The Eight Most Damaging Ingredients to Watch for on Food Labels

shopping grocery cart foodProcessed foods are loaded with preservatives, artificial colors, and artificial flavorings, which is one of the reasons that I recommend avoiding them. Once you become a label reader, you’ll realize just how ubiquitous they are.

The best way to avoid toxic chemical additives is to consume only fresh whole foods. But practically speaking, this can be difficult for many people to accomplish, at least 100 percent of the time. Chances are that, despite your best efforts, you’ll have a processed food or two somewhere in your diet.

Therefore, it’s good to know which of the thousands of chemical additives are the most dangerous and should be avoided at all cost when you spot them on a food label.

An article recently posted on One Green Planet1 highlights eight particularly pernicious ingredients that you and your kids are probably eating. There seems to be good consensus about the worst of the worst, as seven of those were also dubbed the “Scary Seven”2 by Andrea Donsky of Naturally Savvy.

If you notice any of these on a food label, put it right back on the shelf! While I agree with all of One Green Planet’s choices, here I’ve selected my own “worst of the worst” ingredients found in processed foods. (more…)

6 Amazing Seeds With Incredible Health Benefits

Health experts around the world recommend people incorporate these 6 seeds in their diets. Whether you sprinkle these over your breakfast cereal or have them as a health boosting snack, you can’t go wrong with seeds.

1) CHIA SEEDS

Serving Size = 1 Tsp

Consider these facts about Chia seeds:
– 2.5 times more protein than kidney beans
– 3 times the antioxidant strength of blueberries
– 3 times more iron than spinach
– 6 times more calcium than milk
– 7 times more vitamin C than oranges
– 8 times more omega-3 than salmon
– 10 times more fiber than rice
– 15 times more magnesium than broccoli

The seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals, are an excellent source of fibre, protein and antioxidants, and are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Consumption of chia seeds could help reduce joint pain, aid in weight loss, deliver an energy boost and protect against serious ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.

The seeds are gluten-free, which also makes them appealing to people with celiac disease or an aversion to gluten.

Chia seeds reduce the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Studies have proven that their consistent use lowers blood pressure. They are recommended to dieters since they give the feeling of being full, so you are less likely to overeat.

2) FLAX SEEDS

flax

Serving Size = 1-2 Tsp (ground)

Dietary fiber from flaxseed suppresses rises in blood levels of lipids after a meal and modulate appetite.

University of Copenhagen researchers report that flax fiber suppresses appetite and helps support weight loss.

Flax has been cultivated for centuries and has been celebrated for its usefulness all over the world. Hippocrates wrote about using flax for the relief of abdominal pains, and the French Emperor Charlemagne favored flax seed so much that he passed laws requiring its consumption!

The main health benefits of flax seed are due to its rich content of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), dietary fiber, and lignans.

The essential fatty acid ALA is a powerful anti-inflammatory, decreasing the production of agents that promote inflammation and lowering blood levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP), a biomarker of inflammation. Through the actions of the ALA and lignans, flax has been shown to block tumor growth in animals and may help reduce cancer risk in humans.

Flaxseed combats free radicals and improves digestive and cardiovascular health.

3) PUMPKIN SEEDS

pumpkin

Serving Size = 1/2 Cup

They are the only seed that is alkaline-forming in this world of highly acidic diets.

Add pumpkin seeds to your list of foods rich in protein. 100 grams of seeds on a daily basis provide 54 percent of the daily requirement in terms of protein.

Most of us pop pills to replenish deficiency of vitamin B-complex, try pumpkin seeds next time. Pumpkin seeds are a good source for vitamin B like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates.

For those who are down in the dumps, pumpkin seeds can help fight through depression. The chemical component L-tryptophan is the secret ingredient to boost your mood.

Did you know that pumpkin seeds can prevent kidney stones? Studies suggest that pumpkin seeds can help prevent certain kidney stone formations like calcium oxalate kidney stone.

Pumpkin seeds even hold the secret to fighting parasites, especially tapeworms. They boost immunity, and regulate insulin levels.

4) SESAME SEEDS

sesame

Serving Size = 1/4 Cup

Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man. They are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity.

