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Food Myth #7: If the food is natural, it is fine to eat all you want. Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy This is a fairly advanced myth held by many people who have pursued a healthy diet for several years. The rap goes something like this, for example: because honey, or apples, or oranges (or whatever) come directly from nature, it is acceptable to eat them in any quantity to satisfy hunger. Not so. Honey is usually cooked before packaging and this product is 75% sugar with little redeeming extra nutrition, because it is destroyed in the cooking process. Apples are somewhat less sweet; nevertheless, it is possible to feed a sugar addiction with apples. Oranges are very high in fructose (which is no better for you than sucrose), and when juiced and consumed, deliver a high concentration of sugar without the fiber present in the unjuiced orange. Almost any food eaten in disproportionate quantity is unhealthy.

When you combine natural food in variety, eating only when you are hungry, with regular aerobic exercise and care for the colon, your appetite should handle itself, unless you are addicted to quantity of food. In that case, you will overeat on on natural foods.

A person addicted to quantity of food has a stretched stomach several times larger than it should be. This stomach does not feel full until a large portion of food has been eaten. Therefore, moderation in quantity is an important ingredient in your armamentarium of techniques for healthy eating.

If this is a problem area for you, each morning set aside the food you will eat that day. This should total about 2000 to 3000 calories, depending on your activity level. A relatively sedentary person needs 2000 calories and an active person needs more like 3000. This is assuming that you are not training for the Iron Person Competition or something similar. If you will do this for a few weeks, your natural state of hunger should prevail as your stomach shrinks to its natural size, and you will not need to continue considering quantity of food. Eat only natural, unprocessed foods in great variety, but not great quantity!

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The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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