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14 Things You Really Don’t Want To Know About Your Groceries But Should!

14 Things You Really Don’t Want To Know About Your Groceries But Should!

Apologies in advance.  originally posted on June 4, 2013 at 3:57pm EDT

Rachel Sanders BuzzFeed Staff
 1. Greek yogurt manufacturing produces millions of pounds of (toxic) acid whey waste every year, and no one knows what to do with it.

Greek yogurt manufacturing produces millions of pounds of (toxic) acid whey waste every year, and no one knows what to do with it.

From Modern Farmer’s fascinating story about how to deal with the whey problem:

“For every three or four ounces of milk, Chobani and other companies can produce only one ounce of creamy Greek yogurt. The rest becomes acid whey. It’s a thin, runny waste product that can’t simply be dumped. Not only would that be illegal, but whey decomposition is toxic to the natural environment, robbing oxygen from streams and rivers. That could turn a waterway into what one expert calls a ‘dead sea,’ destroying aquatic life over potentially large areas. Spills of cheese whey, a cousin of Greek yogurt whey, have killed tens of thousands of fish around the country in recent years.”

2. Not-from-concentrate orange juice is processed with “flavor packs” to artificially ensure that each bottle tastes exactly the same.

Not-from-concentrate orange juice is processed with "flavor packs" to artificially ensure that each bottle tastes exactly the same.

No matter what time of year it is and which oranges the juice came from, big beverage companies make their products perfectly consistent by mixing the juice with carefully calibrated, brand-specific orange flavorings. These mixtures are added to replace the natural flavors lost when juice is chemically stripped of oxygen (“deaerated”) so that it can be kept in storage tanks for more than a year (!) without oxidizing.

Because the added flavor is technically derived from orange oil and extract, it doesn’t need to be specifically listed in the ingredients. Read more here.

3. This is how the ingredients for packaged veggie burgers get mixed together:

14 Things You Really Don't Want To Know About Your Groceries

In a huge wheelbarrow. With a shovel. OMG, I love this so much. Watch the whole Science Channel video here.

Source: youtube.com

4. Most commercial milk is made by combining, heating, homogenizing, and repackaging the milk of hundreds of cows.

Most commercial milk is made by combining, heating, homogenizing, and repackaging the milk of hundreds of cows.

Milk gets separated by huge industrial centrifuges into components (fat, protein, and other solids and liquids). Those milk parts are then recombined in various proportions to make perfectly uniform whole, low-fat, and skim milks.

Read more about the process — and how raw milk (aka the kind that comes straight from cows) became a thing of the past — in this L.A. Times article.

5. Maraschino cherry producers bleach the fruit with chemicals and then marinate it in huge vats of corn syrup and dye to turn the cherries red again.

 Sorry, they ain’t born that way.
Source: youtube.com  /  via: jessicamisener

6. Many canned soups are flavored with MSG, even when they claim they aren’t.

Many canned soups are flavored with MSG, even when they claim they aren't.

The additive gives soups a meat-like flavor that helps make up for canning-induced blandness and less salt (many brands have reduced their use of salt thanks to nutrition concerns about high sodium levels).

MSG isn’t necessarily bad for you, but soup makers sneakily get around admitting that they use it by referring to it as “naturally occurring” (because it’s refined from vegetable and yeast proteins) and listing it in the ingredients as “yeast extract” or “hydrolyzed protein.” An actual ad war broke out in 2008 because Campbell’s and Progresso were so worried that customers wouldn’t buy soup they knew contained MSG.

7. The canning process for soup is so violent that companies grow huge, super-tough carrots for the soup so they won’t disintegrate.

The canning process for soup is so violent that companies grow huge, super-tough carrots for the soup so they won't disintegrate.

That’s just some dude with a random huge carrot, but a former Campbell’s food scientist described the industrial-strength carrots as “like tree limbs — they’re like baseball bats.”

8. Many ice creams are thickened and stabilized with carrageenan, which is actually a seaweed extract.

Source: fitsugar.com

Not bad, just…odd? More info here.

9. Hot dogs are filled with a gloopy blend of meat trimmings, fat, and starch or “cereal filler.”

14 Things You Really Don't Want To Know About Your Groceries

Cereal filler = bread crumbs, oatmeal, or flour, because who wouldn’t want oatmeal in their frankfurter? And that’s not to mention all the lovely flavors, dyes, and preservatives that might be floating around in there too. If you feel like barfing even more, check out this video of the production process.

