A new year means a new beginning. January and February mark that time of year where we all run to purchase our gym memberships, load our fridges up with kale and swear that this is the last latte we are drinking in 2014! While all of these actions sound great, there is one key step to take in ensuring a healthy new year: start purging your pantry and eliminating these five foods.
1. Canola Oil and Vegetable Oil
Canola oil and vegetable oil are today’s most commonly used oils. Turn over any packaged product such as salad dressings, hummus or tomato sauce and see canola oil or vegetable oil as one of the star ingredients.
Canola oil was initially called rapeseed oil and it contained euric acid, which was found to cause fatty degeneration in the heart. Since euric acid and the name ‘rapeseed’ was highly undesirable, geneticists bred a new variety low in euric acid and they renamed it canola oil. Unlike extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil, canola oil and vegetable oils go through an intense processing that leaves toxic molecules behind and leaves them devoid of any real nutrients. Many crops that are used to make these oils are also genetically modified–another reason to say goodbye to these oils for good!
Wheat’s alter-ego “frankenwheat” is the culprit of many health issues such as skin disorders, digestive issues, arthritis, weight gain and brain fog. Eliminating whole wheat is confusing for so many people since we have been told for so long that whole wheat is good for us, especially for heart health. The wheat that is grown today is not like the wheat grown decades ago. Today’s wheat has been crossbed and hybridized so that it is resistant to drought and can grow a high yield. Although this allows for more wheat to be grown and more mouths to be fed, the end product is not as desirable as it seems.
One of the components of modern frankenwheat is “amylopectin A” which according to Dr. William Davis, the author of Wheat Belly, raises blood sugar faster than table sugar–which is crazy?! Gluten, one of the proteins in wheat and the new health villain causes inflammation within the body and brain fogginess. If you are turning your back on wheat and embracing a more gluten-free lifestyle remember one thing: just because it’s gluten-free does not mean it’s healthy!