Inflammatory causing foods in our diet
Grains. Did you know that grains have large amounts of the pro-inflammatory fatty acid Omega6? Grains aren’t bad for you, but too much Omega6 can be hurtful and artery clogging! Avoid processed grains that turn into sugar very quickly causing inflammation. Eat whole grain and limit intake of two serving sizes daily is favorable. And in place of grains incorporate (cooked) spinach and cashews; avocado, flaxseed oil, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds; pastured meat/eggs, salmon, herring and other oily fish to balance Omega6 inflammatory effects.
Soy. Soy is inflammatory because it mimics estrogen. Fat is attracted to estrogen. So make the mental leap that soy is not a good weight-loss friendly food, to say the least! Soy is also goitrogenic, meaning it blocks the absorption of iodine. Iodine nourishes the thyroid, the organ that works with digestion and energy. Soy is unescapably in almost every food!
- Soy is often a replacement for a wheat/gluten free diet
- Canned tuna has flavorings or vegetable broth made from soy!
- Fish are meat eaters but farmed fish are fed soymeal pellets! Factory farmed livestock are given a diet of soy and corn acidifying their gut, making them susceptible to E coli infection and as expected, administrating anti-biotics!
- Salad dressings, mayo, bacon bits and bread crumbs are affected by high profit margins of this cheap toxic food–SOY
Sugar. The government calls sugar a food, so this “food” can be a major ingredient in most food. The buzz trickling through the network of families, friends and neighbors says that sugar is bad for you so food companies re-named sugar: maltodextrin, barley malt, mannitol, sorbitol, dextrose, carob syrup, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and artificial sweeteners. Because fat gives flavor to food, ALL low-fat and fat-free foods have these sweeteners in them to bring back the taste!
Salt. Not all salt is created equal. About 15 years ago, I was horrified to see that sugar (aka: maltodextrin) was in my salt! I had to research and found that the government allows up to 18 added chemicals in salt, including aluminum hydroxide! Don’t let the label “sea” fool you. Table salt is a caustic agent with 90% usage for commercial industry, stripped of all essential minerals.
Artificial flavoring and coloring are not fit for human consumption! Food coloring or “dye” is the most atrocious additive, deceiving us to think margarine is yellow instead of gray and cola is brown instead of clear; and cheese chips wouldn’t have their “vibrant” orange look. More foods that are colored: yogurts, cereals, chewable vitamins and cough syrups. Caramel coloring is a reaction of sugars with ammonia and sulfites…that’s what you want to put in your body?!! “Natural” flavors are very mysterious and nothing more than “perfumes.” Chemicals like these are known to bring on bouts of asthma and hyperactivity disorders in some people and increase cell mutation.
This is the thing…in 1990 the U.S government put on the law books that all manufactures would have to list ingredients from the most to the least. Let’s be conscientious consumers and use this to our advantage to help buy cleaner, chemical-free foods.
Here’s what we can do: Each week when you shop, replace one food item that you have in your pantry or fridge that you can switch out for healthier ingredients. That would be 52 changes by this time next year! Look for:
- Unprocessed whole grains like oats (oatmeal), barley, millet and brown rice for an abundant source of fiber and nutrients that our bodies are craving
- Full-fat foods with NO added sugars or artificial sweeteners
- Turmeric and spirulina for coloring instead of dye#…or NO coloring at all!
- Flavoring like dried garlic/onion and dried butter NOT butter flavoring or “Natural” flavoring that is misleading
- Jellies/jams sweetened with fruit juice instead of HFCS
- Cereals without soy or corn (a grain)
- Fermented soy to reduce the adverse effects of soy
- Himalayan and Celtic salt and sun-dried salt from Utah: these salts are loaded with nutritionally rich trace minerals
- Pastured eggs/chickens; grass-feed cows and wild caught fish as God intended for them to feed us for health!
- Canned tuna without flavoring
- Healthier beverages: flavor water with SweetLeaf flavored stevia; sliced fruit or cucumber in water is a great thirst quencher. Sweeten lemon water with stevia for a lemonade
Gerri Gatto, The nofad Weight Loss coach