Continuing with the thread of super-heating, fried foods are very problematic. These can be shown to be responsible for a number of digestive complications, as well as being carcinogenic. Why is this? When oils are used at an extremely high temperature, they undergo a process called oxidation. This process can mutate cells in the body and form cancer. When something is fried, there is also a chemical called an acrylamide formed. In other countries around the world, there is a cancer-causing warning on these foods.
The skins of baked potatoes, yams, or sweet potatoes have similar interactions as well-done red meats and fried foods. After the super-heating process in an oven, or grill, the skins form heterocyclic amines. These are much simpler to avoid: merely do not eat the skin. The meat of the potato is fine to eat, even after baking. And, if you want to eat the skins, you merely need to boil them. Then, there is no super-heating, and no heterocyclic amines.
I have spoken about carbonated beverages before, so I recommend going back on that page and reading about it. Any time a drink has “bubbles” in it, that means it has carbon dioxide in it.
This carbon dioxide gas neutralizes the stomach acid. This is detrimental to the health of the body as the stomach is the main organ used for digestion, and needs to have the correct pH for activation of the enzymes. Without enzymes, the body cannot digest anything properly.
Therefore, everyone should focus on drinking water. For those not sensitive to caffeine, making iced teas with green or black tea can add a lot of flavor to the meal. Additionally, one could make his/her own lemonade with organic lemons and/or limes for the upcoming summer adventures.
But, it is totally fine for Americans to eat it, right? No. These are just some of the reasons why American suffer from the highest rates of: obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
There is not magic pill or cure to help us, humans. Instead, what we need to do is treat our bodies with love and to feed it foods that will support and promote its optimal function. That way, we can live with a higher quality of life.
What can you do?
- Eat gluten-free to stay away from wheat, barley, and rye (as well as oats)
- Buy uncured meats and cook them to a rare, or medium-rare state
- Avoid fried foods, and oils by using butter and lard
- Avoid potato, yam, and sweet potato skins by just eating the meat of it, or by boiling it
- Avoid carbonated beverages by drinking more water!
- Eat organic AND non-GMO corn and soy, or merely avoid it