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June 30, 2006 Issue #037
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1) Shopping For Healthy Food
2) Wal Mart To Sell Organic Food
3) Consumer group sues FDA over biotech foods
4) Healthy Products and Services
Shopping For Healthy Food
A Reader Asks:
Where can I find healthy foods without all the additives?
What should I look for when shopping for meats and dairy?
The best choice for healthy foods without all the additives is to choose fresh whole foods rather than processed and packaged foods. If you do buy packaged foods, shop in a whole foods market or in the health food aisle of your supermarket AND read the labels on every package very carefully. If you don't already have one, get a copy of
FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide...
to help you determine if the ingredients in the packaged foods you're buying are healthy.
When shopping for meats and dairy, choose meats, poultry, dairy and eggs from animals that are grass fed, free range, hormone and antibiotic free. In addition, milk, cheese and yogurt products should be raw. When pasteurized, the enzymes are killed and the nutrients are not available to your body.
You'll find more info about raw milk and its safety here
Wal Mart To Sell Organic Food
Wal Mart to sell organic foods later this year. But beware, just as our organic standards have been eroded by a recent bill in Congress, organic standards are likely to suffer more. Wal promises to offer the prices of organic food at just 10% more than itís commercial foods.
Read the full article**
to understand the full ramifications of Wal Mart selling organic foods and to see if you want to go for their cheap price at the expense of organic quality. Personally, Iíll stick with Jimboís, my local organic grocer.
**Youíll need to register with the New York Times to read the full article, but there's no charge.
Consumer group sues FDA over biotech foods
June 7, 2006, San Diego Union Tribune/Reuters
A lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks to force the U.S. government to conduct mandatory reviews of genetically engineered foods and require labeling of such foods once they are approved.
The Center for Food Safety's suit against the Food and Drug Administration comes after years of lobbying by environmental and consumer groups for more stringent regulation and labeling of biotech crops. Genetically modified crops, such as soybeans, corn, and canola, are grown widely throughout the United States, and the world leader in development and marketing of the gene-altered crops is...Monsanto. Yet the United States requires no independent testing of these crops or the food products they are used in, does not mandate what data companies must submit for review, and does not require that foods that contain biotech crops be labeled.
CFS and more than fifty consumer and environmental groups, filed a legal petition with the FDA in March 2000, asking the agency to adopt a more rigorous approach to biotech food regulation, but the CFS said Wednesday that the FDA had ignored the petition.
At various times over the last several years, different scientists, including some within the FDA, have warned that altering the genetic makeup of a food plant by inserting genes from one organism into another...could trigger unexpected food allergies, create toxins in food, or spread antibiotic-resistant disease. CFS said the tests that exposed that potential hazard have not been conducted on any of the genetically modified foods currently marketed.
Note: Many laboratory animals died in scientific tests of GM foods, yet this news has yet to be reported in the major media. If you want to understand the risks involved with the ever-increasing numbers of genetically modified organisms in the food you eat,
read Seeds Of Deception
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 Products and Services
The 2004 Edition of
FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not
800 food additives classified according to safety, whether they may cause
allergic reactions and if they are GRAS Generally Recognized As Safe) by
the FDA. New to this edition is information on how to identify genetically
modified produce in the grocery store. It's a handy pocket-sized book that you
can carry with you when
you shop to help you read food labels and make sure the food you're buying
has only healthy ingredients. It will help you choose healthy foods when you
shop and keep harmful chemicals out of the food you feed your family.
If the above link doesn't work, copy http://www.healthyeatingadvisor.com/foodadditives.html
into the address line on your browser.
HEALTHY EATING: For Extremely Busy People Who Don't Have Time For It
tells you what's healthy and what's not in a clear, concise and
easy-to-use format. It gives you a system so easy to use that you
can't help but succeed at eating healthfully. In less than 15 minutes,
you will know how to choose healthy food and be on the right track to
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Written by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Your Personal Online Healthy Eating Coach
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