It’s a scary and daunting thought to believe something is hiding in your food keeping you sick. 

Inhibitors and anti-nutrients exist in many foods, this is common knowledge. But when it comes to hamburger and pork or vegetables that are supposed to be healthy the average shopping mom sits her perfectly behaved child in the shopping cart where he waits patiently while she puts on her reading glasses and whips out a magnifying glass.

Detective Mom ready for duty. 

It’s a shame it takes so much research to eat food!

Regardless, when our kids are sick and removing the toxins makes them well, we do it. We do it gladly.

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Many folks know beans and grains contain anti-nutrients, meaning they contain an ingredient that blocks absorption of nutrition.

The problem is anti-nutrients lurk in plain sight but they are also hidden in foods we would never detect.

“You can not get rid of these in soy beans, you have to ferment them to get rid of them,” Sally Fallon said at The Annual Weston A. Price Conference in Anaheim, California in November of 2015.

Phytic acid, protease inhibitors, isoflavones and lectin, are all eliminated with fermentation. However, when the ingredients are hidden in foods that should not contain these anti-nutrients we can’t see them.

Industrially prepared foods contain these anti-nutrients, marked and unmarked.

Dianne Gregg says these ingredients cause nausea, gas, indigestion, hormonal imbalance, thyroid problems and cancer. 

In The Preceedings of the World Congress on Vegetable Protein Utilization in Human Food said, “Protein nutritive value of local market hamburgers together with two reference formulations were evaluated,” showing, “30% hydrated, textured soy protein added to beef.” (page 237)

“In schools 30% of the hamburger is soy,” Fallon says. “Westerners are eating a lot more soy than the traditional Asian diet.”

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported a study on soy added to hamburgers saying, “The absorption of iron was measured from a hamburger in which half of the meat protein was substituted with various soy protein products. Thge reduction of the meat content per se in the hamburgers reduced the percentage nonheme iron absorption by 25% from 11.2 to 8.4% The addition of defatted soy flour reduced the percentage absorption further from 8.4% to 5.2%. The amount of nonheme iron absorbed, however, was unchanged due to the high iron content of soy flour. A removal of phytates from soy flour did not increase the nonheme iron absorption.”

Food Additives & Contaminants reported a study on, “Substances deliberately added or inadvertently contaminating the food, substances formed as a result of food processing or substances leaching from food packaging materials.”

They said, “Samples were obtained in three separate batches of equivalent products from both a supermarket and a local representative of a global chain of hamburger restaurants and extracted by a solid-phase extraction method.” 

The study was looking for endocrine-disrupting potential.

They found, “All batches of industrially prepared hamburgers (but not those obtained from a hamburger restaurant) as well as pepper salami significantly induced luciferase activity indicating the presence of xenoestrogens, with estradiol equivalents of these products. All three products contained soy-based ingredients, which apparently accounted for, or at least contributed to, their high estrogenic activity.”

It’s the hidden soy that is a great deal of the problem. Fallon says, “Every major dairy company owns a soy milk company.”

In Japan the average soy consumption works out to roughly 2 tablespoons daily. One cup of soy milk exceeds these levels, doubling the quantity. What we eat in America far outweighs traditional consumption. 

When you compare the over consumption to the proportional size of a baby the situation is a different story.

“When the baby is getting soy formula he is getting the equivalent of 5 to 10 birth control pills each day. The infant male has very high testosterone in the body. If you’re suppressing this with all this estrogen who knows what the effects will be. We’ve seen breast development in girls under the age of three. This shows how wrong we have gone,” Fallon says.

The use of soy formula is decreasing in quantity every year due to these findings.

Soybeans are a profitable crop. The majority of soy grown is used for animal feed. Adding soy to food, used as a bulking agent, increases profit.

Eating fermented foods can assist in getting the full nutritional value from food. Eating hamburger from a local farmer who raises grass fed beef is always optimal.

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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.



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