Eating a healthy diet is one of the most important factors in achieving and maintaining good health. In another article, I highlighted some good dietary principles. (To read that article, click here: Link). While it’s important to know what to eat to maintain good health, it’s also important to understand what not to eat. These are but some of the dietary dangers to look out for:
1) Do not eat commercially processed foods such as cookies, cakes, crackers, TV dinners, soft drinks, packaged sauce mixes, etc. Read labels!
2) Avoid all refined sweeteners such as sugar, dextrose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup and fruit juices.
3) Avoid white flour, white flour products and white rice.
4) Avoid all hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils.
5) Avoid all industrial polyunsaturated vegetable oils made from soybean, corn, safflower, canola or cottonseed.
6) Avoid foods cooked or fried in polyunsaturated oils or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
7) Avoid products containing protein powders as they usually contain carcinogens or damaged proteins formed during processing. Likewise, avoid lean meat, skinless poultry, reduced-fat milk and egg whites without the yolks. Consumption of protein without the cofactors occurring in animal fats can lead to deficiencies, especially of vitamin A.
8) Avoid factory-farmed eggs, meats and fish.
9) Avoid highly processed lunch meats and sausage.
10) Avoid rancid and improperly prepared seeds, nuts and grains found in granolas, quick rise breads and extruded breakfast cereals, as they block mineral absorption and cause intestinal distress.
11) Avoid artificial food additives, especially MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and aspartame, which are neurotoxins. Most soups, sauce and broth mixes and most commercial condiments contain MSG, even if not indicated on the label.
12) Minimize caffeine and related substances in coffee, tea and chocolate.
These selected bullet points are taken from an article written by Sally Fallon with the Weston A. Price Foundation titled “Dietary Dangers.”
To read an article on the diets of indigenous people (diets before the age of industrialization), click here.