Avoid The Holiday Death Aisle This Year And Beyond!

hd-dealthIf you do one thing this holiday season – avoid what we call “The Holiday Death Aisle” at the supermarket and discount drug stores. That aisle is filled with brightly colored JUNK made with bleached and heavily processed flour, artificial colors derived from petroleum, nasty preservatives, GMO refined white sugars, GMO oils, and the absolute worst ingredients you can put in food. I KNOW PEOPLE SAY “IT TASTE SO GOOD”!!! BUT THE REAL QUESTION IS: “HOW DOES IT EFFECTS YOUR BODY’?

This is no way to celebrate the holidays and food manufacturers know they can get away with selling you the cheapest ingredients during this time of year because they can tap into the nostalgia of the holiday season and the idea that “it’s just once a year” – but really, it’s ALL YEAR. Almost immediately after they clear the Halloween candy from their shelves, grocery stores stock up on Christmas candy and all the fast food places come out with “holiday drinks” … and then comes Valentine’s Day… and then Easter… and it just keeps going in an endless cycle of toxic seasonal treats.

I’m JUST saying EAT TO LIVE AND NOT LIVE TO EAT!!!

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NEW DATE “Getting Lean in 2016” Weight Loss Challenge Meeting on January 28th. The Cost: FREE!!!

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IMPORTANT: Due to weather the Weight-loss Challenge Meeting will be rescheduled for January 28, 2016 at 7:00pm

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Allergy Before and After GMOs

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New Proof That GMOs Are Harmful

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Like something out of a science fiction thriller, genetically modified organisms (GMO) are having horrifying effects in lab tests.
Genetically modified corn engineered to be resistant to Roundup herbicide (a Monsanto brand) caused rapidly accelerating tumors in both male and female lab rats over the course of 2 years.
And these are no small tumors.
On  French studies “Females developed large mammary tumors almost always more often than and before controls,” the study quotes. Not to mention that “the sex hormonal balance was modified by GMO and Roundup treatments.” Oh, and don’t forget “very significant kidney chronic deficiencies.”
Meanwhile, male rats developed liver congestions and necrosis and they “presented 4 times more large palpable tumors than controls which occurred up to 600 days earlier.”
Read that finding again… 600 days earlier. The study itself was only 2 years long (730 days) which means the tumors began growing within the first few months of the test!
It’s enough to make you think twice about eating genetically modified food, especially if it is engineered to be resistant to a certain herbicide, like the Roundup resistant corn used in this study.
When a “Roundup Ready” crop is sprayed with Roundup herbicide, everything else dies, but the genetically engineered crop lives. There are many herbicide companies each with their own “brand” of GM crop that is resistant to their company’s herbicide.
FYI: Multiple applications of herbicide are common practice in herbicide-resistant GMO crops… once before the plant emerges [pre-emergent], again after the plant has established [post-emergent], at least once more during the growing season, and once again in the fall.
This means the herbicide can be sprayed on the crop over and over again without killing it — increased herbicide toxicity is all but certain with these types of crops!
The shocking findings of this French study suddenly make “Prop 37″ a crucial election decision. If you haven’t heard about Prop 37, you will soon. It’s a proposition before Californian voters that calls for mandatory labeling of GMO foods. And if California votes it in, likely the entire country will follow.

“KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!!”
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GMO Ingredients A-Z

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If a non-organic packaged good has one of these ingredients listed below it could be GMO or genetically engineered. 

Look for Non-GMO Project certified products and ingredients that are listed as 100% organic on labels to avoid all GMOs in your diet. 

▪   Aspartame (Also Called Aminosweet, Nutrasweet, Equal Spoonful, Canderel, Benevia, E951 (U.K. & European Code))

▪   Baking Powder

▪   Canola Oil (Rapeseed Oil)

▪   Caramel Color

▪   Cellulose

▪   Citric Acid

▪   Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)

▪   Colorose

▪   Condensed Milk

▪   Confectioners Sugar

▪   Corn Flour

▪   Corn Masa

▪   Corn Meal

▪   Corn Oil

▪   Corn Sugar

▪   Corn Syrup

▪   Cornstarch

▪   Cottonseed Oil

▪   Cyclodextrin

▪   Cystein

▪   Dextrin

▪   Dextrose

▪   Diacetyl

▪   Diglyceride

▪   Erythritol

▪   Equal

▪   Food Starch

▪   Fructose (Any Form)

