Milk; does the body good? 2.0

 

 

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I was recently reading an article about how low-fat milk is not really good for us according to Harvard specialists.  While this is not really news to me, it got me thinking about how most people don’t really know that.  It is one of the most ill-advised health recommendations made by most doctors, yet it is very prevalent in our culture.  While milk is tooted left and right, few really understand the benefits and pitfalls of this “health” food.  In that spirit I would like to share and article I wrote about the subject about a year go.  I have added some new links with more up-to-date info for your benefit 🙂

Let me confess, I’m not a fan of milk. I’m not talking about raw milk, but the kind you will find in most grocery stores: ultra pasteurized, ultra processed, polluted with growth hormones, ghost of what might have been milk. It is not my intention to create a hate campaign against it; I just thought I’d let you know. In any case whether you are pro or con milk there are some facts I would like to share with you; in case the “got milk” campaign got the best of you and you are currently chugging a gallon of milk a day in order to protect yourself from osteoporosis and to “do your body good”

Milk as an allergen
Cow’s milk is one of the top allergic foods in America, now I’m not talking about lactose intolerance (which, by the way, is rampant in this country). I’m talking about allergic reactions ranging from cramps to full on Anaphylactic shock. Milk allergy is the most common food allergy for children in the United States. Recurring ear infections are one of the symptoms. It has been well documented as a cause in diarrhea, cramps, bloating, gas, gastrointestinal bleeding, iron-deficiency anemia, skin rashes, atherosclerosis, and acne. So you might be allergic to milk and not even know it.

What’s in your milk?
Most milk available to us comes from factory cows. These cows live (if you can call it living) in factory farms. A factory “farm” is as far removed from a farm as you can imagine, it’s an industrial operation. Cows are fed an unnatural diet based on cheap corn, pumped with growth hormones to maximize milk production, and then given large doses of antibiotics to deal with all the diseases caused by the first two. So if you think that glass of milk is full of goodness, think again. I’m not going to get into the whole pasteurization and homogenization business but let’s just say that after all of that most natural nutrients found in milk are destroyed. Even if you are not morally appalled by the way this milk is produced you should consider what is going into your body.
You would do best to invest in organic milk. There are some small dairy farms that offer milk from grass-fed cows and the milk is just lightly pasteurized and sometimes not homogenized. I usually get Natural by Nature at Whole Foods and no I don’t get any royalties for sales.

But what about calcium?
The concept of milk equaling bone health is as antiquated as an arranged marriage. Contrary to what the Dairy Industry’s expensive and extensive marketing would have you believe, modern nutritional research indicates that the excessive consumption of animal protein (like that found in dairy products) leads to loss of calcium and an array of other problems. World health statistics show that osteoporosis is most common in the countries where dairy is consumed the most: the United States, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. You do the math. Besides, the calcium in pasteurized milk isn’t as well absorbed by the body because the milk itself is lacking vitamins and minerals that aid in calcium absorption such as vitamin D (yes they add a synthetic version to milk after pasteurization but it’s usually D2 which is also not absorbed well by the body) There are many other healthier sources of calcium for example dark leafy greens, beans, nuts and some fish to name a few.

Whole or Skim?
Here is my problem with skim or non-fat milk; it’s a highly processed food. Not only is it nutrient deficient (most nutrients are not only found in the fat but are fat soluble), but it usually contains powdered milk, which has toxic nitrites that contribute to plaque buildup in arteries. If you are concerned about cholesterol you might be doing your body more harm than good. And if you are concerned about gaining weight, well, researchers at the Harvard Medical School conducted a study in children and found that skim and 1% milk were associated with weight gain, but dairy fat was not.  I wonder if one of the reasons could be that skim milk or fat free milk is loaded with sugars for flavoring(even if its just plain milk).  In any case if you have serious weight or cholesterol issues you really shouldn’t be drinking milk.

In the end, from a nutrition and health standpoint, I really don’t think there is a big nutritional pay off with milk. Aside from a glass here and there I really wouldn’t recommend it and that goes for children too; the phrase “drink your milk so you can grow big and strong” really makes my blood boil. To all parents out there, I know how confusing and frustrating it is to provide your family with a healthy diet but if you do one thing please make informed decisions, don’t believe everything you hear even if it’s from your doctor (while they have the best intentions they are not always well versed in nutrition). Ask questions, do a little digging and keep an open mind. You don’t have to believe me either, there are always two or three sides to a story so I encourage you to do your own research, find your own truth and take charge of your health.

