March 14, 2011

SOYA is not a Health Food and is Dangerous!

What few readers will realise is that I did work for one of the largest re-sellers of Protein powder in the world. My past role saw me as a pusher of the BENEFITS OF SOYA....IT WAS MY JOB!..Their SOYA formulation was pushed through thousands of distributors. However, one day I stumbled upon a professor of agriculture that handed me a folder of DEMERITS OF SOYA. As a food Bio technologist  I started reading about SOYA....and then I got convinced that this is not the right food for our country....

Read on on how I discovered to my horror that SOYA is not the best food...occasionally I do eat soya..once in 15 days.....but not regularly....

Soy can be found in almost every product on your grocery store shelves -- corn chips, ice cream, canned tuna and every packaged food you can think of. It goes under names like yeast extract, soy protein, soybean oil, soy lecithin and soy flour.

But soy is one of the top eight allergens that cause immediate reactions such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, hives, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing and anaphylactic shock.

The fact that unfermented soy is widely regarded as a health food in the United States is a perfect example of how a brilliant marketing strategy can fool millions. In India we are quickly taken to follow health food fads homegrown in the U S of A…
It all started when the food industry, presented with a quandary over what to do with the byproducts of their ever-growing soybean oil industry, had an idea.
With some processing, and some added flavorings, preservatives, sweeteners, emulsifiers and synthetic nutrients, they turned soy protein isolate (the key ingredient in most soy foods that imitate meat and dairy products),  into a New Age Cinderella.
How Did Soy Become so Popular?
Years ago, tropical oils, such as palm and coconut oil, were commonly used in American food production. Spurred by financial incentives, the industry devised a plan to shift the market from these "exotic" tropical oils to something more "homegrown." As a result, a movement was created to demonize and vilify tropical oils in order to replace them with domestically grown oils such as corn and, primarily, soy.
For the most part, they've been very successful in their campaign to paint soy in a healthy light, and this belief was further propagated by the FDA's 1999 approval of this health claim for soy foods:

"Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease."

Soy's glowing healthy image is not based on science, however, but rather shrewd marketing and outright lies that have taken root among the masses. The end result is enormous profits for the soy industry and impaired health for most who have been deceived into using unfermented soy long-term.

" Such a daily overload of soy inevitably increases the risk for soy allergenicity. The FDA determined that diets with four daily servings of soy protein can reduce levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDLs). Four daily servings of soy protein will promote the risk of more allergenic reactions. Also, they replace high-quality protein foods that have no anti-nutrients, with low-quality protein foods that have many anti-nutrients. In addition, the recommendation narrows the food base and negates the sound principle of choosing from as wide a variety of foods as possible."

What You Need to Know About Unfermented Soy

First and foremost, unfermented soy -- the type found in soymilk, soy burgers, soy ice cream and even tofu -- is not a health food.
If you were to carefully review the thousands of studies published on soy, I strongly believe you would reach the same conclusion as I have -- which is, the risks of consuming unfermented soy products FAR outweigh any possible benefits.
Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility -- even cancer and heart disease.
Here is just a sampling of the health effects that have been linked to soy consumption:
·           Breast cancer
·           Brain damage
·           Infant abnormalities
·           Thyroid disorders
·           Kidney stones
·           Immune system impairment
·           Severe, potentially fatal food allergies
·           Impaired fertility
·           Danger during pregnancy and nursing

8 Top Reasons to Avoid Unfermented Soy

If you're eating soy because you believe it is healthy, please do yourself and your family a favor and click on some of the links above as well as read through the list that follows. You'll quickly see that soy, in its processed form, is not a food you want in your body.

