‘Maida’-The Self Rising Danger!

Obesity, early puberty, diabetes
‘Oh! My child is becoming obese’, ‘Oh! My child reached puberty at the age of 10’, ‘Oh! My child has diabetes.’
How many mothers have said this?

Are you one among them? Do you know one among them? Have you heard of one among them? I bet you would say ‘Yes’ to one of the questions or all of them. Have you wondered why this happened even if you restricted your child of junk food, or outside food?

‘I have even taken the pain to cook noodles and pasta home to avoid any danger to my kids’ Have you thought so?
Well, to find an answer you have to face a couple of questions more.

Does your child eat a lot of biscuits? Cream or not.
Does your child love bread? Toast or not.
Does your child love buns, doughnuts, cakes etc.? Homemade or not.
Well if you say yes to at least one of these questions, then the solution to your dilemma lies there.
Biscuits, bread, buns, doughnuts, cakes etc. are all made of self-rising flour, called by the pet name maida. We all know that maida is not good for health but how bad? Have you ever thought?

Maida is stuffed with carbohydrates but no fiber at all. I have heard people say that ‘I had kuboos or Malabari parattas since they never remind me of my hunger.’ I have also come across people who are on strict diet wherein they have bread for breakfast, biscuit for lunch and soup for dinner but of no avail. If you stuff yourself with carbohydrates without fiber, how do you expect your bowels to handle it?
Leave your case. Think about your kids. Biscuits, biscuits and more biscuits. Whenever on a trip, take a packet of biscuits so that your child does not stay hungry. Is that what you do? Well, sorry to say but you are spoiling your child’s health.

Alloxan is an ingredient added to give maida the smooth and silky consistency. It destroys the beta cells of pancreas and causes diabetes. Doctors have certified that kids consuming more food with self-rising flour content tend to reach puberty at an early age. Cardiologists say that eating food made of maida will cause heart disease. Bleaching products are used in manufacturing maida. 50g Maida contains 20g waste.

Still not convinced? Here in Kerala, pasting the posters of candidates all over the walls is a common sight during elections. The glue used is maida made into a porridge. The same is used in starching clothes. So, why glue your stomach and intestines with it?

Sorry to say but most of our bakery items are made of the self-rising flour. This does not mean that all confectionaries are made of it. No. If searched with an open mind, we can find items made of the substitutes- Rice, wheat, corn, and ragi.

Therefore, you set out the next day and see the ingredients. Wheat flour, refined wheat flour. Yes, this one is good. See its wheat flour! No. Refined wheat flour is another nickname for maida. Check for the word whole-wheat flour. We can get bread, biscuits, noodles, pasta and whatever possible, which is made of rice or whole wheat.
Don’t forget to check the ingredients before buying these items. They might look bad but they are too good for health.



2 thoughts on “‘Maida’-The Self Rising Danger!

  • 30 November, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Maida is the worst but still cannot control eating stuffs made of maida. Need to change slowly.

    • 1 December, 2015 at 10:23 am

      True Arun. I have made the switch and the transition was not an easy one. But to tell you the truth use of other whole grains in different cuisines Indian or Non-Indian is infact gives different tastes.


Welcome! Fellow Green Living Enthusiast

%d bloggers like this: