Feed your head

June 19, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

Are you an air-head who forgets punch lines, remembers S&H Green Stamps but can’t recall yesterday? Remember what the dormouse said?

Kurt Vonnegut wrote that the trouble with our brains is they’re too large for our own good. We think too much. Our brains have proved to be terribly destructive when left unsupervised. Souls who control their thoughts and follow life’s purpose, avoid dementia. There are roughly 100 billion neurons, the same amount of stars in our galaxy, in your three pound brain. The human mind produces around seventy thousand thoughts a day. Its 77 percent water, 12 percent lipids, 8 percent protein, 1 percent carbs, 2 percent soluble organics, and 1 percent inorganic salt.

Food is heavenly brain fuel.  You wouldn’t starve your car of fuel and expect it to run efficiently. Your brain needs fuel and maintenance too.  Would you put cheap, low grade fuel in your Lamborghini (if you had one)? Well, your brain’s infinitely more valuable than that, so feed your head wisely. It’s been proven food stewed in chemicals, Chem Trails and preservatives dumb you down. Studies show IQ is affected by good or low grade diet and whether the subjects took multi vitamins with minerals.

DHA is a good fat found throughout the body. It goes straight to brain tissues to keep them functioning. In the March 2003 Discover magazine, describes how people in a 7-year study who ate tuna, salmon, mackerel or trout at least one time every week had a 30 percent lower occurrence of dementia. Norwegian Fish, flax oil caps and walnuts work well preventing blood clots and brain inflammation. Deliciously unrefined, virgin coconut oil produces ketones which dissolve brain plaques and tangles. Put two tablespoons in your oatmeal or hot tea.  A combo of vitamin D-3, fresh ginger and turmeric, (curry ingredients) may speed bump Alzheimer’s.  A 600 daily dose of Alpha Lipoic Acid has been shown to stop the progression of dementia. (Rush University Center-Chicago)

Medical experts say caffeine, a potent diuretic, leads to excessive urination, causing dehydration which creates a drought in the brain that results in a mineral imbalance that interferes with mental sharpness. Left untreated dehydration results in permanent brain damage or even death.

Dip your brain into a piece of soul-stirring, foot taping music, clear your mind of clutter and float downstream. Connect with nature; our precious home. Garden, take a peaceful walk, or partake in moderate outdoor physical activity. It stimulates oxygen flow to the brain and maintains mental sharpness. Laughter is brilliant medicine that releases feel-good endorphins, so loosen up that sphincter and laugh at your silly self. Your brain loves fun and learning at any age. Solve mental puzzles to invigorate and challenge your mind.

Take four deep breaths and exhale slowly and then take a nap. You’ll feel more alive and mentally productive. Light a scented soy candle or stop and smell the ethereal roses and listen to the rustling wind. Focus on and relax each muscle and then cleanse your brain of monkey chatter. Give your imagination permission to run naked in child-like wonder.

Eat wisely my dear friends and let your white light brightly shine. Now where are my keys?

Hot dogs: Not so diggity

May 29, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

Hot Dogs—Oh no! Not my Weiner!

Let’s re-light the grill on a delicate subject: your all-American love affair with hot dogs, frankfurters, tube steak, foot longs, sausages, Brats, knockwurst, and weenies that sprung forth from a creative German butcher in the l600s.   The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimate Americans consume 20 billion annually.

Sing all together, “My hot dog has a first name, it’s ‘P-o-i-s-o-n”.  Yes, there’s some danger in everything humans do. Tradition is often a double edged sword. Today’s hot dogs are not the wiener the world awaited. No Patriotic American wants to hear their sacred hot dog, nestled in a fluffy white bun can shorten your life span.  Red, white, and blue Americans passionately defend, to their premature death, their right to eat or die from whatever the heck they choose

Call me a turncoat, but America’s being hoodwinked by slick Madison Avenue advertising to blindly accept the hot dog as the Holy Grail of American culinary pop culture. Tradition decrees it’s categorical un-American to go to a ball game and NOT eat a few pups chased by a cold brew. Play Ball!

The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Cancer Prevention Coalition say these cylinders of ground meat scraps and snarky preservatives significantly increase your risk of various cancers.  Hot dogs may also be contaminated by listeria; an aerobic parasitic bacterium. The Department of Agriculture confirms hot dogs contain mouthwatering skeletal muscles, pork stomach, yummy snout parts, intestines, spleen and lips. Americans are, however, in blissful denial, sadly uniformed, or on the wiener wagon payroll.

