"I work for Mcdonald's and make sure everyone that matters to me never orders anything that comes out of the 'McCafe' machine as these are routinely neglected, in practically all the McDonalds. Not only are staff not properly trained in its cleaning and maintenance, at almost every McDonalds I've had experience with, the managers in charge of training them don't know fuck all either...All McCafe beverages run through a horrifically dirty machine - we're talking 5+ inches of uncleaned, liquid bullshit making up its inside parts"
"I used to work in a baseball park concession stand. The short answer is not to order anything, but if you absolutely have to buy something, don’t buy the hotdogs.
Do not. Buy. The Hot Dogs.
They made it out of the package okay, and might even have been edible after we finished grilling them – and then they went into the water. We kept three pans of water at the back of the grill that held the hot dogs. Any hot dogs left at the end of the day went back into the fridge, and came out again the next day. Me and the other cook put our feet down on throwing out the water and old hotdogs after two full days, but the management didn’t want to let us."
"I worked at taco bell a little bit ago and I warn everyone to stay away from both the beans, and the steak. The beans start out looking like cat food, and the directions are, 'Add water and stir until you can’t see white anymore.' The steak was just the worst on dish duty. If it would sit too long it would become like hair gel. It was the worst."
"I used to work at Wendy’s. The meat used in the chili, yeah that comes from the meat on the grill top that expires and dries up that’s put in to a warming drawer until you have enough for a batch of chili, which we first freeze and then thaw the next day. Also if the chili sitting in the warmer doesn’t sell fast enough we just added hot water to it to mix it up."
"Former starbucks worker here. Please don't order anything off the 'Secret Menu'. It doesn't exist. If you want a snickerdoodle, nuttella, or captain crunch frappuchino (or whatever other overly sugery thing someone has since come out with), know the base drink and the modifications, and order that. If you just say the name, it's up to the barista to come up with what's in the drink, and it may not be what the last barista you ordered from put in there."
"I worked at a theater, don’t get popcorn for the first showing- that’s all just last night’s popcorn put into giant garbage bags and then reheated in the warmers in the morning.
Oh yeah and remember that sticky floor in the aisle of the theater? Well what do you think would happen if you had that at your house. YES THAT’S HOW YOU GET ANTS… and cockroaches, and everything else. Plus it’s in the dark most of the time. It’s like a bug buffet once the lights go out and the movie starts."
"Panera- pasta; it's all microwaved, this includes Mac and cheese. Smoothies/frozen drinks- nasty base crap that smells and it's sticky. Cupcakes/coffee cakes- all come frozen. Best items are the real sandwhich/ salads. Real ingredients and usually fresh."
"I used to work at McDonalds. If you order, especially chicken nuggets, just ask for them fresh. Otherwise they've been just sitting in their container in the heat. They have a timer, but 9/10 times when that timer goes off, people just reset the timer instead of making new ones. This could go on until all the nuggets are sold."
"Taco Johns reporting for all you midwesterners. I would steer clear of the beans, at least outside of peak hours, because they sit on the hot table for a long long time and when they dry out, just add water. Everything else is pretty solid though. Worked there a couple years back in 2007-2009 and still love going back to get my fix."
"Worked at KFC for ~4 years. The BBQ sandwich is actually made from chicken too old and stale to give to the homeless shelters, so they soak it in BBQ sauce until it can be pulled and then they keep it on the heater for a month.
"It backs up the line like no other. If it's not busy, you're fine but PLEASE do not order a quesorito during our peak hours. Employees will hate you. The people behind you in line will hate you. Everyone will hate you. There's nothing wrong with it health/sanitation wise, but too few people order it for our damned managers to rearrange and optimize our food line for quesorito production."
"I worked at Einstein's bagel place which is basically fast food. Don't order anything with eggs, they aren't real eggs and if business is slow they could have been sitting in a container for hours after they are microwaved."
Olive oil is a product known for its benefits. You can rarely find a recipe that doesn’t suggest applying olive oil instead of all other types of oils. However, people are often unaware of the benefits of the fruit itself. There are many reasons why you should make olives part of your everyday diet.
1. Weight Loss
Olives contain monounsaturated fat. This type of fat is perfect replacement for saturated fat because it is healthier and it promotes weight loss. Olive oil triggers fat burning within fat cells, so you can easily get rid of the abdominal fat and reduce insulin resistance. People that regularly consume olives tend to decrease the amount of calories they bring in their body and they usually don’t have any problems with extra pounds. Many scientific studies have confirmed that these people have a higher level of serotonin in their body. Serotonin is a satiety-related hormone. Even the aroma of olives may cause a feeling of satiety which can lead to reduced calorie intake (by almost 200 per day).
