Finding it, aye there's the rub~

Archive for the ‘azodicarbonamide’ Category

Delicious, Delightful Dining

Lake_OsceolaWinter_Park,_Florida
Lake Osceola, Winter Park, Florida
Picture credit: Hugh C. Leighton

 

Two stories on our local news this morning, are reason for Florida food lovers to celebrate, as both involve great food and great places to eat it.

As if they were reading the collective minds of all of their customers, one of our favorite places to eat, Chipotle, has announced that they are now serving zero GMO foods at their restaurants.

Chipotle has become, after living in California for over 30 years, my favorite place here for Mexican food.

They have many excellent, healthy choices of great food that is carefully watched over and most delicious.

This is just a beginning, hopefully many, or all Global eateries will soon follow their exemplary example.

Those in the food serving industry can no longer afford to insult or offend their customers and this latest move by a big chain member, is a positive response for the greater good, unlike the negative one last year by Subway, when they were accused by a Blogger with a terse expose concerning the quite nasty rubber mat ingredient, azodicarbonamide, which was found in their bread, forcing them to quickly back pedal and remove the foreign substance.

This latest move by Chipotle is in keeping with the company’s long time mantra of serving clean, safe, healthy food.

It is becoming increasingly apparent, that when we the people, speak with one loud and clear voice, companies DO respond!

Locally, the trendy and elegant town of Winter Park, a favorite dining and shopping destination for so many, has announced that they are petitioning all restaurants in the town to go  ” Smoke Free.”

The voluntary initiative called  “Breathe Free Winter Park”  is already quite a success, with roughly 25 eateries already on board.

This is a very smart move for all involved, as absolutely no one should have to breathe smoke when they are eating.

Clean air, is better for the consumers and better for those who work in the industry.

My only complaint about this delightful, little shopping paradise, which I find on par with many of the best in California, is the ugly parking situation.

The town fathers simply must find a solution to this, somehow.

Yes, there is a Chipotle in Winter Park on the corner of 17/92 and Fairbanks and once the parking issues are solved and our food no longer has any GMO’s in them, we can all enjoy delicious, delightful dining!

 

Places to learn more:

Chipotle Completes Plan to Remove GMOs From All Ingredients

Chipotle nixes genetically modified ingredients from its menu

Chipotle is now GMO-free

Winter Park aims to be first city in Central Florida with all smoke-free restaurants

Winter Park program would make restaurants entirely smoke-free

Winter Park wants restaurants to offer ‘smoke-free’ patios

 

What Are You Eating?

Fruit_Stall_in_Barcelona_Market
A Fruit stall in a market in Barcelona, Spain.
Picture credit: Daderot.

 

Three items in my email this morning concerning healthy eating and food, need to be shared.

The first was about the ongoing battle with Monsanto, Kraft and their friends at DuPont and Pepsi, in their efforts to defeat the GMO labeling propositions in the upcoming elections.

These bullies are spending millions in the two states where it is once again, on the ballot.

It will take a miracle to defeat the kind of money that this monster company and their comrades in crime possess.

This type of legislation against GMO’s has been defeated in nearly every state where it has been on the ballot so far, with only Maine, Connecticut and Vermont actually succeeding to get it passed.

There is simply not enough opposition  money to fight these huge, powerful Corporations.

Consumers have repeatedly spoken out strongly about their feelings on GMO’s not being labeled, but it has fallen on deaf ears everywhere.

Why?

Because no one can afford or wants to have these Giants as their enemies.

These Companies know exactly where to put their money and have strong lobbyists and greedy politicians in their pockets.

The next news item was about the myriad of foods that are still being sold everywhere, that contain the rubber mat additive azodicarbonamide, that was recently dumped by Sub Way after being outed and ashamed by a tenacious Blogger who exposed them.

But, yikes there are hundreds more food products still out there that have it in them and few know it.

Please check out this list below and refuse to buy their product until the rubber mats are removed.

Also, please do tell the individual Companies and the stores why you are refusing to buy it as well.

Strength in numbers!

And last but definitely, not least by any means, is a lengthy report on something very close to my heart.

Can your diet really fight and or defeat cancer?

After reading this story about this man and his work, I was thrilled.

The thinking of this brilliant scientist, T. Colin Campbell, is something that I have strongly believed in for many years and I concur with nearly 100 % of this conclusions.

As with Dr. Campbell, I also believe that the consumption of animals is a very bad thing, for them and for us.

This retired professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell, has devoted his entire life to finding the healthiest ways to eat.

His work was at first widely praised, but then as bottom lines were being threatened by his accurate findings, those who had previously soundly supported and admired him, fell away.

This man will not back down, he knows what is at stake.

If you would like to explore the possibility of starting yourself and your loved ones on a new path,  away from a life of unhealthy eating, won’t you please read the story?

If for no other reason, than to perhaps consider a healthier alternative to a meat based diet.

Better yet, ask  yourself this question: what are you eating?

 

Places to learn more:

In GMO Labeling Initiative Fight, Those Against Are Spending All the Money

500 Foods That Contain a Chemical Found in Yoga Mats

Can Cancer Be Prevented—And Even Cured—Through Diet? This Scientist Is Convinced It Can

 

Awful Additives!

Eucheumadenticulatum
Eucheuma denticulatumor or  Carrageenan
Picture credit:  Wikipedia –  Stina Tano

 

This is an Organic Blog, so why do I want to talk to you about additives you may wonder?

Here’s why.

Harmful, even dangerous additives are being added to our foods claiming to be Organic and few of us truly know the affects that they may have our bodies.

