Just when you thought you have all the right information about diet and nutrition, you realize common sense is not so common after all. More so today, when store-bought food items are processed and preserved using a cocktail of chemicals. Worse, the food industry is very secretive in terms of how their products are manufactured. In today’s post, we are listing down surprising facts about diet and nutrition that you didn’t know:
Artificial Trans Fats are Unsafe for Human Consumption
We all know trans fats are nasty stuff but how dangerous are they? Trans fats are created by turning liquid vegetable oil into solid sludge using very high pressure, hydrogen gas, and heat. Trans fats are not safe for human consumption because they harden in the veins, increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Sugary Beverages are the Most Fattening in the Modern Diet
Forget about cakes, pastries or carbs, the most fattening food in the modern human diet are sugar drinks. Sodas, soft drinks, and colas are literally liquid sugar. And the problem with liquid sugar is that the brain is not able to track how much sugar you consume by taking these drinks. So you end up consuming more calories from sodas.
Too much sugar shocks the system, causing glucose level to shoot up before crashing. And when your blood sugar level suddenly dips, you start experiencing intense cravings for more sugar. Eventually, the body becomes even more addicted to sugar and this can lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Low-Fat Doesn’t Mean Healthy
Just because a certain food item is labeled “low-fat” doesn’t mean it’s a healthy food. Studies show that low-fat foods do not contribute to weight loss and disease prevention. Worse, the absence of fat makes the food unpalatable so food companies replace it with sugar. Shocking! This means low-fat processed foods from your local grocer are teeming with preservatives, sugars, and chemical-based flavorings to compensate for the lack of fat.
Fruit Juice is just as Unhealthy as Regular Sodas
If you think fruit juices are healthier than sugary drinks, you are wrong! The fact is, a glass of fruit juice contains about the same amount of sugar as a regular can of coke! And because fruit juices do not contain fiber, it’s all too easy to consume more of it so you take in an incredible amount of calories with every gulp. That’s why if you’re cutting back on your sugar consumption, we recommend reducing your consumption of fruit juices too.
Good Digestion Depends on Gut Bacteria
We all know beneficial bacteria helps ease digestion but did you know the body is mostly dependent on these microbes to process food and promote proper absorption? Gut bacteria outnumber human cells 10 to 1. This means human cells only make up 10% of the human body. Everything else is made up of bacteria.
So as you might’ve guessed, gut bacteria are everything. Without these beneficial microbes, your body won’t be healthy at all. And bacteria are dependent on soluble fiber to survive. Feeding your gut bacteria helps stave off chronic diseases and promote proper organ function.
Wood Pulp is Used as Food Additive
Plant-based cellulose is a common food additive that improves a food item’s texture. This food additive also thickens the food by boosting its fiber content. Unfortunately, plant-based cellulose is an expensive ingredient so most food companies use wood pulp as a cheaper alternative. Plant-based cellulose and wood-based cellulose share the same structure.