Corn is a human invention that never grew in the wild. Scientist believe that people living in central Mexico developed the plant about 7000 years ago from teosinte grass. Teosinte kernels were small and after years of selected breading corn has evolved to how it looks today. It cannot grow without fertilizer.
Most people think corn is a vegetable, it is not. It is a grain. As a grain, it comes with all of the negative health effects of a grain and then some. But, it is also our biggest cash crop so let's not get in the way of making a buck shall we?
Its major extract is fructose corn syrup, a simple reducing sugar. It's most commonly found in soda and the average American consumes 56 gallons of soda a year. It is second only to soybeans as the most genetically engineered food.
This study points out that fructose causes fatty liver disease,
elevated triglyceride levels, elevated serum uric acid levels and gut derived endotoxemia when over consumed. Easy to do when it is found in almost all processed foods.
Endotoxemia is defined as "the presence of endotoxins in the blood, which, if derived from gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria, may cause hemorrhages, necrosis of the kidneys, and shock". Many
species of bad bacteria do like fructose for food.
Recent research has suggested that corn was responsible for the demise of certain Native American tribes. With the arrival of the Spanish and their discovery of corn, it subsequently spread throughout the New World. The non corn growing Native Americans' eating patterns shifted away from a hunter-gatherer society to a diet based mostly on corn. Researchers have studied the bones of these tribes before and after the introduction of of the plant. They found that after the introduction of corn in their diet, they had a much higher incidence of anemia, osteoarthritis, dental cavities, infections and other health issues not evident earlier.
An article in the Wall St Journal on Feb 23rd 1998, "Corn Crop Peril", refers to a substance called aflatoxin that infects corn, peanuts, and other crops. Aflatoxin is produced by the fungi aspergillus and is the most toxic substance in the world.
Another article in the Wall St Journal on July 29th 1998, "Texas Journal", revealed that 62% of the corn crop was contaminated by aflatoxin with levels as high as 1000 ppb. The grain was rejected for human consumption but was approved for animal consumption!
Folks! They feed this stuff to cows and your pets! Any veterinarian will tell you that dogs have a higher cancer rate than humans. I wonder why? Check your labels on your pet foods and if it contains corn put it back on the shelf!
Two new studies found mercury in almost half of the samples tested of high-fructose corn syrup. In addition, almost a third of the products which listed HFCS as the first ingredient contained mercury.
“Mercury is toxic in all forms,” said Dr. David Wallinga of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and co-author of both studies. “Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered.”
The first study found mercury in nine of 20 samples of commercial HFCS. The second study found mercury in almost one-third of 55 brand-name foods.
And yeast can be an immune system reaction to mercury. Swell
huh? Not to mention that bad bacteria likes to eat the stuff and as this study on fructose from corn points out, it also feeds candida yeast.
There is a lot of information about soy not being the health food it is claimed to be. There are also tons of studies suggesting it is good for you. All you have to do is do a Google search to find the research from both sides of the ongoing argument. I believe the truth is somewhere in between and soy in moderation is best way to go.
From what I have read and I've read a lot from both sides. The
fermented soy products are the best soy foods to eat. They reduce
the questionable trypsin inhibitors and phytates that can cause
negative health effects. They include tempeh, miso and tamari. If you are a soy eater I would keep it to one serving or less a day.
The Bottom Line…the sugar from grains no matter how "whole" feeds Candida yeast and destroys your immune system, plain and simple.
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