So today I read an article stating that vitamin supplements are not only unnecessary but in certain doses might even contribute to heart disease, stroke and cancer. The confusion around food and supplementation seems to be an ongoing dialogue. One minute you’re supposed to eat fish at least two or three times a week, then you’re told to be careful of levels of mercury that might be in the fish. You could supplement with omega three fatty acids. They have been all the rage and supposedly a great alternative for fish haters. Their attributes included helping to enhance mood, protecting the heart, lowering blood pressure and a host of other possibilities. Now, new research says it could create heart attacks and God knows what else. Too much calcium can have the same effect on men, but not women.
Vitamin E in doses of 400 mgs or more could increase prostate cancer by 17 percent, but you can eat nuts which contain vitamin E. Not too many though because their fattening. So far this is not looking too good for the guys. The amount of positive and negative benefits around things we ingest has never been examined as closely. I’m glad I grew up in a time when I didn’t know that I should have turkey meatballs instead of “MEATBALLS”! What about meat? That gets a bad rap all the time? In fact it probably should be considered a criminal offense if you’re caught eating it.
Should I eat a banana for breakfast even though it’s high on the glycemic index? I know that oatmeal and some cereals are good for me, but what if I have an allergy to grains and I blow up? Certain vegetables are really in now. Kale is king! You can’t get enough kale. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and anything in the cruciferous family are now considered magical. Dairy also gets a bad rap. I remember my mother practically force feeding me three or four glasses of milk a day. And it was WHOLE milk! What was she thinking. Now they promote low fat or skim which takes the fat out, but increases the sugar content. Of course we know sugar is akin to a death sentence. But you can have Stevia which is considered natural. Anything natural seems to be okay. So I guess I’ll just pick a few blades of grass, boil them in some rain water and shave some bark over them as a condiment. I know it will be so much better for me then the sausages, onions and peppers I’d originally planned on.