 

Here are some interesting articles if you would like to learn more:

Nutritional Date on low fat milk

Skim Milk is healthier than whole milk, right? Maybe not

Butter Believer
Food Matters; the truth about calcium and osteoporosis

Heal your teeth

 

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I believe in the body’s ability to heal itself.  I know that if I take good care of myself  I give my body the tools it needs to heal on a regular basis.  That doesn’t mean I am free of malady.  Recently my dentist told me to make an appointment for a filling.  He  showed me where the tooth decay was, but didn’t really explain anything further.  I asked him about the procedure and he condescendingly  said: “You know, it’s a filling, it will be tooth colored.  It’s no big deal”.  Well, he doesn’t know me.  He doesn’t know I’m not the kind of girl who just wants to be a good patient.  I want to know specifics and options.  Call me crazy but  when it comes to drilling a hole in my tooth I like a little more info.  The fact that when I asked him if fillings usually stayed permanently he responded:”I hope so”, did not help his case.

Needless to say I am not getting the procedure.  At least not with him.  Don’t get me wrong if I have to get a filling I will do it, I would just like a second opinion.  Also, since it is not urgent,  I would like to give myself the opportunity to fix this on my own.  Like I said before, I know my body has the ability to heal itself and my teeth are not the exception.

This experience made me do some research on reversing tooth decay.  Here are some of my findings.  According to an article by Dr.Axe, to beat tooth decay, you need to increase your fat soluble vitamin intake and mineral intake.  Here are the diet suggestions he makes in order to achieve healthy teeth:

  • Rich in animal foods like bone broth, meat, fish and eggs.
  • Raw and cooked vegetables especially green leafy vegetables.
  • Raw dairy like kefir, cheese and grass-fed butter
  • Fruit in smaller quantities
  • High vitamin D – get plenty of sunshine and supplement with 5,000IU daily of D3.
  • Foods high in healthy fat like coconut oil, avocado, olives and fish or fermented cod liver oil.
  • Fermented grains only and in moderation such as true sourdough bread (or even better no grains at all).
  • Nuts, seeds and beans only that have been sprouted.
  • Finally, NO processed food, packaged food or fast food.

Another thing I found out is that you can make your own, re-mineralizing toothpaste.  Check this recipe by Wellness Mama.

Other things to consider are stress and having a good PH balance.  This article  numbers the prerequisites  for dental health and stopping or reversing tooth decay.

Lastly I recommend checking the website or book Cure Tooth Decay. There are a lot of pointers and information on the subject there.

In conclusion, tooth decay can be prevented and in some cases reversed!  A combination of the right diet, mineralization, hydration, stress reduction and supplementation can help deal with cavities and beyond.  I am early in my quest for tooth healing but I am determined to give it a try.  I am always up for the challenge of taking my health into my own hands.   I am not a doctor and I understand that they can help us in our quest for health. Health professionals can facilitate healing and I respect them.  But ultimately it is up to us to be healthy.  And I am not one to follow a doctors advise blindly.

I will report back after my next dentists visit and hopefully I will be cavity and filling free :).

The real cost of cheap food

As the chronic disease epidemic worsens, I wonder if Americans will ever see the obvious root to the problem.  I am no research expert but with the reign of our “Fast Food Nation”  an array of preventable disease and medical expenses seems to reach an all time high.  As society gets programmed to see fast foods as the solution to  our busy schedules we are loosing our health and our money.

Cooking used to be something we could share and enjoy with our loved ones.  Recipes would be learned and passed over generations.  Having our families at our dinner table used to be an important tradition.  It strengthened our bonds and our bodies.  It saddens me to see this important staple of our culture slowly fading away.  Why are we allowing this to happen?  At the cost of our health, families and so much more!

You can fill a book with excuses, those are always easy to find.  But in the end it is up to us to return to our kitchens and set the table.  It is up to us to teach our children about the importance of the family meal.  The importance of cooking and taking the time to nourish ourselves.

You decide what is more important when you are managing your schedule.  I for one try to make this a priority in our household, and I have to tell you, it pays off.  I am not trying to brag, I honestly don’t think its something to brag about.  I am trying to make a point.

There is a new documentary that touches on this subject, its called “Ingredients”.  If you have Amazon Prime you can watch it for free!  If not they are offering free screenings till april 25, you can use this link.

