This is the second section of a three part series
intended to introduce you to the nutritional benefits
of consuming all natural, organic foods,
incorporating a diet based on these foods into your
lifestyle, and using all natural, organic, whole food
sourced supplements to help you keep your gums in
a healthy state.
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- All artificial flavors. Artificial flavors are chemicals, and not foods. An
example is artificial vanilla, or vanillin, which is cheaply made from wood
by-products of the paper industry. Manufacturers of processed, packaged
foods use artificial flavors because they can be synthesized inexpensively
in large quantities, whereas truly natural flavors are costly to extract from
- Flavor enhancers. The most well known is monosodium glutamate or
sodium glutamate (MSG). Monosodium glutamate occurs when glutamic
acid is dissolved in body fluids. Glutamic acid exists naturally in small
quantities as part of the amino acid makeup of proteins in foods. When
foods containing proteins are digested, the body normally uses amino
acids, including glutamic acid, to build new proteins into body tissues, like
If large quantities of isolated glutamic acid are put in a processed food,
your body cannot safely process the glutamic acid, because in this state,
monosodium glutamate is a potent neurotoxin and excitotoxin, meaning it
kills or injures brain tissue nerve cells by highly over stimulating them.
Monosodium glutamate is also related to aspartic acid, an amino acid
component of aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal), so symptoms from
consuming either one are similar. Both are known to be addictive.
Manufacturers of monosodium glutamate rarely add plain monosodium
glutamate as a separate ingredient in processed foods because then they
would have to label the food as containing MSG. Instead, manufacturers of
processed foods can legally hide the fact that their processed foods
contain monosodium glutamate by masquerading the monosodium
glutamate under the common name of an ingredient containing significant
amounts of glutamic acid or MSG. Did you know that ingredients with
names like natural flavor, soy sauce, modified soy protein, soy extract,
protein isolate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed vegetable protein,
autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, or sodium caseinate are
just some of the ingredients manufactures like to use because they have
been intentionally processed to yield high quantities of glutamic acid or
monosodium glutamate? Read the ingredients in processed foods and
see how many contain “natural flavor” as an additive.
The Food and Drug Administration even allows the manufacturers to claim
that these products contain "no MSG added" or "no added MSG", even
though they know full well that the product contains MSG. When it comes
to monosodium glutamate, consumer beware is the buzz word!
Two other examples of flavor enhancers are disodium inosinate and
disodium guanylate. Both are often combined with monosodium glutamate,
even if the MSG is not listed as a separate ingredient.
- Added sugars, especially high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn
syrup may be labeled as HFCS. The problem is that many people are now
fructose corn syrup is in so many processed foods, sodas, sports drinks
and energy drinks, having replaced more expensive sucrose, or table
sugar. In fact, high fructose corn syrup is now in virtually all processed
foods, primarily because it is so much cheaper for makers of processed
quantities of free fructose than occurs naturally, as in fruits, and without
the essential fiber found in fruits.
High fructose corn syrup is made from corn syrup which is almost always
derived from genetically modified corn. Corn syrup consists mostly of
glucose, and normally does not contain any fructose. To make high
fructose corn syrup, the glucose in corn syrup is highly processed, using
genetically modified enzymes, into an inexpensive liquid mixture of
glucose and fructose. This enables the manufacturer of high fructose corn
syrup to control the sweetness level by varying the ratio of the fructose
and glucose, although usually, the mixture ends up with more fructose than
glucose. Makers of processed foods like the fact that they can select a
high fructose corn syrup mixture that suits the sweetness they desire for a
particular processed food or drink. They also like high fructose corn syrup
because it mixes easily into drinks, and it extends the shelf life of
processed foods that contain it.
