Low calorie means high toxicity for your body
The diet industry is exactly that – an industry. Manufacturing products that look healthy by using clean looking typefaces, vital images, clever wording, simple packaging that dupe everyone (me included) into thinking it is good for you. This blog will outline the 5 dangers of processed products that look healthy including smoothies, yoghurts and other ‘elixirs’ of life.
I have done it, gone into Waitrose and bought a green smoothie. The packaging and ingredients look amazing, there was a rare goji berry that was going to increase my vitality and make my bottom smaller with one mouthful. Okay perhaps the packaging doesn’t go that far, but as consumers, we do give big credence to promises that marketers offer us. 100% natural, no added sugar in fruit juice, smoothies, yoghurts, muesli, bread, healthy meals all get the ‘good for you’ makeover, but it doesn’t
Lack of fibre
Healthy juices are generally processed with the fibre being removed. Which means that the sugar is absorbed faster leading to liver overload. The key issue is a lack of fibre. When you eat the whole fruit the fibre forms a protective layer that acts as a barrier to the intestine.
This slows absorption of sugar, so the liver has a chance to catch up. In fizzy drinks, fruit juices and smoothies, the barrier has gone, which leads to the liver being overloaded.
Free sugar is what NHS refers to as any sugar added to a food or drink. Or the sugar that is already in honey, syrup and fruit juice. These are free because they’re not inside the cells of the food you eat. If you blend fruit, the natural sugars are released from within the cell walls of the fruit and become “free sugars”. Even if they have some added vegetables like spinach or kale, they are still likely to be high in sugar.
The sugars found in the whole piece of fruit, vegetables and milk don’t have a negative effect on your health they come with extra nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, the fibre that
In your quest to reduce calories, your focus is diverted from other dangers. Innocent smoothies can contain very little calories but high in sugar. For instance the pomegranates, blueberries and Acai Superfood smoothie contains:
- 171 calories
- 0.5g fat
- 34.3g sugar
Two of your 5 a day?
Smoothies are reported to have two of your five a day but they can’t count any more than one of your 5-a-day – even if you’ve put 5 different fruit and veg in them. And if you have a glass of juice on the same day, you can’t count them both.
There are a whole range of toxins for your body to excrete on a daily basis:
- End products from metabolism which are increased with stress & poor diet
- drugs and alcohol
- plastics (
- Heavy metals
- food additives
Food additives are added to healthy products when sugar is taken out. Low fat yoghurt for instance can have very little saturated fat, even low sugar, but the question is what has been added?
Look closely at the ingredient label of Weight Watchers label and you will see two types of sugar – can you spot them? Both processed sugars, plus added flavour enhancers and sweeteners. These are toxins for your body. Consider what your body does with toxins and how they can lead to body fat.
Toxins & Fat Gain
When the body is exposed to large amounts of toxins, levels that the body cannot safely excrete through your bodies natural detoxification pathways it stores these toxins in adipose tissue – body fat which lies under the skin.
Your body does this to protect you from the toxicity issues arising from these harmful chemicals. If the levels of toxins become too high your liver will become overburdened and you would become ill. Body fat is also a site to store toxins.
Two types of toxins: fat soluble and water soluble toxins.
Water soluble toxins are easily handled by the body, your kidneys can excrete these through your urine, sweat and bile. Fat soluble toxins are harder to eliminate and include heavy metals, man-made chemicals, pesticides, pollutants, plastics and food additives.
Your body eliminates these toxins by processing them in the liver to convert them into water soluble by produces a substance called bile (which is stored in the gall bladder) this digests fats and aids elimination.
If your digestive system is already overloaded, or your lymphatic system is congested then the toxins cannot be processed effectively. When your liver is under strain then the bile it produces is thicker and less effective and the fat-soluble toxins are sent back into the blood and are stored in as body fat.
By removing these free-roaming toxins from the body and locking them up in fat, the organs and tissues are protected from damage. Not only do they create body fat, but these toxins cause inflammation and health issues in the body and brain.
If the toxin exposure continues your bodies detoxification systems never get a chance to catch up your body fat levels grow and your health declines.
These stored toxic compounds are leading to metabolic damage – mitochondria function is disrupted. Fat tissue levels affect your hormones such as leptin which your appetite hormones such as leptin. Leptin is a hormone, made by fat cells, that decreases your appetite. Levels of leptin — the appetite suppressor — are lower when you’re thin and higher when you’re fat. In the last 10 years, it has been shown that the influence of environmental pollutants such as food contaminants, plasticizers, pesticides and organic metallic compounds might contribute to the early onset of obesity and beta-cell malfunction (Ref)
Your beta cells (which produce insulin) are damaged by excessive toxins and research over the last ten years has concluded that this type of damage from toxins leads to insulin resistance. Simply because the primary function of a beta cell is to produce and release insulin. Insulin is
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