Updated: Aug 17
“The word health refers to a state of complete emotional and physical well-being. Healthcare exists to help people maintain this optimal state of health”( WHO). Many people think and believe that being thin vs being obese, overweight is unhealthy, In many cases both the obese, and thin person can be equally unhealthy.
Consuming fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and lean meats, and whole foods that are in their whole form are important for good health.
Food industries create these health destroying foods that are high in sodium, sugar, and fat. These foods contain an excessive amount of hydrogenated oils such as vegetable oil, canola oil, and other inflammatory oils. When these oils are heated,and,or consumed the body converts this fatty acid into trans fat which causes inflammation in the body.
Jenna Fletcher is a freelance writer and content creator. She writes extensively about health and wellness. She explains how hydrogenated oil, particularly partially hydrogenated oil, has a number of potential side effects that can negatively affect a person’s health.
According to the FDA, trans fat can raise people’s low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. This is also known as “bad cholesterol.” Higher LDL cholesterol levels increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.
The AHA adds that trans fat can also reduce levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. This is known as “good cholesterol.” The increase in LDL cholesterol and decrease in HDL cholesterol can raise the risk of a person developing heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes
Furthermore, eating heavily refined, processed food slowly poisons the body, and causes sickness, disease, and eventually death. A whole food unprocessed and active lifestyle breeds good health because our body is meant to use nutrients and movement to keep the body and immune system strong. Without high nutrient dense foods the body cannot function and, or, properly build resilience to illness and disease. “Processed food is any food that’s altered during preparation to make it more convenient, shelf-stable or flavorful. Some foods are much more processed than others. A bagged salad or pre-cut green beans technically count as processed, but it’s only minimally processed because its natural state hasn’t changed. In other words, it looks pretty much the same as you’d find it in nature. A box of macaroni and cheese or a microwavable dinner, on the other hand, are considered heavily processed (also called ultra processed) because they’ve been chemically altered with artificial flavors, additives and other ingredients”(LABORERS' HEALTH & SAFETY FUND OF NORTH AMERICA).
It’s ok to have these foods sparingly, however, not in large quantities. Our diet should consist of whole foods in their natural form the way you find in nature. For example, a piece of fruit off the tree, not fruit roll ups. whole grain bread, real butter, not margarine you get my point. Real food, not fake foods that come in a box loaded with chemicals that we cannot read or pronounce on the packaging. Real food is what our body is designed to consume for nutrients that promote good health and well-being for years to come!