▪   Glucose

▪   Glutamate

▪   Glutamic Acid

▪   Glycerides

▪   Glycerin

▪   Glycerol

▪   Glycerol Monooleate

▪   Glycine

▪   Hemicellulose

▪   High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

▪   Hydrogenated Starch

▪   Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

▪   Inositol

▪   Inverse Syrup

▪   Inversol

▪   Invert Sugar

▪   Isoflavones

▪   Lactic Acid

▪   Lecithin

▪   Leucine

▪   Lysine

▪   Malitol

▪   Malt

▪   Malt Syrup

▪   Malt Extract

▪   Maltodextrin

▪   Maltose

▪   Mannitol

▪   Methylcellulose

▪   Milk Powder

▪   Milo Starch

▪   Modified Food Starch

▪   Modified Starch

▪   Mono And Diglycerides

▪   Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

▪   Nutrasweet

▪   Oleic Acid

▪   Phenylalanine

▪   Phytic Acid

▪   Protein Isolate

▪   Shoyu

▪   Sorbitol

▪   Soy Flour

▪   Soy Isolates

▪   Soy Lecithin

▪   Soy Milk

▪   Soy Oil

▪   Soy Protein

▪   Soy Protein Isolate

▪   Soy Sauce

▪   Starch

▪   Stearic Acid

▪   Sugar (Unless Specified As Cane Sugar)

▪   Tamari

▪   Tempeh

▪   Teriyaki Marinades

▪   Textured Vegetable Protein

▪   Threonine

▪   Tocopherols (Vitamin E)

▪   Tofu

▪   Trehalose

▪   Triglyceride

▪   Vegetable Fat

▪   Vegetable Oil

▪   Vitamin B12

▪   Vitamin E

▪   Whey

▪   Whey Powder

▪   Xanthan Gum

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Parabens linked to cancer in holiday cookies?

By Food Babe

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Holiday Gifts That I’m NEVER Buying (…again)

I’m embarrassed to say that several years ago I used to buy gift baskets from Mrs. Fields Cookies for some special occasions and as holiday gifts. My college girlfriends even would send me them during hard times like when I had a romantic breakup or before exams. As much as I love cookies, once I found out the truth I never spent another dime on their products. I got the complete list of ingredients in their holiday gift baskets and let me tell you, they are filled with ingredients that let’s just say, Santa would call really naughty!

Mrs. Fields Holiday Gift Baskets make the NAUGHTY LIST!

  • Partially Hydrogenated Oils – Mrs. Fields uses margarine and partially hydrogenated oils as a substitute for real butter in their cookies. While their cookies contain some butter, partially hydrogenated oils take a front seat as one of their main ingredients. These oils are the primary source of artificial trans fat in our diet, which have been shown to increase “bad” cholesterol and decrease “good” cholesterol, leading to heart disease. As reported in Scientific American, “It took decades for scientists to realize how deadly trans fats could be, partly because the food industry and the cardiovascular prevention community dismissed concerns over adverse effects on health, but the evidence continued to mount”. Finally in 2013, the FDA tentatively determined that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) due to these health concerns, so no one should be eating these oils – even during the holidays!
  • Mono & Diglycerides – This is another (somewhat sneaky) source of harmful trans fat.
  • Soybean Oil – This oil is heavily processed and almost always extracted with the neurotoxin hexane, a cheap byproduct from gasoline production. It’s also high in omega-6 fatty acids (which the American diet is too full of) increasing the risk of inflammation, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) – Your body doesn’t process HFCS the same as regular sugar (sucrose), and excessive high fructose corn syrup consumption has been shown to increase the risk of developing diabetes.
  • Enriched Bleached Flour – This is the worst type of flour because it’s been stripped of fiber and nutrients, and comes from a heavily hybridized wheat crop, which may have been pre-harvested with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
  • Parabens – Mrs. Fields cut-out frosted holiday cookies include methylparaben and propylparaben as ingredients. You may have heard about these ingredients in cosmetics, shampoo and lotions, but not realize they are in food too. Parabens have been found to be endocrine-disrupting chemicals that are linked to breast cancer (sources: 1, 2, 3, 4), and reproductive problems. This ingredient made the EWG’s top 12 dirty dozen food additives – which means it’s one of the worst food additives in existence!
  • Genetically Modified Ingredients? – Several of the ingredients used by Mrs. Fields typically come from genetically modified (GMO) crops. When we called Mrs. Fields customer service and asked whether they use any GMO ingredients, the agent did not seem to understand what we were asking. They have not responded to email requests. I will update you here when (and if) they respond. These ingredients are often derived from GMOs and can be found in Mrs. Fields holiday gifts: Sugar, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soybean Oil, Mono & Diglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Citric Acid, Cornstarch, Canola Oil, Fructose, Xanthan Gum, Cottonseed Oil, Glycerin, Food Starch.


