February 23, 2017
My wife tells me what I should and shouldn’t eat (and lots of other stuff too). She should know. She’s a great cook, former caterer, food service director, and an avid follower of all things culinary.
So when she sent me a link to an online “MUST-READ” article from a Certified Nutrition Specialist (and best-selling author), I read it. Learned that the whole wheat bread I switched to several years ago (on the advice of my wife) is, I quote, the “#1 WORST food” for my skin, joints and blood sugar.” The article cited all kinds of things like Glycation, Amylopectin-A, and Carcinogenic Acrylamides.
I’ve been eating bread, it warned, that can not only harm my blood sugar but also inflame my joints and age my skin faster. The answer, of course, was to purchase the author’s new anti-aging “NATURAL Foods Manual.” It promised to tell me how to boost my metabolism, increase fat-burning, flatten my belly, trim my waistline and transform my arms and legs from “sagging to slender.”
Both my wife and I are NATURAL skeptics. But that article, together with new thinking about the butter substitute I’ve been spreading on my whole-wheat toast, has me wondering. Should I go back to real butter again? What about salt? Cheese? Real mayonnaise?
As it happens, the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of the Johns Hopkins Health Review (Vol.2, Issue 2) contains a list of “10 Things That Used to Be Bad,” compiled by Christine McKinney, a registered dietician. Very briefly, they are:
– Egg yolks – Soy
– Popcorn – Dark chocolate
– Certain fats – Grains
– Coffee – Nut and Seed Butter
– Virgin coconut oil – Potatoes
The article makes some qualifications but reassures us that we can again have an egg over easy and a bag of popcorn without feeling guilty. The lesson here: It’s important to keep up on the latest findings but alway get advice from your doctor on what you’re eating because these things change.