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How Natural are “Natural Flavours” Listed on Food Labels?

January 13, 2011

You can find it on millions of food labels. But in this case “natural” comes with a definition that’s hard to believe. That’s because “natural flavors” can perversely “mean” any chemical approved for use in food. The FDA makes manufacturers declare if a flavoring has any of the eight major food allergens – milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans.

But companies don’t have to tell you the sources of any other chemicals used for flavoring.

This deceptive labeling is particularly devious at the ready-made meal section of your grocery store. These are different from frozen TV dinners in that they look like meals made out of ingredients you might put together yourself.

The difference is that to preserve the meals for longer shelf life, and to make them look good in the package, the food is heavily processed with methods like these:

• boiling

• pressurizing

• oxidation

• osmotic inhibition

• freezing

• extremely high water pressure

• dehydration

• smoking (sometimes using carbon dioxide, vinegar or even alcohol)

• mineral removal through chelation

All of these processing methods leech the taste out of food. So food makers add chemicals back in to make what they’re selling taste like real food.

The flavors are created by chemists called “flavorists.” They distill flavors from foods before they get packaged, and then combine them with chemical compounds. These potent flavor potions are created to taste like the flavors that were processed out. Any food pre-packaged in a can, foil wrapper, sealed package, plastic container or box has a cocktail of natural flavorings added back in after it’s processed.

Even many organic foods have “natural flavors” added to them, too. Because the law doesn’t require companies to disclose the ingredients in their flavorings, they can maintain their “trade-secret” tastes used for products. They also can conceal the truth about the list of chemicals added to foods.

Example, the strawberry flavoring in a Burger King strawberry milk shake has 74 chemicals with names like amyl acetate and benzyl acetate. These chemicals are not “natural” and can harm your health. Amyl acetate is legal to be claimed as “natural” on a label. But it’s been linked to nervous-system problems, depression, indigestion, chest pain, headaches, fatigue and irritation of mucous membranes.

Benzyl acetate has been found to cause gastrointestinal, bronchial, eye and ear irritation, and that’s just two of the 74 chemicals in one drink.

Here are some ways to avoid consuming any of these unnatural and toxic chemicals, and find natural food with REAL flavor:

1. Go back to the basics. Our native ancestors ate what they could hunt and gather. And that was natural meats and eggs, veggies, unmodified fruits and nuts, and olives. They ate a lot more protein and fats than most modern Americans. And they ate fewer carbs – and no processed foods or food cooked with vegetable oils. As a result, their archaeological records show virtually no heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis or obesity.

2. Eat fresh, locally grown, organic fruits and veggies as much as you can. Food grown from local farms is much fresher than food at the grocery store. That’s because most produce is transported an average of 1,500 miles. And many of the nutrients get depleted during transit. But not only is locally grown food more nutritious, it also tastes great. And if the farmer uses organic methods, you don’t have to worry about consuming harmful pesticides and fertilizers.

3. If you have to shop at grocery stores, stay in the exterior aisles and stick to organic dairy, meats and produce. You can pretty much disregard everything in between. Those aisles are filled with nothing but processed foods loaded with harmful chemicals.

4. Read labels carefully, even for organic food. If you shop in the exterior of the grocery store, you won’t need to take this step. But if you ever need to grab something in the interior, check the labels of anything packaged in a can, box or plastic (even the organic stuff) for “natural and artificial flavors.” If you see these terms on labels, stay away.

~ syndicated from Al Sears, MD

TerraMins Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Formula is On Sale Now!

January 12, 2011

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  • Boost Immune System Health
  • Support Healthy Circualtion
  • Increase Energy Levels
  • Promote Daily Wellness

This uniquely blended formula contains over 75 ingredients including Vitamins, Minerals, Super-Green Foods, Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics and Nutritional Oils. TerraMins also has many herbs that support healthy circulation, immune system health, liver, eyes and brain function. TerraMins also combines Bee Pollen, Ginseng, Bee Propolis and Royal Jelly to increase energy levels.

If you’re looking for a superior multi-vitamin, TerraMins is the clear choice.

10% off Holiday Sale! Save on Herbs, Vitamins & Supplements for the Whole Family!

December 20, 2010

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Super Foods that Provide Superior Health Benefits

June 1, 2010

Nature has provided super foods that outperform even the most powerful fruits and vegetables.

They’re stronger than popular health foods like broccoli, spinach, blueberries, and pomegranate.

They change the way you feel… the way you heal… and they may even increase your longevity.

