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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

 

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

 

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