Saturday, August 15, 2009

2 foods that are to be avoided may shock you!


By Francis Mackey

The 2 foods that are to be avoided may shock you. You may be under the impression, like so many others, that these foods are OK, and not an issue when it comes to dieting. People are amazed when they learn that they should be removed from their diet.

It is common knowledge that trans fats are bad for you, and also high-fructose corn syrup. I won't go over these ones again " you probably know only too well. Its not either of these that I have in mind.
Number one to be avoided when you are on a diet, is all wheat products - that means anything that contains wheat. This would include bread of all types, bagels, pasta and cereals (and this even includes all those "whole wheat" cereals).

The reasons for wheat products are, first of all, much of the population has an allergy to the gluten in wheat products and other grains. But what most people do not realise is that we were never meant to have a large proportion of wheat in our diet. Our digestive system has never adjusted to it.

Wheat has been introduced into our diet only in the last couple of thousand years or so, and has NEVER been a high percentage of the human diet until the last 80 to 100 years! Before that, our diet generally consisted of a much healthier mixture of nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits.

When a person is trying to lose weight, if they eliminate wheat from their diet for 2 to 3 weeks, they will lose weight, and feel a whole lot better. In some cases, it also gets rid of headaches and indigestion problems (even skin problems too) which they may have been having for years.

The second food that should be eliminated from your diet, will come as a shock to most people - fruit juice. It is generally regarded as a very healthy choice and would probably be included in most calorie controlled diets.

Now I am not totally against carbohydrates - in fact, I believe that most fruits are very beneficial and healthy. But this is referring to fruits in their natural state - not processed. And when you separate the juice from the rest of the fruit which is rich in fiber, it's no longer useful for dieting. What you are left with is a high-calorie , sugary drink that is best avoided.

When you only drink the juice of the fruit, your body is missing out on the fiber. This will result in a craving for more carbohydrates. Oranges and apples are two of the best examples of this. The fiber in the fruit will help to satisfy the appetite, and it also slows down the response of the blood sugar, much more so that the juice alone.

The bottom line is that consuming too much fruit juice makes you fat. But consuming the whole fruit is an important part of a balanced diet, and supplies your body with a high level of nutrients. This also depends on you having unprocessed foods in the rest of your diet also.

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