29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. ..-Genesis 1
I (Sal) never learned so much about different ethnic-variety of foods until I went to UMM-Morris. Below are some links of the different foods I've tasted so far since I went to UMM as a college student in 1995
Blood in Uncooked Meat Healthy?
I was at a barbeque the other day (December 31st of 2006) and a friend told me it's not too bad to eat meat w/some blood. I remembered reading Scriptures...
"Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it."-Leviticus 19:26
about this just several days ago and I didn't believe him. I know the Book of Leviticus is a bunch of Old Testament laws that have been overcome with the salvation of Jesus dying on the cross; however, many of these law written were and are to keep "us" safe.
"I have seen some unbelievers/non-Christians ask, "Why did Jesus have to die?" Because of the widespread biblical illiteracy today, there are many people who don't understand why God would sacrifice His own Son. Others have accused God of being a bloodthirsty God. Still others (likely animal rights activists) have been shocked that there were animal sacrifices in the Old Testament, comparing that to ancient pagan sacrifices (which is ridiculous, because pagan sacrifices were usually human sacrifices, and were often baby sacrifices; i.e., when they would throw their babies in the fire as an offering to the (false) god Molech). I have seen others mock the ancient Jewish Kosher Laws, including the law against eating blood.
The following is an attempt to address some of these issues, at least in part....
This past Sunday morning, as I sat in my wheelchair awaiting the passing of the "fruit of the vine," I was pondering why my Savior would have given His precious life-blood for my sins. Suddenly, I was taken back to a matter that I had referred to in some recent posts with my brethren (Howard is referring to some Internet discussion lists, dm). The thought came to me that Christians do not eat the blood of animals since God had ordained that the blood contained the life of any animal, including man. Is man an animal? Not in the spiritual sense but he certainly is from a biological or a zoological aspect. Just as any other fleshly animal, man depends upon blood to provide the nutrients, including oxygen and carbon dioxide, glucose, fats, vitamins, etc. necessary for maintaining life. Yet it was the very thing that gives life that God had required, in ages past, to be shed for the sins of man. With that thought in mind, let us answer a troublesome but doctrinal question regarding the consumption of blood by man today....
1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘This is what the LORD has commanded: 3 Any Israelite who sacrifices an ox,[a] a lamb or a goat in the camp or outside of it 4 instead of bringing it to the entrance to the tent of meeting to present it as an offering to the LORD in front of the tabernacle of the LORD—that person shall be considered guilty of bloodshed; they have shed blood and must be cut off from their people. 5 This is so the Israelites will bring to the LORD the sacrifices they are now making in the open fields. They must bring them to the priest, that is, to the LORD, at the entrance to the tent of meeting and sacrifice them as fellowship offerings. 6 The priest is to splash the blood against the altar of the LORD at the entrance to the tent of meeting and burn the fat as an aroma pleasing to the LORD. 7 They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idols[b] to whom they prostitute themselves. This is to be a lasting ordinance for them and for the generations to come.’
8 "Say to them: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice 9 and does not bring it to the entrance to the tent of meeting to sacrifice it to the LORD must be cut off from the people of Israel.
10 "'I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood, and I will cut them off from the people. 11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.[c] 12 Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood.”
13 “‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth, 14 because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, "You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.”
15 "'Anyone, whether native-born or foreigner, who eats anything found dead or torn by wild animals must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be ceremonially unclean till evening; then they will be clean. 16 But if they do not wash their clothes and bathe themselves, they will be held responsible.'"
" "People have suspected for some time that high levels of red and processed meat increase risk of bowel cancer, but this is one of the largest studies worldwide and the first from Europe of this type to show a strong relationship."
Professor Bingham said there were several theories about why red meat should increase the risk of bowel cancer.
She believes the most likely explanation is that compounds called haemoglobin and myoglobin, which are found in red meat, trigger a process called nitrosation in the gut, which leads to the formation of carcinogenic compounds.
CHICAGO – The largest study of its kind finds that older Americans who eat large amounts of red meat and processed meats face a greater risk of death from heart disease and cancer. The federal study of more than half a million men and women bolsters prior evidence of the health risks of diets laden with red meat like hamburger and processed meats like hot dogs, bacon and cold cuts.
Calling the increased risk modest, lead author Rashmi Sinha of the National Cancer Institute said the findings support the advice of several health groups to limit red and processed meat intake to decrease cancer risk.
The findings appear in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine..."
E-mail forward from friend-Gina (Feb 2005):
If all of the desserts listed below were sitting in front of you, which would you choose today?
Pick your dessert, then look to see what Psychiatrists think about you!
After taking this dessert personality test, send this e-mail on to others, but when you do, be sure to put your choice of dessert in the subject box above.
ALSO, SEND IT TO THE PERSON WHO SENT IT TO YOU!