Why Microwave Popcorn Is An Absolute Health Nightmare

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By FOOD BABE

If you or someone you know is still eating microwave popcorn, listen up! I can’t tell you how many countless times I used to eat microwave popcorn when I worked in an office. My co-workers would buy one of those packs from the vending machine in the break room and pop that sucker right into the microwave and the whole floor would smell DELICIOUS! I just couldn’t help myself. It was the one thing in the vending machine that always had to be refilled week after week – way before the stale peanuts.

I’m so glad I stopped that habit, when I finally gave up my use of microwaves, because let me tell you, this stuff is horrible for your health and here’s why…

 The Bag

The bag almost all microwave popcorn varieties come in is lined with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). This chemical is the same toxic stuff found in teflon pots and pans. It can stay in the environment and in the human body for long periods of time. This chemical when heated has been linked to infertility, cancer and other diseases in lab animals. No long term studies have been conducted on humans, but the EPA lists this substance as a carcinogen.

The Contents

Here’s a snapshot of several popular popcorn brands and the ingredients they contain.

Popular Popcorn Brands

Even though there are no sources of genetically modified popcorn kernels being produced (that’s saved for other varieties of corn), there are several other GMO ingredients in the form of oil or emulsifiers to be found in these popcorn flavors. GMOs have never been tested long term on human beings and are linked to a slew of health issues that are rising in this country. All of these brands do not use organic corn either, so you can be sure they contain harmful pesticides.

Brands like PopSecret and Jolly Time still use trans fat, which is considered one of the most deadly fats available because it is associated with 20,000 heart attacks a year and over 7,000 deaths according to the CDC.

Proply Gallate that is found in PopSecret is one of those ingredients that’s being phased out in the rest of the world, but still being used here for a preservative in food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. It’s linked to all sorts of health issues like skin rashes, stomach issues and breathing problems.

TBHQ that is found in Smart Balance, stands for “Tertiary Butylhydroquinone.” It’s a dead giveaway that you shouldn’t be eating this, if food companies have to use an acronym for a long chemical name on the ingredient label.

TBHQ is a chemical made from butane (a very toxic gas) and can only be used at a rate of 0.02 percent of the total oil in a product. Why is there a limit to this? Maybe because eating only 1 gram of this toxic preservative has been shown to cause all sorts of issues, from ADHD in children, to asthma, allergies and dermatitis to dizziness and even has caused stomach cancer in laboratory animals.

Limiting TBHQ to a certain percentage, is the same logic the FDA made when allowing a product to still contain 0.5 grams of transfat and be labeled “transfat free.” If you are consuming processed foods, eating at fast food restaurants or chains that use processed foods you are consuming an overload of preservatives and other chemicals. The accumulation of eating all these different preservatives and man-made chemicals at once has not been studied by the food companies or the FDA for safety.

The Hidden Ingredients

Even though natural flavors and artificial flavors are listed on the ingredient label of microwave popcorn, we have no way of knowing what’s actually in these ingredients. Food manufacturers won’t tell you and they hide things in there like MSG, beaver’s anal glands and diacetyl butter flavoring. What’s so wrong with a little bit of artificial butter flavoring? Well a lot. This stuff is seriously toxic, which forced Conagra Foods to remove it from their Act branded Microwave popcorn recently because it causes lung issues in workers. This ingredient is also linked to brain issues which cause Alzheimer’s Disease too. Dr. Mercola reports:

“Researchers conducting test-tube studies revealed that diacetyl has several concerning properties for brain health. Not only can it pass through the blood-brain barrier, which is intended to help keep toxins out of your brain, but it can also cause brain proteins to misfold into the Alzheimer’s-linked form known as beta amyloid. It also inhibits mechanisms that help to naturally clear the dangerous beta amyloid from your brain.1

It’s not known at this time whether eating diacetyl-containing foods (it’s used not only in microwave popcorn but also in other snack foods, baked goods, pet foods, some fast foods and other food products) increases your risk of Alzheimer’s, but the finding that it may contribute to brain plaques linked to Alzheimer’s at very low concentrations is concerning, to say the least.

