Category : Foods

Diet, Foods
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3 Foods Americans Eat that Are Banned in Other Countries

IMG_4332.JPGMany Americans consider their health and healthcare to be among the best in the world, but the sad truth is that Americans are perhaps the biggest consumers of processed and artificial foods and ingredients. There are many products in our grocery stores that contain additives or ingredients that are banned in other countries.

Here are 3 examples:

1. Milk and Dairy Products with rBGH
rBGH, or recombinant bovine growth hormone, is a synthetic version of BST – natural bovine somatotropin, which is a hormone that cows produce. This artificially produced hormone is engineered from E. coli bacteria and injected into cows for the purpose of increasing milk production.

However, rBGH is banned in over 30 other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada, because of its health concerns, such as increased risk for colon, prostate and breast cancers.

To avoid rBGH, look for labels that say “rBGH-free” or “No rBGH”.

2. Drinks With Flame Retardent
If you have ever had any citrus flavored sodas or energy drinks such as Mountain Dew, you’re also getting a healthy dose of a substance called BVO, or brominated vegetable oil. BVO was originally used by chemical companies as a flame Retardent.

Banned in Japan and Europe, BVO can accumulate in human tissue and breast milk, and in large doses can cause reproductive and behavioral issues. It can also lead to an iodine deficiency, creating further problems such as skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue or even cardiac arrhythmias.

3. Arsenic in chicken
Drugs containing arsenic are approved for use in animal feed in the US. These drugs are used to make animals grow quicker and make their meat appear pinker which leads people to think they are fresher.

These arsenic laced drugs are banned in Europe. While the US FDA’s stance is that these products are safe because the arsenic in it is organic (making it less toxic than the inorganic form, a known carcinogen), studies show that organic arsenic can transform into inorganic arsenic. Supermarket chicken have been found to have elevated levels of inorganic arsenic.

These are just three of many substances found in foods that are eaten daily by millions of Americans. Is it time for the US to wake up and stop allowing potentially dangerous chemicals into our food supply?

See more – Why to STOP eating whole wheat bread, vegetable oils & these cereals (plus the “side dish” that causes heart attacks)

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Foods, Toxins
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The Secret History and Hidden Dangers of Canola Oil, Part 2

IMG_4472.JPGIn Part 1 of this series, we unearthed some interesting and little known facts about what Canola oil actually is and how it came to be such a mainstay in the American diet. Here in Part 2 we will look at whether there is good reason for you to be cautious with Canola oil usage.

Inflammatory Dangers
While there is truth that Canola oil is high in monounsaturated fats – around 55-65% – similar to olive and other healthy plant based oils, the problem is that another 28-35% of it is polyunsaturated, with another small portion being saturated fat.

Because Canola oil is so heavily processed, the polyunsaturated fats in it are extremely unstable when exposed to heat, light or pressure, making them oxidized, which in turn releases free radicals into your body when ingested. This inflammatory oil can contribute to a host of illnesses in your body, including cancer, heart disease and degenerative diseases.

Extraction Risks
Whereas some plant oils like olive can be cold pressed naturally with no need for solvents or heat, Canola oil requires a complicated extraction process using dangerously high pressure and heat, as well as toxic petroleum based solvents such as hexane – which is known to cause nerve damage.

Additionally, Canola oil goes through vigorous refining processes that include bleaching and deodorizing. Unfortunately, this high level of processing can turn omega-3 fatty acids naturally found in the oils into dangerous trans fatty acids.

“Generally Recognized As Safe”?
While Canola oil is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS), the fact remains that there are currently no long-term studies available on its effect on humans. The few studies that are available were done on animals.

An unpublished but verified study done in Japan in 1996 discovered that a special Canola oil diet killed laboratory animals. Canadian scientists then did a second study the following year using piglets and a Canola oil-based milk replacer diet. The results? The piglets vitamin E dropped to dangerously low levels.

