What happens to our body if we eat sugar, milk and derivatives such as cow’s milk, mozzarella, cheeses, refined white flours and salt every day? These are those foods that are often called white poisons on the net … but is it right to call them “poisons”?
We are currently in the generation accustomed to eating at least one of these four foods every day, in spite of the idea of moderation which, said outside the teeth, is always a great idea to keep fit ! But speaking of these four foods, what is the threshold of moderation, and when, exactly, do they stop being foods and start to become poisons?
Let’s try to take a look at each one and try to understand something.
The first of these is sugar
we find it everywhere: it is useless to think of not using sugar in coffee anymore, then drink it bitterly or use cane sugar. Sugar is bad, and we find it everywhere. For example in desserts, in desserts : who among us does not like to eat a slice of cake maybe in front of a good movie?
Sugar has entered our culture in a very invasive way: among what many call “white poisons” it is perhaps the most widespread.
Sugar and sugary foods in general tend to raise blood sugar levels in our bodies. They have an impact on delicate hormonal balances and on our metabolism in the sense of slowing down. We normally consider sugar as ready energy, but its massive intake generates a glycemic roller coaster . First it raises the blood sugar, which leads us to an increase in insulin, and consequently to a decrease in blood glucose.
This continuous glycemic decompensation can result in a greater risk, in those who are accustomed to abusing sugar, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
According to the World Health Organization, an adult’s daily sugar consumption should be reduced to 25 grams for health benefits to be noticed. But let’s talk about overall intake, so we must pay attention to the composition of the foods we put on our plate !
There is something else we can do: inhibit the negative effects of sugar . For example, we can frustrate them by eating lots, lots and lots of vitamin C. Strawberries, oranges, lemons, kiwis contain a lot of vitamin C and counteract the intestinal growth of candida.
The second food group that we tend to enter daily is cow’s milk and its derivatives.
These contain Lactose , it is a sugar contained in milk to which 75% of the population is intolerant. We can take it without lactose, but we will find casein in it , which is one of the proteins we find in milk, and it causes an increase in mucus in the intestine.
This affects both the lungs and the skin , and predisposes us to chronic systemic inflammation with a consequent increase in allergies and various problems, including autoimmune ones.
Clearly, the negative effects of milk and its derivatives on the body are maximized only in the case of overtly intolerant people!
According to the Higher Institute of Health, milk and its derivatives are considered key foods of the Mediterranean diet , and it recommends taking them for a balanced diet for all ages.
However, it recognizes that for some populations that in their genetic history have not developed a permanence of lactase, the enzyme that allows us to digest milk, their consumption can be associated with some problems. Disorders of lactose metabolism, for example, or related to the allergenic power of some proteins present in it.
It is always worth considering that milk is a fatty and high-sugar food : for this reason it is always advisable to limit its intake!
To counteract the negative effects of milk and its derivatives, especially on the intestine, we can prefer the intake of fiber ! Lots of raw vegetables.
Then there is the third of the so-called “white poisons”: refined flour.
We find it in the preparation of pasta , in baked products such as bread and pizza, and in much much more.
The 00 flour in its refining process eliminates fibers and most of its vitamins and mineral salts, reduces proteins and lipids. What maximizes, on the other hand, is the carbohydrate content: slow-release energy that our metabolism is able to distribute over a long period instead of “burning” it immediately like that deriving from sugars!
The problem is that, when they are metabolized, carbohydrates are also transformed into sugars : they increase blood sugar and bring us back on that roller coaster we wrote about earlier.
Refined flour, if introduced daily into our body, tends to create inflammation and metabolism: the metabolism tends to slow down.
What nutritionists recommend is to add fiber : eat lots of vegetables, lots of fruit. But above all, balance the intake of refined flour with whole grains. Finally, it is much better to avoid eating refined flours every day, preferring products based on wholemeal flours!
Finally, the last of the “white poisons”: salt!
Speaking of salt, let’s start by quoting what the Ministry of Health has to say about it. Salt, in fact, contains sodium which is an essential mineral for the functioning of the body. However, sodium is naturally present in sufficient quantities in the foods we eat, and there is no other reason to add it to our dishes than to increase the flavor!
The counterpart to this burst of taste is an increased risk of high blood pressure, certain heart and kidney diseases. For this, the daily salt intake for an adult should never exceed 5 grams .
If we have taken too much salt, the advice is to counterbalance by taking large quantities of water , to dilute the presence of salt in the blood.
In short, it is always the excess that transforms normal foods into “white poisons”
What is important to consider is that we eat at least one of these foods, if not all four, on a daily basis. We think we do no harm, because what makes us feel safe is the fact that we do not take them in large quantities, and we think this is enough to have a correct diet !
Basically, this is correct, but taking excessive amounts accelerates a process that, in reality, we have triggered with a continued intake !
Of course, don’t feel guilty if you go out with friends to eat pizza on Sunday: the problem is not the exception, the exception to the rule! The problem is the regularity of habits which, in the long run, become harmful!
Getting back in shape is a question of balance: a balance between proper nutrition and physical training is the best way to get your metabolism up and running!
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