The world’s worst foods: Convenience-first foods

KitskosOK, what do I mean by convenience-first foods? Well, these are all those foods that are made with convenience as the first priority. An obvious example is fast food.

Wow, this is getting tough… First I attack the great taste of empty calorie carbs and fats and now I attack convenience. But there are good reasons behind today’s post as well. Let’s take a look.

What’s so bad about convenience-first foods?

Foods that are made for convenience first generally prioritize taste second, budget third, and health dead last. This is a serious problem.

Like the empty calorie carbs and fats we discussed over the past two days, this prioritization creates a badly lopsided calorie/nutrient ratio. As a result, your body gets plenty of fuel, but no maintenance – perfect for contracting serious lifestyle diseases like heart attacks, stroke, cancer and diabetes. 

But we’ve covered this problem in detail on MondayThe other big reason to avoid convenience-first food is that it makes overeating far too easy. A totally lopsided calorie/nutrient ratio is bad enough, but when this is combined with a calorie overload, it gets really scary.

Any food that does not place health first should have some friction built into the process of eating it. Because of our primitive cravings, this friction is critical for staying at a healthy weight. Convenience-first foods remove all this friction, driving the global obesity epidemic.

Lastly, the processing required to make convenience foods so convenient often destroys much of the remaining nutrients and/or introduces some potentially dangerous additives. Rapid cooking (frying and deep frying), typical of fast foods, also tends to destroy nutrients and add trans fats and other toxins. 

Some examples of convenience-first foods

Anything that places convenience before health falls in this category. Here are some examples:

  • Almost all fast food
  • Many ready meals
  • Frozen pizza
  • Sandwich spreads
  • Processed meats
  • Anything fried in vegetable oil (olive oil is OK)

Yes, convenience is important in today’s world where everyone is so super-busy. But it just takes a little bit of thinking to make healthy eating super convenient. We’ll get to this next week…

The world’s worst foods: Convenience-first foods


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Posted by op 05/12/2019 in Gesondheid, leefstyl


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The world’s worst foods: Empty calorie fats

CupcakeToday’s discussion is closely related to yesterday’s post on empty calorie carbs. But there are a couple of important peculiarities about the health impacts of these fatty treats… 

What’s so bad about empty calorie fats?

Just like empty calorie carbs, empty calorie fats give your body plenty of fuel, but no nutrients to repair the damages from burning this fuel. In the long run, this causes serious damage to the body – much like an engine that is run without oil changes and other maintenance.

There’s one type of empty calorie fat that is especially hazardous: trans fats. These fats are mostly found in margarine, shortening and vegetable oil – and any food that contains (or is fried in) these ingredients.

Luckily, the authorities are acting to outlaw this dangerous ingredient, but it’s worth checking the labels of fatty foods just to be sure.

After trans fats, saturated fat is the most problematic. Food labels also state the amount of saturated fat in any food, so this information is readily available to you.

Most sources put the safe limit of saturated fat at or slightly below 20 g per day. Go beyond that, and you will increase your risk of heart disease. Cancer is also associated with diets high in saturated fats.

Other fats (mono and polyunsaturated fats) are generally quite good for you and can represent 30-40% of your calorie intake without problems.

Some examples of empty calorie fats

Any food where the label lists plenty of fat (especially saturated fat) and virtually no nutrients fall in this category. Here are some examples:

  • Chips
  • Cake and icing
  • Cream and ice cream
  • Biscuits and crackers
  • Mayonnaise
  • Arguably also milk chocolate and bacon

Much like empty calorie carbs, the big problem is that these foods are truly delicious. Therefore, we’ll spend some time later in this chapter to build our defenses against these carefully engineered addictions.

But don’t worry, there won’t be any expectations to never eat any delicious treat ever again 🙂 Like most things in life, we just need a healthy balance.


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The world’s worst foods: Empty calorie carbs

After last week’s exploration of the world’s best foods, we must now turn our attention to the dark side of the food spectrum: that place where many good life years are sacrificed for fleeting endorphin highs.

Empty calorie carbs are the best place to start, since they represent the largest group of nutrient-free hyper-palatable carriers of degenerative disease.

What’s so bad about empty calorie carbs?

