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How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic

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Protein Powder – A Hidden Source of MSG or Not?

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According to the Truth in Labeling Campaign, all protein powders are sources of hidden MSG because they contain processed free glutamic acid. However, from the Truth in Labeling website…

“Glutamic acid found in unadulterated protein does not cause adverse reactions.  To cause adverse reactions, the glutamic acid must have been processed/manufactured or come from protein that has been fermented.”

The problem with nearly all protein powders on the market is that they have been heated and heat damages the amino acids. This may cause an allergic-type reaction in sensitive people. Even some products that claim to be unheated have been heated then rapidly cooled by a process called “cold filtered,” which still results in damage to the amino acids.

Properly prepared, whey is a superfood. But in order to receive the benefits, it must not be heated to retain the integrity of the amino acids. You can drink liquid whey from grass-fed, pastured cows and receive great health benefits. Whey protein powder that is truly raw and has never been heated, and retains all the benefits of raw, grass pasture, liquid whey is extremely beneficial to your overall health.

Where can you find such a product? To the best of my knowledge, only one such product exists … One World Whey

So, to qualify the statement above about all protein powders being sources of hidden MSG, the correct statement is… All protein powders that have been subjected to any heat in their processing are sources of hidden MSG because the amino acids have been damaged which allows the formation of processed free glutamic acid.

A protein powder that is truly raw and has never been subjected to any heat in the processing from beginning to end has not caused damage to the amino acids and is therefore not a source of processed free glutamic acid.

One World Whey™ is the first, 100% UNHEATED, cold temperature processed, 100% all natural, unrefined, bioactive, grass pasture raised milk-whey protein.

Trends in Sugar Consumption

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The rate of sugar consumption has been skyrocketing. Sugar is empty calories. It depletes the body of the B vitamins and other nutrients and contributes to heart disease, diabetes and obesity as well as other health problems.

In 1700, the average American consumed 4 pounds of sugar a year.

In 1800, it grew to 18 pounds a year.

By 1900, it was 90 pounds a year.

Today, it is 180 pounds a year! That’s about a half pound of sugar every day! Is it any wonder that Americans are so unhealthy?

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The Consequences Of Following The USDA Dietary Guidelines

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Yes … the recommendations presented in the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines are NOT health promoting!

Here’s why …

USDA recommends: “Make half your grains whole.” … “Grains are divided into 2 subgroups, whole grains and refined grains … Most refined grains are enriched. This means certain B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid) and iron are added back after processing. Fiber is not added back to enriched grains. Check the ingredient list on refined grain products to make sure that the word “enriched” is included in the grain name.”

Truth: Whole grains are good for you, but they should be 100% whole. The 50% processed grains rob your body of nutrients and contributes to obesity and diabetes. Enriched is just a ploy to make you think you’re getting something healthy. It isn’t. Enriched means that about 20 nutrients were refined out and only about 5 were added back! Not only are enriched products robbing you of important nutrients your body needs, but they also contribute to nutritional imbalances because of only adding a few of the nutrients you need and not in the proper balance of all the nutrients vitally important for your health.

USDA recommends: Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the fruit group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.

Truth: Skip the canned fruits, especially in heavy syrup. They’re full of sugar. Also fruit juice is not recommended. It is also high in sugar. And if you buy it bottled, it’s also been pasteurized, which means the naturally occurring enzymes in the fruit have been killed. So, you’re losing nutritional value. Dried fruits are high in sugar as well. All the liquid has been removed and they are concentrated fruit sugars. Best to eat your fruit fresh or frozen, 1-3 servings a day.

USDA recommends: Any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as a member of the vegetable group. Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed.

Truth: Fresh vegetables are best. Frozen are good too, with no additives. Avoid canned. Lacto-fermented vegetables, eaten in small quantities as a condiment, supply your body with important probiotics that are essential for your health.

USDA recommends: Low-fat and non-fat dairy. “Choose fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese. If you choose milk or yogurt that is not fat-free, or cheese that is not low-fat, the fat in the product counts as part of the empty calorie allowance.

Truth: The low-fat, no-fat myth is a big contributor to obesity. Your body needs healthy fats, including saturated fats. When you don’t eat enough fat, you crave carbohydrates and carbohydrates contribute to weight gain, especially the refined carbs. The healthiest fats to eat include real butter, preferably raw and organic, organic coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and  animal fats, like lard and tallow, which are good stable fats for cooking. Fats like lard and butter are good sources of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, which are important to your health. Make sure you buy organic, free range, grass fed meats and eat the skin and the fat that comes along with the meat.

