Sunday, January 27, 2013

On Nutrition: Food To Avoid

(Just a very quickly written heretic list.)

This deserves a longer post, with reasons for every point – alas, it is not meant to be at the moment. The list is heavily influenced by the Paleo Diet (avoid evolutionary novel foods) and my personal experience (avoid foods that lead to acne flares, gastrointestinal problems, excessive hunger and other ill health).

So here we go.

Food that most likely will not kill you immediately, but quite likely in the long run
  1. Trans-Fatty Acids
    (AKA "partially hydrogenated seed oil", AKA margarine, AKA shortening)
    Stay away from it. Seriously, this shit is dangerous in the long run.
  2. Seed Oil
    (AKA vegetable oil, especially sunflower oil)
    Small amounts every now and then will not kill you. But the high Omega-6 content will kill you in the long run, if you consume much seed oils. Some seed oils are at the "less dangerous" end of the scale – especially olive oil. Nevertheless, eat in small amounts, if at all.
  3. Dairy
    (AKA cow milk, AKA milk products, especially from pasteurized milk)
    My advise: Stay away from milk and milk products (e.g. desert, milk-chocolate) – it will be better for your health.
  4. Cereal Grains and other seeds
    (AKA wheat, soy, corn)
    It will be better to avoid grains and other seeds, trust me. Bread causes me to get very very hungry after a couple of hours, for some hours.
  5. Eggs
    Eat in moderation, if at all. If you have health problems that don't quite go away on a paleo diet, stop the consumption of eggs and see if it helps.
  6. Industrially Produced Meat Products
    Especially sausages. Seriously, they put all kind of crap in there. If you have a local butcher (that you think you can trust) then buy sausages there.
  7. Honey
    It is not natural to consume honey every day. Cavemen did had little access to honey.
  8. Legumes
    (AKA Beans, AKA Pulse, AKA Peas, AKA Lentil)
    Might be OK if traditionally prepared. I avoid it, as it causes gastrointestinal problems for me.
  9. Supplements
    Avoid, unless you have a medical condition where you know that you need them.
  10. FODMAPs
    Causes gastrointestinal/IBS problems for some people – haven't check it myself.
  11. (Coconut Milk)
    Causes gastrointestinal problems for me, so I don't eat it.
And of course, many of these foodstuffs hide in "Crap In A Box" foods – better not to eat crap, I reckon.

And don't consume additional vitamins (unless you have known vitamin deficiency, or have other health problems you know where vitamins are beneficial).

Foods in health limbo (if I knew!)
  1. Rice
    Honestly, if I knew. I try to eat it in moderation – once a week, at most.
  2. Potatoes
    (AKA "White Potatoes")
    From the family of nightshades.
    If you have health problems that don't go away with a nutritional intervention, stop the consumption of nightshades (including tomatoes) and see if it helps.
  3. Other Nightshades
    If I knew. 
  4. Nut, Seeds
    I avoid them at the moment.
  5. Shellfish
    I avoid shellfish at the moment.
  6. Raw Milk and Dairy made out of it
    I avoid it at the moment. But it is better than milk products from pasteurized milk. I avoid all dairy at the moment, regardless of raw or not.
  7. Cured Meat
    If I knew. I try to eat it in moderation
  8. Beef
    I avoid beef at the moment, as dairy causes definitely for me inflammatory and/or auto-immune problems – so I am suspicious of all cow products (except clarified butter) and cautiously removed beef from my diet. My fears regarding beef might be unwarranted though, and I will try to reintroduce beef in the future.
  9. Tea
    Seriously, if you drink lots of tea, this might be problem. Cavemen did not drink lots of tea. I avoid it.
  10. Coffee
    I need my coffee. Might be better to limit the consumption or even avoid coffee.
  11. Sugar
    Eat in moderation, at most. It might be better to avoid sugar – but I think the bad reputation that sugar receives lately is only partially based in reality.
Foods that should be OK

(Unless you know that they cause health problems for you, e.g. if you have an known allergy)
  1. Fish
  2. Meat
    Freshly prepared, regardless of origin (beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, and so on)
  3. Animal Fat, Saturated Fat
    (I'm a heretic after all)
  4. Tubers, Roots, Carrots and such
  5. Most Vegetables
    (AKA Greens)
  6. Most Fruits
  7. Salt
And ignore macro nutrient ratios, and ignore all talk about low-carb (LC) or very-low-carb (VLC) for now.

Turned out to be quite a long heretic list, after all. Has to be enough for now.

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