 

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“The American food system is nearing a state of crisis. Ingredients is a documentary that explores the failings of the industrial food model, and how the local food movement is gaining momentum as a far better alternative. The film presents a refreshing look at food from the standpoint of sustainability, safety, flavor, nutrition, culture, and community.

The current system, focused on cheap convenience foods, is costing Americans dearly. Most Westerners have lost their primal connection to food. Mealtimes used to be savored and shared with others.

Food preparation is now typically viewed as a chore that interferes with other “more important” activities. This detachment from food represents a cultural “disconnect” between humans and the earth, to the detriment of both. It’s time for radical changes to our modern food paradigm, which is the subject of this uplifting documentary.”  Dr. Mercola

I invite you to take a look.  It might change your opinion about food, eating and all it means.  For yourself, for your family, for those you love dearly, let’s get cooking!  You can do it!

 

 

Let’s calm down

 

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I’m always telling my three-year old to calm down.  The poor thing can’t contain all his excitement and growth and inevitably he gets a:”Lucas just calm down a little” from me every day.  Since I say it so much you would think it to be an easy task for myself.  You would be wrong.  Every day I am overwhelmed by important and menial tasks.  It seem’s like there is never a moment I am not doing or thinking about something.  In retrospect I am just like Lucas.  I have so much going on inside of me I think I could explode.  But being an adult I get away with being overly hyper without anybody telling me to just calm the “beep” down.

This is no exclusive of mine. Most of us live in a constant fight or flight state.  We are moving way too fast and we can’t keep up.  Even if we attempted to sit down and smell the roses, chances are we would be thinking about what we have to do as soon as we are done smelling them :).  This constant stress is destroying us.  Most of us fail to acknowledge how detrimental it is to our health.  We say we are stressed all the time, we say we need to relax, we say we need to rest, but we don’t.

Stress is one of the major causes of chronic disease and we need to  face it.  More importantly we need to do something about it.  Perhaps do nothing sometime :).  Or take a more active approach.  Make a point to address it and release it.

There are many ways to deal with stress.  Helpguide.org in collaboration with The Harvard School of Health provides a great guide.  For today  I  will focus on some of their mini-relaxation exercises for when you have little time to spare. Ideally we should make time, but well’ get there.  Baby steps guys :).

One minute to spare, try this…

Place your hand just beneath your belly button. Feel it rise and fall as you breathe. Breathe in slowly. Pause for a count of three. Breathe out. Pause for a count of three. Continue to breathe deeply for one minute, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and exhalation.  Done, life is a little better.

Two minutes

Count down slowly from 10 to zero. With each number, take one complete breath, inhaling and exhaling. For example, breathe in deeply, saying “10” to yourself. Breathe out slowly. On your next breath, say “nine,” and so on. If you feel light-headed, count down more slowly to space your breaths further apart. When you reach zero, you should be able to take on that crying baby.

Three minutes, wow that is awesome…

Sit down.  Scan your body for tension.  Then gradually relax your body.  Start with your facial muscles and allow your jaw to fall open slightly. Let your shoulders drop. Let your arms fall to your sides. Allow your hands to loosen so that there are spaces between your fingers. Feel your thighs sink into your chair, letting your legs fall comfortably apart. Feel your shins and calves become heavier and your feet grow roots into the floor. Now breathe in slowly and breathe out slowly.  If you did this with your eyes closed open them and get on with what ever you where doing.  Now you can do it better!

Five, amazing before you know it you will be doing 20 minutes of pure relaxation every day…

Give yourself a little massage, you deserve it.

Start by kneading the muscles at the back of your neck and shoulders. Make a loose fist and drum swiftly up and down the sides and back of your neck. Next, use your thumbs to work tiny circles around the base of your skull. Slowly massage the rest of your scalp with your fingertips. Then tap your fingers against your scalp, moving from the front to the back and then over the sides.

Now massage your face. Make a series of tiny circles with your thumbs or fingertips. Pay particular attention to your temples, forehead, and jaw muscles. Use your middle fingers to massage the bridge of your nose and work outward over your eyebrows to your temples.

Finally, close your eyes. Cup your hands loosely over your face and inhale and exhale easily for a short while.

Don’t you feel better just reading this, imagine if you actually did it!

If you can try one of these every day I’m sure you will start smelling the roses more frequently.   And that will lead to more beauty and calm.  Your health will benefit greatly from this.  Not to mention you will be happier and that will spread to those around you.

