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Health Tidbits: Who Would Have Guessed?
11 months ago
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I'm sure I can't be the only one who comes across surprising information about food or products that affect our lives - good AND bad! After reading this, I thought we might benefit from a thread where we can share these tidbits. This one I recently saw on a t.v. program.

27 There’s More In a Dash of Cinnamon Than You Might Care To Know
11 months ago

So upsetting because I use cinnamon a lot. It is supposed to be very good for you.

11 months ago

HELP FOR THOSE OF US WHO SUFFER FROM SAD.


I can't give up my coffee no matter what!!

10 Tips To Improve Your Winter Mood

By Randy Fritz Don't Let SAD Get You Down In winter time when the days are short, many people (mostly women) suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD was once thought of as a "silly…



This post was modified from its original form on 04 Nov, 21:44
11 months ago

More interesting tips re the above.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/tag/seasonal-affective-disorder

We need as much help as we can get during the long gloomy days of winter. I'm posting these levels of insanity again so we will remember them easily and recognize when and if we fit any category. When suffering from any of these conditions, seek help from your CHATTERBOX SISTERS! 

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11 months ago

Cheryl, scary news about the bugs in cinnamon and other spices.  I can no longer tolerate it, just another of my hundreds of allergies, but really love the taste.  As to the black coffee, and chocolate, there is no way I'd give them up.  There is another surprising thing I have found.  When I'm exhausted in the grocery store I break off a chunk of ginger root and smell it as I walk around and it does seem to give me some energy and brighten my mood too.  It is very tasty in the stir fry's too! 

Am still at #1, but have been having real arguments with the fruit flies that have returned after I thought I'd gotten rid of them.  Have become a serial killer.  Grrr, just hate them walking over everything I try to eat.

11 months ago

Hi Sue. I know what you mean about the coffee and chocolate... mine is hot chocolate.  What you do with that ginger is a great idea! Peppermint or mint is supposed to do something similar. It's those neurons or dopamine or something in one's brain that is stimuated to make us feel better. I definitely will wend my way over to the ginger isle next time that happens to me while shopping.

I think #3 is when we get depressed and give up for a while. So, being at #1 or even #2 might be very healthy for us.

11 months ago

Hi Cheryl and Sue Ginger is super i use a lot of it in stir frys and curries too it give great flavour as well but my real love is chocolate and cakes i'm afraid lol

11 months ago

Something that has disappeared from store shelves here in Canada is ginger marmalade.  It was the only marmalade I can eat being allergic to all the citrus fruits and I really miss it.  If you see it try some, you will be amazed at how delicious it is.  It is an old English recipe and I'm certain was imported from the UK.  I do love chocolate cake too, especially Black Forest, but the egg allergy means no more cakes for me!  Bottom line is we have to eat what makes us feel better and is best for our bodies all the time.  The treats are what makes life worth living after eating sensibly most of the time.

10 months ago

Ginger is great, as you say Mary, in stir frys and other recipes. I never knew, until trying it last year, just how much taste it can add. And it's really good for you too!

Sue, I wonder why ginger marmalade disappeared? I am intrigued now and will look for it next time I go shopping. I may have to send you some if I find it!

I can't eat cake or cookies or any sweets because once I start I can't stop!!

Actually, I do indulge once in a while. As you say Sue, "the treats are what makes life worth living after eating sensibly...." I get sick and tired of my sensible, healthy food sometimes and have to have THE TREAT. Pie is my weakness - especially pumpkin.

From Livestrong.com
10 months ago
11 Banned Food Ingredients Still Allowed in the U.S.

Sep 17, 2013 | By August McLaughlin

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Overview

Do you read nutrition labels? If so, what do you look for? Some of us concentrate on fat grams, calories, carbs, protein, sugar and sodium and while this information is definitely impactful for controlling our health and weight, there are additional items we may want to be watching out for in our foods. Read on to see 11 potentially dangerous ingredients that you’ll want to keep in mind (and keep a lookout for on ingredient lists) when you are at the supermarket.

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1. BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)

Many chips, sausages and cereals contain butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene in their ingredient lists. The waxy substances act as preservatives, keeping foods from becoming rancid. While BHA and BHT have been “generally recognized as safe” by the U.S. FDA, they remain controversial. Both substances may have some disease-fighting properties, but they’ve also been shown to raise cancer risks in animal tests, according to the U.S. National Toxicology Program. Both BHA and BHT are banned from foods in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and throughout Europe.