Because high fructose corn syrup is a mixture, there is no chemical bond
between the glucose and the fructose. In addition, as just stated, there is
almost always more fructose than glucose. This makes it very different
from sucrose, which is common table sugar. Sucrose is a disaccharide,
exactly half fructose and half glucose, in which the glucose and fructose
are chemically bound together. When you eat foods containing sucrose, or
table sugar, it is broken down during digestion in your body into fructose
and glucose. Although table sugar may play havoc with your health, at least
your body is able to regulate the rate of sucrose breakdown by means of
the natural digestive process. Consequently, your body also has some
control over the rate of fructose absorption from sucrose into the
This is very important because fructose, unlike glucose, does not
stimulate insulin production, which means that there is no insulin
regulatory mechanism to control blood levels of fructose. Of even greater
significance is the fact that glucose can be metabolized in every cell of the
body, whereas fructose is primarily metabolized or broken down in the
Fructose is harder for your body to use than glucose, and it ends up as fat,
rather than being converted to energy. As a matter of fact, fructose very
quickly gets made into fat in your liver. Consuming fructose is essentially
the same as eating globs of fat! As a result, excessive quantities of
fructose consumption have been scientifically linked to a number of
common health problems, especially elevated triglycerides, insulin
resistance leading to diabetes, and overeating, with its close relative,
There is a growing body of scientific evidence that the constant rise in
sugar consumption in the form of high fructose corn syrup is contributing
significantly to the obesity epidemic. One primary reason is because
fructose blocks the action of leptin, a hormone from fat cells, which
normally signals your brain when you’ve had enough to eat. The result is
that once leptin is inhibited, it is much easier for you to overeat.
Furthermore, when so much fructose from high fructose corn syrup is
metabolized in your liver, it overworks and eventually injures your liver,
much like as occurs in alcoholics.
Unfortunately for those who eat processed foods with high fructose corn
syrup, it has also been shown to be contaminated with mercury from
chemicals used in its manufacturing and processing. The warning is clear.
Stop consuming drinks and foods with high fructose corn syrup.
Manufacturers also often use numerous other added sugars as
ingredients in processed foods - for example, molasses, malt extract,
glucose, dextrose (another name for glucose), fructose, crystalline
fructose, brown sugar, evaporated cane juice, maple syrup or nectar,
agave syrup (contains as much as 97% fructose - more than in high
fructose corn syrup), invert syrup, rice syrup, plain corn syrup, corn syrup
solids, and inexpensive fruit juices or fruit concentrates, typically grape
or apple juice.
By doing so, food processors can place the individual sugars closer to the
end of the ingredients list, thereby making the amount of sugar in the
ingredients appear to be less than it actually is. Fortunately, the total
amount of sugar from all the sugars must be listed in the nutrition
information box. Read the amount of sugar in the nutrition box label of any
packaged food, especially breakfast cereals. You may be surprised to find
out how much sugar is in many of them, and this includes organic
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Would you like to have healthy gums?
Would you like to maintain your gums in a healthy condition?
Would you like to improve the health of your gums?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are on the right page.
So what kind of nutrition, foods, and diet do I need for healthy gums?
If you want excellent health for your gums, you must understand and follow a simple
principle. This guiding principle will make it easy for you to know if you are using the right
kind of nutrition, foods and diet for your gums. Although this three part article is
about your gums, everything that is discussed below applies as much to your
teeth as to your gums, because your gums and your teeth function together as
one organ or body part. Wherever gums are mentioned, your teeth are included.
So here is the principle:
EVERYTHING YOU ARE EXPOSED TO IS EITHER A COMPLEMENT OR AN INSULT TO
Do you believe that your body is an integrated whole organism? If you answered
yes, then it follows that this principle applies to every part of your body, no
matter where the exposure occurs, because your body is an interconnected
Since your gums are part of your body, the most effective and efficient way for
you to successfully treat and heal your sick gums, is by healing your whole body.
And the only way to heal your whole body is by increasing your exposure to
complements and eliminating or reducing your exposure to insults. If you do,
this will naturally create both a sound body and healthy gums.
In conclusion, if you want healthy gums, you must develop healthy habits that
make your whole body healthy. You can’t have one without the other! There is
no other way. This is the essence of holistic, whole body, health.
