Endurance Athletes, pay attention to what you are eating as 'false' energy from corn products can adversely affect your cardiovascular system, causing inflammation long term. As an endurance athlete we eat lots of food but processed foods such as GU gels, snack bars, Gatorade, smoothies, the list goes on and on...carry very poor nutritrients and for some of us with genetic family traits, this can be harmful long term.
Parents, with kids in school and athletics. Please engage with your school and coaches to learn exactly what your kids are being fed.
Just like peanuts are legumes and not nuts, corn is a grain, not a vegetable. But (whole)grains are good for me aren’t they? No.
The truth is that we’ve been fed that lie to support industry. (Just like how the food pyramid was created by the agricultural industry!) Corn in particular, is the perfect industrial crop. According to Toby A.A. Heaps, author of The Killer Kernel, it has an abundant source of cheap interchangeable calories, and with a large amount of fertilizer, can be grown rapidly and predictably often on a one-person, one-machine farm enterprise.
- Corn is a sugary, starchy, low-nutrient grain.
- While gluten is by far the worst culprit, grains can still be inflammatory and are high in phytic acid, substances that can inhibit nutrient absorption. The problem with high levels of phytate is mostly relevant when gut health is sub-optimal, and the overall nutrition is deficient in micro nutrients and essential food sources. Something you will definitely need to consider if you have been following our traditional food pyramid.
- The over consumption of grains decreases the release of our major digestive and satiety hormone cholecystokinin, or CCK. This is known to be one of the major causes of insulin resistance, the precursor to obesity.
- There is not a single nutrient, vitamin or mineral present in grains that you cannot obtain from natural, wholefoods.
- Corn is used to fatten pigs, cows and other livestock, and is the key ingredient in HFCS, the leading cause of obesity in America. Enough said?