Issue 166  January 11, 2016

Get Rid of the Killers!

We are continuing our series on getting rid of the killers that are sabotaging our health. Of course we must address what we eat and drink, so today we will talk about some of the common poisons that are called "food". 

Processed Meats
These are deli meats, salami, bologna, and most sandwich meats. These meats are filled with sodium nitrite which can be converted into nitrosamines in our body. These are potent cancer-causing chemicals. They are also linked to higher rates of colorectal, stomach and pancreatic cancer. But that's not the end of it. Other cancer-promoting chemicals are created during cooking, such as, heterocyclic amines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and advanced glycation end products. All these make deli meats a real health hazard.

Trans fats are formed during the process of hydrogenation, and margarine in mainly made up of trans fats. Trans fats contribute to heart disease, cancer, bone problems, hormonal imbalance and skin disease, infertility, difficulties in pregnancy and problems with lactation, and low birth weight, growth problems and learning disabilities in children. Margarine also contains, free radicals, emulsifiers, preservatives, hexane and other solvents. A U.S. government panel of scientists determined that man-made trans fats are unsafe at any level.

Vegetable Oil
Food made with heated vegetable oils are one of the most destructive foods available. Most vegetable oils on the market are rancid and are loaded with chemicals. These include soy, canola, and corn oils. Another problem is that the oil we cook with must be stable enough to resist chemical changes when heated to high temperatures. One of the ways vegetable oils can inflict damage is by converting our good cholesterol into bad cholesterol-by oxidizing it. So avoid foods cooked in oil and use coconut oil when cooking.

Artificial Sweeteners
Studies have found that artificial sweeteners, can stimulate your appetite, increase carb cravings, stimulate fat storage, and weight gain. In a recent study, saccharin and aspartame were found to cause greater weight gain than sugar. Aspartame is considered the most problematic. It has been synthetically modified to carry a methyl group, called a methyl ester, which is very weak and allows the methyl group to easily break off and form methanol. It acts as a Trojan horse, and is carried into susceptible tissues in the body, like the brain and bone marrow, where the alcohol converts it into formaldehyde. This wreaks havoc with sensitive proteins and DNA.

Deep-Fried Foods
These include french fries, most potato chips, onion rings, fried chicken, and more. Fried foods are known to clog veins and arteries which can lead to strokes, heart attacks, alzheimer's, and aneurysms. Most fried foods use canola or soy oil which are top GMO products. Most fried foods contain MSG to enhance the dead food flavor. Deep-fried foods may contain acrylamide, a possible carcinogen,that doesn't break down in body properly, and remains in the kidneys, liver, intestines, prostate and colon for extended periods of time–if not forever.

Sodas and Energy Drinks
Soda and other sweetened beverages have no nutritional value and often contain harmful substances. One 20-ounce bottle of cola contains the equivalent of about 16 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which will cause your insulin to spike within 20 minutes of drinking it.

Your liver responds to this insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat, most of which is stored. But a chronically elevated insulin level is also a key factor of most chronic disease, from diabetes to cancer. Diet sodas have their own problems because of the artificial sweeteners.

Some energy drinks contain the equivalent caffeine of 14 cans of Coca-Cola, yet the amounts are often unlabeled, and few include warnings about the potential health risks of caffeine intoxication. Caffeine intoxication is marked by nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, gastrointestinal upset, tremors, rapid heartbeats (tachycardia), psychomotor agitation (restlessness and pacing) and in rare cases, death.

I hope this has informed you.

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Amy Willis, Your Local Herbalist
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