  • 91 percent of soy grown in the US is genetically modified (GM), most Soy supplements in India are imported
The genetic modification is done to impart resistance to the toxic herbicide Roundup. While this is meant to increase farming efficiency and provide you with less expensive soy, the downside is that your soy is loaded with this toxic pesticide. The plants also contain genes from bacteria that produce a protein that has never been part of the human food supply.
  • GM soy has been linked to an increase in allergies. Disturbingly, the only published human feeding study on GM foods ever conducted verified that the gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of our gut bacteria and continues to function. This means that years after you stop eating GM soy, you may still have a potentially allergenic protein continuously being produced in your intestines.
Even more frightening is the potential for GM soy to cause infertility in future generations, which has been evidenced by recent Russian research.
  • Soy contains natural toxins known as “anti-nutrients”
Soy foods contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens. Some of these factors interfere with the enzymes you need to digest protein. While a small amount of anti-nutrients would not likely cause a problem, the amount of soy that many Americans are now eating is extremely high.
  • Soy contains hemagglutinin
Hemagglutinin is a clot-promoting substance that causes your red blood cells to clump together. These clumped cells are unable to properly absorb and distribute oxygen to your tissues.
  • Soy contains goitrogens
Goitrogens are substances that block the synthesis of thyroid hormones and interfere with iodine metabolism, thereby interfering with your thyroid function.
  • Soy contains phytates
Phytates (phytic acid) bind to metal ions, preventing the absorption of certain minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc -- all of which are co-factors for optimal biochemistry in your body. This is particularly problematic for vegetarians, because eating meat reduces the mineral-blocking effects of these phytates (so it is helpful -- if you do eat soy -- to also eat meat).
  • Soy is loaded with the isoflavones genistein and daidzein

Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen, which is a plant compound resembling human estrogen. These compounds mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen, and have been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues. Soy phytoestrogens are known to disrupt endocrine function, may cause infertility, and may promote breast cancer in women.

Drinking even two glasses of soy milk daily for one month provides enough of these compounds to alter your menstrual cycle. Although the FDA regulates estrogen-containing products, no warnings exist on soy.

  • Soy has toxic levels of aluminum and manganese
Soybeans are processed (by acid washing) in aluminum tanks, which can leach high levels of aluminum into the final soy product.Soy formula has up to 80 times higher manganese than is found in human breast milk.
  • Soy infant formula puts your baby’s health at risk

Infants are now fed soy formula, but the estrogens in soy can irreversibly harm your baby’s sexual development and reproductive health. Infants fed soy formula take in an estimated five birth control pills’ worth of estrogen every day.

Infants fed soy formula have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen in circulation as those fed other formulas! Above is a picture of rats fed formula..the smaller rat is on Soy milk!!

The best way to eliminate non-fermented soy from your diet is to avoid all processed foods and instead purchase whole foods that you prepare yourself. If you do buy packaged foods, you can check the label to see if it contains soy.
You can also keep this list of soy foods to AVOID handy:
·           Tofu
·           TVP (texturized vegetable protein) or soy protein isolate
·           Soybean oil
·           Soymilk
·           Soy cheese, soy ice cream, soy yogurt
·           Soy "meat" (meatless products made of TVP)
·           Soy protein
·           Edamame
·           Soy infant formula

Is There a Healthy Way to Eat Soy?

Yes, and that's by choosing fermented soy.

After a long fermentation process, the phytate (which blocks your body's uptake of essential minerals) and anti-nutrient levels of soybeans are reduced, and their beneficial properties become available to your digestive system.
Traditionally fermented soy is the form that has been very popular in many Asian cultures for centuries, and numerous studies suggest it aids in preventing and reducing a variety of diseases including certain forms of heart disease and cancers.
One of the main benefits of fermented soy, especially natto, is that it is the best food source of vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is essential to preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and diseases of the brain such as dementia, and protecting you from various cancers including prostate, lung, liver cancer and leukemia.
For these reasons, I strongly recommend adding fermented soy to your diet, in varieties such as the following:

  • Tempeh a fermented soybean cake with a firm texture and nutty, mushroom-like flavor.
  • Miso, a fermented soybean paste with a salty, buttery texture (commonly used in miso soup).
  • Natto, fermented soybeans with a sticky texture and strong, cheese-like flavor.
  • Soy sauce, which is traditionally made by fermenting soybeans, salt and enzymes; be wary because many varieties on the market today are made artificially using a chemical process.

These are the soy varieties that will actually support and nourish your health -- unlike the vast majority of processed soy products on the market, which will do nothing but detract from it.

My best references are taken from this link

 Pass the word around. eat only fermented SOYA. And if your looking for weight loss alternative Proteins as a vegetarian, Whey protein is a better and healthier option. 

I have reproduced the text in most part from DR MERCOLA a famous doctor in the US. I am personally convinced that his views and that of so many other leading nutrition experts is that SOYA is unsafe.

If you want my team of dietitians to help you plan your protein minus soya call us on 080 3232 9292.

