Ultra-processed food — which contains preservatives, emulsifiers, colorings, and other added ingredients — make up more than half of all calories consumed in the United States, according to a 2016 study. That’s a problem, say medical experts, since a large body of research links processed food to unwanted weight gain and poorer health. For example, a study in the journal Circulation found a 42% higher risk of heart disease among people who ate processed meats, and another study found a 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with a significant increase of greater than 10% in risks of breast cancer and cancer overall. Research published earlier this year in JAMA Internal Medicine found that higher consumption of ultra-processed food was linked to “a higher risk of early death from all causes, especially cancers and cardiovascular disease.”
But these studies didn’t show cause, just that there was an association. Like most research on the impact of processed food on human health, these studies were observational. This means researchers ask people what they typically eat (which is often hard for people to remember or share honestly), and they can’t control for other possible causes. For example, someone who eats several bags of Doritos might have worse heart health, but researchers can’t say for certain that it’s due to the chips. Perhaps the individual has a genetic risk, or they are sedentary.
But now, a new study has been able to show processed foods cause poor health. Research published May 16th in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that when people eat highly processed food like sugary cereals for breakfast or fast-food quesadillas for lunch, they consume more calories throughout the rest of the day, and gain more unintentional weight compared to people who breakfast on fruits, nuts, and other minimally processed food. The new research involved 20 people, all who were considered healthy. And while that’s a very small number of study subjects, these people were admitted into a research clinic for a month, so their diet and other variables could be strictly controlled, yielding results not found in observational studies about diet. Here’s how it worked: One group of randomly assigned people were given a healthy diet, such as a parfait made with plain Greek yogurt, strawberries, bananas, walnuts, salt and olive oil, with apple slices and fresh-squeezed lemons. The other group ate things like Honey Nut Cheerios, whole milk with added fiber (to help make up for its absence otherwise), a packaged blueberry muffin, and margarine. The diets were set up to provide equal amounts of sugars, fat, carbohydrates, protein, and sodium. During each phase, the men and women were offered three daily meals and were instructed to consume as much or as little as desired. After two weeks, the groups switched.
While on the processed diet, people consumed an average of 508 more calories per day, added more body fat, and gained two pounds, on average. While on the healthier diet, people lost body fat and dropped an average of two pounds.
“This is the first study to demonstrate causality — that ultra-processed foods cause people to eat too many calories and gain weight.”
Let’s talk INFORMED DECISIONS
As long as we depend on others to keep us healthy we are subject to their economic and political agenda and that includes a multitude of self serving so called clinical studies. Some studies are great, most are not as they too often parrot the influence of Big Pharma, Big Agri, Dairy, Cattle and Pig and too often certain bought and sold employees of the FDA. Plus rarely if ever to they include optimal breathing factors.
Realize that people have different needs, access opportunities in different locals, climates, different times of the year and points in their lives. Learn about Eskimos (search “life span of Eskimos”, hunter gatherers, farmers, city dwellers, fishermen, vegans, raw fooders, those seeking a more refined spiritual, dietary and lifestyle consciousness. What do they eat? How do they transition? Do they transition at all and if not why not and how long and healthy to do they live?
These documentaries largely solve the problems and solutions of health care. They will often say the same things in various ways and sometimes even conflict in their messages so look for the common denominators. What does healthy look like? Do these people, LOOK healthy? They may not be but that is is good place to start.
Kim and I watch most of these while eating dinner together. I am arm-raised-to-the-sky begging you to watch these videos. You must educate yourself and your loved ones. Personal responsibility is key and until we do that, medical insurance will remain forever unaffordable and ineffectively treating sickness and supporting a massively dysfunctional so-called health care system instead of supporting optimal wellness.
Due to abundance of mostly useless processed foods and excessive use of refined cane and beet sugar added to historic stressful lifestyles we need to update an ancient axiom to: “An ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure.”
You now can never say no one warned you.
Start with this one. Sanjay Gupta and Ellsworth Wareham
More on Dr. Wareham
What I Wish Someone Had Told Me In Medical School About Nutrition Dr. Michael Klaper
But it’s Vegan!
Why Doctors Don’t Recommend Veganism #2; Dr. Neal Barnard
Chocolate, Cheese, Meat & Sugar-Physically Addictive Dr. Neal Barnard
Debunking What The Health Film Dr. Neal Barnard
Mad City Vegan Fest Dr. Neal Barnard
Seeds of Death; Unveiling the Lies of GMOs. Gary Null
How The Cancer Industry Deceives You With Cancer Drugs
Cancer, The Forbidden Cures
The Pleasure Trap Douglas Lisle
How To Avoid Oxidation Dr. John Bergman
Home Remedies Dr. John Bergman
Raw for 30 days Dr. Gabriel Cousens on Diabetes
Michael Greger MD Anything he says is probably right on
VEGAN WORLD CLASS ATHLETES “One hundred percent of the people say they could never do that. I usually say they don’t have to. I think that’s a flaw for a lot of people, thinking that if they want to try being vegetarian or vegan, they have to do it 100 percent. The point is to be more healthy, so if you just eat more vegetables and more grains and more fresh whole foods and less processed foods and less meat and less dairy, that’s better for you.” Griff Whelan, NFL Wide Receiver.
In January 2016, Tom Brady’s chef, Allen Campbell, gave an interview to Boston.com where he stated that any fat Tom eats comes from virgin olive oil on raw foods and coconut oil on cooked foods.
Campbell continued,“ He doesn’t touch MSG or iodized salt, never drinks coffee or dairy and drinks alcohol occasionally. AND he steers clear of pro-inflammatory foods.”
Brady told NEW YORK magazine in September of 2016, “I don’t believe that you could be a 39-year-old?quarterback in the NFL and eat cheeseburgers every day, cause I want to be able to do what I love to do for a long time.”
The Ketogenic Diet and Cancer; Dr. Bergman
How To Avoid Oxidation
Death By Medicine Gary Null
One recipe book I like. Paleo Vegan Plant Based Primal Recipes. Ellen Jaffe Jones
In Defense of Food (A good start/introduction but too moderate for many)
Sustainable. Includes grains and meat. The Bible tells us to eat live fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and grains. BUT in Leviticus 11 it also teaches which meats to eat.
What the Health?
What’s With Wheat?
Plant Pure Nation
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 1 and 2
In Search of Balance
Forks Over Knives
The True Cost
Another Point of View For Fitness
CrossFit Diets – Only Longevity Will Tell For Sure
EATREAL.ORG is certifying various food sources in the USA including restaurants and home delivery services. A good start but DOUBLE CHECK WHAT THEY ALL OFFER.
A few documentaries or sites that help to clarify global issues
GreatDecisions.org Web site
To attain optimal health you must also have optimal breathing. It is a combination of developing and maintaining proper breathing mechanics, the materials (food) you use, detoxification, exercise, environmental and lifestyle choices.
The Optimal Path to Vitality, Endurance and Longevity Begins With Optimal Breathing
Capture the moment.
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