Saturday, May 22, 2010

Food Myths


1. STARCHES MAKE ME FAT: This is False. Potatoes, pasta, beans, rice, and corn are low in fat and are very filling. They are the main sources of energy for healthy populations all around the world. They can, however, be made unhealthy by frying in oil and by adding high fat toppings.

2. I NEED MEAT FOR PROTEIN: This is False. We only need 5% of our calories to be from protein. Rice is 8% protein, potatoes 11%, corn 12%, pasta 14%, oatmeal 15%, bread 16%, and beans 26%. All foods, including fruit and vegetables, have plenty of protein.

3. MILK BUILDS STRONG BONES: This is False. Research does NOT consistently show that calcium intake leads to stronger bones. We need to look at ALL the ingredients in cow milk, because we are not just eating the calcium: Milk has cholesterol and saturated fat, hormones, bacteria, and pesticides. And the protein in dairy (casein) is linked to cancer, allergies, asthma, eczema, bedwetting, type I (childhood) diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and heart disease. It is healthier to get calcium from beans and green, leafy vegetables.

4. CHICKEN IS LOW CHOLESTEROL: This is False. 3.5 ounces of beef has 85 mg of cholesterol, chicken also has 85 mg. Turkey has 83mg, Pork 90 mg, Salmon 86 mg, and Lamb 82 mg. All kinds of meat have large amounts of fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. There is no fiber or vitamin C. Meats have pesticides and bacteria, and cancer-causing chemicals are formed when meat is cooked.

5. VEGETABLE OIL IS HEALTH FOOD: This is False. All oils, even olive oil and canola oil, are unhealthy, because they are highly processed and contain saturated fat. All the fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals have been removed. The fat you eat is the fat you wear. Body fat makes hormones that increase the risk of cancer of the colon, breast, and prostate. Researchers estimate that 60% of cancers are due to diet, (30% are due to tobacco), and
only 2 to 3% due to genes.

The above information is from a lecture by Dr. John McDougall

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