March 12, 2011

10 Tips For Weight Loss for WOMEN

Tip 1: Find out how many calories you need

BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)

BMR [kcal]
Body Weight [Wt] x 24hrs x ( 1 for men, 0.9 for women)  + (moderate activity [mins/day] x 1.35)
Since you wish to lose weight, your target = BMR - 500 kcal
For instance, you weigh 60 kgs and you perform 20 mins of moderate activity every day. BMR of this example = (60 x 24 x 0.9)  x 1.5) =1944   kcal. BMR minus 500kcal; it would be 1944 - 500 = 1444 kcal. To help you do this schedule a free appointment on phone with me with a simple sms to +91 974343 0000 and leave yr name, age, weight and a good time to return yr call. You can book an appointment to avail of this free consultation with our dietitian to determine your metabolism. Click here to go to the Booking an appointment page. 

Tip 2: Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day

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Fruits and vegetables are packed with beneficial 
fibers, vitamins and antioxidants. They fill up your stomach fast so you feel full earlier. They are also low in calories and helps to keep your calorie count low.
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Tip 3: Watch for Portion Size

One serving of pasta means 1/2 cup of cooked pasta. However, most restaurants serve a pasta dish with 4 servings of pasta!!! You do not need to finish and clean off the plate every time. You can simply ask to take home the leftover.
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Tip 4: Do not Skip Meals

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Eating small frequent meals help to balance your calorie intake throughout the day and also keeps your blood sugar level balanced. Instead of eating 3 big meals, try to eat 5 - 6 smaller meals throughout the day.

Tip 5: Go for wholesome fresh foods

If possible, purchase fresh foods and avoid package (processed) and convenient foods such as fast food. Packaged and convenient foods are often higher in sodium and fat content. Many people we spoke to are amazed that they can easily lose weight by packing a home-cooked lunch to work instead of eating out.

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Tip 6: Don't be overly-restrictive

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Everyone has his or her favorite treats. Simply allow yourself a little indulgence, but watch out for the frequency and the quantity. Having a small treat once in a while can be rewarding to your weight loss experience. Cutting too much of your favorite treats usually lead to an early relapse.

Tip 7: Understand Food Claims and Labels

A product labelled with a fat-free claim does not mean that it is low in calories. Similarly a product labelled as low-sugar or low-carb does not mean it is low in fat or calories. Always read the nutrition label on the packaging.
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Tip 8: Watch for the sugary drinks

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Juices, soda, cream & sugar in your coffee or tea all add up. Opt for drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. In addition to providing hydration to your body, it will also help you feel full.

Tip 9: Keep a food journal

Keeping a food journal helps you pin point your eating pattern and will enable you to easily modify it. If possible, have your Registered Dietitian review your journal. For a cost as low as a Meal at a Restaurant, call our team to help you keep your food journal.
To have a DIETITIAN assess your food diary email your Food Diary to 
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Tip 10: Exercise, period

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Most authorities recommend 30 - 60 minutes of physical activity a day to stay healthy. Also try adding weight-bearing exercises at least 2 times a week. This will help burn some of the unwanted calories.

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March 10, 2011

A diet for Exams..What Einstein would have Eaten!

Talk about an exam diet! DREAM is the new mantra,

D ( Drink lots of water), the brain is made up of 85% water. the best Rehydration you can make for your child is Lemonade with 8 gms of Sugar in Litre of the Lemonade. this is the perfect solution to fire those neurons. dont add more sugar as the brain will slump.... A pinch of salt will help.

R ( Regular Sleep), A glass of warm milk before you go to sleep will help you recharge and sleep faster, to get up early morning for those fresh learning sessions. DO not drink warm milk if you want to stay up and study late.

E ( Eat healthy Food) Avoid Junk food at this period of exams and cramming. Juices Fresh, Salads, And simple Meals with Probiotics curds will help. Non- Veg can go for fish everyday. If veg, Get a tablespoon of flaxseed oil or Fish oil capsules.

A (Attitude ) BRAHMI and HONEY are two herbs/food that I recommended to boost your memory power. 2 capsule of Brahmi 3 weeks before exams and 10 Gms of Honey twice a day after meals. In fact scientific studies have discovered that memory is boosted by up to 8 % with regular honey.

M (Meditation) Yoga is the new mental food. Get your child to get some basic yoga moves for 10-15  minutes. It could be a great time to bond with them.

My team and me will customise your child diet plan this summer for Studies or for Fun. If you want to know 7 more secrets on boosting your child's memory power this exam become a fan at my page

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March 1, 2011


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