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WeedKiller in our Breakfast Cereals?

I knew that Tomato plants are poisoned at the end of their  growing life so as to ripen the tomatoes quickly for the markets. I was never sure what with and always tried to either grow my own or just not eat them. Now I realize there are a lot more crops getting the same treatment.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its second round of 2018 test results measuring glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, in popular oat-based cereals and foods.

The nonprofit organization released the new results after two companies, Quaker and General Mills, told the public it has no reason to worry about traces of glyphosate in its products.

Not True

Why is there glyphosate in our food? According to the U.S. Geological Survey, 250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on American crops each year. Glyphosate is primarily used on Roundup Ready corn and soybeans that are genetically modified to withstand the herbicide.

Glyphosate is a systemic herbicide, meaning it’s taken up inside of the plant, including the parts livestock and humans wind up eating.

Glyphosate is sprayed on other non-GMO crops, like wheat, oats, barley and beans, right before harvest. Farmers sometimes call this “burning down” the crops and do this to kill the food plants and dry them out so that they can be harvested sooner.

Interesting

28 products tested, those with the highest levels of glyphosate include: (1)

  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Honey Nut (2,837 ppb)
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Brown Sugar (2,746 ppb)
  • Quaker Overnight Oats, Unsweetened with Chia Seeds (1,799 ppb)
  • Cheerios, Oat Crunch Cinnamon (1,171 ppb)
  • Quaker Overnight Oats, Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven (1,029 ppb)
  • Quaker Breakfast Squares Soft Baked Bars, Peanut Butter (1,014 ppb)
  • Quaker Breakfast Flats Crispy Snack Bars, Cranberry Almond (894 ppb)
  • Apple Cinnamon Cheerios (868 ppb)
  • Honey Nut Cheerios (833 ppb)
  • Chocolate Cheerios (826)

Now I love my porridge but I think I need to have second thoughts about where  I buy this porridge and what label I buy.

I mean what can you do  as it seems there is generally lots of not so good stuff  being being sprayed on our food, especially our kids food. For me what the heck,  I have come this far eating porridge its not so bad for me but the kids have a lifetime to be concerned. Bio Dynamic food is an option and any other organic grown produce for me in the future. Maybe some of these companies need to overhaul the harvesting techniques to prevent this happening. I will cost us more for the product though but for health of the children I think it would be a good thing.

This information came from the website of Dr Axe if you wish to read more on the subject

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Interesting for Those Who Eat Copious Amounts Of Kale and Spinach💦

This information comes from the Web site of Dr Axe which incidentally is a brilliant website if you need information on many other health subjects. I believe his information to be correct and well researched.

It seems when you can and if you can afford it organic is the way to go. Rather frightening figures on the amount of fungicide and pesticide on the two vegetables that have been recommended to all of us for our good health. There are some that are not quite so contaminated with sprays which is also very interesting.

After reading this article I thought I would share and you may find it interesting enough to go to the site and get some more information on the subject.

This is of course when the Kangen water machine comes in handy as it has an acidic level of water that will wash most of the contamination away. Plus of course it has many other benefits if you like to go to http://lesleyvoth.kangendemo.com you will be able to find out all the benefits of this fantastic water machine. I believe all kitchens should have one. I know that some vegetables are sprayed from very early stages so are internal and cannot be washed away but at least the water machine will get rid of some of it especially tomatoes and some fruits.

Of course if it is’ GMOed ‘ then nothing washes that contamination away so Organic is the way to go

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kangen Water Machine in the Kitchen – Its A Must💦

 

Almost 70 percent of non-organic fruit and vegetable  samples tested positive for at least one pesticide. (In many cases, the numbers were much higher.) And get this: A single strawberry sample harbored 22 different pesticide and pesticide breakdown residues.

While spinach nutrition is loaded with calcium and vitamins, there’s one reason to always try to choose organic. Researchers found DDT, a neurotoxic insecticide banned in the U.S., in an alarming number of samples. (A whopping 40 percent of nonorganic spinach samples, to be exact.)

It is quite amazing that a lot of the pesticides found on fruit and vegetables in America are banned in other countries. The disturbing bit is that a lot of the pesticide regulations are outdated and do not violate the US laws.

