The 3 white evils
There is a group of foods that most people love to eat, and, in fact, eat several times a day. Generally these are just as addictive to us as many of the drugs that we have trouble with as well. These foods have a few things in common; they are stripped of almost all nutrition, they are loaded with calories, and they partner up with each other to create foods that compromise the health and fitness of us all.
Although the name may be new, these foods are very familiar to all of us. In fact most of us eat the “3 white evils” every day and usually more than once.
- • White flour
- • White salt
- • White sugar
With the event of the Industrial Revolution in Europe and America in the 1800’s, came the invention of more complicated and efficient devices for pulverising the wheat berries into fine white flour and the refinement of the sugar cane into white sugar, making these common foods more palatable to the Western taste buds.
So what is so bad about white flour, white salt and white sugar? Let’s take a closer look at these common foods.
Australians love many different foods made from refined grains in the form of white flour products. We have an emotional attachment to the fine light white flour for breads, pastas, pastries, pizza crust, pies, cookies, cakes, and desserts of all kinds. Many of us love these products made with refined white flour, even more than we love sugar-laden foods. Furthermore, since World War II, grains were bleached, gassed, and coloured into mere remnants of their original form; and then roasted, toasted, and iced with sugar; and embalmed in chemicals and preservatives; and stuffed into a big box. We call these completely adulterated grains “cereals”, and these cereals have about as much nutrition in them as the cardboard box that contains them.
Refinement, pulverisation, sifting, cooking, and packaging of whole grains cause the loss of enzymes, or the “life force” in foods, along with the loss of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals.
Refined grains, or fragmented foods, offer poor nutrition, leaving the body still hungry for good nutrition. Thus we overeat, and we overeat the wrong foods. Australians are often overfed and undernourished. Why? Because we eat too many of the processed, refined, and preserved foods that are low in nutrients and high in calories, high in fat, high in sugar, high in salt, and we eat too few of the foods that are nutrient and fibre-rich.
Refined grains cause our bodies to make excess mucous that accumulates in our noses, sinuses, throats, bronchial tubes, and our lungs, causing us to sniff, blow, drain, and cough and, often times, leading to more frequent colds and respiratory problems. They also cause the calcium to be depleted from our bones, increasing our chances of getting osteoporosis.
Refined grains are broken down in our digestive system and absorbed too quickly into the blood stream. This upsets the blood sugar levels, exhausting the pancreas and/or the adrenal glands, triggering hypoglycaemic and diabetic reactions. Refined grains are just as bad for people with diabetes as white sugar.
In fact, refined grains are just plain bad for all of us, and we pay a hefty price for eating them - premature diseases and early deaths.
The human body needs salt! Not only does salt help control your fluid balance, it also controls the way your muscles and nerves work. Our bodies automatically regulate how much salt, or sodium, there is present. If levels are too high we get thirsty and drink - this speeds up the elimination of salt through our kidneys. Many of us eat up to 4000+ milligrams of salt every day.
Most people have no idea how dangerous salt is to their health, fitness, and over all well-being. Even if they do, most people still eat way too much of it throughout their lifetimes. About 65% to 85% of the salt we eat comes in the form of processed foods, like canned foods, packaged foods, and, believe it or not, bread. In fact, bread is probably one of the biggest bad guys when it comes to salt. If you don’t believe it, just read the labels. You will discover for yourself how much salt you are eating and probably don’t even know it.
Salt triggers your thirst instinct so that you will drink water. Water is the body’s way of diluting this toxic substance as quickly as possible to minimise salt’s harmful effects on your body. First your body dilutes the irritating salt crystals with fluids. Then your body wisely shunts the diluted irritants away from vital organs in your body, like your heart and lungs, and stores the diluted salt in your feet, ankles, legs, hands, and even tissues around your eyes. That’s why your eyes, hands, feet, ankles, and legs may be puffy when you get up in the morning, especially after feasting on foods high in salt the day before.
It is also a well-known fact that salt causes the loss of elasticity and the constriction of blood vessels. Constricted blood vessels cause high blood pressure because your heart has to work extra hard to get all your blood pumped through those stiff and constricted blood vessels. Salt is thought to also cause kidney stones, asthma, and stomach cancer.
Salt contributes greatly to weight gain and obesity. It is also a contributor to osteoporosis; because it triggers the leaching of calcium from the bones, just like coffee, white flour, white sugar and soft drinks.
Australians eat a lot of sugar. As a matter of fact, statistics report that the average Australian eats from 50 to 70 kilos of sugar every year, translating into 30 to 50 teaspoons of sugar a day. A can of soft drink alone has 10-14 teaspoons of sugar so it wouldn’t take much more sugar to add up to 30 to 50 teaspoons a day.
Sugar is detrimental to health and fitness. It causes many problems in the body, some of which are:
- • Loss of tissue elasticity and tissue functioning causing premature aging.
- • Interference with the body’s ability to effectively process fat and cholesterol, increasing the risk of atherosclerosis, hypertension, heart disease, and strokes.
- • Sugar, along with white flour, causes wear and tear, and ultimately the malfunction of the pancreas.
- • Because white sugar and white flour are absorbed too quickly into the blood stream, the pancreas is forced to send large quantities of insulin into the blood to balance the large quantities of sugar. When this is done over and over, day in and day out over a lifetime, the pancreas gets worn out. The result: hypoglycaemia and diabetes, along with fatigue, headaches, irritability, mood swings, nervousness, anxiety, and even mental disorders.
- • Sugar is highly correlated with the growth of cancer cells. Cancer, such as cancers of the breast, ovaries, intestines, prostate, and rectum, is thought to thrive on sugar.
- • Sugar causes the body to become over-acid. When the body is over-acid, it must pull calcium from the bones to neutralise the acidity.
- • White sugar is correlated with a compromised immune system, as the glucose molecule competes directly with Vitamin C molecules for access to the cells and if there is a huge oversupply of Glucose in the system then the Vitamin C loses out the end result lowered immune function.
We’re not saying don’t have any of the white evils, however if your diet is devoid of the “real food” that we are deigned to eat then you’re getting way too much of them – the result is a poorly functioning body, a lowered standard of living and a shorter life.
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