Take care and try to calm down a little :).

 

 

Smile!

Today I noticed something about myself. My lips are mostly in a straight line.  I mean literally.  If I was to snap a picture of my face at any given time chances are I would have a serious, perhaps even severe expression.  Honestly I don’t look that good that way.  And since I hate a bad pictures, I have decided to make an active effort to change that. So next time I get photographed by the paparazzi I have smile that will make me look my best :).  I invite you to do the same, when ever you catch yourself with that serious face that makes you look and feel so tense, switch it up!

If you are having a bad day,  just try to see all the blessings and beauty in your life.  There is always something wonderful to be grateful for, show it with a smile!

To help you out I will start posting pictures that might inspire you to smile or at least think of something good.  I will do this without any more warnings so prepare to be surprised any time 🙂  Now take a look at this little gem…

 

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“Is this photobombing?!”

Food labels can be a hoot :)

Food labels make me laugh and cry.  Sometimes I feel like Im reading something out of science fiction. But changes are coming. Nutrition labels are getting a make over!  In february this year  (2014) the FDA revealed the changes that are taking place.  It’s the first time these labels are revised in decades!  While these labels show a great improvement on the current ones, they are easier to read and interpret, you won’t see them at the grocery store for another 3 years.  If you would like to take a peak at the changes look here.

In the meantime I would like to provide you with some information about food labels.

Choosing healthy foods can be confusing.  Selecting from the mountain of options in the grocery store can make you  feel like you need a PhD to navigate.  Staying away from heavily processed foods can be one way to do it.  But sometimes you rely on labels to  make your selections.  Labels can be very helpful but also very misleading.  They are carefully designed to persuade the consumer to buy a product; a lot of times by making some bogus health claim.   Here are some of the most common claims made by labels and what they really mean.

 

All natural

This is one of the most deceiving labels there is, in my opinion.  People often think if a product is labeled as “natural” it is good for you.  It has been shown by studies people tend to consume bigger quantities of  products  labeled as “natural”.  I am very skeptical about products labeled this way.  The FDA has no formal definition for what “natural” means, but it will not object to the label as long as the product does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances. Marion Nestle (nutrition expert) says that natural  “means basically whatever the manufacturer decides.”  Let me give you an example.   Breyers Chocolate Chip, Cookie Dough Ice Cream is labeled as “all natural”  but look at the list of ingredients bellow.

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“All Natural” ice cream

Ingredients: FROZEN DAIRY DESSERT [MILK, SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, CREAM, WHEY, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, GUAR GUM, CAROB BEAN GUM, NATURAL FLAVOR, CARRAGEENAN, ANNATTO (FOR COLOR), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, TARA GUM], CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH PIECES [WHEAT FLOUR, SUGAR, BROWN SUGAR, PALM OIL, WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, POWDERED SUGAR (SUGAR, CORNSTARCH), CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, SALT, COCOA BUTTER, NATURAL FLAVOR (MILK), SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA], CHOCOLATE FLAVORED CHIPS [SUGAR, COCONUT OIL, COCOA POWDER (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN (AN EMULSIFIER), VANILLA EXTRACT].

I doubt these ingredients could pass for a distant cousin of its original form.  I always look at the list of ingredients (those are strictly regulated).

 

Organic

Ok so here are the guidelines for a farm or product to qualify for the USDA organic label:

Cannot use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or sewage sludge.

Cannot use genetically modified organisms or irradiation.

Employ environmentally friendly practices, such as soil building, conservation and crop rotation

Refrain from the use of antibiotics or hormones in animals.

Animals must be fed 100% organic feed.

Avoid contamination during the processing of organic products.

Keep records of all operations.

Organic products can fall into 3 categories. “One hundred percent organic” means products are made entirely from organic ingredients, “organic” means that at least 95 percent of a product’s ingredients are organic, and “made with organic ingredients” indicates that at least 70 percent of ingredients are organic.

 

Free range

Used only for eggs and poultry, free range means the animals are allowed access to the outdoors so they can engage in natural behaviors (such as eating bugs).  It does not mean they are cruelty free, free of antibiotics or that they spend all their time outdoors.

 

Cage free

It means the birds are not confined to cages.  They are not necessarily free range, organic or anything else for that matter.

