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Issue #49-- What's in that Can?
May 03, 2007

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May 3, 2007 Issue #49

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1) What's in that Can?
2) Healthy Meat
3) Aspartame News



What's in that Can?

The Environmental Working Group recently reported that Bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic plastic compound used in the lining of cans is showing up in the foods contained in the cans.

Samples were taken of vegetables, fruits, baby formula and soda.

The worst... canned baby formula.

BPA is linked to birth defects of the reporoductive system, both in males and females.

What should you do?

Don't buy canned foods. Fresh is best. If you can't get fresh, get frozen.

In the case of baby milk breast feeding is best. If you're not breast feeding, use the powdered formula.



Healthy Meat

Is grass-fed or grain-fed better?

If you believe the ads and marketing of the conventional grocery stores, you'd probably guess that grain-fed was the way to go.

But it's not.

The healthiest meat is from animals that are grass-fed, free range and not given hormones or antibiotics.

Organic meat that is grass-fed and free range is best, but organic does not mean grass fed. They could be grain fed, so you need to check it out. It's best go with the grass fed, even if it's not organic. Make sure it's hormone and antibiotic free.

The same is true for poultry and eggs. They should be from truly free range animals, not free range in a cage with a little grass.

To find out for sure, you may have to call the source. Better yet, if you can, buy your meat straight from the farm where you can go yourself and check out the conditions.

Note: The grains fed most animals raised for meat in factory-farm settings are corn and soybeans, both of which have a high probability of being genetically engineered.

Meat to avoid ... Processed meats: bacon, sausage, hot dogs, salami, ham, smoked and cured meat. They have been shown to contribute to stomach cancer. (Journal of National Cancer Institute)



Aspartame News

I've been saying for a long time that aspartame is unsafe. Now there are some independent studies that confirm not only is aspartame unsafe, but it also causes cancer.

A long-term Italian study by the Ramazzini Institute reported in 2005 that aspartame causes an increase in two kinds of cancers, lymphomas and leukemias.

This same research organization, on April 17, 2007, reported that its new study confirms that aspartame is carcinogenic.

In January 2007, a study published in Hungary showed that aspartame alters the genes in various organs. Gene alteration can be a contributing factor in many of the diseases that are rampant in the western world.

In some places they're taking this information to heart and taking action. In April of this year, the Phillippines passed a law forbidding the import and use of aspartame in any consumable products.

Also in April, Britain's 3rd largest supermarket started removing artificial flavours and colors, especially aspartame from its private label soft drinks.

Of course, the FDA and Monsanto still say aspartame is safe.



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