Health Tip #44

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Many artificial colors, artificial flavors and food preservatives commonly found in processed foods have been linked to various forms of cancer, asthma, allergic type reactions, behavioral changes, lowered IQ, hyperactivity and more.

The more additives we avoid the better.  Here is a list of just some of the additives to try to avoid:

  • Sodium Nitrate (also called Sodium Nitrite) found in cured meats like bacon, ham and lunch meats.
  •  BHA and BHT (Butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydrozyttoluene) found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips and vegetable oils.
  • Potassium Bromate found in baked goods to add volume.
  • TBHQ (tertiary-butyl hydroquinone) found in instant noodles, crackers and other prepared foods.
  • Sodium benzoate found in fruit juice soft drinks and salad dressings.
  • Azodicarbonamide used as a dough conditioner in baked goods.  Also found in yoga mats.
  • Artificial Flavors found in nearly all processed foods with no way of telling what “artificial flavors” actually means.
  • Food Colorings (dyes): Blue 1, 2; Red 3; Green 3; Yellow 6 found in candy, beverages, baked goods and pet foods.

Health Tip #26

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Eat The Old-Fashioned Way

This  post is a continuation of the post about basing our diet on simple, old fashioned foods.  As much as possible we should try to eat natural whole foods that our grandparents and great grandparents and great great grandparents would have recognized.

Foods Are Like Drugs

The foods that we eat and the beverages we drink make up every cell of our bodies.    Foods are like drugs, and they send powerful chemical messages all over our bodies, including our brains.  Everything we choose to eat and drink has a huge impact on our health and how we feel physically and mentally.

Taking Stock

As we are in January and beginning a new year, and as we want to make better choices for ourselves and our family in the coming year, it’s time to take stock of what it is we have in stock.

Out With The Old and What Is Not Serving Us

We already talked about cutting out the diet foods and overly processed sugary foods and processed carbohydrates.  We talked about replacing the damaged processed fats with healthy fats. Now is the time to consider clearing out all the products from our pantries, refrigerators and freezers that aren’t serving us in our endeavor for weight loss and overall health.  Ditch the energy drinks and candy bars.  Ditch the breakfast cereals loaded with sugar.  Breakfast cereal out of a box really isn’t the best start to our day anyway.  Ditch the bags of chips and salty snacks, particularly the ones flavored with MSG or hidden as “yeast extract“.

Become A Food Detective

In general, go through your kitchen and be a bit of a detective.  Read the labels.  If there are ingredients in your food that you have never heard of and have no idea what they are, get rid of them.  Why would we eat things when we don’t even know what they are?  And why the heck do we need modified corn starch, propylene glycol, carrageenan and gelatin in our  0% fat yogurt?  Ironically these ingredients don’t belong in our yogurt but the fat does!  Did you know we can’t even utilize the calcium in the yogurt without the fat anyway?  Choose a yogurt that is just real, whole yogurt.  Locally where I live, Tree Island Yogurt is my choice.

If you want to know more about reading labels and the about the detrimental ingredients in our foods, check out Vani Hari at the Food Babe.