6 Healthy Foods that Most People Think Are Toxic

After lots of hate from girls I know because I picked on their precious avocados, I’ll win a few points back with this.  It really is amazing how trendy foods are. Almost every girl I know loves red wine, almonds, and avocados.  I’m not telling you not to eat avocados.  Never let someone else make a decision for you.

When I say healthy, I don’t mean these foods are going to MAKE you healthy when you’re still shoveling  fried foods and packaged frankenfood down your throat. Removing the bad things first works better than incorporating “healthy” foods. If you’re already doing most things right, these should help you become sexier.  As with anything, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Monitor your body and adjust accordingly.

A lot of people mistake me for being a naturalist. I don’t buy into the fallacy that natural things are always better.  Potatoes are toxic until they’re cooked. Mercury is natural.  Same with arsenic.  Some stuff needs to be processed.  People live longer despite consuming more man-made things than ever before.  I don’t believe that just because things were a certain way before that that way is better.  In some cases, it may be true, but not always.

Here is my list of 6 Healthy Foods that Most People Think Are Toxic

1. Chocolate

Before you get too excited and moisten your pants, this is not Halloween chocolate like M&Ms, Snickers or Reese’s Pieces I’m talking about.  The ingredients need to be:  cocoa, cocoa butter or coconut oil or milk fat, sugar, and alkali.  No unsaturated vegetable oils – see my last post.  No hydrogenated oils.  No fake sweeteners like sucralose or asparatame.  Stop eating this crap so the market is forced to adapt, and then you won’t have to look so hard to find quality food.   Take a quick look at the ratio of Saturated to Total fat to see how unsaturated the product is.  Anything less than 50% saturated is undesirable.

Cocoa is naturally 60% saturated, 35% monounsaturated, and 5% polyunsaturated.  It also contains Theobromine, which is similar to caffeine in that it stimulates metabolism.  Likewise, there are mild addictive qualities to this so control yourself.

Cocoa beans are loaded with phytic acid like most grains, seeds and beans. Most of this phytic acid is bound to the plant fibers.  While cocoa powder is high in fiber and therefore, phytic acid, chocolate bars are typically low in fiber and should be lower in phytic acid.  Chocolate contains magnesium and lots of palmitic acid, the main fatty acid found in human cells (cardiolipin) before they get polluted with other fatty acids over a life time.

Cocoa beans were once used as a currency in the Aztec empire.

2.  Butter & Saturated Fats

Sure, eating way too much butter, milk fat, or saturated fats will  make you fat.  Fats are very calorie dense (9 calories per gram).  Maybe this is why fatty foods taste so good and are capable of quickly satisfying hunger.  When they don’t make up the majority of the diet, saturated fats can be healthful.  Butter and milk fat are the only foods containing substantial amounts of butyric acid (and other short chain fatty acids) which is called the ancient regulator of metabolism, and is also part of the neurotransmitter GABA, which is responsible for inhibitory effects (calming effects) on the central nervous system.

Additionally, in the absence of carbohydrates or protein, the short chain fatty acids can be metabolized for energy production a lot more efficiently than long chain fatty acids stored in your tissue because they have a higher respiration quotient (96% respiration quotient for butyric acid versus 70% for linolenic acid).   This means that more CO2 is produced instead of lactic acid as you exercise.  Keeping your CO2 levels high helps with bone formation and protects the body from oxidative damage.  And it even seems to help prevent yawning.

Saturated fats also make your body composition more saturated.  The more saturated, the less easily oxidized.  Saturated fats protect you and your cells from oxidation of unsaturated fatty acids.  Less skin spots.  Less skin cancer.  Greater longevity.  Is this why people in tropical locations don’t get skin cancer despite being in the sun all the time?