Source: youtube.com

10. Lots of imported (and expensive) “extra-virgin” olive oils are actually cut with cheaper seed and nut oils.

Lots of imported (and expensive) "extra-virgin" olive oils are actually cut with cheaper seed and nut oils.

Read Tom Mueller’s fascinating (and hilarious) 2007 exposé of Italian oil fraud, which eventually became the book Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil.

11. Red- and pink-colored products are often dyed with cochineal extract, aka the bodies of crushed-up teeny insects.

Including all of these familiar friends. Cochineal extract is also sometimes listed as carminic acid or carmine. You can learn more about the delicious process of making the dye here.

12. Coffee creamer is made of corn syrup and (hydrogenated, trans-fatty) vegetable oils.

Coffee creamer is made of corn syrup and (hydrogenated, trans-fatty) vegetable oils.

Ain’t no cream in there. Here are the ingredients listed on the label of Coffee-Mate Original Liquid creamer:

WATER
CORN SYRUP SOLIDS
PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED OIL
LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (A MILK DERIVATIVE)
DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE
MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES
SODIUM ALUMINOSILICATE
ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR
CARRAGEENAN

And if you need another reason to stop putting creamer in your coffee, check out the super-fun texture you get when all those ingredients team up!

14 Things You Really Don't Want To Know About Your Groceries

Source: youtube.com

13. To make bacon, pork bellies get hung up in this weird carwash closet machine and showered with “liquid smoke.”

14 Things You Really Don't Want To Know About Your Groceries

The creepy red rain also includes dyes to turn the pork a more appropriately bacony color.

Source: youtube.com

14. Shredded cheese is packed with cellulose — aka refined wood pulp — to keep it from clumping.

Source: youtube.com

Source: ukpandi.com

Cellulose, made from broken-down plant fibers (including wood), is a common food additive that can also make ice cream creamier or salad dressing thicker without adding calories. Since it’s naturally derived, even packaged foods labeled as organic often include cellulose. Sawdust! Who knew?

  Once Upon A Time – we knew what was in our food and how it was made. Progress and Profit have changed that. As a consumer you vote by what you purchase. Vote wisely – your health is the end true cost.

Cellulite – Exercises and Tips To Reduce Cellulite

Cellulite –  Exercises and Tips To Reduce Cellulite

Put on some good music and do these exercises to it for a couple of songs a few times a week. Make it fun.  Alternate daily with a brisk 15 minute walk to get quicker results.

Challenge a few friends:  Maybe the Losers can chip in to buy dinner for the winner – great reason for a get together and have some fun as a reward for sticking with it. Everybody will be a winner because a fun evening with friends is always a treat. People who have exercise partners are more accountable so get the best results. We all have great intentions – it is the follow through that trips us up.  Like any program – You have to USE IT to LOSE IT!

Cellulite exercises: How to reduce cellulite with exercise

Almost every woman has some cellulite and it’s nearly impossible to get rid of. But you can do exercises to fight the appearance of cellulite. Chris Freytag of Prevention magazine shows us all how to do an anti-cellulite workout.

Coffee Ground Scrub Can Fight Cellulite

This commentary is from NewJerseyNewsroom.com BY VICKY DeROSA

As many of you are aware I am fascinated by anything having to do with health and wellness. I research absolutely everything having to do with the body inside and out.

Many years ago I noticed that there were very expensive creams on the market to fight against cellulite. Many of these creams contain caffeine. I began to research anything and everything having to do with caffeine as it relates to the skin.
cellulite

Consequently, I found out that caffeine increases blood flow thereby helping to reduce the effects of fat cells underneath the skin. Several of you wrote in and asked if coffee grounds were my number one solution to cellulite. You are correct of course but my technique is original and has a twist. Years ago I created a technique and shared it with people who were suffering with cellulite. It helped to make their skin smooth, soft and certainly reduced their cellulite. If you have cellulite I suggest you try it. Actually, if you don’t have cellulite I suggest you also try it, you will be amazed at the results.

Coffee Ground Scrub

Ingredients:

Day old coffee grounds
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Bath mit (sponge, but looks like a glove)

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine 1 cup coffee grounds with olive oil and salt. Use enough oil to create a thick paste and sprinkle in some kosher salt. Depending on whether or not you like a hard or soft exfoliant will depend on how much kosher salt you sprinkle in. I suggest a tablespoon. Some people prefer more so as to create a harder scrub.

