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Issue #76 -- What's on Your Food?
July 07, 2009

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What's on Your Food? - Issue #76


1) What's on Your Food?
2) Electrolyte Replacement Beverages
3) Healthy Products and Services

What's on Your Food?

If you've been a Healthy Eating Tips subscriber for awhile, you've probably seen the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides that I publish from time to time so you can determine which produce items you absolutely must purchase organic because of the pesticide load on the non-organic counterpart.

I've recently come across a new tool for determining the pesticide load on the produce items you eat, "What's on my Food?"

While the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides is handy and you can print it out and take it with you when you shop, it only lists 45 different items and the printable guide only lists the 12 worst and 15 best.

At "What's on my Food?" you can choose the different foods you want to know about and get detailed information about

  • how many different pesticide residues are found on the items,
  • what the effects on your health are from the pesticides and
  • a list of the different pesticides with detailed information on each of them.
It's probably more information than you want to know, but you can use the summary information at the top of the page to help you decide if you want to take the risk of eating that food non organic. It also is not limited to produce items and has far more than 45 foods on the list.

Electrolyte Replacement Beverages

Electrolyte Replacement Beverages are recommended for athletes to replace the electrolytes the body loses from sweating while participating in sports. Most of the sports beverages on the market are NOT healthy for you or your kids. Most are high in sugar and chemical additives.

Regardless of the hype and so-called scientific data supporting the use of the popular electrolyte beverages, I do NOT recommend most of them. Most studies providing the information to support these products are flawed and generally paid for by the companies that sell them.

I have reviewed three different electrolyte replacement beverages below and given a recipe to make your own:

Gatorade is the most popular sports beverage heavily promoted to athletes to replace electrolytes lost during athletic activity. Gatorade is high in sugars (2nd and 3rd ingredients), contains artificial colors derived from coal tar, a cancer-causing chemical. While the artificial colors themselves are not determined to be carcinogens, the coal tar they are derived from is a known carcinogen. FD&C Colors are only regulated for the amount of lead and arsenic they are allowed to contain (10 ppm). They are not tested for any other potential harmful effects they may cause. In addition, the beverages contain chemicals that are possible hidden sources of MSG (citric acid and natural flavors). Some flavors contain brominated vegetable oil, which is extremely toxic and considered a hazardous substance by the EPA.

Ultima Replenisher is relatively new to the electrolyte replacement beverages market. Although most of the ingredients in this product are good, there are a few ingredients that raise the red flag... Maltodextrin, citric acid and natural flavors are all potential sources of hidden MSG.

Recharge by Knudsen is the only store-bought electrolyte replacement beverage I recommend. It is made from filtered water, natural fruit juices, natural flavorings, vegetable based colorings and sea salt. Their natural flavors are derived from botanical ingredients and DO NOT contain MSG. I most highly recommend the Organic Recharge. The non-organic varieties may contain pesticide residue from the non-organic produce used, which is true for all non-organic fruits and vegetables. Recharge can be purchased from your local health food store.

Homemade... You can make your own electrolyte replacement beverage. Not only will it be free of harmful chemicals and artificial ingredients, it's also more cost effective. It doesn't take very long either. Here's the recipe:

Squeeze one lemon into a glass quart jar.

Add water to fill the jar.

Add 2-4 droppers full of clear stevia, to taste (I recommend the Wisdom of the Ancients brand. You can find it in your health food store.)

Add 1/4 teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt.

If you can't find it in your health food store, click the link to purchase it online. I recommend Celtic Sea Salt because it is the healthiest salt on the planet. Unlike table salt, which is mined from the earth and may contain chemical additives and bleaching agents, Celtic Sea Salt contains no additives and it's mineral content mirrors the mineral balance of the cellular fluids in your body.

If you prefer a different fruit flavor, you can use 1-2 ounces of fresh organic fruit juice of your choice instead of lemon juice. If you don't want to make your own organic juice, an ounce or two of bottled organic 100% fruit juice works as well. Organic is important because the pesticides in non-organic juices are more concentrated in juice than by eating the fresh fruit.

To learn more about the additives in your food, go to and either sign up for the Free Food Additives tips or get the book. If you buy any food in a package, you need this information if you want to be healthy.

Healthy Products and Services

Food Matters is a documentary film informing you on the best choices you can make for you and your family's health. Helping you save time, money and effort. In this day and age with so many companies interested in profiting from your misfortune and ill health this film will help keep your money in your pocket and your health in your hands. Join the World's Leading Authorities on Nutrition and Natural Healing as they uncover the true cause of disease. Find out what really works, what doesn’t and what’s killing you. Click here to watch the trailer and learn more

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Custom Nutrition You are unique, and so are your body's nutritional requirements. Custom nutrition supports your body's unique nutritional needs. If you're buying vitamin supplements off the shelf in the grocery store, a health food store, or even a top quality nutritional program that's all natural, derived from whole foods and is the best the industry has to offer, you may NOT be getting what your body needs. There's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to nutritional supplements. Find out how you can get not only your supplements customized to your body's specific needs, but also the specific foods that will give your body the precise nourishment it needs.

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The 2007 Edition of FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not lists over 1000 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: 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 eating healthfully.

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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 2009
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