How to Avoid Hidden Food Additives at the Grocery Store

Are you doing your best to avoid food additives like High Fructose Corn Syrup, hydrogenated oils, MSG, Aspartame, and artificial colors and flavors?

In the video below, learn how the food industry is allowed to hide ingredients on food labels and how it affects your health!

Even if you are spending a lot of time, effort and money to avoid these ingredients, and even if you shop exclusively at natural foods stores, you still may be ingesting these additives without even realizing it!

If you need recipes and grocery shopping guidance to get you started, check out our e-book, “Eating Additive-Free” (a Natural Cookbook & Shopping Guide that includes 160 additive-free recipes).

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The Dangers of GMO Foods: “Genetic Roulette”

Please view the documentary below about the health and environmental dangers posed by the Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) that have been unleashed into our food supply. The film is available for FREE online until 9-22-12 (likely there will be a fee after that)!! It’s definitely worth the time to watch it….and FORWARD it!!!

Evidence is mounting that GMOs cause gastrointestinal damage (leaky gut) leading to FOOD ALLERGIES and a host of other health problems (e.g., excema, asthma, allergies, autoimmune diseases, food intolerances, birth defects, infertility). According to experts in this film, there are even implications for those suffering with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Some of the most common genetically-modified foods include: corn, soy, sugar beets, canola and cottonseed oil, aspartame (artificial sweetener), growth hormones in milk, papaya, and zucchini squash.

(If the video posted below doesn’t work, please click here to view this documentary.)

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Top 10 GMO Foods to Avoid (from NaturalNews.com)

(This article written by J.D. Heyes was published on NaturalNews.com on 6/1/12.)
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/036063_GMOs_foods_infographics.html#ixzz240HwuT48 )

“We here at NaturalNews.com pride ourselves in providing our  readers with the most valuable, up-to-date news and information on a wide range  of health-related issues, but we especially like to discuss nutrition because so  much of our health depends on what we put in our bodies – and what we don’t put in them.
See the NaturalNews infographic at:
http://www.naturalnews.com/Infographic-Top-10-GMO-Foods-to-Avoid-Eating.html

Be aware and beware

With that latter thought in mind, we’ve  developed an infographic to highlight the top 10 GMO (genetically modified  organism) foods to avoid, in no particular order:

1. Zucchini: It  goes without saying that many biotech companies say genetically modified foods  are safe for you, but as GMO science expands, reseachers are finding more  evidence that such foods can harm your health. One of those is zucchini. While  not as potentially harmful as other GM foods, zucchini is nonetheless  “engineered” to resist some strains of virus.

2. Cotton:  Considered a food item because its oil can be consumed, cotton – in particular,  genetically modified Bt cotton, common to India and China – has damaging  consequences. According to recent Chinese research, while Bt cotton is capable  of killing bollworms without the use of insecticides, its decreased use has  increased the presence of other crop-harming pests. Also, Bt cotton production  has been linked to drastic depletion of soil nutrients and lower crop yields, as  well as much higher water requirements.

3. Canola: This is  probably one of the most misunderstood, misguided “healthy” food  choices out there right now, but there is little about canola – and similar oils  – that is good for you. Extracted from rapeseed, canola oil and others must be  chemically removed from the seeds, then deodorized and altered, in order to be  utilized in foods. They are  among the most chemically altered foods in our diets.

4. Aspartame: An artificial sweetener found in a number of products,  aspartame – discovered by accident in 1965 by a chemist testing an anti-ulcer  drug – accounts for as many as 75 percent of adverse reactions to food additives  reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to some  reports. Some seizures and even some deaths have been blamed on  aspartame.

5. Dairy: A disturbingly high number – as many as  one-fifth – of dairy cows in the U.S. today are given growth hormones to  increase milk production, a figure that has been rising since the FDA approved a  genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone known as rbGH or rbST  for use in dairy cows in 1993. While said to boost production by 5-15 percent,  scientists have expressed concern that the increased levels of IGF-1 (insulin  growth factors-1) from hormone-treated cows may boost the risks of colon and  breast cancer. Since 2008, Hiland Dairy has stopped using milk from dairy  farmers who inject their cows with growth hormone.

6. Corn:  Modified now to create its own insecticide, as many as half of all U.S. farms  growing corn for Monsanto are using genetically modified corn, with tons of it  now being introduced for human consumption, according to the FDA. Doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec recently found Bt toxin from  modified corn in the blood of pregnant women and their babies, as well as in  non-pregnant women.

7. Papayas: Genetically modified papayas have  been grown in Hawaii commercially since 1999, designed to combat the Papaya  Ringspot Virus. Approved for sale and consumption in the U.S. and Canada, GM  papayas cannot be imported or sold in the European Union.

8. Sugar: Sugar from genetically modified sugar beets hit the market in the  U.S. in 2009. They were modified by the Monsanto Corporation to be resistant to  the company’s Roundup herbicide. In 2010 a group of Oregon farmers sued to stop  planting that year of Monsanto’s genetically altered sugar beets over fears the  crops could cross-contaminate other nearby fields.

