Category Archives: Edible chemical load (ECL)

Salt is Good and Bad

saltLike exercise, salt increases blood circulation. But salt does so chemically. Exercise is hard work, but eating salt is easy; so, wouldn’t it be easier to eat our way to heath than do hard work?

Not so fast. With salt, there’s a hidden price to pay. You need to eat healthy with the salt to extract the benefits. And anyone who both exercises and eats healthy will tell you: eating healthy is harder than exercising. You only have to find a patch of energy for a short daily workout, but finding and preparing healthy food is Sisyphean.

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Why Salt is Good for You

heartSalt keeps our renin and aldersterone levels low. That’s good, because elevation of those hormones causes a stiffening of the heart, and death of heart cells (Zannad 1995).

Low-salt diets increase renin, and renin’s job is to increase blood pressure. Thus, low-salt diets are exactly the wrong solution to lower blood pressure.

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Let Natural Exist

letnaturalI love natural foods and products, and a lot of their benefit is simply avoiding damage from the unnatural.

The benefits of absence are real, but presence is more tangible: tea prevents heart disease (de Koning Gans et al 2010), grapefruit prevents stroke (Cassidy et al 2012), cocoa lowers blood pressure (Shrime et al 2011). Yet some of these health benefits come from the absence of ultra-processed food chemicals. You only eat so much in a day; tea, grapefruit, and chocolate crowd out artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, etc.

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China Study Misses Chemicals

usdaThe China Study tells us animal protein is the main driver of heart problems, cancer and death. The author portrays cow’s milk as more harmful than smoking.

But The China Study is wrong. In 1993, according to the US Department of Agriculture, Americans consumed, on average: 11 pounds more of meat than in 1970; 76 fewer eggs; 6 gallons less milk; 22 gallons more of soft drinks; 48 pounds more of fruit; and 54 pounds more of grain products (Putnam et al 1994).

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Dear FDA: Plastic in Our Blood is Bad

fat kidDear FDA:

A new study has confirmed packaging food and water in BPA containers causes abnormal waist circumference–to–height ratios in our kids. Basically, plastic in our kid’s blood makes them fat.

Much of the world has already decided to protect their children. Japan, Spain, and France have already halted their use of BPA. Hopefully, the poor and middle class in the U.S. have read this new study and have re-formed their habits away from eating and drinking plastic residue.

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