2. Cardiovascular system benefits
When so-called free radicals oxidize cholesterol several things happen in the body. The blood vessels are damaged, the fat is building up in the arteries and all these things can result in a heart attack. Antioxidant nutrients in black olives prevent oxidation of cholesterol and help in the prevention of coronary heart diseases. Olives contain healthy monounsaturated fats that are known for their ability to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and increase good cholesterol. Latest researches have shown that monounsaturated fats found in olives and olive oil can help reduce high blood pressure. This is possible thanks to the specific properties of oleic acid found in olives.
3. Pain relief
Olives, or antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients found in olives to be more precise, act as a natural ibuprofen. Their oil contains oleocanthal a substance with proven anti-inflammatory properties that is very similar to the properties of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It is good to point out that around 50 grams or 3 ½ tablespoons of virgin olive oil contains an amount of oleocanthal with anti-inflammatory properties similar to ten doses of ibuprofen for adults. This is a proof about olive’s strong healing properties.
4. Protection against cancer
As we have mentioned before, olives have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and this makes them a natural protector against cancer because chronic inflammation and oxidative stress can be the main reasons for development of cancer. Olives can prevent the dangerous combination of chronic inflammation and chronic oxidative stress thanks to its ability to provide the body with rich supplies of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. Black olives are a well known source of vitamin E, which neutralizes free radicals in fatty tissue fast. Vitamin E can improve the cellular processes especially when it is combined with stable monounsaturated fats which are found in olives. Free radicals can interfere with processes like mitochondrial energy production and they can lead to oxidation, damage to cellular mitochondria and the production of insufficient amount of energy needed by the body. If the DNA cell is damaged then we can expect mutation and occurrence of cancer. Many experts have confirmed that a diet supplemented with olive and olive oils leads to reduced risk of colon cancer occurrence.
Even people suffering from allergies can find olives very helpful because of their strong anti-inflammatory properties. Olive extract acts as a antihistamine at a cellular level. They can help by blocking the histamine receptors which results in reduced allergic reactions. That’s why you should practice olives as anti-allergic food. They can also increase the blood flow and help alleviate the effects of many diseases like asthma for example.
6. Healthy hair and skin
Black olives are also rich in fatty acids and antioxidants – components that moisturize, nourish and protect the skin. Vitamin E found in olives protects the skin from the dangerous UV radiation which means that we are getting protection from premature aging and occurrence of skin cancer too. It is very beneficial to apply olive oil after showering, but you should not use it as a sunscreen because you can end up with burns. If you are looking for a healthier hair mix olive oil and one egg yolk and apply the mixture on your hair. After 5 minutes wash the hair and you will notice the first results immediately.
Only one cup of olive oils contains 10 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin A. This vitamin is crucial for healthy eyes and provides improved night vision. It also acts against, macular degeneration, cataracts glaucoma and other ocular diseases related to the inevitable process of aging.
8. Increased levels of glutathione
Many studies have confirmed the link between increased levels of glutathione in the blood with olive consumption. Glutathione is one of the most valuable antioxidants in the nature. Lower levels of glutathione in the blood can result in high blood pressure, high percentage of body fat and overall poorer health condition. On the other hand, higher levels are linked with better health and prevention of cancer.
9. Olives as source of iron
Every type of olives, especially black olives, is rich in iron. The ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body in the proper way is dependent on the presence of iron in the blood. If you are suffering from iron deficiency, your tissue won’t receive enough oxygen and you will soon start to feel weakness and coldness. Iron is essential for the process of production of energy in our body. Furthermore, the proper functioning of many enzymes and the immune system depends on the sufficient amount of iron found in our body.
You're sitting on a train that’s slightly warm, packed with passengers, and suddenly you get a whiff of "rotten egg" stench.
Stop after stop, the crowd thins out, but that onerous odor remains. You search for the offender as subtly as you can, so you can find a seat in the opposite direction. As your head swivels, you’re hit with that stench again, so strong you could swear it was you.
You nonchalantly dip your head down toward your underarm — wait a minute. It is you. But you didn't even work out today. And you took a shower this morning. And you’re wearing deodorant.
What you eat can directly affect how you smell, and in more ways than just your breath. Scientifically, this boils down to the way your body metabolizes the stinky sulfur compounds found in many foods like garlic, cumin, and asparagus. While smelling like garlic is not new (it is said to ward off both vampires and mosquitos), the stench of asparagus-tainted urine might not be quite as familiar and you may not have even realized that some of the foods on our list could have this effect on you.
