Why deep-fried food is such a bad food (even in moderate amounts)

deep-fried food

There is really no shortage of bad food out there – probably around 80% of what you can buy at grocery stores or restaurants is harmful to you in some way.  Some items merely require caution – and very close attention to their source and quality.  Some others, however, fall into the “really bad foods” category – no matter where or how you get them. One common type of such really bad food has more to do with the cooking method used, rather than the ingredients – because if you use this cooking method, you can easily destroy even the healthiest product and turn it into poison. The cooking method we are talking about is deep-frying.  It is used extensively […]

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Saturated fat & unsaturated fat: what you didn’t know about bad fats and good fats

saturated fat and unsaturated fat examples

For many years, when people talked about healthy eating, any low-fat diet was a staple.  The USDA food pyramid and its equivalents produced by government authorities responsible for making sure we eat well have been vilifying fat for decades.  American Heart Association still recommends limiting foods containing saturated fat, such as butter or red meat – and to go for leanest cuts whenever you do eat red meat.  They still recommend “replacing foods that are high in saturated fat with healthier options can lower blood cholesterol levels and improve lipid profiles”.  In their own words: “You should replace foods high in saturated fat with foods high in monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fat. This means eating foods made with liquid vegetable oil but not […]

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Soy: friend or foe?

Soy

If you look at the history of soy production and consumption, until around World War II it was basically limited to only a few Asian countries – and even then never reached any significant proportions, compared to what we have today.  Then, within a few decades, soy has been promoted to a “miracle food” pushed into anything Big Agra could get their hands on (think of soy milk, soybean oil, soy meal, tofu, tamari, tempeh, soy protein powders and even soy-based baby formula, among all others).  Ingredients derived from soybeans – very often used in processed foods – include: soy flour, soy protein, soy isolates, soy lecithin, textured vegetable protein (TVP), hydrolyzed soy protein and more. It has gotten to a point, […]

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Genetically modified organisms: the real facts

Genetically Modified Organisms

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are restricted or banned in more than 60 countries in the world, but happily ingested by unsuspecting consumers in the USA, Canada, China, India, Brazil, Paraguay, South Africa, Uruguay, Australia and many other countries. Even if a country does not commercially grow genetically modified crops (like the EU, for example, that only had small-scale field trials so far) doesn’t necessarily mean that population in that country is not consuming them – with Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) now in place, US may import genetically modified crops into EU (which they do).  This includes human food, animal feed, agricultural crops and products from GMO- fed animals. What’s the big deal?  Let’s take a closer look.

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Nourishing good bacteria to improve health

bad and good bacteria

From early age we are taught to kill bacteria – antibiotics, anti-bacterial soaps, sanitizing wipes, washing hands 50 times a day… Modern nutrition and medical practices exacerbate the problem even more, making us “too clean” sometimes. As a result, we create and promote perfect conditions for many debilitating diseases. The fix, however, may be quite simple – and may have a profound effect on how you feel, look, think and function…

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Coconut Oil – key benefits (#3 will surprise you!)

Coconut Oil

Introduction – is coconut oil healthy? A typical consumer of coconut oil uses it for frying or baking.  But on top of potentially being the best cooking oil (it does this specific job exceptionally well, as we will soon see) – it has a large number of other surprising applications.  Health benefits of coconut oil are so numerous that whole books have been dedicated to this Superfood! Here are just a few common uses of coconut oil: Adding texture and flavor to smoothies Moisturizing skin, hair or lips Applying topically to treat burns and cuts Cooking Using it as mild natural sunscreen Fighting bacteria or fungi Removing make-up Using it as natural lubricant or massage oil Treating flaky nail cuticles […]

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Oils and fats that rule your life (and lethal dangers of making wrong choices)

In an endless quest to eat ”healthier” that started many decades ago, most people in the developed world have permanently moved to “light” plant oils, foregoing saturated animal fats. But I bet if you ask the majority of people why they instinctively reach for “healthier” oils and feel guilty about indulging in, say, a little butter – they wouldn’t be able to answer clearly.  You might hear some cliché references to “artery-clogging cholesterol”, “Omega-6” or “Omega-3”, “heart-attack”, or even “obesity” sometimes, but you probably will not get any reliable answer. Yet, a mere presence of fat in any food strikes horrors into people’s hearts who fear cardiovascular disease, strokes and extra weight.  The origins of these fears are long lost among […]

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Importance of reading ingredient lists and nutrition labels – Part I

It never ceases to amaze me how many people still don’t pay any attention whatsoever to what they eat, despite the fact that even the most stubborn medical minds acknowledge that our diets control pretty much everything that happens in our body – diseases, performance, longevity, mood – you name it.  This is even more discouraging, given that a lot of that information is available to consumers – you just have to put two and two together (and, perhaps, know what to look for).  This article will discuss the caveats of nutrition labels and ingredient lists – what to look for, what to avoid, and how not to fall prey to sneaky marketing tactics used by some food manufacturers. This […]

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