TMHS 014: Avoid These 8 Foods At All Costs!

In this episode of The Model Health Show we’re sharing the insider information on many “health foods” that are heavily linked to chronic diseases. The new health food revolution is littered with a lot of heavy marketing to influence you to make a buying decision. Eating healthy is great, but many of the new foods that are marketed as healthy are actually shortening our life span.

In this episode we’re going to cover 8 specific foods that you need to avoid at all cost. Many of these foods are clinically proven to cause cancer, diabetes, heart disease, brain damage, autoimmune diseases and more. The alarming thing is that millions of people are eating these foods everyday, and they have no idea of what damage they’re doing.

All of these foods are actually “new” foods in the human diet. But because of marketing, lobbying, and strategic implementation in our culture, most people believe that these “health foods” are normal. Nothing could be further from the truth, and today you’re going to find out exactly what foods you need to avoid to become the healthiest, fittest version of yourself.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What food contains the highest amount of plant estrogens and why it’s so dangerous.
  • The popular high protein food that actually blocks your ability to absorb protein.
  • Where so-called “vegetable oils” actually come from.
  • Why vegetable oils are one of the most inflammatory foods you can consume.
  • How cooking vegetable oils can damage your system and lead to numerous diseases.
  • What’s added to processed meats to keep them looking fresh (long after they’ve gone bad).
  • Why eating processed meats contributes to different forms of cancer.
  • What you can use as an alternative to eating conventional processed meats.
  • The preservative added to conventional peanut butter that makes it a spreadable plastic.
  • Why peanut butter may be a significant gut irritant for many people.
  • What amazing alternatives you can use instead of conventional peanut butter.
  • The compound found in conventional whole wheat bread that causes autoimmune diseases.
  • How whole wheat bread can block your ability to absorb nutrients.
  • Why bread is proven to lead to long-term weight gain.
  • The critical factor you need to consider when choosing beef (what to look for/what to avoid).
  • How conventional, store-bought beef can lead to chronic inflammation and disease.
  • The harmful effects that pasteurization and homogenization has on milk.
  • What milk alternative you might want to stay away from (bonus food to avoid).
  • Why processed foods are so addictive.
  • The truth about artificial sweeteners and their deadly effects.
  • What artificial sweetener is linked to brain damage, cancer, ADHD, seizures and more.
  • Why diet sodas actually lead to long-term weight gain.
  • What natural sweeteners provide some significant health benefits.
  • The “trendy” natural sweetener that’s more dangerous than high fructose corn syrup.

Items mentioned in this podcast include: 

* What Are The Dangers Of Soy? – The Model Health Show

* Aspartame: A Sweetener To Die For

* Natural Treatment For Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, and High Blood Pressure – The Model Health Show

* White flour contains diabetes-causing contaminant alloxan

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    22 Aug 2013, 9:06 pm

    Shawn keep up the good work, your pod casts are alive, love your book The Key To Quantum Health. Peace and Blessing.


  • LaKesha
    5 Sep 2013, 5:14 pm

    Awesome!!! I want to have a sit down with Jade to find out what local markets she’s going to! lol

  • Roz
    23 Dec 2013, 12:45 pm

    Great episode… I took another page of notes for myself!

  • L.A.
    25 Aug 2014, 7:00 pm

    Thanks Shawn – Great podcast. Learned a few things for sure! Question: how about consuming soy if you have NO estrogen in your body (menopause)? Is it good then? Also, have you ever watched Vanishing of the Bees? It sheds light on the honey industry which is not good. Recommend seeing it (PBS).

  • 3 Sep 2014, 4:49 pm

    Hey guys, I’m with Jade. You’re busting up my pantry when I thought I was doing good! LOL

    1. I switched from vegetable oil to canola oil too and now use coconut and olive oils. But only for sauteing. Can you actually fry foods in these oils too? I heard something about a warning of not getting these oils to high of a temperature when cooking…

    2. You mention that whole wheat bread alone is a higher glycemic load than sugar. Does this still apply if eaten with protein? How does combining foods help with decreasing the glycemic loads of food in general? So thinking I was doing something, I moved to whole wheat bread. I’ve been hearing about ezekiel bread. Is that good to add to my plan if I want something other than a naked sandwich? 🙂

    3. I LOOOOOVE peanut butter and use it daily in my protein shakes. I’ve switched to “natural” peanut butter but now checking to see what other ingredients it has…

    4. I long found that staying away from soy worked better for my body so I now use Almond milk and butters (and real butter) for everything.

    I have a lot to learn but that’s also why I’m studying nutrition at the Integrative Institute for Nutrition and am excited about learning more about nutrition in general and how I can use what I’m learning to create a better physical and mental life for myself and others around me. 🙂


    • Shawn
      3 Sep 2014, 8:44 pm

      Too powerful! Thanks for the insights and questions Kesha. Let me get you some answers 🙂

      1. Coconut oil is ok to fry in. Olive oil is not. You really don’t want to cook olive oil at all, regardless of the “smoking point” or what random experts say. Heating it will oxidize the oil rapidly because of it’s low saturation. You’ll be eating a whole lotta free radicals.

      2. Bread is bread. We can skate around it, but the issues are still the same. Just different degrees of harm with the different quality. If you want optimal health, and you are not there yet, just leave it alone. A naked sandwich sounds good… But then again, so does a naked anything lol. Seriously though, there are thousands of different meals, snack, etc to eat besides a sand-witch. 😉

      3. I LOVE peanut butter too. But, be careful… natural doesn’t mean much. Organic is better. And, again, if your health isn’t where you want it to be you might want to avoid peanut butter and use almond, cashew, pumpkin seed or any number of other spreads instead. Peanuts are an allergen for a lot of people.