Sorry you can only pick one:
Angel Food Cake
Vanilla cake with Chocolate Icing
Strawberry Short Cake
Chocolate on Chocolate
NO, you can't change your mind once you scroll down! So think carefully what your choice will be! OK - Now that you've made your choice, this is what research says about you:
ANGEL FOOD CAKE... Sweet, loving, cuddly. You love all warm and fuzzy items. A little nutty at times. Sometimes you need an ice cream cone at the end of the day. Others perceive you as being childlike and immature at times
BROWNIES... You are adventurous, love new ideas, are a champion of under dogs and a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up, you whip out your saber. You are always the oddball with a unique sense of humor and direction. You tend to be very loyal.
LEMON MERINGUE... Smooth, sexy, &articulate with your hands, you are an excellent after-dinner speaker and a good teacher. But don't try to walk and chew gum at the same time. A bit of a diva at times, but you have many friends.
VANILLA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING... Fun-loving, sassy, humorous. Not very grounded in life; very indecisive and lack motivation. Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical joker. Others should be cautious in making you mad. However, you are a friend for life.
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE... Romantic, warm, loving. You care about other people and can be counted on in a pinch. You tend to melt. You can be overly emotional at times.
CHOCOLATE ON CHOCOLATE... Sexy; always ready to give and receive. Very creative, adventurous, ambitious, and passionate. You can appear to have a cold exterior but are warm on the inside. Not afraid to take chances. Will not settle for anything average in life. Love to laugh.
ICE CREAM... You like sports, whether it be baseball, football, basketball, or soccer. If you could, you would like to participate, but you enjoy watching sports. You don't like to give up the remote control. You tend to be self-centered and high maintenance.
CARROT CAKE... You are a very fun loving person, who likes to laugh. You are fun to be with. People like to hang out with you. You are a very warm hearted person and a little quirky at times. You have many loyal friends.
** DON'T FORGET - PUT YOUR CHOICE OF DESSERT IN SUBJECT BOX ABOVE BEFORE YOU FORWARD **
Food Pyramid Shows Special Needs For Pregnancy
" The government has a specially tailored food pyramid for pregnant women to learn more about their dietary needs"
"Why It's Important to Eat Well When You're Pregnant
Do you wonder how it's reasonable to gain 25 to 35 pounds (on average) during your pregnancy when a newborn baby weighs only a fraction of that? Although it varies from woman to woman, this is how those pounds may add up:..."
Food and Drinks to Avoid During Pregnancy
As mentioned earlier, avoid alcohol. No level of alcohol consumption is considered safe during pregnancy. Also, check with your doctor before you take any vitamins or herbal products. Some of these can be harmful to the developing fetus.
And although many doctors feel that one or two 6- to 8-ounce cups per day of coffee, tea, or soda with caffeine won't harm your baby, it's probably wise to avoid caffeine altogether if you can. High caffeine consumption has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, so limit your intake or switch to decaffeinated products."
"Alcohol and caffeine
When you�re pregnant, it�s best to stop drinking alcohol altogether. But if you do drink, have no more than 1 or 2 units of alcohol, once or twice a week and don�t get drunk.
A unit is half a pint of standard strength beer, lager or cider, or a pub measure of spirit. A glass of wine is about 2 units and alcopops are about 1.5 units.
You should limit the amount of caffeine you have each day, but you don't need to cut it out completely. Caffeine occurs naturally in a range of foods, such as coffee, tea and chocolate, and it's also added to some soft drinks and 'energy' drinks.
It's important not to have more than 300mg a day. This is because high levels of caffeine can result in babies having a low birth weight, or even miscarriage.
Each of these contains roughly 300mg of caffeine:..
"How to Cut Down on Your Caffeine Intake
# identify your motivation for quitting; by quitting you will be ensuring that your baby will be as healthy as possible
# find substitutes for your caffeine; for example, switch to decaffeinated coffee or a caffeine-free soft drink.
# if caffeine provides you with a boost, try exercises and good food, especially complex carbohydrates and protein; other activities you can do include dancing, swimming or making love
# ease off caffeine gradually to minimize withdrawal symptoms; start by cutting down to two cups daily; once you�ve adjusted, gradually reduce a quarter of a cup at a time, down to one cup, and down to none. Another way to ease the adjustment is to switch temporarily to a half-and-half caffeinated-decaffeinated brew during the withdrawal period, gradually decreasing the proportion of caffeinated and increasing the proportion of decaf until you are drinking completely caffeine-free coffee.
# minimize withdrawal symptoms; caffeine is addictive, and quitting can cause withdrawal symptoms such as headache, irritability, fatigue, and lethargy"
"Not Just Juice
Juices are a good way for you to get some vitamins, but you should not drink juice instead of water. And don't skip your prenatal vitamins, which have nutrients that you will probably not get enough of, even from fruit or vegetable juices, such as folic acid and iron.
You can get vitamin C from orange, carrot, melon or berry juices and especially fresh juice. Vitamin C is important for growing tissues and bones. Mango juice will give you some vitamin E, which boosts your immune system. Some vegetable juices will provide complex-B vitamins, but keep an eye on the high sodium levels that can make the swelling in your ankles and legs much worse.
Many active women choose to hydrate with sports drinks that replace electrolytes (salts) that the body loses with a lot of sweating. If you are exercising, sports drinks may help you stay better hydrated, but they are not a good substitute for plain water. Keep in mind that these drinks may also contain artificial sweeteners and preservatives that are best avoided during pregnancy.
