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Healthy Eating … It’s a Challenge

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Is eating healthy food, consistently, every day on a regular basis a challenge for you?

If you’re like most people, the answer is probably yes! Even the most conscientious healthy eaters may often find themselves in a predicament when it comes to choosing nourishing foods or meals.

There can be many reasons for this …

If you’re just becoming conscious of making healthy food choices you may be confused by the many conflicting opinions as to what’s healthy and what’s not. There are numerous resources that claim to offer you the best choices for your health and well being. But, they don’t all agree.

Who do you believe?

How do you know the truth about what healthy food choices are?

Perhaps you’ve been preparing food the same way for years and now you find out that your preparation methods are not the best and may contribute to ill health. Or maybe you just haven’t taken the time or don’t have the time to learn how to prepare food from scratch.

Where do you start?

Do you eat out frequently, or just on occasion?

How do you know how healthy the foods are at the restaurants you choose? If you eat at fast food restaurants, you probably already know they aren’t the healthiest choices. But what if that’s all you can afford?

And what about taste?

You may have some favorite foods that you love that don’t provide the best nutrition. Maybe you think that healthy food doesn’t taste good. Or perhaps you haven’t tasted any healthy foods that suit your taste buds.

Deciphering the ingredients …

Let’s not forget about the various different products that come in packages – boxes, bags, jars, etc. Have you ever tried reading the ingredients lists to figure out if they really are healthy or not? Or maybe you just gave up because it all seems like Greek to you.

Well, there are answers to all these questions.

There are reliable sources for healthy eating information. Preparing healthy food doesn’t have to be hard. And yes, healthy food does taste good.

It’s no surprise that eating healthfully can be a challenge given the way our food is grown and processed and the advertising messages that are sent to you via all the different media.

So, let’s go sort it all out. Come on over to Healthy Eating Advisor on Facebook and let me know what you want to know.

See you there!

News Release

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Hidden Poisons In Your Food

It’s getting harder and harder to make healthy food choices these days. Deceptive marketing and misleading labeling are commonplace. Some critical information necessary for you to be able to make truly healthy choices is legally absent from the label. It’s almost impossible for the average consumer to know what’s really healthy to eat.

You really need to be a food detective to give yourself half a chance of choosing foods that promote rather than destroy your health. However, there is so much misinformation about what is truly healthy that even the best investigators can be fooled. A number of experts and organizations that claim to provide genuine facts to help consumers stay healthy are guilty of spreading half truths.

Most people don’t have the time or desire to spend hours upon hours researching the literature to discover the truth about the food they eat. And even if they do, few know how to tell if a study is biased and provides incorrect information. For example, one study may say soy is healthy and healing. Another says it’s harmful. Other examples of controversial foods or food ingredients with conflicting messages about healthfulness include canola oil, meat, high fructose corn syrup and aspartame.

So, what’s a person to do?

The key is finding a few honest and reliable resources that you can trust to provide accurate and truthful information.

One of those resources is Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide To What’s Safe & What’s Not. It has stood the test of time. Soon to be released in its seventh edition, the 2013, 20th Anniversary Edition has grown from a 64-page pamphlet listing only food additives and their safety ratings to a 144-page book that gives information on …

  • how to read labels
  • how to identify and avoid genetically engineered foods (GMOs)
  • why Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) does NOT mean an additive is safe; and why many GRAS additives are NOT safe
  • identifying additives that are potential carcinogens
  • how to identify irradiated foods and why they should be avoided
  • what those pesky little stickers on produce items mean
  • food additives that are not listed on the label

Everyone needs to know this information if they want to be healthy. The book is pocket sized and easily carried with you to the grocery store when you shop.

The author, Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D.C., has been actively investigating and researching the safety of food additives since 1991. She is committed to finding the truth about these chemicals, many not adequately tested and used far too often, in the food we eat.

Her interest in the study of ingredient safety started with the “Healthy Eating” classes she held in her office. It accelerated in December 1990 when her dad was diagnosed with cancer.