If you have a hot date, an interview, or plan to be out in public, you may want to keep these foods off the day’s menu. And if you can't, here are a few tricks to help deodorize nasty smells.
In 2006, researchers from the Czech Republic collected perspiration samples from meat-eating and vegetarian men. They then asked a group of women to identify the foulest odor, based on numerous factors. Overwhelmingly, the vegetarians’ body odor was found to be much more appealing than the meat-eaters’.
Deodorize: A simple way to remove potential stench is to cut out red meat all together. If a vegetarian's life is not for you, try cutting out some meat and replace it with seafood or veggie dinners.
The taste of Tikka chicken may not be worth the lingering stench that comes with it. The aromas of spices such as curry and cumin can make a home for themselves in your pores, and stew for days at a time.
Deodorize: Even a brief brush with cumin can cause a lasting odor. Instead try cardamom, an aromatic seed of a plant from the ginger family, which permeates the body quickly and leaves a fresh aroma.
Garlic stink oozes from your skin because allicin, within another sulfur compound called allin, is released when garlic is cut or crushed. Allicin breaks down quickly after consumption and converts to other substances, which cause bacteria to mix with sweat and results in a strong odor.
However, it is said that if you are at dinner and both you and your date consume garlic, you’ll be less likely to notice it. (It’s up to you to take that risk.)
Deodorize: If your underarms become some serious stinkers, apply white or cider vinegar to keep you odor-free throughout the day.
The ripe smell of asparagus crops up in a seemingly harmless way, but tell that to the guy sharing five bathroom stalls with five other men. Asparagus makes urine stink when the sulfur compound mercaptan breaks down in the digestive system. If you're wondering why your urine doesn't smell after eating asparagus, it’s because your body doesn’t possess the enzyme to break mercaptan down.
Deodorize: If you’re afraid offending in a public restroom, try finding a tasty asparagus alternative. Bell peppers can easily be roasted or grilled much like asparagus without the after effects.
Little kids across America now have a reason to snub some of these loathsome vegetables. These sulfur-rich foods pack nutrients and antioxidants that may help rid the body of toxins and carcinogenic cells, but they’re also responsible for severe smells. This stench introduces itself in the socially-crippling form of flatulence. The sulfur in these foods is responsible for the rotten-egg smell toots tend to leave behind.
Deodorize: Cruciferous vegetables are vital to our health. So, when you're in the comfort of your own home, eat those greens! You can also par-boil to remove some of the stench before you finish cooking them. In the meantime, spices like coriander, turmeric, and caraway will not only leave you smelling fresh, they’ll help control your bottom.
Thanks to Dr. Atkins, carbohydrates are largely the most bullied group on the food pyramid playground. Dieters can’t get enough of fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy, but carbs? Carbs make people fat, right? Wrong: That’s where dieters are very wrong. Carbs actually do a body good and give us the energy we need to live our lives, but they still get a bad rap, and that’s where consumers’ misunderstanding of the macromolecules comes into play. If chosen carefully, carbohydrates can deliver a number of health benefits and also help people maintain their weight. So whether dieters like to believe it or not, carbohydrates actually have a rightful place in any food regimen, no matter how strict.
First things first, though, we have to get a couple of things straight. Cereal, bread, and pasta are not the only carbs you can find in the grocery store. Carbs are more all-encompassing than you may think, and many more foods fall under the carb umbrella than many realize. Med-Health.netexplains that carbs can be divided into three groups: sugar, starches, and fiber. Natural sugar, like the kind found in fruits and vegetables, represents the simplest form of carbohydrates, and it may be obtained in three forms: lactose, fructose, and sucrose. Starches are those sugar units bonded together, and naturally occurring starch can be found in rice, beans, peas, and other grains. Fiber is also made of bonded sugar, and fiber occurs in vegetables, whole grains, peas and dry beans, bran, soya beans, and more.
Do you still think you’ve completely sworn off carbs? It’s not all about saying no to pizza and bagels. If you really are on a no-carb diet, then you’re saying no to a whole lot more, and if you think you’ve failed, have no fear! As it turns out, carbs are friends, not foes, and here are seven reasons why.
