This is the end of my little series on The 7 Deadly Sins of Nutrition, and today, I’ll try to wrap everything up for you like a neat, little wonton.
The 7 Deadly Sins of Nutrition3 are:
I’ll try to make it easy for you and give you the moral of the story in three easy points:
- READ THE LABELS of stuff that you buy!
Don’t just shove stuff down your pie-hole without knowing what you’re putting in there. And just because some product has “Zero Trans-Fat!!” or some other good-sounding feature emblazoned on the front of the package, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy for you.
2. In my humble opinion, the worst of the 7 Deadly Sins that we’ve talked about are artificial sugars and artificial sweeteners; specifically, things that contain HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) and Aspartame.
One of the most common products overly-laden with HFCS and consumed by us Americans is diet soda. If you think you’re doing your body good by having several diet sodas a day, sorry, but think again.
These two items (HFCS & Artificial Sweeteners) are like bad crack on a rusty spoon. Not that I’ve actually HAD bad crack on a rusty spoon, but-err-uhh…:)
There are TONS of products being pimped to us by the food manufacturers and food sellers that contain these unnatural items that wreak havoc on our bodies. Why? Because it’s cheaper for them to use some potentially dangerous, low-level, cheap manufactured crap (including GMOs [Genetically Modified Organisms]) than it is for them to use the real thing. And this leads us to the final point:
3. Don’t be Suckered by the Food Industry!
Sigh. The food industry spends BILLIONS each year trying to pimp their often-unhealthy processed wares to the public2. Why do you suppose that is? Hmm? Is it because they care soooo much about how healthy we as a species are? Doubtful. But think about it. Would anyone have to try so hard to sell you something that is actually good for/to you?? Now, don’t get me wrong: I am not anti-capitalist or anti-industry; I think everyone has a right to create and maintain a business. I just don’t want YOU to be like a gullible, victimized sponge that soaks up every drop of poisonous water thrown at you. Wake Up!!
I also have a few bonus tips to pass along; things that I’ve done nutrition-wise that I believe have helped me, and which should also help you:
- Try to limit your intake of processed and fast foods
- Try to buy organic foods whenever possible (unless you’re a pest that for some reason wants to be killed by pesticides 🙁 )
- Try to balance your body’s acidity and alkalinity; the easiest ways of which are to reduce intake of acidic foods, and to drink alkaline water (Note: I just may do a separate post on this subject)
There may be more info to pass along later, but that’s enough for now. This “little wonton” is getting fat! 🙂
I hope you have enjoyed the series, and have gotten something out of it.
1Bowden, J. (2011). The Dirty Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup. Retrieved June 4, 2014 from http://www.naturalhealthsherpa.com/high-fructose-corn-syrup-dangers-bad-facts-hfcs-vs-sugar/52786
2Vowland, A., Haupt, A. (2012). 10 Things the Food Industry Doesn’t Want you to Know. Retrieved June 4, 2014 from http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/03/30/things-the-food-industry-doesnt-want-you-to-know
3 Esposito, J. (2014, March). The 7 Deadly Sins of Nutrition. Paper presented at the SLCA Health Fair, Atlanta, GA.