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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.

SOFT DRINKS ARE A MAJOR PROBLEM – STOP DRINKING THEM.

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.

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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?

 

 

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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”

 

BPA

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.

 

Conclusions

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

BPA is the Hazard we Face Everyday

Never heard of BPA?  I just spent 3 days at a local hospital and even though they took great care of me, it was not an enjoyable experience.  If you are in the baby boomer age group, as I am, you have been bombarded with chemicals in everything you have touched, eaten or drank since you were very young.  Remember when planes would fly over cities and spray DDT and other chemicals to eliminate the mosquito threat?  Remember when everything was covered or sprayed with asbestos to make our lives safer?

It takes a “long Term” to determine the long term effects of chemicals on our lungs, skin, heart and reproductive systems.  BPA is in a lot of products you touch daily and it can play havoc with your hormonal system.  It can and does act like estrogen and can promote problems like breast and prostate cancers as well as type 2 diabetes, autism, asthma, infertility and obesity.  The bad news is that the new substitutes aren’t any better.

What is BPA?

According to Wikipedia, BPA is Bisphenol A, an organic compound used to make certain plastics and epoxy resins.  It has been commercially used since 1957 and there are over 8 billion pounds used yearly.”  BPA-based plastic is clear and tough, and is used to make a variety of common consumer goods (such as baby and water bottles, sports equipment, and CDs and DVDs) and for industrial purposes, like lining water pipes. Epoxy resins containing BPA are used as coatings on the inside of many food and beverage cans. It is also used in making thermal paper such as that used in sales receipts.  BPA exhibits hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in consumer products and food containers. Since 2008, several governments have questioned its safety, which prompted some retailers to withdraw polycarbonate products. A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of possible hazards to fetuses, infants, and young children.[2] In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA a toxic substance.[3][4] The European Union, Canada, and recently the United States have banned BPA use in baby bottles.[5]

How to Identifiy BPA

Also from Wikipedia –

There are seven classes of plastics used in packaging applications. Currently there are no BPA labeling requirements for plastics.

“In general, plastics that are marked with Resin Identification Codes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are very unlikely to contain BPA. Some, but not all, plastics that are marked with the Resin Identification Code 7 may be made with BPA.”[32]

Type 7 is the catch-all “other” class, and some type 7 plastics, such as polycarbonate (sometimes identified with the letters “PC” near the recycling symbol) and epoxy resins, are made from bisphenol A monomer.[6][33]

Type 3 (PVC) also may contain bisphenol A as an antioxidant in plasticizers.[6] This refers to “flexible PVC”, but not for rigids such as pipe, windows, and siding.

 

 

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I Find it -You Avoid It

I am not going to do a long drawn out dissertation on how we should avoid plastics, because you all know that is true and I want you to continue to read what I write.  What I’m trying to do is to elevate awareness to make us all more knowledgeable consumers.

I have always been a very healthy individual.  I was an athlete in high school and college.  I ate and trained on a very high level even avoiding carbonated beverages for most of the years of my training.  At age 24 I developed testicular cancer.  I was given less than 5% chance of living 5 years.  Twenty years later, I got testicular cancer again.  Then I was given an 80% chance of living for 5 more years.  Progress most definitely has improved the survival rate for testicular cancer.  Now I’m 60 years old and my body is treating me to a new problem.  Kidney stones.  Again, just as with the cancers, no one knows why I am getting stones.  

I  am a huge believer that environmental factors are at fault.  Believe me or not, but keep an open skeptical mind to the BS that the government and industry is force feeding you.  Be the captain of your own ship.  – Jughandle

Read more about BPA from RODALE at “The BPA Replacement You Cannot Trust”

Many of you know that we here at Jughandle’s Fat Farm have been working on a program that would allow you to scan a product’s bar code into your smart phone and have it tell you if it is a safe food for your family.  Well, Foodfacts.com has beaten us to the punch and now has a FANTASTIC APPLICATION (APP) that we highly recommend to ALL of our readers.

Watch the youtube video below to get all the poop on the app, then down load it at foodfacts.com

Organic Shopping is catching on!

It’s working, organic shopping is catching on.  You are spending over $30 billion per year to avoid toxins in your food and over half of that spending is for organic food.

Other things to look for

In addition to the organic vegetable isle, you should be also looking for organic food in places you wouldn’t necessarily think of.

Hormone-Free Desserts

Normal ice-cream is produces from cows that are fed antibiotics, hormones, genetically engineered corn and soy.  Look for ice-cream labeled organic.  The cows will have to been fed a natural diet of grass and hay.  Their fat will contain heart-protecting and cancer preventing fat called CLA or conjugated linoleic acid.

Cage free chicken eggs

Most eggs found in your store are from chickens that are crammed into a small cage and fed hormones and antibiotics and are sprayed with insect spray.  The sales of organic eggs have doubled in the last few years.  Cage free and organically fed chickens are happier and produce healthier more nutritious eggs.

Shampoo and skin care

Just yesterday, the local news was informing us that women apply over 80 different chemicals to their bodies daily.  Men only 30.  I won’t list them all here but the most shocking to me was that lipstick contains lead.  Yes lead!  You are putting lead in your mouth, or at least on your mouth.  Shampoo is just as bad.  Look for organic products with skin care too.  NATURAL or ALL NATURAL means absolutely NOTHING!

Here is just a taste of what you are getting:

Isopropyl Alcohol– inhalation or ingestion of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis and coma.

Mineral oil- Baby oil is 100% mineral oil. This commonly used petroleum ingredient coats the skin just like plastic wrap. The skin’s natural immune barrier is disrupted as this plastic coating inhibits its ability to breathe and absorb the natural Moisture Factor (moisture and nutrition). The skin’s ability to release toxins is impeded by this “plastic wrap”, which can promote acne and other disorders. This process slows down skin function and normal cell development causing the skin to prematurely age.

