Category Archive for: ‘Beverages’
Healthy Drinks

As a rebuttal to yesterday’s post about how bad Soda is for us, I promised to post some good news.  Well, its good news, bad news.   Good news is there are good, healthy drinks to be had, but the bad news is they might be a little hard to find.

From another story by Rodale, the following are 8 healthy sodas recommended by Emily Main

What make them healthy?

In order for these 8 to make the list they had to be free of GMO (genetically modified ingredients), phosphates, preservatives and caramel coloring.  Can’t come in a can that might be coated in bisphenol-A and can’t have artificial sweeteners if they are sweetened at all.

Steaz Sparkling Green Tea



















Reed’s Light Extra Ginger Brew









Virgil’s Root Beer































































Hot Lips Soda

















Fizzy Lizzy


















Try new stuff, it’s fun.  If you can find any of these drinks, let me know.  Click the link to their home page where you can either find a location near you or order on line.  Be healthy.  FYI, you can always make your own from fresh ingredients.  – jughandle

Soft Drink Side Effects

Soda, pop, soft drinks, carbonated beverages will mess you up!  You must think that I only write about the evil side of foods.  You might be right.  I promise that I’ll try to find better stuff to write about after this post.  I thought it might be important to you to learn about the side effects of drinking the beverages you see advertised so often.  Surprisingly, most of you still believe that if a food or drink is being sold that some “consumer protection” agency has deemed it safe for you.  NO IT ISN”T.  Just look around.  Notice how much bigger everyone is, especially children, compared to 10 or 15 years ago.


The following information is mostly from an article posted by Rodale titled “9 Disturbing Side Effects of Soda”  – please click the link to read the complete story.  I am posting only the highlights. – jughandle

FAT In Strange Places

Danish researchers have found that drinking non-diet soft drinks leads to a large build up of fat around your liver and skeletal muscles.  Fat in these areas make your body insulin resistant which in turn leads to diabetes.  This fact alone shows why there has been a major increase in cases of diabetes in the last 20 years.  All it takes according to the Danish study is to drink 1 regular sized soft drink every day for just 6 months to increase your liver fat by over 135% AND a 200% increase in skeletal fat.  In addition other organ fats, cholesterol and your triglycerides in your blood will show a large INCREASE.

no diet drinks

Diet Soda Won’t Save You

A 10 year study at the University of Texas – ” Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center monitored 475 adults for 10 years, and found that those who drank diet soda had a 70 percent increase in waist circumference over the 10-year study, compared with those who didn’t drink any soda. Those who drank more than two diet sodas per day saw a 500 percent waist expansion! A separate study the same researchers conducted on mice suggested that it was the aspartame, which raised blood glucose levels, that caused the weight gain; when your liver encounters too much glucose, the excess is converted to body fat.” 

HELLO – a 500% increase in waist circumference???  I know people who drink 5 or more diet soft drinks per day.



Cancer Causing Caramel in Cola Drinks

“In 2011, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban the artificial caramel coloring used to make Coke, Pepsi, and other colas brown. The reason: Two contaminants in the coloring, 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, have been found to cause cancer in animals, a threat the group says is unnecessary, considering that the coloring is purely cosmetic. According to California’s strict Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, just 16 micrograms per person per day of 4-methylimidazole is enough to pose a cancer threat, and most popular brown colas, both diet and regular, contain 200 micrograms per 20-ounce bottle.”

Obviously Coke and Pepsi aren’t going to take the brown out of their drinks, so it is up to us to vote with our wallet and stop buying these products.


Phosphates in Colas Accelerate Aging

I’m begging you to not believe me and do your own research.  A recent study has shown that phosphates which are also phosphoric acid compounds that are flavor enhancers and preservatives found in lots of foods not only can damage your heart and kidney,  can lead to  muscle loss, osteoporosis and accelerated aging.


Artificial Sweeteners Cause Water Pollution

Artificial sweeteners used in our food supply don’t break down in our bodies or in nature.  Scientists can same water from our rivers and lakes and find acesulfameK, sucralose and saccharin.  A recent test of 19 municipal water supplies in the US have shown the presence of sucralose in all of them.  So does that mean our fish will be fatter?




