The bottom-line with healthy eating is mostly about getting away from all the chemical additives that the large food corporations have managed to taint our foods with, as well as building into our diets a balance of what is needed by our bodies and minds to operate at optimum performance.
All literature guides us with healthy eating tips that we should reduce the amount of fat we include in our diet, and that to improve health we should make firm choices to buy green and lean. As general healthy foods tips go, this is especially true.
We in fact don’t have rational excuses for not adopting a healthy food lifestyle because most of the science has made it clear to us those things which are good and necessary, and those things that are bad and hurtful to us. Yet the choice is our own, we are all free to kill ourselves with what we eat.
And we are what we eat. If we eat fats, we get fat and there is some simple mathematics behind why this is true. It takes energy for our body to digest our foods, and as a consequence of digestion, the process causes our bodies to produce heat. Have you ever noticed that you get warmer after a meal? The reason is the metabolism of your foods immediately after you eat and on average for about 3 hours afterwards until they are digested.
However, not all foods are the same in that some food groups can burn up to nearly 27% of their calorie value just to metabolize (digest) them and to store them on our belly as fat for later use as energy.
Other foods – most especially fats – take only 3% of the calorie value to convert the fat we eat to be stored as our own fat on our belly. Add to that the calorie density of the foods. What do I mean by that? Take 1 kilogram of a food, and then check its calorie value. For example, most lean red meat is about 2,000 calories per kilogram, or 2 calories per gram. But fat has 7,000 calories per kilogram, or 7 calories per gram.
Now let’s think about this for a moment. If you eat fatty foods, not only are you taking into your body a massively calorie dense food, your body is only burning up 3% of that energy to store it as your own fat on you belly.