Since an ongoing debate on low fat vs. low carb is popularizing so intensely, you might get biased thinking about those are the only two available alternatives to consider while losing weight and reversing obesity. People who are advocating one diet or other disagree with each other depending on their individual merits of specific dieting strategy, but none of these people seem to understand that the entire 'low fat vs. low carb' diet debate only fulfills the purpose of sidetracking from actual weight loss resolution: changing into unprocessed and non-manufactured foods.
The actual investigation about weight loss strategy should analyze and compare diets comprising of processed foods vs. unprocessed foods. Now what do you understand by a processed food? A processed food is manufactured and packaged with a pretty high price tag over the cost of its actual ingredients. Breakfast cereals, for instance, is a processed food. Apart from that, dinner boxes, lunch snack boxes, canned soups, cheese and macaroni boxes, crackers, packaged meats, and many other available grocery foods are actually all processed items.
So, is there anything wrong with these processed foods? First of all, they are typically produced with heavily refined and processed ingredients like white flour. If you consider white flour only, you can see that during the heavy milling procedure, white flour actually loses all its nutritional content and what it leaves is nothing but some empty calories that are responsible for increasing nutritional deficiencies and the risk for chronic disorders like colon cancer.
Processed foods are loaded with huge quantities of added sugars in addition to many other sweeteners. Many processed foods also contain high-fructose syrup or common table sugar in order to provide the artificial flavor. Many of these foods are prepared in combination with hydrogenated vegetable oil, which is nothing but a harmful form of dietary fat that is responsible for developing nervous system related disorders as well as other serious complications in cardiovascular health. These oils are actually transformed via an unnatural process and eventually converted in a substance, which is foreign to the human system, and up till now every cookie, cracker, margarine, or any baked product is loaded with hydrogenated oils. This is indeed a public health threat in America, brought to you by your local grocery shop.
Well, the story is not finished yet: processed foods are packed with chemical flavor additives, for instance, monosodium glutamate, in addition to chemical enhancers, artificial colors, and preservatives. Packaged meats, for instance, are loaded with sodium nitrate, which is a strong carcinogenic compound that promotes the formation of cancer-causing cells in the human body.
So, if you put it altogether, you can see what you are having in the name of either 'low fat' or 'low carb' diet is nothing but some harmful chemicals that affect your system quite adversely. Practically, there is no processed food on the surface of earth that is healthy for human consumption, regardless of whether it is 'low fat' or 'low carb'. Hence, when we debate over 'low carb diet' vs. 'low fat diet', we simply ignore a far more serious issue: processed food vs. unprocessed food.
Now, what is an unprocessed food? Quite obviously, as the name implies, unprocessed foods are those foods that never get processed. In practice, unprocessed foods are those which are prepared from natural ingredients in the same way as they are found in the Mother Nature. As you can easily understand that all fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fresh meat products and herbs are some examples of unprocessed food, and they are rich with high fiber, high antioxidants, and still show evidence of low caloric density that promotes healthy body weight and a reduced risk of obesity. In addition, these foods contain much higher amount of vitamins and minerals than processed foods, all while discarding the unhealthy preservatives, additives, sweeteners and oils available in the processed foods.
So, routinely our health authorities are debating over such issues that practically have no meaning. While a majority of Americans are arguing over 'low fat vs. low carb diet', the truth about how to combat against obesity has never been actually discussed: that is to stop purchasing processed foods and to eat natural foods as they are available in the nature.
Now you can easily assume why our health authorities deliberately avoid such issues like harmfulness of the processed foods. The answer is simple: processed foods bring a real profitable business. Take a simple instance of your local grocery store. It makes more money by selling processed foods than by selling natural fruits and vegetables. Put it simple: two disputable factors are on rise in the United States - one is price of living since the price of almost every commodity is increasing, including processed food items and the second one is the rate of obesity and other chronic disorders.
Since the processed food products offer so lucrative business, they are profoundly advertised and promoted to the consumers. The incomes from selling those harmful products virtually grip all the segments of broadcasting media such as newspaper, magazine, television channel. So, the majority of these broadcasting services depend on the revenue earned by those processed food manufacturers who produce junk foods and soft drinks. Hence, the disease-promoting, obesity-encouraging foods products are extremely profitable for everyone attached into this profit-making industry. In fact, they are just maintaining the hype about 'low carb vs. low fat' diet and simply ignoring the actual crisis about 'processed food vs. unprocessed food'. While the headlines and scientific researches are much dominated by pointless discussion of 'low carb vs. low fat' diet, it is nothing but a classic shell game trickery, all formulated for your entertainment by that particular industry responsible for developing chronic disorders.
Not only the profit-making greedy manufacturers, but we too are responsible for the current problems of the increased rate of obesity and other chronic disorders. While on the surface processed foods seem to a better option, especially in this fast lifestyle, but practically foods prepared from whole foods are much cheaper and of course healthy too. Take an example of vegetable stir fry or a pot of lentil soup. You can be never so busy, at least not in the cost of your health or your loved one's. So think many times before you become over-dependent on processed or over-processed foods. Look at your loved ones. Don’t they deserve to eat healthy?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Labels: health and beauty