 

Grass-fed

This means the animals live on a diet based on grass and not grains  (grains are an unnatural feed for most animals and causes an array of health issues).  They are not supposed to be supplemented with any animal byproducts, antibiotics to prevent disease, or growth hormones (they might be given antibiotics to treat sick animals).  What it doesn’t mean is that the animal was fed grass his entire life (some are fed grain prior to slaughter) or that they lived their lives outdoors.

 

Pasture Raised

A step above grass-fed, pasture raised means the animal was raised outdoors.  Feeding on grass and food found in pastures, this is a traditional farming technique that allows for a more humane treatment of the animals.  And a healthier protein, if you ask me.

 

Fresh

Food items labeled “fresh” must be raw or unprocessed, and never have been frozen or heated. They can’t contain any preservatives. But it does not mean that fruits and vegetables have been picked recently, or that animals were killed at a certain time.  Fresh produce can be traveling from far away and be sitting in a truck or store for a long time. This can create bacteria so make sure you wash your “fresh” product before consuming.  For the freshest items visit your farmer’s market or local farm if available.

 

GMO-free

Sadly products containing GMO’s ,or genetically modified organisms,  are not required to be listed or labeled.  It is almost impossible to be sure you are not consuming GMO’s.  The only way to avoid it is to use 100% organic products.  Most processed foods, especially those derived from corn and soy, contain GMO’s .  The Non GMO Project has created a seal for products created without the use of GMO’s.  For more information you can visit their website  nongmoproject.org

 

No Trans Fat

Products carrying this label can still have up to half a gram of trans fat per serving, according to the FDA.  Trans fats are a type of unsaturated fat.  These happen mostly in vegetable oils (the ones you use to fry for the most part)  that have been chemically-altered by  hydrogenation.  The process increases the shelf life of the oil and improves the texture of the food to which the oil is added. Trans fats raise your LDL cholesterol levels  and increase your risk of heart disease. Because of these health risks, trans fats have been banned or restricted in several cities and counties across the United States.  Again, even if a product claims it contains no trans fat in the label, look at the ingredients.  If there is any kind of hydrogenated or “partially hydrogenated” oil in it it, they might contain trans fats.  Some of the oils touted to be healthy oils (like canola and soy)  are hydrogenated so inform yourself.

 

Fat free, sugar free 

This means the food has fewer than 0.5 grams per serving.  A product that is fat free can still contain a lot of sugar so watch out for that.  I am not a fan of any product labeled fat free, sugar free, etc. I do not believe these products are healthy, for the most part they contain a lot of chemicals ( like  “fake” sugars ), that have a lot of adverse effects on your health.  If you are diabetic,  trying to control your weight, or are simply trying to avoid sugar or fat,  there are a lot healthier alternatives than sugar free cookies.  For the sake of not starting a rant, I will leave it at that.  It is really your choice, it is not a crime to consume fat or sugar free products.  🙂
Health Claims
Now, this is a gem of a label!  Even more misleading than “natural”, this  label can make a health claim that does not require any scientific proof!  The FDA gives the vague guideline that they must be “truthful and not misleading,” but it doesn’t need to be backed up by ANY scientific evidence .  For example the label “may help reduce the risk of heart disease” would require FDA approval, while “helps maintain a healthy heart” would not.  There are soooo many product out there making outlandish health claims, you have to be very careful.  This is especially dangerous when it comes to kid’s foods.
Kellog’s Frosted Flakes cereal claims to be all kinds of great, but the claim that it is a good source of vitamin D is very misleading.  Most fortified products contain the form of vitamin D that is basically useless, because our body can’t really process it (D2).  But that is not even the biggest problem, the biggest problem is that with that “vitamin d” dose,  you are giving your child candy for breakfast.  After the first ingredient of milled corn, the next three read: Sugar, malt flavoring, and high-fructose-corn-syrup.  And let’s not forget the that the corn used by Kellog’s is more than likely  not GMO free.
Another interesting one is “Nutri-Grain” bars.  They are promoted as healthy; “More of the whole grains your body needs,” “Good source of fiber,” and “Made with real fruit.”   Never mind it contains more than 30  ingredients!  These ingredients are not very wholesome or natural; high-fructose-corn syrup, artificial flavors and red #40,to name a few.
These “health” claims are enough to confuse any one!
I would say, stay away from products making too many health claims.   Always look at the ingredients!
Proceed with caution.  Try to keep yourself up to date with what the claims really mean.  And don’t forget the healthiest foods don’t have any labels! 🙂

Dinnerware, what’s in your plate?

