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Written by Karel Nunnink   

A real look at your food

It seems that almost every food today unless grown in your back yard has something dire attached to it.

Its estimated, for example, that we consume13 to 20 assorted pesticides, insecticides and fumigants every day.

So lets look at some popular foods that are apart of most healthy diets and disclose some things that you may not know about, therefore allowing you to make wiser choices about what ends up on your plate.

1.Yogurt.

The friendly bacteria in yogurt can help with boosting our immune response especially our ability to fight pneumonia.

Look for yogurts that say “live active cultures” or “living yogurt cultures” on the label.

Eating yogurt can freshen your breath because it lowers levels of hydrogen sulfide and other volatile sulfide compounds, that contribute to bad breath.

It may also get rid of tongue coating bacteria therefore reduce dental plaque formation, cavities and risk of gingivitis.

However flavored yogurt with synthetic colors are not a wise choice.

FD&C No 40 is derived from coal tar, but natural options may be just as bad.

The pink, red and purple hues found in yogurts, ice creams and fruit juices are made from carmine, otherwise known as red beetles.

The beetles feed on red berries and their abdomen and eggs are extracted, dried and ground into a powder which is then used for food coloring.

So if you like me, prefer not to eat beetles avoid products that say “artificial color” or “color added” your best choice is to purchase plain yogurt and sweeten with fresh organic fruits (see down loadable chart section for the best pesticide free fruits).

2.Oatmeal.

What’s not to love about this popular breakfast choice?

More than 40 studies show how oatmeal can help fight cancer, lower cholesterol and reduce risk of heart disease.

Because oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate it provides sustained energy without the crash associated with simple sugars.

The soluble fiber in oatmeal also slows down the digestion of starch therefore making you feel fuller for longer.

The problem is most people choose the premixed or instant packs, which are full of sugar and other processed ingredients sabotaging your attempt at making a healthy choice.

Choose plain steel-cut oatmeal and add cinnamon nuts and even protein powder to increase its protein punch.

3.Apples.

apples contain a long list of phytonutrients that function as antioxidants and support heart health, reduce your risk of lung cancer, diabetes and asthma.

Research at Cornell university shows a 100 gram apple provides the same amount of antioxidant activity as 1500 mg of vitamin C.

Don’t peel it, research shows that heart healthy polyphenols are five times more prevalent in the skin then in the flesh of the apples.

Be aware conventionally grown apples are host to massive amounts of chemicals, for example an ordinary supermarket apple skin sports chemicals like iprodione, vinclozolin, captan and chlorpyrifos, which function as fungicides and pesticides.

There is also the added wax and shellac applied to the skins to make theapples shiny and look more appetizing.

Shellac is made from the secretions of Kerria lacca, scale insects that when applied give fruits and some veggies their perfect glossy finish.

Sure makes a strong case for purchasing your apples organic but don’t forget to wash them.

4.Broccoli.

Some of the benefits of eating more broccoli include a substantial reduction in cancer risk. Eating broccoli can also boost your immune response and lesson the impact of allergens in the body.

Broccolli is also a powerful detox agent that can help get rid of unwanted toxins.

According to an article published in the Journal of Environmental Quality, the organic matter in soil is rapidly lost when farmers turn to conventional cropping systems. About 70 to 80 percent of organic matter in surface soil is lost over 40 to 50 years of farming using fertilization and pesticides.

Organic farming usually mean healthier soil and therefore healthier veggies especially broccoli.

How to cook your broccoli? Steaming is the best, when steamed the fiber is better able to bind with bile acids in the gut and therefore excrete more cholesterol from the body.

Other methods of cooking like stir frying also work well, the least effective would be to eat your broccoli raw, this makes it nearly impossible to break down the cellulose and unlock all those great phytonutrients.

 

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