Food Facts - Tips to Get the Most Nutritional Value
If you want to be healthy and look radiant, there are some really important food facts that you should know. It's a simple fact that the Western Diet is making everyone sick.
What you eat and how it's prepared have direct effects on your health, beauty, and vitality. The more processed foods you eat, the harder it gets to remain disease free.
Your physical and mental health are a direct reflection of the foods that you cram into your face. Food used to be called 'medicinal'. It was used as a tool to prevent or overcome illness. However, that's all changed! The abundance of fast foods on the market today are packed with non-essential ingredients and chemicals that destroy the LIVE nutrients that are essential to good health.
Sections on This Page
Scary Food Information
Raw Vs. Cooked
How to Prepare Foods (for the most nutritional value)
The Dangers of Microwave Cooking
"What one eats, digests, and assimilates, provides the energy-producing nutrients that the bloodstream carries to the brain... What you eat determines your state of mind and who you are".
Dr. George Watson, Nutrition and Your Mind
Scary Food Facts
The Western Diet consists primarily of meats especially processed meats (hot dogs, cold cuts, bacon), which are full of toxic preservatives, cows milk products, refined white starches and refined, artificial sugars, food coloring, and all sorts of chemical preservatives, steroids, non foods (like fake blueberries), freeze-dried, sterilized, purified, and keenly packaged junk foods. You can't possibly expect to look vivacious if you're eating this kind of crud everyday of your life, can you?
An average American obtains about 40 percent of their calories from fats, 10 percent from proteins, (mostly processed meats and dairy products), and around 50 percent from carbohydrates. In other words about 65+ percent of the calories in the American diet comes from fats and sugar. People who consume the diet are deficient in chromium, manganese, essential fats, folic acid, magnesium, selenium, and calcium.
Despite the amount of high calories, Americans are some of the most malnourished people in the world! Besides degenerative diseases which is what a deficient and imbalanced diet can cause, the American diet has been linked to violent outbursts, learning difficulties, aggressiveness, and isolation.
There is a high incidence of heart disease, obesity, cancer
and HIV among folks who eat fast foods most of the time and don't take a little bit of extra time to prepare their own meals at home. Add to that, the USA has some of the highest crime rates in the entire world.
Take a good look at the amount of processed foods in your local grocery, fast food chains, and school lunches just for starters. Now imagine that all those foods are just an illusion. You're getting close to the truth. This is not even taking into consideration that most of our foods today are created by mad scientists and greedy corporations that altered natural foods into genetically modified foods
. To be honest, these basic food facts should scare the pants off you!
If you can, avoid them like the plague. Understanding how these foods affect you and making changes in your diet should be a major part of your overall beauty and health regimen!
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Raw Food vs. Cooked Food
(Please read this! It is very important that you know some of these food facts!)
Although most foods are more nutritious when consumed raw, others require some form of heat/cooking for them to be easily digested and used up by your body. Grains such as rice or wheat for example, cannot be eaten raw, and some foods such as broccoli and green beans become more digestible and nutritious when lightly steamed, poached, or sauteed.
Of all the food groups, meat is the one food that should not be overcooked. Prolonged heat alters the protein molecules in meat, which destroys most of its nutrients. Cooking meat too long will completely destroy the natural protein digesting enzymes it contains, which only makes them much harder to digest. Undigested meats linger in the intestinal tract and putrefy.
Everyone needs protein however. You can get protein from beans and some grains and veggies but if you love beef, consume it as rare as possible, preferably bloody. The simple fact is that the less cooked meat is, the easier it is for your body to use and process it.
Pork however, can never be consumed raw, so replace pork meat with beef and buy organic meat when you can to avoid the chemicals.
Chicken is another meat that can't be eaten raw so just don't overcook it. Chicken should be cooked till it's an internal temperature of 180 degrees, not more.
As a general guideline, it’s a good idea to consume 40 percent to 50 percent of your daily diet in the form of raw food
. That's why it's a good idea to include more fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.
Did you know these food facts?
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Best Ways to Prepare Foods
Raw fruits should be consumed separately from other foods. They are better assimilated when eaten alone on an empty stomach. Raw fruits and vegetables are full of natural fibers and are soothing, alkalizing, and cleansing to your body. In fact, raw vegetables are full of natural fibers that help sweep undigested foods down the intestinal tract. The more you eat, the less constipated you'll be.
The best techniques for cooking veggies for easier digestion and top nutrition are steaming or stir-frying. These methods are relatively quick and help retain your food's nutritional values.
Baking meats or potatoes for example, tends to dry them out and destroys all the active enzymes and most of the vitamins. It is also good to avoid charcoal grilled and smoked foods. Why?
Because they contain 'hydrocarbons' which are such powerful chemical carcinogens that they are commonly used to induce cancerous tumors in laboratory rats.
When eaten regularly, these toxic substances are stored deep in your body as visceral fat and are not easily excreted. The danger of consuming these type of carcinogens grows greater as you consume them over time.
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The Dangers of Microwave Cooking
Microwaved foods can never be healthy! Why? Because microwaving foods changes the actual atoms of the food thousands of times per second, causing shifts in the molecular structure of the food by means of atomic friction. This gives food the appearance, texture, and taste of being cooked but it's NOT the same food you started out with by any stretch of the imagination.
This false alteration ruptures cell walls in food, releasing tremendous quantities of highly destructive free radicals. When you consume the foods prepared in the microwave, they are then eaten along with the food.
Not only does microwave cooking destroy the LIVE enzymes, plant nutrients
, and energy potential of food, it fills the food with free radicals which are known to cause cancer. It also suppresses immunity and is a known cause of aging and degeneration. Did your doctor tell you these food facts?
If you use a microwave to heat up leftovers, it's suggested that you use glass containers only. Plastic containers can transfer harmful PET chemicals found within the plastics to the foods you heat up.
Were you aware of these facts about the foods you eat? Knowing a few food facts can really make a difference in your life! If you eat the right foods cooked the right way, you will be much healthier and have a natural glow about you.
Information is a powerful tool! You don't have to 'give up' your favorite grilled foods or avoid using a microwave completely. Moderation is the key, so do these things less often and with awareness.
Besides knowing a few simple food facts, getting the proper nutrients is a big concern in our ever-changing world today. Supplementing your diet with non-synthetic vitamins is one excellent way to arm yourself against cancer-causing foods and get the nutrients your body needs to thrive.
Also make sure you are eating healthy foods
that supply nutrients to your body! Eating lots of raw or steamed vegetables will boost your immunity
! Most people in this world today are ever so close to illness and disease!
Its a simple fact. The more toxins you eliminate from your body, the better you'll look and feel. The health of your skin, muscles, and organs are directly related to the foods you consume. Revitalize your life energy by keeping these food facts
in mind when you make decisions about what you put into your body.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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