“I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around”
Tired, overwhelmed, duped, lied to. That’s how we can feel when we hear information that contradicts what we thought to be true. A recent example is that the American Heart Association now says Coconut oil is bad for your health. A few years ago a lot of people were praising the benefits of Coconut oil. So who do you believe?
Another is eggs. Vilified (for good reasons) because of cholesterol and saturated fat but now you can find lots of resources saying it’s perfectly fine to eat eggs and even some resources recommending you eat eggs. I can go on with other examples (wait for it) but not at this point.
It comes down to this. You need to be smart about what you believe. You need to either find a resource that you have found be be trustworthy in the sense you know they dig deep into research and use reputable resources or you need to do the homework yourself.
Remember, it’s your health here. It’s easy to lose focus of that in a sense. Many of us don’t realize that what we do today can have a profound impact on our health down the road; 10, 20,30 or more years. Then it’s too late. If we are constantly eating foods that are bad for us, and I’m not just talking about ‘junk food’, I’m talking about foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol and foods that have been classified as a carcinogen then we are fooling ourselves if we think we are taking care of ourselves from a dietary perspective. We are what we repeatedly do a philosopher once said. And based on various factors; activity level, environment, stress, genetics, we may be in for a rude awakening.
Besides, who wants to age and become less mobile, overweight, sick, unable to do what we used to. Eating poorly ages our cells, damages our cells and can age us at a faster rate then we would like.
This doesn’t need to happen. You have a choice. The information is out there waiting for you.
And, there is a lot of crap out there. Really. The benefits of YouTube are also it’s detriments. Anyone can post a video and anyone can see it and end up misinformed to the point it has a negative impact to their health. I’m serious. When I say negative impact I mean that following advice from some of these people can result in heart disease, cancer, obesity or other ailments. I’m not being over dramatic my any means. I’ll show you what I mean.
Let’s take this video for example. The title is very enticing: ‘25 Surprising JUNK FOODS That Are Actually Good For You’. You come across this link and you are thinking ‘awesome, junk food I can eat that is good for me!’. Who would not want to read this? Everyone loves junk food. We can’t go though life following the line every day. We need to deviate once in a while be it rewarding ourselves for hard work, or just the fact that junk food tastes great.
But now we have someone, a really irresponsible person who is giving us the reasons why 25 junk foods are good for us. So the possibility is now there that people will no longer think of these foods as junk food and will consume them more frequently.
I’m going to go though this video looking at the 25 items, not all of them but the ones I’m concerned with in the sense of the damage they do to our bodies. Let’s get started.
Mike, the creator of this vid starts of by saying there are some positive benefits of junk food. It’s like saying I save $100 off of the $999 TV I just bought. No, you spent $999 not saved $100. How can there be health benefits of junk food when at the same time there are negatives and the negatives do damage to our bodies.
Having said that, let’s get into it:
Beef jerky: Mike says it’s pretty darn good for you, mostly protein with little to no sugar. Remember this part, sugar is bad. That’s what he’s saying when he points out that there is little to no sugar. High in sodium, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, Also the World Health Organization has cited processed red meat as a type 1 carcinogen right there with tobacco, arsenic, and pesticides. Wait, you are promoting the eating of a type 1 carcinogen. What?
Red Meat: Mike starts off by saying red meat has been blamed for almost every health boogey man one can imagine, from heart attacks to cancer. YES BECAUSE IT IS THE BOOGEY MAN WHEN IT COMES TO HEART ATTACKS AND CANCER! He then goes on to say that more recent studies stating that there is not enough data to connect eating red meat to cancer, heart disease and strokes. Wait, oh, here’s one, oh, and another, It’s got me wondering though. Why would the President of the American College of Cardiology want heart disease patients to eat vegan Diets? Maybe because he wants to prevent heart disease.
He also says there is no consistent evidence showing eating read meat greatly raises cholesterol levels. Funny because the American Heart Association advocates against eating red meat due to it raising cholesterol and it’s saturated fat. Vitamin D. That’s why we should eat red meat Mike goes on to say because it’s good for bones and breast health. The FDA serving is 85 grams, which is really small, and this serving has 4% of the RDA for vitamin D. Yet you get lots of saturated fat, and cholesterol. Hey, it also contains zinc. Woo hoo. Then Mike goes on about grass fed beef. Right, grass fed makes it better because of Conjugated linoleic acid which aids in fat loss. Hmm, get more Conjugated linoleic acid but increase risk of heart disease, stroke, Alzheimers, and cancer due to saturated fat and cholesterol. How about I just get my Conjugated linoleic acid from a supplement and skip the disease? Decisions decisions. Oh wait, my bad, Mike says it’s good for us so no worries, it may be just what our body needs. That’s what Mike said. Go ahead and eat that stake because it may be just what our body needs.
Peanut butter: I’m on board with this as long as it’s not process with added sugar, oil, salt. Just peanuts. That’s what peanut butter should be. But Mike instead uses a jar of Jiff peanut butter which is full of sugar, hydrogenated oil, and salt. Way to get the message out there Mike.