Mountain Dew Mind

“Dentists have a name for the condition they see in kids who drink too much Mountain Dew. They wind up with a “Mountain Dew Mouth,” full of cavities caused by the drink’s excessive sugar levels. “Mountain Dew Mind” may be the next medical condition that gets named after the stuff. An ingredient called brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, added to prevent the flavoring from separating from the drink, is an industrial chemical used as a flame retardant in plastics. Also found in other citrus-based soft drinks and sports drinks, the chemical has been known to cause memory loss and nerve disorders when consumed in large quantities. Researchers also suspect that, like brominated flame retardants used in furniture foam, the chemical builds up in body fat, possibly causing behavioral problems, infertility, and lesions on heart muscles over time”



As I pointed out in a recent post, BPA or bisphenol A is everywhere.  It is used to line the aluminum soda cans to keep the soda from reacting with the metal over time.  This is bad, bad stuff you guys.  It will mess up your, and your childrens hormones.



I could seriously go on and on about these and other problems, but I just want to make the point and not scare you away.  I’m not perfect, I drink a soda now and then.  I’ll be drinking fewer after this blog.  I just want you to be aware of the dangers and do your own research.  If you get even more excited and want to do something about it, send this blog or a letter to the officers of the soft drink companies and ask them to do some thing about the problems.  You might be surprised to find that they already are. – jughandle

More on Water

Have you just realized that you need to drink more water?  Are you one of those walking around with a bottle of water to keep hydrated?  Sorry to inform you, but you are behind the times, and are now part of the problem and not the solution you may have believed.

Our Body

Our bodies are 2/3 water.  Water is critical to the function of all our organs, yet we don’t seem to care where our water comes from.  According to Women’s Health magazine  the Natural Resources Defense Council recently tested 1000 bottles of water and discovered that 1/5 or around 22% of the brands tested contained contaminates above the legal, state of California, public health levels. Arsenic was in all of them.

The plastic that most of the water is stored in can break down under temperatures that can be found in water stored in warehouses or even your own garage and then leach chemicals into your water.  You don’t warm your food in the microwave in plastic or plastic wrap any more, so why drink from the stuff?  Picture chemicals dripping into your food and water.

Both, Dasani, bottled by Coke and Pepsi’s Aquafina are just filtered tap water with added minerals for flavor.  Considering their water is then bottled in plastic, you’d be much better off drinking straight tap water, and much, much better off  drinking filtered tap water.

plastic bottle beach 1

Plastic Bottles

The plastic our water bottles are made from is called polyethylene terepthalate or PET for short.  First of all, PET is produced from crude oil, and it takes a bunch of oil to make it.  Roughly 17 million barrels to produce just water bottles, last year alone.  Now you now why water is more expensive than gasoline.  Secondly, over 90 percent of those 30 Billion water bottles end up in the land fill.  YES, ninety percent!

This next statement isn’t radical, or even liberal, tree hugging maybe a little, but certainly logical.  


Consumer ALERT – Product Recall

This is a public service announcement from the Fat Farm because I know some of you believe in “supplements”.  To clarify, Jughandle’s Fat Farm does not believe that we need to supplement our diets when we eat a balanced meal.  That said be warned of the following recall:

The Protica Inc. company of Whitehall, PA has “voluntarily” recalled the following products:

Body Choice – Protein Shots

Nutritional Resources – Protein Wave

ProBalance – Protein to Go French Vanilla Latte

Protein to Go Milk Chocolate Shake

These products may contain Clostridium Botulinum which is a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. -DO NOT EAT THESE SUPPLIMENTS – RETURN THEM NOW!

Please people eat naturally, buy organic healthy foods and prepare them yourself. – jughandle

For additional information click here.

Kid Safe Alert: Sunny D

This blog is dedicated to helping you make the wise, healthy food choices.  With that in mind, Jughandle’s Fat Farm can not recommend Sunny D made by Procter & Gamble for either you or your children.

Read the Label

The two major ingredients are water and corn syrup.  Less than 2 percent is concentrated fruit juice.  The rest is artificial colors, sweeteners, canola oil and sodium hexametaphosphated.

Miss leading health claims

The label says 100% vitamin C.  That alone is NOT health.  Many vegetables and fruits contain 100 percent of your daily allotment of vitamin C in a single serving.