9. Soy: Like  other foods, soy, too, has been genetically modified to resist herbicides. Soy  is included in soy flour, tofu, soy beverages, soybean oil and scores of other  products, especially baked goods and pastries. According to one report, “[a]fter  feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and  especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results. By  the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies.  They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate among the  pups.”

10. Yellow squash Like zucchini, yellow squash is also a  fast-rising GMO crop in the  U.S., and as such, should cause you concern. If you like squash – and scores of  Americans do – check out a farmer’s market that doesn’t sell GMO squash or grow  your own using non-modified seed.”

Sources for this article  include:
http://www.naturalnews.com/Infographic-Top-10-GMO-Foods-to-Avoid-Eating.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/035734_GMOs_foods_dangers.html
http://www.deccanherald.com
http://www.hilanddairy.com/green/no-artificial-growth-hormones
http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/036063_GMOs_foods_infographics.html#ixzz240HZgvcK

From Pain to Purpose: My Journey from Fibromyalgia to Food

“Fibromyalgia” stole several years of my life. In 2002 (at age 25), my health began to deteriorate. I was extremely weak and fatigued, and I was in so much pain that some days it was all I could do to get out of bed. Among other symptoms, I suffered from digestive distress, sleep disturbances, chest pain, and an intermittent racing heart beat. After more than 15 different prescription medications, never-ending appointments with various specialists and more than a handful of diagnostic procedures, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

I was in constant pain – many days it was too painful even to hug my own husband. On good days, I felt like I was 90 years old. On bad days, I felt like I should be in the hospital. I was in pure misery, suffering from an “invisible illness” for which there was no treatment, no cure and no known cause. In 2005, after much consideration, I resigned – I resigned from my position as Executive Director of the after-school program that I adored, and I resigned myself to the medical “fact” that I would suffer with chronic, untreatable pain for the rest of my life. (Click here if you’d like to read about my illness and recovery in much more detail.)

Fortunately, in 2007 I stumbled upon some books that changed my life forever. Among other things, I learned that there are ingredients in processed foods (e.g., high-fructose corn syrup, MSG, artificial colors/sweeteners) that are making people sick and are often hidden on food labels under innocent-sounding ingredient names like “natural flavor” and “yeast extract.” This information made such an impact on my husband and me that we immediately purged our kitchen of convenience foods and mystery ingredients. We started eating only those foods which we could clearly identify as having come from a plant or animal in nature. And in just a couple of months, ALL of my Fibromyalgia symptoms were gone – completely gone! In fact, I now feel better and have more energy than most people I know!

It sounds so silly, but I never realized before just how good we should all feel. We should sleep well, feel great and have all of the energy we need to do all of the things we want to do. Each of us deserves that! People need a wake-up call – we truly are what we eat, and we need to make a conscious decision about what we are putting into our bodies. I’m not saying we need to spend half of our paychecks on obscure berries from distant lands; but we do need to stop eating FAKE food and return to eating things that are grown in nature rather than invented in a lab.

The Standard American diet is destroying our health! Meanwhile, we are bombarded with unhealthy messages and advertisements for junk food; and eating has been turned into such a “rocket science” that it’s no wonder folks feel defeated before they even get to the grocery store. Low fat? Low calories? High protein? Biggest meal at night? Biggest meal at breakfast? It’s enough to drive a person insane! Unfortunately, what most experts fail to advise is that what matters most is what’s in the ingredients list of what we eat!

Even when folks come to the realization that processed food is bad, they often have no idea how to make changes or what to eat instead! So I have dedicated my life to teaching people how to read ingredients labels, how to shop for and prepare REAL foods, how to use various kitchen equipment, etc.

I know that these changes aren’t easy and there are a million-and-one “reasons” why you “can’t” do it. Believe me! Just five years ago, I was eating fast food, candy, diet pop and frozen dinners. I was the stereotypical American “junk food junkie.” Unless I needed to lose a few pounds – then I was a calorie-conscious crash dieter. (I used to think that calories, carbs and fat grams were all that mattered and that if I wasn’t overweight, then I had nothing to be worried about. Boy was I wrong!!!) Five years ago, I had no idea how to cook! I was also battling a chronic illness and suffering from extreme fatigue, weakness and pain. So, if I can make these changes, anyone can!! There is nothing special about me that somehow made it easier for me to make these changes. After all, I hate doing dishes just as much as anyone else! It’s just a conscious decision that each of us must make – basically, you just have to want to change more than you want to stay the same.

This may sound cliché, but I know that everything happens for a reason. While suffering with Fibromyalgia, it was really hard to see any purpose in the pain. Now, I realize that I suffered for those years so that I could educate and inspire others to take charge of their diets and their health. So many people are so apathetic about what goes into their bodies – I was, too! Eating really shouldn’t be this complicated, and it is unfortunate that things have gotten to this point. It isn’t fair that food companies are allowed to add harmful ingredients to the food on unsuspecting consumers’ plates, and I am determined to do what I can to help people become more aware and make the necessary changes!

Although my particular symptoms were diagnosed as “Fibromyalgia,” you could insert countless other health conditions and get this same story and solution; and I’ve witnessed the transformation in many other people with a variety of ailments and diagnoses throughout the years. So if you’re still eating processed foods, I truly hope that you will consider this information and begin making changes in your own life.

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