Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Soda Pop!

I love soda. I'm not going to lie about it. The best thing is a fountain drink. They are just so terrible for you, and the damage they do on the body. They are natural better for you sodas on the market, but in many areas they are hard to find. Just stay away from the diet and zero drinks. I don't know if you even want to know yet about what those do, but you know I will be telling you soon enough.

THE GOOD STUFF
 Sodas that are sweetened with stevia, a naturally derived sweetener, or cane sugar are healthier alternatives to their corn-syrup sisters.


THE BAD STUFF

 When it comes to carbonated beverages, carbonation isn't the enemy; it’s the rest of what goes into soda that can be harmful to the body. Artificial colorings have been linked to hyperactivity in children.

Monday, June 23, 2014

White or Wheat?

As I have said on here before, I love some white bread, but it is bad for your health and weight. People, we really do need to watch what kind of bread we eat. There are so many people and experts out there that say never to eat bread, but sandwiches are delicious. I love them. Here are some things that you need to look out for when buying bread at the store. You know the best option is to make your own bread.

THE GOOD STUFF
 Though the authors of Rich Food, Poor Food believe bread should be avoided, we understand bread is often unavoidable. Steer clear of the worst stuff by looking for breads made with whole grains. The first ingredient should be either “100% whole wheat” or “100% whole grain” to make sure you’re getting the healthiest option.





THE BAD STUFF

If the first ingredient is “wheat flour” or “enriched bleached flour,” then white flour was mostly used
rather than whole-wheat flour.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I scream and you scream for....Oh no, not for that.

Seriously!? They use puss out of a mature beaver for flavoring, and they think that is OK. The sad part I have known about this for a long time. It is not only in ice creams. People will just put up with anything. I would rather make my own ice cream.
THE GOOD STUFF
 I think we all know ice cream is never going to be good for us. But if you want to indulge every now and then, opt for ice cream with organic milk made without artificial dyes.


THE BAD STUFF

 Some vanilla, strawberry, and raspberry-flavored ice creams include an ingredient called castoreum, which is the pus that oozes out of the castor sacs of mature beavers. Marketed as a “natural ingredient,” this is definitely one ingredient to avoid.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pass the butter, please.

There is nothing wrong with butter in moderation. Okay, I know it is bad for your health, but it has been around for ages and it did not kill our ancestors. Their butter was made at home by hand, and it was not filled with mystery ingredients added in the mix. That is what is hurting us now, these "ingredients". Here are some reason to keep the butter on the table.


THE GOOD STUFF
Grass-fed cows produce butter that has 50% more of the vitamins A & E, and almost 400% more beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A in the body, than factory-farmed cows. Organically raised cattle also ensure high levels of naturally occurring omega-3s and CLA.


THE BAD STUFF

 Though organic may seem like a passing buzzword, consider this: Unwanted growth hormones (such as rBGH and rBST, “bovine growth hormones”) injected into factory-raised cattle accumulate in the highest concentration in butterfat.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Block or Shredded....You decide.

I will admit that I love cheese. I am worse than a cartoon mouse. I want it on everything. I do use pre-shredded cheese, because I'm lazy. I need to change to buying blocks of cheese and here are some reasons why.

THE GOOD STUFF
Organic, grass-fed cheese means richer micronutrients. For example, grass-fed cattle produce cheese up to 400 times richer in fat-metabolizing CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). In addition, buying block cheese and cutting it yourself will help preserve your cheese’s micronutrients and protect you from harmful additives.


THE BAD STUFF

 When buying cheese, it’s best to avoid the pre-shredded varieties, as many of them contain cellulose powder (literally minuscule pieces of wood pulp) used to absorb moisture in packaging and extend the product’s shelf life.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Egg or the GMO's

I have eaten all different types of eggs. I can honestly tell you in my opinion that buying eggs directly from a farm is the best way to obtain eggs, but not everyone is able to do that. The next best way is to buy the cages free, non-GMO, orgain eggs. I know they are a bit more expensive, but it is so worth your family's health and the well being for the chickens. Here are some of the reasons why.

THE GOOD STUFF
USDA-certified organic eggs must be fed organic, non-GMO feed, free of antibiotics and pesticides. Additionally, they must be kept uncaged in barns or warehouses with access to the outside.


THE BAD STUFF

 Be aware that cage-free may sound nice, but it doesn't necessarily mean happy chickens. Though cage-free chickens must be kept outside of cages with access to food and water, they do not have to have access to the outdoors. Also, their feed does not have to be organic.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Beef, watch it.

With all of the beef recalls that have happened over the past several years, you would think that it would have stopped the bad beef. When will they ever learn.
THE GOOD STUFF
Grass-fed meat is richer in micronutrients than grain-fed meat, containing fat-metabolizing CLA and inflammation-reducing omega-3s. Grass-finished means the cattle are fed grass until their slaughter, as opposed to just grass-fed, which can allow cattle to be fed grains before processing to improve texture and taste. Finally, organic ensures that your beef is free of antibiotics, hormones, and GMOs.


THE BAD STUFF

 Aside from being drained of its natural flavors, the beef produced by grain-fed cattle is much higher in fat content and devoid of many micronutrients.