Ice Cream: ‘It’s not healthy healthy’ as Mike says. What does that mean? He continues, ‘But compared to other brands of ice cream, it doesn’t contain a bunch of junk you can’t pronounce’. Always made with milk from cows that aren’t treated with artificial hormones which do come through to humans in milk he continues. Right, be worried about artificial hormones. Milk by nature is high in estrogen, a hormone as it is designed to get a calf as big as quickly as possible. Also, cows are impregnated as soon as possible to keep the milk flowing so that milk you are consuming could be coming from a pregnant cow which increases estrogen levels in milk. More and more studies are linking cows milk to disease. Here is an excerpt from a study of the impact of hormones in dairy:
‘It is thought that the great concern about dairy foods hormone content is steroid hormones especially estrogens due to current epidemiological evidence, which indicating most probable effects of them in initiating and provoking of breast and prostate cancers‘
Give me another scoop of that healthy junk food ice cream full of hormones from pregnant lactating cows so I can increase my risk of breast and prostate cancer. Funny, I didn’t hear Mike mention that. Oh right, it’s not full of stuff with words we cannot pronounce and Mike is too busy contradicting himself. Remember to eat your beef jerky because it’s low in sugar, right? Hmm, yet he says ice cream is healthy. Ice cream, not low in sugar at all. Has Mike confused you yet?
The burrito: Antibiotic free humanely raised beef. Yet beef that still contains saturated fat, cholesterol, heme iron. Studies are showing the increased risk of colorectal cancer due to heme iron which comes from red meat. And more and more studies are showing the increased risk of various cancers from consuming red meat.
Humanely raised tho.
Eggs: Ugh, I’m doing my best not to lose my sh*t as I go through Mike’s video. Eggs, demonized like red meat Mike exclaims. Saturated fat, cholesterol, they aren’t bad for you Mike states. He even says it mockingly, waving his hands around – ‘Cholesterol and fat equals bad stigma’. Yeah, stigma, because of all those studies that show cholesterol and saturated fats are bad for us. Those wacky scientists and their studies, how silly. He than says most americans hospitalized for heart disease have ‘normal’ (Mike’s air quotes) cholesterol levels. Yes, normal. Normal as what most americans have. The healthy level of LDL cholesterol is 50 – 70 milligrams /deciliter. Most americans have levels around 111.
So eggs are healthy, right? Let’s look at the following that speaks to the fact that the USDA does not allow egg producers to call eggs healthy or nutritious:
‘For example, one email shows an egg company trying to put out a brochure on healthy snacking for kids. But because of existing laws against false and misleading advertising, the head of the USDA’s poultry research and promotion programs reminds the company that eggs or egg products cannot be couched as being healthy or nutritious. “The words nutritious and healthy carry certain connotations, and because eggs have the amount of cholesterol they do, plus the fact that they’re not low in fat, [the words healthy and nutritious] are problematic.”
Then Mike goes on to say that we need to get cholesterol from good sources like eggs, ‘rather than over processed industrialized sources like vegetable oils.’ Hmm? Cholesterol in vegetable oils? A quick search of cronometer shows that vegetable oils contain zero cholesterol. Here’s a search for olive oil on google. Just what I though, 0 cholesterol. Oh, if you are bored, here the same search using the generic vegetable oil.
But hey, low in carbs! Wait, didn’t you recommend ice cream, ketchup, peanut butter (jiff with the added sugar), graham crackers. I really hope no one is buying this crap.
Lastly, studies are showing the link between consuming animal protein, not plant protein causes cancer.
“Nutrition controls genes that control cancer.” Dr. T. Campbell, PhD. Want to know more? Read The China Study.
Bacon: Saturated fat. Cholesterol. Must be good for us because Mike says it’s a healthy junk food. Packed with protein Yo. Bacon is good because protein.
Ahh yes, but choline. We need to eat bacon to get Choline, it helps prevent Alzheimer’s?!? Bacon is healthy for the brain Mike says. So Alzheimer’s, a vascular disorder, is helped by consuming saturated fat, cholesterol, things that cause atherosclerosis which causes plaque build up inside your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body, like the brain. And plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood.
Yet bacon is brain food because it contains Choline. Riiight. I can’t effin believe this! You are telling people it’s ok to eat bacon because it will prevent Alzheimer’s! Holy F*ck!!! People aren’t buying into this shit, are they? My gosh no one wants anyone to have to go through Alzheimer’s or have a love one to suffer what Alzheimer’s means. I’m going through this right now. I visited my step dad a couple weeks ago and he did not know who I was. The first time this happened. I’m still trying to deal with it.
But, it gets better. Omega 3 acids (all 0.1 grams) as well as the Choline helps prevent heart disease. Yet we know that atherosclerosis, the causes heart disease, stroke due to the narrowing of our arteries is from consuming too much saturated fat and cholesterol.
I’m sitting right now and I’m exhausted, mentally. I’m calling it a day even though I have more to cover. I’ll do that another day. It get’s better. You’ll never guess what Mike’s number 1 pick is.
Part of me thinks that this is just someone trolling, but then part of me thinks that this is someone trying to get more hits, trying to make more money.
But the sad thing is people will watch this and use it to justify eating more bacon and other crap. “Hey, bacon’s awesome. I’m eating bacon and increasing my Choline! Killing off that Alzheimer’s gene. My brain is super healthy right now dude!. I saw it on YouTube.’