1. Carbs make you happy
Really, they do. Carbs make people happy, and if you’re wondering why your coworker on a low-carb diet isn’t so smiley all the time, here’s why. We’ve all heard of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin before, and though there is no food that can directly affect serotonin levels, the results of a study conducted by the Archives of Internal Medicine, highlighted by Eating Well, supports researchers’ suspicions that carbs promote the production of serotonin.
It is believed that the intake of carbohydrate-rich foods can increase the amount of serotonin produced by the brain, because carbs can help increase the tryptophan ratio over other amino acids. Tryptophan is an amino acid that is important for serotonin synthesis, so if carbohydrate-rich foods help aid its production, they can help serotonin levels rise.
According to Eating Well, the study by the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who followed a very low carbohydrate diet for a year experienced more depression, anxiety, and anger than those assigned to a low-fat, high-carb diet that focused on low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruit, and beans. The key is choosing the right carbs, which we’ll get to soon.
2. Carbs give you energy
We said this before, and we’ll say it again: Carbs are your body’s main source of energy — they fuel your life, especially your physical activity. There’s a reason runners “carbo-load” before their big races, and it’s not only because carbs taste good. It’s because they can tell how the complex carbs affect their performances.
According to Med-Health.net, the main source of energy required for your daily activity comes from glucose, and you get your glucose from the starches and sugars you eat. We’ve already gone over the fact that starches and sugar fall under the carbohydrate umbrella, and it is these kinds of carbs that get broken down into simple sugar with the help of insulin during digestion.
Don’t believe us? Then take it from, registered dietitian Amy Shapiro also the founder of Real Nutrition NYC. In regards to the the misunderstanding surrounding the C-word (carbs), she said on Refinery 29, “Our body breaks them down and turns them into sugar, or glucose, and then uses that, not only for immediate energy that is free flowing in our blood (hence why it elevates our blood sugar levels), but also for future use, where it’s stored in our muscles and liver (that’s where the idea of carbo-loading before a race comes into play).”
The reason that carbs get such a bad rap is because the extra sugar available from the glucose formation gets stored in muscles, the liver, or other parts of your body, later getting converted into fat if the body doesn’t need it for energy. However, that’s on you, not the carbs. If you keep moving and require your body to use up that energy, the sugar from carbohydrates won’t get stored as fat. Case in point: Carbs don’t make you fat. How much you eat and how little you move makes you fat.
3. Carbs help you maintain your weight
Many consumers blame any and all weight gain on carbs, but carbs have been proven to help dieters maintain their weight as long as people are picking the right carbs to eat and are eating them in moderation. The great thing about carbs is that they fill you up and keep you satiated, keeping you from reaching your hand into the cookie jar late at night. Diets rich in carbohydrates can be helpful in reducing weight and controlling muscle tone because many carb-filled foods are even more filling than protein or fat, and that makes them powerful appetite suppressants.
That’s the problem with low-carb diets: Consumers on these types of regimes have a hard time feeling satiated, and therefore their hunger signals cause them to give up or binge eat sooner rather than later. Maintaining a regimen in which carbs make up to 64 percent of your total daily caloric intake, or 361 grams, is a better idea because it helps you stay satiated and stay focused on your weight maintenance or weight loss goals.
According to Health, that’s the ratio that researchers believe is best for helping consumers get and stay slim. Most low-carb diets limit people to fewer than 30 percent of total calories from carbs. That number, compared to the goal 64 percent that researchers recommend, is a big indicator of why so many people on low-carb fad diets end up crashing and burning.
The key to maintaining a carb-rich diet and maintaining your weight is focusing on the right carbs to eat. In the carb world, complex is always better than simple. Via Refinery 29, Shapiro says: “Complex carbs — like whole grains — contain higher levels of fiber, so they take longer to break down and don’t spike your blood sugar as quickly as those that don’t have a lot of fiber, therefore your insulin levels aren’t off the charts. Your body takes longer to digest them, so then the sugar is more evenly distributed in your bloodstream.”
On the other hand, simple carbs, or refined carbs, are less healthful because although they give you fast energy, they don’t take as long to digest as complex carbs, so they pull consumers through a brutal carb-sugar cycle. You reach for carbs; you reach for sugar; you repeat. Simple carbs result in a quick spike of energy followed by a crash, and then you are tempted reach for more sugar for an instant energy boost. When this cycle occurs, your body has higher insulin levels, which causes you to store and keep fat more easily. Therefore, just say no(!) to simple carbs. White bread, white pasta, candy, fruit juice, packaged cereals, and processed foods, we’re looking at you.
