WHAT’S IN YOUR FOOD…………..COFFEE

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WHAT’S IN YOUR FOOD        COFFEE

We have been taking a closer look at what is in your food. For the most part you will find that as we go on this journey we will find many invaders into our foods that are harmful rather than helpful to you individual health and wellness.

Healthy goodness in a cup

Healthy goodness in a cup

We have looked at some of our breakfast staples so far. Today we will look at our coffee.

For the most part coffee is being discovered to be a rather healthy beverage. It is a natural, plant based food. It is usually grown in remote mountainous regions where the plants have access to cleaner air. It possesses numerous anti-oxidants and other good nutrition. The issues arise when we add other things like cream, sugar, caramel, and (God knows what else. I sure don’t) to the coffee and turn it into a dessert that are more calorie dense than cake.

One of the areas where we may have concerns about the coffee we drink, is in the processing. Drying, grinding preservation, etc. Instant coffee goes through a bit more processing, and in some cases the coffee is extended with additional substances. Just one more reason to read your labels, and don’t skip over words and abbreviations that you are not familiar with. They may be a camouflage. Read the rest of this entry

WHAT’S IN YOUR FOOD …… BREAKFAST CEREALS

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WHAT’S IN YOUR FOOD   BREAKFAST CEREALS

DISCLAIMER:  This is not an attempt to discourage you from having cereal. This is simply providing information, that you may not have had time to consider.

It is also an attempt to open your curiosity in case you want to learn more about what are in those crispy flakes or geometric shapes.

Perhaps you are one who grabs a quick bowl of cereal, cover it in milk and go. Do you ask yourself…”Is this contributing to my personal health and wellness?”

cereals are mostly made from grains.

cereals are mostly made from grains.

POINTS TO PONDER

  • Most cereals are made from grain. Whether it is rice, corn, wheat, oats, or any combination of any of them. A grain is usually the basic ingredient.
  • Depending on what part of the globe your cereal is manufactured, it could be made from genetically modified grains.

In case you are not aware of what that means, the WHO says  “Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally.”

 To put it simply, it is when geneticists and agri-scientists mess with the DNA of the seeds in an effort to morph them into a farmers dream. They are given built in instructions. Grow quickly. Yield more, and make sure the insects and worms don’t get to eat any. I call them Frankenstein foods. Read the rest of this entry

WHAT’S IN YOUR FOOD…….ORANGE JUICE

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WHATS IN YOUR FOOD…….ORANGE JUICE

You know, some things perplex me more than they would most people. I am always trying to understand everything, and never taking too much as it is presented.

For example, I believe in the English language. With all its nuances, and deflections and old  Anglo-Saxon derivations, and hidden connotations, it usually comes down to meaning what it says. If you take it literally, orange-juice should refer to —juice from an orange. Right?

IS IT REALLY?

An orange is a tropical fruit that is bright orange in color. Has vitamin C among other nutrients. See foods with more Vitamin C than oranges.

Juice is a liquid extracted from  a part of some kind of vegetation. Hence the explanation of what is orange juice.

I am not much of an orange lover. I find an orange when I am baking something that calls for orange rind. But the few times that I have juiced an orange, (usually for someone else) I somehow never managed to capture, the color, the thickness, or the vibrancy that I see in bottles. Read the rest of this entry

CHOOSE LIFE: CHOOSE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.

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Give your body the tools, and it will do the work.

Give your body the tools, and it will do the work.

I am about to embark on a series called “what’s in your food?” In it we shall enhance our knowledge of what is in our food that helps, and what harms the body as it struggles to maintain life.

Before we begin to examine what is in our food, perhaps we should take a look at why we need to examine our food. How it is produced, processed and prepared.

It is no secret that in the western world we are experiencing an unprecedented amount of sickness and disease. And Mostly of what has now been coined “lifestyle diseases”. These are various types of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary conditions, inflammatory conditions, auto immune diseases and mental disorders. Indications are that they can be prevented however.

THE RESULTS

These lifestyle diseases are categorized as chronic in that they are usually long term, progressive, and can be controlled but not cured. They are now a leading cause of disabilities and death, and have the potential to reduce the quality of your life, and decrease your years of productivity. They also have an uncanny way of eating up your savings and hinder your future independence. Read the rest of this entry

The Cow’s Milk Debate Part 2

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This is PART 2 of a TWO PART article. Read PART 1 here

The cow's milk debate

The cow’s milk debate

People consume food for various reasons. Sometimes, less consideration is given to what liquids we consume than what solid foods we eat. Consuming cow’s milk has been a tradition in many regions of the world, and it has been taken for granted that it is wholesome.

Isn’t it interesting that after a human baby is weaned the mother stops producing milk. The same thing happens to the cow, (in normal circumstances). But modern day producers manipulate it so that it can keep giving us milk which was intended to plump up a calf in a short time.

Here are some of the concerns raised by experts (researchers, scientists and medical reports) concerning this  “food staple” which we extract from cows boobs. Read the rest of this entry

VITAMIN POWER – VITAMIN C

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Vitamin-c-foods

Vitamin-c-foods

So we know that our food is supposed to contain vital nutrients. Vitamins and minerals among them. Let us consider  for a few minutes what we may be overlooking in our daily routine  Vitamin Power – Vitamin C.

Some time in the early 1900’s researchers and scientists started the discovery of vitamins. As time progressed, more and more of these hidden essentials in NATURAL foods were isolated and named. They starting naming them. A B C  etc. Many different strains of B vitamins, were detected and  they started assigning numbers B1, B2, etc (not very creative, but practical)

Perhaps the vitamin most thought of is Vitamin C.  Next to vitamin C in the dictionary of our minds we imagine an orange. That is because it is the fruit more readily identified as high in Vitamin C. However; there are at least five or six other natural foods that have a higher Vitamin C concentration than oranges. Read the rest of this entry

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