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Awful Additives!

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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

 

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It’s Looking Up!

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Organic Bananas, Carrots and Blue Corn tortillas chips made with Certified Organic Blue Corn.
These are regular favorites: the bananas go in our morning smoothie with assorted fruits, the chips are for our lunch.
The Carrots are for all of us.
All pictures by Walkingfox

 

Things have been looking much better lately at the two local stores where I normally buy our food, which are Walmart and Publix.

This week, for example, some very kind people, showed me the newest Organic sections in each of the stores and they were, I hate to admit, quite impressive.

Not only is Walmart trying harder, they actually seem to like hearing, thank you when they do something, as in bringing in a new Organic product that you like.

The newest purchases this week included Organics that were: fresh, frozen or packaged.

A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

I came home happier with my finds, than I have been in many weeks.

Now for the first time in a very long time, every meal that we have, has an Organic ingredient, or product in it.

The great new Organic Pasta Section at Publix is just awesome.

There are many varieties of both Pasta and Sauces galore and all are Organic.

Love it.

There are Organic things there from around the world and some,  I am delighted to say, are completely new to me.

Have you ever heard of Bavaette Lavorazione Artigianale?

It is an imported Spinach Pasta to die for!

I top it with a great Organic Basil Pesto mixed with the Garlic Alfredo from Newman’s Own.

There will be a picture here of it, when we have it next.

More good and inspiring news for we long-suffering Organic lovers here on the East side of Lake County.

There will be a new Aldi going in quite near to us soon and you can bet that I will be checking out their Organics.

We have not been to their store in the Villages since gas prices went up  and the store is nearly 30 miles away.

But the new one will be right here in our neighborhood.

Wahoo!

Aldi’s has always carried quite a few Organics and here’s hoping that the new store will have expanded on their already good selections.

It’s looking up!

 

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Paul Newman in 1963
Picture credit: Wikipedia
Philanthropists give me hope for us as a species.

These are the wonderful people who make an enormous amount of money and then choose to give it away, or at least share a great deal of with those in need.

Perhaps it was a direct result of the fact that we had some of his pasta sauce for dinner last night, that Paul Newman’s name immediately came to my mind for a post on Philanthropists.

This son of Jewish Hungarian/ Polish immigrants would become one of the most beloved and well-known celebrities of his time.

Sadly, Paul has left us now, but his great work and generous donations live on through his Global Organization, Newman’s Own, and this franchise, ” as of 2013, has donated in excess of $380 Million ”   –  Wikipedia

This movie star, actor, race car driver and political activist attracted legions of admirers all of his life, but he is dearest to my heart primarily because of his great concern and compassion for so many others, all of his life.

It doesn’t hurt that he is also a fellow Buckeye!

Paul’s life was full and rich and filled to the brim with accolades for films and racing, but to me, it was what he did away from the glitz of Fame, that made him such a remarkable human being.

A true mark of his infinite wisdom and great class, was in his choosing and remaining married to his beautiful wife, the quite talented actress Joanne Woodward for 50 years.

Newman, who was well-known for his quick wit and clever humor, never avoided sharing advice laced with humor, as with this great line about marital fidelity:
” Why go out for a hamburger when you have steak at home? ” –  Wikipedia

He did indeed have steak at home and it was Filet Mignon in my opinion.

Newman’s Own began in 1982 with writer, partner E. A. Hotchner and the extensive list of products that they now produce includes, everything from pasta sauce to pet food, as is aptly demonstrated with the newest Newman Company Branch that  includes Organics like,  pet products, snacks and coffee.

Newman’s name can now be found on everything from popcorn, to pet food and pizzas.

I am a great supporter of the Organic arm of his Company and we have tried many of the products and like the fact that with every purchase,  we are helping someone, somewhere.

The one common ingredient in all of the products that the Newman Companies provide and produce is: quality.

Aside from the multitude of great food products, this warm and generous soul began in 1988, a wonderful place for kids with serious illnesses with his “Hole in the Wall Gang  Camps.

Although for millions around the world, Paul Newman will always be remembered as the quintessential, glamorous and exciting, movie star/actor, to me, he was much, much more, he was Paul Newman, the Philanthropist.

 

Places to learn more:

Biography

Paul Newman

Paul Newman – IMDB

Newman’s Own

Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Serious Fun Children’s Network

An Obituary

 

 

Organic Dog Food

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Our  sweet Breanna  with her Santa Moose~

 

Beginning this Organic Blog has introduced us to a new world of healthy foods and next we want to be sure that Breanna is eating Organic as well.

We have been feeding her what we considered to be a wonderful diet, for the past three years that she has been with us, but now we are about to go in search of a new Organic food for her.

