From Kirsten’s Desk
Found in everything from food, to cosmetics, to pharmaceuticals - artificial colors are used to make our food & drugs look pretty. But they're deceptive because they can be hiding in places you would never expect.
Research shows artificial dyes affect our children's behavior and have been linked to hyperactivity in children with & without behavioral disorders.
Food processing removes much of the flavour in packaged foods, so artificial flavours are added to mimic the taste of natural ingredients. When you see "artificial flavours" on a food label, that term means the product can contain anywhere from one to hundreds of chemicals. For example, the typical artificial strawberry flavour contains 49 man-made chemicals.
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is an artificial flavour used to make our food taste better, found in thousands of processed foods. Side effects include headaches, facial numbness, excessive sweating, heart palpitations, and nausea.
Many packaged and prepared foods contain preservatives to prolong their shelf-life; however, they can have detrimental effects on our health. Several of these chemical additives have been linked to allergic reactions, headaches, rashes and even cancer.
Take this challenge to learn which eight preservatives you should avoid at all costs, which foods commonly contain harmful preservatives, and how to make better choices when shopping for groceries.
Many of us use artificial sweeteners to replace sugar and lower our caloric intake. But are they really helping us lose weight? New research shows that artificial sweeteners may not actually contribute to weight loss, but in fact lead to weight gain!
Even the smallest amount of artificial sweeteners can cause side effects and have been linked to headaches, dizziness, anxiety, memory loss, and mood changes. If you, or someone you care about reaches for "sugar free" snacks, drinks diet soda, or chews sugarless gum - then this challenge is for you.
Take this challenge to learn why you should avoid artificial sweeteners, and how you can replace them with safe, natural alternatives.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup
High-fructose corn syrup is a cheap sweetener that comes at a high cost to our health. It has been linked to increased belly fat, insulin resistance (the step before Type 2 Diabetes), and delayed memory.
The fructose in high-fructose corn syrup goes directly to the liver where it converts to fat, and can ultimately lead to heart disease.
Many food companies are moving away from using Trans Fats because experts agree there is no safe limit of ingesting them. They have been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, cancer, diabetes and obesity.
Even if you diligently check labels for "Trans Fats," you could be ingesting small amounts without even knowing it.
Healthy Fats: Why We Need Them
Overwhelming evidence continues to support the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, such as reduced risk of heart disease and chronic inflammation, depression, dementia, and the prevention of nervous system disorders.
Take this challenge to learn how much omega-3 we really need, how to get it, and which brands you can trust. Your mind and body will thank you.
Fish Oil vs Cod Liver Oil
Over the last few decades, because of over reliance on junk food and reduction in dietary intake full of nutrients, fish oil and cod liver oil have become very popular as nutritional supplements. These oils not only compensate for loss of nutrients, but also increase consumption of essential fatty acids that are considered to be extremely beneficial for our health. Today, the situation has become such that people are taking these oils
without really knowing the differences between fish oil and cod liver oil. This article takes a closer look at both these oils to enable readers to choose one that is healthier for them.
The fish oil has proven health benefits, especially Omega 3 fatty acids, including both EPA and DHA, which have excellent health benefits. Both DHA and EPA are considered to be essential for our body, but unfortunately human bodies do not have the ability to manufacture them. This is precisely the reason why we must obtain these essential fatty acids from outside. Both fish oil and cod liver oil have been proven to be excellent sources of these two essential fatty acids. Cod Liver is made from the liver of white fish, such as cod and occasionally halibut, which implies that, in principle, it is also a type of fish oil. However, cod liver oil has different concentrations of EPA and DHA than fish oil. It has been found the cod liver oil contains a higher ratio of DHA to EPA. On the other hand, fish oil contains a higher ration of EPA to DHA.