Are you aware that the average adult eating a typical standard American diet (SAD) consumes appropriate 67% of their of their total caloric intake from only 3 foods – corn, soy, wheat, and their derivatives?
What would be considered a reasonably healthy amount of corn, soy, and wheat in your diet? Based on hundreds and thousands of years of human history and what the natural diet of our cave hunter/gatherers ate (indicating what our digestive systems are still programmed to digest most effectively), this would probably be in the range of 1% – 4% maximum of our total calories from corn, soy, and wheat.
Considering that modern adults are eating 67% of their total calories from corn, soy, and wheat you can see why there is massive problems in our health and our weight.
It’s not a surprise that we have so many intolerances and allergies, specifically to soy and wheat (and gluten intolerance). Our digestive system was never meant to consume these foods in massively high quantities.
And please note that these high levels of consumption of corn, soy, and wheat are a relatively new concept that were created from the economics of the multi-billion dollar corn, soy, and wheat industries. It was about their money, not our health.
Some of the derivatives of corn, soy, and wheat are the food additives such as:
High fructose corn syrup
Soybean oil ( hydrogenated or refined)
Refined wheat flour
Hundreds of other additives such as maltodextrin, corn or wheat starch, soy lecithin, mono and diglycerides, plus more.
Does this surprise you? Consider how many soda, soft drinks, or other sweetened drinks (loaded with HFCS) that the average adult drinks daily – this is a huge amount of calories from just one derivative – corn. Even salad dressings, catsup, breads, and hundreds of other foods contain loads of belly-fattening HFCS.
And what about processed foods that are either fried in soybean or corn oil? And even if the foods are not fried in these oils, these oils are additives to almost every processed food – chips, candies, pies, cakes, salad dressings, corn chips, tomato sauce, burrito wraps, breaded chicken and the list goes on. This is too many calories from these two soy and corn derivatives. And both of them are extremely unhealthy!
We’re not done yet. Think about how much breads, cereals, pastas, muffins, and other highly processed wheat products that most people consume each day. Again, this is loads of unhealthy, blood sugar spiking, nutrient poor calories that more than half the population has some degree of intolerance to anyway.
And it gets even worse.
Not only are we eating 67% or more of our total calories from corn, soy, and wheat, but because of the economics involved (with cheap corn and soy), we are feeding most of the farm animals corn and soy now. And from a biochemical standpoint, there is way too much of these foods ending up in our bodies.
Our food supply is greatly messed up. But that’s for another post.
So why is it so unhealthy to eat massive amounts of corn, soy, and wheat?
There is a skewed ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids. Our bodies require more of the Omega 3′s and the ratio is now 30:1 in favor of the Omega 6. The natural ratio of our ancestors was 1:1 or 2:1
There are problems with gluten intolerance (related to heavy wheat consumption) which is rampant in our society today.
Problems with weight gain, blood sugar swings, and reduced insulin sensitivity (and diagnoses of diabetes, pre-diabetes) due to excessive refined corn and wheat flours, as well as HFCS in our diet.
Soy and corn are the most genetically modified (GMO) crops which allow for more pesticides, and herbicides to be used which are usually estrogenic which can increase stubborn belly fat.
Soy products and derivative also contain phytoestrogens which help to create an environment in your body for fat storage, carcinogenic effects and other issues relating to men.
And the feeding of these ingredients to animals reduces the health and nutritional benefits of those animal products.
Your solution is to avoid as much as possible eating corn, soy, and wheat in food products, take control of your weight, and your health.
Refrain from buying processed foods. It all starts with your grocery shopping. Choose only ingredients such I recommend in my e Book on Kindle – vegetables, fruits, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), healthy fats, nuts, seeds, grass fed organic meats and eggs, wild caught fish, and whole grains – the ancient ones as in quinoa, buckwheat, millet.
Buy organic or pesticide/additive free as much as possible. Utilize the Shopping Guide in my e Book on Kindle.
Avoid buying store bought foods as in salad dressings. A sprinkle of lemon juice or homemade oil and vinegar, or hummus works great and tastes delicious.
Buy sauces made without HFCS as in tomato sauce. Better yet buy fresh organic tomatoes.
In place of oily corn chips, try veggies with guacamole, hummus or organic peanut butter.
Reduce your cereal consumption. Try oatmeal, steel cut oats, or oat bran for your cereal and control your blood sugar. Add a few nuts, some fruit, and almond milk.
In place of store bought breads, try homemade bread or firm breads like rye, pumpernickel.
When you eat out, ask what the ingredients are and be proactive.
Avoid buying or drinking any soda whether it be sugar sweetened or diet. Try water with a little lemon and stevia.
And most of all avoid sugar, except for the healthy sweeteners. Remember a little goes a long way. A piece of fruit with peanut butter makes a delicious snack in the evening.
As with all my advice, recommendation do what you know you will follow. For best result and to be proactive with your health, follow as many of the recommendations as possible. The choice is always yours.
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