Farlow is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a specialty in Nutrition. She practices chiropractic and nutritional counseling at her office in Escondido, CA, and also does telephone consultations. Counseling patients since 1984, she is a veteran at teaching people how to make healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide … can be ordered online at or on Farlow can be contacted through her website,

Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide … Marks 20th Anniversary

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Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide  To What’s Safe & What’s Not has been in print for 20 years. The 20th anniversary is being marked by the release of the new 2013 Revised Edition … the 7th revision.

What started out as a little white 64 page pamphlet that listed only rating codes and food additives …

Food Additives: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not

has evolved into a 144 page pocket-size book …

that gives information on …

  • how to read labels
  • how to identify and avoid genetically engineered foods (GMOs)
  • why Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) does NOT mean an additive is safe; in fact, many GRAS additives are NOT safe
  • identifying additives that are potential carcinogens
  • how to identify irradiated foods and why they should be avoided
  • what those pesky little stickers on produce items mean
  • food additives that are not listed on the label

Food Additives: A Shopper’s Guide  To What’s Safe & What’s Not is a handy pocket-sized book that you can easily carry with you in your pocket or purse when you shop. You will become a master label reader and you will know what’s in the food you’re buying and whether is it’s safe or not. It will help you to make informed choices about the food you eat.

Learn more here … but don’t buy.

Take advantage of our 20th anniversary special offer here
Good until April 15, 2013.

After April 15, get your copy here.

Food Additives Comic – Sad But Too True!

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Food Additives Comic

Reprinted with permission from John Hart Studios.

This comic was originally published in 1993 and sadly, it is more true today than it was back then. Make sure you check ingredients lists before you buy so you know you are eating “real” food, not just a concoction of chemicals made to fool you into thinking you’re eating real food.

Urgent Action Needed Regarding CARRAGEENAN!

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Carrageenan is currently allowed in USDA certified organic foods.

Degraded Carrageenan is a possible carcinogen, as determined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and should NOT be allowed in certified organic foods.

Although food grade carrageenan is claimed to contain only the native, non-degraded carrageenan, research has proven otherwise. “A 2005 study showed that not a single sample of food-grade carrageenan could confidently claim to be entirely free of the potential cancer-causing material.”

Carrageenan’s status as an allowable ingredient in organic foods will be voted upon by the USDA National Organic Standards Board in May.

Please send your comments to the USDA, by May 3, to remove carrageenan as an allowable ingredient in organic foods.

The safety of organic foods is at stake here!

Food Additives News

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Food additives are chemicals added to processed foods to give them a better taste, consistency, texture, color and a longer shelf life. Most food additives are not adequately tested individually, and NONE are tested in the combinations found in the packaged foods on the grocery store shelves.

Many food additives are known to cause adverse effects, including skin irritation, allergic reactions, and even more serious conditions like liver and kidney problems and cancer.

Some of the chemicals added to processed foods can even rob your cells of the vital oxygen your body needs for life. Some of the oxygen-robbing food additives include …

  • Sodium benzoate, which when used in products containing vitamin C can cause the formation of the cancer-causing chemical, benzene.
  • Canola Oil
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), also an excitotoxin which kills your brain cells.
  • Nitrates and Nitrites
  • Margarine
  • See more

Make sure you keep health-destroying food additives out of the food you eat. Click here to find out how.

Soda … The Risks

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Do you drink soda?  Most people are aware that soda is not a healthy beverage. But have you ever considered the real health consequences of drinking soft drinks?

Regular sodas can be sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup, aka corn sugar; diet sodas with aspartame or other artificial sweeteners.

While the adverse health effects are worse with diet drinks, all sodas and energy drinks are harmful to your health.

Here are some of the reasons why …

Soda is empty calories … no nutrients to support your health … and it comes with the added consequence of chemical food additives which are harmful to your health.

Research has shown that drinking soda increases the risk of

  • obesity
  • osteoporosis
  • dental caries and gum disease
  • high blood pressure
  • stroke
  • dehydration
  • insomnia

In addition, soda is so caustic that it can be used as a degreaser, a rust remover and a toilet bowl cleaner.

