Processed foods contain sucrose (NutraSweet™). Consumption of sucrose leads to low blood sugar, allergic reaction and nutritional loss. Even when you think there is no sugar in processed food there is hidden sucrose. With continued intake of processed foods our body loses the ability to regulate carbohydrate metabolism and deprives the brain of glucose. (This is the fuel the brain uses.)
The food industry adds sucrose to its processed food in order to increase our consumption. The more you eat the more you crave thus increasing consumption and increasing the profit of the food company. During the processing of foods it is stripped of its natural vitamins. Why do you think all your packaged food is “Fortified”? It has lost the vitamin and minerals nature provided for us during this process. For example, sugar coated corn flakes contain half the protein, 63% of the Calcium, 42% of the iron, and none of Vitamin A of the whole grain counterpart. Canned peaches in heavy syrup have 40% less protein, ½ the calcium and only 4% of the Vitamin C of a fresh peach. When a processed food states “Fortified with Vitamin B” it gives only one component of much needed B vitamins. Deficiency symptoms of Vitamin B include:
Besides high sugar and low nutrient content, processed foods also contain non-nutrient chemicals. If you eat processed food regularly you could be getting up to 4 pounds per year of these chemical additives.
How can you change your diet to help with weight loss, reduce cravings, increase brain power and turn on your energy?
- Protein should be derived from wholegrain, legumes, and lean meats. (Brown rice, raw nuts, organic chicken and eggs, fish and occasional red meat.)
- Fat should be 20% of your total caloric intake. (Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.)
- Vegetables, frozen or raw lightly steamed.
- Fruits, fresh or frozen.
- and lots of water!