Quote Dr Axe

So where possible and financially viable buy organic or biodynamic (which is the very best). Better still grow your own vegetables and fruit if that is at all possible.

Also where possible purchase the Kangen Water machine💦 – really, it has a great acid vegetable  washing cycle that literally washes away the pesticides. You are able to see the change in the water color and allows the fruit and vegetables to last longer.

To find out more  about the Kangen Water machine 💦 go to my website http://lesleyvoth.kangendemo.com if you are in Australia, or Davids website http://lifechanging-water.com USA or worldwide

Another thing to consider is that a lot of fruit and vegetables sold in the United States are GMOs, so choose organic to avoid GMO versions of these crops.

Happy eating💦

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De-Code those Food Labels

It is all very confusing when you are faced with advertising and food labeling, advocating ‘Natural’, “Organic”, “wholefood”, “fat-free” and more colorful words to make you more interested. All these labels have most people throwing their arms in the air in frustration.

In my opinion there are not many packaged foods that are healthy. Most have had any nutriment cooked or heated out of them. ultimately the most healthiest food is the least processed. Basically anything that is not pulled fresh from the garden, home-grown meat, like chickens and cows etc is not Naturally and automatically healthy because it says so.

The word natural is totally misleading, it can be derived from a plant or animal but be assured it has been altered in some form or another.
The Governing food police in any country will assure you that any food coloring or additives approved by them will be safe. Safe yes but healthy? Probably not. I think there is a big difference.

The words that are usually displayed on packaged goods in big colorful letters like “fat-free” or “Sugar Free” usually will contain artificial sweeteners that are actually harmful. Aspartame is one, which is also known as 951 or sold commercially as nutrisweet. Aspartame has been linked with many health problems like asthma seizures, memory loss gradual weight gain, dizziness, insomnia multiple sclerosis and depression (The chemical maze by Bill Statham).

The interesting thing is the advertising on the packaging is always colorful, large print and on pretty pictures, but when it comes to reading what is exactly in the product, it is often, hard to find the ingredients list and the print is so small if you don’t have your glasses it is impossible to read. I sometimes have to ask someone in the store to read it to me as usually I don’t have my glasses with me. My Moto is if I can not read the ingredients because the print is not clear or big enough, I will not buy it because they do that for a reason I am sure. By law they must tell you what is in the product but I guess the law does not require them to print the information in large print or a color that is readable.

Most of us are not aware of the meanings of a lot of the nutritional labels and jargon, so here is a list of some of them and their meaning.

BIODYNAMIC – This is a very interesting and unusual farming alternative. Biodynamic farming improves soil fertility using compost, mineral fertilisers, cover crops and organic materials.

FREE-RANGE – This does not guarantee the nutritional value, but is a practice whereby animals that provide meat, or eggs are allowed the follow their natural behaviour as much as is possible.

GLUTEN-FREE – Eliminating such ingredients as wheat, barley, rye and oats; the real benefit is to those sensitive or allergic to gluten.

GLYCAEMIC INDEX (GI) – Measures the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Favourable lower GI indicates slower rate of digestion and release of glucose.

GMO – “GMO – Free” indicates no genetically modified organisms are present. It is considered important to stay away from these type of foods if possible.

ORGANIC – Organic farming produces hight-quality foods without the use of artificial fertilisers or synthetic chemicals. Based on improving the health of the soil where the produce is grown.

PASTEURISATION– Commonly refers to the heating of milk to remove pathogenic bacteria and prevent souring. It is argued that raw milk is the healthier option, although legally it is not allowed to be sold for consumption in most countries. My children always drank raw milk as young children, I believe it to be the best and seems they have strong bone and muscle structure so did them no harm. It’s all a matter of choice.

PROBIOTICS – Commonly found in foods like yoghurt, probiotic are good bacteria for your gut that ultimately strengthen your immune system.

PROCESSED – It is food that has been altered from its natural state for reasons of safety and convenience by canning, freezing, refrigeration, dehydration and aseptic processing (which keeps food sterile).

WHOLEFOODS – Foods made with non-processed “whole” ingredients, such as egg as opposed to egg extracts.
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