PEG – This is an abbreviation for poly-ethylene glycol that is used in making cleansers to dissolve oil and grease as well as thicken products. Because of their effectiveness, PEG’s are often used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners and yet are found in many personal care products. PEG’s contribute to stripping the natural Moisture Factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable. They are also potentially carcinogenic.

Propylene Glycol – basically antifreeze –  There is no difference between the PG used in industry and the PG used in personal care products. It is used in industry to break down protein and cellular structure (what the skin is made of) yet is found in most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after shave- deodorants, mouthwashes and toothpaste. It is also used in food processing. Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with this toxic substance. The Material Safety Data Sheets warn against skin contact, as PG has systemic consequences such as brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. Consumers are not protected not is there a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where the concentration is greater than that in most industrial applications.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – Used as detergents and surfactants, these closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Yet both SLS and SLES are used more widely as one of the major ingredients in cosmetics, toothpaste, hair conditioner and about 90% of all shampoos and products that foam. Mark Fearer in an article, Dangerous Beauty, says “…in tests, animals that were exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, along with depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation and corrosion and death”. According to the American College of Toxicology states both SLS and SLES can cause malformation in children’s eyes. Other research has indicated SLS may be damaging to the immune system, especially within the skin. Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein denaturing properties. It is possibly the most dangerous of all ingredients in personal care products. Research has shown that SLS when combined with other chemicals can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens, which causes the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels that eating nitrate-contaminated food.” According to the American College of Toxicity report, “SLS stays in the body for up to five days…” Other studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain. This poses serious questions regarding its potential health threat through its use in shampoos, cleansers and toothpaste. Animals that were exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, along with depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation and corrosion and death.

Chlorine – According to Doris J. Rapp, M.D., author of Is This Your Child’s World?, exposure to chlorine in tap water, showers, pool, laundry products, cleaning agents, food processing, sewage systems and many others, can effect health by contributing to asthma, hay fever, anemia, bronchitis, circulatory collapse, confusion, delirium, diabetes, dizziness, irritation of the eye, mouth, nose, throat, lung, skin and stomach, heart disease, high blood pressure and nausea. It is also a possible cause of cancer. Even though you will not see Chlorine on personal care product labels, it is important for you to be aware of the need to protect your skin when bathing and washing your hair.

and it goes on and one – jughandle

I want everyone to know about and use FoodFacts.com.  It is my go to place for information on the food we eat here on the Fat Farm.  Sign up for their Blog too.  It is great.

Great Information

FoodFacts.com contains easy to understand and quick to find information on a broad range of food products found in our local stores.  Just type a product name or manufacturer into a search box and a list with pictures of the available product information comes up.  There is even a “Products” tab that lists groups of products to choose from.  Search methods include “Keyword”, “Ingredients”, “UPC Code” “Recipes” and “seaarch to compare.

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.

 

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

Sunny D contains:

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

Ingredients:

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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.
RoundUp Weed Killer – What Biotech Pesticides Are Doing to Our Bodies

Just had this conversation with my family during a Easter get together.  Hope we can make some changes before there is no turning back. – jughandle

The following is a story from Rodale News “where health meets life”  They have some great articles and research that I will be passing on to you soon.

 

Roundup weed killer is now turning up in rain and the air. And that has potentially devastating impacts on our health.

BY LEAH ZERBE
Thanks to biotech firms, now even our storms are Roundup-ready.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—The scientific evidence piling up against Roundup, the best-selling weed killer for home and farm use, is starting to sound a bit sci-fi. The latest damaging evidence against this potent herbicide, once widely believed to be safe, comes from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which is now detecting glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, in streams, the air, and even rain.

While the concentrations detected in rain and air are thousands of times less than what farmers dump onto field crops, emerging scientific evidence about what these chronic low-level exposures do to our bodies is cause for major concern, particularly among unborn babies and young children. These tiny amounts we’re breathing in daily could be altering our hormones and wreaking all sorts of havoc on our bodies, but the human health effects may not show up for years or decades. “We don’t fully know what our results mean,” says study author Paul Capel, PhD, environmental chemist at USGS. “If we go out to the streams or air, we see it. There’s a broader off-field exposure. The significance of that, I don’t think we really know.”

Pesticide-exposure expert Warren Porter, PhD, professor of environmental toxicity and zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, did the math. He took the air exposure numbers from the USGS study and found some reason for concern. His calculations showed that the levels found in the USGS survey could lead to accumulated levels that could alter endocrine mediated biochemical pathways, leading to obesity, heart problems, circulation problems, and diabetes. Low-level exposure to hormone disruptors like glyphosate (Roundup’s main ingredient) has also been linked to weakened immune function and learning disabilities. “This study is just looking at a single day of exposure,” he says. “If you consider that our body hormones work in the parts per trillion and you disrupt normal endocrine function, which tends to alter biochemical pathways, you may be flipping biological switches that have long-term impacts. No one has explored whether Roundup has epigenetic impacts which alter gene expression, possibly for a lifetime.”

So why the influx of Roundup in the air? Easy. The majority of corn, cotton, canola, and soy crops grown in the United States are genetically engineered to tolerate heavy dousings of Roundup. Interestingly, the same company, Monsanto, developed both the pesticide and the genetically engineered seed created to handle that pesticide—they’re sold together as a package. When we eat those crops (or when they’re turned into ingredients used in processed foods), we wind up eating the Roundup, too. Roundup is actually taken up inside of food that we eat, so not only are we breathing it in and getting soaked in it when it rains, but we’re also eating it at dinnertime.