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It would be fair to assume that there are three ingredients in McDonald’s French fries: potatoes, oil, and salt. But if you assumed that you’d be far from correct.
Starting last year McDonald’s began a transparency campaign most likely to create a more health- and consumer-conscious image of the corporation. As a result the company has made their ingredient lists and processing techniques available on their website. Out of curiosity, I had to know what exactly is in those fries:
It turns out that there are 17 ingredients in MickeyD’s French fries! They contain:
-Potatoes (whew! I’m glad that was the first ingredient)
-Canola oil—Most canola oil is now genetically-modified.
-Hydrogenated soybean oil—Like canola oil, most soybean oil is now extracted from genetically-modified soybeans. Plus the hydrogenation process makes the oil more saturated than it would be in its natural form, and a lot less healthy.
-Safflower oil—Believed to be a healthier cooking oil, most safflower is unfortunately heated to high temperatures long before it is ever used for cooking, causing it to be chemically-altered from the heat, and a source of inflammation in the body when that is the case.
-“Natural flavor”—McDonald’s natural flavor is apparently obtained from a vegetable source, but the “natural” moniker means nothing since it can even potentially contain the nerve- and brain-toxin monosodium glutamate (MSG).
-Dextrose—a type of sugar.
-Sodium acid pyrophosphate—This ingredient is apparently used to maintain the color of the fries. On the chemical industry’s own safety data sheets it is listed as hazardous for ingestion, which is exactly what you’ll be doing if you those French fries.
-Citric acid—used as a preservative.
-Dimethylpolysiloxane—used as an anti-foaming agent, this industrial chemical is typically used in caulking and sealants and comes with a list of safety concerns.
-Vegetable oil for frying, which is a blend of 7 ingredients, including: canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with tert-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), citric acid, and dimethylpolysiloxane. We discussed most of these ingredients above. Corn oil, like its canola and soybean counterparts is now primarily made of genetically-modified corn.
TBHQ is a petroleum-based, butane-like (yes, that’s lighter fluid!) ingredient used as a preservative. It has been linked to asthma, skin conditions, hormone disruption, and in long-term animal studies to cancer and damage to DNA.
Contrary to what McDonald’s may claim in its slogan, I’m NOT lovin’ it!
Nutrient May Hold Key to Cancer Cure
Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have identified a compound in fish oil that appears to target leukemia stem cells and could lead to a cure for the disease. Called delta-12prostaglandin J3 or D12-PGJ3, the compound targeted and destroyed leukemia stem cells in mice.
Head researcher, Sandeep Prabhu, associate professor of immunology and molecular toxicology at the university indicates that the compound is derived from eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) an Omega 3 fatty acid found in fish and fish oil.
In the experiments, the mice that received the fish oil compound were completely cured of leukemia and had no relapse. Dr. Prabhu says, “Research in the past on fatty acids has shown the health benefits off fatty acids on the cardiovascular system and brain development, particularly in infants, but we have shown that some metabolites of omega-3 have the ability to selectively kill the leukemia-causing stem cells in mice.” He added that “The important thing is that the mice were completely cured of leukemia with no relapse.”
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4 Supplements that Alkalize Your Body
Choosing a healthier lifestyle can be as simple as alkalizing your body, which may sound complicated but it really isn’t. Basically, acid and alkaline are opposite sides of the biochemical spectrum. Ideally, your body should be slightly alkaline, but most people’s bodies are excessively acidic due to high stress levels, a diet high in meat, sugar consumption, and other acid-forming habits. While supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle, they can assist you in making your body more alkaline.
1. Green Food Powders
There are many different kinds of green powders, primarily made from spirulina or chlorella algae and the juices of various types of grasses: barley, wheat, or alfalfa. These ingredients might seem like a recipe for swamp water but add a teaspoon or two to water, juice diluted with water, or a smoothie and you’ll be surprised how good they can taste. More importantly, they help alkalize your body, thereby promoting greater energy, improved resistance to illness, and less pain. If you don’t like one type, choose a different kind since there is a significant variation in taste between various green powders.
To cope with acidity, your body may withdraw calcium from your bones since it is a natural anti-acid mineral.Â Like a bank account from which regular withdrawals are made, your bones can become vulnerable to excessive calcium losses.Â To help restore the amount of calcium in your body, you can supplement with this critical mineral.Â Everyoneâ€™s needs are different but they usually range from 800 mg to 1500 mg.
In the same way that the bones act as a reserve for alkaline calcium, your muscles are reservoirs for the mineral magnesium, which is also alkaline. Most nutrition experts estimate that 80 percent of people are deficient in this important mineral. If you’re prone to headaches or muscle tension, you may find that supplementing with magnesium is helpful. Most people take between 400 to 800 mg of magnesium.
4. pH Drops and Powders
There are special formulations on the market designed specifically for balancing your body chemistry. And, as with anything, there is a huge variation in the quality of these products so it may take some experimentation to see which one works best for you. They are usually named “pH drops” or “pH powder” or something similar. Usually they contain a solution of chlorine dioxide or hydrogen peroxide, which releases oxygen in your body, helping to restore biochemical balance. Sometimes the powders contain a variety of alkaline mineral salts, namely: potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium, and iron. Follow package instructions for use.
This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be construed as diagnostic or prescriptive. Always consult your physician prior to starting any new supplements.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and thirteen-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Check out her natural health resources and free e-zine at www.WorldsHealthiestDiet.com.
Help for Asthma, Allergies, Arthritis, MS, and More
Exciting research shows that a natural enzyme supplement offers help for allergies, asthma, arthritis, MS, and other inflammatory conditions. Known as serrapeptase, it is an enzyme that is used by many health practitioners as a natural treatment for a wide variety of health conditions, especially respiratory and inflammatory conditions. Enzymes are specialized proteins that act as catalysts for every biochemical function in your body. Serrapeptase is also known as serratiopeptidase, serratia protease, or serrapeptidase, is known for its ability to break up excess mucus. As a supplement, it is readily available in most natural food stores. Of course, you should always consult a medical doctor for any health condition and before taking supplements.
Some of the conditions that serrapeptase has been found helpful for include: asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, tuberculosis, allergies, and other conditions of the lungs involving excess mucus. According to research by Dr. Nakamura and colleagues at the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo General Hospital, Japan, and published in the journal Respirology, serrapeptase may assist with clearing mucus from the lungs by reducing its viscosity.
Inflammation is a causative factor for many health conditions, including: arthritis, traumatic injuries, multiple sclerosis, colitis, and many other conditions. Serrapeptase has shown promise in the treatment of inflammation in animal studies. In a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drs. Viswanatha and Patil at the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics, Jawaharlal Hehru Medical College in India, found that serrapeptase was more effective than aspirin at reducing inflammation in animals.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and fifteen-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Check out her natural health resources and free e-newsletter atwww.WorldsHealthiestDiet.com.