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Written by Karel Nunnink   

One simple step you can do to create a better balance in your life: READ LABELS

 

Shop wisely to avoid a range of ailments now attributed to the overuse of refined sugars, trans fats, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated foods.

The manufacturers will try to trick you by disguising these items under different names. For example: fractionated palm kernel oil is just another way of hiding trans fats. Where they are listed makes a big difference. The bigger portions are always listed first. These fats are alien to your body. You cannot get rid of them. That oreo cookie you had in January, is still in your system, July of that same year. They have been attributed to a host of problems including the formation of plaque.


Look at the label for sugar content, and try to keep it as low as possible. Again, this can be tricky. Avoid the obvious, limit your intake of sodas, juices, sweetend teas, coffees, sugary cereals and candy.


Sugar hides on ingredient labels under many different names. Look for:

• lactose
• fructose
• high fructose corn syrup*
• evaporated cane juice invert syrup
• barley malt
• brown rice syrup
• corn syrup
• dextrose
• fruit juice
• galactose
• glucose
• honey
• maltodextrin
• maple syrup
• molasses
• organic cane juice sorghum
• sucrose
• turbinado

Sugars will create an insulin spike, that over time will make you insulin resistant. Insulin is a storage hormone. Most of these calories will go into your reserve energy supplies, mainly your fat cells. An important fact to remember, is that cancer cells have 6 to 10 times the number of insulin cell receptor sites as normal cells. High levels of insulin is to cancer cells like pouring gas on a fire. The most common and the one that will spike your insulin levels the highest, is high fructose corn syrup. Try to avoid it.


Last but not least, limit your intake of processed foods. Foods that are packaged, boxed and shrink-wrapped. The vitamin content, phytoneutrients and fiber have been removed. They also contain preservatives, artificial colors and/or dyes. On the plus side, look for foods with high fiber content.Try to get at least 25 to 35 grams of fiber every day.

 

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