STOP Eating These “Healthy” Foods?!
Dear Living Well Daily Reader,
When you were younger, you probably didn’t while away your hours worrying about your health.
After all, you had “all the time in the world” to turn your habits around.
But nowadays, you spend much more time thinking about your own mortality.
And you try to make the best choices to decrease your risks and increase your longevity.
But it turns out that despite those efforts, there’s something (and you’re likely doing RIGHT NOW!) that could be silently sending your risk for colon cancer and cardiovascular disease right through the roof.
Some of those “healthy” foods you’re piling into your shopping cart are likely to blame.
Why? Because they’re actually ultra-processed junk foods in disguise!
You see, regardless of what the packaging says, highly processed foods speed up your biological clock faster than you can say, “Supersize those fries.”
Technically speaking, ultra-processed foods are made by breaking down whole foods into basic chemical constituents. From there, they’re altered and recombined with additives to form products that are quick to fix and easy to eat.
Some ultra-processed foods are obvious, like chips and soft drinks.
But others may SEEM healthy at first glance, like breakfast cereals, low-calorie or low-fat frozen meals, low-carb snacks, and granola bars.
It’s easy to get tricked into thinking those healthy-sounding claims like “whole grains,” “low calorie,” “low fat” are good for you.
But the truth is there’s often very little nutritional value in these highly-processed products. Instead, they’re full of sugar, artificial colors, and preservatives.
The biggest problem with ultra-processed foods is that they push minimally processed and freshly prepared meals to the side. We eat these fake foods instead because they’re easy to grab and, let’s face it, often delicious.
But that convenience comes at a steep price.
Two recent studies in the British Medical Journal illustrate the issue perfectly.
The first study found that men who ate the most ultra-processed foods had a 29 percent increased risk of developing colon cancer than men who ate very little.
Even more disturbing, when the researchers crunched the data to remove the role that the LACK of nutrients in these foods had their link to a higher risk for colon cancer remained.
In other words, there’s something else in the processing of these foods that causes harm besides their lack of essential nutrients.
I’d put my money on that something being vegetable oils. You’ll find plenty of them in almost every highly processed food on the shelf.
And vegetable oils send your inflammation skyrocketing.
The second study found an almost 20 percent increase in all-cause death and a 32 percent increase in death from heart disease in those eating the most processed foods.
Now, to be clear, eating at the occasional burger joint or munching on a bag of chips during the big game won’t kill you.
We all indulge from time to time. Especially when we are traveling or out with friends.
But eating ultra-processed foods regularly harms your health.
Most of the food you eat should be as close to how it shows up on the earth as possible. That way, it retains the majority of its nutritional value.
Any processing that takes place should happen in your own kitchen.
P.S. We don’t always eat what we should. We’re only human, after all. But when you DO indulge, this “nutrient knight” could SHIELD you from processed food damage. Best of all, it’s affordable AND easy to find. Click through for all the details.
“Association of ultra-processed food consumption with colorectal cancer risk among men and women: results from three prospective US cohort studies,” BMJ 2022;378:e068921
“Joint association of food nutritional profile by Nutri-Score front-of-pack label and ultra-processed food intake with mortality: Moli-sani prospective cohort study,” BMJ 2022;378:e070688
Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND
Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.
View More Free Articles
One day, we’ll look back at our discovery of the nervous system in our guts in much the same way as other giant leaps in medicine like germ theory, vaccinations, and antibiotics. Knowing it exists and how important it is has changed EVERYTHING. We now understand that the enteric nervous system, or our “second brain”...
Dear Living Well Daily Reader, One thing no one ever thinks to warn you about a cancer diagnosis is the RUSH. While you’re still trying to process the news that you have cancer, you’re already asked to make decisions about your treatments. You’re told there’s no time to waste. And warned delays could lead to...
“I’m diabetic and I don’t quite understand the differences in sugar. There’s sugar you make cookies with but also fruits have sugar. Can I have fruits even though they have sugar too?” – Annette, from Helen, GA Hi Annette, For something that seems so simple, sugar sure gets complicated very quickly. That table sugar you...
I’m not going to pull any punches here. Getting a prostate cancer diagnosis is downright terrifying. And that’s especially true because for YEARS there weren’t any remarkable advancements in the treatments for this cancer. Watchful waiting (active surveillance) was the best we could do for men with small tumors that didn’t appear aggressive. And for...
We’ve lived with COVID-19 for nearly three years now. That means we KNOW what it looks like, right? Wrong. The dominant COVID strain infecting people today doesn’t look exactly like the one that infected people last year. The virus is constantly changing. And so are the symptoms when you catch it. Different COVID strains appear...
My excellent editor told me the other day that she gave in and took some naproxen for her psoriatic arthritis pain. And she’s not alone. Occasionally even people who are passionate about natural medicine turn to over-the-counter or prescription drugs for pain relief. After all, joint pain can be downright debilitating. But before you reach...
People ask me all the time what I think about meat substitutes. My reply is simple: “They’re junk!” The labels claim that these fake meats are better for your health and the environment. But nothing could be further from the truth… If you’re a regular Living Well Daily reader, you know I’m constantly warning you...
Ask a group of middle-aged people about their biggest fear, and they will almost universally say, “losing their minds.” And I agree. The thought of my precious memories fading away is at the top of MY “no thanks” list. But just wanting your brain to be healthy isn’t enough. You have to work at protecting...
“What’s your take on the drugs for Alzheimer’s?” – Timothy, from Bel Air, MD Hi Timothy, Let me make it simple: They’re junk. You’ve seen the breathless headlines, I’m sure. After all, they’re almost impossible to ignore! They make exciting claims like “New breakthrough in Alzheimer’s Treatment Is a Game Changer!” or “FINALLY an Alzheimer’s...
For YEARS, modern medicine essentially ignored the gastrointestinal tract. Sure, it’s where you digest and absorb your food. But that was the end of the story. They were clueless about how intertwined our digestive system is with our OVERALL well-being. We now understand our gut is so closely linked to our health that it’s impossible...