Nibble on this: The Global Healing Center study found that children eating more than 12 hot dogs per month have nine times the normal risk of developing childhood leukemia. A strong risk exists for those children whose fathers’ intake of hot dogs was 12 or more per month. Call me a party pooper, but celebrating a family event, with a food we know will cause disease, seems, well, wrong.

The Cancer Prevention Coalition says, “Hot dogs contain nitrites as a preservative to combat botulism. During the cooking process, nitrites combine with amines naturally present in meat to form carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds. It’s also suspected that nitrites can combine with amines in the human stomach to form N-nitroso compounds; known carcinogens which have been associated with cancer of the oral cavity, urinary bladder, esophagus, stomach and brain. Pass the mustard and a stomach pump please.

If this alarms you, courteously speak out and express your disapproval of this unpatriotic food preservative.  Perhaps hot dog manufacturers will stop using it. So pick up the phone or write a polite but firm letter to the grocer or manufacturers and do your part to purify the American hot dog.

 

Did you know you’re a miracle

May 22, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

Seems abnormal that 21 Century American society struggles learning how and what foods to eat to achieve health, happiness and social harmony.  You weren’t created to love junk food and to despise God’s awesome apothecary; you were methodically taught.  Truthfully, you were designed by the Divine to instinctively gravitate to plant foods, but bankers, commodity brokers and Big Food executives today’s concocted American diet for profitability, not  to feed the greater good of our species.  And highly impressionable, trusting Americans fell for it. Society’s so far off the road of nutritional righteousness; they’ve fallen and can’t get up. Because many hard core meat and taters folks consciously choose to be sick, fat, full of rage and anger, walking around half dead, they’re apparently passionately in love with suffering.

Your miraculous temple’s ability to heal and sustain itself is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe, however the temple speaks the language of heavenly sourced living foods from the garden, not an assembly line. Like sleeping and breathing, food keeps you alive. Medical science proves this repeatedly. What you eat becomes a physical part of you within 45 minutes of digesting. There is joyful news. There are multitudes interested in real, honest to goodness foods. They realize being mindful of the foods they eat affects all aspects of their lives.

Mainstream nutritionists drink from the Big Pharma Sippy cup, so you’re not going to get the whole picture; just what they want you to see.  Parents are children’s first teachers. If parents hate veggies, so will the kids. Parents, mindfully express your deep love for them by being an example. Let your kids decide for themselves instead of inflicting your silly fears upon them.

The trillions of cells and stardust that compose you require proper, heavenly feeding; food that speaks the language of your omnipotent body intelligence. The monstrous foods concocted by man in dark moments of hubris, don’t speak a language your cells understand. Ergo, you’re mildly malnourished; ripe for the pluckin’; hardly a miracle here.

All calories, though, are not created equal. The calories in a Poop Tart don’t parallel high quality calories in avocados, for example. Our corpulent ‘role models’ wheeze that Indiana’s health is lagging, but no one mentions ‘quality’ calories.  So, you must fix your mind and diet before you can fix your health.

When sports role model Olympian Michael Phelps announced he ate 12,000 nutritionally empty fast food calories before and after competing, I had a cow. Yes, he won numerous medals, but he was just a kid; able to withstand crappy nutrition, oblivious he was capable of so much more.  Eating low grade food isn’t what our creator planned. Truth is, only you can release your inner miracle.

Don’t Fear the Eggplant

May 15, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

There’s a first time for everything, particularly eating heavenly, health sustaining plant food. For some, Eggplant presents a challenge. “I simply detest eggplant!” I hear it all the time as eggplant isn’t the ‘go-to’ food in Indiana.

Botanically, the misunderstood eggplant is a fruit. Since prehistoric times, it’s been cultivated in southern and eastern Asia, but India domesticated the eggplant. The eggplant reached Europe, where it was initially thought to cause insanity since it’s a member of the Night Shade Family. According to a 5th century Chinese scroll, fashionable Chinese women made dye out of the skin of purple eggplants and polish their teeth with it. Amateur Botanist Thomas Jefferson brought the highly nutritious eggplant to the States, where it was for table decoration.

