Can your coffee catch on fire?

If you’re drinking your coffee black, you shouldn’t need to have your fire extinguisher close by, but if you’re adding a synthetic concoction of chemicals, (aka “non-dairy creamer”), then you can probably use the stuff to start your next campfire! Let’s take a closer look at these toxic ingredients.

Partially-hydrogenated soybean oil: a trans fat that promotes inflammation and all manner of health problems. Most soy is genetically engineered and highly contaminated with highly toxic herbicides like Roundup.

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS): This highly refined sweetener (most likely from genetically-modified corn) is harder on your liver than regular sugar and is metabolized directly into fat–the bad kind!

Dipotassium phosphate: doesn’t sound like something we should be eating! This chemical is used to stabilize creamer and keep it from clumping. Pay attention–it’s also used in fertilizers and cosmetics!

Mono- and diglycerides: used to blend things together that normally don’t mix (like oil and water) and may be synthetically produced (not real) or made from things like partially-hydrogenated oil.

Natural flavors: This may sound harmless, but it could mean anything from MSG to castoreum (anal secretions from beavers that smell like vanilla)–Ugh!

Sodium caseinate: extracted from milk protein to use as thickening and whitening agents. It is usually treated with solium hydroxide, which can interfere with nutrient absorption. Also, casein is the primary protein found in milk that is associated with allergies and autoimmune reactions.

Sodium stearoyl lactylate (SSL): Because of its mildly sweet taste, this additive is used to replace fat and sugar. Oh, and it’s also used as a cleanser, foaming agent, and emulsifier in cosmetics.

What if you don’t like black coffee? How about some almond, rice, hazelnut, or coconut milk? Even soy milk is fine if it’s certified non-GMO. You can buy some delicious non-dairy cream made from cashews. Add honey or blackstrap molasses instead of refined sugar for a nutrient boost. Coffee beans tend to be heavily sprayed with pesticides, so buy organic. When you prepare it right, you can enjoy its many researched benefits. These include lower risks for many cancers, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, and strokes. Coffee (without the sugar) has also been shown to reduce blood glucose levels in Type 2 Diabetes. So, rather than give it up, clean it up!

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!”

Why you might want to rethink that sports drink!

One of the purposes of exercise is to increase the body’s circulation so it can absorb nutrients and release toxins more efficiently.  Drinking sufficient water helps this process along by also helping to deliver nutrients and wash toxins away!

Drinking beverages that contain harmful chemicals contradicts this process!

To name a few:  regular and diet sodas, sugar-sweetened (especially high-fructose corn syrup) fruit punches, teas, coffees, sports drinks, and energy drinks.  Many of these drinks also contain various other unhealthy additives.

Besides the sugar content, brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is found in some citrus-flavored sodas and sports drinks.  Its main ingredient is bromine, a toxic chemical linked to birth defects, schizophrenia, hearing loss, and organ damage. Bromine can also compete with iodine, an essential mineral, especially necessary for a healthy thyroid. Brominated vegetable oil has been removed in many countries for these health concerns.

Why is it used? To keep the ingredients in these types of drinks mixed together.  In my opinion, that’s not a good enough reason to risk our health!

Drink water!  Eat fresh fruits and vegetables that contain both water and nature’s electrolytes! Add fresh lemon or lime juice to your water, and if you like it sweet, a little stevia or raw honey can provide that!  Give your body what it needs and it will perform better and longer!

You may not realize the subtle impact that unhealthy ingredients are having on your body until their accumulation over time gets your attention in the form of a health problem.  Always read the ingredients!  Know what you’re putting into your body!

Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Coach   (sign up for my free newsletter & get health tips)
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, 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.