Not only are sesame seeds a very good source of manganese and copper, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage. Studies show they may also reduce risk of multiple sclerosis.


5) SUNFLOWER SEEDS

sunflower

Serving Size = 1/4 Cup

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol.

Sesame seeds have some of the highest total phytosterol content of seeds. Phytosterols are compounds found in plants that have a chemical structure very similar to cholesterol, and when present in the diet in sufficient amounts, are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of certain cancers.

Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium. Numerous studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

6) HEMP SEEDS

hemp

Serving Size = 1 Tbsp

More people are discovering the nutritional benefits of hemp seed, nut and oil.

Hemp contains:

– All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
– A high protein percentage of the simple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.
– Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.3
– Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.
– A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid — for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.
– A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
– A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.
– The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.

According to the hemp growers industry, industrial hemp grown for food, fuel and natural fibers contains virtually no THC (less than .3%).

In fact, when hemp is processed into hemp seed oil and hemp seed milk, for example, it further reduces the minute amount of THC in hemp.

And yet, there’s still a stigma due to the long-standing idea that hemp and marijuana are one in the same. Hemp is actually categorized with marijuana as part of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and is therefore illegal to grow in the US.

The best way to insure the body has enough amino acid material to make the globulins is to eat foods high in globulin proteins. Since hemp seed protein is 65% globulin edistin, and also includes quantities of albumin, its protein is readily available in a form quite similar to that found in blood plasma. Eating hemp seeds gives the body all the essential amino acids required to maintain health, and provides the necessary kinds and amounts of amino acids the body needs to make human serum albumin and serum globulins like the immune enhancing gamma globulins. Eating hemp seeds could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed was used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.

Sources:
whfoods.com
anticancerinfo.co.uk
ratical.org
bodyecology.com
chicagotribune.com

John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. He is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention.

http://www.preventdisease.com/news/15/031315_6-Amazing-Seeds-With-Incredible-Health-Benefits.shtml

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Top 12 Most Healthy Benefits of Lentils (#11 Really Surprised Us!)

Lentils may be individually small, but they pack one heck of a nutritious punch. They’re full of essential minerals and nutrients like potassium, iron, folate, zinc, and calcium – all of which are important for your body’s well being. And they provide one of the richest sources of dietary fiber on earth. If you haven’t already made lentils a part of your weekly diet plan, here are twelve reasons why you should seriously consider doing so.

The Top 12 Health Benefits of Lentils

1. High in dietary fiber. Here’s a fun lentils nutrition fact: just one cup provides you with 63% of your recommended daily allowance of dietary fiber. They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber — both of which are important for your overall health.

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Polysorbate 80 And Other Emulsifiers Found In Foods and Vaccines Alter Gut Microbes Leading To Inflammatory Conditions

Polysorbate 80 and other emulsifiers commonly found in pharmaceuticals, vaccines, cosmetics and many foods have been found to negatively affect the immune system and affect fertility. Researchers writing in Nature have now found they are also altering our gut microbiota composition and driving metabolic changes that lead to inflammatory conditions and obesity.

While it has been long suggested that gut microbiota disturbances are involved in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), obesity and metabolic syndrome, the new findings suggest emulsifiers might be partially responsible for this disturbance and the increased incidence of these diseases.

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How Nutritious is Your Food?

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The first U.S. soil surveys were completed in the 1920s. They all concluded that our soil was depleted of key nutrients like nitrates and carbonates, which are necessary for the growth of healthy crops and, ultimately, nutrient-dense food.

And that was way back in the 1920s.

Things have only gotten worse since then, unfortunately.

Not-So-Good Soil Interventions

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Why Eating Late is Harming Your Health

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Could those late night snacks be adding to your waistline and causing harm to your heart? A new study suggests that its better to eat during the daylight hours.

Nighttime snackers take note: eating late is harming your health, or so suggests a recent study out of San Diego State University.

While the study looked at fruit flies, and not humans, the findings do provide compelling reasons to investigate further whether there is a causal link between late night eating and heart health, amongst other health measures. I have been saying for some time, it is not just WHAT you eat, but WHEN you eat too.

