Understanding what foods are beneficial versus harmful is really confusing today, especially since the food industry entices us through great marketing and by adding addictive ingredients. In previous articles, we acquired knowledge about food addiction and Candida (Insert link to OCV Candida article). We will continue this education by providing you with a list of unhealthy foods and the reasons why they do not nourish the human body. It is far better to eat foods as close to their highest nutritional value at harvest—the way God made them—rather than processed foods.
The cost of organic foods is much less than the health care costs of a chronic disease.
Processed foods are the foods contained in boxes and bags in the aisles of the grocery store and should be avoided for optimal health and weight. These foods are far from their harvested form. Removal of their nutrients and fiber increase their shelf life. Unfortunately, they decrease the life of the person who consumes them. Consider them dead foods that do not benefit the body but instead harms it. Therefore, try not to eat any processed foods out of a box or bag. This includes cereals, chips, crackers, granola bars, cookies, etc.
Genetically Modified (GMO) Foods
As we discussed in the article Modern Wheat Makes Today’s Bread Harmful, most Americans have no idea wheat has been bred to the point the body thinks of it as a foreign substance. This is from hybridization. A giant step beyond hybridization is Genetically Modified Foods (GMO). What if the body doesn’t recognize genetically modified food? Do we have any long-term studies that tested the premise that GMO foods are safe? No, we do not; instead humans are the present-day lab rats for this experiment.
If a person’s immune system does not recognize gluten or GMO foods it might attack the foreign substance and its own body at the same time. The immune system’s attack would trigger or cause an autoimmune disease; that is probably why these diseases are on the rise. Consequently, you should avoid all GMO foods. The only way to do so is to purchase organic foods. The cost of organic foods is much less than the health care costs of a chronic disease.
Roundup Ready Crops
One type of GMO food to avoid is Roundup Ready crops. These crops are genetically engineered to be resistant to the carcinogen glyphosate, which is the primary ingredient in the herbicide Roundup.1 Farmers who produce Roundup Ready crops are free to spray Roundup on their fields throughout the growing season, as the plants are resistant to this herbicide. In the United States most of the nation’s corn, wheat, oats, soy, and sugar beets are Roundup Ready crops.2 Can you imagine what this carcinogen may do to the beneficial bacteria in your gut or to your overall health? Organic foods are not GMO or Roundup Ready crops.
Foods to Eliminate
- Now we will learn which foods are damaging versus beneficial—the ones God gave us to eat, not the food industry’s offerings. Remove the following unhealthy items from your pantry:
- Wheat—anything that contains wheat
- Sugar-sweetened drinks—like soda, fruit juice, Gatorade (Flavored waters with no calories are okay to keep and finish, but after they are gone it is best to drink water. If you need to, add a slice of lemon and stevia to your water.)
- Sugar—white sugar, high-fructose corn syrup—remove any item with greater than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Unfortunately, sugar does not have a recommended daily allowance.
- Rice—white rice (brown and wild rice are fine)
Corn—all non-organic corn products such as tortilla chips and popcorn (Organic corn products are fine to consume.)
Artificial sweeteners—saccharin, aspartame or Equal/NutraSweet, sucralose or Splenda (It is okay to keep honey, maple syrup, agave, stevia, xylitol, coconut sugar, monk fruit sugar.)
- Oils—eliminate all oils except olive oil (use when cooking at low temperatures) and coconut