Other Foods – Green tea with antioxidant properties in moderation, red wine in moderation, dark chocolate containing more than 70% cocoa in moderation.
HARMFUL JUNK FOODS TO AVOID
Fat/oil-rich, fried, refined and processed junk foods; foods made with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (transfats); margarine which is made from harmful Omega-6-rich oils like sunflower; sugar, salt and starch (maida) – the so called “Three White Poisons”; polished rice; alcohol; coffee; smoking; all tinned and ready packed foods, beverages and fruit juices with harmful chemical additives. Avoid meat and other products from animals which are reared on inorganic farms using insecticides, pesticides and fed hormones and other chemical substances. Notes : (i) Avoid frying, roasting, grilling, microwaving and barbequing; (ii) Meat cooked at high temperatures produces chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCA) that induce carcinogens. Remember to trim the burnt parts of meat and other foods and avoid smoked fish; (iii) Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, cosmetics, shampoos, hair dyes, nail polish, sunscreens, perfumes; household chemical cleaners; (iv) Air out dry cleaned clothes in fresh air for several hours before wearing; (v) Don’t use plastic containers for grain and food storage, use glass or ceramic ware; (vi) Don’t use teflon coated pans, instead use stainless steel or cast iron pans for cooking. Cast iron pans will greatly enhance absorption of iron from food.
ACIDIC AND ALKALINE FOODS
The acid/alkaline balance of food is extremely important for our well-being. Human blood of a healthy person is basically alkaline with PH value of about 7.5 or put simply, the blood is about 80% alkaline and about 20% acidic. So to remain healthy and free of all kinds of ailments, we should aim to consume 80% alkaline foods and no more than 20% of acidic foods.
Alkaline Foods – Almost all fresh fruits (even sour fruits like oranges, lemons, pineapples become alkaline during digestion); almost all fresh and raw or streamed vegetables (including green leafy vegetables and salads); pulpy smoothies of fruits and vegetables; soaked dry fruits, raisins and wholegrain sprouts are extremely beneficial for disease-free life. Unboiled milk, cottage cheese, soured dairy products, buckwheat; corn; chestnuts; fresh lima beans; millets; Brazil nuts; almonds; maple syrup; molasses and honey are also alkaline in nature.
Acidic Foods – All fat/oil-rich, refined, fried and processed junk foods like pastas, burgers, pizzas, samosas, pakoras; savoury snacks like namkeens and potato chips/crisps; all tinned and ready packed foods, beverages and fruit juices with harmful chemical additives, preservatives, colourings and flavour enhancers; transfat-rich foods such as ready meals, noodles, biscuits; fizzy drinks and colas; sweets and confectionery made from milk and starch such as Indian mithai, cakes, pasteries and