Fast forward: CNN recently reported,” Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent “human disaster” that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, according to the World Health Organization.” Say hello to Eggplant and its protective antioxidants. Actually, ALL of creations ‘edible’ plants contain cancer-preventing phytonutrients in various forms. The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service reports the Chlorogenic acid in eggplant is known for its high antioxidant mojo. Antioxidants, BTW shield your temple’s cells from snarky oxidation, a chemical process that damages cells and contributes to disease. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports the nasunin in eggplant has antiangiogenic abilities. The Cancer Center at the Angiogenesis Foundation explains when something is angiogenic, it stimulates new growth of blood vessels and blood supply. Cancerous cells can gain angiogenesis ability, which cause cancerous masses or tumors to grow quicker. Nasunin prevents angiogenesis. Eggplant’s an excellent source of fiber, which helps protects your temple against type 2 diabetes and keeps your bowels smoothly movin’. The vitamins in eggplant consist primarily of vitamins A, B , folate, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. Fat-free, six carbs and 27 calories in 1-cup, the eggplant is an outstanding addition to the family dinner table.

Eggplant is a blank canvas where you can paint many flavor combinations; Eggplant Parmesan, lasagna, ratatouille (Not the rat), or classic Baba Ghanoosh. Marinate unskinned slices and or toss cubes into a stir-fry, side vegetable, or inside a sandwich wrap. Season slices and then broil, bake, sauté, puree or rub them all over your body if you wish

The act of salting and rinsing eggplant to reduce bitterness isn’t as necessary these days because modern eggplants are less bitter, although, salting eggplant will reduce the amount of oil absorbed in cooking and release excessive water.

Your sacred temple was created to express perfect health from the moment you were born. Every compassionate change you make to more plant food matters. Choose mindfully valued friends and avoid the upcoming tsunami of cancer; a man-made disease.

We fear change for the better?

May 7, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

 

After lecturing around Indiana for 15 years, tis’ clear earthlings are fiercely resistant to change; even if it means better health, lower weight, and achieving their highest heavenly potential. You weren’t born to hate veggies and love junk food, you learned. Creatures of habit: time has come for you to unlearn and show your temple some love and allow yourself to bloom. It’s not your fault. You’re literally addicted to food.

“The End of Overeating,” by Dr. David Kessler, former FDA Director, revealed your brain chemistry and taste buds have been hijacked by Big Food’s unnatural, addictive counterfeits of Creation’s real foods. Unfortunately ones you cherish the most: family recipes or Big Chain carry-out contain addictive combinations of fat, sugar, and salt; the foundation of the American diet. Society’s also hooked on caffeine, nicotine, and booze. Addiction and disease are highly lucrative. Ask any street corner thug.

There’s proof even one little change can do you good. Yet, tradition-addicted humans can’t stop eating certain foods even after they’ve learned it causes disease. People get defensive and seriously PO’d at the mere suggestion their food choices are killing them. Human nature I’m certain.

Lord, we give thanks for the food we are about to receive, for the nourishment of our bodies, we give thanks for life. We pray for health and strength to carry on and try to live as you would have us.” Remember gluttonous, carbolicious after Sunday Service Pitch-ins and Fish Fry’s? Ironic, considering the comfort foods they’re asking God to bless are energy-robbing human disease fodder.

Loveable, suggestible humans have learned how to make deals with themselves, justifying their self-destructive eating habits where flavor and quantity matter more than quenching your trillions of hungry cells. Our culture diminishes the value of fueling their divine temple, showing reverence for life. Look at all the obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. No matter how much you deceive yourself, the magnificent temple is defenseless; malnourished when fed these common ingredients.

No need to get rid of your family’s favorites. Simply make a few ingredient substitutions and you can still enjoy comfort food and get back on the road of nutritional righteousness where you’ll feel awesome, healthy and energetic every moment of every day.

It’s wise to follow nature’s dietary laws, not man’s feeble forgeries. Most folks are confused and do not know what to do. It’s not that hard and it gets easier the more you try. God directed mankind to eat freely of the food that He had produced in the garden. God has fulfilled His part.  We must receive it so we can do our part. Take a step outside your box. Change is good; do not let fear rule your thoughts.

 

 

Strawberry Fields Forever

May 1, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

Folks responding to a recent national survey dubbed strawberry lovers “health conscious, fun loving, intelligent and happy. Non-strawberry lovers were described as weird, boring, picky, eaters who reject the value of Creations glorious foods.

