Author's Perspective: As many of you are aware now, I refer to most harmful foods and beverages as "The 5 Dead Foods". I started using this term early on during various church lectures because the term "dead" got everybody's attention.
It turns out that these "dead" foods are lacking in any nutritional value and lead us to the hospital and eventually the graveyard, years ahead of our time.
But, there are some "dead" foods that are even more harmful to your health that the traditional "dead" foods.
In fact, these special "dead" foods are devastating on several levels, i.e. physically, emotionally, financially, systemically, hormonally, biochemically, etc.
I affectionately refer to these special "dead" foods as "The Triple-Killers".
I refer to these "dead" foods as Triple-Killer Foods because they contain a minimum of 3 harmful chemicals that fuel most of the top killer diseases including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, kidney failure, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, erectile dysfunction (in men), and thyroid problems (especially in women).
These foods also tend to fuel allergies, asthma and autoimmune diseases such as celiac disease, Crohn's disease and multiple sclerosis.
As a result, these foods can kill you in at least 3 different ways and accelerate your journey to the graveyard as well as the poor house.
Usually the first sign that indicates that these "dead" foods are killing us is the gradual gain of 2-3 pounds every year until one day we find that we're 20-30 pounds overweight.
But, because the weight gain was gradual, we don't think it's a problem. Also, since the people around us have also gained 20-30 pounds, being overweight or obese is now considered the norm.
Usually the second sign that indicates that these "dead" foods are slowly killing us is the gradual loss of energy and sex drive. Then, when we have the annual physical, we find out that we have high blood pressure or high cholesterol!
At that time your doctor may try to encourage you to go on a diet. Then, one day, your doctor tells you that you need to take a blood pressure pill and/or a cholesterol pill (statin drug). Sound familiar?
Then, one day ... Bam! You're in the hospital, wondering how you got there. At this point, this should be a wake-up call.
Contact a qualified naturopathic doctor, nutritionist or diabetes health coach to help you before you find yourself either back in the hospital or in the cemetery pushing up the daisies.
Note: Feel free to contact our office if you need help before your health deteriorates too far.
Concerning fat foods, KFC and McDonald's are two of the top fast food restaurant chains in the United States, India, China, and other countries. Is it a coincidence that diabetes is now running rampant in all of those countries?Cyanide!
Most of us love KFC and McDonald's because the food is cheap, easily accessible, and it taste so good. But, let me ask you: "Would you eat a hamburger of strychnine because it taste good? How about a bucket of cyanide, or a bag of hemlock fries?
Of course not! We know that strychnine, cyanide, and hemlock will kill us immediately. But, the KFC chicken or McDonald's burger won't kill us ... well, at least, not right away -- it'll take a good 30-40 years.
These top triple-killer foods not only fuel diseases like Type 2 diabetes, but, they prevent you from being able to reverse your diabetes naturally.
These triple-killer foods include cereal, cheeseburger, fried chicken, French fries, frozen dinners, mac 'n cheese, pancakes, pizza, pot pies, ribs, and subs.
Note: If you have a food that you believe belongs on this list, just contact us and we'll review it for inclusion; and, send you a free diabeteswellness guide.
Cakes, Cookies, Donuts & Pies
Cakes, cookies, donuts, pies, and other similar pastries are very yummy. I love chocolate cake, carrot cake, pound cake, and coconut cake along with homemade apple pie. Can you say "heart attack"? Unfortunately, these great-tasting foods make the triple-killer list because they contain refined flour, lots of sugar and saturated fat (from the butter and/or margarine); plus, partially hydrogenated oil or trans fats if vegetable oil is used or if the donuts are fried.
And, if you buy these foods from the grocery store or your local bakery, more than likely these foods will also contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oil (PHO).
Ironically, cakes are the primary celebratory food at weddings, birthdays, graduations, funerals, and other parties and similar events. We also tend to use these foods as gifts or a sign of appreciation! Really, people?
