I have to post this as I think everyone is quite confused in today’s world about what is healthy and what isn’t and we tend to get caught up in the little things instead of looking at the bigger picture. The study of holistic nutrition, as I’ve mentioned, looks at the whole person, because even though we are what we eat, we are also what we think and do. Everything needs to be put into perspective.
Here is the article I’m talking about: http://myscienceacademy.org/2012/12/25/25-foods-in-the-new-year-eat-more-to-weigh-less/
And here is my response:
Okay everyone, we need to stop arguing and realize that everyone’s body is different. There is no perfect diet, there is no miracle way to do things. You need to be aware of what your body is telling you and how you react to certain things. On the one hand, eggs and a cup of coffee might not be the healthiest things to eat, however, if a person has been indulging in an English breakfast consisting of 3 kinds of bacon, a slab of steak, and pancakes dripping with high fructose corn syrup….it might be a good idea to switch to a nice poached egg. Some studies HAVE shown that caffeine can increase your metabolism, but to get the most bang for your buck, most would suggest a cup of green tea with lemon for the caffeine plus the antioxidants. Olive oil is great to have on salads and to drizzle on cooked vegetables for extra flavor, the oil helps the absorption of the nutrients. This has been studied in depth in the book “the worlds healthiest way of cooking” my George Mateljan. Cooking with olive oil and other oils is not a good idea because high heat changes to composition of the oil and it becomes unhealthy. The benefits of coconut oil are because of the high heat you are able to cook with it. But I would recommend not cooking with oil at all since coconut oil still raises your LDL levels much like butter. However, in the book Clean by Dr. Alejendro Junger, he raves about coconut oil and suggests cooking with it and even adding it to your morning smoothies during the clean detox program.
What it comes down to folks, is eating a balanced diet and listening to your body. Every day you should be eating things with varied colors and whole foods. It should be 60% raw and 40% cooked however it wouldn’t hurt to up it 80% raw and 20% cooked (which is what the Hippocrates institute teaches.) There are always new studies coming out that this is bad and that is good, but a bit of oil here and there isn’t going to kill you, and if there is something that might not be the healthiest choice but its healthier then what you were doing before, then that is a step in the right direction.