The purpose of the rest of this page of part two of nutrition, foods and diet for healthy
gums is to introduce you to the dietary insults that stop you from having healthy gums.
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Below is a comprehensive list of food based insults to your health, and the
health of your gums. From this list you will discover the kind of nutrition, foods, and diet
you need to avoid, to make your whole body healthy.
It is anticipated that parts two and three of this series will make it easier to understand
how most people allow themselves to be constantly assaulted and overwhelmed by insults
to their health, until they succumb to disease. It doesn’t have to be that way for you.
Achieving superb health simply requires a daily investment in complements, and
a constant vigil to avoid insults.
Start with just one or two items from this list of serious insults, reduce or eliminate
them from your diet, and then slowly make additional changes that will make your lifestyle
healthier. Limiting what you eat to organic foods will automatically exclude all the
insults to your well-being from non-organic, conventional foods.
Study the entire list below. It will greatly help your understanding of these ingredients and
exactly what you are really eating when you consume processed foods or foods that are
not organic. Please keep in mind that virtually all fast foods, junk foods, and most
restaurant foods contain insulting ingredients from this list.
To make your gums and whole body healthy you must decrease, or preferably
avoid, intake of insults to your well-being, such as:
- Most processed foods, including many foods labeled as natural or all
natural. Why? Because altering and tinkering with natural foods always
makes them less healthy for you, and in many cases, downright toxic.
Read the ingredients labels on packages to learn what is in the product in
the package. Beware of ingredient labels that have the ingredients written
in tightly spaced all capital letters in a color that is difficult to see against
the background of the label. It usually means that the manufacturer
doesn’t really want you read the ingredients in the label. Be suspicious of
any ingredients list that seems to be unusually long. Chances are excellent
that it contains one or more chemical food additives.
Watch out for packages and containers that have real food ingredients
written on the front or on the lid, always in easy to read text. Invariably,
this list is incomplete, showing only the real food ingredients and
intentionally leaving out all the processed, synthetic and artificial ones.
The complete ingredients list will always be on the back or side of the
package or container as part of the legally required nutrition information.
Be skeptical of any ingredient which you don’t recognize as a food, or it is
obvious from the label that it has been altered or modified. One example is
propylene glycol, also used in automobile radiator coolants as antifreeze. It
is sometimes added to foods to retain moisture. Another is modified corn
starch, which is corn starch that has had one or more of its physical
properties chemically changed, to make the starch more user friendly for
Don’t be fooled by labels that say the product or an ingredient is made
from a natural food substance, implying that the food is still natural and
safe. When food processors “make” something from a food, they are
subjecting it to processing that usually involves chemicals. You can safely
assume that the end result is a product or ingredient that is contaminated
with the processing chemicals and has been altered into an unnatural
state. This makes it dangerous and not beneficial to your health. An
excellent example is the sugar substitute Splenda, which is often labeled
“made from sugar”.
- Any food that is not organic. Why? Because conventional foods usually
contain traces of many kinds of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides,
antibiotics, bleaching agents and hormones, in addition to being highly
processed with one or more of the insults listed below. The nutritional
and health advantages of organic foods are discussed thoroughly in
- Microwaved foods. When foods are microwaved, they end up containing
molecules and energies that never occur in food that is cooked
normally ― the way humans have been cooking since the discovery of fire.
alternating current (unlike direct current microwave energy from the sun
and stars) and force a billion or more polarity reversals per second in
every food molecule they hit. Production of unnatural molecules and
energies is inevitable. Cells explode in the microwave oven.
Microwaves can seriously deplete or alter the nutrients in food.
Microwave radiation results in the destruction and deformation of food
molecules. Naturally occurring amino acids in proteins have been
observed to undergo changes in shape, as well as transformation into
toxic forms, under the impact of microwaves.
Microwaving also creates new compounds, called radiolytic compounds,
which are mutations unknown in nature. Microwaving causes formation of
carcinogens, or cancer causing substances. This has been shown to occur
even with extremely short exposures.
