As a consumer, it is important to be educated by reputable sources. Unfortunately, the food industry does not always have the consumer’s best interest at heart. Many years ago, there was a major shift in foods and fats were replaced with sugar. There were misconceptions going around that fat was bad for the body. An excessive amount of anything is bad for the body, including water. Although, many people may not realize this connection, many animal fats, such as butter, come more directly from nature than white sugar.
There are four different kinds of fats and oils: saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated oils, and partially hydrogenated fats. Saturated fats like butter and monounsaturated fats like olive oil are actually better for your body. Your brain, nerves, and all other cells in your body need fat to function.
Polyunsaturated oils like corn oil and partially hydrogenated fats are worse for your body. Partially hydrogenated fats have been denatured because they are liquid seed oils that have undergone a process to make them hard.
Unfortunately, these dangerous industrial oils are commonly used in processed foods. These oils contain free radicals, which promote unbalance in the body.
Butter, avocados, fish, seeds and nuts are all great sources of good fats and oils. These foods have been proven to reduce diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dementia. It is best to cook with butter, animal lard, or coconut oil. Use olive oil for dressings and other dishes that do not require heating.
Sugar can have many names and is directly linked to disease. This is not advertised or commonly known because the food industry relies heavily on this ingredient as a sweetener. The worst form of sugar is probably High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and should be avoided. The average American diet has drastically increased its sugar quantity over the years. The Daniel Plan cites that in 1800, the average person consumed 5 pounds of sugar per year and current trends are averaging 152 pounds per year! The human body is not designed to process that large amount of sugar. This ingredient is quickly absorbed, spikes blood sugar, spikes insulin levels, increases appetite and may lead to a fatty liver. Sugar feeds cancer!
If you are eating or drinking something sweet, it is better to have sugar than sugar-free options, though. They are unnatural and can cause more damage in the body. Artificial sweeteners increase cravings, weight gain and type 2 diabetes, according to The Daniel Plan. Diet drinks are worse than sugar-sweetened drinks.
Try to limit your intake of sugar, and when you do consume it, make better choices. Natural forms of sugar include: honey, brown sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup and molasses. If possible, it is always best to prepare your own foods at home, including desserts. In this way, you know exactly what the ingredients are and have more control over what you are eating. Include nutrient-dense ingredients like butter, eggs, nuts and coconut oil so your body will be getting some benefit from what you are eating.
The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren
Heather Brooks, Marketing Manager & Blog and Administrative Assistant
None of these posts have been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to cure, treat, or diagnose any disease. As with any medical concerns, always consult your medical professional before trying any of the ideas presented on this blog. All information has been obtained from various sources and personal experiences.