We hear an increasing amount about them, but what are superfoods and are they really all that super?

I don’t usually write about superfoods or at least I haven’t since I was singing the praises of coconut oil about this time last year.

But I came across an article and video the other day and it made such an impact on me I thought I must share this knowledge.

The video was by an eminent heart specialist who has spent years researching causes of heart and other diseases.

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And it was his findings that shocked me and that I want to share with you.

Not completely taking his word for it, I started doing my own research. And it’s amazing what you can find out if you look…

There must be at least three sides to every story out there on the net!

I’m passing on what I found out and you can make your own decisions or maybe even do more of your own research.

What scares me is that we have been told for years about various superfoods that will not only help prevent certain diseases but might help in ‘curing’ them, helping us to stay healthier for longer.

As I read more and more I got more and more confused and angry.

In the end who do we trust, what do we trust? What are superfoods?

One of the things you know is that if you constantly are eating fast food, junk, fried foods, spicy foods, cake, biscuits you will put on weight but that’s not the least of it.

Your body will start to rebel. You’ll have little or no energy; you might have joint pain, insomnia, digesting problems, IBS, constipation, and/or diarrhoea, and worst of all a thing called leaky gut where the abdominal wall ends up with holes and all sorts of bacteria can start to infect you.

OK so that’s the bad news. And here’s some more…

What are the superfoods that are causing these problems?

Like I say you will be shocked. I really was.

The first is soy. Yes, I know – not soy surely? But you’ve been told its so good for you. Not actually it’s not!

And I’ll be very honest here. I had known for a long while that soy was bad for you. I didn’t know why but had been steering clear of it anyway. I don’t drink coffee and hot drinks tend to be herb teas. Occasionally I eat cereal but use nut milks (almond, coconut)

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But I never realised about all the soy products on the market.

The main reasons why you should avoid soy are the same reasons why you should stay away from other “http://paleoleap.com/what-is-wrong-with-grains/” grains and legumes – they have something called Lectins.

Lectins are a type of protein that can bind to cell membranes. Lectins offer a way for molecules to stick together without getting the immune system involved, which can influence cell-cell interaction.

Lectins are abundant in raw legumes and grains and most commonly found in the part of the seed that becomes the leaves when the plant sprouts, also found in dairy products and certain vegetables. While lectin content in food is constant, the genetic altering of plants has created some fluctuations.

Because you don’t digest lectins, you often produce antibodies to them. Almost everyone has antibodies to some dietary lectins in their body. This means that responses vary. Certain foods can even become intolerable to someone after an immune system change or the gut is injured from another source. The presence of lectins can stimulate an immune system response.

There are some lectins that no one should consume.

Ever wonder why you don’t see sprouted red kidney beans? It’s due to a lectin that can cause red kidney bean poisoning. The poisoning is usually caused by the ingestion of raw, soaked kidney beans. As few as four or five raw beans can trigger symptoms.

Ingesting lectins can cause flatulence. Consuming legumes and grains in their raw form can even result in nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting.  Not that you would, would you?

Lectins vs the Gut Wall

Researchers have said that many apparent causes of bacterial food poisoning may be lectin poisoning. This happens because lectins can damage the intestinal lining.

As food passes through the gut, it causes very minor damage to the lining of the gastrointestinal tract (the gut in other words). Normally the cells repair this damage rapidly. Since the purpose of the gut lining is to let the good stuff past and keep the bad stuff contained, it’s important for the cellular repair system to be running at full efficiency.

But lectins can blunt this speedy reconstruction. Your cells can’t regenerate as fast as they need to in order to keep the intestinal lining secure. Thus, our natural gut defences are compromised after the damage occurs and the gut can become “leaky,” allowing various molecules (including stuff we don’t want) to pass back and forth amid the gut wall. We may also not absorb other important things, such as vitamins and minerals properly.

When enough lectins are consumed, it can signal our body to evacuate GI contents. This means vomiting, cramping and diarrhoea. It’s like consuming large amounts of alcohol, which can damage the GI lining and cause GI evacuation.

When lectins affect the gut wall, it may also cause a broader immune system response as the body’s defences move in to attack the invaders.

Symptoms can include skin rashes, joint pain, and general inflammation. Other chronic disorders may be correlated with leaky gut — for example,  HYPERLINK “http://www.ebmonline.org/cgi/content/full/228/6/639” \t “_blank” researchers have even noted that children with autism have very high rates of leaky gut and similar inflammatory GI tract diseases.

So, you can see how lectins will mess with your hunger and energy expenditure signals (Leptin), making your brain think it’s hungry even when your body has more than enough calories. Leptin resistance could lead to insulin resistance, which could lead to a host of problems also known as the metabolic syndrome.

Levels of phytates in soy are also very high. Phytates bind to minerals like zinc, calcium, iron and magnesium and make them unavailable for you.

But that’s not all… 

Soy contains oestrogen which you might or might not know is the ‘female’ hormone.  Whilst doing this the isoflavones effectively raise your oestrogen levels and therefore lowers your testosterone levels. Those hormones are in competition so more of one means less of the other.

Messing up your oestrogen levels has devastating effects for men, women, children and newborns.

Improper balance of testosterone to oestrogen in men can lead to a lower libido, fat accumulation around the waist and loss of energy, stamina and virility and even man boobs.

For women having abnormally high levels of oestrogen could disrupt your periods, fertility and put you at risk for breast cancer

As for newborn babies, too much oestrogen at this stage can cause failure to thrive, underdeveloped testicles and problems when puberty happens, lack of facial hair and emasculation.

It is said that the amount of oestrogen-producing soy in some formula preparations could be the equivalent of consuming five birth control pills per day!

Some vegetarians argue that eating meat destroys the planet and that replacing meat protein with soy is a good alternative. Absolute nonsense! Those who believe that have absolutely no clue about the way the industrialized system works.

Soy crops are probably the most destructive of all the monocrops. They rob the soil of nutrients without giving back, they’re one of the pesticide laden crops and they are now almost all genetically modified. The major part of it goes to feed livestock, who get sick eating it. Some factory produced cuts of meat are now injected with extra soy.

This is yet another reason to stay clear of factory-farmed animals: save yourself and the environment from soy.

Monsanto, the largest soy producer now sues every farmer who gets their soy cross-pollinated by Monsanto’s patented GMO crops. Cross-pollination used to be the way plants reproduced, now it’s illegal!

It should be the opposite where the farmers sue Monsanto for infecting their crops, but of course Monsanto is now too big to be vulnerable. They have a very strong political power because of the lobbying they do.

In Part 2 I will continue to alert you to some foods that most of us have spend years assuming are super for us, but actually have underlying problems.

 

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