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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Harmful Foods

Talk show THE DOCTORS of February 27 will be dedicated to the harmful foods. It's a very touching topic, for me, since I'm allergic on every kind of additives and other toxic substances. I received a summary of this show and permission to pubblic it. Here, that conmtent. I wan't believe that it's true.
Burgers* – Would you eat a burger made out of “pink slime”—the name given to the mechanically separated meat that’s treated with ammonia hydroxide to kill bacteria like E-coli?  McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King, once purveyors of pink slime, say they have discontinued their use of this meat, made from discarded beef (i.e. everything else from the cow that had been deemed inedible), but who still does? Schools serve it up daily in kids’ lunches.
·         Chicken –To disinfect and cool chicken post slaughter, chickens are often soaked in a chlorine bath with a water-to-chlorine ratio up to 50 times more potent than the local swimming pool.  Then, to help hide the chlorine taste, the chickens are “plumped” with salt water, making the chickens larger in both weight and price.  Plus, via a scientific experiment, THE DOCTORS determined that chlorine baths may not even rid chicken of the bacteria the chlorine bath is supposed to prevent.
·         Ice Cream – One billion gallons of ice cream are consumed by Americans every year. The most popular flavor?  Vanilla.  Real vanilla beans are expensive, so to save money, many ice cream makers use a synthetic flavoring called piperonal which is also an ingredient in lice killer.
·         Bread – Many breads are made with potassium bromate, which has been banned in Canada and the UK and has been named a carcinogen by the EPA, but has been approved by the FDA.  Plus, azodicarbonamide, found in many manufactured donuts and hamburger buns - as well as plastics, rubber and foam - has been found to  aggravate asthma symptoms and contribute respiratory problems in humans.

So, what does THE DOCTORS recommend to avoid these harmful foods? 
  • Read the fine print on labels! 
o    Look for fewer ingredients with words you can pronounce
o    Avoid “artificial flavors” as much as possible
o    Avoid “artificial dyes”, especially Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5 & 6
·         Limit processed foods.
·         While it’s not economical for everyone to buy organic all the time, it’s worth spending a few extra dollars on organic poultry and beef. 
o    To save money, purchase the whole chicken.  Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the most expensive by the pound.
o    Check the “sell by” dates, and plan to shop the day before when your butcher is likely to mark down the poultry and meat.
o    Consider buying direct from a farmer’s market
·         Check the sodium levels on fresh and frozen chicken packaging.
o    A truly natural chicken breast has 50 to 75 mg. of sodium. If there’s more than that, the bird has been “plumped”.
·         Cook for your family.
o    If you want to know what’s in your food, make it yourself.
o    It’s a great way to bond with your children and teach them about health.

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