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Dr. Mark Hyman: Here’s How the Food Pyramid Should Look – EcoWatch

Dr. Mark Hyman: Here’s How the Food Pyramid Should Look – EcoWatch

 

Dr. Hyman came up with his own Food Pyramid, to help you make healthier food choices.

Source: Dr. Mark Hyman: Here’s How the Food Pyramid Should Look – EcoWatch

The Food Pyramid may be the single worst thing to happen to health in America. As Dr. Mark Hyman explains,

At the base of the pyramid were carbohydrates, particularly refined carbohydrates like breads, pasta, rice and cereals, of which we were told to eat six to 11 servings a day.

These carbohydrates break down to sugar, which gets stored in your body as fat. In addition to the 152 pounds of sugar we eat every year, we’re getting 146 pounds of flour that also breaks down into sugar. Altogether, that’s nearly a pound of sugar and flour combined for every American, every day! That’s a pharmacologic dose of sugar.

We were also told told to cut out as much fat as possible, including healthy fats. But our bodies and our brains require fat to function properly. And, instead of going for foods that are naturally low in fats, people went straight for the low-fat and “fat-free” substitutes that food manufacturers were more than happy to supply.

And what’s wrong with low fat and fat free versions? Well, for starters, they have to replace the fat with something to maintain texture and flavor. Those replacements are typical sugar, salt, and other additives that you don’t want in your food.

If you don’t want to go read the article, you can watch the video.


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The Goodness of Greens

The Goodness of Greens

Greens are amazing! They are so nutritious, can be added to salads or soups, or they can be cooked alone. You can even sneak them into spaghetti sauce. The leaves from just about any root vegetable and many other plants can be used. Sadly, most people cut them off and throw them away, and grocery stores tend to sell their vegetables with the greens cut off. Green are sometimes more nutritious than the vegetables from which they are cut!

Here are just a few types of greens you can cook:

Dandelion leaves
Borage leaves
Turnip greens
Collard greens
Mustard greens
Radish greens
Parsnip greens
Carrot greens
Beet greens
Chard
Spinach
Bok Choy

Here are just a few of the nutrients found in greens:

Vitamin A
B Vitamins
Vitamin C
Vitamin K
Calcium
Iron
Folate
Lutein
Magnesium
Potassium
Omega 3’s
Antioxidants

They are good for your bones and joints, blood, and heart. They can help prevent cancer, diabetes, and arthritis, and they are anti-aging. Recipe to follow.

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