There are other risks to your health when you use a microwave oven.
Never heat food in a plastic container while in a microwave oven. The
plastic is heated from the food and releases toxic chemicals into the food.
Some of these chemicals mimic female hormones, because they are
chemically similar to estrogens. The result is that they contribute to
premature puberty in adolescent and younger females. Never heat milk for
a baby in a microwave oven as the milk may reach interior temperatures
above the boiling point, yet feel cooler on the surface.
So be warned! In spite of its obvious speed and convenience, don’t use a
microwave oven for cooking. It’s not worth the risks to your health. If you
insist on cooking food in a microwave oven, stay at least six to eight feet
away from it while it is operating.
Beware, many restaurants use microwaved cooking. Ask if any of your food
order will be microwaved. If the answer is yes, change your order.
- Insecticide and herbicide chemicals routinely used by non organic,
conventional growers to kill insects and weeds. The result is that residues
of these toxic chemicals contaminate virtually all conventional produce.
The first and best known pesticide, DDT, has been replaced with many
others. Although the application of pesticides by farmers has been
dropping in recent years, spraying with herbicides is increasing, primarily
for genetically engineered crops.
Pesticides and herbicides are meant to kill. Eating contaminated fruits and
vegetables introduces the poisonous chemicals into your body. It is best
to assume that all conventional fruits and vegetables are tainted and to
avoid them altogether. You can identify conventional produce because it
has a tag or label with four digits, starting with a number 3 or 4. For more
Besides the connection of sugars with obesity, another excellent reason
for curbing your intake of sugars is the tie between sugar and heart
disease. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, who writes a popular website,
“One of the puzzle pieces you need to understand in order to really see
the correlation between heart disease and sugar consumption is that
dietary sugar raises your small, dense LDL cholesterol levels. This is the
type of cholesterol that correlates with heart disease.”
Dr. Mercola further states, “Turns out the “conventional wisdom” to avoid
dietary fat to avoid heart disease has led millions astray by focusing on
the entirely wrong food. If you want to reduce your risk of heart disease,
you simply must curb your sugar consumption.” You can read his entire
article by clicking here.
- Diet sodas. Diet sodas are all dangerous to your health because they
artificial and chemical sweetener substitutes, which is a must read.
Diet sodas do not help you lose weight. In fact they seem to cause weight
gain because your brain is tricked into thinking that you have consumed a
high caloric food. When you give your brain a sweetness message without
the caloric energy, you end up craving calories more than ever, until you
satisfy your craving for caloric energy with a real high caloric food.
- Non-diet sodas. Sugar sweetened sodas are a safer alternative to diet
sodas. They still are harmful to your health because the sugar plays havoc
with your blood sugar levels, and sugar plays a role in the formation of
cavities in teeth. Both regular and diet sodas contain large amounts of
phosphoric acid which can erode tooth enamel and contribute to a more
acidic, disease susceptible, body condition.
- Sports drinks and so-called energy drinks. These drinks are mostly highly
sweetened, artificially colored and flavored water with some inexpensive
vitamins and minerals added. Energy drinks are usually spiked with
caffeine. None of these drinks have any significant health benefit for you.
Their major benefit is to the manufacturer, in the form of high profits.
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- Pasteurized foods. Pasteurization is a form of food processing. The natural
state of any food, including milk, and juice, is destroyed when it is
pasteurized. Any pasteurized food lacks all its original enzymes, which
have been killed by the pasteurization cooking process.
Other organically labeled foods, such as juices and some nuts, especially
almonds, may also be pasteurized. Please keep in mind that once they are
pasteurized, they are no longer unprocessed whole foods, even if they are
- All artificial and chemical sweetener substitutes. Most people are familiar
with aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal). Because aspartame is made from
two naturally occurring amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine, it is
often claimed by manufacturers to be safe. Don’t believe this misleading
claim. In their natural state, aspartic acid and phenylalanine exist in small
amounts, along with other amino acids, as parts of proteins. When you use
aspartame, you are exposing yourself to large, potentially deadly quantities
of just these two amino acids.
