What’s in our Food?

Over 30 years ago High Fructose Corn Syrup along with Hydrogenated oil was introduced into our food chain. At first, it was for only sodas but now it’s in things like Ketchup and Yogurt. Yes…Yogurt has the same man-made sugar that sodas have.

High Fructose and Hydrogenated Oils are two ingredients in our foods that make us unhealthy. These ingredients are replacing fundamental aspects of our diets like natural sugars and fats.

Eat with caution or better yet, use the weekends or special occasions to splurge on the sweet things. When shopping for food don’t believe it when you see those labels that say NO TRANS FATS! Look on the back of the labels and see if there is Hydrogenated oil Trans fats in the package ingredient list.

Our bodies’ basic system of energy is based on sugar…the real kind. The kind you find in fruits & veggies. Our hormones are largely based on fats but the good kind, the kind that come from natural foods. We need fats in order to make hormones. The good fats are Mono and Poly unsaturated fats. The bad one is saturated fat. Foods high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are known as heart healthy foods. These healthy fats are found in plant-based foods and can help remove harmful cholesterol from our bodies.

Some foods that have the good stuff – Mono and Poly Unsaturated fats:

Fish – Cold water fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids. – Help to remove harmful cholesterol from our bloodstream. Fish like Mackerel, trout and albacore tuna and Salmon. I try to eat this type of food twice or more a week.

Oils – canola, peanut, soybean, sesame, cottonseed, sunflower and vegetable oils. And olive oil due to its cholesterol-lowering abilities. Use these types for cooking and salads.

Soy Foods – tofu, tempeh, and soy milk and soy beans. Snack on soy beans instead of higher-fat foods like potato chips.

Nuts and Seeds – Peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, pistachios   and almonds are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Flax seeds and sunflower seeds contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids,  a form of polyunsaturated fats.  Use these for snacks at work instead of chips.

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