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Issue #015-- Beware... Buying out of Bulk Bins is Dangerous to Your Health
September 15, 2004

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September 15, 2004 Issue #015


1) Beware... Buying out of Bulk Bins is Dangerous to Your Health
2) Grains Revisited
3) Healthy Recipe of the Month
4) Your Healthy Eating Support Group Tip
5) Healthy Products and Services

Beware... Buying out of Bulk Bins is Dangerous to Your Health

Most health food and whole food grocery stores offer a variety of grains, nuts and seed and snack foods in bulk bins. It's generally cheaper than the prepackaged selections. And it's convenient - you can choose exactly how little or much you want to buy.

However, you may be getting more than you bargained for out of those bins, and it's not for your benefit. This mysterious extra ingredient is a cancer-causing by-product of mold that grows on nuts, seeds and grains, called aflatoxins. You may have heard about aflatoxins contaminating peanuts. It is for this reason, many health conscious people avoid eating peanuts and peanut butter, and instead choose almonds and other varieties of raw nuts.

Aflatoxins are odorless, tasteless and colorless, and are undetectable, except through laboratory testing. They infect the inhabitants of bulk bins whether they are commercially grown or organic. The best way to avoid the growth of aflatoxins on your grains, nuts and seeds is to:

  • buy prepackaged
  • store in cool air-tight containers

If you think you've been exposed to aflatoxins, you may want to take a chlorophyll rich product to reduce the DNA damage that results from exposure to this deadly toxin. Here are two products that I highly recommend:

Both of these products are not only chlorophyll-rich to help you to detoxify your body, but are also rich in antioxidants, immune supporting herbs, enzymes and probiotics and are whole food based. Either one of these products would be a good choice to help you to eliminate harmful toxins from your body and support your body with good whole food nutrition.

Grains Revisited

In response to some questions that arose about grains from a previous issue...

The body doesn't really need grains. It needs complex carbohydrates, preferably high fiber, above-ground vegetables. Grains and below ground vegetables, like potatoes, carrots, beets, etc. are high in starch and sugars and trigger the release of insulin in the body. The body is limited in its ability to store carbohydrates. If you eat more carbs than your body needs and can use, the excess is converted into fat via insulin.

Eating too much fruit also triggers an insulin response.

If you want to eat grains and the starchy vegetables, just eat them in small amounts and make sure the grains are whole and not processed.

If you are a vegan or vegetarian, it is important to note that vegan and vegetarian diets are high starch diets. Vegetarian sources of protein are also sources of carbohydrates. If you are following a vegan or vegetarian diet and have problems with weight, fatigue, low energy, or sugar cravings, you may want to reconsider whether a vegtarian diet is really for you.

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your comments or questions about this discussion. I cannot answer each question individually, but I will attempt to address questions in the next newsletter.

Healthy Recipe of the Month

Colorful Stir-Fry

1/2 medium onion thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 large red pepper cut in thin strips
1 large green pepper cut in thin strips
1 medium zucchini thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
Celtic Sea salt to taste
Italian Herbs to taste.

Slightly warm coconut oil on medium heat. Add all vegetables and stir frequently for 5 minutes. Add salt and herbs. Cover and simmer on low heat till tender, stirring occasionally.

Your Healthy Eating Support Group Tip

The single most important thing you can do for good health is to chew your food well.

Healthy Products and Services

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Healthy Eating Coaching
If you would like personal, one-on-one help to get yourself eating healthfully, I offer healthy eating coaching/nutritional consulting services by telephone. The first session is free. You just have to pay for the call.

To schedule your no charge evaluation, send me an e-mail with NO CHARGE EVALUATION in the subject line. Tell me what your concerns are, what times you are available, and what time zone you're in. I will send you an e-mail with your appointment date and time, and the phone number for you to call.

Written by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Your Personal Online Healthy Eating Coach
(c) copyright 2004

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