The 9 Foods Never to Eat
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Personally, I have come to avoid just about all of these. I do use good ol' Iodinized Morton Table salt, but I use so little anyway, that I guess I won't miss the small amount of other essential minerals I could have received in the sea salt variety. As for vegetable oils, well, they were always highly suspect for me anyway, since the issues with margarine came to light. Saturated fats don't easily produce transfats. The changes take place when they are fats that are polyunsaturated or partially saturated. These have free radicals in their molecules which change with heating into transfats and Canola is the worst of the lot. I love the taste of coconut oil and olive oils added to the foods I fry with them and butter is great with a fried egg. One not need the higher temperatures for frying with those other vegetable oils and it is that higher heat that tends to create the transfats.

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The 9 Foods Never to Eat

Whether they're chock-full of trans fat, or processed beyond recognition, these staples may be sabotaging your health. Ditch them from your diet now, says Clean Plates founder Jared Koch.

Canned tomatoes
The red veggie is known as the best source of lycopene, an essential nutrient, but beware of the canned variety. All canned food contains the harmful chemical BPA, but it's especially concerning in tomatoes, whose acidity causes the BPA to cling on. "It's not the tomatoes that are bad," says Koch. "It's the way they're stored." If fresh isn't an option, look for tomatoes in glass jars or BPA-free cardboard containers.

Deli meats
Rethink tomorrow's low-calorie turkey and cheese sandwich. Salami, ham, roast beef and other deli meats are poor quality, packed with sodium, made from animals raised on hormones and antibiotics, and filled with nitrates. They may also contain chemical flavoring and dyes, so opt for fresh meat - like roast turkey or chicken - or wild-caught tuna-fish salad in your lunchbox.

Margarine
Unlike butter, which is made from animal products, margarine is created from vegetable oil. Its manufacturing process fills the spreadable stuff with trans fat, which increases inflammation by damaging the cells lining your blood vessels, upping your risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, degenerative diseases, weight gain, and too-high bad cholesterol. "In my mind, it's one of the worst foods in the food supply," says Koch. "There's a common myth that healthy eating is equated with being vegetarian, and that's not necessarily true."

Vegetable oils
"You want your ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids to be about one-to-one," says Koch. "It's closer to 15-to-one in the American population." Today's highly refined vegetable oils, most often found in baked goods, are very high in omega-6 fatty acids, and are largely responsible for that unhealthy proportion. A lack of balance can lead to inflammation, so choose oils high in omega-3 fatty acids instead, like coconut, grapeseed and olive.

Microwave popcorn
Before you sit down for family movie night, pop a bowl of kernels on the stove, not in the microwave. The bag's liner contains PFOA, a proven toxicant and carcinogen in animals. When microwaved, PFOA clings on to popcorn, and preliminary human studies have linked the chemical to infertility, liver and testicular cancer.


Non-organic potatoes
It's unrealistic to purchase everything organic, but if you can swing buying a few foods that way, make spuds one of them. Although you're not told to eat organic potatoes after often as you are say, apples, it's just as important. "They're heavily sprayed and they're root vegetables, so they take up a lot of the pesticides and fungicides," says Koch. "They've been shown to have a high concentration of everything."

Table salt
No, a little salt sprinkled on your dinner won't do much harm, but when you choose table salt, you're missing out on healthy minerals found in sea, Himalayan and crystal salt. "Table salt is a refined product, so there aren't any nutrients in it," says Koch. "Our bodies need a lot of those trace minerals." Swapping in high-quality salt is an easy change to make, and from a cooking standpoint, significantly increases foods' flavor.


Soy protein isolate
There are two types of soy: whole soy - found in protein-packed edamame and soy nuts - and soy protein isolate, which is which is the highly refined, nutrient-stripped product found in foods like tofu, soy "meats" such as tofurkey, and soy milk. With soy consumption already unhealthily high in America, it's best to choose alternatives like coconut or almond milk and tempeh.

Artificial sweeteners
If you can't find it in nature, it's probably better to avoid it, which is why a half-teaspoon of sugar in your coffee, a dash of honey, or stevia are better options than a packet of Splenda. "Artificial sweeteners are so much sweeter - sometimes 200 times more so than table sugar - so the brain starts to crave sweeter foods," says Koch. Research is still out on whether artificial sweeteners, many of which contain aspartame, cause cancer and neurological programs, but science has confirmed that they spur weight gain and increase appetite.
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Canned tomatoes especially? Hmm, didn't know that. That's too bad. I have a supply of some canned tomatoes on hand, but we also bottle up our own from my husband's garden. 
"Not only are we all in the same boat, but we are all seasick.” --G.K. Chesterton
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(09-01-2016, 09:13 AM)Jacafamala Wrote: Canned tomatoes especially? Hmm, didn't know that. That's too bad. I have a supply of some canned tomatoes on hand, but we also bottle up our own from my husband's garden.

Ya, the canned variety is most problematic and has been for some time. I can recall that when you 'forget' about some cans in the cabinet and one may be a can of tomatoes, its usually the one that bursts and makes a mess. This problem was seemingly nearly solved with the advent of plastic linings, but the very acidic nature of tomatoes remained and it effected those plastic liners as well, drawing out chemicals from the plastics and integrating them in the product.