The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry says the anthocyanins which create strawberry’s color are powerful antioxidants that prevent damage to your temple. Strawberries are linked to lower rates of cancer deaths among seniors. Those eating the most strawberries were three times less likely to develop cancer compared to those eating few or no strawberries. Strawberries are a source of manganese, colon cleansing fiber, folate and iodine. A cup of strawberries has more Vitamin C than an orange and a good source of B-vitamins, and Omega-3 fatty acid. Vitamin K supports bone health, magnesium and potassium support heart rhythm and its copper content supports proper growth, utilization of iron, enzymatic reactions, connective tissues, hair, eyes, and speed-bumps the ageing process.

Botanically, the low-cal, fat free strawberry is not a true berry.  It’s a member of the Rose Family.  Blueberries and cranberries have seeds inside. The strawberry’s “seeds” are on the outside and there’s about 200 seeds coating every strawberry.

Strawberries are highly perishable and should be purchased only a few days prior to use.  Don’t wash them, though, till you’re ready to eat or smoothie them. Alas, GMO grocery berries lack flavor and healing nutritional mojo since they were mutated, picked prematurely then shipped 2,000 miles.

The succulent summer pleasure is listed on the governments “Dirty Dozen” most pesticide-polluted produce due to toxic chemicals are used in the growing process. Wash ‘em folks as if your family’s life depended on it.  Score them from local U-Pick Em’s or farmer’s markets and support family farms.

Here’s the dirty end of the stick: soon, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will decide on the registration of a charming new pesticide called methyl iodide. It’s a common practice for huge producers to soaked field berries in snarky pesticides. Fruit is notoriously difficult to grow organically and without pesticides. Fruit is colorful and high in sugar. “Many insects love sugar. Because most fruits have soft skins, the pesticides used to kill those bugs, mold, and fungi also love fruit. No amount of washing can remove them.  (Rodale News)

Fresh juice from sieved strawberry pulp has a cooling effect on feverish patients. For a cooling and purifying drink, either pour water on crushed berries or chop the berries roughly and whirl in a blender with a little water.

Don’t let summer pass without savoring fresh berries.  Taste the sunshine. After a heavy summer rain followed by abundant sun, grab the kids, a pale and head to the nearest ‘u-pick-em’ berry patch.

Hold the Mayo!

April 23, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

America loves mayonnaise, Mom and Apple Pie and spends $2 billion on the white stuff a year proving it. Everyone learns from their parents, squirting mayonnaise onto anything, improves the pleasure factor.

Thankfully, the days of mindless overeating are screeching to an end; at least for many awakened folks. Human nature dictates some will never change however. “It’s my body. I’ll eat whatever I want, so stop buggin’ me!” If this is your better half, they’re not changin’, so wave the white flag, stop frustrating yourself and love them with all your heart.

Can’t lose winter tonnage? Likely it’s those dollops of mayonnaise silently adding hundreds of fatty calories to your daily meals. Like a bear gorging on oily salmon before winter hibernation, medical science agrees the quickest way to put on weight is to eat fat. This is why everyone should limit the amount of fats they consume and stick with the non-saturated fats found in nutritious plants, nuts, seeds, coconut and olive oil. Canola and cottonseed oil are garbage, friends. Aim for 20 percent of your daily caloric intake from fat. For example, if you consume 2000 calories per day, no more than 400 of those calories should come from fat.  (1 tbsp. = 100 calories, 100% from fat.)  After all, mayo is a high calorie emulsion of egg yolks, oil, sugar, and vinegar, and spices. Although you perceive tuna or chicken salad healthy, they’re merely meat bound together with blobs of full-fat mayo. If you switch to reduced-fat mayo (and better yet, light mayo with olive oil), you’re saving half the calories and fat. Due to awakened Americans becoming more health-conscious, the market for low-fat mayo has doubled since 2005. Now that you actually know what’s in mayonnaise, it’s clearly not going to make your holy temple any healthier. If you can’t live without it, at least get more exercise to burn off those calories.

Look beyond mayonnaise to other spreads that provide taste and health benefits.  There are many varieties of mayo today, from vegan grape seed oil versions to ones made with olive. Please avoid ones made with soy or canola. Be mindful, oil is oil, is oil, so be sensible.

Adding avocado to your sandwich could mean a more beautiful mouth. That’s because avocado consumption has been linked with a decreased risk of oral cancer, according to a 2007 study. In addition to helping decrease your cancer risk, avocado can also work towards keeping your diet beautiful too. Mustard, even the cheap yellow kind, is one of the most beautiful spreads out there. Why? It’s gobs of turmeric (main active ingredient, curcumin) that’s  linked to cooling damaging inflammation, improving liver health, decreasing the risk for certain cancers and even a treatment for inflammatory arthritic conditions. Use mustard on turkey sandwiches or mixed into canned salmon or tuna for a lip-smacking seafood salad. There’s a beautiful world of flavor waiting beyond the calorie, fat and sugar-laden mayonnaise. Your sandwiches and your temple intelligence are begging for a healthier choice.

