For starters, you should learn to pay attention to food labels. Many harmful ingredients are listed there - msg (in one form or another), aspartame and others. Those ingredients are generally considered as safe, but this is because of succesful lobbying by the food industry. However, there are other kinds of "ingredients" that are knowable but somehow purposely obfuscated. For example beef raised with the use of antibiotics and steroids do contain those chemicals is the meat, but the food labels do not have this fact listed on them. You would be able only to compare conventional meat and organic meat by the amount of fat and protein in it and that's it. In this case the food labels are irrelevant because the health benefits of the organically grown meats are hugely superiour, regardless of fat and protein contents.
The same thing applies for fruits and vegetables. Yes, do eat fruits and vegetables, but avoid genetically modified ones. Just think about this; if fruits and vegetables were properly labeled for genetical manipulation, who would buy them?
Humanity always used a lot of cholesterol for millions of years by consuming meat, eggs and animal fats. The largest source of fat in the human diet was the saturated fats in the animal fat. The difference though, was that this fat wasn't packed with all the toxins of our age that are due to the use of chemicals in raising live stock. I believe it matters where the cholesterol comes from. For example cholesterol from organic egg is always better than cholesterol from conventional egg. I recommend you read the book "The Dangers Of Low Cholesterol" by Dr. Elie Klein, ND.
About sugar and salt:
What every dietitian will tell you is to avoid sugar, but the one thing they probably won't tell you is to avoid aspartame as well. Although sugar is bad for your diet, at least it comes from a natural source, while aspartame is a neuro-toxin. I recommend using honey, agave syrup or maple syrup instead.
Table salt is an easy source of sodium, but isn't good for your health. It is much better to use unprocessed sea salt or mineral rock salt that your body can utilize better. The iodine in the table salt is synthetic, therefore not as effective as the natural iodine from foods such as kelp. I recommend using rock salt, and no junk food at all as it is full of sodium and msg.
Cooking with oils that are not processed and are made from non-GMO plants is important part of eating healthy. I only use extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, mustard oil and ocassionaly sunflower oil, and completely avoid all other oils.
I hope that this information was helpful for you.
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