4. Carbs help prevent diseases
Yep — they fight weight gain and they fight diseases, too. Told you carbs weren’t so bad. Med-Health.net says that complex carbs help your body because carb-rich foods are packed with fiber, and fibrous foods help your body fight certain diseases. Fiber also helps indigestion and keeps cholesterol and heart diseases under control. Whole grains are the richest source of dietary fiber, so if you exercise control and maintain a proper intake of whole-grain calories, Med-Health.net says that you can help prevent the onset of many diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart-related problems.
Joelle Klein of the Cleveland Clinic of Wellnessagrees. She published a paper in 2009 that reads: “The more nutritious carbs (which are usually minimally processed) can help lower your cholesterol, control your blood sugar and make it easier for you to lose weight — all factors in preventing disease and improving your health. The less nutritious kinds (which are usually refined foods) can adversely affect your health, especially if eaten in large quantities, because they typically have added sugars and are stripped of most of their nutritional value during the refining process.”
Once again, it’s all about picking the rightcarbs.
5. Carbs help keep your memory sharp
Another reason carbs are friends and not foes? They keep your memory sharp, as reported in a study by Tufts University and highlighted by Eating Well. Researchers at the Boston-area college found that after overweight women followed a “low-carbohydrate” diet for a week, they did worse on tests of working memory and visuospatial memory (remembering locations on a map) than their counterparts who followed a “low-calorie” diet based on American Dietetic Association guidelines.
It makes sense if you think about it. Just as carbohydrates are required to fuel your body, they also are required to fuel your brain. Complex carbs such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, high-fiber cereal, lentils, and whole beans help keep you on your mental game, also keeping your memory sharp.
Care2.com says that the perfect fat-carb-protein intake for a good memory requires that you consume 30 to 45 percent of your daily calories from complex carbohydrates while staying away from high glycemic carbs such as sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, processed cereals and grains, baked goods, whole milk, and cream. You should get the other 25 to 35 percent of your calories from high-quality lean protein and round it out with another 25 percent of your calories from healthy fat.
6. Carbs help you you blast fat
Plot twist! Carbs also help you burn fat. The opposite of what we have always thought, right? As it turns out, this news isn’t too good to be true, and we’ll let the research do the talking. Health reports that carbs actually help you lose your belly fat faster than other foods, even when the same number of calories are consumed.
That’s because they are metabolic primers, meaning they are needed to completely burn fat; without them, fat won’t be able to be effectively combusted, resulting in ketone bodies. Health says that when scientists fed rats a diet rich in resistant starch, it increased the activity of fat-burning enzymes and decreased the activity of fat-storing enzymes. This means that the belly-fat cells were less likely to soak up and store calories as fat.
Eating Well also highlighted evidence that the macromolecules aid in the combustion of fat. They shared results from a study conducted by the Journal of Nutrition, which found that eating a breakfast made with “slow-release” carbohydrates, such as oatmeal, three hours before exercise helped exercisers burn more fat.
According to researchers, in the study, eating the good carbohydrates didn’t spike blood sugar as much as eating refined carbohydrates — therefore, insulin levels didn’t spike as high. Because insulin plays a role in signaling your body to store fat, it is believed that having lower levels may help you burn fat. As it turns out, complex carbs should be feared by fat, not consumers.
7. Carbs are good for digestion
Last but not least, carbs are necessary for digestion, and speed up the whole process. SIFY Healthmaintains the belief “Don’t say no to carbohydrates, choose healthy carbs instead!” and one of its reasons is that carbs aid in digestion. It says the dietary fiber found in carbohydrates helps digestion because it moves food quickly through intestines, which helps prevent digestive disorders such as constipation or diverticulitis. Dietary fiber also bulks up the stool and makes it softer, which reduces peoples’ risk of developing hemorrhoids.
The San Francisco Chronicle also reports that an additional benefit of fiber is that it is the only carbohydrate that is not broken down by digestive enzymes. Soluble fiber becomes a thick, gel-like mass in the small intestines due to its ability to dissolve in water, while insoluble fiber remains unchanged during digestion. This again makes dietary fiber an important part of the diet because it helps prevent constipation and helps maintain bowel health. It also reduces blood levels of low-density lipoproteins, controls blood glucose levels, and may even help you lose weight.
If you want to live the healthiest life possible then you know that it’s all about the food. Your overall physical health is a direct reflection of what food you are eating and your lifestyle.
Although those processed foods that are pre-packaged are super convenient, no doubt about that, but when you cook from scratch with fresh, organic, unprocessed ingredients, you are ensuring that you are getting the healthiest nutrition possible. One of the most important ways to stay healthy is avoiding those processed foods as much as possible.
