Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What's wrong with politically correct nutrition?

Avoid saturated fatsSaturated fats play many important roles in the body. They provide integrity to the cell membrane, enhance the body's use of essential fatty acids, enhance the immune system, protect the liver and contribute to strong bones. Saturated fats do not cause heart disease. In fact, saturated fats are the preferred food for the heart. Your body makes saturated fats out of carbohydrates.
Limit cholesterolDietary cholesterol contributes to the strength of the intestinal wall and helps babies and children develop a healthy brain and nervous system. Foods that contain cholesterol also provide many other important nutrients. Only oxidized cholesterol, found in powdered milk and eggs, contributes to heart disease. Powdered milk
is added to 1% and 2% milk.
Use more polyunsaturated oilsPolyunsaturates in more than small amounts contribute to cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, learning disabilities, intestinal problems and premature aging. Large amounts of polyunsaturated fats are new to the human diet, due to the modern use of commercial liquid vegetable oils.
Avoid red meatRed meat is a rich source of nutrients that protect the heart and nervous system including vitamins B12 and B6, zinc, phosphorus, carnitine and Coenzyme Q10.
Cut back on eggsEggs are nature's perfect food, providing excellent protein, the gamut of nutrients and important fatty acids that contribute to the health of the brain and nervous system. Americans had less heart disease when they ate more eggs. Egg substitutes cause rapid death in test animals.
Eat lean meat and drink lowfat milkLean meat and lowfat milk lack fat soluble vitamins needed to assimilate protein and minerals in meat and milk. Consumption of low-fat foods can lead to depletion of vitamin A and D reserves.
Limit fat consumption to 30% of calories30% calories as fat is too low for most people, leading to low blood sugar and fatigue. Traditional diets contained 40% to 80% of calories as healthy fats, mostly of animal origin.
Eat 6-11 servings of grains per dayMost grain products are made from white flour, which is devoid of nutrients. Additives in white flour can cause vitamin deficiencies. Whole grain products can cause mineral deficiencies and intestinal problems unless properly prepared.
Restrict saltSalt is crucial to digestion and assimilation.
Salt is also necessary for the development and functioning of the nervous system.
At least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per dayFruits and vegetables receive an average of 10 applications of pesticides, from seed to storage. Consumers should seek out organic produce. Quality counts!
Eat more soy foods Modern soy foods block mineral absorption, inhibit protein digestion, depress thyroid function and contain potent carcinogens.

To read more on this subject, check these articles:
Dietary dangers

Diet guidelines

Characteristics of traditionnal diets

OK, I know, this is all interesting, but how do we do it? What do we eat to be in line with those principles?

Check this great PDF: Traditional Food 101

Here are some great Beginning recipes

And check what the Weston A. Price Foundation Board of Directors are eating (I know, the photos are really outdated!)

Get a copy of Nourishing Traditions and join the Discussing NT yahoo group.

And feel free to ask me if I can be of any help!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ooh, great resources, Catherine! Thank you!

xo, K