Sunny D receives a very low 14 score on health index.

Sunny D contains:

MSG, corn, flavorings and other controversial additives including colorants.



WaterCorn Syrup High Fructose Contains 2% or less of the Following: ( Juice(s) Concentrates (Orange(s),TangerinesApple(s)LimeGrapefruit), Citric Acid,Ascorbic AcidThiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1),Flavor(s) NaturalCorn Starch ModifiedCanola Oil,Sodium CitrateCellulose GumXanthan GumSodium HexametaphosphateSodium BenzoateYellow 5,Yellow 6

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size 8 oz
  • Servings Per Container 16
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 120Calories from Fat 0
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat 0g0%
  • Saturated Fat 0g0%
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg0%
  • Sodium 190mg8%
  • Total Carbohydrate 29g10%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g0%
  • Sugars 27g
  • Protein 0g
  • C100%
  • THIAMIN15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Weight Watcher’s Winning Points®**: 2
Weight Watcher’s PointsPlus®**: 3
** Weight Watchers® and Points® are registered trademarks of Weight Watchers International, Inc. The number of Points provided here were calculated by Food Facts, Inc. based on published Weight Watchers International, Inc. information and do not imply sponsorship or endorsement of such number of Points, Food Facts, Inc., or the above product by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
Milk – Are you Lactose Intolerant? Want to know why?

This is rather simple to answer actually.  Most people have no problem drinking and digesting milk and dairy products when they are young, usually until they are late teenagers.  Then for no explicable reason, a glass of milk or two or a bowl of rich ice cream will cause digestive problems and an upset stomach, maybe even worse.

What Gives?

What gives is that most of us humans and animals for that matter are born with a digestive enzime called  lactase-phlorizin hydrolase or just LPH or lactase.  LPH is the enzyme that digests the lactose sugar in milk.  Animals are much smarter than humans.  When nature takes its course and makes milk unpalatable for a growing animal it moves on from its mothers milk to other nutrition more suitable for their age.  Humans, not so much.  Humans think, “wow, it isn’t cool to suckle my mothers breast any more, but boy I like milk, so I’ll just drink milk from animals to be more PC.”

What Happens?

What happens is that as we grow our bodies don’t need the nutrition that our mother’s milk or animal’s milk might provide in that form, so nature in it’s infinite wisdom reduces the body’s output of lactase.  Some people’s output remains higher than others just like some people are bald and some aren’t.  It’s kind of like developing “shame” when we leave our 20’s so we don’t hurt ourselves doing stupid things any more.

Bottom Line

Bottom line is that once you reach the age of around 20 you don’t need to drink milk any more, so stop.  Easy Pezzy, no more Lactose intolerance.


Questions? – jug

Diet Soda – Good or Bad?

Whether it’s zero or one calorie, if it still tastes sweet it has been flavored with artificial sweeteners.  More and more information is being gathered on the harmful effects of aspartame and sucralose among others.  Sure they help you avoid the calorie intake from naturally sweetened drinks if you are in the “habit” of drinking several a day, but at what cost.  A study at Purdue University discovered that test subjects tend to consume more calories later in the day when they have been fed artificial sweeteners prior to meal time.  A Texas study found that people who consume just 3 diet sodas per week are 40 percent more likely to be obese.

Side Effects

A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

If you have any of the listed maladies above, maybe you are having side effects of artificial sweeteners and not symptoms of old age or something else.  In fact Aspartame can even trigger or worsen brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes according to

Google it and read for yourself.  This stuff is chemical poison.

Are You psychologically or physically addicted to Diet drinks?

If you just “have” to have your diet drink everyday it doesn’t matter what is causing your addiction.  You need to stop. If you drink caffeinated diet drinks it is likely you are addicted to caffeine.  Your problem might just be simple compulsive behavior disorder.  Switch your addiction to something healthy like tea or better yet, water.  But as we here at the Fat Farm like to preach, “you can do almost anything in moderation.”  If you have cravings, you most likely have another problem that needs to be addressed.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, “a key sign of substance dependence is when a person continues to use a substance even when he or she knows it’s causing physical or mental health problems.”

Check out this study on diet drinks and heart attacks – Are you willing to risk heart attack by drinking low carb diet soda?