There are many factors that play into our health and knowing where to start can be a little overwhelming for some. In this blog series, we would like to offer some simple alternatives and fixes to ensure the food going into your body and the products in your immediate environment work to promote optimal wellness in your life. Some may seem like a no-brainer. Others may surprise you! So, let’s get started in the kitchen…
Table Salt vs Unrefined (Real) Salt
Can something so little make a big difference? Ask yourself that next time you pour on a bit too much of this particular condiment on your food. Salt is EVERYWHERE and included in some form in nearly all of our meals. The thing about Table Salt is that it is basically a knock-off of the naturally occurring kind. What begins as natural salt is processed in such a way that it bakes out all of the important elements and preserved with synthetic chemicals. The finished result will cause an uptick in blood pressure, your body’s attempt at relocating toxins away from your heart, and increase your chances of diabetes, obesity, and gout to name a few. Unrefined or Real Salt contains all the necessary elements for health in addition to naturally occurring iodine and minerals. It also hasn’t been subjected to the same chemical process as table salt has. Sugar is even added to regular table salt under the sneaky name “dexrose”. Real Salt and other quality brands will have no such additives.
Vegetable Oil vs Coconut Oil
Many people assume they are making a smart choice when opting for vegetable oil. Why wouldn’t they? The word vegetable itself suggests something that is good for you. Unfortunately, vegetable oil simply isn’t that. It’s mostly made up of processed seed oils like canola, corn, sunflower or soy. The process alone used in making these oils involves the use of toxic solvents and industrial machines which is reason enough to avoid. But the actual product contributes towards inflammation, disrupts cell composition, and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. It’s important to note that oils themselves are not bad. There are far better options than the yellow kind in plastic bottles and coconut oil is one of our favorites! It initially had a bad rap for it’s high saturated fat content, but we have learned through progressive food studies that not all fats are bad for you. In fact, the fatty acids that are found in coconut oils can increase energy, make you feel full, and help support a healthy weight. Just make sure it is unrefined; organic or cold-pressed is a bonus.
Glass vs Plastic
Reusable containers are a great way to prevent food waste and help the environment. The kind you decide to use does make a difference in your personal health. With that being said, we urge you to eliminate plastics all together. While many companies are working to create products that are BPA free (a chemical used in the creation of plastics that is a known hormone disrupter), plastic simply aren’t designed for the high temps and excessive use that we subject them to. Glass is the safest bet, whether hot or cold with no expiration in site.
Non-Stick Cookware vs Cast Iron
You think you’re on track grilling up all those veggies in that easy-to-clean skillet, but guess again. If that non-stick surface you’re cooking on is Teflon, is has been coated in a chemical called polytetrafluoroetheylene (PTFE) which is known to emit toxic fumes at high heat. The risks of breathing in those fumes includes flu-like symptoms as well as more long-term dangers like thyroid and hormone issues. Cast Iron is designed to withstand high heats without all the added chemical layers. Stainless steel and copper are also great alternatives.
The good news about all these things is that they are EASY fixes! Things you can swap out the next time you’re at the grocery store that will make a difference over your lifetime. Stay tuned for the next installment of THIS NOT THAT next week!