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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

INTRESTING ARTICLE- posted by Joel Kahn, MD

A study, published in the October/November, 2009 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, has found that reducing the amounts of processed and fried foods in the diet can promote weight loss, reduce inflammation and restore the body's natural defenses against disease for both young and old, regardless of the status of their health. Cutting back on the processed and fried foods can reduce your family's risk of kidney disease, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and obesity, and may even increase longevity.

Processed and fried foods are high in glycotoxins called Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs). AGEs proliferate when food is heated, pasteurized, fried, smoked or grilled. Once they are inside the body, they bind themselves to tissues and oxidize them. This oxidation process causes inflammation, which in turn can cause disease. These toxins, or oxidants, may be more responsible than genetics for causing certain diseases and conditions.

Findings show that people can benefit from a diet low in AGEs without reducing calories or nutrient intake. That means it is possible to lose weight and improve your health without reducing calories. Of course, if you are overeating, reducing the amount you put in your mouth is a good idea, but this study could give your weight loss efforts an added boost.

Eliminating processed foods from your family's diet may seem impossible. They have become the mainstay of the Western diet. Manufacturers make it even easier to consume these foods at a "savings" with coupons and special offers. The truth is that the processed foods you eat are not saving you any money in the long run. They may actually be costing you money in the form of future medical bills, time lost at work due to illness, and even unemployment or disability due to serious illness. Eating an AGEless diet may mean a little more work in the kitchen, but the long term health benefits far outweigh any inconvenience.

Read more: How to Restore Your Body's Defenses: The AGEless Diet |

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