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Food to Avoid - Part 1

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 11:38 AM

From the book "Food To The Rescue" by Dr. Jennifer Shell, D.C. 
Photo by Maria Lin Kim

Why do we need to avoid the "food" that tastes so good and is so dang convenient? You know I have an answer! 

1. Simple Carbs: Simple carbs are carbohydrates that turn into sugar "quickly" in our bodies, giving us a quick burst of energy followed by a crash. It's known as the "roller coaster effect". These are the carbs that we get from most processed foods like white rice, corn chips, cookies, crackers, cereals, donuts, etc. 

A. Wheat: I know you may be shocked. We have been taught to believe that wheat is a staple in a wholesome grain diet. So why wheat? Most wheat is grown with pesticides, for one thing. You may say, "well, I can get organic then" You can, but there's more. Mass production has led to wheat being harvested by big machines that are really rough. The outer shell of the wheat gets cracked during the process. Now, air seeps into the seed and makes it rancid. Then during processing, manufacturers heat it up so hot it makes the wheat even more unrecognizable; it loses all of its nutrients through this process. Check out the whole process in Dr. Walter C. Willett's book, "Eat, Drink, And Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating" or read more about it on the Weston A Price Foundation website ( That's why that perfect, soft, spongy white bread is a true wonder. How can they call that bread? 

B. Corn: You know how the hulk had a genetic mutation that made him turn crazy (and green)? May be that's not so far-fetched! Corn seed is genetically modified to withstand bugs and disease. This is great for industry, but it's potentially not so great for our insides. Your genes are the fuse box of your body. If you flip the wrong switch, you may have a disease turn on. Genetic modification may mess with our wiring, and nobody knows what could happen. Unfortunately, food manufacturers have decided to push these potentially dangerous foods on us anyway. It's all about the almighty dollar. These foods save manufacturers money because they are cheap, so they don't want to look at the potential risk. We have to protect ourselves. So I read labels. If we don't buy it, they won't make big profits. It comes down to one of my husband's favorite sayings: "Grass roots, that's how we make change." 
Dr. Shells Tid Bit - Sweet corn that you eat off the cob is not typically genetically modified at this point in time. So that's good news for summer time cook-outs.

To Be Continued in the next Post
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