For those of you out there that want to start a healthy new life in 2012, the quickest way is through a kitchen and pantry makeover. You will need to throw out (or donate) all processed foods. Processed foods almost always use chemical preservatives, artificial flavorings, chemical additives and increased sugar and salt contents, for improved taste and shelf stability. Start by getting rid of anything that is “white” in color. White flour, white rice, white bread, pasta and baked goods made from white flour have not only had all the nutrients removed, but also pose a serious threat to your health. The baked goods, chips and snack foods also contain hydrogenated fats- the kind of fat that guarantees to clog your arteries. These fats are called trans fatty acids, and should be eliminated from your diet completely. Switch out your cooking oils (Crisco, vegetable, corn, canola) for olive oil and coconut oil, which are both very healthy. Canned fruits and vegetables need to go. They have had virtually all nutrients cooked out of them during the canning process, since heat destroys most vitamins and they have diminished fiber content. (one of the reasons the “raw diet” is gaining so much in popularity) One exception to that would be, canned beans – you can keep those. Canned kidney, pinto, black, navy and garbanzo beans are huge time savers and retain their nutrient and fiber content during the cooking process.
- Type Of Fat Matters: Dispelling The Low-Fat-Is-Healthy Myth; And The Muffin Makeover (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Junk food shrinks your brain! (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- Processed Foods vs. Whole Foods (bleilerfitness.com)
- Food additives and children (kleenexmums.com.au)