Sorting through the clutter of information that bombards us on a daily basis is very nearly a full-time job. In the health and fitness genre, with so many contrasting – and often opposing – viewpoints, this deluge is positively daunting. There are those who espouse the virtues of low-carbohydrate diets, while others extol low-fat meal plans, and others still who say that neither choice is healthy. Each viewpoint has its stalwart proponents who want nothing more than to recruit your loyalty. They fill your head with data substantiating the merits of their position while paying little – if any – attention to the drawbacks that each choice has. It’s often so confusing that the public is left in a wobbly state of imbalance.
To make matters worse, these so-called experts deliberately complicate matters to reaffirm their necessary function in society. A perfect example – among untold millions – of this approach can be found when one is researching green tea. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, and antioxidants help to stabilize free radicals that cause damage to the body on a cellular level. This kind of damage, called ‘oxidative stress’, has been linked to a wide variety of ailments, from irritable bowel syndrome to cancer. So, green tea helps combat this ill.
Then the article(s) will go on to tell you not to add processed sugar or milk to the tea because processed sugar will elevate glucose levels quickly in the bloodstream and milk is high in saturated fat. Well… is the article in question about fat, glucose, or oxidative stress? Can we not have a simple conversation that discusses the benefits of something without throwing a wrench into the works and begin dissecting the vicissitudes of other consumables? Do we have to mix one tablespoon of good information with one-quarter teaspoon of warning, and an added dash of fear in order for the recipe to work?
And what’s so bad about milk and sugar anyway? The body processes sugar much the same way it processes other white starches, so sugar isn’t any worse for you than rice. And milk provides your body with calcium and has added Vitamins A & D; so what if it comes with some saturated fat? Saturated fats, in limited quantity, are actually essential for proper cell function.
Please be judicious when reading about health and nutrition. Hell, be judicious right now and ask a dietitian, a nutritionist, or a doctor if what you’ve read about oxidative stress and sugar and saturated fat in this article is accurate. I’d be willing to publicly apologize for any inaccuracy.
It’s time to really address healthy eating from a can-do perspective and stop dealing with it from an afraid to make a mistake viewpoint. Let’s start creating the right type of recipe.