June 16, 2015

June 16, 2015
24 Foods You Should Avoid at All Costs
Part 2

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you had a beary safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear is resting back to Idaho today to rest up after a very busy weekend so stay tuned for new pictures soon.

As we age we hopefully learn how to eat more healthy if we did not learn those facts as we were growing up. But do you know which 24 foods you should avoid at all costs? I started blogging on the issue yesterday and it will continue all week. By removing the following meals and snacks from your kitchen cupboards, you will maximize your chances of staying fit and healthy for as long as possible:\

#6 Multigrain products

It is natural to assume that multigrain breads, pastas and cereals are healthy, as it seems unlikely that they would contain refined grains (which are much less healthy than whole grains). However, the law regarding ingredient descriptions actually allows companies to label their products as ‘multigrain’ foods even when their primary ingredient is refined grains.

Refined grains lack nutritional value, and they are strongly correlated with weight gain. For example, huge study conducted by a team of researchers at Harvard Medical School found that the participants who ate the greatest amounts of refined grains were most likely to gain weight over the course of twelve years.

Indeed, they were almost 50% more likely to gain weight than the people who eat the most wholegrain products.

When regularly consumed, refined grains also come with a staggering 141% increase in your likelihood of developing the connected disorders that characterize metabolic syndrome (i.e. heart disease and diabetes).

When looking for breads and pastas, your best bet is to choose wholegrain and wholemeal products every time.

Multigrain products do not always choose to display their ratio of refined to unrefined grains in a prominent place on the label, so it is smart to err on the side of caution.

#7 Foods containing artificial sweeteners

Although dieters can see cakes, desserts and cookies that contain artificial sweeteners as a wonderful way to enjoy treats while losing weight, the bad news is that these sweeteners seem to cause serious health problems. Firstly, there is the surprising issue of weight gain.

Although artificial sweeteners contain no calories, many of them (such as aspartame) seem to impair your body’s ability to detect whether your stomach is full, triggering overeating and stronger cravings that can thwart your attempts to lose weight.

For example, one study conducted in Texas found that the more diet sodas a group of participants drank, the more likely they were to become overweight.

Perhaps even more worryingly, people who consume the greatest amounts of artificial sweetener are two times more likely to suffer from impaired kidney function. This was discovered after scientists completed huge study that lasted over a decade, so the results are credible (though the precise mechanism of action remains mysterious).

If you follow our advice and cut these foods out of your diet, you will end up with a healthier, happier body. You should find it easier to stay in shape, and your lifespan may even be extended as well.

#8. Sugary Cereal

Breakfast cereal is the most convenient way to start your day, but some cereals are so high in sugar that you may as well eat a big slice of Boston cream pie before heading out to work. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that cereals like Cap’n Crunch and Froot Loops are high in sugar, but even those cereals’ boxes read like a nutritionist’s dream, touting essential vitamins and minerals and claiming to be part of a balanced breakfast.

Which is true, if the other part of that breakfast includes something that’s actually good for you and the cereal serves merely as dessert.

While Cheerios are, indeed, heart healthy and low in sugar as advertised, the Honey Nut variety, which is touted as wholesome and healthy, has nine grams of sugar in a ľ cup serving.

Considering that the recommended daily intake of sugar for children tops out at 12 grams, that “healthy” breakfast actually contains three quarters of the sugar that should be consumed in an entire day.

Raisin Bran and some granola cereals contain even more sugar than Honey Nut Cheerios, which falls in the middle in terms of sugar content. Experts recommend that sugar should account for no more than, and preferably far less than, 25 percent of your daily caloric intake. A serving of Cookie Crisp cereal offers 44 percent of calories from sugar, while Cocoa Frosted Flakes tops out at 88 percent.

Before stocking up on breakfast cereal, read the label carefully to make sure you’re not having dessert for breakfast, keeping in mind that the high range of daily sugar intake is 20 grams for women and 36 grams for men.

#9. Gluten Grains

The gurus in charge of product packaging and advertising tend to find a way to cash in on whatever latest nutritional craze has hit the mainstream. From valid concerns about high fructose corn syrup and trans fats to studies about the detrimental effects of preservatives and artificial fats and sweeteners, the public quickly adjusts its diet, and food manufacturers follow the trend.

The latest culprit is gluten. Celiac disease is a condition that affects the immune system, which identifies gluten as a foreign invader and attacks the gluten proteins in the digestive tract.

This damages the tract lining and causes severe pain, inconsistent bowel movements, and bloating. In some cases, the attack results in small tears in the lining of the intestine, which leaks out partially digested food and the accompanying caustic acids.

Although only about one percent of the population suffers from celiac disease, scores more experience similar, but milder, symptoms that indicate a gluten intolerance.

Whole wheat is the major source of gluten in the modern diet, and we’re beginning to change our view of wheat, which was, in the recent past, considered extremely healthy.

Now, however, recent studies have shown that in addition to gluten and its detrimental effects on the body, whole wheat may actually raise small, dense LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) by up to 60 percent. Additionally, consuming wheat fiber has been found to make the body burn through stores of Vitamin D, resulting in deficiencies of this essential nutrient.

Instead of opting for whole wheat bread, pasta, tortillas and other baked goods, choose non-gluten grains instead, such as rice and oats.

#10. Canned Vegetables

Canned vegetables are ideal for the apocalypse, but for your every day vegetable needs, it’s best to go with fresh or frozen, and the reason is in the can. Cans are treated with bisphenol A, popularly known and widely feared as BPA.

An industrial chemical used in the manufacture of resins and plastics, BPA prevents the cans from corroding and keeps bacteria from showing up in the food.

Unfortunately, BPA is linked to reproductive problems, neurological disorders and an increased risk in type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and breast and prostate cancers.

While the EPA ensures that low levels of BPA are safe for humans, there’s no way to tell how much of the BPA in your canned vegetables are leaching into the food. Researchers recently randomly tested 50 cans of vegetables and found BPA in 46 of them. Some had levels that were 200 times the amount deemed safe by the EPA.

BPA aside, canned vegetables aren’t as healthy as fresh and frozen varieties due to the high amount of sodium that adds flavor and preserves the food.

In fact, low-sodium varieties have up to fifteen times less salt than regular varieties, which tells you just how much sodium you’re ingesting when you think you’re simply eating a healthy serving of veggies.

I will continue this series of blogs for the rest of the week and hope you have a beary safe and great Tuesday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab