Effects of refined products on your health

Have you ever seen a fly trapped in a cobweb? It is sad to watch the fly struggle with no hope. The same is with us humans; we are knowingly getting ourselves trapped in a man made web of refined products. These were introduced to make our lives easier but in the longer run they have proved to be detrimental to our body. Long time use of refined products like refined flour, sugar,  salt and oils can lead to health issues like obesity and the accompanying complications like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol problems etc. The damage done to our health becomes very
difficult to rectify; only timely action can help us.

Effects of Refined Sugar

  • Empty calories; Sugar does not provide any nutrient other than just adding up calories.
  • Leads to fatty liver
  • Tooth decay
  • Obesity
  • High lipid values
  • Hyperactive kids
  • Spikes blood sugar levels
  • Depression/ mood swings

Effects of Refined Flour

  • Spikes blood sugar levels
  • No Fiber
  • Vitamin deprived
  • Upsets digestion
  • Weight gain
  • Low GI food
  • Acid Alkaline imbalance

Effects of Refined Salt

  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Water retention
  • Table salt depletes calcium, potassium and magnesium and is directly related to cardiovascular disease.
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney stone
  • Coronary hear disease

Effects of refined oils on health

  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • HDL and LDL imbalance
  • Gall stones
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hormonal imbalance

By making a few changes in our dietary habits, we can get ourselves out of the trap set by these disguised poisonous foods.  We can make the following changes in our diet:

  • Switching to wholewheat flour from refined flour
  • Using brown sugar or powdered jaggery instead of refined sugar
  • Reducing the refined salt intake to a minimum
  • Avoid refined oils and make healthy choice of oils like mustard, linseed, groundnut, sesame oil.
  • Avoid convenience foods made up of refined flour like instant noodles, white bread etc.
  • Have less of preserved foods like jams, sauces (they have added sugar and salt)
  • Always prefer fresh juices to packaged juices (sugar added)
  • Avoid chips, wafers, papads, pickles ( excess salt)
  • Bakery products like cakes, pastries, donuts, cookies etc. (loaded with unhealthy fat, sugar, refined flour, salt)

It’s now time to get back to healthy eating and making healthy choice over unhealthy temptations. These unhealthy foods are here to deplete you off your nutrient levels thereby affecting your stamina levels, body’s natural immunity, and finally ruining your body’s balance system. It’s never too late to start working on your health. I conclude by saying, “ For want of convenience and taste, health and immunity is lost”; a very big price indeed for convenience and taste.


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