The 6 Biggest Diet Blunders and How to Avoid Them
There’s so much conflicting information out there about what you should and shouldn’t eat that people don’t know what to do!
Plus many of the allegedly “healthy” dietary suggestions are not only NOT healthy, but they can actually do more harm than good.
Let’s take a look at what I call…
The 6 Biggest Diet Blunders
Here are the six biggest sources of dietary mis-information that have not only not made Americans any healthier, but they’ve added to our rates of chronic disease and our widening backsides.
Blunder #1: Eliminate all saturated fats to prevent heart disease
Most people don’t realize that your body must have saturated fats.
Saturated fats are needed by your body to protect your nerve cells, produce hormones, keep your cell membranes healthy, help your body assimilate the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and help your brain and nervous system with transmitting nerve impulses.
The truth is the average person needs about 30 percent of their daily calories to come from fats, and about one-third of those should be saturated fats.
Good sources of saturated fats include fats from animal sources (meat, butter, lard, suet, milk, eggs and cheese)–preferably organic, as well as avocados and coconut oil.
What you SHOULD avoid at all cost are trans-fats. They are the fats that will guarantee a trip to the cardiologist for you.
Blunder #2: Having a low-cholesterol diet always reduces blood cholesterol levels
Contrary to what most people think, only 25 percent or less of the cholesterol in your body is from your food–your liver (and many of your other cells) produce the vast majority of it.
And of the cholesterol that you do eat, your body only absorbs about half of it.
The true issue behind your cholesterol level lies in the health of your LIVER.
Your liver produces cholesterol as you need it and eliminates old, worn-out cholesterol from your body. So if your liver isn’t healthy and working like it should, that can cause elevated cholesterol levels.
Plus regular bowel movements are key too–because if you are frequently constipated, cholesterol that your liver may be trying to eliminate can instead get reabsorbed through the intestinal wall back into circulation.
The health of your arteries plays a role too. When you have inflammation in your blood vessels, it can trigger your liver to summon cholesterol to the inflamed areas as a healing ointment.
Chronic inflammation in your blood vessels is frequently caused by high glucose levels resulting from a large intake of refined carbs.
So if you’re really worried about cholesterol, avoid refined carbs, pamper your liver by drinking at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day and eat lots of fruits and vegetables to prevent constipation.
Blunder #3: Artificial sweeteners are good for losing weight
The artificial sweeteners used in sugar-free foods may have zero calories, but the problem is your body isn’t fooled.
When it gets a tease of a “sweet” taste, it expects calories to follow.
If calories don’t follow, that leads to distortions in your biochemistry that actually cause weight GAIN as well as increase your cravings for sweets and carbs.
Blunder #4: Whole grains are always good for you
Although they are more nutritious than highly refined grains (like white bread and pasta), whole grains are still starches which are converted to sugar upon digestion and can not only contribute to weight gain and insulin resistance, but also stir arterial inflammation.
Although an occasional serving of whole-grain pasta or soup with whole grain bread is fine, the best go-to choices for carbohydrates are vegetables and legumes.
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