We know about all of the reasons that she should be eating Organic, but were not aware before, that it existed.

Now that we do, the hunt is on for the best one.

She has been eating Wellness Core Ocean since she turned one year old, it was suggested by the maker, that we wait until then to switch her off of her Wellness Puppy food and we did.

She has loved this food and the rest of her diet, so why change now?

A very simple reason, we do not want ANY chemicals or pesticides in her food.

One of the things that disturbed me the most when I first began searching for her food, was the fact that too many companies were using  Ethoxyquin  as a preservative, which is a known pesticide produced by guess who, Monsanto, of course.

This was the beginning of my hostility towards this Company and it has only deteriorated since.

This search is going to take time, as there are now, unlike three years ago, quite a few makers of Organic Dog Food.

The list of those in contention includes the following:

Newman’s Own, Blue Wilderness, Natural Planet Organics, Castor & Pollux Organix, Taste of the Wild, Natura Karma, Pet Guard, Royal Canin, Merrick, Canidae and Wellness.

If you have personal favorites, please tell us about them.

More will be added here as they are discovered and the final choice will be posted when it is decided upon.

Stay tuned dear Readers~

 

Places to learn more:

Ethoxyquin

Organic Dry Dog Food

Best Organic Dog Foods

The best organic pet food brands revealed

Organic Dog Food Reviews

Best Organic Dog Food

Choosing the Best Organic Dog Food Brands – What to look for

 

Spinach Quiche

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A perfect, for us, Spinach Quiche~
Picture credit: Walkingfox

 

This will be the first Recipe here for a good reason, it is one of our favorite quick dinners.

It would be perfect if all of its ingredients were Organic, but I buy what is available here~

To begin, assemble everything and try to use a bowl with a pour lip, if possible.

Rinse and drain the Spinach and set aside.

Crack five eggs into your bowl, then stir in your own personal favorite spices.

I add a bit of each of these three: California Style, Coarse Grind Garlic, Onion, McCormick’s Perfect Pinch, ORIGINAL All-Purpose Salt Free.

Next add the grated cheese and mustard, then pour in the half & half.

Finally add the rinsed and well-drained spinach.

Blend gently and pour into a frozen pie shell.

Bake and test with a knife half way in, to be sure it comes out clean.

We tend to like ours just a bit well done, so I add a few extra minutes for a nice brown crust.

Let the Quiche sit for 5-10 minutes, while you set the table, or other.

We like this with a loaded salad. ( Everything, but the kitchen sink)

Enjoy~

 

The ingredients are quite simple, please do try to buy as many Organics as you can find~

Preheat the Oven to 375ºF.

I Cup Organic Spinach (Rinse and drain)

5 Grade A Large Eggs ( Eggland’s Best, All Natural, Vegetarian Fed hens)

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese ( We use Colby/Jack)

1/2 Cup Half and Half

1/2 Cup crispy, crunchy, Turkey Bacon, broken into small pieces ( I use Louis Rich or Oscar Meyer )

1/2 to I Teaspoon Dijon Mustard, to taste.

I Frozen pie shell ( I buy Marie Callendars )

Add your own spices, as you like.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown, tested and set, at 375ºF.

 

 

Welcome~

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Your Coffee should always be Organic!
Picture: Public domain Wiki

 

This Blog is quite a broad departure from what I normally write about, which is Endangered Animals, Global Culture and Evil Corporations.

The impetus for beginning this Blog today, came from my continuing disappointment and failure to find anything, but a narrow range of real Organic products here in Florida.

As with today, all I wanted to do, was to find some Organic Spinach to use in a Quiche later this week, but it was simply not to be.

Wal Mart, which is where I normally buy much of our food from, always with an eye out for anything Organic, chooses not to carry Organic Spinach.

Today, lucky us,  they had Organic Bananas, yeah, once a month, this is their idea of a tiny reward, for the thousands of dollars that we spend there each year!

So, I had to, as usual, make a special trip and stop at a Publix to find it.

There are several places near us, that claim to carry Organic products, but upon discovery, they quite frequently are not.

Today, as a result of yet another frustrating trip in search of Organic anything and in what hopefully will not be a futile effort, to educate myself, perhaps find some like minds or kindred spirits along the way, this Blog begins.

This ongoing failure to find Organic anything, is only exacerbated by the fact that after living in Southern California for more than 30 years and having easy, convenient access to healthy Organic Food and countless other products,  coming to Florida is just so hard to adjust to.

People often  refer to this phenomena of coming here, as “culture shock,” but  in this case, it is ” food shock.”

The Journey will be a hopefully joint venture, or effort, with you and me.

I know that real Organic products are out there, but as the title at the top says:  finding it, aye,  there’s the rub!

We shall begin….

 

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