I thought this would be a good thing to put out into the universe. I know that there is a lot of confusion out there about what is good for you, what is bad, and what is downright toxic. So, here today, I thought that this would be a good time to list the top ten things to avoid. Well, the top ten things to avoid according to Chef Roy. Take it for what it is, but those that read my blog will know that there is scientific evidence backing up all my claims. So, here we go,
Number One: Canola oil see my entry Canola Oil, the scary story Forget the scary internet hype, the truth is that the eurycic acid content has been shown to be harmful, very harmful. At 2% the level is dangerous enough to cause degeneration of brain tissue, as well as heart, liver, kidney and the pancreas. Effects are cumulative, not transient. Meaning when you eat foods containing eurycic acid, it accumulates in your body and is not eliminated as solid or liquid waste. People that consume large amounts of foods fried in canola oil, or made with hydrogenated canola oil are at seriously high risk for degenerative illnesses and ALS type brain disorder symptoms. And at this time, that's all we know for certain, more research is needed.
Number Two: Bleached and/or Bromated Flour It is bad enough that millers put chlorine in flour, but they also put in potassium bromate. Bromine, the end product when bromate is heated during the baking process, is extremely toxic. The US is just about the only industrialized country that allows the use of this cumulative neurotoxin in our food supply. The FDA took action years ago, they asked for the bakery industry to voluntarily stop using it.
Number Three: High Fructose Corn Syrup: I think enough has been said about this stuff in the media that most people should know how bad it is for our systems. The media does not however report on the other bad stuff about it. Like how much mercury is found in the stuff. How mercury is found in soft drinks that use it. And also now the newest threat to health comes from HMF my blog has a lot about this new stuff and you can read it here. High Fructose Corn Syrup - Now, a known toxin
Number Four: Artificial Sweeteners and all those labeled "All Natural" Wow, where to begin. Apartame, Sucralose, Nutisse, Truvia, Agave. All bad, all have their own entries here on my blog. Sweeteners - Aspartame/Nutrasw, Sweeteners -- Sucralose/Splend, Truvia/Nectresse "NATURAL" Sweeteners?, and a Sweet and Dirty Little Secret -- Agave
Number Five: All Genetically Modified foods So much has been written here on my blog, and in reality, all over the internet and in scientific publications world wide that little explanation is needed.
Number Six: Soy products. Hard for some people to hear, what with all the hype about it being nature's perfect food. It isn't, too many anti nutrient properties, the hormonal imbalance it causes and just the fact that nearly all soy is GM.
Number Seven: Commercially Raised Meat No body wants to hear that, but it is true, commercial farming practices are the cause of antibiotic resistant bacteria, the lowering of the age of puberty in humans, the increase in cancer, heart disease and who knows what else. We need to try to remember that all of the toxins in our food supply, BT toxin, herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals and even hormonal agents are all CUMULATIVE. Just like mercury in the top of the food chain, swordfish and large tuna, all that crap goes into cows, pigs, chickens and then into us in concentrated form. Plus, holy cow, I mean a dedicated vegetarian like me will eat organic grass fed beef and pastured organic chicken because they TASTE BETTER. And don't get me started on Berkshire pork. It's worth the price. But, limit or eliminate commercially raised meats and you will feel better, and in the long run, probably delay or remove the probability of cancer.
Number Eight: Spice mixes containing Silica or any other "anticaking agent" What, why? Because most of them are little more than ground glass. Make your own spice mixes. Recipes on my cooking site, and all over the internet. Yes, you can even make "BAM"
Number Nine: Farmed Fish, shrimp, salmon etc. Not shellfish like muscles, clams or oysters. But definitely shrimp and salmon. Again, those poor critters are fed factory made food from questionable sources. And it makes this stuff just like commercial meats. With one exception, salmon. Since consumers won't buy white salmon, Swiss
chemical giant Hoffman La Roche synthetically produces canthaxanthin and an
astaxanthin called Carophyll Pink from petrochemicals and provides salmon farms
with -- SalmoFan. Again, any toxins in their diet accumulate and make eating their flesh all the more toxic to humans.
Number Ten: Pretty much anything from China. Well, isn't that harsh. NO! It is just common sense. China has a pretty poor record for food production. Questionable manufacturing practices, high pesticide residues on organic produce, the FDA sampling less than 1% of imports, huge recalls, the ban on all Chinese fish, and well, just a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is just that buying local makes sense in today's economy. Spread some of your food dollars out to local people, don't send it off to big corporate agribusinesses or off to foreign companies. We all need to do more of that, if we did, then maybe our economy really would start to recover instead of in the midst of huge layoffs, plant closings and a huge increase in menial minimum wage jobs with our governmental overlords spouting off about how the economy has improved, maybe it really will.
So, to recap, Chef Roy has way too much time on his hands and says things that for most people are just finding hard to comprehend . I wish that all this stuff was just a figment of my imagination. I desparately want to live a long and healthy life free from cancer and degenerative diseases. I want my child, and my other relatives to produce healthy babies that grow up and have long happy lives as well. I fear that the way the world is deteriorating, it won't happen. Truly, I believe that Monsanto is the cause of the demise of our civilization. And that within 20 years, the birth rate will be near zero, and 90% or more of the population will be dying from horrific problems all tied to GM, pesticides, herbicides and antibiotic overuse. Crop failures will be commonplace and two thirds of the world's population will be in starvation mode. Pretty scary, but unfortunately, all too true.