Kids and Nutrition

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I received an order for 26 Food Additives books from Noonan Elementary Academy the other day. Over the years, I’ve received numerous orders from this school for these books, but I never knew how they used them.

I was curious … so this time I asked.

I was impressed!

The eighth grade curriculum includes a class in nutrition where the students learn about healthy eating. In this class, they take a look at the foods they eat and the ingredients in the foods. They look them up in the Food Additives book to see whether the ingredients are safe and what harmful effects the additives have on their bodies. Some of the students have been known to go home and let their parents know that they would like to eat healthier foods!

Noonan Academy is planning an organic garden. The produce from this garden will be used in their school lunch program. They encourage the students to eat the healthy lunches provided in their school cafeteria. For those students who have a need to bring their lunches, they provide healthy food guidelines.

In addition, the school does not allow unhealthy treats, like cupcakes, to be brought in for birthdays.

What a concept!

I’ve heard of a few other schools implementing a healthy school lunch program in the past. As a result, there was documented evidence of improved behavior, increased attention spans and better grades.

What if more schools did this?

What effect would there be on the health of the students and their families? If their whole families got involved with improving their diets, what effect would this have, not only on their health, but that of future generations?

As a country, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of the western world in state of health. Lifestyle diseases are rampant. Children are getting diseases that were once found only in older adults. It’s already predicted that today’s children will not live as long as their parents. Is this a trend we want to continue?

It is a fact that good nutrition is important for good health. Unfortunately, there is so much misinformation about what really is healthy to eat. The marketplace is full of so many nutrient deficient, processed, chemical non-foods being promoted as healthy, it’s no wonder people are confused and think they’re eating healthfully when in fact their food choices are leading them down the path of disease.

It makes so much sense to teach kids real nutrition… to get them in the habit of eating and enjoying truly healthy foods when young… so that they may carry this with them during their lifetime and feed their children and their families good foods that promote health, not disease.

If you’re the parent of a child in schools that serve less than healthy foods or have vending machines offering unhealthy choices, here are some things you can do …

  • Talk to your child’s school about improving the healthfulness of the choices they offer.
  • Talk to other parents with the same concerns and brainstorm what you can do to work with the school to help improve the quality of food the school offers.
  • Pack your child’s lunch with healthy foods.

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Natural vs. Organic Cereal Scorecard

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The term “natural” on food labels is meaningless. It is not legally defined and manufacturers can use it to mean anything they want. Very frequently, they use it to make consumers believe they are getting a healthy product, when in fact, they are NOT.

USDA certified organic is your only assurance that the ingredients in the package are not genetically engineered and are not sprayed with toxic chemical pesticides.

Manufacturers spend millions of dollars designing packaging that will make you think you are getting a healthy product if you don’t know how to find the most important information about the healthfulness of the ingredients on the package.

Don’t be fooled.

Check out the Cornucopia Institute’s Cereal Scorecard.

Wood In Your Food

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Would you knowingly eat wood? … Most people wouldn’t.

However, wood is used as a fiber ingredient, not only in conventional, non-organic foods, but also in processed organic foods.

While the wood ingredients are not necessarily harmful, they do NOT add any nutritional value to the food. It’s a cheap ingredient at a time when the cost of food is rising. It serves the same purpose as other chemical food additives … to improve the texture or feel of the “food” item and give it a longer shelf life.

Some of the names of food additives that are derived from wood include:

  • wood cellulose
  • cellulose
  • microcrystalline cellulose (MCC)
  • cellulose gel
  • cellulose gum
  • carboxymethyl cellulose

Some of the companies using wood cellulose in their packaged products are:

  • Organic Valley
  • Kraft
  • General Mills
  • Kelloggs

Read more.

Learn more about food additives.

To eat truly healthy foods choose fresh, whole foods, preferably organic.

If you must buy packaged foods, select those that are free of non-food additives or harmful chemical additives. Make sure you read labels carefully and avoid those foods with ingredients that are not real food.

What do I mean by real food?

Real food is food that is grown in nature and meant to be eaten by humans.