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Thursday, October 9, 2008

More Soy Truth

Hello Everyone! Sorry that I have been a bit absent from this blog the last few days, but I do have something really important to share this post.

I was perusing the articles on Dr. Mercola's website, and I came a cross an article that really drives home the point that soy is NOT a health food.

The article, entitled The Evidence Against Soy, shows just unhealthy this product really is.

It contributes to early puberty in girls, all kinds of hormonal problems in boys, a host of cancers: it is just not good for consumption.

Now Fermented soy is not as bad, because the fermentation process eliminates a lot of the problems associated with unfermented soy. Still, fermented or not, soy should not be consumed in large quantities.

I thought the article was really good, and I also enjoyed the comments to the article. Very nice exchange of information.

This one comment by a user, Bert Grosman, was pretty good:

Saturated fat and cholesterol have nothing to do with cardiovascular disease. The correlation between them is the biggest lie ever perpetrated on the people of the world. Following are a number of little known facts regarding cholesterol which are in direct conflict with commonly accepted assumptions. Cholesterol is a requirement of every living cell and we cannot live without it. It is the building block of sex hormones. Fifteen percent of the dry weight of the human brain is cholesterol. The body synthesizes 2,000 mg. daily of this essential substance. In comparison, even a high cholesterol diet provides only about 800 mg. Furthermore, when large quantities of cholesterol are ingested the body simply synthesizes less such that an excess is avoided. Animal studies which induced atheroma with dietary cholesterol used the human equivalent of 15,000 mg. of cholesterol a day. Animals fed a diet consisting of 81% animal fat, but with concurrent high levels of protein, vitamins and minerals showed no pathological changes in the aorta or the heart. Studies of primitive African cultures have shown no correlation between dietary intake and atherosclerosis even among 400 men of the Masai tribe who ate meat and milk exclusively. A strong correlation did exist, however, between atherosclerosis and consumption of refined sugar flour and vegetable oils. In 1914 only 15% of all heart disease was athero sclerotic in nature; today that has risen to over 90%. Over 50% of adult Americans now die of cardiovascular disease. Yet the only significant change in dietary patterns in Western countries over the last 100 years has not been in fat consumption but in refined sugar and flour intake. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on research.

1 comment:

Bert said...

Yes, it's true, Blaming cholesterol for causing heart disease is like blaming firemen for starting all the fires simply because they just happen to show up to the fire. The only bad cholesterol is oxidized cholesterol. HDL and LDL are actually the same. The only difference is that LDL is going out to your cells via the arteries whilst HDL is going back to your liver for recycling. When LDL is higher it means that there is something wrong in your body and so it's being mobilized to go heal something.
You would think that if cholesterol was such an evil villain it would be sent to your kidneys for removal. But because it is so vital for health that your body must recycle it instead. Oxidized cholesterol is formed when oxidized fats are eaten. Whenever you eat cook, bake or fry anything made from a vegetable oil that has no saturated fat it will oxidize. In fact a lot of these oils are already oxidized on the store shelf due to how it's processed. Oxidized oils form free radicals in your system which can cause cancer and auto-immune diseases such as arthritis. Oils such as canola, corn and soy fall into this category and should be avoided altogether because they are imbalanced in their omega 6 to omega 3 ratio as well. The name Canola, stands for Canadian Oil, which was the company to first hybridize the Rape seed from which it is made. It's highly processed and not good for your health at all. Olive oil is best eaten raw on your salads or used to lightly sauté foods because it too will oxidize when heated.
The best oils to cook with are Coconut and Palm oils which are high in saturated fat and very stable so they won't oxidize when heated. Coconut oil has some very healthy attributes to it as well. It has a substance in it called Lauric acid which is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial in nature. Palm oil has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin E and Beta carotene of any food. It also has saturated fat so it's good for cooking as well. I use a combination of the two with raw butter from grass-fed cows when I cook and it's delicious!!
Good Luck with your health!
Recovering Vegetarian/Bert Grosman