Volume 2, Issue 23
June 4, 2009

Don't read that ingredients label!

I recently read a book on anti-aging which was 315 pages long. Everything in the book was about taking hormones and vitamins, and getting exercise. The entire discussion of food was limited to one paragraph. And this basically just recited the "keep fat intake below 30% and cholesterol intake below 200 mg" mantra. This is a sad state of affairs, because nothing is going to keep you young more than what you eat.

All the hormones and exercise in the world will not make up for an unhealthy, unnatural diet.ÿ Our bodies are under siege from drugs, food additives, pesticides, artificial colors, antibiotics, radiation byproducts, and preservatives. They are begging for our help, and simply limiting fat and cholesterol intake is not going to cut it. There are many misconceptions about what eating healthfully looks like. And not one day passes when there isn't something published somewhere that contradicts what you just learned the day before.

A trip to the grocery store can quickly confuse and overwhelm the uninitiated.ÿ Madison Avenue has been very busy these last 50 years creating more "foods" than even nature has been capable of thinking of. Bright colors, catchy names, brilliant packaging, and "fortified" ingredients labels all point to one thing: "foods" that the human liver and intestinal tract has never seen before.

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"New and improved foods" inevitably mean manmade, unbalanced foods that contain synthetic oils and processed, compartmentalized nutrients. And they don't have much (if any) fiber, trace elements, nutrients, amino acids, oils, and complex starches.

These patented creations have absolutely nothing to do with real food. I don't care whether it's a "40-30-30 energy bar" or a pop tart, a much better description for these offerings would be industrial waste.

Not only that, unless you are going out of your way to learn about real food, most of the information that you are exposed to about nutrition is from the same people that gave you soft drinks and the breakfast cereal of champions. Confused?ÿ I don't blame you. Fortunately, I can break this down very simply for you.ÿ Avoid foods with ingredients labels.

Another way of saying this is that if it wasn't made by nature, it wasn't made for you and your body. Eat foods that have no ingredients label such as beans, and legumes, whole fruit, dairy, eggs, unprocessed oils, vegetables, nuts, seeds, meats, poultry, fish, oats, quinoa, brown rice, etc.ÿ Now that's pretty easy. You can forget about simple and complex carbohydrates, fat percentages, animal vs. vegetable proteins, etc. Just focus on whether there's a label or not. A diet high in these non-labeled foods will ultimately be the best one for you.

The only time you should read the label is to look for the words "hormone free." This even includes natural foods. Food manufacturers are contaminating natural foods with x-ray radiation, dyes, additives, antibiotics, and hormones! This is a huge problem, especially for our kids. It's one thing to dose up an adult with hormones. But it's quite another to be exposing our infants and young children to these substances.

Fortunately non-radiated, hormone-free foods are available if you look for them. The worst offenders in this regard are milk, beef, eggs, and poultry. Make sure that you see "Hormone Free" somewhere on the label.

Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD

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