Chemicals in Foods Linked to Disease

Almost all non-organically grown food has been laced with chemicals.  This may have a great impact on your health as you silently ingest these poisons.  Think of drinking a little poison each day, slowly weakening and destroying your health!  This is in addition to any artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or food dyes that may be in your foods and beverages.  The cumulative effects can lead to chronic, degenerative diseases.

Here are some facts worth considering:  exposure to pesticides has been shown to change areas of the brain involved in multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease.  In a study of 143,000 people, those exposed to pesticides had a 70% higher incidence of Parkinson’s disease.  Farmers who have been exposed to pesticides have increased incidence of leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and other cancers.

How do these chemicals get into your body?  When you eat the plants that have been treated with these chemicals, you eat the chemicals.   When animals eat feed that has been contaminated with pesticides, whatever is not detoxified by the animal is deposited into its fatty tissues.  When you eat this meat, these toxins are deposited into your fatty tissues, including your brain!

Processed foods contain a myriad of toxic chemical additives that are made from things like petroleum or coal tar.  Chloride oxide, also known as chlorine dioxide, is one of the most toxic bleaching agents used, and has been banned in Germany since 1958 from its use in flour.  Because the protective bran and germ are removed from processed white bread, this bleaching agent forms a substance that may trigger destruction of the beta cells in the pancreas, possibly leading to type 2 diabetes.

Eat organic when possible!  Avoid processed foods.  Real whole food with its fiber, minerals, and antioxidant power intact (organic or not) helps to combat these dangerous chemicals before they can do their damage.  Eat grass-fed beef and dairy products that have not been given hormones and antibiotics.  Eat wild-caught fish instead of farm-raised.  Eat lots and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables for their protective benefits!  Consider starting a spring garden, or grow some herbs on your windowsill!  Drink lots of steam-distilled or reverse osmosis water to dilute and flush toxins.  Replace sodas with organic herbal teas.  Buy organic coffee and tea, as these may be heavily sprayed with chemicals, which are released when hot water is added during brewing!

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist

1 Cor. 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for God’s glory.”


Read Your Labels–Artificial Sweeteners are not for Real People!

The word “artificial” should be enough to keep you from putting it into your mouth, but just in case it isn’t, here are some facts about artificial sweeteners that you might want to consider:

Aspartame (NutraSweet) releases methanol, which is converted to formaldehyde (embalming fluid) in the body.  Both of these toxic chemicals can cause blindness, eye damage, or neurological damage.  Some of its side effects are vision problems, headaches, confusion, depression, dizziness, convulsions, nausea, diarrhea, migraines, abdominal pain, fatigue, chest tightness, and shortness of breath!  In 2006 a bill to ban aspartame was introduced in New Mexico.  A report posted on the National Institutes of Health website in November 2005 stated that aspartame was proven to cause six kinds of cancer, based upon an oncology study done by The Ramazzini Foundation.

Sucralose (Splenda) is made by turning sugar into a chlorocarbon.  Animal studies have revealed many adverse side effects, including shrunken thymus glands (these glands help fight against cancer and infections), enlarged liver and kidneys, problems with pregnancies, and reduced growth rate.  Using sucralose may cause bloating, abdominal pain, gas, nausea, blurry vision, diarrhea, headaches, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, frequent need to urinate at night, depression, overwhelming anxiety, joint pain, dizziness, or brain “fog”.

Are you a diet soda drinker?  An eight-year study showed that the risk of becoming overweight by drinking one to two cans of non-diet soda per day is 32.8%.  That percentage increases to 54.5% if those cans are diet soda!  It’s not just about calories!

Many other artificial sweeteners exist, all with their own toxic contributions.  The key point is that they are artificial, not “software” created for our bodies to process.  Even if you don’t experience any of the above symptoms, remember that toxic effects are cumulative and can be silently at work to weaken our health.  Symptoms may be subtle or suddenly become an unexpected disease–acute or chronic.

Sweeten with real-food sweeteners.  In my opinion, evaporated cane sugar (in moderation) is a better choice than artificial sweeteners.  Although, the more it has been refined and removed from its original whole-food state, the more toxic it becomes to your health!  Look for Sucanat or Rapadura brands of granulated sugar (less processed), use pure maple syrup, raw honey, or whole-leaf stevia (check labels–often artificial sweeteners are added).

Read labels on all packaged and canned foods, including chewing gum and mints.  You may need a magnifying glass, but you will become more aware of how many artificial sweeteners have been added.  They help to keep the calorie and sugar count down, which most consumers are looking for when they read labels.  The list of ingredients is the most important part of the label to read.  As for soda, read the label before you drink, and really think about what you’re pouring into your body!  One day it will tell you that it’s had enough!

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Consultant

1 Cor. 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory.”

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent disease.  It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need.  Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

Read Your Labels–Is this hidden ingredient making you hungry?

Did you know that lab animals are fed MSG to increase their appetites?  MSG can damage the hypothalamus, which controls appetite.  It also stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin, causing blood sugar to drop, leading to hunger.  Even though the FDA requires that MSG be listed on food labels, manufacturers have become clever at disguising it under at least 36 different names!

Some ingredients that always contain MSG are:  glutamate, glutamic acid, monosodium glutamate, monopotassium glutamate, textured protein, hydrolyzed protein, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, yeast extract, yeast food, autolyzed yeast, and gelatin.

There are many others that often contain MSG or create MSG during processing:  artificial flavors and flavorings, soy sauce, bouillion, malt extract, whey protein, pectin, corn starch, protein-fortified ingredients, seasonings, soy protein isolate, stock, malt flavoring, carrageenan, enzymes, citric acid, enzyme-modified ingredients, natural flavors and flavorings, soy protein, broth, barley malt, maltodextrin, protease, powdered milk, ultra-pasteurized ingredients.

The solution:  stop eating so many packaged, processed foods!  Eat foods that don’t require labels:  fresh fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, dried beans, and whole-grains without added ingredients.  Eat more real food grown on a plant and less frankenfood made in a plant!  Go check your pantry now!  You may find quite a library of ingredients that need to be replaced with healthier options.  Let food be your medicine, not your poison!

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for God’s glory.”