Americans spend $1.5 billion a year on sparkling water, but there are a few common myths about the bubbly beverage that don’t quite add up. Some say it’s bad for your bones, erodes your teeth, and that it might even dehydrate you. If you’re worried your favorite fizzy drink is actually unhealthy, here’s the mouth-tingling truth.
Verdict: Depends on your lifestyle. If you already eat raw lentils, I wouldn’t change. But if you are looking to incorporate lentils into your diet more (benefits to follow), anticipate the need for an increase in warfarin/coumadin dose.
Lentils are a rich in dietary fiber (soluble and insoluble). Soluble helps with lowering cholesterol and blood sugar/glucose, while insoluble helps prevent digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and diverticulosis. Legumes in general are associated with a whopping 82% reduction in risk of coronary heart disease. People eating 21 grams of fiber per day had 12% less coronary heart disease (CHD) and 11% less cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to those eating the least (5 grams daily). Those eating the most water-soluble dietary fiber fared even better with a 15% reduction in risk of CHD and a 10% risk reduction in CVD. The folate, iron, and magnesium content is also a big plus.
Gluten, one of the most heavily consumed proteins on earth, is created when two molecules, glutenin and gliadin, come into contact and form a bond. When bakers knead dough, that bond creates an elastic membrane, which is what gives bread its chewy texture and permits pizza chefs to toss and twirl the dough into the air. Gluten also traps carbon dioxide, which, as it ferments, adds volume to the loaf. Humans have been eating wheat, and the gluten in it, for at least ten thousand years. For people with celiac disease—about one per cent of the population—the briefest exposure to gluten can trigger an immune reaction powerful enough to severely damage the brushlike surfaces of the small intestine. People with celiac have to be alert around food at all times, learning to spot hidden hazards in common products, such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein and malt vinegar. Eating in restaurants requires particular vigilance. Even reusing water in which wheat pasta has been cooked can be dangerous.
Until about a decade ago, the other ninety-nine per cent of Americans rarely seemed to give gluten much thought. But, led by people like William Davis, a cardiologist whose book “Wheat Belly” created an empire founded on the conviction that gluten is a poison, the protein has become a culinary villain. Davis believes that even “healthy” whole grains are destructive, and he has blamed gluten for everything from arthritis and asthma to multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and the author of another of the gluten-free movement’s foundational texts, “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers,” goes further still. Gluten sensitivity, he writes, “represents one of the greatest and most under-recognized health threats to humanity.’’
There is strong medical evidence available that suggests one of the simplest, most natural, and perhaps even most effective ways of dealing with digestive problems such as IBS, candida, acid reflux, Crohn’s Disease, and leaky gut could be fermented foods.
Commercial yogurt in the US is made from pasteurized milk which is inoculated with a select variety of fermenting lactobaccilli, which I suspect is why the author poo-poos it – because it’s not the wild, all-natural, found on your fruits and vegetables wide variety of yeasts and bacteria you’d get elsewhere.
If you eat raw fruit and veg you probably get plenty of said raw, natural microbia. Ever notice that grapes appear to have a sorta dusty appearance ? That’s mostly yeast. Rinsing doesn’t remove most of them. Same for plums, cherries, cabbage, and most any other fruit or vegetable you can think of, it’s just more visible on red grapes. Eat raw fruit and vegetables as well as fermented food, and don’t worry so much about probiotics.