There are two sides to most everything and diet and nutrition is no exception. What I always stress, regardless of the diet plan people choose, is the quality of the food. We are inundated with toxins and processed, packaged, fake foods which do not nourish us. Diseases like cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes are all too common in this country. But does diet even have any effect?
Too many people consume diets rich in processed foods that have been stripped of their nutritional value, leaving them prone to deficiencies and associated disease. But in areas of the world where whole food diets are prevalent, disease rates are notably lower, which seems to show a strong connection between what people eat and how likely they are to get sick.
Chronic inflammation is considered to be the root cause of many diseases, including diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. This new study found that mammals whose diets were supplemented with purple-fleshed potatoes had far lower levels of inflammation in their bodies than mammals that ate a standard barnyard diet. Purple potatoes are a whole food that contains key nutritional compounds such as phytonutrients, vitamins, carotenoids, and flavonoids that help to protect the body against degenerative breakdown.
While that study focused on purple potatoes, all colorful fruits and vegetables contain their own unique combinations of bioactive, cancer-protective compounds. It is known that sugar feeds cancer so it just seems like common sense to restrict or avoid sugar if you are battling cancer or just want to avoid developing it.
Studies have shown that unless one is sensitive to salt, which is not common, restricting natural, unprocessed salt to avoid raising blood pressure or causing heart disease is the opposite of what is needed.
Getting the right information and making good choices makes a big difference.
The bottom line for me is that depending on what you eat you can make chronic disease better or worse depending on what you eat? What do you think about that?
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Always appreciate your candid advice Ms. Ann. While I’m not sure I should refrain from ever eating another Klondike(tm) bar, I do recognize that one or two every night would lead to negative consequences for me. All things in moderation I think. I wonder if God made our bodies to be able to overcome that occasional Big Mac, but like anything, too much of a bad thing can cause harm.
You got that right my friend. A klondike (or cannoli – my preferred choice lol) occasionally is not going to hurt you. As I say it is
not what you do from Christmas to New Years that matters but what you consistently do from New Year’s to Christmas!! Klondikes were my dad’s favorite!
Why don’t people understand this? Mom was here over the weekend and when she hears processed she thinks about processed meats. Meanwhile, she buys all kinds of crud from the frozen food section of Costco. I keep trying to tell her. Why don’t we understand? She gets that fast food is garbage but can’t seem to get away from stuff that comes from a box. I told her she might as well eat the box.
Lol that’s funny but all too true Ivey. Yes that is the $64,000 question – I wish I had the answer but I find myself hitting brick
walls with people about this all the time.
Thank you my wonderful friend.
I don’t often see purple potatoes, but I think they’re fun. Nice to know they’re also good for you.
I find them quite often in my grocery stores here Debbie and because they are supposed to help lower high blood pressure I
often make them for my husband.