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March 2009 Fit Tip

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Yes, you read that right; but before you slather it on your Ezekiel bread I would to clear up what appears to be some confusion.  In response to the previous few week’s tips I have been repeatedly asked “Well what CAN I eat?”

Meat, fish, fowl, vegetables, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.  End of subject.

There are BAD things in margarine, shortening and spreads:

  a.. Trans Fats:  formed during the process of partial hydrogenation.  Contribute to heart disease, cancer, bone problems, hormonal imbalance and skin diseases; infertility and low birth weight, growth problems and learning disabilities in children.  Unsale at any level.
  b.. Free Radicals:  toxic breakdown products are the result of high temperature industrial processing of vegetable oils.  Contribute to numerous health problems, including cancer and heart disease
  c.. Synthetic Vitamins:  Added to margarine and spreads they often have an opposite and detrimental effect compared to the natural vitamins in butter.
  d.. Emulsifiers and Preservatives:  Numerous additives of questionable safety are added to margarines and spreads
  e.. Hexane and other Solvents:  Used in the extraction process, these industrial chemicals are highly carcinogenic.
  f.. Bleach:  the natural color of partialluy hydrogenated vegetable oil is grey so manufacturers bleach it to make it white then yellow coloring (more food dyes) are added.
  g.. Artificial flavors:  These help mask the terrible taste and odor and provide a fake butter taste.

Now about the GOOD things in butter…

  a.. Vitamins:  Butter is a rich source of easily absorbed vitamin A needed for a wide range of functions.  Also contains all the other fat-soluble vitamins (D, E and K), often lacking in the modern diet.
  b.. Minerals:  Rich source of important trace minerals, including manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium.  Excellent source of iodine.
  c.. Fatty Acids:  Provides appreciable amounts of short and medium chain fatty acids which support immune function, boost metabolism and have anti-microbial properties.  Provides the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.
  d.. CLA:  Butter from grass fed cows contains high levels of conjugated linoleic acid, a compound that gives excellent protection against cancer and helps the body build muscle rather than store fat.
  e.. Glycospingolipds:  special category of fatty acids that protect against gastro-intestinal infections.
  f.. Cholesterol:  Despite all of the misinformation you may have heard, cholesterol is needed to maintain intestinal health and for brain and nervous system development in the young.
  g.. Wulzen Factor:  A hormone-like substance that prevents arthritis and joint stiffness, ensuring that calcium in the body is put into the bones rather than the joints and other tissues.  Only present in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed iby pasteurization.
Not to mention it tastes MUCH better.  Do be aware though of the caloric content; it should be used in moderation as part of your balanced and healthy nutrition program following the Dietary Do’s and Don’ts.  Along with an exercise program.

Speaking of which Spring’s around the corner folks, along with warmer weather and fewer clothes!  Are you ready to bare it?  Sign up for our CrossFit classes or some personal training and you soon will be…


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