For "Foodie Friday":
5 Essential Vitamins and the Foods Where You’ll Get Them
"Are you getting all the nutrients you need? A study published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis found that about 30% of the calories that Americans consume daily come from sweets, desserts, sodas, alcohol, and salty snacks – foods that are not on the longevity checklist, and actually lead to illness down the road.
Keep reading to find out which foods can give you the nutrients required to keep your health in top shape!: More at: http://blog.doctoroz.com/oz-experts/5-essential-vitamins-and-the-foods-youll-get-them-from
Group Finds More Fake Ingredients in Popular Foods
"The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), discovered rising numbers of fake ingredients in products from olive oil to spices to fruit juice."
Counterfeit Food -- Food Fraud in America
"People wondering how safe their food really is. A BILLION DOLLAR underground industry is more deceptive then many people realize. Whether it's from a grocery store or farmers market, you might be a victim of food fraud."
The Blueberry Deception: Fake blueberries made from chemicals and petroleum byproducts.
"The blueberries found in blueberry bagels, cereals, breads and muffins are REAL blueberries right? Wrong! Award-winning investigative journalist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, exposes the deceptive chemical ingredients and dishonest marketing of "blueberry" products from big-name food and cereal companies. The blueberries, it turns out, are made from artificial colors, hydrogenated oils and liquid sugars."
Water. It's the main ingredient. But like any whipped product, Cool Whip contains a high percentage of air. At 41 cents per ounce, you're buying mostly water and air for just over twice what it would cost to whip real cream yourself.
Natural and Artificial Flavorings
Cool Whip doesn't really taste like much, but Kraft's recipe for blandness is a trade secret. That means the company doesn't have to disclose the specific flavorings.
Corn Syrup and High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Sugar by other names. Corn syrup is mostly glucose. High-fructose corn syrup is corn syrup treated with amylase and other enzymes, which together help convert glucose into fructose. A diet high in fructose is known to make lab mice fatter than other diets, so keep your research animals away from Cool Whip.
Hydrogenated Coconut and Palm Kernel Oil
Cool Whip needs to feel like whipped cream in the mouth without actually being, you know, made with cream. One cheap, reliable way to replicate the texture is by using semi- solidified plant oils. The best method of solidifying plant oils: Bubble high- pressure hydrogen through them. Of course, if not done completely, the result is trans fat. These days, Kraft avoids that.
Polysorbates are made by polymerizing ethylene oxide (a precursor to antifreeze) with a sugar alcohol derivative. The result can be a detergent, an emulsifier, or, in the case of polysorbate 60, a major ingredient in some sexual lubricants.
Also common in powdered non-dairy creamer, this protein derived from cow milk helps oil and water mix.
Chemists call this stuff synthetic wax, and it's sometimes used as a hemorrhoid cream. It's one of the magical substances that keep Cool Whip from turning to liquid over time in the fridge.
Xanthan and Guar Gums
These are natural thickeners, and together they provide more viscosity than either does alone. Guar also helps retard the formation of ice crystals, another key to preserving fluffiness." From: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.05/st_coolwhip.html
Diet Foods Are Full Of Chemicals
"Many diets support the use of non-nutritional, highly chemicalized foods like fake fats and fake sugars. These chemicalized foods negatively affect body chemistry, cause low-level under-nourishment, and often encourage overeating when the dieter gets the signal that s/he is not getting nourishment.
Our bodies are not really designed to eat food made up mainly of chemicals. When we are able to connect with the wisdom of our bodies, we know what our bodies really crave—whole foods full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals (with the occasional piece of cake, of course!) Diet programs diminish our ability to make appropriate, real food choices.
This week, start looking at the lite, low-cal, low-fat, fat-free, etc. foods that you may have around and recognizing the ingredients that you may be ingesting." From: http://www.moreofmetolove.com/blogs/entry/diet-foods-are-full-of-chemicals-excerpted-from-stop-dieting-now/
On This Day:
Indians attack transcontinental railroad survey crew in Utah, Oct 25, 1853:
"On this day in 1853, Paiute Indians attack U.S. Army Captain John W. Gunnison and his party of 37 soldiers and railroad surveyors near Sevier Lake, Utah. Gunnison and seven other men were killed, but the survey party continued with its work and eventually reported its findings to the United States Congress.
Following Gunnison's death at the hands of the Paiute, his lieutenant, E.G. Beckwith, assumed command. Beckwith eventually found a potential railroad route through Weber Canyon in the Unita Mountains and discovered two feasible passes over the northern Sierra Nevada. The survey also provided valuable information on the geology, flora, and fauna of the West and set a high standard for subsequent explorers to follow. However, the results of neither the Gunnison/Beckwith survey nor any of the others succeeded in breaking the deadlock in Congress. Since no clearly superior route emerged from the volumes of maps and data gathered, the decision remained a political rather than scientific one. The issue would only be settled after the southern states seceded from the Union, leaving the matter in the hands of northern politicians."
United States invades Grenada, Oct 25, 1983:
"President Ronald Reagan, citing the threat posed to American nationals on the Caribbean nation of Grenada by that nation's Marxist regime, orders the Marines to invade and secure their safety. There were nearly 1,000 Americans in Grenada at the time, many of them students at the island's medical school. In little more than a week, Grenada's government was overthrown.
A number of Americans were skeptical of Reagan's defense of the invasion, noting that it took place just days after a disastrous explosion in a U.S. military installation in Lebanon killed over 240 U.S. troops, calling into question the use of military force to achieve U.S. goals. Nevertheless, the Reagan administration claimed a great victory, calling it the first "rollback" of communist influence since the beginning of the Cold War.
Misty and I took our walk around here, but she doesn't like that so much. We don't have the trails and scents of the animals from around the lake, like there are down at Jay's. Ducks come up on the lots, and sometimes we see armadillos, possum, nutria, and other wildlife scampering around down there. Poodles are hunting dogs, so she likes to track them. I am just glad that she still has an interest in those activities at her age. She is 18½ now.
Ray followed me to Pete's, the mechanic shop in Conroe. It was time for my van to have it's new upper ball joints installed. Then Ray brought me home.
His wife, Shay is now out of the hospital, but it still sick and very weak from her stomach virus, so he has had to play nursemaid with a bedpan, and wanted to get away from her for a while. Twice, he said he wished that she would forget his name, as she was calling out for him day and night. She is fortunate to have him there to wait on her. She has put a lot of things in her body that she didn't oughta, and now it is catching up with her. I know that she eats a lot of processed food by the amount of trash she has to be put out at the curb.
My last sick day in bed (not vehicle accidents, childbirth or surgeries) was at 3 years old, when I got my only childhood disease, measles, so it is difficult for me to relate to being sick all the time. "Der Mensch ist, was er ißt." That translates into English as 'man is what he eats'. When you see what junk some folks put in their shopping carts, and look at their pasty faces, you know that they aren't healthy.
It is still great weather here in the great state of Texas, one of the best months of the year. Another 'windows-and-doors-open' day.