Because I have such a wide genetic background that includes Native American, I think, my reactions or over reactions, to chemicals and food additives, may be likely just in a small minority of humans?

Yesterday I had, what I was hoping would become a new favorite: Spinach Garlic Pizza by Di Gorno.

There were so many claims on the box about how natural it was, but waking up this morning with, “the headache,” that always accompanies one of the “awful additives” that I am affected by, I knew the answer before I even read the ingredient label.

Sure enough, about half way down the list, was the dreaded word I did not want to find:  Carrageenan.

I was in a hurry last night and much to my regret, did not read the label on this new product.

Idiot!

If this word, this additive, is new to you, please read on.

The first time that I became aware of this food additive and its ugly affects on me, was several years ago.

There was a story on the morning news about a new additive that people were having nasty reactions to.

From that point on, I searched for it in every product.

Please keep in mind two things when scanning your labels from now on.

This product is made from a sea weed, much of it coming from Asia, where nuclear meltdowns are now becoming increasingly all too common.

This product is allowed in VEGETARIAN  hot dogs!

Carrageenan  is a cheap thickener, or filler, used in so many products now, you may need a score card to keep track.

The very definition of it, explains why I have so much trouble with it:

“Carageenan is a linear sulphated polysaccharides that are extracted from red edible seaweeds” – Wikipedia

I am highly allergic to  sulfur,  think Penicillin!

Predominantly it is used in ice cream products and anything that has a sauce, after that it is difficult to list all of them.

There are thousands, it is, OMG, even in our shampoo and toothpaste!

The reaction to it for me, is always the same, a nasty miserable headache, stomach pain and well you know……

One new-found affect recently discovered, is “brain fog,” or feeling just slightly off and not knowing why.

The other additive that I want to talk about is  maltodextrin.

It preceded Carrageenan in my life and was just as debilitating, with nearly identical affects and reactions.

I had just begun to feel like I had conquered the demon and BAM, they started putting Carrageenan in everything.

So, back to square one for label reading.

Many years before either of these two were a part of my life, I found that I had terrible reactions to MSG.

I will not expand on this product because most people are already quite aware of its deleterious effects.

But back to the beginning of this story.

It is very disturbing to me and hopefully to you as well, that Carrageenan can be added to Organic products.

The very definition of Organic is to give the consumer a feeling of safety in a chosen product.

But if the FDA and whoever else has allowed this to happen, is green lighting Carrageenan in Organics, when it clearly does not belong there, what else are they letting slide in?

As always, read your labels and let those who control everything that we eat and use in this country, especially the FDA, know how you feel about this kind of behavior.

If you don’t think that we have a huge effect on bad Company practices, remember the Bread at Sub Way that was being made with rubber mat materials?

They stopped doing this and now even proudly claim and announce in their commercials that azodicarbonamide is no longer used.

This was, although completely denied by Sub Way, the direct result of a massive, hugely successful Blogging Campaign to expose it, by one very determined woman, who would not back down.

God Bless her tenacity, her temerity!

We are, as we should be, in control of what we buy in this Country and we need to send the message loud and clear to all those who make and approve these awful additives to be included in our food.

In the U.S., carrageenan is allowed under FDA regulations”  –  Wikipedia

 

Places to learn more:

Carrageenan – Wikipedia

Dr. Andrew Weil talks about Carrageenan

The Natural Ingredient You Should Ban From Your Diet

Shopping Guide to Avoiding Organic Foods with Carrageenan

Maltodextrin

Sulfur – Wikipedia

Subway Bread Made With Yoga Mat and Shoe Rubber Time to Remove 

Uncovering Hidden Food Allergies & Food Sensitivities

Carrageenan what? Beware of this ingredient

 

Kids Gallore

Food, Fashion & Health For the Little Ones

Never Backward

"There is no substitute for reputation. It is like virginity, once lost, you cannot take it back.... " --Mirriam Defensor Santiago"

A walk in my shoes

Fashion coffee and everything in between ...

Lynn Thaler

Weird and Random Thoughts

Poetry Madness

Poems on Life, Love, Nature and sheer Madness by Steven Humphreys

BLOG DA UNIQUE

Devaneios, devaneios...

Quarksire

Q's werld a werld of introspection retrospectyion complication, yet simplicity overiding all so to see the reality is only but to lewk upon it with a gentle gaze. Unto Infinity and Beyond.

cryptogin

Analyzer of Monsters

D-ale copilăriei

"Toţi fugim după copilăria noastră. La 12 ani fugim după zmee. Pe urmă fugim după sufletul nostru de copil". (Francis Blanche, 1921 -1974)

bexybexybexy.wordpress.com/

An activist for a kinder, more natural world.

"OUR WORLD"

Working together to make the world a better place to live! A fine WordPress.com site

I Know I Made You Smile

cartoons/humor/fiction/nonfiction

osarobohenry

Just another WordPress.com site

Cornish Chough

Notes of a Naturalist

THE WIND-UP RAZOR CHRONICLES

Photography, books, music, shaving, fishing . . .

Umesh Kaul

Traveler!!!! on the road

AMERICA ON COFFEE

Americans' daily coffee ritual.....

"William's Window"

"Poetry & Rhymes" by William Hancock

on the road with Animalcouriers

pet transport through Europe and beyond

Emilio Cogliani

Environmental Care , Web Insights and Emerging Trends

The Sanguine Sol

Thoughts In Words

Eye-Dancers

A site devoted to the Young Adult sci-fi/fantasy novel The Eye-Dancers