Orville Redenbacher’s label explicitly says they do not use this flavoring anymore, but there are popcorn varieties that still do, so watch out, if you see the words “artificial flavor” on the label of any processed food, back up far away!

Make Your Own (It Takes 5 mins!)

Making your own popcorn from scratch is so EASY and you can avoid all of these health pitfalls. If you need to take some to the office or where ever you are going (like sneaking it into the movie theatre), I recommend making it in advance and throwing it in a reusable bag.

This recipe takes 5 mins. The extra 2 minutes (over microwave popcorn) is time definitely worth committing to.

I call this recipe “Superfood Popcorn” because it contains three amazing ingredients:

  • Coconut oil that is great for your metabolism
  • Hemp seeds that are full of omega 3 fatty acids
  • Red palm oil that contains the highest amounts of vitamins A and E of any plant-based oil

I have to say, the red palm oil took this popcorn from about an 9 to an 11 on a scale from 1 to 10. It looks and tastes like yummy comforting butter (and the color matches that movie theatre popcorn without all the added chemical ingredients). Also, the added texture of the hemp seeds combined with sea salt is so good and crunchy.

I made a bowl of this last week and it was heavenly! It’s seriously amazing – I can’t wait to hear your reports.

Please note red palm oil is different from palm kernel oil (that is grown in SouthEast Asia and killing orangutans). Red palm oil comes from Ecuador and harvested sustainably. Dr. Oz does a great job of explaining the difference between red palm fruit oil and palm kernel oil here if you’d like to learn more. 

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Food Babe’s Superfood Popcorn

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Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup dry popcorn kernels
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 tsp red palm oil
  • 1 tbsp hempseed ground
  • ¼ tsp celtic sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a pot, stir together coconut oil and popcorn kernels and heat pot on stove to high
  2. Cover pot with lid and let popcorn pop until you hear less popping per second
  3. Once popcorn is done popping, remove from pot into a bowl
  4. Using a blender or food processor, blend hempseed and salt until fine
  5. Top popcorn with melted red palm oil and hempseed salt mixture
 Notes
***Please buy all organic ingredients if possible.***

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In advance of this post, I reached out to Nutiva (my favorite superfood company), to see if they could create a special crazy deal based on these ingredients and they did! If you’d like to get your hands on some hemp seeds, red palm oil and/or coconut oil at a discount check it out here.

And by the way, it’s pretty amazing the CEO of Nutiva John Roulac, would say outright in a news interview that the end goal for his company is to see “Monsanto go bankrupt” – I love voting with my dollars to support him and his company.


If you know someone who is still consuming microwave popcorn, please do your part and share this post with them – especially if they are your co-workers

:) Together we are changing the way our families and friends eat and I love that! 

Hooray to healthy popcorn!

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What is a GMO? Let me quickly explain…

What is a GMO? Its simply a Genetically Modified Organism. For example if a cotton seed plant has its DNA modified to protect it from hash growing climates, that it has been modified at the DNA level and is a Genetically Modified Organism. These GMO’s are placed into the DNA of plants like corn, soy and cotton. They then help the plants fight off bugs and other potential risks, and in turn ensure a stable yield for farmers.

That’s great for farmers, but not so much for the rest of us. GMO based food has been proven to cause cancer in rats and other animals in numerous studies. There is really no governance on labeling or on usage. The net result is that the very food we eat could be doing us significant harm.

90% of all foods now contain some or one GMO component. Everything from wheat, to milk to bacon, are affected, as base crops like soy, corn and wheat are used in almost every processed food.

This situation must be rectified. The only way it can happen is by knowledge and education. If you are looking for more information on GMO’s and the need for better labeling, please take the time and lean more about GMOs, GMO labeling and GMO Food. You can also visit us at HoneyMash.com to see the latest in sustainable food, amazing recipes, and stunning kitchens.

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