Grains contain gluten, lectins and phytates. Good for birds, not for us. Grains contain antinutrients which are chemicals produced by the plant to help them survive.
These antinutrients inhibit your absorption and utilisation of essential nutrients (zinc, calcium and iron).
Grains also contain lectins which have been shown to damage the gut lining. Devoid of nutrients, high in antinutrients, high in empty calories and damaging to your digestive system makes grains a no-no in a primal/paleo lifestyle.
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Found everywhere under a variety of clever disguises and names. High in carbs, nutrient poor, addictive, fattening, reduces immunity, increases appetite and cravings, bad for your teeth, inflammatory, the list could go on and on…….
Also a refined sugar, but we are not letting this one get away unnoticed. With up to 92% fructose content, higher than High Fructose Corn Syrup makes this a bad bad ingredient. What’s more it is highly refined and with no nutrients whatsoever which is why we would prefer raw honey or maple syrup which has some goodness in the form of antioxidants.
Look out for agave nectar on the ingredients list of some popular health foods.
The result of clever marketing and we are now convinced that soy is a superfood. We couldn’t be further from the truth. Soya is everywhere, every aisle in every health food shop there is a soy alternative (milk, yoghurt, cheese, ice cream, bread, pasta, sausages the list goes on and on).
Soy is a goitrogen which leads to thyroid problems, also high in plant oestrogens which wreak havoc with your hormones.
Not forgetting as well the high level of toxins and last but not least the devastating effect that soy has on the planet. Most soy is genetically modified and is the most pesticide laden of all the crops. NOT A REAL FOOD!
Non-existent in our diets until the early 1900s when new chemical processes allowed them to be extracted.
Extracted from seeds, deodorised and chemically alterated. High in inflammatory omega 6 fats (PUFAS), these fats oxidise like crazy and are highly unstable.
Wrongly referred to as ‘heart healthy oils’ these oxidised fats cause inflammation and mutation in cells.