Dr. Don Colbert is a well-known physician certified in Family Practice and Anti-Aging medicine,and a New York Times Bestselling author with over 10 million books sold. He is the Medical Director of the Divine Health Wellness Center in Orlando, Florida where he has treated over 50,000 patients. Dr. Colbert is an internationally known expert and prolific speaker on Integrative Medicine, is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and has been featured on Fox News, ABC World News, BBC, Readers Digest, News Week, Prevention Magazine and many prominent Christian TV programs. He is also the radio host of his syndicated program “Dr Colbert’s Health Report.”
In his most recent book, The Seven Pillars of Health, Dr. Colbert lists the foods he believes are the most dangerous to eat, because they increase low-grade inflammation. To differentiate, acute inflammation is the body’s natural immune response to injury, aiding in healing. Low-grade inflammation is something different. Experts at UC Berkely report that low-grade inflammation is associated with everything from heart disease and diabetes to Alzheimer’s and arthritis, and may even be the cause of most chronic diseases.
For years inflammation has been associated with cancer, but recently researchers from the University of Minnesota specifically observed a link between inflammation (especially for those with psoriasis) and increased incidence of colon, colorectal, and ovarian cancers.
Dr. Colbert lists his Top 3 Most Dangerous Foods:
Number One: Trans Fats
Trans fatty acid, also known as trans fat, is an artery-clogging fat that is formed when vegetable oils are hardened into margarine or shortening. Trans fats are found in anything fried, including favorites like french fries and fried chicken, as well as cake frosting, doughnuts, cookies, pastries and crackers.
Trans fat increases blood levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, while decreasing levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol. It can also cause major clogging of arteries, type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, as well as dramatically increases the risk of heart disease.
Trans fats are used instead of oil because it’s cheap and it can extend the storage life of products. Unfortunately, reading the nutritional label on foods is not an accurate indicator of whether or not the product contains trans fats. Dr. Colbert says manufacturers are not required to admit trans fat is an ingredient if the amount is less than 5000 mg. per serving.
One way to determine the amount of trans fat in a food is look for shortening, hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated oil. The higher up on the list these ingredients appear, the more trans fat the food contains. You can also add up the amount of fat in a product (saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), and compare the amount with the total fat listed. If the numbers don’t match up, the difference is likely due to trans fat.
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