Is It Primal? – Ezekiel Bread, V8, Edamame, and Other Foods Scrutinized
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In this "Is
It Primal?" series of posts I've already scrutinized sprouts,
milk and a couple dozen other foods for their suitability in
a healthy human diet. Today, I'm covering Ezekiel bread, the sprouted
grain amalgamation favored by conventional health nuts; V8, the
tomato juice with a little vegetable juice mixed in; edamame, the
little kid of the soybean family; mezcal, tequila's mysterious older
brother; and tigernuts, which aren't what you probably think they
Ready to go?
Let's do it:
is the stuff that you'd be forced to eat peanut butter and jelly
on whenever you went over to your friend-with-the-hippie-parents'
house. The bread would be made from sprouted grains, the peanut
butter would be sprouted, and even the strawberry seeds in the strawberry
jam would be sprouted. Back then, you just wanted some Wonderbread
and Jiffy, but now? Now that you're health conscious, grain
wary, and can rattle off a laundry list of anti-nutrients at
a moment's notice, you see that telltale orange package in the bread
section of the Whole Foods and wonder if maybe it's a decent choice
for those times you want to splurge with some buttered bread. So,
found that eating sprouted grain breads (not Ezekiel, but similar
to it) reduced the blood sugar response and increases the glucagon
response when compared to eating unsprouted breads, 11-grain, 12-grain,
white, or sourdough. That's pretty good… for a bread. But
it's still bread. I'd like to see it matched up against a lack of
might take care of some or most of the phytic acid, but it doesn't
break down the gluten.
And with the first ingredient being whole wheat, and other major
ingredients including barley and spelt, there's going to be a significant
amount of gluten remaining in the finished product. Some might be
degraded, but not all of it. I'd suspect that gluten sensitive people
will react "better" to Ezekiel bread, not "well." Not enough to
justify eating it, in my opinion. Celiacs, of course, should avoid
Not Primal, but possibly better than white bread (and whole grain
bread, for that matter).
All your vegetable
needs in a can – what's not to love?
imbalanced sodium/potassium ratio. I have nothing against salt,
but it's fairly well-accepted that an imbalance between sodium and
potassium intake is one of the factors involved in developing hypertension.
Since one of the best reasons to eat vegetables is to get enough
potassium to balance out the sodium you get elsewhere, drinking
V8 for the potassium is kinda like eating salmon cooked in soybean
oil for the omega-3s.
Sure, you'll technically get some DHA and EPA, but you'll also get
an equal amount of linoleic acid.
as how V8 100% vegetable juice is actually 87% tomato juice (from
concentrate), it's more accurate to say V8 provides all your tomato
juice needs in a can. Which is totally fine, but it's not an effective
replacement for your celery, spinach, beet, carrot, lettuce, parsley,
or watercress needs. I'm actually a fan of tomato juice, even the
pasteurized, reconstituted type. Rather than render it nutritionally
void, pasteurization actually increases the lycopene
– a potent antioxidant that can help prevent
sunburns, among other qualities – content of tomato products
(including juice). V8 is great for tomato juice, not "vegetables."
Third, V8 appears
to contain traces of BPA,
perhaps because the cans are lined with it (though a type
of baby formula had more).
Primal – it doesn't contain added sugar
or weird ingredients – but it doesn't replace actual vegetables.
several strikes agianst it, right off the bat. It's soy, which contains
potent phytoestrogens, isoflavones that interact with estrogen receptors
in the body. It's a legume. It's unfermented,
unsprouted, and unsoaked.
If it's being served in the United States, it's likely genetically
modified. So, shall I strike it off the list and move on to
the next one? No, of course not. That's not what we do here.
There are actually
some "better" things about edamame when you compare them to other
forms of unfermented
young soy beans, still in the pods. They are not eaten raw, but
they don't require a lot of cooking. A light steam (or run through
the microwave, as sushi restaurants do) will sufficiently tenderize
the little beans. These aren't hardy, difficult-to-digest dried
beans. They're more like green peas or green beans, which I previously
the stamp of approval.
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