Is Casein Fattening America?
Would you be willing to ingest a substance that produces heroin like changes in your brain ? Not achance you say? Well think again. Most days you are unknowingly ingesting a food substance that actson your brain like a drug. This food substance is called casein. Casein is the curd that forms when milk is left to sour and is the most commonly used milk protein in the food industry. However casein peptides react with opiate receptors in the brain thus mimicking the effects of opiate like drugs such asheroin and morphine.
These drugs work by stimulating the feel goodchemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine. You feel bad, you ingest the food, you feel goodfor a while at least and then you feel bad until the drug or food is taken again. The inclusion of caseinin foods will make a person more likely to become addicted to certain types of foods and can initiatethe vicious cycle of over eating which is so prevalent in society today.Casein is found in imitation sausages, soups, stews, fortified cereals, infant formulas, nutrition bars, bakery glazes, coffee whiteners, formulated meats, salad dressings, sauces, whipped toppings, cottagecheese and certain yogurts. Casein and caseinates are also used to give texture to foods and to extendtheir shelf life. Casein is used as a glaze in buns and pastries and in the dough used in pizzas.In many cases casein is not even listed in the ingredients which can be worrying to people who have agenuine dairy allergy. The presence of casein in processed foods can in susceptible individuals lead toanaphylaxis, a life threatening reaction.Since the export of casein to the USA begun in 1970's there has been a vast increase in obesity, heartdisease and diabetes. This is correlative data but there have been various studies conducted which havefocused on the negative effects of casein in the diet. A New Zealand scientist DR Corrie Mc Lachlan,chief executive of A2 corporation, believes that casein is responsible for thousands of cases of heartdisease world wide. He believes that casein is more likely to break up in the bloodstream and causedamage to arteries. He also links it to the development of diabetes in children. Any country with highdairy/casein consumption has high levels of heart disease such as Finland, Northern Ireland and Britain.
Studies in animals have shown that it can promote some forms of cancer, at least in animals. At Cornelluniversity for example DR T.Colin Campbell and his colleagues have found that casein is a strong promoter of tumor growth and other studies have shown it to promote the growth of coronary artery blockages.
Ireland is the biggest producer of casein in the world.
the world's leading producer of food additives, distributes casein world wide. Kerry group's origins date back to 1972 when thecompany was committed to the manufacture of milk protein/ casein for export to the USA.
. The casein study that showed the similarity in brain chemistry changes between casein and opiate like drugs were conducted in Wisconsin, ironically the home of KerryGroup's operations. Could there possibly have been some suspicion on the part of some scientists inWisconsin who were beginning to be concerned about the company's operations? After all foodreconstruction is big business, not necessarily about making food healthier but certainly making it moreflavored more appealing and more likely to be highly addictive. It also serves to make food cheaper to produce but at what cost to our health? The current annual sales of Kerry Group is 3.8 billion withoperations in over 15 countries. Obviously there is big money in selling casein and food additives tothe unsuspecting public.