Unknown to us, we Indians are consuming, what is called as the “Five White Poisons.” If you are wondering what these are, then just think about all that you consume on a daily basis, and you may be surprised to know, that these are part of that. We all know that diet along with lifestyle is one of the many trigger points for the common diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, cancer, osteoporosis, heart problems, etc. Hence, it is important to understand what it is that we are eating that can cause us more problems. Let’s look at these five white poisons.
It sounds rather difficult to believe, but, yes, milk is one of the five white poisons that all of us are consuming on a daily basis. Why is it so? Milk is supposed to be good for health, and we literally force our kids to drink it, isn’t it? Yes, milk is good; however, the pasteurized milk that we get is the problem. The milk that we get is pasteurized because they want to keep it fresh for longer. However, the process of pasteurization kills all the good bacteria in the milk. And not just, it also removes the beneficial nutrients like vitamin A, B 12 and C from it. Also, natural enzymes and phosphatase, which is essential for calcium absorption are also removed and hence the Calcium benefit that we derive out of drinking milk is also taken away. It is also said that antibiotics and hormones are transferred into the milk as part of this process, and hence, it is better to avoid pasteurized milk, if we can.
Well, at least on this, there is enough public awareness. Sugar is not good for health, and it has been proved in many studies across the world by now. It contains almost no nutrients and lots of calories, so, the weight conscious people anyway keep away from it. It is also said to impact the metabolism in the body and hence, it is not good for diabetics, even the pre-diabetics. Many research studies suggest that sugar actually contributes to cancer, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and even liver diseases. Sugar is advisable to be taken only in limited quantities, and it is better to use substitutes, especially natural ones like honey, if possible.
Rice happens to be the staple food of the Indians, almost across the length and breadth of the country. The problem with the rice that we consume is that it is the refined rice that is stripped of its entire natural germ. What we get to eat is only the endosperm of the rice that is so rich in starch, that it has many harmful effects. Hence, it is better for people to cut down on rice, especially as they age. Starch can lead to many diseases.
Here again, it is the refined salt that most households use that is the cause of the problem. Earlier days, we used to use rock salts only. Humans need a minimum amount of salt to sustain good health; however, when we eat more, it causes blood pressure. Iodized salt is good for health when taken in low quantities. While refining, iodine is removed and fluoride gets added and this in excess, can be bad for health.
Refined flour or Maida as we know it is not very good for health. This awareness is also slowly spreading in the Indian society. As such, we eat a lot of it, for snacks and savories, sweets, etc. Apart from that, most of the Western foods like the bread, burgers, buns, noodles, pasta, etc. are also made of Maida. Here again, during the wheat refining process, the germ is removed from the wheat bran, and hence the remaining endosperm is not good for our health. It loses all nutrients and also does not digest well. It also limits the absorption of other nutrients and hence, it is better to avoid.