By Sue Knorr:
Everywhere we look today it seems we’re constantly being bombarded by nutrition and health information. Restaurants are now listing calories and nutrition information on menus, food packaging labels proclaim the wonders of the products inside and TV personalities urge us to add a plethora of exotic and unique cure-all foods to our diets to live a longer and healthier life. It sounds great on the surface, but let’s take a look at the forest through all those trees.
A friend of mine who is in the wellness profession recently shared an article on Facebook about the ingredients in fast-food French fries. She asked if we would feed these fries to our children based on the ingredient lists. In the article the author expressed the opinion that transparency campaigns being adopted by many restaurants are backfiring on them when they make public the lists of ingredients in their fries, and people see all the additives. The author went on to say that you would expect fries to contain only potatoes, oil and salt. Bells went off in my head when I read that line. The article basically said that potatoes are fine. It’s the rest of the added ingredients that pose a problem. At this point, I quickly chimed in with my opinion. Here’s my reply to the question my friend posed.
There’s a basic underlying mistake in the article before you even consider the long list of additives, and it’s a big one. The mistake? It’s when they say…”Potatoes: so far so good…”. That is where one’s decision should lie, whether or not they want to foster a taste for potatoes in their children. As far as the dangerous ingredients (added to the) potatoes, those simply represent adding insult to injury. Cheap, starchy carbohydrates (and also cheap vegetable oils) are at the heart of today’s obesity and diabetes epidemics and the next one on the horizon, Alzheimer’s. What do they all have in common? They are the progression of disease resulting from years of eating an inflammatory diet. First, the patient gains weight, then becomes obese due to insulin resistance caused by the same cheap carbohydrates that are fueling the weight gain (potatoes are among them, even yams and sweet potato), then the person becomes diabetic, and the final punch comes with Alzheimer’s. If you doubt that, pick up a Zone book and start reading. (my two cents)
Needless to say, my friends were a bit surprised by my frank reply. The only comment I received back was, “Wow!” Hopefully I got a few people thinking and opened up some eyes to the bigger contributing factors at play.
What can a person do to live a longer and healthier life? That’s easy! The Zone provides the basics. Follow these steps to a healthier future.
- Eat a Zone-balanced diet composed primarily of lean protein, lots of non-starchy vegetables and monounsaturated fats like macadamia nuts, avocados and extra-virgin olive oil.
- Eat a least 1 gram of polyphenols daily to maintain a healthy gut flora. A healthy gut translates to a healthier body overall. Eating two pounds of vegetables daily will yield about 1 gram of polyphenols. If this sounds insurmountable, you can increase your polyphenol intake with Zone Labs’ polyphenol supplements.
- Know your level of silent inflammation by taking the AA/EPA Cullular Inflammation Test.
- Take your OmegaRx daily.
- Think twice about those “cheats”. Decide if it’s really worth it, and if it is, then do your best to make things as Zone friendly as possible. When all is said and done, you’re only cheating yourself out of a longer and happier life, and who in their right mind would want to do that?
Whether you’ve been “in the Zone” for years or you’re just starting out, make this your best year ever!