Did you know that Aspartame is the most toxic of all the artificial
sweeteners or that it was originally created to be used as an anti-ulcer
drug? Are you aware that approximately 10% of aspartame is converted in
your body to methanol (poisonous wood alcohol), which is then converted
into formaldehyde? Why would anyone want to intentionally poison
themselves with wood alcohol and formaldehyde, just to avoid using
Artificial and chemical sweetener substitutes have NO food value, trick
your body into thinking it is eating something sweet, and have by-products
that produce harmful toxic side effects. This applies to you, and anyone
else who consumes them, including diabetics. Putting a toxic, artificial
sweetener into the body of a person whose metabolism is already badly
damaged by diabetes will only magnify the harm they cause, and make
matters worse in the long run. The best action any diabetic person can
take for themselves is to seriously apply the nutritional principals on
these pages, especially by adding nutrient rich, all natural whole food
supplements to their diet. Supplements like these are described on the
Holistic Solution page of this website.
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Gilbert about the advantages of adding highly nutritious whole food
supplements to your diet. You can also read about Dr. Gilbert’s personal
experience with these unique supplements on the Home page of this
An excellent alternative to both sugar and artificial sweeteners is Stevia,
a South American herb sold as an herbal supplement and used as a safe,
natural, non-caloric sweetener in foods.
- Synthetic or chemical preservatives. If you cannot read or recognize the
name of an ingredient, or if its name is printed only with initials, assume it
is a chemical preservative. Some examples of synthetic or chemical
preservatives are BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), BHA (butylated
hydroxyanisole), TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone) and propyl gallate,
which are often put in vegetable oils, sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite,
which are often used in lunch meats, sodium benzoate, sodium or calcium
proprionate, methyl or propyl paraben, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid,
sulphur dioxide (for wine), and EDTA (ethylenetriaminetetraacetic acid).
Avoid them like the plague!
- Manufacturers use phrases such as ‘to protect flavor’, or ‘to retain
freshness’, so you will think that the preservatives are for your benefit.
They are really there to allow for extended shipping and storage times and
to increase shelf life in the store, all at the expense of your health. On the
other hand, vitamin preservatives, even if they are synthetic, such as
vitamin C or vitamin E, are acceptable ingredients.
- Foods, like dried breakfast cereals, sold in packages that have chemical
preservatives such as BHT or BHA added to the package or the package
liner. The preservatives in the liner migrate into the food in the box. The
end result is the same as if the preservative were directly added to the
processed food as an ingredient. However, by putting the preservative in
the packaging material, the manufacturer does not have to list it as an
ingredient. Fortunately, they are required to tell you that the packaging
material contains the preservative.
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Fortunately, genetically modified produce is identified, so it can be
avoided. If the label on fruits and vegetables has five digits and begins
with an 8, it is genetically modified.
- Artificial petroleum based chemical food colors and dyes. They are in
virtually any candy, pudding, baked goods, pastry icing, children’s vitamins
and junk food. If a processed food is geared for children, expect it to
contain one or more synthetic, petroleum based chemical food colors or
dyes. Chemical food colors and dyes are also to be found in many drinks,
ice creams and snack foods. They have been associated with cancer,
allergic reactions like asthma, and, especially with children, hyperactivity.
Be especially aware of red, yellow and blue dyes. These usually have a
number or the word ‘lake’ after them. Europe has banned them. Take the
hint and ban them from your diet by avoiding foods that contain them.
- Chemical, or chemically derived, stabilizers, gums, emulsifiers and dough
conditioners used in breads and baked goods such as polysorbate 60, also
called sorbitan monostearate, polysorbate 80, mono and diglycerides,
sodium stearoyl lactate, brominated vegetable oil, and potassium bromate.