      4. Good job! Wishing you ALL the best on your mission, and happy to be on the journey with you.

  • Matt
    1 Oct 2014, 6:35 pm

    You dropped some knowledge bombs on this show. What really got me was the milk and whole wheat bread. I don’t eat it, but I feed my daughter that stuff often. It’s usaally organic milk and bread, but still–yuk.

  • Amanda
    2 Oct 2014, 2:12 pm

    Shawn I love your podcast, your message and all you are doing to make sure we are not destroyed for a lack of knowledge! Thank you! I have a question, what are other alternatives we can eat other than bread? I was thinking maybe brown rice, but are there other healthy alternatives to bread you would suggest? Thanks so much in advance. Blessings.

  • cullen
    8 Oct 2014, 5:39 pm

    Great show! Couple questions: 1) Is 100% Einkorn pasta okay? Organic of course. 2) Is Coconut sugar a safer product assuming its minimally processed?

    • Shawn
      8 Oct 2014, 5:58 pm

      Hey, thanks Cullen! To answer your questions, the only good pasta is the pasta you don’t eat lol. Seriously, the einkorn pasta is definitely an upgrade, but it’s something you’ve got to be careful about. Every now and then, if that’s one of your treat meals, it should be ok if it feels good to you.

      As for coconut sugar, it’s a better option than other granulated sugars for the most part.
      Thanks for the great questions, and thanks for tuning in!

  • Ksusha
    5 Jan 2015, 7:22 am

    You are my inspiration! Thanks for your lovely job!

  • Sophie
    24 Jan 2015, 3:38 am

    Thank you so much for another fascinating show!! I’m working my way through all of your podcasts and they never cease to educate me!
    1 question though, I’m 16 (recovering from anorexia) and really need to keep my calcium levels up. I eat no gluten, dairy or highly processed products however I do consume soy yogurt…..if I can no longer eat this are there any alternatives? Ps I really suffer from poor digestion even though I’m trying to eat 100% raw clean foods? What more can I do!

  • Alain
    16 Apr 2015, 7:14 pm

    I’m surprised that Xyla (xylitrol) was not mentioned as one of the 3 natural sweeteners. I just started using 100% north american hardwood xylitrol in my bulletproof coffee and its amazing. The measurements are also the same as sugar so you dont have to do the math. Maybe it was left out because the show was recorded 2 years ago… also not super certain about using maple syrup as a natural sweetener…on occasion perhaps but… id like to know the GI on that.

    • Jerry
      25 Nov 2015, 3:13 pm

      Using too much Xyitol(more than a teaspoon) can cause digestive stress which is why it’s best not to mention it.

  • Sarah Murry
    9 Jul 2015, 3:22 pm

    The wheat bread and milk are what REALLY shocked me!!

  • 8 Jan 2017, 7:37 am

    Hi Shawn,

    First of all, I LOVE your podcast. I am so grateful that I found you by listening to Lori Harder’s Earn Your Happy podcast with your interview. Seriously, God is SO GOOD. Anyways, this podcast in particular has me on another level. I am so inspired to know the deep dark corners of what’s really good for us and what isn’t because of all of the lies we’ve been fed for so many years. I truly have such a passion for helping people discover the TRUTH about nutrition. So with that being said, I am searching the web about this whole SOY thing. Literally every single page I’ve found ( I tend to stay away from the .com pages in regards to research ) has claimed HOW GOOD IT IS FOR US!!! Ahhh, so I’m wondering if you have any helpful tips on where I could find some valuable nuggets in regards to researching stuff like this. I totally trust your word man, but when I share it, I also want people to know I’ve done my own research.
    Thanks in advance, for all of it, seriously! You are such an inspiration and such a blessing to this earth and I’m so grateful for all that you share and your story.
    My Best,


  • Heather
    4 Aug 2017, 5:31 am

    Loved this episode. I’m going to share with friends and family for sure. I have a question about the milk. My little guy is 5.5 months and I know when he gets closer to 12 months our doctor is going to start recommending cows milk in my baby’s diet. I’ve heard goats milk is better bc it has the amount of fat needed but not as bad? But it’s still from an animal. What would you suggest? I would love to be able to go to my doctor and be full of knowledge about what milk is going to be good for my son. Thank you.

  • Michelle
    25 Jan 2018, 12:11 am

    Hey Shawn, love the podcast 🙂 just wondering, is organic sourdough bread a better substitute for whole wheat bread?

  • Amaan Hasan
    17 Apr 2018, 12:15 pm

    Hey Shawn. I needed to take a minute to thank you for the content! I was introduced to your podcast last week (via Castbox app) and immediately subscribed. When I listen to your story it is very similar to mine, likewise your passion for health/wellness/fitness and helping others is seemingly on the same plane as mine…My friends have even been joking saying qere twins… I jist k ow that you’re doing what I wanna be doing and if there is anything I can do to add value to your business I need ro be a part of it.. I look forward to more awesome content andesrning everything I can from you…

  • Matilde
    27 May 2018, 12:11 am

    Hi, on the hot dogs and hams it is ok to buy uncured hot dogs.?

  • Hadil
    23 Jul 2018, 2:31 pm

    Hi Shawn! What’s your take on Dr. Ray Peat’s guidelines? Cheers!

  • Kathy Morgan
    19 Jan 2019, 11:45 am

    Have you or will you do a podcast on bio identical hormone replacement for women? The information out there is so confusing and I am so tired of getting conflicting advice while I am still suffering from night sweats 😢 Perhaps there is a better and more natural way of dealing with menopause? My libido has totally tanked and it seems no amount of HRT can fix it. thank you so much Shawk