Foods To Avoid
Processed foods are commercially prepared foods designed for easy consumption in the home, a restaurant or a fast food place. Specifically, these foods are packaged in boxes, cans, or bags. Due to refining, they can be highly addictive. They stimulate dopamine which activates the pleasure response. Over consumption of these foods can lead to obesity. A number of processed foods easily turn to sugar which can caused the inflammatory response. Inflammation is indicated in disease, particularly cancer, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.
Refined oils are "dead oils," products of chemical extraction. They include: vegetable oils, particularly corn, canola, and soy oils. Sunflower, safflower, grape seed oil if chemically extracted are not good; however, when cold pressed, they are healthful. Soy and corn are mostly genetically modified in the United States and have not been proven to be safe. Any food that is given the USDA Organic seal is not genetically altered.
Despite industry claims, the safety of artificial sweeteners is questionable. Numerous reports of cancers are evident in animal studies. Migraines, seizures, depression, and visual changes have been reported in people who have used artificial sweeteners. Ingested Aspartame breaks down into methanol (wood alcohol), a portion of which then breaks down into formaldehyde. Better choices are natural stevia and xylitol, a sugar alcohol.