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May 16, 2019

Vegetable oils are some of the most misunderstood and over-recommended foods in the health community. You’ve probably heard these referred to as “heart-healthy” oils. They are anything but!!

Canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil are found in the majority of processed foods, even the ones labeled organic. What makes these oils so unhealthy is the process used to extract the oils from the seeds. To extract the oil manufacturers use a very high-heat harsh chemical process that completely destroys any healthy aspect of the seeds and alters their composition which makes the resulting oil toxic to your body’s cells.

Since these oils are chemically produced it’s really not surprising that they contain harmful chemicals. Most vegetable oils and their products contain BHA (butylated hydroxanisole) and BHT (butylated toluene) which have artificial antioxidants that keep food from oxidizing or spoiling too quickly. Maybe that’s why they can sit on supermarket shelves f...

April 2, 2019

It’s said that “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” How do you start your day? Try Oatmeal. A delicious breakfast that helps prevent heart disease and promotes weight loss.

How does Oatmeal help to prevent heart disease? Oats contain an anti-inflammatory and “antioxidant nutrients” that can help prevent buildup in the arteries and maintain arterial function. The fiber in oatmeal binds to “cholesterol” resulting in lower blood cholesterol levels. In fact, just one serving a day of oats may lower cholesterol.

How does Oatmeal promote weight loss? The soluble fiber in oatmeal forms a gel in the stomach delaying stomach emptying. The oatmeal fiber makes people feel full for a longer period helping with weight loss. In a double-blind randomized trial of overweight and obese men and women, almost “90%” of the oatmeal treated subjects reduced their body weight compared to the control group that had no weight loss

Steel cut oats are the best, they’re the least processed which means t...

March 19, 2019

  

Most of the cattle in this country are raised on huge factory farms called CAFO (concentrated animal feedlots operations). The cattle are crowded together like sardines. They are fed genetically-modified corn, synthetic growth hormones, and antibiotics. A side note here-80% of the antibiotics sold in this country go to livestock.

Why? Because the conditions they’re raised in are so dirty that they have to be on a constant doses of antibiotics so they don’t get sick. Now some cattle do succumb to disease - parts of these dead cows are then fed to the live ones.

Think about it this way-there’s nothing magic that happens between the cow’s mouth and your mouth. So when it comes to beef, pork, and poultry - buy 100% pasture-raised, it’s not only healthier, it tastes better.

Remember “You are what your food eats”

Ennis Murphy is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. To learn more about his practice and approach to overall health, please visit www.tworiverhealth.com.

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