Boy, do I love to eat. Especially my own home-cooked meals.
And believe it or not, it can be easy to cook in a healthy and delicious way.
(I demonstrate HOW in my cooking videos. If you haven’t tuned in, I highly encourage it. Find me on YouTube and Instagram.)
Well, according to a new study, it could also be the SECRET to protecting yourself against an increasingly common disease…
One that completely sabotages your health.
DOUBLE the risk
A new study has revealed that consuming large amounts of nitrites versus none was associated with a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Researchers analyzed data from over 100,000 adults, without diabetes at study outset, to reach this conclusion.
More specifically, those with the highest intakes of food nitrites had a 53 percent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the seven-year follow-up period.
Now, nitrites (and nitrates) are used as food additives to prevent bacterial growth, mainly in processed meats—but they’re also found in foods like green, leafy vegetables.
In fact, this study found that most of the nitrite intake came from vegetables and seasonings.
Isn’t that interesting?! I would have expected MEAT to be the biggest culprit here. And while I’m certainly not here to disparage vegetables…
I think it’s important to highlight just how many naysayers came out of the woodworks when these findings were published.
Sure, every study has its limitations. But we can’t bury our heads in the ground and cancel these findings simply because the outcome didn’t go along with the world’s assumption that meat consumption is unhealthy.
Instead, it’s high time that we start taking a closer look at our food supply…
It’s no secret that I recommend following a healthy, balanced diet full of fresh, local foods. And yes, that includes plenty of veggies and meat.
But, chew on this…
Many vegetables are riddled with pesticides and herbicides. Animals are being fed growth hormones, antibiotics, and countless other things that have changed their chemical structure.
In other words, “we” have ruined our food supply—yet continue to make countless suggestions and declarations against food groups, based on evidence that is flawed from the start.
So, allow me to simplify things.
Indulging in home-cooked meals, where YOU control where the ingredients are sourced from, is the No. 1 way to improve your health—and help ward off disease, like type 2 diabetes.
I always advise buying fresh and organic as much as possible. I also love farmer’s markets or local farm stands so you can discuss with the vendor how their food is being grown and/or raised.
Finally, for additional ways to prevent or reverse type 2 diabetes (or prediabetes) in particular, I encourage you to check out my Metabolic Repair Protocol.
“Nitrite Food Additives May Increase Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.” Medscape, 01/18/2023. (medscape.com/viewarticle/987095)