Avoid Ruining the Health Benefits of Your Salad

Mar 17

Many people try to do the right thing by ordering a salad at lunch, or having one with their dinner at home, only to ruin the health benefits of that good choice by going with the wrong salad dressing.  A dirty little secret in the food industry is that most salad dressings are FULL of terrible ingredients that we all should be avoiding.  I wanted to demonstrate this by comparing two different Caesar salad dressings side by side.  The first salad dressing is a popular one under the Wishbone brand name, while the second one is an organic one marketed under the 365 brand name found at Whole Foods.  Let’s dissect what’s in each one of them to determine the best choice.  First up, Wishbone’s Caesar dressing:   Let’s break down some of these ingredients and some of the associated side effects: Soybean Oil: Derived from GMO soybeans.  Consuming GMO’s has been linked to an increase in food allergies, increased body toxicity leading to diseases such as cancer, negative reproductive effects, negative effects to the digestive system, and genetic effects. Phosphoric Acid: can cause dermatitis, pain, tearing, blurred vision, difficulty swallowing or breathing and gastrointestinal problems. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees — and potentially even triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and more. Sodium Benzoate: a known carcinogenic (cancer causing) additive.  It chokes out your body’s nutrients at the DNA cellular level by depriving mitochondria cells of oxygen, sometimes completely shutting them down. Just as humans need oxygen to breathe, cells need oxygen to function properly and to fight off infection, including cancer. Calcium Disodium EDTA: on the FDA priority list of food additives to be studied for mutagenic, teratogenic, subsacute, and reproductive effects.   Could cause kidney damage, cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, low blood pressure, skin problems, and fever. Corn Syrup: Derived from GMO corn.  See above for effects of GMO consumption. Autolyzed Yeast Extract: Same components as MSG listed above. Natural and Artificial Flavors: Man made chemical combinations for which there is no sure way of know what is in them and...

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Eating Healthy On The Road

Mar 13

Deb and I were recently faced with the difficult decision of whether to go to Mayo Clinic to have my son Kyle go through surgery to remove a brain tumor that was posing major problems.  After weighing our options, we decided that the associated risks with not moving forward with the surgery forced us to say yes and to leave the rest up to the surgeon and God.  We knew that we would be gone for ten days including a stop at my in-laws that was on the way.  But this isn’t a blog about my son’s surgery (which went well thank God), it’s a blog about how to try to eat as clean as possible while on the road. We had been to Mayo a month before to discuss our son’s case with a variety of doctors, and while we were there, we were able to find a People’s Coop Food Market that focused on providing organic produce and a variety of organic/gmo free varieties of snacks as well.  They also offered healthy lunch items, and a great salad bar.  We even had some incredible friends call ahead on our behalf and order us a gift card to shop there and a lunch to pick up!! If you are traveling and looking to eat healthy in the city you’re traveling to, it may be an easy proposition or more difficult depending on the size.  In a large city, finding a Whole Foods or something like it should be relatively easy.  When traveling to a town the size of Rochester, MN it may take a little more effort.  I would try to Google “Food Coop City State” that you are traveling to and see what comes back.  We purchased everything that we wanted for breakfast there to avoid the buffet at the hotel, and lots of healthy snacks for us and Kyle while were in the hospital during his recovery.  This especially included a variety of healthy organic fruits. When it comes to finding a healthy restaurant option to eat at, this may be more difficult.  I tried to Google “Organic Restaurant Rochester MN” and didn’t have much luck.  I then tried the best method I know of which...

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