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Why avocado is the feel good food

avocadoThe avocado could be the crown jewel in a healthy plant centered diet, even though it is not a vegetable.  Avocado is actually a fruit — an oily berry, sometimes called alligator pear because of its shape and outer skin texture and color.

Avocado, along with organic rice and dry, freshly soaked and cooked beans, is more than enough to silence the meat industry’s claim that you’re not getting enough protein. Though foolishly ignored by weight watcher types for its high fat content, what is also foolishly ignored is the avocado’s high and complete protein content.

Of course, it’s easy to be foolish if you don’t know the facts. So here we go.

Avocado Fat Facts (more…)

5 Superfoods That Actually Live Up to the Hype

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These five superfoods won’t break the bank, but they will provide great health benefits.
Last week we talked about five superfoods that are more hype than substance. (Check it out here in case you missed it.)

Though they were healthy foods, they didn’t necessarily deserve the moniker “superfood.” On top of that, they tended to be expensive, and not really worth the money when other, more economical foods provide similar benefits.

So this week, we thought it would be fitting to turn the tables. What five foods do live up to the hype, and truly deserve to be called superfoods?

What is a Superfood?

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Dog Tired? Top 7 Foods for Fantastic Energy

Are you tired all the time? Feel like you just cannot put one foot in front of the other? You are far from alone.

Every day people ask how they can just get a little more pep in their step. Whether it’s an energy food, an energy supplement or some form of exercise they can do to beat the fatigue, energy seems to be the one thing everyone wants a little bit more of.

This is not just a personal crisis, it’s darn near a national emergency. We are all burned out, overextended, under-rested and overstimulated. In short, we are just plain, flat-out tired.

And it is affecting everyone. It’s not just the sick that are tired. The busy mom, the stressed-out dad, the busy executive and the average teenager. Across this country, people are falling asleep in their Wheaties®…which may be part of the problem.

In this article, I’m going to help you help you ease your fatigue and regain energy with seven delicious, energy-boosting foods that will skyrocket your stamina and help you take on the world.

You Truly Are What You Eat

Let’s face it: Food is fuel. Every single organ and cell in your body needs the food you take in to give it the nutrients it needs to function. But—and this is the key—not all fuel is created equal.

Your body thrives on nutrients and macronutrients from healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates. However, if you fill the tank with sugars, trans fats and allergens, the body (just like a car) may run, but not effectively nor efficiently. In time, it will break down.

Fortunately, the opposite is also true. If you feed your body what it needs, it can do miraculous things. It can ease depression, protect against diabetes and heart disease and even fend off memory loss or even Alzheimer’s disease. And energy? Forget about it! The right food is truly the secret to great, long-lasting energy.

If you want to perform like a high-tech, well-oiled machine, then you have to fuel your body like one. You wouldn’t stick any old gas into the tank of a Ferrari racecar, would you? Of course not! Nor should you fuel your body with chips and doughnuts.

Fuel yourself with rich, nutrient-dense, whole food that keeps your blood sugars level, gives you sustained energy all day long, feeds your cells the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals they need to function optimally and nourish yourself with the healthy protein and fat you need for growth, performance, health and, of course, energy.

The following seven foods can help you boost—and more importantly sustain—your energy day in and day out. Remember, at the end of the day, food is your number one fuel. Choose wisely.

Energy Food #1: An Apple a Day

Apples are one of the best energy enhancers around. While they are best known as a great source of the anti-inflammatory compound quercetin, apples are also a great source of boron, which is key for energy. In fact, one study found that college students who took 3 mg of boron stopped falling asleep in class!

Aim for at least one apple a day.

Energy Food #2: Potent Pomegranate

Pomegranates may be all the rage here in the United States, but this funny little fruit has been used medicinally in the Middle East, Iran, India, Egypt and Greece for thousands of years.

High in antioxidants (especially polyphenols) and ellagic acid, pomegranates have been found to help repair free-radical damage. Specifically, research indicates that pomegranates may play a role in preventing and treating cancer and heart disease.

On the energy front, pomegranates’ high nutrient profile gives your cells the fuel they need for optimal speed and stamina. And speaking of stamina, the pomegranate has been coined “Nature’s Viagra®” due to its positive effect on erectile dysfunction. No wonder it has long been associated with love, sensuality and, yes, energy.

