Many of the fast food establishments and other restaurants deep-fry certain foods with hydrogenated oils; french fries chicken nuggets, chicken strips, chicken, shrimp, donuts, oysters, clams, and fish are all drenched in the stuff.
Both margarine and Crisco are VERY hydrogenated and are terribly unhealthy. The more solid the oil is, the more hydrogenated it is. When hydrogenated oil gets hot it liquefies. Always choose butter (raw is best) instead of margarine and never use Crisco.
Healthy oils are good for your health because they are natural. Good oils come from food products like Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from the coconut tree, Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil from the first pressing of the olive from the olive tree, nut oils extracted from nuts and seeds such as flax seed (linaza in Spanish) and let’s not forget, expeller pressed safflower oil from the safflower plant, which they don’t have in Ecuador, unfortunately.
When eating, cooking and baking we should only use these natural oils and never reuse oil for deep-frying. To put it into better perspective, eating bacon grease would be better for your health than any of the hydrogenated oils sold in stores, and yet we all know that consuming bacon grease is unhealthy.
Refined Sugar - Refined sugar goes through an involved process, which virtually turns a natural sweetener into something toxic. Refined sugar originates from the cane or the beet. Factories take out all the vitamins and all the minerals to make a white crystalline substance called sugar. Manufacturers then label it as being PURE in big bold letters. But it is far from being pure – it is one of the most toxic substances known to man. P is for plastic. U is for ulcer. R is for rotten. And E is for Enemy. That spells P.U.R.E Sugar.
Sugar is highly addictive and many people are addicted to it and don’t even know it. A physical addiction to sugar can show up as alcoholism, diabetes, hypoglycemia, allergies, etc. Children and teenagers love sugar – they gulp it down with each soda pop they drink and gobble it up with almost every packaged product they eat - from loaf breads to peanut butter, and from pop tarts to breakfast cereals.
The list of refined sugar-laden foods are plenty. In fact many diabetics think they do not eat sugar but forget that refined carbohydrates (pasta, breads, white rice, etc) turn into sugar in the body when eaten...these foods are unusable to the body, very unhealthy and spike blood sugar.
The bottom line is refined sugar is not a natural food and that is why our body begins to reject it in the form of illnesses and disease. The good news is there are several forms of natural sugar substitutes, such as maple syrup from the maple tree, raw honey from the beehive, and Stevia sugar from the Stevia plant that will NOT cause health issues. Stevia is even safe for diabetics to use. Here is a good resource to find out all about Stevia sweetener which grows in South America. http://www.stevia.com/
|Frank smoking out the bees to calm them...|
|harvesting honey from a hive|
|Whole wheat kernels (berries)|
Young healthy bodies may not notice how white wheat, processed products affect them – it may take twenty or thirty years for your body to begin to reject a poor daily diet but it will happen – that’s a fact. After ten, twenty, thirty years of eating refined flour products, hydrogenated oils and refined sugar products, our body will begin to reject more and more food in the form of common illnesses introduced today in the doctors office. The illnesses are many; allergies, constant fatigue, IBS, obesity, boils, constipation, diarrhea, gluten sensitivity, diabetes, hypoglycemia, diabetes, attention disorders, deficient disorders, clogged arteries, unhealthy organs, poor eyesight, etc.
But here's the good news. Our body can be well again! The human body has the capability to heal itself; it’s up to us. We can be our bodies best friend or its worst enemy. We are in control. It is crazy how we make health so difficult when it is so easy. Just remember, its never just one thing or one product that makes us healthy again; having a healthy body and enjoying life is all about lifestyle; it's about how we eat, what we watch, how we react, how we live, what we believe, and what we do with our body.
And, of course there are other foods besides these three that cause disease, but these three are the biggest food culprits that lead to illness and disease.
Frank and Angie Lewis are natural health practitioners for over twenty-five years and have been engaged in the study of health for 4 decades. They have applied the natural health solutions in their book Better Health, Better Life to their own lives, drastically improving their health and living a better and more energetic, fulfilled life.
Until we write again…
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