Added sugar is a disaster, and getting it in liquid form is even worse. The problem with liquid sugar, is that your brain doesn’t compensate for the calories by eating less of other foods. In other words, these calories don’t get “registered” by the brain, making you eat more calories overall.
Of all the junk foods, sugar-sweetened beverages are the most fattening of all, and that is saying something.
2. Fruit Juice is Not That Different From Sugary Soft Drinks
A lot of people believe that fruit juices are healthy. It seems to make sense, because they come from fruit. However, fruit juices contain just as much sugar as sugary soft drinks like coca cola! There is no fiber in them and no chewing resistance, making it very easy to consume massive amounts of sugar.
If you’re trying to avoid sugar for health reasons, then you should avoid fruit juice as well. It is just as bad, and the small amounts of antioxidants do not make up for the large amounts of sugar.
3. Weight Loss Supplements Almost Never Work
There are tons of different weight loss supplements on the market. The problem is that they almost never work. They are claimed to lead to magical results, but fail when put to the test in actual studies. Even the ones who do work, the effect is too small to really make a noticeable difference. People who promote magic solutions like weight loss supplements are actually causing harm, because this distracts people from the things that actually matter.
The truth is that the only way to lose weight and keep it off, is to adopt a lifestyle change.
4. Artificial Trans Fats Are Not Suitable For Human Consumption
Trans fats are nasty. Producing them involves high pressure, heat and hydrogen gas in the presence of a metal catalyst. This process turns liquid vegetable oils into a thick, toxic sludge that is solid at room temperature.You have to wonder what was going through the head of the person who actually thought of putting this stuff in foodand selling it to humans. It is baffling, really.
Of course, trans fats are more than just unappetising. Studies have shown that they are incredibly harmful as well, linked to a drastic increase in heart disease risk .
5. Health is About Way More Than How Much You Weigh
People focus way too much on just weight gain/loss. The truth is that health goes way beyond that. Many obese people are metabolically healthy, while many normal weight people have the same metabolic problems associated with obesity. Focusing just on body weight is counterproductive. It is possible to improve health without causing weight loss, and vice versa.
It appears that the area where fat builds up is important. The fat in the abdominal cavity (belly fat) is associated with metabolic problems, while the fat under the skin is mostly a cosmetic problem.
Therefore, reducing belly fat should be a priority for health improvement, the fat under the skin and the number on the scale don’t matter as much.
6. People With High Blood Sugar and/or Type 2 Diabetes Should Not be Eating a High-Carb Diet
For decades, people have been advised to eat a low-fat diet with carbs at 50-60% of calories. Surprisingly, this advice was extended to include people with type 2 diabetes, which can not tolerate a lot of carbs. People with type 2 diabetes are resistant to insulin and any carbs they eat will cause a big rise in blood sugar levels.
For this reason, they need to take blood sugar lowering drugs to bring their levels down. If anyone benefits from a low-carb diet, it is diabetic patients. In one study, a low-carb diet for only 6 months allowed 95.2% of patients to reduce or eliminate their blood sugar medication.
Although the advice is changing (slowly), many “mainstream” organizations around the world are still telling diabetics to eat a high-carb diet.
7. Junk Food Can be Addictive
In the past 100 years or so, food has changed. People are eating more processed food than ever, and the technologies used to engineer foods have become more elaborate.
These days, food engineers have found ways to make food so “rewarding” that the brain gets flooded with dopamine. This is the same mechanism employed by drugs of abuse.
For this reason, some (but definitely not all) people can become addicted and completely lose control over their consumption.
Many studies have looked at this and found similarities between processed junk foods and drugs of abuse.
8. Organic or Gluten-Free Does Not Equal Healthy
There are many health trends in the world these days. Organic food is popular, and going gluten-free is trendy. However, just because something is organic or gluten-free, it doesn’t mean that it is healthy. For example, you can make all sorts of junk foods out of organic ingredients. Foods that are naturally gluten-free are fine, but gluten-free processed foods are often made with seriously harmful ingredients that are even worse than their gluten-containing counterparts.
The truth is, organic sugar is still sugar and gluten-free junk food is still junk food.
9. Refined Vegetable Oils Should be Avoided
Vegetable oils, like soybean, corn and canola oils, are extracted from seeds using harsh processing methods. These oils contain large amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids, which are biologically active and humans never consumed in large amounts during evolution.
Studies show that these oils can cause oxidative stress and make the LDL lipoproteins in the body become oxidized, potentially contributing to heart disease.
10. Blaming New Health Problems on Old Foods Doesn’t Make Sense
Heart disease didn’t become a problem until about a hundred years ago. The obesity epidemic started around 1980 and the type 2 diabetes epidemic followed soon after. These are the biggest health problems in the world, and it seems pretty clear that diet has a lot to do with them. For some very strange reason, the health authorities started blaming them on foods like red meat, eggs and butter.
But we’ve been eating these natural foods for thousands of years, while these health problems are relatively new.
Doesn’t it make more sense to suspect all the new stuff instead? Such as all the processed foods, added sugar, refined grains and vegetable oils? Blaming new health problems on old foods simply doesn’t make sense.