Growing up, I loved cereal in the morning, especially Cheerios and Rice Krispies! (snap, crackle and pop :-))
Today's TV commercials give us the impression that Cheerios will help to lower our cholesterol (but it doesn't!). And, after I got out of the hospital, I noticed that when I ate Cheerios or any other cereal, my blood sugar would rise 200-300 points!
But, at that time, I thought that cereal only contained one major harmful chemical -- the sugar. But, it turned out that the primary ingredient in cereal -- refined grain -- actually fuels Type 2 diabetes!
So that makes two harmful chemicals in the cereal. Where is the third chemical? Actually there are a couple other harmful chemicals ...
I could make a case for the "enriched" vitamins and minerals that are added to the cereal, but there's a more harmful chemical than the "fake vitamins". It turns out that most people add cow's milk to their cereal, and cow's milk is problematic at best. In addition, some people add fruit such as a banana to their cereal. Unfortunately, a banana is one of the worst fruits for Type 2 diabetics (until they get their blood sugar under control).
In addition to having a high glycemic index which will spike your blood sugar, some cereal and oatmeal products contain food preservatives such as trisodium phosphate, which has been banned in other coountries.
FYI: Trisodium Phosphate (also known as TSP) is an additive and flavor enhancer found in thousands of frozen and processed foods including processed meat, processed cheese, commercial bakes and goods, canned foods, nutritional supplements, and cereals.
Trisodium Phosphate is found in other consumer products including toothpastes, baby toothpastes, shampoos, mouthwash, cosmetics, hair coloring and bleaching agents.
Now, I know you're shocked about oatmeal being on this list! Oatmeal is a healthy breakfast for most people, but, if you're diabetic, a grain-based food such as oatmeal only fuels your diabetes! And, if you add cow's milk and sugar (or fruit) to the oatmeal, then, you turn it into a triple-killer dead food.
However, the good news is that you can easily transform this triple-killer into a healthier food by using almond milk; and, you can transform the cereal into a healthier food by using an organic whole-grain fiber-rich cereal that doesn't have any sugar.
I wasn't much of a hamburger person, but McDonald's and Burger King are well-known for their burgers. Hamburgers are the Number 1 sandwich eaten in the United States.
Cheeseburgers make the triple-killer list because they contain refined flour, cancer-causing growth hormones and antibiotics from the beef, and the mucous-forming cow's cheese. And, don't forget all the artery-clogging saturated fat from the beef and cheese!
And, if you add the bacon -- why don't you just shoot the fat directly into your arteries? Can you say heart attack?Have it your way. A heart attack is one bite away.Have it your way: A heart attack is only a bite away.
Burger King has a saying "Have it your way." Have what your way? Have diabetes your way? Have high blood pressure your way? What exactly is it that you're supposed to have your way?
Wendy's has a saying "You know when it's real." You know when what is real? A heart attack? You know when the heart attack is real??
OK -- so you can specify how you want them to make your hamburger and what condiments to add to your burger. Does that make you feel better while you're having a heart attack?
Fried Chicken (and Other Fried Foods)
There's nothing like a bucket of KFC or Popeye's fried chicken! It's cheap, available on every corner, and taste better than crack (well, that's what I've been told). Fried chicken will make you fat and diabetic quicker than most other foods.
I used to love KFC -- I could eat a whole bucket by myself! -- until I found out it was killing me! Can you say diabetes and heart disease? Smile
KFC and Popeye''s make the triple-killer list because they contain refined flour, cancer-causing nitrites from the sausages and pepperoni, and the mucous-forming cow's cheese.
Warning! KFC knows that we are aware that fried chicken is bad for us. So, they created a new product called grilled chicken. Now, come on! Are we that stupid?? Well, KFC thinks so!
KFC announced that their grilled chicken meal is a healthy choice. The ads ask you to “Unthink what you thought about KFC.” If you fall for this clever slogan, the only thing you’ll be unthinking is your health!
