As a concerned farmer and a parent what we put in our mouth as food interests me, and that’s why this post. No, I’m not Akshay baiting once again. Earlier, in a post (http://wp.me/pAYA1-ek)I had written about the Khiladi hero talking about the presence of Flavonoid in a particular brand of tea. Now he has gone ahead and done something harmful, obviously due to ignorance. What is surprising that it comes from one who gives importance eating thing healthy and keeping a healthy body. One can’t keep a healthy body, eating things which are detrimental to health. Read on.
We are witness to the fact that film stars (both Hollywood and Bollywood) lack sense of social responsibility. Aamir Khan once promoted Cola, Shah Rukh Khan still sells fairness cream, Amitabh Bachchan, a grandfather and considered more responsible (which he is not), is presently wooing kids to go for instant noodles (though he grew up eating chappati), Ajay Devgn promotes a whiskey brand and so does Farhan Akhtar. We all know that neither of them is healthy. Interestingly, all happen to be parents and aware that do tend to get influenced.
It seems Bachchan Sr doesn’t know that Maggi 2-minute noodles in India contains hydrolysed groundnut protein, It contains MSG (Monosodium glutamate) used as a flavor enhancer, which is made? using Bactosoytone, itself made from soy protein using a catalyst enzyme porcine (taken from intestine of Pig) Hydrolysed vegetable protein can contain high levels of glutamate, but still mentions “NO ADDED MSG” on the pack. According to the United States FDA, this practice is misleading to consumers, as hydrolysed protein leads to formation of monosodium glutamate or MSG after cooking. (courtesy wikipedia).
But there are responsible parents like badminton player Pullela Gopinath who refused to endorse Coca Cola knowing well what it does to our bodies.
Akshay Kumar is presently on Indian TV screens doing a TVC which promotes an alternative to sugar which contains Sucralose. About 600 times sweeter than sugar and the most heat-stable of the lot, sucralose is widely used in baked foods and pastries, apart from frozen yogurts and chewing gums. Its found in sugar substitutes, bakery products and diet supplements.
While brands like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure have aspartame.
According to aspartame.org : Aspartame is one of the most thoroughly studied food ingredients ever, with more than 200 scientific studies supporting its safety. In addition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization, the Scientific Committee on Food of the European Union (SCF), and regulatory agencies in more than 100 countries have reviewed aspartame and found it to be safe for use.
What the website doesn’t say is that:
- Aspartame is, by far, the most dangerous substance on the market that is added to food.
- It accounts for 75 % of adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA (http://www.mercola.com).
- Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James and Phyllis Balch, lists aspartame under the category of “chemical poison.”
- According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes. Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi, recently published a book thoroughly detailing the damage that is caused by the ingestion of excessive aspartic acid from aspartame. Blaylock makes use of almost 500 scientific references to show how excess free excitatory amino acids such as aspartic acid and glutamic acid (about 99 % of monosodium glutamate (MSG) is glutamic acid) in our food supply are causing serious chronic neurological disorders and a myriad of other acute symptoms.
What are the healthier sugar alternatives? Organic raw cane sugar honey and Stevia.
When it comes to food I’m a traditionalist and believe in the food rule as enunciated by Michael Pollan: Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third grader cannot pronounce.
Try pronouncing a-s-p-a-r-t-a-m-e.
Check out shocking aspartame documentary ‘Sweet Misery’: