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Article: Nutritional Health - Refined And Processed Food - Part 5 -

Refined And Processed Food

Holistic Diet & Optimal Nutrition Guidelines

..... by Dieter Luske N.D.-D.C.H.-D.M.H.-D.H

Holistic Therapy Consultant - Gold Coast - Canungra


General Diet Restrictions continued ...

Refined And Processed Food

If you want to do yourself a favour, than stay off refined and processed food.

The chemicals, additatives, preservatives, colorings, etc.; used in producing food are totally "non-essential toxic ingredients". You could say, your body over many years has become a toxic dump. Most toxins are accumulative within the body and over many years will give rise to health problems.

No doubt at all, refining and processing depletes food of vital nutrients, this in turn depletes our system of nutrients, as we need vitamins, minerals, etc., for the digestion of these empty foods.

Refined and processed food is loaded with sugar, salt, additives, preservatives, colorings, which are detrimental to your health.

By refusing to buy processed food, you send a message, which will help to change the manufactures attitude to food quality. This has been happening for many years already, the reason that we have many foods which labels such as; No preservatives or artificial colours added, are due to the fact, that the consumer wants better quality.

However, lots of labels are giving misleading messages, and some of the claims have become meaningless. Please make sure you read the labels with the utmost care, and don't be fooled by empty statements, such as "Natural".

Recommendation: Adopt a fresh food diet plan and add some unprocessed frozen food if need be.


Milk

Milk sounds like a nutritious good food, and for some cultures and people that seems to be true. However, mainly due to processing and allergy problems, there is evidence to link it to many health problems. It has been reported that fresh milk straight from the cow has many health benefits, however, please be well aware that it is not allowed to sell fresh milk, due to possible bacterial contamination.

Therefore all Milk is processed, refined and altered, and belongs now to the group of "Processed and Refined Foods".

Milk consumption is often related to; excess mucous production, colds, coughs, tonsillitis, recurrent ear and sinus infections, bronchitis, asthma and allergies, diarrhoea, cramps and gastrointestinal bleeding, iron-deficiency anaemia, skin rashes, acne, arteriosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis.

The majority of people in this world over four years old are, in fact, "lactose intolerant"!

Lactose is the sugar in milk. Lactase is the enzyme that is needed to break down the lactose. Lactase activity appears in the intestinal tract of infants during the last trimester of pregnancy and is at it's height shortly after birth. By the age of four years most individuals gradually lose the lactase activity. This maturation process occurs in most mammals shortly after they are weaned, and can be seen as an indication, that milk drinking past that age is un-natural.

When milk is made into yogurt, much of the lactose is broken down. Similarly, when cheese ripens, much of the lactose is converted.

Therefore, those milk-products can be tolerated by most people.

Lactose is not the only factor in milk allergies, milk protein and milk fat also may cause problems, so do herbicides sprayed on pastureland.

On the positive side, homemade yogurt started with a certified Acidophilus culture is extremely valuable for the health of the intestine.

Organic sourced milk products are the preferred choice.

"Whey" is another health giving product, which is well tolerated, contains no cholesterol, is high in protein and can take the place of ordinary milk, esp. in milkshakes.

Raw Goat's milk being the closest in chemical composition to human milk is recommended instead of cow's milk.

Note: Any pasteurisation unfortunately will kill the valuable enzymes needed to digest any milk ... :-(


Meat

Another tricky subject, in one way, it is possible to live a health vegetarian way of life, but then on the other hand, this may not suit everyone. There are even diets, like the Paleo Diet that concentrate to include good quality meat and meat products as main part of their diet. However, even with the Paleo Diet, it is not necessarily a high protein diet. It depends always on how much protein, meat you have at each meal, and further more, esp. the Paleo diet concentrates on Organic grown meat, which may be too costly for many and possible hard to source.

In the end, that just adds to the great diet confusion, see here > Diet Confusion?

Scientific evidence is also changing, but certain facts seem to stay the same.

Animal feed may contain pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and tranquillisers.
Fatty meat is high in cholesterol, esp when fried ( Oxidised).
The waste products of too much protein are uric acid, urea, creatin, etc, which accumulate and eventually precipitate in tissues as crystals.
Meat tends to putrefy in the colon, producing toxic waste, which speeds the metabolism and may cause degenerative diseases.

Cardiac-vascular heart diseases are linked to heavy meat consumption. Meat, being high in phosphorus, disturbs the body's calcium - phosphorus ratio, which should be 1:1. - In heavy red meat eaters, the ratio can be out of balance as much as 20:1.

On the positive side; we need protein and meat is a good source.

The problem is the over-consumption, preparation and the quality.

Have only lean cuts, of good quality, grilled, not fried, and only in small portions. Once again the trick is to under-eat rather than to over-eat.

NOTE* The guide for your meat requirement is the palm of your hand. You may have a 1 palm size portion of meat with a main meal, and 1/3 of a palm for a snack.
However, our recommendation is:

Eat less red meat..... and more fish, chicken, turkey and include combinations of legumes and nuts as protein source as well.

Tempeh is another good source, as well as organic, none GM Tofu.


Laxatives

Overuse of laxatives can result in poor absorption, by accelerating the intestinal transit time. Paraffin and other mineral oils increase losses of fat-soluble vitamins A, E and K. Other laxative used to excess can cause large losses of minerals such as potassium, sodium and magnesium.


Overcooking

Lengthy cooking or reheating of food can oxidise and destroy heat susceptible vitamins such as the B-group, C and E. Boiling vegetables leaches the water soluble vitamins B-group and C, as well as many minerals. Some vitamins, such as B6 can be destroyed by microwaves.

Light steaming your vegetables is preferable.


Never fry your food in butter or vegetable oils!

Never even heat vegetable oils. Polyunsaturated oils are unstable, going rancid very quickly in heat, light and air. Rancid oils are associated with chronic degenerative diseases. Also avoid all hydrogenated oils - trans oils, which are found in margarine, peanut butter, mayonnaise, etc.

Recommendation: use Coconut Oil - a medium chain fatty acid heat resistant oil, which has many other health benefits.

Please read more - click > Coconut Oil Health Benefits


Continue with ... "General Diet Suggestions, what is left to eat?" :-) .. find out ...

Next: Part 6 - click > Diet Suggestion

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