What else are you eating along with your bread?

Many commercial bread producers add calcium propionate to retard spoilage. This toxic chemical is linked to ADHD. Most breads contain soy lecithin, soybean oil, soy flour, corn oil, or corn starch. Unless these soy and corn derived ingredients say “certified organic” on the label, they are most likely genetically modified. Did you know that some GMO foods are created by inserting a toxic pesticide into the seed so that insects will leave it alone? GMOs have not been tested long term for human safety. Do you want to be a guinea pig?

Caramel color is another common additive and is created by heating ammonia, which renders it a carcinogen! Other artificial flavors and colors are made from petroleum and linked to many health issues, including hyperactivity in children, allergies, and asthma. The FDA requires these to appear on labels, so go check yours now! If you wouldn’t eat it by itself, then don’t eat it in its hidden form–your food!

Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist
http://www.learningtobehealthy.com
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for God’s glory!”

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Is your bread the “staff of life” or a chemical cesspool?

The good news–sales of whole-wheat bread exceeded the sales of white bread in 2010!  Eating whole grains means more nutrition to nourish and cleanse.  The bad news–commercially-produced breads (whether white or whole-grain) are full of toxic additives.  One of your most useful health tools is to learn to read ingredient labels.  Look past the marketing hype on the front of the package, and go straight to the ingredients.  You may have to search for this, as it is often listed in small print and hard to locate.  Why is that?

You will often see the words “dough conditioners,” followed by several words listed in parentheses.  Two of these dough conditioners are mono- and di-glycerides and DATEM.  These prevent bread from going stale quickly and allow it to be made faster.  They are actually inexpensive man-made fats, the by-products of processing fats and oils, including partial hydrogenation!  Making it through the FDA’s loophole, these additives are not required to be labeled as trans fats or to be counted in the total fat and calories on the nutrition facts label.  They are trans fats and they do contain 9 calories per gram!

Go check your bread labels now!  Does your bread contain these hidden trans fats?

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist

www.learningtobehealthy.com

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

Is your child’s diet increasing their potential risk for cancer?

 

Did you know that the diet you feed your children now will set the stage for their future cancer risk?  If you let them smoke cigarettes, you would not be surprised if one day they get lung cancer.  If you feed them fast-food meals and let them pass on the fresh fruits and vegetables, you are contributing to their future disease potential.  Studies indicate that what a child eats, especially right before and after puberty, strongly influences their risk potential for certain cancers, such as breast and prostate.

Did you know that diets rich in animal products and low in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, may increase your risk of colon cancer?  Scientific studies have shown a strong link to cancers of the digestive tract, bladder, and prostate due to low fruit consumption.  Eating nutrient-dense foods will not only help you maintain your ideal weight, but they also provide your best protection against cancer.

All animal products are low, if not completely lacking, in disease-protecting nutrients. To increase your defense against disease, you must think of food as medicine, and eat more unrefined plant foods. All plant foods contain fiber that helps to bind toxins, fats, and unhealthy cholesterol before it is absorbed into your bloodstream.  Animal products contain no fiber.  What about protein?  Plant foods contain protein.  Too much protein, especially in the form of animal protein, can be hard on the kidneys and other organs.

Bottom line:  eat smaller portions of animal foods (meats and dairy products), and eat a greater ratio of plant foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds) to reduce your weight and decrease your risk of disease.  The earlier you start, the easier it is to avoid disease, but it’s never too late to improve your health!

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist

http://www.learningtobehealthy.com

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