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When Food Can Act Like Poison In Your Body

If you haven’t watched the movie “Super Size Me” go out and rent it this weekend. It will change the way you look at fast food forever. It’s a documentary by a guy named Morgan Spurlock who takes the challenge to eat McDonald’s food for 30 days.

The rules were quite simple. He needs to eat all the items sold in McDonald’s. If they ask whether he wants “super size,” he will say yes.

Within the third day he vomited, and within 15 days he was sick and gaining weight. At the end of the experiment, he gained a huge amount of weight, had high cholesterol, blood pressure problems, and was literally on the verge of being taken to the emergency room.

While alarming and eye-opening, Morgan is actually a pretty funny guy and he makes the film enjoyable to watch. Most documentaries are so serious and boring, this one is actually entertaining.

To say that fast food is harmful to your health is an understatement. Anything that would have that kind of negative impact on your body in such a short period of time is evidence enough its pure poison.

The spokespersons for these multi-million dollar corporations will use smoke and mirrors to make the menus appear healthy. It’s appalling that they even cite nutritional facts for their most popular items as a defense.

Like it really matters that a Big Mac has 100% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin C or whatever…

It’s all complete nonsense to deny that fast food is poison to the body. You might think that’s a harsh word to describe it, but I certainly don’t. As someone who specializes in Charleston nutrition coaching I tell my clients all the time that fast-food is the one thing they MUST leave out of their diet. Anything that can cause that kind of damage to your body is poison in my book.

Here are a few reasons why you want to avoid fast-food:

Acid forming
More than 90% of all items in fast food is actually acid forming, which includes hamburgers, french fries, coke, etc. Alkaline foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc help to regenerate the cells while providing anti-oxidants and vital nutrients.

Acid forming foods promote cortisol and a catabolic state. Your only chance of getting alkaline foods is to order a salad or fruit cup.

All the other acid forming foods will increase inflammation in the GI tract. Once the balance of healthy microflora and probiotics is disrupted in the gut, nutrient assimilation plummets.

That means regardless of how many calories you’re eating, you’re starving yourself at the cellular level because your body can’t get nutrients from the fast-food.

Deep fried- free fatty acids
Most of the fast-food restaurants have stopped using trans-fats oil in their deep fryers but when you boil ANY vegetable oil at high temperatures the sugar and starch from the oil will form cancer causing compounds.

The oil also tends to act like a sponge gathering heavy metals during cooking. But most important is the fact that fried foods are highest in free fatty acids which researchers have shown BLOCKS the actions of many hormones.

You want to mess up your hormone levels, simply eat a bunch of fried foods. It’ll work like a champ every time.

You may like the taste of fried food but I doubt you’ll like losing your sex drive, being overweight, fatigued, and generally “sick and tired” all the time.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
This nasty substance which is in just about any fast food you can imagine will wreck havoc on your hormonal system. They add it to the food because it will not only make it taste better but it also makes the food become addictive. Think I’m joking? I wish I was.

MSG destroys the hypothalamus which controls the entire body’s homeostasis. It has the very distinct property of working to increase appetite. This is why you can eat a fast food meal and still be hungry for more!

I’m telling you there’s some scary stuff going on here designed to keep you coming back for more.

If you think that an occasional Big Mac is no big deal and you can eat fast-food in moderation, think again. Sure you may get away with it if you have a fast metabolism but I can assure you damage is still being done.

I’m generally a spokesperson for “all things in moderation” and for the most part I live by this credo. But when it comes to fast-food I’ll take a pass. You’re better off to indulge in a few cocktails or some dark chocolate.

I’ve seen fast-food do some pretty serious damage to a person’s health and witnessed several people struggling to break an addiction to it. If you eat it regularly or occasionally for that matter, do whatever it takes to scare yourself straight.

Watching “Super Size Me” just might do the trick.

Shane Doll is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts. With a staff of over 10 certified fitness professionals, Shaping Concepts provides personal fitness training in Charleston with a specialty on weight loss and body transformation. You can receive a FREE, no-obligations (2) session personal training trial and consultation to experience the difference for yourself.

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Category: Nutrition.