Our bodies need energy to live and live well. We cannot absorb energy from the sun like plants do. Instead, we get our energy from food which, directly or indirectly, comes from the sunlight captured by plants.

Unfortunately, the process of turning food into useful energy in our bodies is rather messy. Like any chemical processing facility, this conversion process leads to plenty of wear & tear and produces lots of waste products, some of which are quite toxic.

Repairing the wear and tear, removing the waste, and neutralizing the toxins is a full-time job. And these maintenance functions depend on a wide range of nutrients that occur naturally in all whole foods.

The problem is that our supermarkets are filled with shiny packets of super tasty foods that offer lots of calories, but no nutrients. In other words, these foods give your body plenty of fuel, but zero maintenance. It’s much like running an engine on some low-grade fuel and never servicing it.

Empty calorie carbs further fuel this fire by bypassing the body’s natural satiety response. These carbs are mostly simple sugars that can be broken down and absorbed very easily. Hence, the feeling of fullness arrives very late. In addition, these foods trigger a chemical response in the body (sugar rush) that easily turns into an addiction, driving additional over-consumption.

Lastly, although empty calorie carbs don’t offer nutrients, they often come with plenty of additives, such as preservatives, sweeteners and colorants, that may have significant adverse health effects.

The best known lifestyle disease caused by empty calorie carbs is type-2 diabetes, but it is also linked to several other big killers like heart disease and cancer.

Some examples of empty calorie carbs

This basically includes all kinds of snacks with lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates (a.k.a. the White Death).

  • Soft drinks
  • Candy
  • White bread
  • Cake and cookies
  • Pastries
  • Sugary breakfast cereals

These hyper-palatable treats are engineered to maximize our cravings, forcing billions to get the calorie/nutrient ratio all wrong.

Hopefully, society will eventually evolve to the point where these foods are taxed to correctly reflect their true cost and labeled with health warnings like cigarettes are today. Until that day, we’re on our own against these carefully engineered addictions

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Posted by op 02/12/2019 in Gesondheid, leefstyl


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Paraprosdokians! :)

Blink idee gloeilampEk weet ongelukkig nie waar die oorsprong van hierdie stuk lê nie, maar dis te skerp om nie te versprei nie! 

The first time I heard about paraprosdokians, I liked them.  Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected & is frequently humorous. (Winston Churchill loved them.)

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you…. but it’s still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up…. we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

11. I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.

12. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first & call whatever you hit the target.

13. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

14. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

15. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder & harder for me to find one now.

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Posted by op 22/11/2019 in Humor, Random gedagtes, Skryf


Boikot Black Friday!

Green FridayTake part in the “Green Friday” consumer strike to save the planet on November 29th! #GreenFriday

Major retailers use “Black Friday” as an opportunity to sell us an ideology of wasteful and exploitative consumerism. Many of us (all around the world) have seen or experienced the dystopian phenomenon of rabid shopping craze on this day promoted by the global corporations who continue to plunder the Earth to bring us next years landfill.

Each year we are sold products built to break or become unwanted, out of fashion, due to planned redundancy so we are forced to keep perpetually consuming and extracting new resources; all to fuel the suicidal capitalist contradiction of infinite growth on a finite planet.

Black Friday sucks the life out of small businesses, who cannot compete against this ruthless price cutting.

This year, on November 29th we are calling on you to take a stand for the planet and your local community by refusing to give any of your hard earned money to this corrupt financial system. By taking part we will be affecting these companies where it hurts them the most, in their profit margins.

Looking for something else to do on the 29th?

Take part in climate strike protest in your area or help out with mutual aid projects such as food not bombs, repair workshops and free shops being organised by Earth Strike and allied groups.

Together we can build the new world in the shell of the old!

