After years of personal experimentation, research, and polling people on their day-to-day eating habits and weight gain, I have a new mantra: “Man made foods = Body fat and bad health!” It sounds extreme, but you’ll understand why I’ve adopted this mantra in a moment.
We’ve all heard that there are foods that are supposed to be “healthy” for us and are not as great as we’ve been let to believe they are. Take whole grain bread for instance. Yes, assuming you can see the whole grains, it is healthier than white bread or brown bread colored with molasses. (Oh, you mean you thought all brown bread was whole grain? Wrong! That’s a food manufacturers trick to make us believe that their bread is whole grain when it really isn’t. Sneaky, isn’t it!)
But even the organic sprouted wheat berry bread that you find in the finest natural food stores contains one of those ingredients that has been debated as to whether it is really healthy or even fit for human consumption: wheat. (Corn and Soy are two others.)
Now I’m not siding with anyone by saying that wheat is bad or not healthy for us. But like most foods that must be processed to be consumed, in my experience, it probably isn’t a good idea to eat too much of it, and it actually causes me to build up a stomach when I eat it regularly in moderation.
For years I suspected that wheat based products were keeping me from being as lean as I wanted to be. In 2009, I cut wheat out of my food choices completely in favor oats and I got as lean as ever. Last year in October when I was doing my Wolverine Workouts, I performed a conservative test on myself since I hadn’t eaten wheat in so long to see what would happen.
The results: after only one month of including minimally processed bran cereal and organic sprouted wheat berry bread in my daily routine—which does not contain the processed flour that we attribute to weight gain—I’d put on almost 5 pounds right in my belly in spite of only eating 2400 – 2700 calories per day.
Obviously, things didn’t go as I’d planned. Oh well, at least I figured it out fairly quickly and eliminated the culprit for good. And since I’m fairly lean anyways, I knew I’d blast the extra pounds off in no time.
Fast forward to this January, I’m back to eating sweet potatoes, brown rice, red potatoes (eaten cold for a lower glycemic index), and fruits and vegetables along with my chicken and lean beef. Funny thing, not only did I start getting leaner once I stopped consuming wheat based products (man made foods), but I was doing it while eating 3000 calories a day!
That’s right! I was eating more food and getting leaner. How can that be?
Simply stated: unprocessed foods are easier for the body to use for energy, while processed foods are typically harder on the body because they contain additives, preservatives and/or other ingredients (chemicals) that are foreign to the body.
Speaking of foreign ingredients, MSG is one of those additives that is considered to be a “natural flavoring” and in many cases is NOT listed on food labels or is hidden behind crafty names. Yet, scientists have used MSG to fatten up lab mice and make them obese.
Check out this link here if you want to read a study on it: The induction of obesity in rodents by means of monosodium glutamate.
In case you didn’t catch that, let me repeat it again: Scientists have used MSG to fatten up mice on purpose!
What’s the problem?
Granted, you and I are not lab mice. But if MSG induces obesity in them, in spite of NOT having any calories, what do you think it does to us? I don’t really think I need to say. And that’s just one problem with MSG.
Another issue with MSG is that it is classified as an excitotoxin*, which has been linked to brain cell death, migraines and other serious health issues. (Aspartame is also a very popular excitotoxin* and a common ingredient in many sweet, low calorie foods and beverages.)
I could go on and on about MSG, Aspartame and other additives and/or preservatives in many of the man made foods today and how they make us fat or ruin our bodies, but you get the idea: They’re not good for our health and we should avoid them whenever possible.
One more HUGE problem I want to touch on with man made foods is the nutrition labels food manufacturers provide us with. They’re supposed to be “transparent” and tell us what is in our food by law. Problem is, food manufacturers use so many chemicals, additives and preservatives that we can’t even pronounce that it almost doesn’t matter. Not to mention, the labels don’t really tell us the truth anyways.
Take a look at the image of the food label on the right. The first ingredient is sugar, and different forms of sugar are listed in at least three other places if you look closely. (Dextrose, Invert Sugar and Corn Syrup)
Yet, the label tells us that it has 0 grams of sugar—in spite of it being the first ingredient, which is an indication that sugar is what the product contains the most of. (By law, the first ingredient on the list is supposed to be the most prominent in the food.)
Today, to really understand what is in our food, we either have to be a scientist or research each ingredient individually. Seriously? Like most busy people, I don’t have the time to conduct research to find out what they’re putting in food. I just want to eat!
That’s one of the main reasons why I like natural foods. Assuming we buy them organic and in their natural state, sweet potatoes have one ingredient: sweet potatoes. As do brown rice, red potatoes, chicken, beef and other natural foods.
See what I mean?
By eating natural, I’m NOT putting chemicals or other additives into my body and the wheat weight is disappearing. And long term, what we put in our body is one the determining factors in how long we live and how healthy we are. After all, the human body was made to process food—not food like products.
“Man made foods = Body fat and bad health!”
*If you want to know more about excitotoxins, and I highly recommend that you do get educated on them because they may be quietly destroying your family’s health, simply Google the word “excitotoxin” and you’ll come up with plenty of educational links. Here are a few to get you started:
UNEDITED AND UNCUT DISCLAIMER: Yes, I read this blog post over a few times. If there are errors, live with it!