Sunday, January 01, 2012

Fat Friday

another guest post by my dear, sweet husband. He did, in fact, get it to me by Friday(his time). Enjoy...Some of it I did not know and it's quite vomit worthy.

5 Food Facts to Chew on

5.  The common bread ingredient L-cysteine is derived from human hair. 

If you read the ingredients label on a loaf of bread, you will usually find an ingredient named L-cysteine. It is a non-essential amino acid added to many baked goods as a dough conditioner in order to speed industrial processing. It’s usually not added directly to flour intended for home use. While some L-cysteine is directly synthesized in laboratories, most of it is extracted from a cheap and abundant natural protein source: human hair. The hair is dissolved in acid and L-cysteine is isolated through a chemical process. Other sources of L-cysteine include chicken feathers and duck feathers. This is just another cheap source to make more cheap processed food in America. 

4.  Chicken McNuggets contain an industrial chemical.

According to the McDonald’s Corporation, its famous Chicken McNuggets are made with ingredients including sodium phosphates, “partially hydrogenated soybean oil and cottonseed oil with mono -and diglycerides,” sodium acid pyrophosphate, ammonium bicarbonate, mono-calcium phosphate, “hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness” and “Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.”

At least two of these ingredients are artificially synthesized industrial chemicals. TBHQ, a petroleum derivative, is used as a stabilizer in perfumes, resins, varnishes and oil field chemicals. Laboratory studies have linked it to stomach tumors. Dimethylpolysiloxane, a type of silicone, is used in caulks and sealants, filler for breast implants, and as a key ingredient in Silly Putty. Not that the other ingredients are any better. Because cotton is not regulated as a food crop, cottonseed oil may contain toxic pesticides that are banned in food production. It is also almost always genetically modified. Hydrogenated oils, of course contain Trans fats that are unusable by the human body and increase your chances for heart disease and death.  Well get me another happy meal because I’m lovin it! Aren’t you?

3.  When a package states “0 grams Trans fats” do not be fooled.  Labeling laws allow companies to put that on the label but can actually have up to 500mg of Trans fats per serving.

Advertising is what sells a product and companies spend fortunes to get the dollars out of your back pocket and into their piggy banks.  They will stop and nothing to increase productivity and profit.  Forget about having quality materials and ingredients.  It’s all about the Benjamins baby!

How do they get away with this crafty but nefarious act?  It’s simple really.  Take a look at one of these packages that is labeled “0 grams Trans fat” and look at the ingredients.  You may see something called mono and diglycerides.  Those are the hidden ingredients right in the open, but they are not categorized as fatty acids or cholesterols.  What are they then?  They are listed as emulsifiers which are what help fatty acids mix into solution better with ingredients that don’t like to play nice with them.  Because they are classified in this manner they are not counted as fatty acids, but you can rest assured they contain trans fats due to heat and processing used to make the food item.  Another tricky way companies get around this labeling issue is to manipulate the serving sizes to stay within the limits.  So if an item has 8 servings per container then it could have as much as 4 grams trans fat total.  How many people do you know that eat the proper serving size anyway?  Rule of thumb, is to just stay away from foods that have any mention of hydrogenated anything, overtly state is some gaudy color “Zero grams trans fat” or use mono and diglycerides in the ingredients.  Your waist and your heart will be much better off without them.

2.  High-fructose corn syrup, found in many foods, is made using a toxic chemical catalyst (something that speeds a process up).

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is used as a sweetener in nearly all mainstream packaged foods in the United States, from bread to soda and even breakfast cereal. It has been blamed for increasing the number of empty calories in the U.S. diet, and researchers have even linked it to diabetes and obesity. Another danger from this ubiquitous ingredient comes from the toxic chemicals that are used to turn corn into corn starch and then into HFCS. One of these chemicals, glutaraldehyde, is so dangerous that small quantities can burn holes in the human stomach. Like other chemical disinfectants, it can severely irritate the lungs, eyes and throat and can cause headaches or dizziness if inhaled. Because two of the chemicals used in HFCS production introduce mercury into the mix, a recent study found that between one-third and one-half of all HFCS-containing products on the market tested positive for mercury contamination. In some cases, the level of mercury was high enough that a woman eating an average amount of HFCS as represented in the American diet could ingest more than five times the maximum recommended upper limit of mercury.

Recommendation is to eliminate this chemical from your diet altogether.  It has devastating consequences to your health and is not worth it.  If you have a raging sweet tooth consider alternative sugars such as Truvia, Stevia, Erythritol or Maltitol. DO NOT USE SUGAR SUBSTITUTES SUCH AS SPLENDA, NUTRASWEET, ASPARTAME, EQUAL, SUCRALOSE, OR AGAVE NECTAR! I will get into these deadly sugar alternatives in another post, but for now please avoid them and try the ones mentioned above.  They will sweeten anything you like and have virtually zero calories.  Did I mention they taste great too?(wife stepping in here to say that truvia does not taste great...I use raw cane sugar. It has calories, but no aftertaste and is sure to be better than regular ole table sugar)


1.  Unless they’re organic, nearly all corn or soy products or byproducts on the U.S. market are genetically modified and may place your health at risk.

More than 90 percent of all soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified (GM) for herbicide resistance and are consequently sprayed with massive quantities of those toxic chemicals. Fully 85 percent of all corn grown in the country is also genetically engineered, either for herbicide resistance or to produce pesticides within its tissues. Since farmers sell their corn and soy to large distributors who mix the product together for processing, this essentially means that 100 percent of nonorganic corn and soy products on the U.S. market are GM. And since soy and corn derivatives are so ubiquitous in packaged food, the Grocery Manufacturers of America has estimated that as much as 80 percent of processed food on U.S. shelves contains GM ingredients.

GM crops are simply unsafe. They expose people to novel and potentially dangerous allergens and to higher levels of pesticides. Animals grazing on GM crops have died from ruptured internal organs. Yet this is the type of food making up 80 percent of packaged food today.  The only way to avoid it is to buy organic or to grow it yourself.

I know this stuff sounds hokey and belongs on the sci-fi channel, but it is real and it’s happening right under your nose.  Don’t believe me? Just take a moment to Google a company by the name of Monsanto and how they are genetically engineering crops to have pesticides built into the seeds so they will be resistant to bugs.  If bugs don’ want to eat the stuff, why in the world would I want to eat it?


jessica said...

Keep 'em coming. Sharing...

Corey said...

So I read #5 to Pete...he didn't have much to say except that he didn't believe actual human hair is used. He asked...Where do they get all that hair?? I didn't know. But then he said: Well, I guess you should be making a lot more home made bread!