially oysters. Sea products
contain very important minerals like iodine, calcium,
magnesium and iron. Sea products are concentrated
sources of proteins, microelements and minerals.
- Wine - A glass of wine can enhance the mood, but
too much can have the reverse affect.
- Chili Pepper - Very good aphrodisiac! Plus it increases
- Mustard - stimulates sexual glands to increase
- Cinnamon - use it in coffee, tea, wine, salads.
Aphrodisiac cocktail: Layer the following
ingredients in this order in a shot glass:
1/3 oz. Kahlua [bottom]
1/3 oz. Blue Curacao [middle]
1/3 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream [top]
How to Keep to Your Diet – Cheat! [occasionally]
We all crave for the foods that are out of our ideal
diet. What happens if you don’t satisfy your crave
– you end up focussed on food, any food, and eventually
eat many more calories than if you had satisfied your
craving with a small portion of your cheat food.
So my recommendation – choose one or two cheating
windows every week and indulge in a SMALL! Portion.
I have done this for over 30 years and it works incredibly
well. Even today – I have my “boys food”
Friday nights and have a second cheat window on Sundays
from 1pm – 4pm.
Obviously, just having one cheat window will help you
to achieve your goals faster than if you have 2, so
maybe make the additional window a reward when if you
reach your antiaging wellness program goals that week.
The interesting thing you will find though, is that
on your new eating regime, your blood sugar will be
better controlled and you won’t crave high GI
foods. I often miss my window, and don’t really
care! I know its coming up again next week. It’s
a great psychological tool.