The five worst (and five best) foods for you

The below lists the five worst, and five best, foods that you can put into your mouth (excluding alcohol). This is in no particular order.

The five worst foods

These foods should be avoided, whether you're Banting or not. While they are in no particular order, Sugar does top the list as the worst possible food to eat.
These foods should be avoided. While they are in no particular order, Sugar does top the list as the worst possible food to eat.
  • Sugar

    There are few substances as destructive to human health as sugar. Fructose is the dangerous half of the sugar molecule, and is often called 'fruit sugar', which makes it sound healthy - which it isn't.

    Sugar has the following negative effects on the body:

    • It has no nutritional value and will rob us of existing nutrients.
    • It results in spikes of energy followed by drastic slumps.
    • It wreaks havoc with your liver, can cause fatty liver disease and, in conjunction with carbs, it results in obesity. Prof Tim Noakes says, in our online weight loss program, “Carbohydrates are, in essence, really just bags of glucose. When you eat breads, cereals, rice or pasta, the body sees it as glucose – so you may as well just eat a plate of glucose.”
    • It may contribute towards cancer.
    • It drags you towards insulin resistance, which leads to metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. A take home message from Prof Noakes, in the Online Program, is that, “a recent medical realisation comes in the understanding that there is a range of medical conditions – diabetes, gout, obesity and hypertension that should all be considered as part of the same condition; and these conditions are directly related to insulin resistance.”
    • And the worst bit? It's addictive, some say similar to heroin in its hook so can seem very difficult to give it up.

  • Seed oils and margarine

    These are known as polyunsaturated fats, and come with a hefty price to health. They are very high in omega-6 oils, extremely inflammatory, and are unstable, damaged fats. Margarine is seed oil with hydrogen bubbled through it to stabilise and stiffen it, so that it acts like a soft butter. Think about that… seed oil with hydrogen bubbled through it. Do you still want to spread that on some processed bread? Prof Noakes reiterates the horror further in couch time with Jonno, in the Online Program, when he says that it was in about the 1920s when candle makers, Procter and Gamble, decided to turn seed oils into margarine as an easy way to make money… let that one sink in.

  • Grains

    Whether whole or refined, grains are carbohydrate-dense foods, are usually in a refined form to be able to use them, and have been shown to cause untold damage to the brain, heart and digestive system. Human beings have no need for grain, whether in bread, pasta, or any other form. Grain-based foods are also a place to store a multitude of chemicals – if you don't believe this, read any bread packet.

  • Soy

    99% of all soy is GMO, and is one of the highest pesticide contaminated crops. Soy seriously interferes with thyroid function and disrupts hormones. Anti-nutrients block the action of trypsin and other enzymes, imperative for protein digestion (not deactivated by cooking or processing) and may cause pancreatic cancer. Haemagglutinin is present, a blood clot-promoting substance (think stroke/heart attack). High in phytic acid (blocks uptake of essential minerals in the body) and in aluminium leached from processing tanks – soy should be avoided.

  • Luncheon meats

    These meats are so highly processed that you are getting something the human body doesn't know what to do with. Many chemicals, dangerous additives, flavourants and dyes are used to disguise the colour and taste of the poor-quality raw materials used to make this up. Processed meat is usually made from udders, lips, snouts, anal glands, throats, and every other part of the animal nobody wants to eat.

The five best power foods

There are many, but essentially picking 5 would include:

Eat lots of butter, eggs, pasture-fed meat and offal, oily fish and coconut oil.
Eat lots of butter, eggs, pasture-fed meat & offal, oily fish and coconut oil.
  • Butter

    One of nature's most nutritious foods, especially grass-fed butter, as it contains the very valuable vitamin K2. K2 is only made by cows eating green grass, which provides the cow with vitamin K1, to convert into K2, for us to benefit from. We cannot convert K1 to K2 in the human body, so we need grass-fed butter to do that.

  • Eggs

    Eggs are known as the "perfect food" with an impressive nutritional profile. All the nutrients we need, except for vitamin C, are found in eggs!

  • Pasture-fed meat & offal

    Powerhouses of nutrients, good quality protein, some excellent fat, and everything you need to keep you healthy while Banting. Find out what Prof Noakes’ and Jonno’s favourite fatty meats are in the Online Program.

  • Oily Fish

    Packed with powerful DHA and EPA, the two essential fatty acids, which are very good for us.

  • Coconut Oil

    Coconut oil provides one with lots of energy, is a saturated fat and stable at high heats and is wonderful for preserving your brain too.

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