There are things that are not great for you (sugar, alcohol, etc) that you should keep to a minimum, but there are also things that are so unbelievably bad you should NEVER consume them…
Non-Nutritive Sweeteners & Certain Food Additives (colourants, preservatives, etc)
Whatever it is, if it says ‘sugar-free’, then I strongly advise reading the ingredients before consuming it. There are a few safe sugar replacements (Honey, Stevia), but it’s much more economical for manufacturers to use cheap non-nutritive sweeteners like Aspartame and Acesulfame K. These are really bad for you, but most manufacturers don’t give a hoot about you and your health – all they want is your money, and they’ll use any marketing strategy to fool you into giving it to them. Both Mary-Ann Shearer (author of ‘The Natural Way’), and Dr Joseph Mercola (Osteopathic Physician) warn against these sweet poisons. Some of the risks, to name but a few, include weight gain (due to it messing up your endocrine system); cancer; brain lesions; birth defects and more. Especially problematic is the consumption of Aspartame together with Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) which can cause chronic brain damage.
Food additives like colourants, preservatives, and the afore-mentioned sweeteners are represented by E-Numbers. Here are a few you should stay away from (some of which are banned in the smarter countries like Switzerland):
E110 (Sunset Yellow)
E129 (Allura Red AC)
E 160b (Annato)
E220 (Sulpher Dioxide)
E227 (Calcium Hydrogen Sulphate)
E250 (Sodium Nitrite)
E251 (Sodium Nitrate)
E260 (Acetic Acid)
E282 (Calcium Propionate)
E621 (Monosodium Glutamate / MSG)
E950 (Acesulfame Potassium / Acesulfame K)
High Fructose Corn Syrup
HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) is another way that manufacturers screw us. Far sweeter and cheaper than sugar, it is a common ingredient in sodas, sauces, etc. An article in the Scientific American (How corn syrup might be making us hungry and fat) stated the HFCS could actually be driving the obesity epidemic because it makes you hungry. An experiment involving an fMRI and a group of volunteers, showed that those who had consumed a drink laced with HFCS experienced a spike in activity in their Hypothalamus which regulates hunger related signals, versus a drop in activity by those who consumed a drink laced with glucose.
MargarineTrans-fats, those of you who have done some light reading on nutrition will have come across it. Those who don’t know, Trans-fats is an artery-clogging fat that is formed when vegetable oils are hardened. It increases bad cholestorol in blood levels and can be found in many different food groups, not just margarine. Foods (if you want to call them foods) like doughnuts, pastries, slap chips (french fries), fried chicken, some cereals, waffles, biscuits and crackers just to name a few. Trans-fats are used by many ‘food’ companies instead of oils to extend storage life of products, reduces costs and definitely has no intentions of assisting one’s health. It has taken 30 years for this to finally become public knowledge.
Use butter instead as a healthier alternative. I don’t recommend cooking with butter but in it’s raw state it has many nutritional benefits. Please don’t assume because it has healthy elements to it that you can now lay it on thick without consequences. As I’ve said countlessly, everything good in moderation. You could also try other healthy alternatives like using home made tahina sauce, or home made mayonnaise to spread on your whole-wheat sandwiches.
Pork is known to carry parasites such as tapeworm, roundworms, pinworms and hookworms, as well as bacteria such as Yersinia enterocoltica. If you are going to eat pigs, then wash your hands thoroughly and be sure that the pork being cooked reaches an internal temperature of at least 71 deg Celsius with a 3 minute resting time before eating.
Unwashed Raw Produce
If you plan on eating your produce raw (like in a salad for example), then unless you are eating organic produce, remember to wash your raw veggies and fruit thoroughly to remove all pesticides. Interestingly the EWG (Environmental Working Group) have put together a list of the most and least pesticide laden produce.
The Dirty Dozen and clean 15 of Produce
Endangered & Unsustainable Species
While the US government spends billions on space programs in the hopes of finding another planet to rape, the fact remains that right now we only have one earth and its ratio of human gluttony versus available animals to eat is unbalanced. In order to try and fit in with the eco-system instead of destroying it we need to start eating local seasonal foods, and where possible, farm our own. Here is a Sustainable Food Guide – Purchasing Guide – the fish category has a nice chart to show you which types of fish to avoid ordering at the restaurant due to their unsustainability.
Cruelly Harvested Food
- Cats and dogs are not for eating. I’m looking at you China. CNN’s expose on the “Markets of Misery” was an eye-opener for many. Thankfully, some of you are coming to your senses: Dog Meat China – may the rest of you suffer as you have made those animals suffer.
- Foie-Gras is a depraved French delicacy whereby ducks are kept in tight pens and force-fed corn through tubes each day until they die. Their enlarged livers are then used as a pate known as foie-gras. Some countries have banned its production and celebrities such as Kate Winslet (Celebrities against Foie-Gras) and Chef Wolfgang Puck are openly against foie gras, but unfortunately there are many other cruel bastards like Chef Anthony Bordain and Chef Tom Collicchio that are totally fine with how these birds are terrorised.
- Veal is the meat of baby cows that are fattened up in crates where they can barely move. We have Italy and France to thank for this barbarism.
- From Japan, we have Beef Wagyu (Kobe, Mishima, Matsusaka) where cows have their movement severely restricted in order to fatten them up. They are also fed beer to increase their appetite.
- Frogs Legs. Once again the French show us how sick and depraved they can be by ripping the frogs legs off while the animal is alive and then throwing it aside to die slowly.
- Kopi Luwak. Also known as ‘Cat Shit Coffee’ and ‘Blood Beans’. This is a coffee produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago. Civet cats are kept in battery cages and force-fed coffee beans. Their poop is then collected and coffee is made from it.
- Fox News – Foods should never eat
- Rodale – food ingredients avoid
- Chart showing the fish that are most affected by high mercury levels