This list of 16 specific food items can help to steer you in the right direction. Keep these items in your kitchen at all times and you will always have healthy, base ingredients for your cooking and for snacking.
1. Yogurt and Kefir
Cultured dairy products that are made from organic, grass fed cow’s milk are super nutritious so you should always keep these things in stock. You can easily make these things yourself when you have a starter culture. Instead of cow’s milk there is also raw goat or sheep milk as another option. Although yogurt and kefir as both cultured milk products, they have very different types of beneficial bacteria, called probiotics.
The transient beneficial bacteria that yogurt has can keep your digestive system clean while providing “food” for the good bacteria that already live in your gut. Kefir helps to colonize your digestive system, something that yogurt cannot do. The active yeast and bacteria in kefir might provide even more nutritive value than yogurt does because it helps to digest the foods you eat and keep your colon clean. It also has minerals, essential amino acids, and vitamins that will assist your body with its own ability to heal itself.
2. Sunflower Seeds
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to improve your nutrition is to add sprouted seeds to your salads or to your vegetable juice smoothies. Although it’s easy to sprout a wide variety seeds, sunflower seeds are a great choice because they are easy to find, easy to sprout, and are full of nutrition. You can always eat the seeds themselves, or you can go the sprout route!
Sprouts have more than 30 times the nutrient of the seeds themselves. Sprouts also have important enzymes, as much as 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and veggies.
Sprouts are perhaps the ultimate locally grown food that you can grow in your own kitchen if you don’t have much yard space. They are also extremely cheap, so price is no excuse for not growing them. There are numerous websites that can give you tips for growing sprouts in jars or small trays along with the nutritional breakdown of all types of different seeds.
3. Whey Protein
If you live in an area where you cannot obtain raw milk, you can always use a high-quality whey protein (pick one that is minimally processed) that comes from the milk of grass fed, organically raised cows. This way you can receive many of the same great benefits as you can from drinking raw milk. Whey protein has immunoglobulins, and beta-glucans, which are important for the protection of your immune system, as well as supporting your body’s own natural processes for detoxification.
Whey protein is sometimes referred to as the “gold standard” when we are talking about protein. If you consume whey protein 30 minutes after or before your workout, it will help your body to increase both its fat burning as well as muscle building potential. High-quality whey protein has amino acids that activate cellular mechanisms, including one that is called mTOR-14. This mechanism in the body promotes muscle protein synthesis as well as booting the thyroid, and protects against possible declining testosterone levels after intense exercise.
4. Organic Pastured Eggs
Proteins are essential to the maintenance, building, and repair of the tissues in the body, including your skin, muscles, and internal organs. Proteins are major parts of your body’s immune system and your hormones.
Although protein is found in many types of foods, only foods that come from animal sources, such as eggs and meat, contain complete proteins. This means that they contain all of the essential amino acids that the body needs.
Eggs are true powerhouses of nutrition, provided that they come from organically raised, free-range chickens. The difference between free range chicken eggs and commercially farmed eggs is due to the different diets eaten by these two groups of birds.
How can you tell if your eggs come from free range chickens? By the color of the yolk. Free range chickens have yolks that are bright orange. Dull, pale yellow yolks are a sign of caged hens that are fed an unnatural diet.
5. Raw Milk from Organic Grass Fed Cows
Although you may have heard otherwise, pasteurized milk is no safer than raw milk. Research data shows that even illnesses that are linked to raw milk are minimal and lower than those from pasteurized milk. Grass is a cow’s natural food. Corn and grains are not natural. Cows that eat grain, which is what confined animals eat, their entire body composition is altered, and this includes the natural balance of essential fats. Grass-fed cow’s milk contains more than 60 digestive enzymes and immunoglobulins (antibodies), healthy bacteria that are beneficial for your gastrointestinal tract, beneficial raw fats, amino acids, and protein in a highly available, 100 percent digestible form. It also includes vitamins A, B, D, C, E, and K along with a very balanced blend of necessary minerals, which include calcium, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium.
The best way to get raw milk is from a local, organic farm is the best way to ensure that you are getting the high-quality milk your body deserves.
Wonderful, old-fashioned butter, made from cows that have a natural grass-fed diet, is super rich in a compound called conjugated linoleic acid or CLA. CLA is well-known for fighting diabetes, cancer, and can possibly help you to lose weight, something that no one can say about those trans-fat substitutes.
