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The Answers #2

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Gatorade vs. Coconut Water

Gatorade advertises their product as an electrolyte beverage that contains sodium, potassium and chloride. They claim that it is scientifically formulated to replace the electrolytes lost in sweat and that it “delivers performance-enhancing energy to active muscles.” They even state that it is safe for babies once weaned.

The different flavors of Gatorade contain different ingredients. Let’s just take a look at Gatorade Lemon-Lime Thirst Quencher…

Ingredients
Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup (Glucose-Fructose Syrup) Sucrose Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Monopotassium Phosphate, Modified Food Starch, Glycerol Ester of Rosin, Yellow 5.

Gatorade is primarily sugar! And worst of all, most of the sugar is high fructose corn syrup, one of the unhealthiest sweeteners. Citric acid and natural flavors are possible hidden sources of MSG. The electrolytes they rave about are from a little bit of salt, sodium citrate and monopotassium phosphate. Then they add some food additives and artificial coloring (derived from petroleum) that you won’t find in your kitchen pantry. The modified food starch is most likely from corn and it is highly probable that it is genetically engineered or GMO.

Gatorade is a chemical cocktail, not a healthy food … not for athletes and absolutely not for babies or children.

Coconut water, on the other hand is a real food. It is the liquid on the inside of a fresh coconut. Now, it may be a bit of an inconvenience to buy a fresh coconut every time you want coconut water. You can buy organic coconut water that is 100% coconut water, with no additives or preservatives … be sure to read the ingredients because there are some brands that do contain added sugar and preservatives.

However, if you buy 100% organic pure coconut water, it is a much better beverage to rehydrate the body than any of the chemical sports beverages on the market. In fact the health benefits of coconut water are so numerous, that I’m going to let you read them here.

More answers next time.

The Answers #1

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Real Butter vs. Smart Balance

Raw organic butter is a healthy fat. It is real food, churned from the raw milk of a healthy cow. Use it on your vegetables, on your whole grains. You can even use it to fry your eggs.

Smart Balance, on the other hand is a chemical concoction manufactured in a laboratory. It is not a real food. Take a look at the ingredients…

Smart Balance Ingredients
Natural Oil Blend (Palm Fruit, Soybean, Canola Seed, and Olive Oils) Water, contains Less than 2% of Salt, Whey, Vegetable Monoglycerides and Sorbitan Ester of Fatty Acids (Emulsifiers) Soybean Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid (to Protect Freshness) Natural and Artificial Flavor, Calcium Disodium EDTA, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin E (DL-a-Tocopheryl Acetate) Beta-Carotene Color.

Comments …
Soybean and Canola seed are most likely genetically engineered, i.e. GMO. It contains numerous chemical food additives, which are NOT ingredients that you will normally have in your kitchen to cook with. In addition, it contains natural and artificial flavors which are hidden sources of MSG as well as synthetic vitamins, which can contribute to nutritional imbalances in your body.

Choose real food. Raw, organic butter is the healthy choice.

Click here for help reading food labels.

Watch for answer #2 coming up next time.

Which Is Healthier?

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1. Real Butter or Smart Balance Buttery Spread
2. Gatorade or Coconut Water
3. Real Cream or Non-Dairy Creamer
4. Whole Milk Yogurt or Low-Fat Yogurt
5. Real Eggs or Egg Replacer
6. Raw Milk, Pasteurized Milk or Ultra-Pasteurized Milk
7. Raw Milk Cheese or Velveta Cheese
8. White Rice or Brown Rice
9. Soy Milk, Almond Milk or Rice Milk

Answers will be posted next time.

Choose your answers, then come back and see how you did.

Where Your Dairy Products Come From

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Even some organic milk comes from factory farms. Not all organic farmers are truly organic farmers. Raw organic milk is the best, most nutritious milk for your family. Support your local small dairy farmers.

If you can’t find local organic raw milk, you can get really raw organic cheese from Beyond Organic as well a highly nutritious kefir-like cultured beverage, called Amasai. Click here to learn more.

The Meatrix

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Go Beyond Organic and make sure the the beef and dairy you buy for your family is not only certified organic, but surpasses the USDA certified organic standards. With the pressure from the commercial food industry to degrade the organic standards, you can make sure that you’ll be able to feed your family organic food that is truly top quality organic.

Find out why Beyond Organic is like organic food insurance for your family.  Click here for more information, then click the products link at the top of the page to view the videos. You can watch them all in less than 20 minutes.

Deciphering Meat Labels

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Have you ever wondered what all those terms on meat labels, that are trying to convince you that the meat is the healthiest choice, really mean?

  • Cage free
  • Free range
  • Grass fed
  • All natural
  • No animal by-products
  • No hormones or steroids added
  • Vegetarian diet
  • Grassfed, grain-finished
  • USDA process verified
  • No preservatives
  • No added flavors

Are you tired of guessing whether you’re really choosing healthy meats? Guess no more. Here’s an article that clears up all the confusion.

Foreign Substances In Your Food That Are Making You Sick

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2011 Shopper’s Guide To Pesticides In Produce

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The New 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce is now available.

This guide which you can download from the EWG website lists the “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables with the greatest pesticide load and the “Clean 15” with the lowest amount of pesticide residue. The pesticide residue was determined after the produce items were washed and peeled ready to be eaten.

This year’s “Dirty Dozen” are …

1. apples
2. celery
3. strawberries
4. peaches
5. spinach
6. nectarines (imported)
7. grapes (imported)
8. sweet bell peppers
9. potatoes
10. blueberries (domestic)
11. lettuce
12. kale/collard greens

The “Clean 15” include …

1. onions
2. sweet corn
3. pineapples
4. avocado
5. asparagus
6. sweet peas
7. mangoes
8. eggplant
9. cantaloupe (domestic)
10. kiwi
11. cabbage
12. watermelon
13. sweet potatoes
14. grapefruit
15. mushrooms

You can get the full list of 53 produce items that were rated and a downloadable guide that is convenient to carry with you when you shop at the EWG website.

Farmageddon Movie Trailer

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Farmageddon – Movie Trailer from Kristin Canty on Vimeo.

Read the story behind this film.

Make sure you have access to healthy organic meat and dairy.

Webinar Replay

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If you didn’t make it to the Weight Management and Diabetes Webinar, you missed out on a lot of great, life-saving information. But you can still benefit from all that info right now …

Listen to the replay here.