Super foods
provide these 3 essential benefits for superior strength and survival:

• Detoxify

• Energize

• Modulate

Super foods are a must for modern living. For one, you’ve been building up and storing toxins every day since you were in the womb. Two, these toxins put a severe burden on your immune system and your cell’s ability to create energy. Three, the systemic stress you’re coping with around the clock throws off the production of hormones throughout your body.

Super foods heal and restore balance. They detoxify your internal systems by binding to toxins and dragging them out of your body. They energize by providing specific nutrients that support cellular energy production. They modulate by influencing and “resetting” the flow of hormones.

Super foods may be the best, and easiest, way to cleanse and heal your body. They’re simple to use, and go to work fast.

There are 5 super foods that are believed to be the most effective. Spirulina and chlorella may be the oldest foods on earth, arriving on this planet over 3.5 billion years ago. They are microscopic plants and the world’s richest source of vitamins, minerals, iron, protein, and dozens of energizing and detoxifying nutrients. Spirulina is so powerful; scientists at NASA consider it the perfect food for astronauts when they travel into space. In fact, one pound of Spirulina has the nutritional power of 1,000 pounds of assorted vegetables.

Barley grass is well balanced; it has the exact blend of amino acids, proteins, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that you need for strength and vigor. Its track record goes back so far, its health-promoting powers are mentioned in the Bible. Barley grass is also one of the best natural sources of your body’s “master guardian,” SOD (superoxide dismutase). This powerful antioxidant is 3,000 times stronger than vitamin E and protects your cells from free radical attacks.

Another super food from Brazil is sold on the side of the road at small fruit stands. “Acerola fruit drink” is more popular in Brazil than orange juice is here in the U.S. Acerola is a type of cherry, and it’s a powerful antioxidant. The acerola cherry is a pure, natural source of vitamin C. And it’s far more potent than the synthetic kind you find at your local vitamin store. In fact, acerola cherry has 30 times more vitamin C than oranges. Real vitamin C from a natural source is a complex of different factors. This  means your standard, synthetic dime-store vitamin C probably isn’t supporting your immune system, fighting free radicals, or helping to eliminate toxins like the real thing.

Bee pollen is mostly overlooked today, but it has a long history of extending life and fighting the effects of aging. Almost 5,000 years ago, the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung compiled a medical encyclopedia highlighting the power of bee pollen. Pollen is the “seed” of flowering plants that allows them to reproduce. But it’s also full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, unsaturated fats, enzymes, and more.  Taken in combination, these super foods are more than just the sum of their parts. They have a cumulative effect over time.

These super foods invigorate every cell, every tissue, and every organ in your body. Over time, their rejuvenating power can help balance and reset all your major systems – creating a brand-new body, and a whole new outlook on life.

It’s like pushing a button and releasing the buildup of sludge, toxins, and heavy metals that have been collecting for decades. At the same time, your body starts to re-energize and rejuvenate. The feeling you get is both uplifting and inspiring. 

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CoQ10 for Heart Health & More…

April 23, 2010

CoQ10

  • Supports Cardiovascular Health
  • Supports Healthy Heart Muscles
  • Promotes Cellular Energy
  • Aids in Healthy Dopamine Production
  • Supports Oral Health
  • People with heart failure have been found to have lower levels of CoQ10 in heart muscle cells. Double-blind research suggests that CoQ10 may reduce symptoms related to heart failure, such as shortness of breath, difficulty sleeping, and swelling. CoQ10 is thought to increase energy production in the heart muscle, increasing the strength of the pumping action. Several small trials have also found that CoQ10 may be helpful for certain types of cardiomyopathy.

    Lower levels of CoQ10 have also been observed in people with Parkinson’s disease. Preliminary research has found that increasing CoQ10 may increase levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is thought to be lowered in people with Parkinson’s disease. It has also been suggested that CoQ10 might protect brain cells from damage by free radicals.

    CoQ10 may also help in the treatment and prevention of certain types of gum disease. A small study looked at the topical application of CoQ10 to the periodontal pocket. Ten male periodontitis patients with 30 periodontal pockets were selected. During the first 3 weeks, the patients applied topical CoQ10. There was significant improvement in symptoms.

    Consult your doctor before trying CoQ10. CoQ10 is used in combination with standard treatment, not to replace it. CoQ10 may lower blood sugar levels, so people with diabetes should not use CoQ10 unless under a doctor’s supervision. CoQ10 may also lower blood pressure. The safety of Co q10 in pregnant or nursing women or children has not been established.

    This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. Our dietary supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition, they are not intended to replace professional medical advice or treatment, Individual results may vary.