Regarding mayo’s extraordinary popularity in Mexico, when the Titanic sailed, it had thousands of cases of mayonnaise destined for Mexican on its manifest. Eager citizens were bonkers over the white oily substance, enthusiastically awaiting delivery. Alas, the Titanic never made its destination. And so, the inconsolable Mexicans created a specific day to memorialize this culinary, humanitarian tragedy and called it, “Sinko de Mayo.”

Renewing Your Temple

March 20, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Opinion, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

Grease slowly dribbled down Tom’s corpulent double chin as with an air of conquest, he inhaled his seventh piece of bacon. His wife looked on powerlessly. Sensing her displeasure, with a false sense of pride, he insensitively rationalized, “Well honey, ya gotta die from sumthin.” Is this why Hoosiers are consistently the 41st most unhealthy state?  Excluding this clueless man, the majority of awakened Americans wants to live larger and longer. The blueprint for how your life plays out depends on your food choices. Do you eat fresh, vibrant living foods?  Or do you eat from the sullied trough of dead, genetically altered, albeit tasty machine cuisine and bar-coded food-like substances. I mean, does man actually think he can improve on God’s work.  Really? That’s sadly delusional?

It’s never too late to love yourself by refurbishing your deteriorated temple, keeping yourself out of a hospital bed. But it requires proactivity. My gravy-breath friends, even small dietary upgrades can create a huge difference. Like restoring a home, the rebuilding blocks must be of high quality calories or your temple home will soon dilapidate.

As you age, cell division and replacement of dead or damaged cells slows. Your cells, where everything happens, routinely die, however a few endure from birth to death without regeneration. Heart muscle cells aren’t replaced either. That’s why heart attacks can be fatal.  Expired muscle cells aren’t replaced and may not be enough to keep the heart, your second brain, going, so, in prudence, ditch the Poop Tarts.

At this moment, your temple’s intelligence is busily replacing damaged aged cells with new. Denied proper heavenly cellular nourishment, it cannot succeed. The antioxidants from fresh local produce brimming with the energy of our universe, fast-track cell division and the replacement processes, which speed-bumps aging and prevents age-related diseases.

Totally eliminating hydrogenated oils plus increasing cleansing fiber helps reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, internal toxicity, and diseases of the intestinal tract. Reducing salt lessens the risk of strokes. Good fats make up sixty percent of the brain and the nerves that run every system in the body. So the better the fat, the better the brain functions. The average American brain is getting enough fat, but it’s not getting the right fat your temple’s cells recognize. Don’t fret. Fish, walnut, and virgin olive oil, Omega-3, and DHA are superb maintained materials Cotton seed, canola, and fractionated palm oils are filthy, altered and filthy.

A steady diet of processed faux food laden with toxic sugar, fats, salt and industrial additives can cause vision problems, anemia, sensory impairment, dental diseases and depression. It’s called cellular malnutrition. America’s brainwashed eating choices have led to obesity, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease. It’s not your fault!  It’s never too late! Satisfy your cellular dietary needs and then you can blame your ill health on genetics or sloth.

“I’m 70, I ain’t gonna change now?” (Queue fingernails on black board.) Nonsense! Seniors can experience late life bliss too. Simply stop shoveling dead food into your temple cells feedbag. Science says without real food, sooner than later, your temples will crumble. My cherished friends please don’t miss out on.  With gratitude, eat fresh high quality rebuilding bounty provided by the Great Creator and you’ll soon be feeling deliciously vibrant and renewed. You’re worth it!

Macho Don’t Mean Mucho!

March 13, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

Shopping recently, I met a bewildered gal in the grocery healthy foods section. “Please help me?” she pleaded. “Do you know anything about these foods?  My fat, stubborn, macho husband refuses to eat anything but meat and potatoes, beer, liquor and white bread and thinks green beans, corn and mashed potatoes are healthy vegetables. Doc says if he doesn’t change, he’ll either stroke out or meet his Maker! I’m frightened!”

