June 17, 2015

June 17, 2015
24 Foods You Should Avoid at All Costs
Part 3

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and I hope you had a beary safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear is resting back to Idaho today to rest up after a very busy weekend so stay tuned for new pictures soon.

As we age we hopefully learn how to eat more healthy if we did not learn those facts as we were growing up. But do you know which 24 foods you should avoid at all costs? I started blogging on the issue Monday and it will continue all week. By removing the following meals and snacks from your kitchen cupboards, you will maximize your chances of staying fit and healthy for as long as possible:

#11. Soda

If you’re one of the many Americans who drinks soda every day, you may be causing damage to your body and your health. The recommended daily intake for sugar is six teaspoons, but just one can of soda contains ten teaspoons.

One hundred percent of the calories in soda come from sugar, and they’re empty calories, which means they have no vitamins, nutrients, proteins or essential fats.

Over time, a daily soda damages your teeth and promotes cavities. It weakens your bones, causes premature aging and can disrupt your hormone levels. Too much soda increases your risk for type-2 diabetes, as well as adult metabolic syndrome and cancer.

In addition to an enormous amount of sugar, there are chemicals in soda that you are much better off without. Perhaps the worst is brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, which is used in some sodas to prevent the artificial flavorings from separating.

BVO has been linked to nerve disorders, memory loss, visceral belly fat and insulin resistance. To give you an idea of the damage BVO can do to your body, it’s also used as a flame retardant in the production of plastics.

Sparkling water is a much healthier alternative to soda. It’s an acquired taste, but over time you will likely appreciate it for its refreshing taste and its hydrating qualities, which leave your skin more elastic and your body’s systems functioning more optimally.

#12. Diet Soda

Okay, so soda is bad. But diet soda is okay, right? Wrong. In fact, diet soda is even worse for you than regular soda, and the reason is in the very thing that makes diet soda so attractive to those who want the soda without the calories: Zero-calorie artificial sweeteners used in place of sugar.

It took a full 20 years for powerful lobbyists to win the FDA’s approval for the use of aspartame in food for human consumption.

A vast body of research shows that the side effects of artificial sweeteners like aspartame include severe migraines, joint pain, vision problems, insomnia, depression and memory loss.

Even scarier, recent studies have linked the consumption of aspartame to seizures and brain cancer, as well as to a twofold increase in the risk of kidney problems.

In addition to aspartame, diet soda contains the same nasty chemicals that are found in regular soda, including BVO, artificial flavorings and artificial colorings. But there’s something in diet soda that you won’t find in regular varieties.

Mold inhibitors are preservatives found in nearly all diet sodas that damage the DNA in the mitochondria, and commonly cause hives, asthma and other allergic reactions.

A diet soda every now and then probably won’t hurt you, but if you are constantly sipping on a Diet Coke, it may be time to look for other refreshment alternatives.

#13. Mayo, Ranch and Ketchup

Condiments add pizzazz to your food, but even small amounts of sauces like Ranch dressing, ketchup and mayonnaise consumed with regularity can have a cumulative detrimental effect on your health. Mayonnaise and Ranch dressing are extremely high in saturated fats, which, as we know by now, increase your risk for obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Even worse, these unhealthy fats come from soybean oil, which is the most highly processed and unhealthiest oil on the market.

It’s typically made from genetically modified (GM) soybeans, a potential health disaster in itself, considering GM soybeans are heavily doused in glyphosate, an herbicide that is highly dangerous to the human body. Soybean oil affects the body’s cells, causing rapid growth and abnormalities.

Mayonnaise is also high in high fructose corn syrup, and Ranch is rife with MSG, a flavor enhancer that is classified as an excitotoxin, which means that it overexcites the cells in your body to the point of cell damage and even cell death. Excitotoxins are linked to learning disabilities, brain damage, obesity, headaches, fatigue and depression.

High fructose corn syrup is a main ingredient in ketchup, and most corn syrup is made from genetically modified corn. Additionally, one tablespoon of ketchup contains four grams of sugar, which is one-fourth of the recommended daily intake of sugar for children.

Add to that the MSG, chemical anti-foaming agents and artificial colorings found in ketchup, and you’re dipping your fries into a red-colored chemical stew disguised as a wholesome, all-American condiment.

#14. Sprouts

Whether broccoli, bean, alfalfa or radish, sprouts add a delicious, healthy crunch to any deli sandwich or salad. Sprouts themselves are little health bombs, containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein.

It’s the dangerous growing conditions that make sprouts one of the major sources of food borne illness outbreaks across the globe.

Sprouts require warm, moist conditions for growth, which is the same environment in which bacteria thrives and multiplies.

In the past 20 years, contaminated sprouts have been the culprit in 40 major food borne illness outbreaks in the U.S., and in 1996 were responsible for one of the world’s largest E. coli outbreaks in Japan that killed twelve people and sickened more than 10,000, including many children.

As recently as 2011, contaminated sprouts resulted in an E. coli outbreak in Germany that killed 40 people and sent 3,500 to the hospital with symptoms ranging from kidney failure and anemia to dehydration from severe diarrhea and vomiting.

If you have to have that special crunchy addition to your turkey and avocado sandwich or pad thai, try shredding cabbage, broccoli or carrots for delicious flavor, crunchy texture and high nutritional value without the risk of hospitalization, or worse.

Sprouts just aren’t delicious enough or healthy enough to risk your life for.

#15. Genetically Modified Corn

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have been banned in over 25 countries, including the U.K, Japan, Australia and most of Europe. The reason? Scientists are unsure what kind of damage GMOs do to the body, although preliminary lab studies have shown that they result in the wasting away of rats and render their pups infertile and weak.

Genetically modified plants, in particular corn, are engineered to produce their own pesticides inside the plant, and also to survive heavy chemical applications.

Unfortunately, due to the growing lack of plant diversity due to cross pollination with natural plants, they are much less likely to be able to handle drought, fungus and pests than non-GMO plants. This means that more water and more chemicals are required to keep them “healthy.”

This excessive chemical use is linked to the growing disappearance of bees, as well as to the decline of the monarch butterfly. The primary food source of monarchs is milkweed. So much of this plant has been cross-pollinated with genetically modified corn that milkweed has become poisonous to the butterflies.

While most other countries have banned GMOs entirely, the U.S., due to heavy-handed corporate interests outweighing common sense in the government, not only embraces GMOs, but also is not required to label them on packaging for foods sold in the U.S. However, some manufacturers voluntarily label their food “Non-GMO,” and it’s in your best interest to opt for foods with this label.

I'll continue these blogs through the rest of the week. Hope these tips help you stay alive and you have a beary safe and great Wednesday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab