Toxic Effects of some Common Foods: Anti-Nutrients

Foods contain a variety of nutrients, which are substances that give living organisms energy to run all of their metabolic processes in order to grow and sustain life. Nutrients can be divided up into two major categories: 1) Macronutrients – nutrients required in large quantities, which are your basic proteins, carbohydrates and fats. 2) Micronutrients – nutrients required in small quantities, like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Although food provides essential nutrients to nourish our bodies, some also carry potentially toxic and harmful substances known as anti-nutrients. Anti-nutrients contain digestive enzyme blockers and toxic proteins called lectin. Anti-nutrients are not usually cause for concern since they’re present in such small quantities in most foods. However, there are foods that contain high levels of anti-nutrients in their raw form, such as grains, legumes (i.e. beans) and potatoes. The purpose of anti-nutrients is to protect the seed until it germinates. It terms of evolution, it’s protecting the survival of it’s kind. This is why when you soak the seeds and they sprout (germinate), some of the toxic substances that are inherently present to protect the seed are released. However, even after germination, anti-nutrient properties still exist. For this reason, it’s best to eliminate all grains and legumes from your diet. In particular, grains are foods that need to avoided as all costs. Of all the foods in our diet, grains are by far the most abundant. Bread, pasta, rice, baked goods, and pretty much anything that’s processed since they all have some type of wheat flour in them. That’s a lot of food…and it’s not a good thing since grains are also the most destructive to your digestive system and overall health. All grains have proteins called lectins (an anti-nutrient). Lectins are toxic proteins that are very harmful to your body. The problem begins in your digestive system. Lectins can’t be properly digested and they attach themselves to certain transport receptors in your gut, hitching a ride across your intestinal wall. Once they get across your intestinal lining they wreak all sorts of havoc. Since they’re not digested, lectins are seen as “foreign bodies” and are attacked by your immune system. In normal situations, your immune system makes “anti-bodies” against foreign molecules to destroy them, which is what it’s supposed to do. BUT, these lectin proteins closely resemble proteins in your body, so your immune system mistakingly starts attacking your own body! This is known as an autoimmune reaction, where your own body attacks itself and causes major damage. Worse yet, these lectins eventually cause enough damage to your intestinal lining, allowing even more proteins to “leak” through, amplifying the condition. This is commonly known the “leaky gut” syndrome and has been associated with all sorts of autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Autism and many more.

Another nasty protein found in some grains is gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barely. For people who are intolerant to gluten, it causes a disease known as Celiac Disease, which is also an autoimmune disease. Even though it’s a different protein, the same damaging process occurs. Some nutritional experts believe that grains should not be part of the human diet. Grains only entered the human food chain 10,000 years ago when agriculture was first introduced as a cheaper and more accessible alternative to essential foods like meat, vegetables and fruits. From the looks of it, I think they’re right. Stay away from grains and you’ll be healthier and thinner! Legumes and potatoes also contain anti-nutrient qualities, but depending in how it’s prepared the much go the anti-nutrients can be neutralized. Although I wouldn’t recommend legumes and potatoes as a regular part of you diet, moderate consumption should be fine. Rice is also a grain, but much like potatoes and legumes completely fine in moderation. Legumes, potatoes and rice when prepared properly are all fine consumed in moderation, but it’s important to keep in mind that they are starchy carbohydrates that have a high amount of glucose. For this reason alone, you will need to keep it to a minimum in order to keep your daily carbohydrate intake low.

Resistant Starch Although starchy carbohydrates should generally be minimized, there is an exception to this rule… resistant starch. Resistant starch gets digested and metabolized differently than regular starches. Resistant starch actually acts similar to soluble fiber because it passes through the upper digestive tract, without breaking down and only gets digested in the lower digestive tract, hence the term “resistant”. For this reason, resistant starch is not counted as regular carbohydrates. Here’s the best part: the starchy carbohydrates I mentioned above (rice, potatoes and legumes) all become resistant starch after they’re been cooled overnight. The cooling process changes the chemical structure of the carbohydrates and essentially makes it “resistant starch”. So if you’re wanting to consume starchy carbs, my recommendation is to eat them the next day after they’ve been in the fridge overnight. This way you’re able to satisfy your starch cravings and not have to worry about overshooting your daily carb intake.

Hopefully this explains it clearly enough for you to understand what to change in your diet to be healthier and maintain your health for the long term!

Stay Motivated and Healthy,

The Diamond Guru

What’s up with Organic Food anyway?

Hey DiamondFit Enthusiasts,

Should you buy into the Organic Hype?? 

Food trends, diets, and fads come and go. And if you care about your health and
well-being, you’ve probably bought into at least one of these fads at some point,
and that’s okay.
While some of these are clearly hype geared towards selling a specific product or
service, there are some that are worth learning about and participating in, and
one of these is organic food.
What is Organic Food?
Let’s first quickly go over what organic is, and what it isn’t.
Organic food is quite simply food that has been grown without pesticides,
chemicals, and harmful fertilizers. That’s it. There are other specifics, such as
labeling laws, but from a health standpoint, this is the most important thing to
know. That wasn’t so bad, was it?

Ok, not so fast. As important as knowing what organic food is, it’s also important to understand what organic food is not. x Organic food is NOT necessarily healthy food. x Organic is NOT a type of diet. x Organic food will NOT automatically improve your health. That’s not to say that eating a diet rich in organic foods can’t be healthy or improve your health, it just means that the term “organic” on a label does not make it a perfect food. You can buy organic soda, organic cookies and organic potato chips. While it may make you feel better about buying organic, these food choices won’t make any lasting impressions on your health. 

So, why do you want to buy organic food anyway? Well, because it’s better for your health. It’s better for the environment. It’s better for your taste buds. It’s just all-around better. The chemicals and pesticides used to grow conventional fruits and vegetables are just plain bad for you and the environment. These products are designed to make produce look prettier, bigger so it yields more, and longer lasting, but it’s not necessarily nutritious. In fact, nutrition is often the least important factor in growing anything conventionally now-a-days. When you buy organic fruits and vegetables, you are ensuring that you’re not getting any of those nasty chemicals in your veggie stir fry or fruit salad. Organic meat is not pumped full of harmful hormones and antibiotics. And organic foods provide all the essential nutrients and antioxidants needed to fight off inflammation and diseases. All that being said, eating organic isn’t always as easy as buying conventional foods and it’s often more expensive, but there are ways to do it, that makes it less difficult and more affordable. If you can afford to buy everything organic, you should, but that’s not possible for everyone so we’ve created some easy to follow tips on buying healthy foods:

1. Start at your local farmer’s market. You’ll find their produce much more affordable, more fresh and tastier. And just because a farmer doesn’t label their food organic, doesn’t means it’s not; many small farmers can’t afford the hefty fees for organic certification, but they still practice organic growing habits. Always ask before you buy.

2. Fruits and vegetables in which you eat the skin are most important to buy organic. Apples, berries, peaches, leafy greens, and bell peppers are on this list. Meat, poultry, and dairy are also important to buy organic if possible…and often more so than produce. Image result for apple pictures

3. Foods with thick skins that you peel away are less important to be organic. Bananas, pineapples, onions, and avocados are on this list.

4. Organic is not the most important factor in buying food. The number one rule of healthy eating is to buy whole, unprocessed food rather than processed food, whether it’s organic or not. In other words, don’t talk yourself into buying organic applesauce over a conventional apple because you think it’s better for you.

5. Buy only what you need. It’s important to remember that conventional foods last longer than organic foods, because of the pesticides that they were treated with. If you’re used to buying conventional foods, keep in mind that organic food will not last as long; so plan accordingly to avoid waste.

6. Be realistic with your budget and lifestyle. Being aware of what you eat is an important step in changing your diet and improving your health. Don’t feel guilty about having to buy conventional produce if that’s all you can afford, do the best you can. That being said, some foods are safer to eat than others.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) lists the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables. This is a great list to follow if you’re shopping for conventionally grown foods and you want to make sure that you aren’t consuming high levels of pesticides. But keep in mind that the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh risks of pesticide exposure. Focus first on what you’re eating, as opposed to how it’s grown or produced. A diet rich in whole foods is always better than anything processed or made in a factory.

Summary Of Organic Food:

™ Grown without pesticides
™ Grown without chemicals
™ Grown without harmful fertilizers
™ Meat without hormones & antibiotics
™ Better for your health
™ Better for the environment
™ Better for your taste buds
™ Contain essential nutrients to fight inflammation

To start YOUR Healthy Eating Plan…Contact Diamond @ 954-658-0479 for your FREE 30 minute Transformation Session!!

Stay Healthy,

The Diamond Guru- Founder and CEO Diamond Guru Fitness LLC

www.diamondgurufitness.com 

 

FREE Monday Easy Detox from Diamond!

Monday morning is the perfect time to start a quick & easy detox diet…
I do this a few times per year and I always feel better for it.
In fact, I feel this is the fastest way to get yourself back on track with your diet and exercise program for the New Year.
And today, I am going to make it very easy for you to do too.
Here are 3 simple detox steps for you to follow:
1. Drink .75 ounces of water for every pound of bodyweight. For a 150 pound person this equals about 112 ounces or a little less than a gallon for the day.
2. First thing in the morning, have a glass of water with the juice of an entire fresh lemon.
3. Consume two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted with 8oz of water 2-3x per day.
These 3 simple steps will help to improve liver function and make your body more alkaline.