According to a lawsuit filed by a doctor's group in California, KFC's grilled chicken contains a chemical (called PhIP) that can increase a person’s risk of developing cancer even if consumed in small amounts.
Oh, by the way, do you know which part of the chicken is the most toxic and the most harmful to your health? It contains the most fat, the most skin with the least amount of real meat, and the most concentrated levels of antibiotics, growth hormones, toxins, and feces. It's the chicken wing! And, not just KFC's chicken wings! All chicken wings! And, if you barbecue the wings and add the sauce -- can you say heart attack?
Note: If you're still not convinced about the dangers of KFC (and other similar fast-food chicken places), read more about what's in the chicken at the bottom of this web page.
Please Note! There are other fried chicken and grilled chicken products on the market that are not as toxic as KFC or Popeye's. But, most of them, if not all of them, take their lead from KFC, and produce similar products with similar toxic ingredients.
For example, the Chick-fil-A® Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich appears to be a healthier alternative to KFC and Popeye's. But, this sandwich still contains many of the same toxic ingredients! Those ingredients include: sugar, soybean oil, palm kernel oil, artificial butter flavor, modified food starch, salt, dextrose, potassium phosphate, maltodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate; enriched wheat flour, sugar cane syrup, wheat gluten, sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium stearoyl lactylate, monoglycerides and/or diglycerides, honey, molasses, monocalcium phosphate, ammonium sulfate, calcium propionate [to retard spoilage], calcium chloride, alum, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate [preservatives], polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1.
French fries such as McDonald's fries really taste good! In fact, I would drive to "Mickey Dees" late at night just to get me a bag of fries!
Have you ever tried to just eat a couple fries? You can't! You have to eat the whole bag! Hmm-mm ... They must be lined with crack or something! Surprised
French fries are a triple-killer because they're starchy white potatoes that behaves like sugar; contains trans fats; and, contains acrylamide, a carcinogen that is formed when certain refined foods are cooked above 250 degrees Fahrenheit.I'm lovin' it. I'm lovin' my diabetes.
McDonald's has a commercial with the saying "I'm lovn' it." What exactly are you supposed to be lovin'? Being fat? Being diabetic? Going broke spending your money on toxic food? Giving diabetes to your child?
I liked frozen dinners because they were easy to prepare. This was great for me since back in those days I didn't really know how to cook, and didn't really care much for cooking.
Frozen dinners make the triple-killer list because they usually contain some kind of starch such as potatoes or pasta; MSG; some kind of animal meat-like product, full of harmful saturated fats; refined salt; and partially-hydrogenated oil (trans fats).
This was my favorite comfort food at night. There's nothing like a bowl of ice cream topped with a couple of warm brownies or a slice of warm apple pie. Mm-mmm -- good! :-)
But, ice cream contains high levels of saturated fat and sugar. In addition, most ice creams contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharine.
Even in the absence of these artificial sweeteners, the rest of the sugars (such as dextrose, maltrose, glucose and sucrol) can result in health problems including weight gain, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and higher levels of blood triglycerides.
In addition, ice cream contains another ingredient that may be even more damaging! It's so obvious, but, most people overlook it. Have any ideas what it is?
It's pasteurized cow's milk! If you don't know about the dangers of cow's milk, then, read our Death to Diabetes Blog post.
Mac 'n Cheese
Man! I really loved macaroni and cheese -- my Number 1 comfort food! I could eat a big bowl of mac 'n cheese and that would be my dinner.
Mac 'n cheese makes the triple-killer list because it's mostly refined pasta; and, contains cancer-causing growth hormones and antibiotics from the mucous-forming cow's cheese. And, if you throw in a hamburger, can you say stroke?
Why These Foods Are So Dangerous
These foods are obviously very harmful to your health. More importantly, these foods are directly linked to many of the complications associated with Type 2 diabetes, including neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy, and heart disease.
