Bust­ing myths

Our di­ges­tion ex­pert rights some diet wrongs

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“EAT­ING LOTS OF NUTS, SEEDS AND HARD TO DIGEST VEG­ETA­BLES IS NOT THE BEST SO­LU­TION FOR EV­ERY­ONE”

1 Clean eat­ing im­plies that some foods are dirty com­pared to other foods be­cause they are in their nat­u­ral state. How­ever, most plants have many tox­ins that in their raw state can con­trib­ute to health is­sues if eaten daily. 2 Sugar is not toxic, nor ad­dic­tive, but just like if you eat too much broc­coli, it poses cer­tain is­sues. Eat­ing sugar in bal­ance with fats, pro­teins and other car­bo­hy­drates poses no detri­men­tal ef­fects to one’s health. 3 If you suf­fer from poor di­ges­tion or low en­ergy lev­els, then eat­ing lots of nuts, seeds and hard to digest veg­eta­bles is prob­a­bly not the best so­lu­tion for you.

4 PMS and other hor­monal states in both men and women are an in­di­ca­tion that your blood sugar is drop­ping. At those times, it’s best to reach for foods that help to bal­ance blood sugar, rather than reach­ing for po­ten­tially ‘cleaner’ snacks that are hard to digest and pro­vide less en­ergy.

5 Many colours in veg­eta­bles can ac­tu­ally ex­ert prob­lem­atic af­fects to dif­fer­ent path­ways in the body. For ex­am­ple green, bras­sica veg­eta­bles can de­crease en­ergy out­put by su­press­ing thy­roid hor­mone pro­duc­tion while or­ange and yel­low veg­eta­bles, although con­tain­ing carotenoids, can ac­tu­ally de­crease lev­els of vi­ta­min A, which is es­sen­tial for thy­roid and skin health. 6 In­stead of think­ing about the na­ture of ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ foods, ask ques­tions based around a prod­uct’s bi­o­log­i­cal ac­tion. Does it in­crease bi­o­log­i­cal func­tion or de­crease it? 7 Veg­etable oils like sun­flower, nut, canola and flax are dam­ag­ing to the body. These ill ef­fects in­crease when you heat the oils, or when they are heated to body tem­per­a­ture and the body tries to use them for fuel. 8 Car­bo­hy­drates seem to have got­ten a bed rep over the last few years, much like sat­u­rated fat. But in truth, if you have cold hands or feet, feel ir­ri­ta­ble or fa­tigued, you

may sim­ply need more en­ergy and that means car­bo­hy­drates, Reach­ing for some fruit or a snack that has an ad­e­quate bal­ance of carbs, fat and pro­tein may well help de­crease the is­sue.

9 Plants have evolved to en­sure that seeds ir­ri­tate the bowel and in­duce a pro­duc­tion of sero­tonin so that you end up poop­ing them out. They are specif­i­cally de­signed not to be di­gested, and the nu­tri­ents they con­tain, such as vi­ta­min E, are re­ally de­signed to stop the oils in­side go­ing ran­cid. If they do go ran­cid then you re­ally don’t want to digest them! 10 If you suf­fer from low en­ergy, sleep or anx­i­ety prob­lems, hor­monal dis­rup­tion and di­ges­tion is­sues, eat­ing raw whole foods that are dif­fi­cult to digest and sup­pos­edly clean can ac­tu­ally ex­ert a so-called dirty ef­fect. If your body is in a stressed state, it re­quires more salt, more sugar and foods that are eas­ier to digest.

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