New book in Dutch

Eet vet word slank

Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

In dit boek lees je o.a.: * heel veel informatie ter bevordering van je gezondheid; * hoe je door de juiste vetten te eten en te drinken kan afvallen; * hoe de overheid en de voedingsindustrie ons, uit financieel belang, verkeerd voorlichten; * dat je van bewerkte vetten ziek kan worden.

Trick and Treat:
How 'healthy eating' is making us ill
Trick and Treat cover

"A great book that shatters so many of the nutritional fantasies and fads of the last twenty years. Read it and prolong your life."
Clarissa Dickson Wright

Natural Health & Weight Loss cover

"NH&WL may be the best non-technical book on diet ever written"
Joel Kauffman, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Additives: Look Before You Eat

Part 2: Can you trust the labels?

   To aid the consumer, Government legislation demands that packaged food should be packed and labelled with lists of ingredients and certain nutritional data. But how helpful is this really? Before the information on a label is of use, it must be intelligible to the reader. If you don't know how the decipher the codes, and I suspect many people don't, then they are of no use at all. How often do you walk into a supermarket, pick up the packaged item of food that you are considering buying and read the ingredients on the label? More importantly, if you do read them, are you thinking food or are you thinking chemistry. What are all those E numbers and chemicals? what are they for? and why are they in there? Would you, for example, buy a product whose label declared that its ingredients were:

Raspberry Flavour Jelly Crystals: Sugar, Gelling Agents (Carrageen, Dipotassium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride), Adipic Acid, Acidity Regulator (Cream of Tartar), Flavourings, Thickener (Carboxymethylcellulose), Artificial sweetener (Sodium Saccharine), Colour (Betanin).

Raspberry Flavour Custard Powder: Cornflour, Flavourings, Colour (Cochineal).

Trifle Topping Mix: Vegetable Oil (Hydrogenated), Sugar, Emulsifiers (Propylene Glycol Monostearate, Lecithin), Modified Starch, Whey Powder, Lactose, Caseinate, Thickener (Carboxymethylcellulose), Flavourings, Colour (Beta-Carotene).

Sponge Fingers. (There are no ingredients listed for these.)

Decorations: with Colour (Cochineal). (Again, no ingredients.)

A lot of people would — and do. Those are the ingredients of a well-known Raspberry Flavour Trifle Mix. If we look at these ingredients in more detail, some appear to be foods — but are they?
    Sugar and Lactose are nutritionally poor, highly refined sweeteners which cause obesity, tooth decay and diabetes.
    Vegetable Oil (Hydrogenated) can be any vegetable oil, there is no way to tell which, but the word, Hydrogenated, tells that it has been hardened artificially and that it is a saturated fat laced with trans-fats. Trans fats are known to be the major dietary cause of heart disease (although saturated fats are generally, but wrongly, blamed).
    Whey Powder is a cheap waste product used widely as a filler.
    Modified Starch ; There is no way, from the packet label, to tell what this is. But generally it is a cheap cereal filler, to bulk the product out. Starch is a very useful bulking agent but, untreated, it is difficult to use. So scientists have devised ways of treating it with acids, alkalis and oxidising agents to make it more soluble, or heat resistant, or to give it a variety of textures. Like sugar, these modified starches are high in empty calories with little or no nutritional value.

   The rest of the ingredients are largely chemicals with varying degrees of toxicity from none to such symptoms as hyperactivity, hypersensitivity, allergic reaction and even cancer. When grandma made trifles, she didn't use chemicals, her jelly contained fruit, she made custard from eggs and milk, and the topping was whipped real cream.
   Through stories which occasionally appear in the media, people are becoming aware that some food additives are harmful: the yellow colouring, tartrazine (E102), for example has been shown to cause hyperactivity in children. But toxicity is only part of the additive problem. They are also there to make as big a profit for the manufacturers as possible. In many cases, those chemicals are there to defraud. And it's all legal.
   The current trend for high-in-polyunsaturates margarines, followed by ever lower fat, low-fat spreads is a perfect example both of toxicity. Their toxicity and cancer-causing properties are well known but in modern margarines, with the current government backed propaganda to reduce fat intake, we also have the perfect climate for fraud. Mix the polyunsaturated margarine with cheap, nutrient-poor waste products such as skimmed milk or whey powder, or make an emulsion of it with plain water, and you have a low-fat spread. They even whip it up with air and call it something like 'lite'. It couldn't be cheaper to produce and, since its price competes with that of butter, it can be sold at a vast profit. The public is buying rubbish and paying the earth for it. I can think of no reason why anyone would want a low-fat spread, but if you do, why not merely spread butter thinner? That would be cheaper and it's a heck of a lot healthier than any margarine.
   Modern margarines are not the only forms of food fraud by a long way. Many brilliant (and well paid) minds are inventing new foods all the time. They hydrogenate fats; modify starches, then thin or thicken them to give a range of textures; they add emulsifiers, thickeners, preservatives and antioxidants to stop them going rancid, artificial flavours because they have no taste or the taste is pretty foul, colourings to make them more appealing, artificial sweeteners (several of which are known to cause cancer), waxes, oils, bleaching agents and improvers. Some of these additives are there to make the gunge acceptable to the buying public. Some is there so that it runs through the machines more easily. The food content is generally so poor that what you buy in most cases is an appetising-looking product which is lacking in real nutrients. In many cases you get no real food at all. Lemonade doesn't contain lemons — even the flavour doesn't come from lemons; cheese and onion flavour crisps contain no cheese and no onion. The food scientists can synthesise just about anything; and the ad-men can sell it. And if they tell you it has added vitamins and minerals, you are more likely to buy it — so they do. If it were real food, however, it wouldn't need to have vitamins and minerals added.
   Then there's that great con where they get you to buy a product — and you have to add your own food. One classic is the fruit pie mix. They start with a homely name: 'Grandma's Traditional Cherry Pie Mix', put it in a package with an appealing picture, advertise it on commercial television and it will sell like the proverbial hot cakes. When you buy it and look at the ingredients and instructions, you will read something like: 'Cherry flavour pie mix — just add sugar, milk and eggs'. What you have bought is a mix of chemicals — you have to add the real food yourself.
   There are a few clues if you know what to look for. In the trifle example above, we see the words 'Raspberry Flavour'. The clue is in the word 'flavour'. The law allows the word 'flavour' to be used when all that flavour is artificial. If it says 'Raspberry Flavoured Trifle', however, there must be some real raspberry in it — although there may not be much. If the label proclaims 'Raspberry Trifle' then there will be more fruit, although again there may not be much. When artificial flavours are used, the manufacturers have some 6,000 to choose from; but you won't know what they are because they are not subject to any regulation and they won't be specified on the product's label. And don't be fooled if the label tells you that the product contains natural flavours. These will have come from a laboratory too.

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