The Secret Ingredient

I hope you didn’t open this article hoping to find some SECRET on how to lose weight or gain pounds of muscle quickly and easily.

 Unfortunately there is no secret or magic pill which you can just take without putting in the time and effort required.

I recently read an article from Joel Marion’s website, which sparked my interest and got me thinking.  What we will be talking about here, is a single ‘ingredient’ in actual foods. It’s not really a ‘secret’ ingredient per se but for the sake of getting the point across we will call it that.

Take a look at this list of foods:

  • Steak
  • Strawberries
  • Peanuts
  • Avocado
  • Blueberries
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Fresh milk
  • Olive oil
  • Salmon or any fresh fish
  • Bananas

The list could go on and on, but what do all these foods have in common?  They all basically have ONE ingredient in them.  They do not have anything added to them.  Strawberries are just strawberries, they do not have any additional ‘substances’ put in them to make them a final product.  The ingredients for strawberries are….. Strawberries!  Just take into account that here we are dealing with all organic substances so we can assume and hope that no other chemicals have been added to them.

So in essence the majority of the food that we consume should be kept to these ‘one’ ingredient foods, as these types of food are much healthier for us, allow for the proper digestion process and can aid in preventing all sorts of illnesses.

Prevention is the best cure!  They are packed with varying amounts of vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre which the body is able to readily absorb.  The aim is to try and avoid anything with a long list of ingredients and preservatives (e.g. Calcium propionate).  Stick to foods which CAN go off.

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If you are doubtful of any product, ask yourself can it go off?  If the answer is no then you should really try to avoid those products.  Let’s take a simple example, bread.  If you walk into any grocery store and head over to the baking section, where they sell all the breads.  You will essentially find two types of bread.  The first type will be the freshly baked bread which was made by the grocery store.  And the second type is all the different brands of already made bread in their own packaging ready to go.  What’s the difference between the two?  Well if you take one of each home, you will find that the freshly baked bread will end up getting mold on it and becoming hard within about 4 – 5 days or less, whereas the other type of bread may last up to 2 weeks.  So the latter type has all sorts of preservatives added to them to enable them to last that much longer.

In this day and age with so many different products available, it can be hard to completely avoid all the bad stuff, especially when most of the ‘unhealthy’ foods are the most convenient for us, and let’s face it most of them taste really good.  But we need to try to be educated on all these points so that we can start to make better food choices for us as well as for our younger generation.  Moderation is key!

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