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Label Watch August 26, 2009

Filed under: All,General,Nutritional Information — nutritiouslife12 @ 10:36 am

I found a cool site: http://www.labelwatch.com/index.php

Check it out!!

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10 Foods to Avoid August 6, 2009

I was sifting through some old notes and I found this. No idea in where I got it from, but it is good information:

10 Foods You Should Avoid

Hydrogenated Fats

These are mostly man-made fats that are used in bakery items and stick margarine. Studies show that it isn’t so much how much fat there is in your diet that causes problems, as what kind of fat, and hydrogenated fats are the worst. Avoid buying cookies, crackers, baked goods or anything else that has hydrogenated oil on the ingredient list. Fortunately, the FDA now requires that food manufactures identify the amount of hydrogenated fats in their products—look for trans fats on the nutrition panel.

Olestra

Olestra is a fake fat, used to make non-fat potato chips and other snacks. You’d think, with all the bad rap fat has gotten, a non-fat fat would be great. But Olestra has been shown to bind with fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D and K and carotenoids—substances thought to keep the immune system healthy and prevent some cancers—and to eliminate them from your system. Proctor and Gamble, the company that produces olestra, has acknowledged the problem with vitamins A, E, D and K and is now fortifying it with them.

Olestra has also caused digestive upset in some people, especially when they eat a lot of it. Often, it’s not just fat in the potato chips that causes problems for people; it’s the fact that they are displacing healthier foods, such as fruit, so Olestra can just perpetuate an unhealthy habit.

 
Nitrates

Many foods, especially cured meats such as bacon and hot dogs, use nitrates to preserve color and maintain microbial safety. Nitrate is harmless, but it can convert to nitrite, which can form nitrosamines, a powerful cancer-causing chemical, in your body. Whenever possible, look for nitrate-free preserved meats. When you do eat foods containing nitrates, have a glass of orange juice at the same time (for instance, orange juice with your morning bacon). Vitamin C is known to inhibit the conversion to nitrosamines in your stomach.

Alcohol

This one item has created more problems than all the rest put together. Of course, it is possible to consume alcohol wisely and safely and enjoy it immensely, such as a fine glass of wine with a delicious dinner. But even if you exercise caution in no other area of your diet, this is the area where you should.

Raw Oysters

Raw oysters can carry deadly bacteria that can cause severe illness or death. Because it is strictly “buyer beware” when buying them, you take a big risk every time you do. To date, no government or independent body inspects seafood for safety or will guarantee its quality. Oysters are a nutritious food, and are great to include in your diet, but if you do, cook them first!

Saturated Animal Fats

That means fatty meats, especially beef and pork, or the skin on poultry. It also includes full-fat dairy products such as cheese, milk and cream. Fatty meat and dairy products do have some contributions to make to a diet, but none that can’t be found elsewhere.

Soda

Drinking soda is a poor way to get fluids. They are full of sugar or artificial sweeteners and often contain caffeine, artificial colors and flavors. Substitute homemade soda by mixing sparkling water with fresh, 100 percent juice.

Low-acid home-canned Foods

Home canning can be dangerous for foods low in acid such as green beans, carrots or other garden vegetables. The potential of botulism is high because home canners often do not reach the temperatures and pressures necessary to kill the botulism spores that may contaminate the food. Low-acid home-canned foods are one of the main causes of food poisoning.

High-fat Snacks, chips

Even if they are made with vegetable oil, they should be minimized. The balance of fat in our diets has shifted too far to the omega-6 variety, found in most processed vegetable oils. It is thought that too many of these fats may be leading to certain chronic diseases. Instead, focus on fruits and non-fat whole grains for snacking.

Liquid meals

They aren’t inherently bad for you, but they do keep you from eating whole, natural foods that contain more nutrients and fiber and disease-fighting phytochemicals. They may be okay for people who are too sick to eat, but don’t let them displace the real foods in your diet.

 

Milk August 4, 2009

Filed under: All,General,Nutritional Information — nutritiouslife12 @ 4:42 pm
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My friend passed this article on to me and I thought it was so good I wanted to share it with everyone!! (Thanks Kristen!)

The article is called: Devil in the Milk

 

Coconut August 1, 2009

I get lots of  ‘health’ related news letters and here is one I thought was worth sharing. I have actually started drinking coconut milk instead of soy milk. It is really good and you barely, if at all, taste any coconut! Anyway, here is the article:

“Do you suffer from skin problems, joint pain, or lack of energy? Do you wish you had a miracle cure for all of your physical ailments? In searching for the mythical Fountain of Youth, explorers discovered the truth that no remedy exists that can heal every pain and fix every problem; however, some nutritionists believe one cheap and readily available food product can work wonders for nearly every condition. So what is this amazing food? It is coconut oil. It’s inexpensive and easy to find, but not very well known in the United States.

coconut on the leaf

It can increase your energy, help you lose weight, and make your skin beautiful. It can even keep you from getting a sunburn! You can use it internally or externally, and best of all, it has a truly delicious flavor and scent! Coconut oil is white, aromatic, and although it is solid at room temperature, it melts at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, so the heat of your hands is enough to turn it liquid. In the Philippines, coconut oil has been used for hundreds of years to keep skin soft, bodies strong, weight regulated, and energy high. Even though coconut oil is a fat, it is a great weight-loss aid, and a tasty one—most people find that they enjoy the light coconut flavor. The best form of coconut oil can be found in your local health food store. Choose an organic, pure, unrefined, extra-virgin variety. Coconut oil can be used in numerous ways. Add a boost to your life by using coconut oil to:

• Moisturize your skin. Coconut oil is a natural emollient, which means it is perfect for making your skin soft and moisture-rich. Melt a teaspoon of coconut oil using the heat of your hands, then massage the oil into your skin daily for fast, long-lasting results. As an added benefit, coconut oil also acts as a sunscreen, allowing you to tan without burning.

• Help you lose weight. Technically, coconut oil is a fat, so you are probably wondering how a fat can help anyone lose weight. The answer is simple: coconut oil is one of the few oils that are comprised of Medium Chain Fatty Acids, which are not stored as fat, but are immediately converted into energy. Taking 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day, plus drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day and cutting down on your caloric intake can give you the energy you need to enjoy your day while losing weight!

• Give you an energy boost. Taking one to three tablespoons of coconut oil per day can give you a massive energy boost. Because it melts so easily, coconut oil can be spread on bread, added to tea, or eaten plain for a huge, instant energy boost without the crash-and-burn aftereffects you would experience with caffeine or sugar.

 • Deep-condition your hair. Coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft far more easily than most other oils, so it is the perfect oil to use for deep-conditioning your hair. Simply melt a few tablespoons of coconut oil and massage it into your scalp and through your hair, focusing on the ends and roots. Leave the coconut oil in for an hour, then wash and condition your hair as usual. See the instant difference!”

(courtesy of JayRobb newsletter)
 

 
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