“Modern industrial society robs us of community with each other and community with the earth. This creates a great longing inside us, which we are taught to fill with consumer goods. But consumer goods, beyond those needed for basic comfort and survival, are not really what we crave. So our appetite is insatiable, and we turn to more and more efficient and dehumanizing methods of production to make more and more goods that do not satisfy us. If workers really had control of the factories (and I say this as a former factory worker), they would start by smashing the machines and finding a more humane way to decide what we need and how to produce it.” – Judi Bari

#EarthStrike #GreenFriday #FFF #ConsumerStrike #BND #BuyNothingDay


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Soekmekaar – Dana Snyman

SoekmekaarTwee boeke wat ek onlangs gelees het, het my ervaring van die Springbokke se oorwinning in Japan dieper en betekenisvoller gemaak. Die een is In my vel deur Azille Coetzee, die ander Soekmekaar van Dana Snyman. Azille is ’n jong filosoof en akademikus wat in Amsterdam studeer het en uit daardie perspektief van haar Afrikanerskap probeer sin maak. Dana is ouer, geen akademikus nie, maar gelouter deur die lewe in Suid-Afrika. Albei is baie bedrewe skrywers. Waar mens egter In my vel toemaak met ’n oorweldigende drag wit skuld op jou Afrikaanse skouers, maak jy Soekmekaar toe met die gevoel dat Dana Snyman op die oomblik die persoon in die openbare lewe is wat Afrikanerskap op die eerlikste wyse verken en met die mees gebalanseerde beeld anderkant uitkom.

Dana Snyman het lank reeds volksbesit geword, op grond van sy boeke en sy TV-reeks Op pad. Op sy uitgewer se webblad kan jy sy indrukwekkende rekord gaan bewonder as jy so voel. Op sy Facebook-blad het hy meer as 39 000 volgelinge, wat hy gereeld trakteer op nuwe skryfwerk wat telkens ’n situasie verwoord waarvoor die gewone mens nie altyd die uitdrukkingsvermoë het nie. Hy is uiteraard ’n hoogs talentvolle skrywer en is al talle kere daarvoor vereer.

Wat sy werk uniek maak, is die manier waarop hy die hart van ons volk kan verwoord. Hy ry met sy ou bakkie deur hierdie wye en droewe land en hy soek na dít wat ons maak wat ons is. Hy hemel nie Afrikanerskap op nie. Hy swaai nie die ou vlag rond nie, sing nie patriotiese liedjies oor dapper Boerekrygers nie. Hy trap sy spore in die Suid-Afrikaanse stof saam met die gewone mense wat hy op sy reise raakloop. Hy het klaarblyklik die vermoë om vir enige mens enige vraag te vra – en ’n eerlike antwoord te kry. Hy het definitief die vermoë om joernalistieke vaardigheid met fyn, evokatiewe skryfwerk te kombineer. Soekmekaar is weer eens ’n reis na nie alleen die hart van die volk nie, maar ook na sy eie hart. In sy soeke na die waarheid neem hy sy leser diep in sy persoonlike lewe in sonder om ooit ekshibisionisties of sentimenteel oor te kom.

Soekmekaar is saamgestel uit 59 stukke van wisselende lengte, toonaard en invalshoek. Die leser word aan ’n reeks uiteenlopende karakters voorgestel. Daar is Eugène Terre’Blanche met sy baard en sy perd en sy pakkie Lexingtons in sy bosak wat laatnag Afrikaanse poësie voordra. Daar is Dana se pa, die predikant wat op sy dag die AWB se hoofkapelaan was, ’n huisvriend van Terre’Blanche, wat telkens met sy enigste seun gebots het en teen die einde van sy lewe ontnugter toegee dat hy niks meer verstaan nie, dat sy waarhede in der waarheid nie standgehou het nie. Daar is Dana se ma wat waarskynlik ’n sakevrou in eie reg kon wees, maar getrou saam met haar man van plattelandse gemeente na plattelandse gemeente trek, wat haar laaste tye feitlik bedlêend slyt met haar sigarette en haar huishulp vir wie sy as “Skattebol” aanspreek en wat haar ook so noem. Daar is Karel Schoeman wat sy eie lewe neem en die twee swart vrouens wat hom op sy laaste reis vergesel het.

Dan is daar natuurlik Johannes en Lettie en Koos, wat op Ventersdorp vir Dana se pa gewerk het en na sy dood sy versoek om na Dana om te sien, letterlik tot uitvoer bring. In die eb en vloed van Dana se verhouding met Johannes en sy mense word ons ewige soeke na mekaar verpersoonlik; die frustrasie, die onbegrip, soms die woede, maar altyd die liefde en die eerlike begeerte om mekaar te aanvaar en te probeer verstaan.

