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Issue #45-- New Food Industry Tricks on the Horizon
January 31, 2007

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January 31, 2007 Issue #45


1) New Food Industry Tricks on the Horizon
2) Lack of Omega-3s Can Contribute to Childhood Obesity
3) Healthy Products and Services

New Food Industry Tricks on the Horizon

Researchers seek to insert caffeine into baked goods
The food industry has a new technology for inserting caffeine into baked goods. The idea is to get college kids addicted to the sweet treats from their local bakery. Although college kids, and Generation Y in general, are the target market, anyone who eats these drugged pastries is subject to caffeine addiction. I say drugged because caffeine is actually a psychoactive drug. Caffeine should NEVER be given to kids. Watch out for "Buzz Donuts" and "Buzzed Bagels." The innovator of this technology, Robert Bohanon "has approached companies like Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks to form a partnership to sell the caffeinated foodstuffs."

Food firms propose replacing MSG, salt with yeast extract that contains free glutamate
The FDA and the food industry say MSG is safe. However if you're one of the multitudes of people who react adversely to MSG, you know it isn't. Because of the public's increasing awareness of the harmful effects of MSG, and ongoing efforts to avoid foods containing MSG, food manufacturers are creating more ways to hide MSG in the food they produce. A Dutch ingredients manufacturer has recently released Maxarome Select, an MSG replacement that contains yeast extract. Yeast extract contains free glutamate, the harmful component of MSG.

A U.S. ingredients manufacturer has come out with a new "natural" yeast extract product as a replacement for salt. This is targeted to people who want to reduce their salt intake. The new "886" sodium replacement product contains potassium chloride, sugar, yeast extract and artificial flavors - not a healthy product for anyone.

There are many more ingredients that are hidden sources of MSG. You'll find them listed in Food Additives: A Shopper's Guide... under "Free glutamates."

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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.

Lack of Omega-3s Can Contribute to Childhood Obesity

A Swedish study showed that a lack of healthy fats in children contributes to childhood obesity. Fast food and processed foods that are a major part of so many peoples diets are deficient in the healthy omega-3 fats. These foods generally contain an overabundance of the omega-6 fats, which in excess contribute to many of the heath problems that abound in our society today.

In order to get the benefit from the omega-3 fats, you must eat some healthy saturated fats, like real butter (preferably raw) and unrefined coconut oil. Without the little bit of saturated fat, the benefit from the omega-3 fats is not there. Some of the foods that contain healthy fats include avocados, macadamia nuts, flaxseed and olive oil. Flax is a phytoestrogen, a plant source of estrogen, so too much flax is not recommended.

I don't agree with all the information they report in this article about fats. To find really reliable, accurate information on healthy fats, visit the Weston A. Price Foundation website

Solar Power for Your Home - Without the Huge Cost

Here's something that's good for you, good for the environment and good for your pocketbook...

You can now get solar power for your home without the initial huge investment and you can lock in the rate you pay for as long as 25 years. Your starting rate is no more than what you pay for your power now - and it may even be less.

A healthy environment is just as important to your health as eating healthy.

Healthy Products and Services

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The 2004 Edition of FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not lists 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.

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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 2006
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