I agree that reducing the amount of processed foods we eat is a good idea, but I'm not so sure about the rest of the article.
I found that when I followed the Atkins diet (for a diet study several years ago), cutting down on carbs really affected my cholesteral and triglycerides - in a good way. Both dropped significantly. At the end of the study, I went back to my normal way of eating, was retested, and both the cholesterol and triglycerides went back up.
For me - that means watching my carbs, so I stick with oatmeal instead of any other "processed" cereals, only occasionally eat bread of any kind, and avoid most baked goods. For snacks, it's nuts, fruit & veggies, plain yogurt. I use olive oil to cook with and on my salads - no more bottled salad dressings for me. I don't follow Atkins any longer - it's too restrictive for me to sustain. My eating plan is more like South Beach.
This means I give up the convenience of packaged foods, but in the long run, I'm saving money, and am much healthier by doing my own cooking. I also am less hungry, have more energy, and I don't have the sugar cravings I used to have.
- 2/22/2012 2:39:09 PM