Vitamin A is necessary for many functions in your body from keeping your visions sharp to maintaining your endocrine system in its best shape. Butter is a great source of vitamin A that your body can easily absorb. It also has many of the other important vitamins that are fat soluble such as D, E, and K2. Many of these vitamins are lacking in our modern day diets. All natural butter is also rich in the important trace minerals we need like chromium, zinc, copper, manganese, and the powerful antioxidant, selenium.
Check out RealMilk.com7 if you need help finding a source of raw butter. If you like you can always try to make some yourself, there are plenty of step by step instructions and recipes available for making your own butter from scratch using raw, grass-fed milk.
7. Canned Alaskan Salmon
Unfortunately, pollution levels are such now that they have contaminated almost all fish to the point that they should be considered hazardous, especially for pregnant women and young children, if they are eaten in large amounts or in frequency. The best way to choose fish today is to pick ones that are high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids but still low in contamination. Wild caught Alaskan salmon, not farmed salmon, work well and is one of the few fish that can still be recommended as safe.
Although frozen fish will stay fresh for quite some time, another safe option is to stock up on canned salmon. Be sure to read the labels and get “Alaskan Salmon.” Salmon from Alaska are not allowed to grow in farms like other types of salmon. Avoid Atlantic salmon as all of these will be farmed salmon. Sockeye salmon is also another good choice as it can’t be farmed so chances are excellent that it’s also wild. You can also look for BPA free options should you choose canned salmon. Other “safe” canned fish are pickled herring, anchovies, and sardines.
8. Fermented Vegetables
Something most people are not aware of is that your gastrointestinal tract (GI) contains as much as 100 trillion bacteria. They actually outnumber the cells in your body by 2 to 1! If your GI tact is out of whack, many health problems tend to follow including allergies and autoimmune disorders. If you are afflicted with any type of chronic or major illness then it’s imperative that you heal and seal your gut. You need to balance the mixture of microorganisms that live in your GI tract. That is the key to maintaining a healthy and strong and immune system.
Fermented foods are necessary for a healthy GI tract. Just a quarter to a half cup of fermented food eaten along with your three daily meals, can have a dramatic effect on your overall health. Yogurt, kefir, pickles, and sauerkraut are just a few examples of fermented foods. These types of foods are readily available for sale if you like or you can make your own and experiment with different types of vegetables.
9. Himalayan Salt
Salt is essential to life. The human body must have salt in order to survive. However, there are many differences between the highly processed and refined salt that is commonly found in our foods and in table salt, and the unrefined, more natural salt such as sea salt and Himalayan salt. Processed salt can promote damaging health effects while Himalayan salt can assist with many biological processes such as the transport of nutrients to and from the cells of your body, increasing the cells in your brain that are responsible for your long-term planning and creative centers in your brain. It can also help to regulate the body’s blood pressure, supports the function of your adrenal glands, and helps your brain communicate with your muscles so you can move on demand.
Natural salt that is not processed, such as Himalayan salt, is about 85 percent sodium chloride and 15 percent natural trace minerals. There are 84 of them including phosphorus, silicon, and vanadium. After exercising or on hot days, or anytime you find you are sweating profusely, you can make your own healthy “sports” drink and replace those lost electrolytes and minerals by simply mixing a pinch of this healthy salt with the juice of half a lemon in a glass of water.
Although many people think of these as vegetables, they are actually classified as fruit. Avocados are great as they are low in fructose yet high in those healthy monounsaturated fats, which your body can burn easily for the energy it needs. Research shows that avocados are great for their ability to help the vascular function in the body and are very heart healthy. They are so easy to eat, too, either plain or chopped into salads, or the famous guacamole which you can put on just about anything from sandwiches to meats.
Avocados are high in potassium, too, with more than twice as much as you find in bananas, and this will help to balance that vitally important sodium to potassium ratio. Just one avocado has almost 20 essential nutrients your body needs, including fiber, B vitamins, vitamin E, and folic acid. Besides eating them as they are, you can also use avocado as a fat substitute in recipes that use butter or other types of oil. Avocados are also one of the safest fruits you can buy, even if they are conventionally grown, so you won’t need to spend more money buying organic avocados. Their very thick skins protect the soft inner meat from pesticides.
11. Homemade Broth
Nothing beats homemade bone broth for speeding healing and when you are recuperating from sickness. Bone broth helps to seal and heal your gastrointestinal tract. It’s full of those healthy fats and important minerals such as phosphorus, silicon, calcium, sulfur, and trace minerals. It also contains the broken down materials from the tendons and cartilage, which means this broth contains glucosamine and chondroitin.
