“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
This is part II to my Nutritional Myths Exposed series. (If you missed Part I, you can read it here.) The first five were Myths that I believe apply to almost anyone. These next four fall into a bit more of a nutritional “grey area”, in that they come with some conditions. However, they do debunk the “general” blanket of certain claims being true. Dr. Michael Vanderschelden sites multiple studies against each myth below.
— Sara Banta
MYTH #6: Meat Is Bad For You
Meat (red meat) is criticized for increasing Chronic Disease and causing Cancer.
Fact: In all of the studies, they do not distinguish between Processed meat and Unprocessed meat. There was “insufficient evidence” that connects red meat and cancer. However, when you burn meat and over cook it, it forms cancerous compounds like Heterocyclic Amines and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. (The burnt parts used to be my favorite — yikes!) And, that really applies to over cooking anything, not just meat.
The Link between UNPROCESSED red meat and Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes is very weak/nonexistent; it may depend on the way meat is cooked. However, the link between PROCESSED meat and higher incidence of the above diseases does exist.
That being said, I personally believe some people should stay away from meat and some do just fine with it, depending on your GUT, your constitution, and your overall health. Meat is acid-forming in the body, which can wreak havoc on systems that are already too acidic or compromised. At the same time, unprocessed meat provided high-quality protein and healthy fat for our ancestors, which allowed them to grow taller and develop larger, more complex brains over time.
Furthermore, when you are eating meat on the Standard American Diet, accompanied by a high amount of carbs, that is where disease factors increase. When eating meat and saturated fat on a KETOGENIC diet, the metabolic and disease risk factors decrease. If you are consuming red meat, make sure it is Organic and Grass Fed, cook it at lower temperatures, and cut off the burnt pieces.
MYTH #7: Coffee Is Unhealthy
The verdict on Coffee has been out — some say it is beneficial and some say it is not. What’s the truth?
Fact: Higher coffee intake may be associated with significantly reduced Cancer risks, Heart Disease, Stroke, Infections, Diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Coffee slashes the risk of 7 out of the top 10 risks for death. That is NOT found with other caffeinated drinks or decaffeinated coffee.
It is the number one resource of antioxidants for Americans. That doesn’t mean it is the best source of Anti-oxidants — it is just where most Americans get their antioxidants.
Does that mean coffee is good for everyone?
No. Many of us are suffering from Adrenal Burnout, in which the caffeine in coffee will only make that condition worse. If you are suffering from Adrenal Burnout, any caffeine is a stimulant and is going to keep you “running on empty,” burning out the Adrenals more, which in turn, burns out the Thyroid and Metabolism — the exact opposite of what most people are trying to achieve. So, before you increase your coffee habit, make sure you are getting the proper Sleep, reducing Chronic Stress, and restoring the Adrenals. Also, Coffee is one of the crops most highly sprayed with pesticides. So, if you do drink it, make sure it is Certified Organic.
MYTH #8: Whole Grains Are Good For You
We are told, “Eat Your Whole Grains!”
Fact: Grains are typically pulverized into very fine flour. Because of that, it is quickly digested and spikes Insulin and Blood Sugar.
After a quick rise in blood sugar, there is a quick drop, and you are hungry again very soon after, followed by a headache and low energy. Too much of this “Insulin Roller coaster” causes Insulin Resistance, and is connected to all of the main Metabolic diseases. Furthermore, the Excess Blood Sugar from the “Whole Grains” causes “Protein Glycation” — the process speeds up the Aging process (and something none of us want!)
Not only do Whole Grains speed up Aging, and cause Insulin Resistance, but they also contain something called “Phytic Acid”, which is an “Anti-Nutrient”. It binds to essential minerals like Calcium, Iron, and Zinc, and prevents Absorption. Also, the fiber in bread causes your body to burn through its Vitamin D stores. So, as you think you are taking your vitamins properly, eating your whole grains, you are actually becoming nutritionally deficient.
Lastly, the Gluten in bread damages the Intestinal Lining, which can lead to Leaky Gut. Eliminating Whole Grains will improve Skin, Inflammation, Nutrient Absorption, and slow down the Aging process. And, if you introduce the ketogenic diet and the KETO, all of the above benefits of eliminating Whole Wheat bread and Gluten are amplified significantly.
MYTH #9: Gluten-Free Means It Is Healthy
This reminds me of the “fat free” craze, where if it was fat free, then its healthy! Not so much.
Fact: People tend to replace the gluten-containing foods with processed junk that happens to be gluten free. These gluten free processed foods are often high in sugar, unhealthy oils, and refined grains, like corn starch or tapioca starch. They rapidly spike blood sugar and are extremely low in nutrients.
Gluten free is healthy — when you are choosing foods that are whole foods, like unprocessed plants and animal foods.
Gluten Free Junk Food Is Still Junk Food.
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Sara Banta is a Stanford University Graduate with a Degree in Economics and Psychology, and a certified Natural Supplement Expert & Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Sara is the Founder of Accelerated Health Products and host of the health & wellness podcast, Accelerated Health Radio.