In this 1 hour and 15 minute video, John McDougall addresses the issue of starch in our diet and the history of starch. Very interesting stuff. Watch to the very end where he addresses vitamin supplements, good stuff. Does anyone who reads my blog have John’s new book The Starch Solution yet? Is it a good read? Looking forward to getting my copy soon.
I have always just bought rice or soy milk and never really gave it much thought. Soy milk I use in smoothies and rice I like in cereal. I used soy when I wanted a thick and creamy milk and rice when I want something more watery. I accidentally picked up a carton of almond milk a few weeks ago at the grocery store and instantly flipped it over to the back to read the label out of curiosity . I assumed that I would read it had a lot of fat per cup. After all almonds have a lot of fat. I was shocked to read that it only had 2.5 grams of fat, almost half as much as soy milk. And then reading further I see it has more than half the calories of soy. I was sold!
If you’ve never tried unsweetened almond milk, it has the same creamy consistency of soy. Unsweetened soy has 80 calories, while almond has only 35. That may not seem like a big difference but calories can quickly add up. For example, I drink 2 cups of chocolate milk and 1/2 a cup in my oatmeal everyday. And an additional 2 cups a week goes into my occasional smoothies. So simply switching to almond milk has given me a calorie deficit of around 3,800 calories a month. 3,500 calories equals 1 pound a month of weight loss. A simple, effortless act like switching from soy to almond milk can help me trim off 12 to 13 pounds in 1 year, which is incredible.
And if that isn’t enough to convince you to switch, most people find it taste better than soy, especially when comparing unsweetened varieties. So if you drink a lot of soy milk everyday, make a simple change to almond milk in 2012 and by the end of the year you might see your waistline change.
I get a lot of emails asking about isolated soy protein and why it’s bad. First I should explain that I am a follower of Dr. John McDougal. McDougal advocates a low protein, high starch plant based diet. So I follow that by eating a lot of potatoes, rice and plenty of fruits and vegetables. The high starch diet philosophy is based on the fact that most successful cultures have lived off mostly whole grain carbohydrates. Rural Asians with their rice and Central America with their potatoes. All have a long and mostly disease free life and looking thin and beautiful well into old age. Both of these examples eat low protein diets compared to the United States. Large amounts of protein, particularly animal derived proteins in large amounts is bad. It triggers growth and the growth of cancer cells. I’m not a doctor or an expert on this subject so I have a little trouble explaining things like this. Luckily, Dr. McDougal has a wonderful video explaining protein and isolated soy protein. Watching this will open some of your eyes to mistakes you might be making in your vegan diet. It also explains the common foods isolated soy protein might be in and to look out for. Every vegan needs to watch this.
I’d also like you to watch this next video to understand more about Dr. McDougal‘s philosophy. He’s a brilliant man who knows his subject well. I go to his website often and I recommend you do to if you are interested in staying disease free and youthful appearing. I recommend starting on his HOT TOPICS page.