Enjoy one 4- to 8-ounce glass of unsweetened pomegranate juice per day.

Energy Food #3: Pile on the Peppers

I’m not talking about any old peppers…I mean hot peppers. Hot peppers like cayenne, habaneros and jalapenos contain capsaicin, a nutrient that is known to boost metabolism and energy.

Capsaicin is a vasodilator, meaning it helps to dilate and relax your blood vessels, which in turn increases circulation. It also increases body temperature, suppresses body fat accumulation and promotes energy metabolism.

Dice up a couple of hot peppers and add to your favorite chicken or beef dish a couple of times a week.

Energy Food #4: Quirky Quinoa

Hot on the heels of the gluten-free craze, a funny little grain called quinoa has emerged. This ancient grain isn’t even a grain at all. It’s a seed, and it has the highest protein content of any “cereal” grain around. Plus, quinoa is loaded with both fiber and iron.

And quinoa is gluten-free to boot. Let me tell you why this is key.

Gluten is one of the top three food allergens in this country. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats. If you are allergic to gluten (i.e. celiac disease) or have a gluten sensitivity, eating these types of grains can make you bloated and tired. By eating gluten-free, you can regain your energy (and lose the belly bloat).

Quinoa is such an energy powerhouse that legend says the Incan armies would march for days on end fueled by nothing more than “war balls,” which were made up of quinoa and fat. While you may not make war balls for the office potluck, quinoa is sure to help you battle through even your toughest day.

Aim for ½ cup to one cup of quinoa three to four times a day.

Energy Food #5: Get Nutty

If you are looking for a quick energy boost, reach for raw, unsalted nuts and/or nut butters. Nuts are a great source of healthy fat, protein and fiber. The protein and fat keep you full and your blood sugar stable, while the minerals boost energy and stamina.

My favorite nuts are almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts, as well as their butters. Just be sure to avoid the overly salted versions.

Aim for one ounce of nuts (or nut butters) a day.

Energy Food #6: Sassy Sardines

It may sound “canny,” but sardines may be pretty close to the perfect energy food. These salty little suckers are a quick, easy, first-class source of both protein and omega-3 fats, both of which are critical for energy and metabolism.

Look for sardines packed in sardine oil or olive oil. Avoid those with soybean or cottonseed oils. Enjoy with crackers, on top of a salad or straight out of the can.

Aim for one can of sardines a couple of times a week.

Energy Food #7: Head This Whey

High-quality whey protein powder is one of the most readily absorbed protein sources around. Plus, whey contains all of the amino acids your body needs in ideal balance. This translates to sustained energy.

Just be careful when choosing a whey protein powder, as many are just milkshakes in disguise. Look for a product that comes from grass-fed cows, is pesticide-free and doesn’t contain artificial flavors or sweeteners. If it also contains added nutrients, all the better.

Aim for one scoop whey protein powder a day.

For a true energy boost, combine several of these energy foods in one fatigue-busting apple pie smoothie. In a blender, mix 8 ounces water, one scoop whey protein powder, one apple (chopped), 2 teaspoons cinnamon and one tablespoon pecan butter (or one ounce chopped pecans). Blend well and enjoy!

 

http://www.wholehealthinsider.com/newsletter/dog-tired-top-7-foods-fantastic-energy/

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Finally! The FDA Admits That Nearly Over 70% of U.S. Chickens Contain Cancer-Causing Arsenic

 

I don’t know about the rest of you, but lately my poultry purchases at my local market have become more and more of a ‘hit-and-miss’ situation, with more ‘misses’ if I’m being honest. As I bite into my homemade chicken nuggets or Coq au Vin (when I’m feeling fancy) I can’t help but feel that the chicken just tastes weird, stringy, just…funny. So a few days ago when I turned on the tube and saw the news headlines stating that the FDA has finally confirmed that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, my head, and stomach, nearly hit the roof. This cancer-causing toxic chemical, that in high doses could kill you, is actually being added to chicken feed on purpose, giving store-bought chicken the illusion of healthy coloring and plump appearance. Shockingly, this is the case with more than 70 percent of all U.S. chickens! That is just awful!

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