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Soy, Toxins, Fast Food, and Fat

Posted Mar 11 2010 2:00am
Mmm...chicken!  Wait, what's this?

Mmm...chicken! Wait, what's this?

I have a lot of backlogged news stories to share, so today, I’m going to throw a few at you with a few comments (any bolding in quotes is mine). Some of these are pretty old, but no less pertinent. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!

I’ve mainly provided links that deal with fast foods or fake foods, along with a little dig at soy because we can never take too many shots at that food.

More Fake Soy Foods

Raise your hand if this scares you: It looks, feels and tastes like chicken, but it’s made of soy *raises hand* The fact that anyone could think a food product made like this could confer any health benefits is laughable.

Hsieh has developed a process that makes the soy product simulate the fibrous qualities of a chicken breast.
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To create the soy chicken, Hsieh starts with a soy protein extracted from soy flour. The soy then goes through an extrusion cooking process that uses water, heat and pressure while pushing the mixture through a cylinder with two augers.
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Along with pleasing the senses, Hsieh’s soy chicken provides health benefits for consumers.

Chemicals That Make You Fat

Men’s Health chimes in by telling you that it’s not the food you eat…it’s the chemicals: Fat epidemic linked to chemicals run amok . I don’t completely disagree with them about chemicals (which is part of the reason why Real Food helps you get healthier), but come on, there is still nothing good about fast food.

Obesogens are chemicals that disrupt the function of hormonal systems…They enter our bodies from a variety of sources — natural hormones found in soy products, hormones administered to animals, plastics in some food and drink packaging, ingredients added to processed foods, and pesticides sprayed on produce. They act in a variety of ways: by mimicking human hormones such as estrogen, by misprogramming stem cells to become fat cells and, researchers think, by altering the function of genes.

Taxing Instead Of Fixing

I came across this link and thought about the ridiculousness of this proposition: Unhealthy foods become less popular with increasing costs .

The researchers estimate that an 18-percent tax on these foods would result in a decline of roughly 56 calories per person per day. These declines would amount to weight loss of approximately 5 pounds per person per year, with corresponding reductions in the risk of obesity-related diseases, they note.

Does anyone else think perhaps we’d be better served to not subsidize the growth of the corn that allows food manufacturers to produce so many sugary, processed, fattening food products in the first place?

What Trans Fats Do To You

Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils in processed foods contain trans fatty acids that interfere with the regulation of blood flow. … “Trans fats inhibited the synthesis of arachidonic acid from linoleic acid, even when there was plenty of linoleic acid available,” he said.

Turns Out Soy Isn’t Good For That Either

While the 120-mg dose soy isoflavones did reveal a small protective effect on femoral neck bone BMD, researchers found no significant effect of treatment on lumbar spine, total hip, or whole-body BMD.

Great News For Soft Drink Makers

Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption was highest among young adults (231-289 kcal/day), who consumed roughly 20 percent of their sugar-sweetened beverage calories at work, and lowest among the elderly (68-83 kcal/day).

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