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    Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    April 21, 2010

    Save Water

    • Brush your teeth with the water off, just rinse with water
    • Take shorter showers or baths instead of showers, as you use less water
    • Use a water-saving shower head
    • Install Rain Barrels to Water your Garden

    Reduce Waste & Environmental Toxins

    • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products
    • Switch from paper and plastic bags to reusable bags and totes
    • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs in your lamps
    • Use a reusable water bottle and bring a mug to the coffee shop
    • Grow your own vegetables organically
    • Walk, ride your bike, and take public transportation instead of driving
    • See if your utility company offers a green energy program
    • Recycle all your paper, glass, aluminum, plastic, electronics, etc.
    • Use direct deposit, online banking, and paperless statements to reduce your paper usage.
    • Don’t purchase disposable water bottles
    • Purchase used items from thrift stores, garage sales & flea markets
    • Rent movies and borrow books, instead of purchasing
    • Select products made of recyclable materials
    • Buy groceries in bulk, as it reduces packaging and the number of trips you take to the store.
    • Buy items that use less packaging
    • Buy fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of jarred, canned or frozen
    • Use cloth diapers
    • Compost food waste for the garden

    Save Electricity

    • Unplug all of your appliances when you leave the house to save energy
    • Use rechargeable batteries
    • Run the dishwasher and the laundry machine only when full
    • Hang dry your clothing
    • Use Solar heating
    • Install solar panels
    • Purchase carbon offsets
    • Eliminate drafts with caulking, weather strips, and storm windows and doors
    • Choose energy efficient appliances

    Improve Fitness and Health with a Nutritious Weight Loss Diet

    April 8, 2010

    You should begin your diet with a Natural Cleanse, this will help reduce toxins and excess food build up in your body. Cleaning out your digestive system and making way for vitamins and nutrients will set you on the right path for healthy effective weight loss.

    If you want to lose weight you will have to eat less foods that are high in saturated fat and sugar. You can choose vegetables or fruits as a healthy alternative to sugar filled snacks. That will make it easier to control your appetite and calorie intake.

    Exchanging old habits for a new eating routine can be difficult while on a Weight loss diet. When cutting out certain fats in your diet, you must be careful not to allow vital nutrients to slip through the cracks. Cutting back doesn’t mean taking out nutritional foods in your diet.

    Avoid saturated fat as often as you can, try to switch to a balance of poly and monounsaturated fats instead. Fat helps with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It helps boost energy levels, and the essential fatty acids in fat are vital for many important body functions. Reach for foods rich in proteins and omega-3 essential polyunsaturated fats. Great dietary sources of protein and omega-3 include flaxseed, flaxseed oil, walnuts, fish including salmon, mackerel, and tuna.

    Curb hunger between meals with snacks that are high in fiber. High-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, satisfy your hunger and help slow digestion between meals. When food moves slowly through the digestive system, blood-sugar levels remain on an even keel and leave you feeling full.

    You may start to experience low energy levels due to your lower calorie intake. Keep your body full of B vitamins, these assist in bodily functions such as energy production and help to regulate or speed up your metabolism. B vitamins also assist in maintaining healthy balanced thyroid and adrenal functions.

    Below is a list of some foods that are rich in Vitamin B. Adding these to your diet will help you to feel energized and motivated to exercise while you are dieting, which in turn will help you shed pounds faster.

    Whole grains
    Beans
    Eggs
    Yogurt
    Green leafy vegetables
    Almonds
    Avocados
    Poultry
    Broccoli
    Brewer’s Yeast
    Organ meats (such as liver), nuts, and fish.

    These Supplements can also Help you Stay Healthy while Losing Weight:

    Calcium helps to prevent fat storage and increases food metabolism rate. Recent studies have linked calcium intake to weight loss, and a significant rate of pounds shed in people whose diets are calcium deficient. Even if you are not deficient in calcium, it is a critical nutrient, especially for women. Calcium is vital to the formation and growth of the bones and teeth and helps to prevent osteoporosis, among its other roles. Get your calcium from green leafy vegetables, tofu, salmon, and dairy products.

    Other minerals also such as the trace mineral Chromium, assist in stabilizing blood-sugar levels and is found in brewer’s yeast, egg yolks, beef, hard cheeses, liver, and whole-grain breads.

    Zinc supports protein synthesis and is essential to the formation of insulin. Zinc sources include Brazil nuts, shellfish, eggs, and lean meats. Manganese helps regulate cholesterol metabolism and blood glucose and is found in wheat germ, spinach, split peas, nuts, and oatmeal.

    For More Information on Nutritional Weight Loss Supplements please visit www.AmericanNutrition.com