National Toxicology Program; Butylated Hydroxyanisole

10 months ago

 
2. Azodicarbonamide

In the U.S., it’s also used to enhance texture of soft white breads, including hamburger buns at McDonald’s and Burger King. Azodicarbonamide is banned in Australia, the U.K. and European countries. What’s more, if you add azodicarbonamide to food in Singapore, you could face up to 15 years in prison and a nearly $500,000 fine. Why? Because it can interfere with respiratory health, causing allergic reactions and asthma in some people. To maintain easy breathing, be sure to choose baked goods that do not list azodicarbonamide as an ingredient.

List of Substances That Can Cause Occupational Asthma

10 months ago

3. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone and Recombinant Bovine Somatropin

To increase milk production in cows, many U.S. dairy farmers have turned to recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and recombinant bovine somatropin (rBST). The use of these synthetic hormones is not permitted in the European Union, Canada, and some other countries, due to human and animal health risks. According to the American Cancer Society, cows treated with rBGH tend to develop more udder infections (mastitis). These cows are given more antibiotics than cows not given rBGH, and this increased use of antibiotics might lead to more antibiotic-resistant bacteria which could pose a health concern for people. To dodge these controversial chemicals try buying milk labeled rBGH/rBST-free or organic milk.

American Cancer Society: Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone

10 months ago


4. Potassium Bromate

This bread additive strengthens dough, reducing its baking time and saving manufacturers money by lowering production costs. Also called bromated flour, it is believed to disappear from foods during baking and therefore trace amounts are considered safe in U.S. foods. Potassium bromate has been banned in the EU, Canada, Peru, Nigeria, Brazil, South Korea and China. Researchers in Japan published a study showing that potassium bromate causes cancer in the thyroids, kidneys and other body parts of rats and mice. The U.S. FDA hasn’t banned potassium bromate, but it does advise moderate use only and proper labeling. Many small and large bakeries in the U.S. voluntarily avoid using potassium bromate, however, it's still found in many fast food buns and other products.

Toxicity and Carcinogenicity of Potassium Bromate


5. Olestra Olestra made its way into fat-free foods, including chips, crackers and fries in the U.S. in the late 1990s. Soon after, it was found to cause side effects, namely gas, cramps and anal leakage—another term for uncontrollable diarrhea. What’s more (in case you need more reasons to avoid it!), Olestra was also found to reduce the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients. Illegal in Canada and the United Kingdom, the faux-fat remains legal in the U.S. as long as companies warn consumers of its unappetizing complications on product packaging. To keep your digestive system comfortable and your waistline trim, snack on fruits, vegetables or a small amount of nuts. These nutrient-dense whole foods promote blood sugar and appetite control.

Time; The 50 Worst Inventions: Olestra

10 months ago

6. Genetically Modified (GM) Canola Oil

In Europe, farmers cannot legally grow genetically modified canola crops. According to NPR, as of 2010, roughly 90% of canola plants in the U.S. are genetically modified varieties (GMO) that can resist two types of herbicides, glufosinate and glyphosate. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, this means “canola oil producers use a lot of pesticides on their crops.” Weil suspects that residues find their way into the finished product and recommends choosing organic or non-GMO, expeller-pressed brands of canola oil. He writes, “The lower-cost products sold in supermarkets have often been extracted with chemical solvents or high-speed presses that generate heat. Both methods alter the oil's fatty acid chemistry in undesirable ways.”


7. Genetically Modified (GM) Corn

Ninety percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified (GM). Countries including France, Greece and Algeria don’t allow genetically modified corn to be sold. “The tricky part about avoiding GMOs is that, even though the vast majority of Americans are in favor of labeling GMOs, manufacturers are currently not required to do so,” said Jon McGoran, magazine editor and urban agriculture advocate in Pennsylvania. A June 2013 study published in the Organic Systems Journal found that pigs fed a combination of GM soy and corn suffer more frequent severe stomach inflammation and enlargement of the uterus than those who eat a non-GM diet. To avoid these risks, try purchasing corn from your local farmers’ market, and when buying processed foods opt for certified organic.