 

Lecturing around Indiana, I’ve learned menfolk fear change as wives live uneasily with the prospect of losing their companion. Men, you’ve been brainwashed to believe eating meat three times a day is macho and vegetables are for sissies. However, a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine looked at the diet of more than 500,000 Americans over a span of 10 years. Their conclusion: the average American eats about twice as much protein as they should. They warn eating lots of meat and cheese is just as bad as smoking. Researchers monitored adults for nearly 20 years and found that people who ate a diet rich in animal proteins during middle age were four times more likely to die from cancer than someone with a low-protein diet. Researchers said this mortality risk if similar to that of smoking. ”

 

Alas, manly health food scoffers only eat healthy food if it tastes good.  Many Hoosiers are indeed attempting to wean themselves away from fabricated meat products, fried foods, greasy meats and burgers. They’re accepting a heavenly, living diet full of colorful, nutritious plant foods. The way creation intended.  But wives struggle mightily persuading husbands to eat like big boys.

 

After an ‘aha’ moment, I saw her stress melt away. She knew the answer. The entire family must learn to scratch cook fresh plant food and eat at home as a family; throttle down the meat, involve everyone in planning, shopping, and preparing the new plant-based diet—especially uber-carnivorous Dad. I suggested she be lovingly sneaky and not point out the changes at first. To begin with, she’d cook more veggies and sprinkle flax or chia seed onto their food for a cleansing ‘Colon Pow.’ Meat hangs around you know. Most disease begins in a stagnating colon. Keep it flowing like White River in spring and some diseases can be avoided.

 

Jerky chomping macho men must accept next to sleeping, and breathing, eating is the most important human need; what they eat leaves a trail. Without eating fresh, intelligently chosen food, men may never achieve their mental, physical and spiritual aspirations. Eating isn’t a competition. Eat with mindfulness. Look at the end of your fork: “Is this feeding or depleting me?” A moderate amount of meat is cool and contrary to popular belief, gravy, corn and green beans lack nutrition.  Love your family by blazing a new plant-based dietary path.  Respect yourself. Honor your temple. That’s macho, baby!

Feel Your Oats

February 20, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

Our society is trained to eat oatmeal in limited ways: as sugarcoated breakfast porridge, an energy bar, or cookies. But the inflammatory sugars and flours aren’t that healthy and negate any good the noble oat provides. Oats can lower cholesterol levels, prevent heart failure, stabilize blood sugars, enhance immune response to infection, and lower the chance of breast cancer, but please, not Instant oats. Oats, like other whole grains and vegetables, contain hundreds of plant chemicals. Many are thought to reduce a person’s risk of getting cancer, the impending human disaster of our time, according to the WHO. (World Health Organization.)

Little is known about oats prior to the time of Christ when oats weren’t important as wheat or barley. Some authorities believe our present cultivated oats developed as a mutation from wild oats and took place in Asia Minor before the birth of Christ. The oldest known oat grains were found in Egypt among remains of the 12th Dynasty, about 2,000 B.C.

 

Antioxidant compounds unique to oats, called avenanthramides, help prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, suggests a Tufts University study in The Journal of Nutrition.  Harvard researchers found that men who simply enjoyed a daily morning bowl of whole grain (but not refined) cereal had a 29% lower risk of heart failure. (Archive of Intern Medicine. 2007 Oct 22)

 

Although belly-filling oats are hulled, this process does not strip away their bran and germ allowing them to retain a concentrated source of fiber and nutrients. Fiber from whole grains and seeds offers the best protection. Fiber is necessary in keeping bowel movements regular. Oats are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. For overall wellbeing, oats have a higher concentration of protein than other cereals. Real Oatmeal also helps reduce insulin dosages.

 

Gluten intolerant? Although treatment of celiac disease has been thought to require lifelong avoidance of the protein gluten, found in wheat, rye, barley and oats, recent studies of adults have shown that oats, despite the small amount of gluten they contain, are well-tolerated in moderation. Check with your family doctor. Your community health food store will be able to direct you to gluten-free oats.

 

Blend them into your smoothie, into granola, bind your meatloaf, toss some into your pancake batter, or as a topping for fruit crumble, over yogurt, or bake oatmeal ‘dark chocolate’ chip cookies. Ditch the instant oatmeal versions with the smiling pilgrim.  Most folks eat instant oatmeal because it’s quick. Unfortunately there’s not a lot of the aforementioned nutrition in those processed flakes. Why not eat a complete grain vs. some denuded, pre-cooked, artificially flavored substitute? Opt for Steele cut or rolled oats because, by golly, you’re worth it.