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Nutrition is a hot topic year in and year out. It seems that our patients are always asking questions on what they should eat or how do I lose weight. Let’s be honest, there are more websites, blogs, and podcasts about nutrition then there have ever been. Yet Americans are more obese and sicker than they have ever been! It’s time we simplified nutrition and answered some of the post pressing questions.
Q: Doc, I only have one soda a day. That’s not that bad right?
A: You tell me...Here is just three of the disease that are linked to drinking just ONE soda per day.
Soda damages your liver, and consumption of too many soft drinks puts you at an increased risk for liver cirrhosis similar to the increased risk faced by chronic alcoholics.
Soda and pop of all kinds are well known for their high phosphoric acid content, a substance that changes the urine in a way that promotes kidney stone formation. Drinking one quart (less than three 12-ounce cans) of soda per week may increase your risk of developing kidney stones by 15 percent.
Anything that promotes weight gain increases the risk of diabetes. Drinking soda also stresses your body's ability to process sugar by causing burnout and damage to the pancreas’ insulin receptors. Some scientists now suspect that this may explain why the number of Americans with type 2 diabetes has tripled from 6.6 million in 1980 to 22.8 million today.
Q: Isn’t Saturated Fat bad for me?
A: Eating FATS doesn't make you FAT and doesn't Cause Heart Attacks!
The 50+ years of brainwashing about eating fat was completely wrong and caused more sickness and disease. The latest studies published in reputable medical journals showed that there is NO association between eating saturated fat and heart disease. In a meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. They gathered together data from 21 unique studies that included almost 350,000 people, about 11,000 of whom developed cardiovascular disease (CVD), tracked for an average of 14 years, and concluded that there is NO relationship between the intake of saturated fat and the incidence of heart disease or stroke. Long story short, FAt does not make you fat!
Q: I know I should avoid sugar but Fruit sugar is ok right?
A) Most experts agree that limiting your consumption of fruit due to its natural sugar content is not necessary- They are wrong!… the research proves that fructose, which is the primary sugar found in fruit, may be linked to abdominal fat, weight gain, adverse effects on metabolism and more. Even though it’s fruit, it still raises blood sugar levels creating inflammation, raises cortisol and can decrease immunity if too much.
Two cups of bananas, for instance, contain 36 grams of sugar, which is more than the 30-gram daily limit the American Heart Association recommends for adult women. Again, this is natural sugar contained within the fiber-rich fruit matrix, which is going to be metabolized differently than the same amount of sugar in a bowl of ice cream or a bottle of soda.
It’s likely to be significantly less harmful but still harmful.
Here are the top 5 fruits to avoid if you are trying to lose weight or reverse a chronic illness:
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