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…….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

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PLEASE NOTE……THIS IS PART THREE OF A THREE PART ARTICLE.

   READ THE PREVIOUS ARTICLES HERE.

 

chemical experiments don't belong in your body.

chemical experiments don’t belong in your body.

 

 

Eye shadow, lipstick, and nail polish contain between twenty-five and thirty-five harmful chemicals. Things like hair spray foundation, shampoo and deodorant contain between ten and twenty five chemicals. Other cosmetic and beauty products contain different quanties and various intensities of harmful chemicals. Artificial nails use some of the harshest chemicals.

 

The effects on the body of these chemicals range from:

  •  Irritation of skin, eyes, nose and throat.
  • Heightened allergies.
  • Compromised immune systems. This is an open door to an unbelievable amount of dangers.
  • Changes in cell structure, leaving them more susceptible to damage and cancer growth.
  • Cancer
  • Hormone disruption. Think about what this means for ten seconds.
  • Damage body organs, including lungs and heart .
  • Fertility issues
  • Headaches, and dizziness. Read the rest of this entry
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 Skin care products. Do you know what's in them?

Skin care products. Do you know what’s in them?

So you wake up in the morning. You have to get dressed and out to work. Or you have a date and you want to look and smell your best. You shampoo your hair. Or if you are African descent, you probably went to the hair dresser the day or weekend before. You use some kind of shampoo, some kind of conditioner, some kind of soap. You applied some kind of deodorant, some kind of hand cream, some kind of perfume. If you are female, you probably used some kind of face powder, lipstick, eye brow pencil, maybe mascara. And the list goes on. All these SKIN CARE PRODUCTS are used to enhance our beauty, but can they be hindering your efforts to live a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE?

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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

HEALTHY COFFEE

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HEALTHY COFFEE IS HERE TO STAY.

It is estimated that about four out of every five North Americans drink coffee on a daily basis. Coffee is the world’s second largest-traded commodity after oil. Coffee drinking has a history that is centuries old. Now we can have HEALTHY COFFEE.

HEALTHY COFFEE

HEALTHY COFFEE

Not too long ago, many persons thought they were drinking coffee as a stimulant. Others for the aroma, and still others for the taste. It woke you up in the morning, gave you a boost at mid- morning, and the extra boost to get you through from lunch to the end of the day.

Coffee was what was once used to carry the exotic flavors in the creamers. Even as an excuse for the whipped topping, and other sweet additives you craved, (but did not want to acknowledge mentally).

For instance, you didn’t have to tell yourself, “I had caramel today” ….”I just had a cup of coffee” is less guilt provoking.  Or, you forget that the mocha and the latte coffee drinks may have had some chocolate in it. The fact is that coffee is the most loved beverage in many countries in the world, and over time, we found ways to make it more inviting. At the top of the list of coffee drinking countries, are USA, France and Germany. Read the rest of this entry

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