Natural gums such as guar gum, cellulose gum or karaya are better.
Lecithin derived from an organic food is an even healthier alternative.
- Antibiotics and hormones. These are mostly found in meats, poultry and
eggs that have not been raised under organic conditions. The antibiotics
and hormones, which are usually synthetic, are used to offset the
unhealthy growing conditions of livestock and poultry raised in large scale
factory type farms. You don’t want these chemicals in your body.
- All unfermented soy products, even if they are organic. Some examples are
soy milk, soy baby formula, tofu, soybean oil, and soy burgers. They have
been linked to a number of serious health problems, like cancer and heart
- Leavening agents with aluminum in them like sodium aluminum phosphate
or sodium aluminum sulfate. Aluminum is a foreign substance to the body
and it has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s worth repeating, beware of ingredient labels that have the ingredients written in tightly
spaced all capital letters in a color that is difficult to see against the background of the
label. It usually means that the manufacturer doesn’t really want you read the ingredients
in the label. Be suspicious of any ingredients list that seems to be unusually long.
Chances are excellent that it contains one or more chemical food additives.
By avoiding these insults to your well being, you will help create an internal, slightly
alkaline, health promoting environment in your body which will make your immune system
stronger and your gums healthier than you ever imagined possible.
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seem to be worth the effort. If you are one of these people, an easier solution
for making your gums as healthy as possible, is to simply add highly nutritious,
whole food supplements to your diet.
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- Genetically modified ingredients in packaged foods, or genetically
modified fruits and vegetables. GM or GMO are other terms for genetically
modified food substances. Corn, soy, canola (from rapeseed), sugar beet
and cotton seed are the most common plants and vegetables that are
grown or processed from patented, genetically modified seeds.
Any ingredient processed from these plants will also be genetically
modified. Sometimes it is obvious that an ingredient is derived from a
plant that is usually genetically modified. Soy lecithin is a good example.
Sometimes it’s not so obvious. Texturized vegetable protein, often used
as a meat filler or substitute, is processed from soy.
These seeds have been genetically tampered with in two ways. One way is
to make them more resistant to insects by genetically forcing the plant to
produce more of its own natural pesticides than it normally would (in the
past, selective breeding was employed to naturally create hybrids that
possessed the desired trait of insect resistance) The second genetic
modification is to make the plant more resistant to injury from a commonly
used weed killer with the active ingredient, glyphosate. Unfortunately, this
encourages some farmers who plant these seeds to use this type of
herbicide indiscriminately. Furthermore, just the fact that the plant genes
have been genetically modified in itself creates a plant that is genetically
unnatural and therefore, potentially harmful.
The result is that plants grown from genetically modified seeds expose you
to excessive amounts of chemical herbicide, to large amounts of natural
pesticides produced by these plants, and to unnatural genetic material.
While the poisonous effect of chemical weed killers is well documented,
the additional toxic effects of the natural plant pesticides and the
unnatural genetic material in genetically modified plants is only now
becoming apparent as genetically modified foods and foods with
genetically modified ingredients are becoming commonplace in our diet.
For example, there is scientific evidence that the consumption of GMO
foods and food ingredients may be a contributing factor to the growing
epidemic of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.
In addition, some people feel that soy and soy based ingredients should
never be eaten, even if the soy is not genetically modified, because soy
hybrids grown today are so high in natural estrogen like chemicals.
Since the FDA does not require GMO labeling of any kind, this leaves
consumers in the dark. However, an independent organization called the
“NON GMO PROJECT” has created a way for companies that sell natural
foods to let consumers know their products do not have any GMO
ingredients. Companies can certify that their products are GMO free by
displaying a “NON-GMO Project Verified” seal on their product packages.
