Category Archives: Diet

Salt, How Much Should You Eat?

Salt, How Much Should You Eat?

Food Tradition | January 31, 2012

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Last week, the Weston A. Price Foundation issued a press release, FDA Warned on Dangers of Salt Restriction. Someone who read the press release sent me this question. Note: as a consumer, I have trouble digesting information in grams, so I have converted grams to teaspoons in parentheses!

Question Regarding Salt Intake

Q: I was wondering if Sally Fallon has researched the average intake of sodium in America? It seems to me that with all the processed food that many people consume now a days, there may indeed be an over consumption of salt. Is there any validity to this? Surely too much sodium in the diet is troublesome to human health. I certainly do not promote the intake of artificial salt however!

Angelle, from Canada

Answer from Sally Fallon Morell, President, Weston A. Price Foundation

We will be having an article in the upcoming Wise Traditions journal on salt that addresses this subject. The article will be by Dr. Morton Satin, based on his presentation at our 2011 International Wise Traditions conference. If I remember correctly, the current daily consumption is about 9 grams (almost 2 teaspoons) on average. This is just slightly higher that the absolute minimum that we need. By looking at the food records from the armed services in the past, they have been able to determine that before refrigeration, consumption of salt averaged 18 grams (roughly 3- 3/4 teaspoons) per day–about double what we are eating now, even with all the processed food, and with no obvious adverse effects. I would say that adequate intake of salt, by everyone, is one of the good things about the modern diet. Best, Sally

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Fruits and Vegetables Could Change Gene Linked to Heart Disease

Eating a healthy amount of greens could have an effect on genes linked to heart disease, according to a new study.

Researchers from Canada’s McMaster and McGill universities found that eating fruits and vegetables may actually change a gene variant, called 9p21, that is one of the strongest predictors for heart disease.

“We found that in people with this high-risk gene who consumed a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, their risk came down to that of people who don’t have that gene,” said Dr. Sonia Anand, a lead author and professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.

The researchers analyzed the diets of more than 27,000 people from different parts of the world who were already enrolled in two separate studies looking at heart disease.

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William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer? | Video on TED.com

Anti-angeogenisis shrinks tumors by cutting off the blood source to the tumor.  Food is medicine, unfortunately not according to the FDA…claiming that food  cures disease(even if proven by science) is illegal in the USA.  Strawberry is more effective at angeogenisis than nearly any modern pharmaceutical.  Another benefit of eating anti-angeogenic foods is fat loss!  JT

William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer? | Video on TED.com.

Soy: Not A Healthy Alternative

Soy is the latest food fad to sweep the country. But is it really good for you?

One of the longest and best-conducted studies on the effects of soy consumption — involving annual CT brain scans of subjects — found that those who ate the most soy foods had a dramatically higher incidence of brain shrinkage and dementia compared to those who ate the least or none at all.

It has been shown that soybeans naturally have high levels of glutamate, manganese, fluoride, and aluminum, all of which are brain toxins. Yet because of massive propaganda campaigns by so-called health authorities, women, in particular, are consuming large amounts of soy-containing foods and drinks.

These women think that they are reducing their risk of breast cancer. In fact, studies have shown that in women who have had breast cancer or are currently fighting the disease, soy increases the growth of their cancers. For more information on preventing and treating breast cancer, see my newsletter “Breast Cancer: Beating the Odds”

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Obesity expert: Sugar is toxic and should be regulated – opinion – 28 September 2011

While I agree that sugar should be reduced or virtually eliminated in the diet for optimal health, as Robert Lustig does,  I do not agree with draconian/authoritarian approaches to reduce sugar consumption.  To establish a sugar regulatory scheme, would further erode individual rights and hamper the food freedom movement by setting the dangerous precedent that the government knows best what substances you can or can not consume.  I fear this type of expanded regulatory p0wer would be used to deny access to scientifically proven natural cures that are opposed by the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.  The establishment of a “sugar police”,  further entrenches the Federal Government’s interference in your life and needlessly expands the rapidly growing police state in America.   A better approach  for a free society is to inform consumers of the dangers of sugar, and persuade them to voluntarily make healthy dietary choices.

J.T.

It might taste good, but sugar is addictive and fuelling the obesity epidemic, says Robert Lustig

Your lecture on sugar has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube. Why do you think it’s had so much attention?

The obesity epidemic just gets worse and people are looking for answers. Diet and exercise don’t work and the idea that obesity is about personal responsibility has come into question. Many people have said sugar is bad, but they didn’t supply the biochemistry. I supplied that.

Do you think fructose – which along with glucose makes table sugar – drives obesity?

I don’t think fructose is the cause of obesity, but I do think it is the thing that takes you from obesity to metabolic syndrome, and that’s where the healthcare dollars go – diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

So the idea that “a calorie is a calorie” is wrong?

As far as I’m concerned that’s how we got into this mess. If a calorie is a calorie, the solution is eat less and exercise more. Except it doesn’t work. And the reason is that fructose is toxic beyond its caloric equivalent, so if you consume it instead of glucose you get more of a negative effect even if the calories are the same. It’s important that people recognise that the quality of our diet also dictates the quantity. In addition, “eat less” is a really crappy message that doesn’t work. “Eat less sugar” is a message that people can get their heads around.

Why do we consume so much sugar?

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Fruit and vegetable consumption effectively lowers colon cancer risk

(NaturalNews) Health-minded individuals are well aware that a diet high in natural fruits and vegetables equate to vibrant health and dramatically lowered risk of many chronic diseases. The result of a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association provides details on how specific fruit and vegetable consumption lowers the incidence of many types of colon cancer, the third most prevalent form of the disease. Foods such as apples, broccoli and cauliflower each lower the risk of cancer initiation in different parts of the colon while high sugar, fiber-void fruit juices are shown to increase risk of the illness. Nutrition scientists from Australia provide important documentation to confirm the importance of eating a colorful selection of fruits and vegetables to lower colon cancer risk.

Nutrition researchers have designed studies to examine the effect of healthy diet on colon cancer risk in the past, but the protective effect has been debatable as they do not provide specific results for different foods on the key regions or subsites of the colon. Professor Lin Fritschi, PhD, head of the Epidemiology Group at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, and her research team set out to investigate the link between fruit and vegetables and three cancers in different parts of the bowel: proximal colon cancer, distal colon cancer and rectal cancer.

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Alternative Cancer Treatments – Oncologists Don’t Know The Power Of Nutrition and Detoxing

The Dr. Coldwell Report: August 2011.