Hey mama. Welcome back to Follow Your Gut with me. Sarah Bennett, founder of ōNLē ORGANICS as a mama of four. I've gone through the ups and downs of sleepless nights. Undiagnosed symptoms gotten a complete runaround from the medical system and I've found a different way. No more waiting out your child's symptoms, endlessly Googling in the middle of the.
And feeling lost and alone in your family's wellness. This podcast will empower you to take leadership of your family's wellness. So your family can experience that deep level of health and happiness. You so greatly deserve. I'm so happy you're here. Let's dive into today's episode.
Welcome to episode 25; Have you been mislead too?
Shortly after I launched ōNLē I wrote a cookbook straight from my heart. One filled with the recipes I have curated over the years of learning how to not only heal my family’s gut health but also maintain balance.
When it comes to recipes I have a few requirements . . .
- They must be easy to make. The more simple things are the more likely we are to not only try them but to include them into our everyday lives. I don’t know about you but there are many cookbooks where I think to myself how amazing the meals look but the ingredient lists are so long that I check myself out. As mamas we are busy and meals must be simple. Forget the complicated recipes and save those for a different season. Right now, in the depths of motherhood, simplicity is always best.
- They must be resilient. If you are missing an ingredient - no biggie. Life is best lived when we constantly look for ways to say YES instead of excuses to do NO. All of the recipes in my cookbook are incredibly resilient. Substitute, leave out or double most ingredients and the recipes will turn out fantastic.
- They must be free and clear of all ingredients that wreak havoc on gut balance. But the focus isn’t on what can’t be eaten - it is on what CAN be eaten.
I am sharing all of this with you because as a human, mother and wellness leader I am always learning and expanding my knowledge. I have recently learned that one of the ingredients that is in many of my recipes is no longer nurturing to the gut. In fact it is now the complete opposite and is wreaking havoc on everyone’s gut who eats it.
In the last few years manufactures have created a clever workaround at the expense of consumers. Any guesses as to what this ingredient might be?? I wish I could hear your guesses but I can only imagine what you are shouting out or thinking in your mind.
The ingredient is nutritional yeast. Maybe you refer to it as brewers yeast, hippie dust or my children have always called it cheesy wheezy.
It has been a staple ingredient of mine for over 25 years. But when I learned what I am going to share with you in this episode I immediately got rid of what we had on hand and haven’t had any since.
Nutritional yeast is known for being really healthy and full of vitamins, minerals and high quality protein. Just two tablespoons has a whopping 8 grams of protein. This is the cheesy wheezy I grew up requesting my mom get at the market and thought I was serving my children.
Nutritional yeast is a strain of yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae (sa·kr·ow·mai·suhs seh·ruh·vi·see·ay). Yeasts are all around us. Some good, some not so good. But all share one thing in common. They feed on sugar. This is why you or your child will crave sugar when you have a gut imbalance. Because the bad bacteria and yeast in your gut is screaming at your brain to feed it.
Sadly the nutritional yeast manufactures have found a loophole in the system that allows them to create more nutritional yeast at a much lower cost. The quality has gone right down with the cost and guess who has no idea of the changes and who is paying the price for a greedy industry? Us.
Nutritional yeast has historically been a good yeast but not anymore. Here is what has happened. So basically as long as the original strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae is non-gmo, manufactures can claim their product as being non-gmo. According to federal regulation what that yeast eats does not change whether it is gmo or non-gmo. Meaning manufactures are now feeding the Saccharomyces cerevisiae gmo sugar beets and are able to still claim the end product as being non-gmo because the original yeast was non-gmo.
I am going to repeat this. Manufactures are now able to feed the yeast that makes up nutritional yeast, gmo sugar beats and call the end product non-gmo. But what that yeast eats it obviously becomes so we are consuming concentrated amounts of GMO’s when we eat nutritional yeast. Without even knowing it because the bag or bottle has that beautiful non-gmo stamp on it!
So maybe you are outraged right now. And you decide that you are going to call the manufacture and ask them about this. Even if they say “oh no. Of course we only feed our Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast non-gmo sugar beats!” This does not mean that your nutritional yeast is going to be non-gmo. Because here’s the thing. Cross contamination has become so bad that there is no such thing as a pure sugar beat any more. All sugar beats are gmo.
Now maybe you are sitting there thinking “wow! Sar is really fired up. What’s the big whoop? Why does it matter if the yeast is eating a genetically modified organism?”
Well let me tell you. It isn’t the genetic modification that makes it so bad for us. It’s the reason genetic modification is done in the first place. Gmo crops are created so they can grow even when drenched in glyphosate. A fancy word for round up. These sugar beats are being sprayed with poison that kills all the weeds and bugs and is contaminating our water and ruining our soil yet it is considered “safe” for human consumption.
No. This disgusts me and gets me so fired up. GMO’s are a massive problem. Round up kills everything but the plants that have been genetically modified to keep on growing through the poison. And we as mothers are unknowingly feeding this poison to our children and are being told it is “safe”.
I have worked my butt off over the last several years to provide the cleanest life for my children. One free and clear of GMO’s. Yet I was mislead and was unknowingly feeding them a food that is basically a concentration of round up.
Now I want to tell you something that I personally witnessed before my own eyes. My second child had an itchy rash on his belly the last year. This rash drove me bonkers because this is what I do! I teach mamas how to heal rashes by balancing their children’s gut bacteria. Yet here I was. Doing everything I teach and my child had a persistent rash that would not go away. And I mean it. I tried everything. Daily Cleanse, Nourish and Balance CBD supplements, Relieve, we strictly follow a gut nurturing menu plan, avoid foods that feed the bad bacteria and yeast, I am a stickler for chemical free detergents. You name it. I was doing everything.
When I learned this about nutritional yeast I knew it right then and there. It was the culprit. The single thing that I was putting in my children’s bodies that was unknowingly wreaking havoc and causing that darn persistent rash. Sure enough. Three days after cutting out nutritional yeast or should I say ROUND UP! And his rash went completely away. Gone like it had never been there.
If that isn’t a testimony to how damaging GMO’s are yet how freaking incredibly resilient our children’s bodies are I don’t know what is.
We as mamas are our children’s biggest advocates. The gate keepers to their well-being and it is our job to continue to learn and learn how best to protect their health.
Thank you so much for joining me in this short episode and for being a mama alongside me. Our jobs are not easy and I am honored to be in this together and to be able to share my knowledge and fire to hopefully simplify everything you need to know about your family’s gut health.
Over the next week I will be updating my cookbook to fully eliminate nutritional yeast. If you have purchased my cookbook in the past or are enrolled in my course I will be sending you an updated copy so please look out for that.
Sending hugs. I’ll catch you next time.
Thank you so much for tuning in today. Before you go, something you should know is that everything I share on this show is also applicable to you, not just your child.
And did you know, I started ōNLē organics as a way to create and share the absolute best quality supplements and products that support gap balance shop onleorganics.com. That's www.onleorganics.com. Lastly, I always wanna be very transparent that I am not a doctor nutritionist or dietician.
I'm a certified family health coach, and most importantly, a mama with a passion sharing my story and the products and practices that have brought abundant health and happiness to my own family. Please always listen to your own inner voice of wisdom and your healthcare professional. I'll see you next time.