Glassware is decidedly the best container, and for me, I save much of the glassware that I buy my storage ('canned') foods in. They are reusable and they can be used many times over. When I have finished a meal, for instance, I will put the leftovers in a large mouth glass container while the food is still hot. I close it up tight and put it in the fridge. It will vacuum seal and there is no growth, no mold, etc. in the food. Some, I've tried storing without refrigeration after the initial sealing process I outlined above. The vacuum has remained quite well and the food stores nicely, but I still have a 'healthy' respect for the possibility of failure in this system, so I am vigilant at making sure there is no pressure in the bottle when I open it as opposed to the desired vacuum pop to the lid when I open it.
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(09-01-2016, 09:57 AM)Zedta Wrote:
(09-01-2016, 09:13 AM)Jacafamala Wrote: Canned tomatoes especially? Hmm, didn't know that. That's too bad. I have a supply of some canned tomatoes on hand, but we also bottle up our own from my husband's garden.

Ya, the canned variety is most problematic and has been for some time. I can recall that when you 'forget' about some cans in the cabinet and one may be a can of tomatoes, its usually the one that bursts and makes a mess. This problem was seemingly nearly solved with the advent of plastic linings, but the very acidic nature of tomatoes remained and it effected those plastic liners as well, drawing out chemicals from the plastics and integrating them in the product.

Glassware is decidedly the best container, and for me, I save much of the glassware that I buy my storage ('canned') foods in. They are reusable and they can be used many times over. When I have finished a meal, for instance, I will put the leftovers in a large mouth glass container while the food is still hot. I close it up tight and put it in the fridge. It will vacuum seal and there is no growth, no mold, etc. in the food. Some, I've tried storing without refrigeration after the initial sealing process I outlined above. The vacuum has remained quite well and the food stores nicely, but I still have a 'healthy' respect for the possibility of failure in this system, so I am vigilant at making sure there is no pressure in the bottle when I open it as opposed to the desired vacuum pop to the lid when I open it.
It's a good idea. I have the vacuum sealer attachment for my food saver and use that to suck the air out of glass jars. Food lasts for a couple weeks.

The worst foods: corn and soy. They're now virtually all gentetically modified in the USA unless the label indicates otherwise. All the livestock are eating the corn and soy, too. Ugh. Roundup ready resistant veggies. These chemicals are causing problems in the animals, like all sorts of cancers. Monsatan is the devil.
"Not only are we all in the same boat, but we are all seasick.” --G.K. Chesterton
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I eat very little canned corn and what I do eat of corn is the locally grown variety. Thankfully, one source from the UF Ag center says there is no GMO corn grown in Florida. As for the soy, well I avoid it because I am allergic to it, especially in raw form. When I (rarely) eat a hot dog, it upsets my digestion from the soy fillers they use in almost all of the brands these days...even Hebrew National and Nathan's, two of my once favorites.

It's getting expensive to eat these days and one has to become quite particular of what one can even obtain to eat. Local stuff or home grown does seem the best.

Here on my place, I've had a big influx of nematodes which wiped out my corn crop and deer came and ate up my watermelon plants. Had a great crop, lat year, of different beans, but the onions and peanuts and potatoes succumbed to the worms (nematodes). That was my first warning, I guess.

My strawberries did well and the persimmons are about to be ripening, no black berries, none, this year, but lots last year. Blueberries were scant, but better than last year, but the plants don't look good now.  No pecans, again this year and other fruit trees are young and most are thriving, but no fruit. Wild grapes are not producing this year either. Tomatoes took a beating from big green caterpillars and especially grasshoppers.

I planted a couple of Moringa trees, maybe they'll do well next year. They are just a few feet tall so far.

Odd season.
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(09-02-2016, 09:41 AM)Zedta Wrote: I eat very little canned corn and what I do eat of corn is the locally grown variety. Thankfully, one source from the UF Ag center says there is no GMO corn grown in Florida. As for the soy, well I avoid it because I am allergic to it, especially in raw form. When I (rarely) eat a hot dog, it upsets my digestion from the soy fillers they use in almost all of the brands these days...even Hebrew National and Nathan's, two of my once favorites.

It's getting expensive to eat these days and one has to become quite particular of what one can even obtain to eat. Local stuff or home grown does seem the best.

Here on my place, I've had a big influx of nematodes which wiped out my corn crop and deer came and ate up my watermelon plants. Had a great crop, lat year, of different beans, but the onions and peanuts and potatoes succumbed to the worms (nematodes). That was my first warning, I guess.

My strawberries did well and the persimmons are about to be ripening, no black berries, none, this year, but lots last year. Blueberries were scant, but better than last year, but the plants don't look good now.  No pecans, again this year and other fruit trees are young and most are thriving, but no fruit. Wild grapes are not producing this year either. Tomatoes took a beating from big green caterpillars and especially grasshoppers.

I planted a couple of Moringa trees, maybe they'll do well next year. They are just a few feet tall so far.

Odd season.

Yes, food is expensive and I've got a full house to feed here for sure. That's good to know about corn grown in Florida

Sorry to hear about the bug infestations. They're always such a trial.

Early on we had great lettuce and we'll plant more in the fall.

I'd say we don't have half the tomatoes we did last year. 2015 saw enough to get me through until the next harvest. Not this year.

The birds always get our berries, even with the nets and screens. My husband bought a fake owl, but if they could, they'd laugh at it.

On a happier note, the eggplant and zucchini are really doing well. Peppers too! We had some potatoes--that was a new crop for us. Carrots were a bust.
"Not only are we all in the same boat, but we are all seasick.” --G.K. Chesterton
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