Pigs Fed GM Corn and Soy Suffer Health Problems, Study Says


8. Genetically Modified (GM) Soybeans While genetically modified soybeans are banned in Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, and Luxembourg, more than 90% of soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. Even if you never eat edamame or tofu, soybeans and soy derivatives are found in countless common (and surprising) foods, including energy bars, butter substitutes, breads, crackers, deli meats, meat substitutes, vegetable oils and salad dressings. Dr. Joseph Mercola writes, “Animal studies have shown devastating effects from genetically engineered soy including allergies, sterility, birth defects…” To avoid genetically modified soy, choose organic edamame and avoid all non-organic foods that list soy, and soy flour as ingredients.
10 months ago

 
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9. Blue Dye No. 1

Though it’s been banned in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, this food colorant is often found in U.S. ice cream, cereals, canned processed peas, packet soups, bottled food colorings, icings, and in the liquor blue curacao. Research has connected Blue No. 1, which is also called Brilliant Blue with allergies, hyperactivity, learning problems, aggressiveness and irritability in children. To ban it from your kitchen, keep an eye on ingredient lists. If you see Blue No. 1, move on.

Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks

10. Yellow Dye No. 5 Also called tartrazine, is a food colorant banned in Finland and Norway and available widely in the U.S.. “Six of the 11 studies on Yellow Number 5 showed that it caused genotoxicity, a deterioration of the cell’s genetic material with the potential to mutate healthy DNA,” say Jayson and Mira Calton, authors of "Rich Food, Poor Food." These effects can have serious complications, such as causing growth abnormalities. In research published in Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2010, tartrazine was administered to organ tissue in male rats. The researchers found that the artificial dye negatively affects markers of disease in vital organs, such as kidneys and livers -- at low and high doses. Common sources include cheese-flavored crackers and chips, colorful cereals, butterscotch pudding, yellow sports drinks macaroni and cheese mixes.

Food and Chemical Toxicology; Effect of Food Azo Dyes Tartrazine and Carmoisine on Biomarkers in Young Male Rats

10 months ago

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11. Yellow No. 6

Also called Sunset Yellow, Yellow No. 6, is the third most widely used food coloring in the U.S. found in Fruity Cheerios, Trix, some Eggo waffle products, and some Kraft macaroni and cheese dinners. While it enhances the color of many American cheeses, cheese-flavored pasta mixes, candy, cereals and carbonated drinks, it may also contribute to some serious health problems. Finland and Norway banned Yellow No. 6 after lab studies showed a link between the additive and tumors in the adrenal glands and kidneys of animals. To avoid these risks, look for foods free of artificial additives. Foods and drinks colored with tumeric, a natural spice with anti-inflammatory properties, are a safer bet.

Nov. 23, 2013
10 months ago

After bumping into the above information on my Livestrong website, it really makes me mad to know that our governments put so much garbage into our foods! There are big bucks involved from manufacturers. I can understand that many people did not know any better when we were kids, but nowadays they do know and continue to do it.

It makes me wonder how many people would never have gotten a certain disease and suffered or died if these poisons hadn't been put into our foods -- and we trusted our government to look out for us and not allow these things to be used!
 

A BOWL OF ARSENIC, ANYONE?
10 months ago

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Organic rice baby cereal, rice breakfast cereals, brown rice, white rice—new tests by Consumer Reports have found that those and other types of rice products on grocery shelves contain arsenic, many at worrisome levels.

Arsenic not only is a potent human carcinogen but also can set up children for other health problems in later life.

Following our January investigation, "Arsenic in Your Juice," which found arsenic in apple and grape juices, we recently tested more than 200 samples of a host of rice products. They included iconic labels and store brands, organic products and conventional ones; some were aimed at the booming gluten-free market.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/11/arsenic-in-your-food/index.htm#chart

10 months ago

Food is getting to be really scary these days.  Most of what I eat is basic foods, but these days it is almost impossible to even find yogourt without tons of extra ingredients, most of them unnecessary.  My one real weakness apart from Swiss Chalet Rotisserie Chicken is the chocolate covered digestives and plain digestives imported from the UK.   They are the only cookies I can find made without eggs and I buy 8 or more packs of them every time I get to that store.  Given all the additives added to prepared foods these days it is no wonder so many people are developing allergies and getting sick all the time. 

As to the rice, I read a report online that said the rice coming from India and Pakistan has less arsenic than that grown in the US!  That was a huge surprise to me.  I usually buy white basmati in the 10lb bag as it has more nutrients than regular brown rice and tastes better I find.  You have to wash it really well though as there are usually a few bits and pieces you definitely do not want to eat.

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