NUTRITION is being researched down to molecules and atoms and every day we are bombarded with carcinogenic foods. Deep down we probably know exactly what is
good for us and what is not. Breaking it down into simple measures, it’s about eating just of a balanced diet, and it’s not about starving ourselves.
For me it is simple.
- Exercise to burn and to build
- Eat sufficient calories to provide the energy spent
- In that calculation we want : proteins, healthy fats and slow burning calories – and fibres, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
- Eat organic and watch if it is
- Eat as many raw vegetables and fruits, with high levels of antioxidants and vitamins as you can afford in your carbohydrate accountancy, keeping an eye on the GI, AGE, TAC and minerals and the anti-carcinogenic properties or cancer risk reduction properties.
Most people have heard of GI but maybe not so much TAC or AGE.
TAC : Total Antioxidant Capacity.
In 2004 a team of researchers measured the TAC in more than 100 foods. Those with a high TAC value are super foods, small red beans ( TAC : 13’727) and wild blueberries (TAC: 13,427) to name a few. This varies according to preparation method!! Frying or microwaving reducing the TAC to around 0 !
AGE: Advanced Glycation End products.
Advanced Glycation End products are harmful End products or fat oxidation, which occurs when food is heated to high temperatures or when sugar molecules attach to protein, fat or DNA. It impairs our immune system, accelerates ageing and contribute to Altzheimer’s disease, cardio vascular disease, eye disease, kidney disease, nerve disease and stroke.
Foods that have the highest concentration of
AGEs are broiled, grilled and fried meats.
A frankfurter ( 90grams) contains roughly 10,000 AGEs, boiled potatoes (100g) 117 AGEs. Interestingly cooking or frying vegetables similarly does not produce the same amount of AGEs as the condensation of creatinine with amino acids only is found in muscle. If we spend all our calories on white carbs and fried meats with heaps of trans fats, there won’t be enough of the essential building stones to support our body to defend all the toxic End products. With no exercise our body is like a car not taken out for a drive and the insulin level goes crazy and stores too much fat, whilst we still feel hungry. If we drink vast amounts of alcohol and smoke to add insult to injury, it is no surprise that the body gives up. With the alcohol intake, the body cannot absorb essential vitamins, such as Vitamin B, which again affects our Dopamine and Serotone levels. ( happy hormones). It also causes high levels of insulin and a chronic state of inflammation, which in turn can aggravate asthma, cancer etc. Eating non organic meats, means storing unwanted hormones, mostly female and has a long term effect on our reproductive organs. In certain countries this now results in babies born with both female and male reproductive organs, albeit small. A future where we can choose our sex. Transgender world …