Thursday, September 3, 2009

Did You Know That We Use Insects To Color Our Food ?

Toxins that the typical American is eating and drinking are the leading cause of the epidemic of an overweight population. Our bodies cannot handle the large amount of toxins we consume on a daily basis. A good way to eliminate these toxins is to do the Lemonade Diet cleanse or a detox for the body. Think processed foods are toxin-free? In the article “Why McDonald’s Fries Taste So Good” (The Atlantic Monthly, January 2001), the author, says About 90 percent of the money that Americans now spend on food goes to buy processed food. He reports that the flavor is replaced with chemicals to add flavor. To illustrate, there are approximately 350 different chemicals in high quality artificial strawberry flavor.

One of the most widely used color additives, cochineal [pronounced koash-a-neil] extract is made from the bodies of [a small] female … insect harvested mainly in Peru and the Canary Islands. The bug feeds on red cactus berries, and color from the berries accumulates in the females and their unhatched. The insects are collected, dried, and ground into a pigment. It takes about 70,000 of them to produce a pound of carmine, which is used to make processed foods look pink, red, or purple. Dannon strawberry yogurt gets its color from carmine, and so do many frozen fruit bars, candies, and fruit fillings, and Ocean Spray pink-grapefruit juice drink.”

Aspartame, an artificial sweetener, also sold as NutraSweet, Equal, Equal Measure, and Spoonful, is another good example of the toxic effects common ingredients can have on humans. The Food and Drug Administration has a system that permits people to report bad health reactions to food and drugs. According to David Rietz’s website, in February of 1994, Aspartame was responsible for more than 75% of all bad reactions reported!

On 27 June 1996, without public notice, the FDA removed all restrictions from Aspartame allowing it to be used in everything, including all heated and baked goods. A Lemonade Diet or cleanse would be an effective way to remove these kinds of toxins in the body. In the magazine, Plane and Pilot (January 1990) on food additives explained that diet soft drinks are sweetened artificially by Aspartame (called NutraSweet or Equal). Aspartame contains 10% methanol, a poison, that is released at temperatures above 86 or if left on the shelf for a long time. It is interesting to know that methanol gradually destroys the brain. Immediate effects can either be severe (epileptic seizures, blindness, or chest palpitations) or less noticeable (blurred vision, bright flashes, tunnel vision, ringing or buzzing in ears, migraine headaches, dizziness, loss of equilibrium, or lip and mouth reactions). The article goes on to give an account of an Air Force pilot who directly traced the patterns of tremors and seizures he suffered for two years to his consumption of NutraSweet through beverages. When he quit drinking NutraSweet, his medical problems ceased.

Sodium fluoride is more toxic than what is in our water but, it was/is used for a century as a pesticide and rat poison until it was banned by the EPA in September 2005. It is the reason all fluoride toothpaste tubes carry warnings: Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If more than used for brushing [a pea-sized amount] is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or call a Poison Control Center right away. Sodium fluoride is slightly more toxic than stannous fluoride, which resulted in the death of 3-year old William Kennerly in Brooklyn, NY as a result of swallowing and not spitting out a routine fluoride treatment If sodium fluoride is not added to municipal water supplies, it has to be disposed of by taking it to a Class 1 Hazardous Waste landfill which would charge approximately $7000 for a truckload. It is used to fluoridate approximately 10% of municipal water supplies. .

In regards to the water we drink, a self-governing, impartial study of fluoridation by a blue ribbon panel of scientists from Natick, Massachusetts examined both sides of the question and recommended quite steadfastly not to fluoridate. They based their recommendations on many creditable studies showing increased tooth discoloration and malformation, increased hip fractures among the elderly, increased bone cancer among young males, reduced thyroid function, reduced kidney function, reduced IQ, increased chance of mongoloid birth, decreased fertility, and an increased cancer rate in general.