Ook die selfdood van Dana se verloofde word met sy kenmerkende eerlikheid hier verwoord. Die leser gaan saam met ’n verpletterde man op reis die binneland in, na die begrafnis van sy verloofde, na ’n groter begrip van die menslike weerloosheid voor depressie, wat vir sommige ’n terminale siekte is. Daarna pak die leser saam met hom sy huis op Jacobsbaai op en vertrek na ’n nuwe lewe met net die nodigste besittings en sy versameling optelhonde. Ons glo ons sal in ’n volgende bundel ook die res van sy reis kan meemaak.

Die insigte wat Dana ten opsigte van depressie verwoord, kan as een van die belangrikste elemente in die boek beskou word. In ’n tyd waar die stigma nog stewig aan geestesiektes kleef, waar dodelik siek mense nog deur oningeligtes aangesê word om hulle “reg te ruk”, is hierdie woorde soos ligte in ’n donker hemelruim: “Depressie is werklik ’n siekte, ’n verskriklike stuk waarheid wat hoop in wanhoop verander tot jou angs vir die lewe groter kan raak as jou angs vir die dood.”

Soekmekaar is die kroniek van ’n soekende siel, ’n lid van ’n volk wat moeitevol en sukkelend op soek is na sy plek in Suid-Afrika, sy plek in Afrika en in die wêreld. Dana Snyman het nie vir ons antwoorde nie, maar hy vergesel ons getrou op ons elkeen se reis na groter begrip, groter deernis en groter hoop.

Soekmekaar is onontbeerlike leesstof vir elkeen wat hierdie land liefhet, elkeen wat ons uitdagings probeer deurgrond, elkeen wat probeer om ten alle koste die hoop te behou. Dana Snyman se persoonlike reis het ongemerk ’n metafoor vir die reis van elke denkende Afrikaner geword; die dokumentasie van ons eindelose soeke na mekaar en na onsself.

Lees Soekmekaar – en verdiep jou in die wonderlike, skrikwekkende ervaring van Afrikaans-wees, soos verwoord deur iemand wat saam met jou op soek is na die ontwykende waarheid.

Die oorspronklike resensie het hier verskyn:


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Sommer snaaksighede …

LaggesiggieEk weet glad nie meer waar ek hierdie gekry het nie. Dis beslis nie my eie werk nie. Maar party is nogal snaaks. 

As jy lyk soos jou paspoort-foto, dan het jy ‘n reis nodig.

Sy het so baie plooie, sy skroef haar hoed op!

Hy is so maer, hy lyk soos ‘n erdwurm met ‘n handbriek.

Ek is nou so opgewonde soos ‘n budgie op steroids !

Jy’s so skeel jy kyk jouself diep in die oë!

Hy ìs so kort hy weet nie of dit keelseer of aambeie is nie.

Hy is so kort hy slaan tot sy onderbroek se pype om.

Hy is so maer, as hy langs ‘n wit muur loop lyk dit soos n kraak wat beweeg.

Hy is so skelm, hy bid onder ‘ n skuilnaam.

Ek gaan jou klap dat jy lus kry vir niks.

Ek sit nou so lekker, ek staan sommer op en sit weer.

Lang gesig soos ‘n bok wat afdraand vreet.

Drank los nie probleme op nie, maar so ook nie melk of water nie.

Ek voel nou so goed, ek vul sommer die lottonommers verkeerd in.

Ek is nou so lui, ek trou sommer ‘n pregnant vrou.

Ondervinding is iets wat jy eers kry nadat jy dit nodig gehad het.

Almal kry die voorreg om onnosel te wees, net jammer party maak misbruik daarvan.

Hy is so lelik, as hy op die sand sit wil die katte hom toekrap …

Arende vlieg dalk hoog, maar ons muishonde word nooit deur ‘n vliegtuigmotor ingesuig nie.

Die mens is op aarde geplaas om ‘n sekere hoeveelheid werk te doen. Op die oomblik is ek so ver agter, ek sal nooit dood gaan nie.

Ons kan nie almal helde wees nie, iemand moet langs die pad staan en hande klap.

Ek glo dat as iets die moeite werd was om te doen, dan sou iemand anders dit lankal gedoen het.

Jy mag nooit meer as jou yskas weeg nie.

As jy vir jouself kan lag, het jy altyd iets om oor te lag.




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