Lately it’s dawned on me that I live in my kitchen.  Like most moms I spend a large portion of the day there.  Preparing meals, snacks, cleaning, etc.  It’s like I am the kitchen.  You might think this is a little sad, but I am an optimist (most of the time).  So chins up, ladies!  It is time for our kitchens to be in as good a shape as we are, or want to be.  Let’s clean up our kitchens!

I’ve been taking small steps to make my kitchen and dinner table are as free of toxic chemicals as possible.  I started with using the least amount of processed ingredients in my food.  Then I started to choose organic when ever possible.  I have been eliminating cleaners with harsh chemicals in them.  Now, I have decided to ban plastic.  You might think I am a bit paranoid, but honestly, I feel like I am protecting my family and myself.

So, why ban plastic?  The chemicals used to make plastic or melamine plates, utensils, cups and other food processing materials can leak into our foods.  While some will argue that there is not enough evidence to sustain that these chemicals can cause serious harm, I say why even risk it?  There are studies showing phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) and tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) can disrupt endocrine function.  Some of these chemicals could also have cancer causing qualities.  So again, why risk it?

If you have kids chances are you have some of those cute melamine plates they sell at target.  I had a few myself.  If you can,  I encourage you to get rid of those.  I know it’s tempting when you see a cute plastic plate with your kids favorite character on it, and they are so cheap! But think about the possibility of accidentally adding chemicals into your kids meals, you will find it easier to walk away from that plate.

The solution is quite simple.  Just use the same plates you use for yourself.  Anything glass, ceramic, wood or stainless steel is safe.  If you are like me thou, you probably enjoy serving your kids in cute little things :). So, if you are searching for adorable plates that are safe here are a few suggestions.

 

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Fred and Friends

 

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Stainless steel bowls

 

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Moo Moo Bowl – Funny Cow China Breakfast Cereal Serving Bowl

 

Seriously, aren’t those super cute!  I won’t lie  I’m a sucker for pretty or cool tableware, but my family’s health comes first.  So in conclusion, I have just given you a great excuse to go shopping!  🙂

 

If you are interested here is more information about the dangers of plastic in food>

Melamine in tableware

The Scary New Evidence on BPA Free Plastic

Plastics that are hazardous to your health

 

 

 

Colorful poison

I suppose it should come as no surprise that artificial food dyes are toxic.  But they are in almost every processed food we find at the grocery store.  It is so common to see them in the list of ingredients that most people don’t even think about it.  But why should we willingly feed ourselves and, even worse, our children such dangerous chemicals?

In a paper presented by The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), it was stated that dyes used in processed foods (cereals, candy, juices, etc) can cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity, and even cancer. ”These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody,” Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the nonprofit group, said in a written statement. “The Food and Drug Administration should ban dyes, which would force industry to color foods with real food ingredients, not toxic petrochemicals.”

The most commonly used dyes in America are contaminated with cancer-causing substances.  And you might be consuming them.  Have you spotted any of these in your pantry?

Red 40

Yellow 5

Yellow 6

You should look at their report .

Despite that most artificial dyes have been banned in other countries, big food companies like General Mills and surprise, surprise Coca Cola are constantly pushing to keep this toxic chemicals in our food. An article in Forbes magazine, about the potential dangers of artificial coloring, touches lightly on the matter.

Artificial food dyes have been linked to ADD, hyperactivity , tumors and cancer. They are also highly  allergenic, a very common malady in our children these days. Still we consume this colorful cocktail of toxics on a regular basis! A lot of the items in your grocery cart (drinks, popsicles, yogurts, mac-cheese, baking mixes, processed meats, sauces, chips, etc) contain these artificial colorings. Some of these items might even be marketed as healthy!

I invite you to consider some of the arguments against food dyes and try to eliminate them from your family’s diet.  There are healthier and safer alternatives, all you have to do is look at the ingredient list in any processed food you are considering for your grocery cart.  It only takes a minute and it could mean a significant change for the bettering of your health.  You can do it!  Take charge of your groceries! 🙂

Sauerkraut Success!

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The home made sauerkraut is ready! It tastes different from the stuff you’d buy at the grocery store. It tastes fresh and sauerkrauty 🙂 The baby was really digging it then not so much. But I know it takes a few tries for a new food to stick, so Im gonna keep at it! Besides I am training his palate to enjoy a variety of tastes and textures. I encourage you to try this at home! Good for baby’s palate, good for his health!