USDA recommends: Most meat and poultry choices should be lean or low-fat. Fish, nuts, and seeds contain healthy oils, so choose these foods frequently instead of meat or poultry.

Truth: Animal foods supply important nutrients that are not found in plant foods. Animal foods are complete proteins. They provide the body with important vitamins like A, B6,  B12, D and K. They are better sources of minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and iron than plant based foods. They supply the body with cholesterol, which is brain food and important for the intestinal tract. If you don’t eat cholesterol, your body will make it. Cholesterol is necessary for good health, especially in children. It is not the villain it is made out to be. Animal fats are important for normal growth, learning and memory as well as protection against disease.

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Better Than Organic

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Did you ever think that there could be anything better than USDA certified organic food?

Have you ever thought there might be some kind of beef that’s better than grass fed? Or cheese that’s better than raw milk cheese? Or an organic probiotic beverage that’s better than organic yogurt or kefir?

There is!

It’s called “Beyond Organic.”

Check it out now for free, before the release date, which will be in October 2011.

Click here, then click on the “products” link at the top of the page and watch the videos. There are nine, short, mostly less than two minutes. It took me less than 20 minutes to watch all the videos.

With all the contamination to our food supply today, the mislabeling of some food as organic when it’s not and the attempt to lower the organic standards, it’s refreshing to see that there will still be optimally healthy choices for real organic food. In fact, better than organic!

Fava Beans Anyone?

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Have you ever tried fava beans? I never even heard of them until a few years ago.

Fava beans are not one of the common varieties of beans, but they are tasty and jammed packed with nutrition. My daughter loves them!

Also known as broad beans, field beans or horse beans, they are high in protein and fiber, as well as iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and C. Cook from scratch rather than buying in cans. Those coming in cans are also high in sodium, which is not the case if you buy them fresh and cook them yourself.

Fava beans are a rich source of L-dopa, a chemical used in treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Some studies indicate that these beans may possibly help alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms.


Preparing Fava Beans is quick and simple.

Just wash the beans in the pods. Throw them, pod and all, into a steamer. Steam for 8-10 minutes. Let cool a few minutes and take out of the pods. If they’re not done enough, put them in the steamer for another minute or two. Toss with raw butter and Celtic Sea Salt®.


Health Benefits of Carrots

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Carrots are a very rich source of beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. They are also a good source of calcium and phosphorus and contain a good amount of fiber as well.

Shredding or juicing carrots makes more of the beta carotene available to the body, thus allowing more to be converted to vitamin A.

Carrots can also be enjoyed raw, cooked, in soups or stews and pot roasts.

Carrot juice is often used in cases of serious illness. It is delicious and very nourishing alone or when combined with the juice of celery, cucumber, a little beet, and green apple.

When juicing, a masticating juicer, that operates with a low rpm and low heat preserves the greatest amount of the nutrients in the foods being juiced. I like the Solostar II Multi-purpose Juicer. Another brand comparable in quality to the SoloStar II is the Omega J8005 or Omega J8003.

8 Foods You Should Avoid …

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  • corn
  • soy
  • canola oil
  • cottonseed oil
  • sugar from sugarbeets
  • Hawaiian papaya
  • some varieties of zucchini
  • crookneck squash

if they are not USDA certified organic.


They are most likely genetically engineered.

Over 90% of the corn planted in the U.S. and over 95% of the soy are genetically engineered, as well as over 90% of the canola.

Since the industry won’t allow labeling of GM crops, you don’t know if these foods you’re buying are genetically engineered or not. The only way to make sure you are not getting GM foods is to buy USDA certified organic.

Why does it matter if you eat GMO food or not?

Genetically engineered foods have NEVER been tested for safety. In fact the biotech companies will not let independent researchers test their seeds to even determine if they are safe or not! When you eat these GE foods, you are a part of a giant experiment, and NOBODY knows the outcome.

However, there are some companies that do produce foods that are GMO free. The Non-GMO Shopping Guide, created by the Institute for Responsible Technology, will help you when you shop to choose GMO free products.

If you vote with your dollars and avoid all GM foods, and everyone else does too, the industry will have to change … because their only motive is to make a profit. They don’t care about the harm they’re causing. If they did, they would do the proper testing and allow independent testing of all GM seeds.

To learn more, read the article, “Eight Foods You Should Almost Never, Ever Eat.”

Food Additives: What You Don’t Know May Hurt You

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