It’s so easy to create your bone broth as well as being extremely cost effective. Simply make use of the leftover carcass bones that might otherwise simply be given to the dogs or thrown out. Bone broth can also be frozen for later use. Just be sure to use bones from animals that were organically raised, grass fed animals, whether it’s beef or chicken. If you aren’t sure about how to make homemade broth, the internet is full of recipes and step by step directions. This is a great way to save money and improve your health all at the same time. So don’t throw out that carcass from Thanksgiving! Make some healthy bone broth!
12. Macadamia Nuts and Pecans
There is mounting research that shows that tree nuts might actually help you live longer while helping you to lose weight. It’s not so surprising, however, when you consider the fact that nuts are very high in the healthy fats that, even though you might have heard otherwise, your body must have in order for it to work properly. The nutritional makeup of nuts very closely matches the ideal ratio of what you might think of the basic building blocks of the body. The fat in nuts can make up for the greatest amount of your daily calories, followed by a moderate amount of protein, then a low amount of non-vegetable carbohydrates.
Macadamia nuts and pecan nuts are highly recommended as they contain the highest amount of healthy fats while staying on the low end when speaking of protein and carbohydrates. Macadamia nuts have a substantial amount (around 60 percent) of monosaturated fat called oleic acid. This is about the same level that is found in olives, which are also well known for their health benefits.
13. Raw Garlic
Raw garlic should not only be in your kitchen but it should be in your daily diet. Raw garlic improves your body’s own natural abilities to protect you from things like osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Mounting research shows that it decreases your risk of developing certain types of cancer. Raw garlic is also antimicrobial as well. It’s a natural antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and even anti-parasitic compound! In order to give you the best health benefits, garlic must be fresh. To stimulate the release of an enzyme called alliinase, fresh garlic must be crushed or chopped. Your body will turn alliinase into a sulfenic acid that destroys free radicals quicker than any other any other compound known to man. To activate the medicinal compounds in garlic, squeeze a fresh clove with a spoon just before you swallow it or before you put it in your juice or smoothie. Just one medium or large size clove is sufficient for most people. Read more about
14. Fresh Herbs
Everyone knows that herbs are great in home cooking to increase or add flavor as well as to add a little spice but the main secret about many herbs is that they are key to improving the nutritional density of the foods you put them into. For example, plain old black pepper can actually increase the bioavailability of almost all other foods. Herbs protect your body from disease, clean toxins from your blood, as well as provide you with vitamins and minerals. Whenever you flavor your meals with herbs and/or spices, you are upgrading your meals without adding one single calorie.
You simply can’t go wrong by using herbs and spices! Just let your taste buds lead you to choose which ones are right for you. If you are looking for certain medicinal properties, then check out other articles on our website that list the medicinal role of most spices. Turmeric is a perfect example of a spice that has extremely potent as well as scientifically proven benefits such as protection from cancer.
15. Organic Coconut Oil
You’ve probably heard a lot about coconut oil lately, and with good reason. It’s excellent for your thyroid, metabolism, and helps your body destroy viruses such as herpes, HIV, measles, and Giardia.
Coconut oil has medium chain fatty acids that have a large number of healthy benefits such as battling pathogens and increasing the body’s metabolism rate. Also, there has been some very exciting research lately that has found that coconut oil can possibly serve as a natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
This oil is very easy on your digestive system and won’t spike your blood sugar. For a super quick boost of energy, simply down a tablespoon of coconut oil, or add some to your morning coffee, or smoothie. Read the labels to be sure you are getting organic, unrefined, unbleached coconut oil that does not contain GMO ingredients and that has not been heat processed. You can uses coconut oil in countless other ways besides eating and cooking. It’s great for beauty products, even first aid treatments.
16. Greek yogurt
Great for a snack anytime, especially when topped a few berries or almonds. Greek yogurt has 18 grams of protein and (nonfat versions) contain a skinny 100 calories. Oh so indulgent and creamy! This is a definite exception to the “if it tastes good it must be bad for you” rule! Plain Greek yogurt has double the protein, half the sodium, and half the carbs of conventional yogurt. You can always use Greek yogurt in place of any other fat when you are baking or cooking. For example, if a recipe for bread calls for half a cup of vegetable oil or butter, you can safely substitute Greek yogurt. Try using Greek yogurt in place of cream cheese, oil, sour cream, or mayo. For example, try making bean burritos and topping them with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for a healthy boost. Most people never notice the difference in flavor.