It was concluded that Canola oil depletes vitamin E levels quickly. This is dangerous as vitamin E is responsible for protecting your body from the free-radical activity caused by lipid preoxidation.

Healthy Alternatives?
Hopefully it is now clear that there is no justification for using Canola oil in the human diet. But what are some healthier alternatives?

Try:

  • Virgin Coconut Oil – a heat stable oil that is suitable for high temperature cooking.
  • Ghee/butter – Ghee is even more heat stable than coconut oil.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – use for salad dressing or low temperature cooking.

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Foods, Toxins
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The Secret History and Hidden Dangers of Canola Oil, Part 1

IMG_4471.JPGCanola oil has been long marketed in the US as a “heart healthy” oil, even in the likes of health food stores. But what exactly is Canola oil and where did it come from?

A Brief History of Canola Oil

Canola oil is manufactured from seeds of the “rape” plant. Rapeseed oil has been used since the Industrial Revolution to lubricate the engines of ships and other machinery because it is very sticky and is able to adhere to wet metal.

The demand for rapeseed oil grew during World War II when lots of ships were built in the US. This oil was difficult to obtain from suppliers in Asia and Europe, so all eyes turned to Canada – where it became a booming industry.

Traditional rapeseed oil is inedible, as two thirds of the monounsaturated fatty acids in rapeseed oil are erucic acid, which contains 22 carbons and has been associated with Keshan’s disease, which causes fibrotic heart lesions.

When the war ended, demand for rapeseed oil naturally declined — significantly. This is when the push to breed rapeseed that was suitable for human consumption began. This new breed of rapeseed was named “Canola” from combining the terms, Canadian Oil, Low Acid. This new rapeseed oil contained significantly less of the harmful erucic acid. However, today this form of rapeseed is also genetically engineered to resist Roundup. Additionally, canola crops are doused heavily with an extremely toxic herbicide.

The engineered evolution of this new rapeseed fell right along with the growth of the cooking oil industry in North America. In the late 1970’s it was becoming apparent that some of the polyunsaturated cooking oils such as corn oil and soybean oil that the industry had been promoting as a healthy alternative to traditional saturated fats actually came with major problems of their own – things like heart disease and cancer.

Faced with these discoveries, the industry had a quandary. They couldn’t exactly keep promoting the large scale usage of the polyunsaturated fats, and at the same time they also couldn’t return to recommending the traditional saturated fats such as butter, lard and palm oil without causing public uproar.

Their solution? Embrace usage of monounsaturated oils such as olive oil. As the genetically engineered, newly edible, monounsaturated Canola oil had just entered the scene, it then became a major game player, being much cheaper to produce than olive oil.

Click here for part two in this series exploring the dangers of Canola oil.

Also see – The plant food that HARMS your metabolism & heart (caused heart attacks in New Zealand study)

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When You Find Out What’s in Your Diet Coke You Might Never Drink Another One Again

9141167_sOne thing that recent research has proven is a diet high in sugar has horrible effects on your health.

It’s a sad reality, especially since many of our favorite foods contain sugar. So what many people do to avoid sugar is switch to some low-calorie or zero-sugar “diet” counterparts.

Slam on the breaks before you do that.

The most prevalent low calorie, dietary supplement, is also the world’s most dangerous.

If you don’t already know, Aspartame is the world’s most frequently used artificial sweetener. Owned by the Monsanto company, it’s estimated that 75% of all the negative reactions to food additives are a reaction to Aspartame.

Aspartame is in almost everything. Diet sodas, diet foods, diet candies, gum. It’s nearly impossible to get away from it.

But what about Aspartame is so bad?

First off, every single component of Aspartame has adverse affects on your body’s health. Aspartame is made of Aspartic acid, Phenylaline, and Methanol.

Both Aspartic acid and Phenylalanine are needed for some of the body’s basic functions. However, when the body is presented with too much of these substances it can have some pretty damaging effects.

Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin. That means it works as a neurotransmitter and can over stimulate brain cells, causing them to absorb excess calcium which then leads to the formation of free radicals. Over time this can cause the development of a myriad of negative symptoms and even aggravate already present chronic health issues.

Likewise, Phenylalanine is present in the brain. However, when the body is presented with too much Phenylalanine, it the stores it in the blood and it ravages the brain. It’s been show that Phenylalanine can have adverse affects on the formation of baby’s brains and also contributes to the formation of a host of mental disorders in adults.

Both Aspartic Acid and Phenylalanine comprise 90% of the total Aspartame molecule, which is why most diet sodas and most sticks of gum can have some really serious consequences.

Here’s a list of what these two ingredients can do to the body.

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Numbness
  • Slurred speech
  • Muscle spasms
  • Weight gain
  • Rashes
  • Hearing loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Tachycardia
  • Insomnia
  • Vision problems
  • Seizures
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Schizophrenia
  • Emotional disordes
  • Depression
  • Seizures

It’s not a pretty list at all.

Lastly, Aspartame contains methanol. Methanol is also known as wood alcohol and is a very potent neurological toxin. It is processed by the body and then forms formaldehyde, which can turn out to be extremely damaging to the functioning of the brain and the nervous system.

The EPA even has guidelines on how much methanol should be ingested. Their limits say it’s about 7.8mg per day. On average, a liter of a diet drink with Aspartame as a primary ingredient contains about 52mg of methanol. That’s considerably more than you should ever consume in a 24-hour period!

The adverse health effects produced by Methanol are equally discouraging. Methanol poisoning’s effects include:

  • Retinal damage
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Numbness and shooting pains in the extremities
  • Behavioral disturbances
  • Weakness
  • Ear buzzing
  • Dizziness
  • Blindness

And much, much more.

The combined effects of these three ingredients are pretty staggering. In a rush to move away from sugar people have done a considerable amount of harm to themselves.

Do yourself a favor, ditch the diet drinks.

Use natural sweeteners like Stevia or Erythritol instead.

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Why Did This Frozen Food Reviewer Quit His YouTube Channel in the Middle of Filming?

What would make a popular YouTube personality quit his channel in the middle of a video?

IMG_4139.PNGJust two months ago, Gregory Ng, the “Frozen Food Master”, abruptly ended his video and abandoned his entire channel, “Freezerburns”, where he had been reviewing roughly 1000 microwaved frozen meals since 2008.
In the video, he pauses after putting a piece of Viking helmet shaped chicken nugget in his mouth from a $2 kids meal, disgustedly declares it’s not good, points out that it is basically breading with a “hint of chicken”, and says,

You know what? I can’t do this anymore. This is horrible. We should not be feeding our kids this. We should not be eating frozen food anymore. I’m done with this.

So what would make a successful YouTube personality quit a channel that had over 700 episodes, 1000 food reviews, and was getting up to 100,000 viewers per episode? Was this just some kind of planned stunt to get attention?

Turns out, Ng had been going through some personal changes in recent years, becoming an advocate for a healthy active lifestyle. He had even quit Freezerburns temporarily in 2012, claiming that recording videos for the channel was becoming his “daily downer”. He returned to the show shortly after, with ideas to make it better.

While he doesn’t believe all frozen food to be unhealthy, he believes the stereotypical frozen meal to be laden with sodium and fat, among other additives. He began to feel corrupted by the lure of fame and internet traffic, and over time began to question his motivations to keep the show going.

His plan originally was to keep the channel going through the end of the calendar year, but as you can see in the video, he got angry during this particular review, getting upset at the commercialization aspect of the meal and the fact that it was an unhealthy, cheap meal targeted at kids. That fueled his impulsive decision to just walk off right there and then.

So does this talented YouTuber have plans for a different video series in the future? He says yes, that he has already been working on another online video based project, one from his soul rather than solely from the careful strategizing of tapping a profitable niche.

However, Ng says, he is done eating things on camera.

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