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Healthy Food Lover's Newsletter, Issue #41 - Are You "Biting the Hand" that Feeds You?
May 27, 2017
|Hello Healthy Food Lovers,
Are You "Biting the Hand" that Feeds You?
This is an emotional issue and expression that means to act badly towards the person who is helping or has helped you.
This of course could apply to many situations be it political, spiritual, nutritional, and even apply to personal relationships.
And of course, some people have spun that they are helping you when indeed they are surely not!
If you are not aware or do not handle the "anti-nutrients" correctly they will bite you back.
The Anti-Nutrient - LectinsAccording to Dr. D'Adamo creator of the Blood Type Diet - lectins found in your foods are only a problem when they are incompatible with your blood type.
And according to Dr. D'Adamo lectins can agglutinate (glue up) your blood.
There may be some truth to his theory. However, you must be aware that certain foods are loaded with lectins and they will need to be properly prepared before you eat them regardless of your blood type.
A serious problem is created when lectins "bite" into your intestinal cells or leak into your bloodstream.
Lectins are a type of hardy protein that does not break down easily and are resistant to stomach acid as well as digestive enzymes.
Lectins have an affinity to a specific type of carbohydrate in your cell membranes. And when it locks itself into this carbohydrate - it will unlock its door and damage your cells.
Lectins can damage your epithelial cells and the intestinal wall of your gut - which is not good!
And once lectins have gained access to your circulation, they will bind to the cell membranes in your arteries, organs, and glands.
Foods High in LectinsMost Grains & Pseudo Grains: Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Kamut, Oats, Quinoa, Rice, Rye, Spelt, Wheat, etc.
Legumes: Cashews, Chickpeas, Fava Beans, Kidney Beans, Lentils, Mung Beans, Peanuts, Soybeans, Meat Substitutes, Pea Protein, etc.
Fruits & Vegetables: Tomatoes, Potatoes, Eggplants, Peppers (all nightshades), Cucumbers, Pumpkin, Squash (zucchini, etc.)
Dairy: Grain-Fed (natural diet is grass), Factory Farmed, Pasteurized (removes protective bacteria), GMO Fed, etc.
Eggs: Soy-Fed, GMO Fed, Conventional, Vegetarian (they are not vegetarians!), Fed Unfermented Grains, etc.
Meats & Seafood: Grain-Fed, Factory Farmed, GMO Fed, Farmed Seafood, etc.
Seeds: Chia Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, etc.
Miscellaneous: GMO Foods, Canola Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Soybean Oil, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Agave Nectar, Yeast, etc.
Research suggests that lectins of both plant and microbial origin provoke allergic reactions in your gut and can set the stage for autoimmune diseases.
And you will probably be at risk if you consume high amounts of lectins occasionally and even if you consume lower amounts regularly.
Plant foods will contain the highest levels of the toxic lectins. And the plant foods that contain the highest concentration of lectins are legumes, grains, and nightshades.
Research has shown that by soaking, sprouting, fermenting, or cooking foods that are high in lectins - you can reduce their lectin content.
However, some of these foods (grains & legumes) will need to go through 2 or 3 of these procedures in order to substantially lower the amount of their lectins.
One way to lower lectins in your diet is to eat Organic and to stay away from GMO foods because they are modified by splicing lectins from one plant family to another.
And I do not recommend eating raw potatoes or raw eggplants. I also think fermenting peppers and tomatoes may be a great idea.
Please remember that lectins are the "Hannibal Lector" of the anti-nutrients and will gain strength in the company of other anti-nutrients.
The Anti-Nutrient - TanninsTannins play a protective role to keep away the pests and are defensive compounds found in plant foods.
Tannins can be found in tree barks, leaves, roots, flowers, and in the fruit of many plant species.
The astringent property from tannins is what causes that dry and puckery feeling when you drink red wine.
Tannins are what they use to tan leather and they can also dry out your skin due to their protein binding and shrinking ability.
Tannins are known to interfere with digestion and nutrient absorption especially with iron.And tannins will have a very negative impact on your body's ability to absorb Non-heme iron. As Tannins are phenolic compounds that interfere with iron absorption.
