I almost fell out of my chair this morning when I saw this tweet by WebMD about potatoes.
In truth, potatoes have a glycemic index of 85. Whenever my husband, a diabetic, eats potatoes- it raises his blood glucose levels by at least 70 points. They are also part of the nightshade family and can cause inflammation to occur in your body which in turn can weaken your immune system.
Corn another ‘up sold’ food no one needs to eat. A few years ago, the editor of Oxygen magazine wrote an article in which she called corn a ‘super food’. Corn is not a super food.
While I also like the taste of corn, I avoid it entirely in my diet. It is a grain and therefore naturally contains protective toxins that damage our bodies. Corn has been genetically modified to contain high levels of starch so that more things like corn syrup can be produced from those starches (i.e. sugars).
If you are trying to lose weight… potatoes and corn are two foods you MUST stop eating. No one NEEDS to eat grains. The whole grains are healthy and good for you is a marketing ploy. Your health will not suffer if you do not eat bread, rice, oat meal, etc.
When you eliminate certain foods from your diet such as cheese and other dairy products, you get all the fiber you need from vegetables. Consuming dairy products is like eating glue. It binds up what’s in your gut and makes it harder to poop. We are perfectly able to live without grains.
When people start to change their eating habits, manufacturers lose out on profits. Food lobbyists are called in to help create demand. Those milk campaigns are a good example of ‘up sold’ foods that no one needs to consume. No one, once they have been weened, needs to consume any dairy product. When useless foods are ‘up sold’ people become more and more confused as to what is, or is not, good nutrition. We are told to eat food only on the outer edges of the store. Well, one of the grocery stories I frequent has candy products in the product aisle. When you tell stores they cannot have ‘temptations’ at the registers, they get creative. Sugar sells. Milk, corn, potatoes, sugar ‘health drinks’ are all found on the outer edges of the grocery store. It is important to find out for yourself which foods are truly healthy or ‘work’ for you and what you are trying to accomplish. This can be incredibly difficult when articles and tweets abound that ‘up sell’ junk food as healthy. Yes, food that comes from plants can still be classified as junk. Eating these sorts of food can damage your health.
Use caution when doing research or listening to medical or nutritional advice. Just because someone wrote a book, or wears a white lab coat does not mean they know what they are talking about or that they have your best interests at heart. There is a great deal of money involved in the health, fitness, and weight loss industries. It’s big, big business. Read as much as you can. If it sounds too good to be true it most likely is.