And, these diabetic complications lead to amputation, blindness, kidney dialaysis, heart attack and stroke, just to name a few.
Other Top Killer Foods
Other top-killer foods that fuel Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease include:
- Cheese (Hard)
- Deli meats (e.g. bologna, ham, salami, pepperoni)
- Fried foods
- Hot dogs
- Potato chips (and other salty snacks)
I loved pancakes, especially the ones served at Perkin's and the House of Pancakes!
Pancakes make the triple-killer list because they contains refined flour and lots of sugar and syrup. Where is the third chemical? Well, most people usually add butter on top of their pancakes, plus a couple eggs and/or home fries or bacon or sausage.
The deadly combination of saturated fats, sugars, and salt in pancakes raises the risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and many more health issues.
So pancakes are a "gateway" food that leads to other harmful foods. Now, if you're not diabetic and if you avoid the sausage and bacon, and if you eat pancakes made with flax flour, then, you may be okay.
I loved pizza, because it was a quick meal in a box, plus Pizza Hut and several other pizza places were within 2 miles of my home. Plus, pizza was very popular at work.
Pizza makes the triple-killer list because it contains refined flour, cancer-causing nitrites from the sausages and pepperoni, and the mucous-forming cow's cheese. And, don't forget all the excess sodium and the artery-clogging fat from the pork sausage, pepperoni and cheese!
Of course, you can eat a healthier (vegetarian) pizza with whole wheat flour, lots of veggies, little or no cheese, and no meat.
Pot pies were okay because they were so easy to fix. Pot pies make the triple-killer list because they contains refined flour, excess sodium, and hidden sugar. They also contain a poor grade of chicken or beef, which contains harmful growth hormones, antibiotics, and saturated fat.
I loved ribs! -- still do! :-) Nothing like some baby-back ribs!
Ribs make the triple-killer list because they contain lots of sugar and syrup, cancer-causing growth hormones and antibiotics from the pork (or beef) and the carcinogens created when the meat is grilled improperly. And, don't forget all the artery-clogging saturated fat from the meat.
Smoothies are usually made with healthy ingredients like almond milk, fresh or frozen fruit, ground flaxseed, and yogurt. However, many fast food places such as Burger King, Dairy Queen and McDonald's are selling smoothies, tricking you into believing that they're giving you something that is healthy!
But, these "smoothies" contain high-fat and/or high-sugar items like ice cream, peanut butter, sweetened syrups, or chocolate with fake fruit! What you end up with is a drink that has upwards of 800 calories, enough saturated fat to rival a double cheeseburger, and carbohydrate grams in the triple digits -- and that’s just for the small size!
Consider: A 20-ounce serving of Smoothie King’s The Hulk-Strawberry has more calories than a Burger King Double Cheeseburger with a medium order of French fries (it totals 990 calories, 52 grams total fat, 19 grams saturated fat). Dairy Queen’s Tropical Blizzard (with 1,122 calories, 62 grams fat, and 25 grams saturated fat) has more total fat and saturated fat than the same fast-food meal.
If you’re looking for a healthy smoothie, your best bet is usually to keep it simple and make it yourself by following the recipes in a reputable book such as the Power of Juicing & Smoothies, written by the author of the top-selling book, Death to Diabetes.
Soda, Diet Soda
I liked orange sodas and sometimes Coke, but I preferred mostly bottled fruit juices such as Mott's apple juice when I was growing up. I didn't realize that both the soda and the juice were bad for me!
Sodas contain many harmful chemicals, including: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), phosphorus, artificial sweeteners, and sodium benzoate.
HFCS is a loosely bound, unstable sugar which forms compounds known to damage cells and tissue and is linked to diabetes. HFCS puts extreme stress on the pancreas and may increase risk for pancreatic cancer.
