If you’re training and want to make the most of it by accompanying your regime with a good, balanced diet, then read on for a few foodie facts that you may not have known about before.
Foods you should eat…
Packed with proteins, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, animal products are the most nutritionally dense of all the food groups.
While vegetables are said to be packed with vitamins and minerals, animal products are actually a better source of nearly all but vitamin C – and they’re more digestible.
Seafood, wild fish, organic egg yolks and organ meats/bone broths from free range, grass-fed cows and sheep are the real super foods.
While it’s a contentious issue, it’s not actually been proven that saturated fat causes heart disease however – most fatty foods come packed with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Just avoid processed oils, and eat only cuts of meat from good, organic sources.
All parts – the leaves, stalks, roots and fruits – of plants are very good for you.
The number of bacteria cells in your gut outnumber your bodily cells by more than 10:1, and with their genetic make-up also having a huge impact.
Research shows that the types of bacteria living inside you affect your susceptibility to communicable diseases, obesity, chronic degenerative disease, and your mental health.
So: avoid sugar and processed foods, and make your own fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir.
Foods to avoid…
Industrial seed/soybean/vegetable oils
Omega 6 fats, commonly found in nuts, seeds and legumes, are essential our health only in small quantities – this is because a) when processed they transform into carcinogenic oxidants, and b) they can cause depression, chronic inflammation, and hormone signalling/appetite regulation problems. These fats include:
As a natural defence mechanism against predators, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain phytates, which bind to the minerals in other foods, leading to diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and tooth decay, for example.
They also contain lectins – plant proteins that can pass through the gut lining into the blood stream, causing an immune response that can itself cause chronic inflammation… Which is a major cause of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases – and auto-immune conditions (e.g. multiple-sclerosis, coeliac disease, arthritis, lupus etc.) in genetically predisposed individuals.
Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup
Refined sugar (50% fructose/50% glucose) and high fructose corn syrup (56% fructose/44% glucose) has almost replaced natural fruit sugars. Fructose can only be processed by the liver, so high intake puts incredible strain on it, leading to conditions such as diabetes, insulin resistance and fatty liver disease.
Fructose has also been shown to be the primary fuel for cancer cells, and that it is around 10 times more likely than glucose to form advanced glycation end products, which are thought to be one of the major factors in chronic ageing and age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cataracts, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, arthritis – and many more.
So there you have it – a list of foodie dos and don’ts that you can use as fuel for a successful diet and training regime.
This post was provided by Predator Nutrition.