(and why this is a BAD thing)
It’s market day here in Wiesbaden, and once again, the market was full of people buying fresh produce, free-range eggs, grass-fed meats and fresh baked goods. While I was wandering around, I started thinking about the market culture that flourishes in Europe. And that got me thinking about healthy eating, or rather UNhealthy eating.
I’m sure you’ve all heard the hype of Professor Mark Haub’s “Junk Food Diet”. Maybe the news even made you feel good, because it justified your not-so-natural food choices. According to Haub, it’s the amount of calories, and not where they come from, that’s important.
I’m here to tell you that yes, if you eat high amounts of junk food, you WILL lose weight.
I am also here to tell you why that isn’t a good thing.
If I ate, say, a third of my daily calories (I don’t believe in calorie counting, by the way, but that’s another story) in the form of junk “food”, I would lose weight.
Junk foods are filled with chemicals like ammonium chloride, which promote diarrhea, and TBHQ, which can cause vomiting. Excess glutamate and methanol (found in aspartame) can also cause these problems. So, yes, if you eat lots of junk food you can get thin by having diarrhea and vomiting! Obviously, a sane person would never suggest vomiting and induced diarrhea as healthy weight loss mechanisms, because in the long run, you’ll gain the weight back and/or develop more serious health conditions.
Some other common junk/fast food ingredients with side effects are monoglycerides, diglycerides, bleach (hey, I thought that was just a dangerous cleaning product, but apparently you can cook with it too!), hydrogenated shortening, artificial flavourings derived from petroleum, sorbic acid derived from natural gas... Yum, give me another slice! Or not.
While Haub acknowledges that his diet is an experiment and does not advise others to follow it, there is no doubt that many of us already are! Think about everything you’ve had to eat in the last week. Was everything organic, natural, and chemical free? This type of research is a wake up call – please, please, please, think about what you are eating and the repercussions even trace chemical ingredients can have on your health.
Here’s a link to some yummy recipes that use REAL FOOD as ingredients:
And, if you weren’t already convinced, here’s a link to a scary book about junk: