Hey, this is Dr. Steve Gangemi. In this video I want to talk about foods that can hinder not only your health but also your performance. And not only your performance, but also how well you can recover from an injury if you’re unlucky enough to get injured.
So let’s talk about fats first. Fats are a big deal when it comes to an injury, when it comes to your health, too. We’ve talked about these both in previous videos. Probably the worst fat that you can eat is partially hydrogenated fat, also known as a trans fat. The nice thing today is that they’re much harder to find than they were even just five or ten years ago. These are the partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, the partially hydrogenated cottonseed oils and soybean oils that you see in a lot of foods, and they create a lot of inflammation in your body.
The second type of fat that you want to try to avoid as much as you can, but you need to be practical about it too, are those refined vegetable oils, again, talked about in previous videos on how they promote inflammation in your body. So these are the refined oils, the refined soybean oils, the refined corn oils and cottonseed oils that you see used for cooking and in so many baked goods out there.
Unfortunately, it’s really hard to just stay away from these things unless you’re making and cooking all your food at home, and you’re not traveling, or even if you’re not going to the common health food stores today. A lot of prepared foods are made with canola oil, that’s refined canola oil for the most part, and these foods, these types of oils, over the long run can really cause inflammatory problems. It can really cause a lot of health problems. So you want to try and reduce and eliminate these as much as you possibly can.
In your house, in my house, all I have for cooking is butter, not margarine but butter because margarine is hydrogenated. It’s a trans fat. We have pure butter. We have coconut oil, perhaps the best type of oil, fat you could use for cooking. And the third one we have is good old olive oil, which we don’t use for cooking but putting on foods at the end of the meal, a really good monounsaturated fat, good for your health and great for just everything in your body, from hormones to your nervous system.