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Food Trends...Whats (Still) In, Whats (Still) Out

Humans are charmed by food—we like to eat it, think about it, use it to help us shape our bodies, and watch it being prepared. Food can cause us serious problems, as seen with the appalling situation of the obesity epidemic. It also offers delicious rewards and helps us feel good. Unfortunately, the combination of big business, incomplete science, and the desire for cheap, abundant meals has resulted in a lack of authenticity or nutrition to much of the available food.

A recent report on food trends published by the Hartman Group, a market research firm in Washington state, shows that the population at large wants food that is authentic, real, and flavorful. People are getting savvy about how to eat for long-term health and longevity, and a lean body composition.

It’s what I’ve been saying for years:
•Avoid soy and opt for wild meat.
• Eat foods that are real, not some processed conglomeration of sugar, additives, dye, and     hyper processed macronutrients.
• Eat fats that taste good (coconut, real butter, whole fat dairy) and provide cancer-fighting     lipids, rather than GMO-derived vegetable oils.
• Opt for stevia or low glycemic sweeteners and avoid fructose-filled ones like agave.
• Salt intake should be individualized, not completely eliminated from diet.

Although, the way we eat is shifting toward a diet for greater well-being, it’s not always smart to do what’s cool. Let’s consider the health and body composition benefits of eating what’s hot, and those trends that you should pass on by.

Trends to Adopt For Better Health and Body Comp…
1)    Eat Grass-Fed Meats Instead of Processed Soy
Grass-fed organic meats and dairy provide healthy fats and high-quality protein. Despite the recent Harvard study that found a link between red meat intake and mortality, grass-fed organic animal products are becoming more mainstream. People who are hip to what real food is know that we have to get away from feedlot meat that is raised on antibiotics, steroids, growth hormones, and filled with omega-6 fats from the grain-filled diet the animals are eating.

Make the effort to search out organic grass-fed or wild meats because they will provide omega-3 fats and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fat that protects against disease and stimulates the immune system. Equally, avoid modified fat dairy (fat-free or low-fat versions). Look for grass-fed dairy made from particular breeds, such as the Jersey, Guernsey, and Brown Swiss cows rather than the Holstein cow that has been bred to produce huge quantities of milk. The Jersey, Guernsey, and Brown Swiss cows produce milk that is rich in the DHA and EPA omega-3s, CLA, and vitamins A and D—the milk includes “authentic” vitamins and it doesn’t need to be fortified.

The need to avoid soy, particularly genetically modified soy, is catching on as the evidence mounts that soy may affect hormone levels and has been linked to cancer risk. The abundance of processed soy products, including soy milk and fake meats, should be avoided in favor of unprocessed, high-quality protein.

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