Australians familiar with our products know that Bethel Farm Mill use only naturally occurring proteins. We do this because we believe the weight of scientific evidence is that protein isolates are dangerous to our health.
Meet, our newest healthy diet alternative: The Protein Pancake. In this article, we will reveal the natural superiority of buying food with no artificial protein isolates or concentrates.
Not All Proteins are Real Food
Protein isolates and concentrates are not real food.
Beware, the health food industry is awash with foods which use artificial, industrially made proteins called isolates or concentrates. These isolates added to food allow manufacturers to make claims about ‘high protein’, that seems healthy enough, but the reality is quite different.
The food may be innocently labelled as having for example ‘rice protein, ‘pea protein’, casein protein or ‘whey protein’. It seems wholesome enough…after all, aren’t they all real foods?
However, these additives have a sinister underbelly according to nutritional experts.
What the label does not tell you is that this protein is an isolate. What was once a real whole food has been deconstructed. Essential fats and other nutrients are stripped away using a high-temperature, high-pressure process similar to the manufacture of margarine.
Real food is not the sum of its parts. You cannot pull apart food and then put it back together again and expect to come up with a good result.
The human body is thought to be unable to correctly interpret these phoney protein molecules and may be unable to digest them properly.
Or worse still, the body may strip the required molecules from elsewhere in the body. The proteins can become essentially indigestible. So while the numbers look good, the real protein available to the body may be vastly different.
Protein isolates and concentrates can contain high levels of free glutamic acids
Protein isolates are made with an industrial extraction method which all too often can create dangerous free glutamic acid. Ironically, or tragically, these ingredients are not labelled as they are considered part and parcel of the ‘food’.
So what’s the problem with glutamic acid?
Glutamines are found within a normal protein and are needed for the health of the immune system, digestive tract and muscles. When we eat glutamines helps nourish the body. That’s because the natural oils, fats and minerals found within real food assist in natural digestion.
When we have high protein levels of glutamic caused by protein powders, coupled with an inadequate fat or oil intake, this can create a Calcium imbalance that reduces bone strength. Depleted Vitamin A and Vitamin D deficiencies can easily follow. So when eaten as an isolate, glutamic acid can have a toxic effect.
(Free glutamic acid is concealed in ingredients such as Monopotassium Glutamate, Calcium Caseinate, Textured protein, MSG. )
N.B: All Hydrolyzed protein (HVP) contains glutamic acid.Since hydrolyzed protein is added to hydrolyzed proteins, the consumer is absorbing glutamic acid from many foods.
Source: According to the Nutrition Digest Vol 38 No 2 Official Journal of the American Nutrition Association.
Protein isolates and concentrates can cause major health problems.
Symptoms from digesting protein isolates and concentrates can vary enormously but can include a major array arrange of cardiac and circulatory problems.
Neurological issues like depression disorientation, sleepiness or mental confusion can ensue because glutamic acid causes overstimulation of neurons. This is especially pronounced in children and adolescents whose neurological system is still developing.
Also, free glutamic acid can cause irritable bowel, bloating and wind as well as diarrhoea. In other people, they can experience asthma, chest pain and sneezing.
Allergic reactions are also possible such as skin rashes. For men, swelling of the prostate is another side effect.
Worse still are the list of symptoms which include a migraine, insomnia, depression and anxiety.
Protein isolates and concentrates can contain heavy metals and may be irradiated.
Many of these powders are produced in China, India and other second or third world countries where health and food safety laws are not as strict. Consequently, protein powders are occasionally found to be found with high levels of toxic metals, due to the industrial processes involved.
The 2010, Consumer Reports magazine analysed protein powders and drinks and discovered most were contaminated with low to moderate ranges of the heavy metals arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. Since mercury is the second most toxic substance for the human body, the danger of heavy metal uptake caused by protein powders has been identified as a significant risk.
Source:http://www.consumerreports.org Dangers of Heavy Metals in Protein Powders
The only healthy choice is to choose a Pancake mix with no protein isolates
We suggest that you avoid eating anything with added protein powders.The more natural and unadulterated our food, the better it is for us.
Bethel Farm Mill products contain only naturally occurring proteins. We suggest that food should not be re-engineered. In its natural state, food is good for you.
So does the low carbohydrate protein pancake mix of your choice contain any of these ingredients? Sad to say, but it probably does.
Even if the food says organic it does not prevent the addition of these artificial proteins. We suggest you stick clear of them.
So where does the protein come from in the Bethel Farm Mill protein pancake mix?
The main ingredient in our low carb protein pancake mix is from the fava bean. This miraculous bean has many virtues…one of which is that it has between 28-33% protein. This is the same flour that is used to make all our cake mixes
Beware of buying your food from the numbers alone. Make sure it is a real whole food
- Campbell, T.C, Campbell, T.M. (2006). The China Study. Dallas, Texas: BenBella.
- http://www.consumerreports.org Dangers of Heavy Metals in Protein Powders