Archive for July, 2012

Photo: the latest in “daisies”? No photographer identified.

The signs are everywhere! It’s Summer at last in Vancouver! The daisy ring might be fake, but the dog is ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ORGANIC!  AND Farmers Markets are ALL open again. Three cheers!

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Photo:  Health Freedom Alliance illustration

Which ingredients should you avoid in food? The short answer is probably all those NOT labelled as “organic’ or “certified organic.” Unfortunately, shopping for food these days is NOT that easy!  Minimal organic ingredients can be sandwiched between many not-so-organic, sometimes genetically modified, or even mildly toxic ingredients.

Health Freedom Alliance to the rescue!  This week’s Health Freedom Alliance newsletter provides a complete list of FOOD INGREDIENTS to AVOID“If you want to stay healthy and out of the hospital, read ingredients labels and make sure you avoid all these ingredients.” [Source: Health Freedom Alliance]

1—Acrylamides – Toxic, cancer-causing chemicals formed in foods when carbohydrates are exposed to high heat (baking, frying, grilling).
2–Aspartame Chemical sweetener that causes neurological disorders, seizures, blurred vision and migraine headaches.
3–Autolyzed ProteinsHighly processed form of protein containing free glutamate and used to mimic the taste-enhancer chemical MSG.
4–BPA (Bisphenol-A)A hormone mimicking chemical found in nearly all food packaging plastics. Active in just parts per billion, BPA promotes cancer, infertility and hormone disorders.
5–CaseinMilk proteins. Hilariously, this is widely used in “soy cheese” products that claim to be alternatives to cow’s milk. Nearly all of them are made with cow’s milk proteins.
6–Corn Syrup Just another name for High Fructose Corn Syrup. (See below.)
7–Food Colors – FD&C Red #40, for example, is linked to behavioral disorders in children. Nearly all artificial food colors are derived from petroleum, and many are contaminated with aluminum.
8–Genetically Modified IngredientsNot currently listed on the label because the GMO industry (Monsanto and DuPont) absolutely does not want people to know which foods contain GMOs. Nearly all conventionally grown corn, soy and cotton are GMOs. They’re linked to severe infertility problems and may even cause the bacteria in your body to produce and release a pesticide in your own gut.
9–High Fructose Corn Syrup A highly processed liquid sugar extracted with the chemical solvent glutaraldehyde and frequently contaminated with mercury.
10–Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein A highly processed form of (usually) soy protein that’s processed to bring out the free glutamate (MSG). [Source: Natural News]

That’s only HALF the list! To see the FULL LIST, click on “What’s really in the food? The A to Z of the food industry’s most evil ingredients.”

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