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(Ⅷ) Foods to be careful of
1. Margarine is junk oil!
There are some who still believe that margarine has less cholesterol and is healthier than butter. Margarine is, in fact, a very dangerous oil. Margarine (and also shortening) is altered so it is a solid at room temperature like natural oils, butter and lard, and contains unsaturated oils that contain lots of linoleic acid such as soybean oil and corn oil and hydrogen. Although the chemical formulas are the same, it is in a “trans form”, and not in its natural form.
Since it does not function as an essential fatty acid, is it consumed in the body as junk oil, and uses lots of vitamins and minerals in that process. Most importantly, this trans-form junk oil helps produce prostaglandin E2, a malignant eicosanoid, and hampers the production of prostaglandin E1 and E3, which are both benign eicoasnoids. As a result, skin inflammations are worsened. Also, these unnatural trans-form oils cannot be used to make the cell membrane, and in turn, makes the cell membrane weaker and susceptible to infiltrations.
Germany has already banned the production of margarine, and America has started to oblige companies to show that their products contain trans-fatty acids since January 1, 2006.
2. Let`s Keep Chocolate for Valentine`s Day Only
Patients who eat chocolate do not recover as easily. Cacao has a strong antioxidant effect that halts active oxygen, and although there are “chocolate health guides”, AD patients should not eat chocolate. There is most likely a problem with the oils and beans that are used to make chocolate, which causes itchiness to intensify. Limit yourself to eating chocolate once a year, on Valentines Day. In addition to chocolate, do not eat cocoa; also, instead of drinking coffee, drink tea.
3. Milk is also to be avoided
Milk is something that calves eat, not people. Once schools started to serve milk for lunch, AD became prominent among students.
Also, many Asians are genetically lactose intolerant and cannot fully digest the lactose in milk. When this lactose builds up in the intestines, increases the osmotic pressure on the intestinal walls and pulls out the water, which causes stomach aches. I will elaborate on why it is important to keep your intestines healthy, and the intestines are said to be the “second brain” and are tied to emotions while being the major immune organ. To inhibit the functions of the intestines is very bad for AD patients.
Also, milk fat contains lots of progesterone (a type of female hormone), which increases Th2 cells and triggers allergic reactions. Boys, in particular, are severely affected by this since their bodies cannot adapt to the amounts of female hormones.
However, many mothers, encouraged by ignorant doctors and foolish dieticians, give their children milk with the hopes that the calcium will make them stronger. It is true that calcium is important; however some of the countries that consume the most milk have the most osteoporosis patients. The fact is, the more kids drink milk, the fracture rate goes up, and the condition of the blood will not be balanced. Calcium can be obtained from small fish and fresh vegetables. Keep in mind that animals with large bone structures, such as elephants, eat only grass. The bones that support those 10 ton bodies are made from calcium from grass. Also, when you drink too much milk, the balance between calcium and magnesium gets disrupted, and minerals such as iron, manganese, and zinc do not get absorbed, which triggers a condition called milk anemia. The country with the most cavities is New Zealand, which also happens to be the biggest milk consumer in the World as well. Conversely, the group with the healthiest teeth is the native tribe in Australia, which doesn’t consume any dairy products.
AD patients should avoid milk unless they are in extreme situations. Asians, in particular, should avoid milk. I have never seen a Chinese dish that used milk. The Chinese, with their long chain of history, knew that milk was not good for them. If your child is scared of being the only student not drinking the milk during lunch, please talk with his or her teacher try to take a flexible approach.
Many people have asked whether they could drink soy milk instead of regular milk. Although it is better than regular milk, drinking too much soy milk is not recommended as well. Why is this so? When you eat too much soy products, or in other words take in too much soy protein and soy milk, your body will suffer from thyroid deficiency. Please be cautious of this condition. Try searching “thyroid” and “soy bean” on the internet. Although some articles you find will be biased, you will find lots of articles stating that soybeans that don’t undergo the process of fermentation should not be taken excessively. However, it is safe to eat miso (fermented soybean paste) and natto (fermented soybeans).
The milk mentioned here is pasteurized milk, which are the ones that are sold in supermarkets, convenience stores, and delivered straight to your home. Fresh milk is somewhat good for your health, but I will talk about this later on.