3. Sweeteners with Calories (Sugar, Honey, Syrup)

Most people don’t realize that even if they don’t eat sugar that they will still have sugar present in their blood.  Glucose is used by every cell in your body for energy production.  There is no way around that.  Sorry.  Your choice is whether you want to make your body produce sugar from fats and proteins or if you will just eat it.  I prefer the path of least resistance.

While most of these should only be used when fruit is absent, they are not all that bad for you.  White sugar has no toxins. It’s just pure, clean energy, 100% sucrose.  But you need to have nutrient rich diet to metabolize it, and avoid consuming too much at once.  It will keep your metabolism going in the short term.

Honey is my preferred sweetener.  I like creamed solid honey.  Honey seems to have a leaning effect on my body.  Maybe its antibacterial properties help manage gut bacteria which does seem to have an impact on how much food gets stored as body fat.  It also contains a variety of sugars:  sucrose (1%), glucose (44%), fructose (50%), maltose (2%), galactose (4%).

Real maple syrup is loaded with minerals and is antibacterial.  Enjoy those pancakes or waffles with real maple syrup and get rid of that low calorie, fake syrup poison. I’m not saying to eat pancakes every day.  So please no hate mail telling me how fat you got eating lots of syrup and pancakes.  It is 94% sucrose, 4% glucose and 1% fructose. This is great if you’re one of those people erroneously afraid of fructose.

Because dietary sugar suppresses your body’s need to produce sugar endogenously, it suppresses most markers of physiological stress: free fatty acids & adrenaline, free amino acids & cortisol..  Because these thyroid inhibiting substances are suppressed, your body produces more thyroid hormone and more sex hormones.  Carb comas feel good, right?

4. Egg Yolks & Cholesterol Rich Foods

The medical community started noticing that those with elevated cholesterol were more prone to heart attacks.  Cholesterol became bad.  Never mind that it is the basis for forming every single hormone in the body.  The body may make more cholesterol in an effort to increase the amount of protective steroid hormones due to insufficient thyroid hormone or  pro Vitamin A.  If you have high cholesterol, you should have your free T3 levels tested to see if you have hypothyroidism instead of running away from cholesterol rich foods.

It’s been debunked that cholesterol from food has much of an effect on cholesterol levels.  The amount of cholesterol generated by the body far exceeds what can be consumed through diet.  Unless you’re eating brain (the most cholesterol rich food) every day.

The parts of the body that accumulate the most cholesterol might tell us something about the importance of cholesterol.  The brain, spleen and liver contain more cholesterol than other parts of the body.

5. Red Meat

Red meat will stick to your intestine walls and you’ll die a terrible death like John Wayne due to being chronically constipated.  Or that cow felt fear when it was being killed and the negative spiritual energy will negatively affect your inner zen spirit.  But in the real world, it is an easily digested source of protein.  It is a complete protein when it is a gelatinous cut like shank or oxtail.

Red meat is high in zinc, B-vitamins, COQ10, carnosine, creatine..all of which aid in creating a healthy metabolism and balancing hormones.  It’s low in omega 6 fatty acids, high in omega 9 fatty acids and saturated fats.  Beef tallow is a relatively healthy cooking oil due to its high saturation index protecting it from oxidation.

6. Orange Juice

I regrettably have to include this one.  I get told by so many otherwise bright people that Orange Juice is unhealthy because it is “all sugar.”   This is such a silly argument because it overlooks that the body needs sugar, and it is a gross oversimplification.

Orange juice is high in hesperidin, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium. Orange juice has a variety of sugars as well:  sucrose (50%), glucose (23%), fructose (27%).  And for so long everyone hated on fructose and assumed it was the only sugar in fruit.  Wrong.

The flavonoid hesperidin a will help balance your hormones by inhibiting aromatase which converts testosterone into estrogen.  Estrogen is a stress hormone that leads to body fat storage, slower metabolism, and uncontrolled cell replication (cancer).  Estrogen does go up with alcohol and is responsible for feeling horny.  So it’s fun in the short term.  Not so good in the long term.