Monday, January 11, 2016

The New Food Rules from Time Magazine (Rules Three and Four)


We started reviewing "The New Food Rules" from the January 4, 2016 issue of Time magazine. Today we will discuss new food rules numbers 3 and 4.

3. Don't bother with pricey superfoods. Research suggests when it comes to perceptions of long-term disease outcomes, nutrients and not spending money on the latest "superfood." Drinking acai juice is fine but not more nutritious than berries.

Do I agree? Yes. Our ancestors didn't have these "superfoods" and there were much healthier than we are today as a whole. That doesn't mean you can't drink acai juice everyday if you love it but don't spend the money on it if you aren't in love with the stuff. The must important thing is to consume at least 5 (preferably 7) servings in a variety of fruits and vegetables every day (including at least one serving of leaving greens). 

4. Instantly improve your diet with this nutrient. Americans don't consume enough fiber. The average American consumes only 16 grams of fiber a day compared to our ancestors who are thought to have consumed up to 150 grams per day. Fiber plays a significant role in health. Fiber improves gut bacteria, reduces inflammation, and aids in the prevention of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Do I agree? Yes. If you are not pooping at least once a day, you are leaving toxins in your body, which can lead to disease. Fiber helps with constipation. If you are chronically constipated, you could be carrying around an extra two to five pounds or more of weight. Fiber is found in most fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Eat plenty of all three but stay away from frankenwheat. See Food Rule Number 2  for more details on grains. 

 

Source:

Time, December 28, 2015 - January 4, 2016 issue, p. 147.

Photo credit:
“Bran Flakes With Fresh Raspberries And Strawberries And Pitcher” by Serge Bertasius Photography from FreeDigitalPhotos.net


 

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