Foods High in TanninsBeverages: Teas (especially black), Mate, Red Wines, White Wines (aged in oak), Coffee, Beer, Apple Cider, Apple Juice, Berry Juice, and Grape Juice
Fruits: Apples (especially the skin), Apricots, Avocado, Berries (most), Cherries, Currants, Dates, Eggplant, Grapes (especially the skin), Guava, Kiwi, Mango, Nectarine, Persimmon, Pomegranates, and Unripe Fruits
Vegetables: Rhubarb and Squash
Legumes: Black Beans, Black-Eyed Peas, Chickpeas, Red Beans, Lentils, Cashews, Peanuts, and Soybeans
Nuts: Brazil Nuts, Black Walnut, English Walnut, Pecans, Pine Nuts, and Pistachio
Grains: Barley, Corn, and Sorghum
Miscellaneous: Allspice, Cloves, Cinnamon, Chili Powder, Cumin, Coriander, Oregano, Tarragon, Thyme, Dark Chocolate, Cacao Powder or Cocoa Powder, Chocolate Liquor, Chicory, Food Dyes, Smoked Foods, Tamarind, Turmeric, Vanilla, and Most Herbal Products
Tannins tend to concentrate in the peels and skins of fruits - especially in fruits that are not ripe.
So avoiding unripe fruit and peeling your fruits before eating them may lessen the amount of tannins that you consume.
Also, vegetables do not seem to have as many tannins and may be a better choice than fruits.
Tannins can also be partially broken down when you soak, sprout, or ferment foods. Cooking may also have an effect on the amount of tannins you will consume - for the good or the bad.
And consuming foods that contain vitamin C helps neutralize the affects of tannin on iron absorption due to this vitamin's ability to increase iron absorption in the body.
However, some people are very sensitive and can have an allergic reaction when consuming tannins.
Tannin allergy symptoms can range from a runny nose to a severe headache. They can also cause you to feel anxious or give you stomach cramps - in rare cases anaphylactic shock.
All plants contain tannins, but the concentrations will vary from plant to plant.
Please be aware that drinking too much coffee, tea, beer, or wine with your meals could be very detrimental to your health because tannins can disrupt your digestion and block the absorption of vital nutrients.
Although, I don't really recommend drinking alcohol on an empty stomach either.
The Anti-Nutrient - SaponinsSaponins are that soap-like foaming property that popular foods like quinoa are known to possess.
However, saponins are also found in a variety of other popular foods.
Saponins have a bitter taste and can bind to your body's cholesterol and bile salts.
Because saponins bind with cholesterol, this can cause injuries to the mucosa of your intestines and result in a leaky gut.
Saponins disrupt epithelial function and will create digestive issues - like inhibit important enzymes.
Saponins have also been connected to damaging red blood cells and interfering with thyroid function.
Foods Rich in SaponinsLegumes: Chickpeas, Haricot Beans, Kidney Beans, Lentils, Peanuts, and Soybeans (especially soy protein isolate)
Grains & Pseudo Grains: Amaranth, Quinoa, and Oats
Vegetables: Alfalfa Sprouts, Asparagus, Beets, Garlic, Green Peas, Spinach, and Yucca
Miscellaneous: Agave Nectar, Red Wine, Sea Cucumber, and Some Herbs
However, saponins are not removed by just rinsing and cooking. And it basically takes an alcohol extraction to completely remove saponins.
However, fermentation has been shown to effectively reduce saponin content.
And in the human body saponins are supposedly metabolized by bacterial enzymes, but this does not occur in the human body until they have "scrubbed" their way around the small intestine to arrive in your large intestine.
Which means that they could have created a lot of damage in your upper intestinal tract.
Please be aware that foods high in saponins like soybeans, quinoa, and oats should have their saponins reduced before you cook them.
And you might want to throw out that bottle of agave!
The Anti-Nutrient - Phytic Acid or PhytatesPhytic acid or phytates is probably the most well known of the anti-nutrients, but some of the foods high in phytic acid have not been acknowledged.
Phytic acid is only found in plant foods. All seeds, grains, nuts, and legumes contain phytic acid or phytates in varying quantities.
You will even find phytic acid in the roots and tubers of some plant foods.
Shockingly, seeds can contain some of the highest amounts of phytic acid and some nuts will contain even higher amounts than whole grains.
Phytic acid or phytates serve two primary functions for plants - to prevent premature germination of the plant and to store the phosphorus that plants need in order to grow (in the future).
Before you can safely eat plant foods that contain a lot of phytic acid, you must deactivate this anti-nutrient as much as possible.
As phytic acid will impair the absorption or block important minerals like phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron.
Phytic acid can also inhibit the normal functioning of your digestive enzymes. And phytic acid also interrupts vitamin D metabolism.
High amounts of phytic acid can create problems like rickets, stunted growth, tooth problems, Anemia, and retardation.
Phytic acid primarily reduces mineral absorption during a meal, so if you eat foods high in phytic acid with most of your meals - you can count on many mineral deficiencies to develop over time.
Foods High In Phytic AcidSeeds: All Seeds (Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, etc.)
Nuts: Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Black Walnuts, English Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Pine Nuts, Nut Flours (coconut flour may have some), and Nut Butters
Legumes: Cashews, Peanuts, Mung, Lima, Lentils, and All Beans (Soybeans, Navy Beans, Pinto Beans, White Beans, etc.)
Grains or Pseudo Grains: Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Brown Rice, Corn or Maize, Quinoa, Oats, Rye, Sorghum, Wheat, and Wild Rice
Miscellaneous: Coffee Beans, Cassava aka Tapioca, Arrowroot Powder, Dark Chocolate, Raw & Unfermented Chocolate, Cacao or Cocoa Powder, Green Peas, and Yams
When you sprout foods, phytic acid is degraded to a certain degree and the phosphorus is released for use by the plant to grow.
However, in a lot of cases sprouting will not be enough. Significant amounts of phytic acid can still remain in sprouted plant foods!
Another step would be to ferment or soak in an acidic medium at a warm temperature to activate phytase (an enzyme which greatly deactivates phytic acid).
However, some plant foods (brown rice, corn, millet, and oats) contain very little phytase or were processed in a way that destroyed their phytase content.
This could be remedied by combining them with a grain high in phytase like rye.
Finally, cooking can reduce some of the phytic acid in plant foods, but cooking alone is usually not enough to reduce phytic acid to safe levels.
It usually takes 2 or 3 of these processes to reduce the amount of phytic acid in plant foods that are high in phytic acid.
And the phytic acid content of plant foods will be much higher in foods grown with high-phosphate fertilizers than plant foods grown with compost.
Therefore, organic foods will probably contain lower amounts of phytic acid.
In addition, probiotic lactobacilli (from fermented foods, etc.) may produce some phytase to help deactivate some of the phytic acid in your body.
The Combined Effect of Anti-NutrientsThis was just the short list of anti-nutrients that I thought was important to bring up with the popularity of certain diets.
And while the evidence against any one single anti-nutrient may not be that scary to some. It is very important to note that anti-nutrients rarely appear by themselves, but in combination with other anti-nutrients.
It is this toxic load of anti-nutrients accompanied by the lack of acknowledgement that is so worrisome.
When anti-nutrients are eaten in high amounts they can inhibit the absorption of vital minerals like copper, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.
Anti-nutrients can also interfere with the absorption of vitamins and proteins.
They can even interfere with your digestive enzymes and other important enzymes.
And if you continue to consume a lot of these anti-nutrients and do not acknowledge that anti-nutrients exist - they are going to "bite you" really hard.
Healthy Diet TipsPeople at risk of a mineral deficiency should diversify their diets and avoid consuming the foods highest in anti-nutrients for awhile.
Soybeans and peanuts come to mind. And I would only eat properly prepared legumes, nuts, seeds, and grains in small amounts.
You can learn traditional methods of preparing these foods by reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.
Also eating a well balanced omnivorous diet that includes a variety of foods will help you to avoid most nutritional deficiencies.
If you are on a Vegan diet and your feeling great - more power to you!
However, claims that a plant-based diet contains plenty of minerals like calcium are seriously undercut when the food contains a lot of anti-nutrients that block mineral absorption.
The same problem can happen with Paleo or Ketogenic diets when seeds or nuts are consumed in large amounts like with almond meal, nut butters, or chia seeds.
Then you top it off with a lot of dark chocolate or cocoa powder and remove all dairy products.
You can expect to end up with a calcium deficiency and will start having major tooth problems.
Because chocolate, seeds, and nuts have the same amount or more of anti-nutrients like phytic acid than grains or legumes (beans, peanuts, etc).
Remember cooking alone is not enough to lower the amount of anti-nutrients in these foods.
They will also need to be soaked, sprouted, or fermented. And sometimes it takes all of the procedures to lower the amount of anti-nutrients to a safe level.
The Great Genius TeslaMost people are not aware that we could have had free energy about 100 years ago.
Unfortunately, Tesla bit the hand that fed him and then they stole most of his dreams. I guess he didn't know about the worst type of "anti-nutrient".
Tesla invented the alternating current or AC electrical system and he is the reason we have electricity today.
He was an incredible inventor and held many patents. And we "unknowingly" use some of his inventions or other technologies right now.
Even though Tesla remains unacknowledged by many people, some think that Tesla was the greatest genius to have ever lived. And life could have been very different if he was allowed to succeed.
It makes you wonder what was stolen from his safe when he died in 1943 - and is it being used today?
The UnacknowledgedMany things have remained unacknowledged only to give credit or blame to the wrong people or thing.
Once again, I will shine the light on the work of Dr. Steven Greer and his disclosure of the unacknowledged programs
I have watched his new movie titled "Unacknowledged" and it seems that there were some very famous people that were privy to this information for quite some time.
And according to Dr. Steven Greer, we have the technology to create free energy right now that could create a very sustainable world.
Just remember that there are a handful of very wealthy people who are responsible for creating these false narratives and now we know better.
Don't Drink the Kool-Aid,
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