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Dairy After Liposuction: A symptom of a much bigger problem

26 May. 2013 Posted by Hannah Mich
dairy debate, raw versus pasteurized, health food myths, low-fat foods, packaged food ingredients, unnatural ingredients in health foods, artificial additives, organic whole foods, organic

I had this vision of writing a blog where I weighed in on the dairy debate: raw vs. pasteurized, skim vs. whole, and so forth. But as I reflected on the debate, I realized it was really a symptom of a much bigger problem.

In western medicine we have created this bad versus good mentality with food and the nutrients within foods, especially macro-nutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins). With advances in technology, we have been able to dissect and better analyze the food we eat. I thought this would mean we would, therefore, have the knowledge to eat better and better. Unfortunately, this information is being used for the exact opposite.

Instead companies are using research to create heavily processed products that they market towards health conscious consumers. As our waistlines get bigger, we become hyper aware of the foods we put into our mouths and body, making us easy targets for marketers. Once again, I would have thought this hyper awareness would mean we are eating healthier diets. And once again that is not the case.

Select research and heavy marketing of processed foods has gotten into our heads and distorted our view of food. This includes our view of dairy. We as a whole do not think of dairy as a health food unless it is processed in a way that morphs it into something nature did not intend. Over hundreds and thousands of years our bodies evolved and changed partly due to the foods we ate. In 60 short years we are consuming “foods” that our bodies are not recognizing as food and, therefore, may be leading to problems with digestion and the absorption of nutrients.

For example, we have been trained to believe saturated fat (fat from animal products) is bad for your health and contributes to heart disease. This has led to a tremendous amount of low fat, fat free and vegetarian processed food options. Although there is no shortage of foods, such as dairy, with the fat “sucked” right out of them, our waistlines just continue to get even bigger. This bad versus good mentality has failed to slow down or decrease the obesity epidemic and heart disease.

Then these already low fat or fat free foods are reinforced with ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup, table salt, artificial flavors, petroleum-based food coloring and other highly processed ingredients. Healthy is no longer raw whole milk, but ultra-pasteurized skim milk, which may be fortified with powdered milk to make it white. That is right – it needs to be turned white! During the process of removing the fat from milk, the fat-free milk turns this bluish color, which is an “unfavorable” result that companies must correct with additional processing.

And when I read about how the proclaimed health foods at any supermarket are so unhealthy for you, I think, can it really be that bad? Is this just an exaggeration? The answer is, it is bad and it is often not being exaggerated. But for companies to compete in the market place and make more and more money requires more inventive processing methods, cheaper ingredients and even more artificial additives. Mix this with some manipulative marketing to make the product come across as healthy and natural, and you have a recipe for a successful, processed and conventional “health” food.

For the sake of our health and the health of future generations, we need to avoid these health food traps.

1. Do not just read the nutritional label. Read the ingredients. You want minimal ingredients and should avoid products with artificial additives.

2. Stick with whole foods: Fruits, vegetables, beans, rice and more.

3. Fats are okay in moderation. Eat whole fat dairy products from pasture-raised cattle that are non-homogenized, and are either low temperature vat-pasteurized or raw. Eat organic, pasture-raised meat. Even saturated fats contain important micronutrients (minerals and vitamins). Low-fat products do not help with weight loss – this is a common myth. Many low-fat products have more sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in them.

4. Make it from scratch. If you want to know what is in processed foods, such as baked goods, make it yourself. You will learn a whole new respect for the food you eat the more you cook and bake. Check out some of our yummy recipes here and here .

This blog only scratches the surface when it comes to our misconceptions about conventional health foods. We need to get back to basics and realize removing the “bad” out of foods does not create healthier foods.

[Check out these articles about GMOs , farming industry and more. ]

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