Yesterday i wrote about stopping the fad diets and eating food, just food. I may have wrapped it up in a revelation, but remove that and it is a all round good diet. Bad health is on the rise; diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, heart disease, and cancer, to name a few. But there is one thing that is the cause of this increase and that is obesity.
I will hold my hand up right now and say that i am obese, but i haven’t always been. Is my diet so bad that i live on high fat, high sugar foods all day, every day? No, most definitely not! I would say my lack of being able to exercise isn’t helping the fact but it certainly isn’t causing it either. So why are we getting fatter as a nation and as a world?
It has been found that the Western diet is to blame…or is it? I have another theory.
Have you looked at the ingredients in a loaf of bread these days? Or just about any mass produced product, but i am going to stick with bread. You will see if you care too that all commercially made bread and probably many that are made in supermarket bakeries have soya flour or soya lecithin in them. Now soya is a waste product left over after making cattle feed and it is totally indigestible, so why is it in our food and what does it mean to us by it being there?
Up to 25% of the total weight of wheat flour used to make bread is now substituted with soya flour and if we cannot digest it what is our bodies doing with it? The chances are that our bodies are storing it. Now i am not saying it is storing it has fat, no, no but what if it is storing it in the tissues?? Just a theory.
Soya has been around since the 1960’s but more as been added to our foods since the 1980’s as a cheap alternative to wheat flour and butter or oil. It is been said that it is use as a preservative in bread and we all like our bread to last all week – don’t we. Personally i would rather have better bread for three days and either make toast or bread pudding with the left overs than poison myself.
The Mayo Clinic lists the following allergic reactions to soya, although it does say that severe reactions are rare –
- Tingling in the mouth
- Hives; itching; or itchy, scaly skin (eczema)
- Swelling of lips, face, tongue and throat, or other body parts
- Wheezing, runny nose or breathing difficulty
- Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
- Skin redness (flushing)
I find this list very interesting because also on the rise are those people who believe they have a wheat/gluten allergy. I am well aware that some people do have such an allergy and this is called Celia or Coeliac’s disease and is real. However so many others have irritable bowel syndrome, which is not the same thing and yet they often remove wheat products from their diets even without an official diagnosis, thereby removing nutrients from their bodies that they actually need and besides you do not develop an allergy in your 40’s from something you have been eating all your life. So it has to be something else…?
However i believe there is another reason why so many are having stomach and bowel, including myself and that is because of soya and the amount of soya that is now in everything and our bodies do not know what to do with it any more. Is this the cause of Fibromyalgia? I wouldn’t like to say it is, however it is being called a disease of the modern world and the only thing that’s changed in our diets is all the added things, not just soya, that we do not need.
How do you avoid them? That’s very difficult, unless you are into baking your own bread, cake, pastries, pies and being very vigilant and a little obsessive. So what do you find soya in –
- soya sauce
- salad dressings
- cheap pre packed foods
To name just a few, it is almost unavoidable but we should try and reduce our consumption of it and here are a couple of articles for you if you would like to know more – ‘Is Soy Bad For You, or Good? or The Independent newspaper wrote this article ‘The Shocking Truth About Bread’.