So look for the “NON-GMO Project Verified” seal if you want to avoid GMO
modified ingredients. If there is no seal, it is best to assume that any soy,
corn, canola, sugar beet or cotton seed ingredients are genetically
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- Partially hydrogenated oils. These oils are fats that started as naturally
occurring monounsaturated or polyunsaturated edible oils that have been
chemically altered by the process of hydrogenation into partially
hydrogenated fats. Partially hydrogenated fats are always trans fats. So
whenever an ingredient is listed as partially hydrogenated, it is always a
Don’t be fooled by a label that says Zero Trans Fat when a partially
hydrogenated oil is an ingredient, because the Food and Drug
Administration allows a packaged processed food to be labeled as such as
long as there is less than half a gram of trans fats per serving. Less than
half a gram is definitely not zero!
Partially hydrogenated fats or oils are still being used because they resist
turning rancid, which means extended storage, transportation and shelf
life of any processed food that has them in it. This is a benefit only to the
manufacturer. In addition, milk and meat from cows and other ruminants
contains naturally occurring trans fats in small quantities. So many people
are consuming much greater quantities of trans fats than occurs naturally.
This is of significant concern, because trans fats from partially
hydrogenated oils create a great health risk for you. They are considerably
more harmful than saturated animal fats or naturally saturated vegetable
oils, such as coconut oil. Trans fats are well documented and known to
contribute to plaque formation in coronary arteries. Are eating processed
foods with trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils worth the risk of a
- Interesterified fats. Never heard of interesterified fats? That’s because
these dangerous fats are not always listed as an ingredient in processed
foods that contain them. They are vegetable oils that have been chemically
hardened, similar to the highly industrialized hydrogenation process, but
without producing oils that contain trans fats. The bad press about trans
fats is motivating manufacturers of edible vegetable oils to switch to
interesterified fats. The end result is a fat rich in stearic acid. The FDA has
ruled that food manufacturers can use terms in the ingredients label like
high stearate or stearic rich fats in place of “interesterified.”
Like trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils, these man made fats are
no longer in their natural state. Your body will try to make use of them and
in the process, these fats end up in cell membranes. There is evidence
that interesterified fats, just as with trans fats, can create serious health
problems, particularly heart disease in men and breast cancer in women.
Even if that were not the case, these oils can accumulate in your body and
cause cell damage, especially in your nervous system, because they
contain hazardous waste products full of free radicals and residues like
aluminum and nickel from the catalysts used to process the oil.
The bottom line is that if a processed food includes vegetable oil as an
ingredient, unless the oil is organic, you can assume you’re about to
consume either interesterified fats, or trans fats.
- Foods labeled natural or all natural. Be cautious! The natural or all natural
label is a meaningless phrase that is completely unregulated by the Food
and Drug Administration and has never been defined by the FDA. The FDA
allows a food or ingredient to be labeled natural or all natural as long as
the food or ingredient started from a natural substance, and it does not
contain any added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.*
However, the FDA permits natural and all natural labeling even if the food
or ingredient has been chemically extracted and processed. It makes no
difference to the Food and Drug Administration if the final ingredient bears
little resemblance to any truly natural food substance, if it has been
chemically extracted and is contaminated with traces of chemicals, or if the
ingredient is present in larger, and often in much greater amounts, than
occur in nature.
So called ‘natural flavors’ are a prime example of this. They contain large
amounts of glutamic acid, which becomes monosodium glutamate (MSG) in
your body. A section below discusses this in more detail.
A processed food labeled natural or all natural may be unhealthy, simply by
exposing you to natural substances in much greater quantities than occur
in nature. One such example is too much fructose (fruit sugar) in high
fructose corn syrup. You can read more about this in the next section
A processed food labeled natural or all natural may still include ingredients
that have been genetically modified. Always assume they are in the food,
unless the manufacturer specifically states they are not. The danger to
your health from genetically modified ingredients has already been
discussed on this page.
The name of the game is Consumer Beware! You can totally avoid the
problem of inadvertently consuming fake natural foods, simply by eating
only organic real foods.
*Meat and poultry are regulated by the USDA. Meat and poultry labeled natural may not have any artificial
ingredient or added color and must be only minimally processed.