Phosphorus, in excess amounts, begins to corrode stomach lining, eats away at the liver, upsets the natural pH balance of the kidneys and causes acidity in the body which leads to numerous health conditions and diseases, including osteoporosis kidney stones, colon cancer and high blood pressure.
Artificial sweeteners such as saccharin (a petroleum derivative), Apartame (NutraSweet, Equal and Canderel) and Splenda have become popular for weight management, because the public has been duped to believe that saccharin is effective for weight loss and that the benefits outweigh the potential risks. Thirty years of study show the carcinogenic effects of saccharin in the bladder, female reproductive organs and the brain (tumors) with as little as one to two bottles of diet soda daily.
Sodium benzoate is used in many brands of soda pop as a preservative. Although it is not considered to be harmful it causes hyperactivity in children. The main concern with sodium benzoate is when it combines with citric or ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to form benzene. Benzene is a known carcinogen which increases the risk of leukemia and other cancers.
Soda pop consumption is linked to many diseases which include obesity, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease and kidney stones. Every time a soda pop is purchased, the soda pop industry is being empowered to continue selling health destroying beverages. The good news is that there are healthy alternatives that taste even better.
Next time you get a craving for soda pop, grab some fresh, unsweetened fresh fruit juice and add some soda water and you will wonder why you ever settled for artificial flavors and sweeteners when you could have had the real thing. When mixed half and half with soda water you can drink an 8 ounce glass with approximately 80 calories, give or take a little depending upon the juice.
p.s. A study just came out concerning the effects of diet soda on the fetus of a pregnant woman. Wow -- did we really need a study to realize this??
I wasn't much of a sub guy, but Subway and Quiznos are well-known for their submarine sandwiches.
Submarine sandwiches (subs for short) make the triple-killer list because they contain refined flour, cancer-causing growth hormones, antibiotics and nitrites from the ham, salami or other lunch meat, and the mucous-forming cow's cheese. And, similar to the cheeseburger, don't forget all the artery-clogging saturated fat from the animal meat and the cheese.
I didn't care for tacos -- too messy -- the meat was always falling out! Taco Bell made the taco a popular alternative to the hamburger.
Tacos make the triple-killer list because they contain refined flour, cancer-causing growth hormones and antibiotics from the beef, and the mucous-forming cow's cheese -- just like the hamburger. And, of course, tacos also have the artery-clogging saturated fat from the beef and cheese.
Other Fast Foods
By their nature, most, if not all, fast food places offer triple-killer foods of some kind, so be careful. Just because it's not on this list doesn't mean it's better than some of the foods listed here.
Note: There are other foods that didn't make this list that are not triple-killers, but, they're marketed as healthy foods. Refer to our So-Called Healthy Foods web page for more details. You might be surprised by some of the foods on the list. No, I take that back -- you will be surprised by some of the foods on the list. :-)
Other Drinks and Beverages
Some beverages and drinks come close to making the list, but they can still be pretty harmful to your health (especially if you're already fat or diabetic), e.g. bottled fruit juice, coffee, cow's milk, milkshake.
Technically a drug is not a food, but it is something that we put in our mouth -- from OTC medication pills to prescription medications from our doctor.
Drugs Cause More Diseases than Cure Diseases!
Yes, some drugs are life-savers, but, for the most part, drugs cause more harm than good.
The primary reason why we believe in these drugs is because they're being given to us by a medical doctor, who's supposed to be helping us improve our health.
Unfortunately, most of us are unaware of the law suits and health warnings from the FDA and other agencies for many of the drugs we take!
Even when a drug like Avandia is taken off the market, we fail to question whether the drug we're taking will have any harmful effects on us.
But, since we feel fine and don't feel any adverse effects from taking the drug, we gladly pop the pills into our mouth -- from sunrise to sunset. In addition, because of our laziness and refusal to change our eating habits, we're happy to take a pill that we believe will cover up our bad eating habits and our poor lifestyle.
Note: For more information about these triple-killer foods, refer to the Death to Diabetes Blog.
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