I’ve made my view of nutrition known for some time. In some ways, grandma really did know best, especially when industries put their thumbs on the scales of science like the sugar industry did in the 1960s according to this NY Times article.
This doesn’t mean you should eat steak for every meal. Most of your diet should still be vegetables, with some fruit, too. Real fruit, with fiber, not fruit juice.
It does mean that most people don’t need to eat refined starches, such as bread, pasta, and rice, which quickly turn into sugar in your gastrointestinal tract. Whole-grain products like whole-grain breads with lots of fiber are preferable because they smooth out that sugar spike, but you can safely skip those, too, if you want.
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Manufacturers will claim all sorts of things, but when you get right down to it, all cooking oils may be categorized as polyunsaturated (PUFA), monounsaturated (MUFA), and saturated fatty acids (SFA). You can think of a fatty acid as a snake:
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Many people know that vegetables are great for their bodies, and they could afford to buy vegetables if they wanted to, but they don’t eat them anyway. Why?
Lack of time.
Think about how fast you could eat a cup of cookies. Then think about how much more time it would take you to chew through a cup of leafy greens.
Although you could cook vegetables to make them easier to chew and to digest, the act of cooking food (and cleaning up afterwards) takes time, too.
The obvious solution here is to pre-chew vegetables, and that means blending.
A Columbia University study is circulating on the internet right now; the study has found a correlation between eating a Mediterranean diet (heavy on vegetables/herbs, fish, legumes, nuts, and olive oil, but relatively low on meat) and staving off brain shrinkage.
This comes fast on the heels of a Scientific American article entitled Mediterranean Eating Habits Prove Good for the Brain: A Mediterranean-style diet may slow memory loss, even if adopted late in life, which also finds some potential brain health benefits to the Mediterranean diet.
Updated October 26, 2015 to add: In other news, WHO states the obvious that processed meats, especially red meats, are linked to cancer. Freshly cooked meat isn’t as bad as processed meats (bacon, sausage, deli meats, smoked meats, etc.), which have chemicals/preservatives added. Also, I’m working on an in-depth article about longevity which will touch on these kinds of topics, but it’s a huge topic with a lot of dubious science to sort through. Nevertheless, we’re starting to get more and more promising research about the relationship between nutrition and aging well.
The molecules that make up food interact in different ways in our digestive tracts depending on a lot of factors, such as what other molecules are there at the same time, our genetic makeup, and the bacterial makeup of our digestive tracts. Our understanding of nutrition is nowhere near as good as some people would like you to believe.