2. 35 minutes before taking a shower, put your hand with the bath mit into the bowl and grab some of the paste. Rub the paste onto your legs and hips (actually you can rub the mixture anywhere you like, you will see fantastic results after just a week of using this technique).

3. Wrap yourself in your bathrobe and keep the paste on for 30 minutes.

4. Rinse off in a warm shower. I would like to point out here that for all of you that like to take two or three showers per day, I strongly suggest you cool your water temperature. Showering with very warm water will dry out your skin. So if you take numerous showers throughout the day try to make them as cool as possible.

I strongly recommend you try this paste. I have recommended it to many people over the years and they always give me rave reviews. Remember it is great to exfoliate your body anyway, why not use something natural. This is one of the best ways that I know to fight cellulite, and might I add, the cheapest. So what do you have to lose my friend?

Vicky DeRosa is Founder and CEO of Studio V Health Corp. For more information check out http://www.studiovhealth.com.

Drink Plenty of Water: Water helps flush out the fat and toxins from the body. Water suppresses appetite and helps keep your body hydrated and energized. Some of My Favorites are:

Lemon Water,

https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/health-benefits-of-drinking-lemon-water-2/

Detox Water:  https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/detox-water/

Miraculous Weight-loss Drink:

https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/miraculous-weight-loss-drink/

Eat Smart and Healthy: Avoid all processed foods – eat natural and wholesome, 80% Vegetables and Fruits at a minimum.

Get Enough Good Quality Sleep – we make our metabolic enzymes and hormones during sleep – too little sleep will derail any health improvement program.  I ran into adrenal fatigue a few years ago and my body forced me to sleep a lot for 5 months. My family made sure I ate very well.  I basically ate and slept very deeply. I dropped at least 5 sizes and the cellulite went too. I DO NOT recommended this.  When I was functioning properly again, I had to understand what had happened and how – I learned how very important getting sufficient good sleep can be to reducing and maintaining weight.

https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/?s=sleep

https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/17-things-you-didnt-know-about-sleep/

https://allaboutwellnesssolutions.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/healing-herbs-and-spices/

Everything you do to Reduce Cellulite that is healthy and natural also leads to better overall health.

Thanks to Chris Freytag of Prevention Magazine for the great video.

Thanks to Vicky DeRosa for her commentary courtesy of New Jersey Newsroom.com

Cellular Nutrition – Daily Drinks That Do the Trick.

Thank You to The Earth Diet for these great combinations.

Investing in a good juicer or a very, very high speed blender is very worthwhile. The more finely the ingredients are broken down, the more bio-available the e nutrients are. The more bio-available the nutrients are, the more nutrition we absorb from the food we consume.

Personally I would also be adding at least a 1/4 hemp nuts or dried coconut – this will add good fats that will make you feel fuller and satisfied much longer.  They also add some really good for you additional fiber.

The health benefits from drinking your nutrition can not be over-stated. These types of drinks are what school food programs should include, as should any long-term care facility. The benefits in quality of life experience alone would justify the investment. The economic savings in so many educational programs and the reduction in wellness care costs in care facilities would prove significant.

Steve Barwick’s Colloidal Silver Secrets Community · Use Colloidal Silver to Wash and Disinfect Produce

Use Colloidal Silver to Wash and Disinfect Produce

When you can’t grow your own fruits and veggies, protect yourself from potentially harmful pathogens by cleansing your produce in a colloidal silver fruit and vegetable wash.

Use a solution of at least 5 to 10 ppm.

Combine the following:

1 cup of water
½ cup of vinegar
2 tsp. salt (dissolve completely)
¼ to ½ cup homemade colloidal silver

You can soak your fruits and vegetables in this solution or you can put it in a spray bottle and spray them.

Either way, let the solution remain on your food for at least five minutes before rinsing and preparing as usual.

The vinegar in this solution helps to break down any waxy substances that are applied to fruits and vegetables. Water alone will not penetrate them, in fact, many pesticides are designed to be water-resistant. Salt helps to pull out any microscopic bugs. The colloidal silver will safely kill any harmful fungal, bacterial or viral pathogens.
http://colloidalsilversecrets.blogspot.ca/2012_01_01_archive.html
— From “Using Colloidal Silver for Healthier Fruits and Vegetables” which can be read at http://www.thesilveredge.com/vegetables.shtml

 
Colloidal Silver is a staple in my home and when I travel. Get to know this very helpful mini-aresenal and you will never be without it again.