You can find caffeine in coffee, tea and colas, but also in a number of unexpected sources, like chocolate, decaffeinated coffee, chocolate milk, iced tea, energy drinks and clear sodas. Drinking caffeine may actually make it difficult to become pregnant in the first place. As little as half a cup of coffee per day can cause miscarriages and, in one study, three cups of coffee per day reduced women's chances of getting pregnant by 26 percent.
Caffeine actually interferes with your body's ability to absorb calcium and iron. During pregnancy, these nutrients are absolutely essential to your fetus' growth. In fact, drinking caffeine during pregnancy can even, rarely, cause babies to be born with weak bones because of poor calcium absorption. Caffeine is also associated with low birth weight infants, prematurity and stillbirth. It also can lead to anemia (low iron), future osteoporosis and inflamed gums in both you and your baby-to-be. pregnant mom drinking water
"What is true is that during pregnancy a woman has to provide good nutrition for two individuals. The growing baby gets all its nourishment from its mother through the umbilical cord, so diet is very important. If the mother is lacking in any vitamins and nutrients her baby might lack them too....
What sort of food should pregnant women eat?
A well-balanced diet should contain something from all the food groups: dairy products, fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, eggs, fat and carbohydrates. A pregnant woman needs to eat something from all these food groups every day in order to get the proper amounts of energy....
During pregnancy, a woman's body needs more iron than usual to produce all the blood needed to supply nutrition to the placenta. Good sources of iron are green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach, strawberries, muesli and wholemeal bread.
Iron is more easily absorbed if it is taken in conjunction with vitamin C - either as a supplement or in citrus fruit or juice. Tea and coffee can interfere with the body's absorption of iron.
It is often recommended that all pregnant women take an iron supplement every day from the 20th week of pregnancy. This is not necessary if a woman has a good diet and routine blood tests show that she is not anaemic. Iron supplements may cause constipation.
"At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
" is long and complex. The Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. Scholars hailed the brew as a cure for a variety of ailments; the nobility considered the consumption of good tea as a mark of their status, and the common people simply enjoyed its flavor.
Tea was first discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shennong in 2737 BC. It is said that the emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it so it would be clean, so that is what his servants did. One day, on a trip to a distant region, he and his army stopped to rest. A servant began boiling water for him to drink, and a dead leaf from the wild tea bush fell into the water. It turned a brownish color, but it was unnoticed and presented to the emperor anyway. The emperor drank it and found it very refreshing, and cha (tea) was born."
"Numerous studies have demonstrated the anti-cancer properties of antioxidant polyphenols. Some studies have suggested that tea's polyphenols may reduce the risk of gastric, esophageal and skin cancers, if one consumes 4 to 6 cups daily. Another study showed that just 2 cups of tea may lower the risk of ovarian cancer by 46 percent in women. Other studies have found that polyphenols help prevent blood clotting and lower cholesterol levels. One Japanese study found that green tea lowers death rates from heart disease."
Tea: Caffeine content
According to the American Dietetic Association, a cup of tea contains an average of 40 mg of caffeine, compared to 85 mg as found in a cup of freshly brewed coffee."
John Foxe on the Benefits of Tea and Suntheanine
"Feeling anxious or distracted? New research shows a cup of tea could help."
"The latest medical research is finding potential healing powers in this ancient beverage. Recent research, for instance, suggests drinking tea may help prevent everything from cavities to Parkinson's disease. And some studies indicate it may even save lives.
The benefits of tea consumption may extend throughout the body, experts believe. Here is a partial list of conditions some research has shown may be prevented or improved by drinking tea: "
"have been touted for infusions made from the plant Camellia sinensis for more than 4700 years, ever since its discovery was attributed to the legendary emperor, Shennong. The Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing claimed its taste and stimulative properties were useful for treating tumors, abscesses, bladder ailments, and lethargy, among other conditions. The possible beneficial health effects of tea consumption have been suggested and supported by some studies, but others have found no beneficial effects. The studies contrast other claims, including antinutritional effects such as preventing absorption of iron and protein, usually attributed to tannin. The vast majority of studies have been of green tea; however, some studies have been made of the other types of tea derived from Camellia sinensis, such as white, oolong, and black tea. Green tea has been claimed to be helpful for atherosclerosis, LDL cholesterol, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, liver disease, weight loss, neurodegenerative diseases, and even halitosis...
Increases metabolic rate
Clinical trials conducted by the University of Geneva and the University of Birmingham indicate that green tea raises metabolic rates, speeds up fat oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance. In addition to caffeine, green tea contains catechin polyphenols that raise thermogenesis (the rate at which calories are burned), and hence increases energy expenditure.
There is also a suggestion that it can increase endurance in exercise by improving fat metabolism.
 Possible anti-diabetes effect
There is also epidemiological evidence that drinking green tea (but not black tea or oolong tea) may help prevent diabetes, although it is worth noting that this is evidence of an association, and that future studies are needed to confirm the effect.
 Boosts mental alertness
The amino acid L-theanine, found almost exclusively in the tea plant, actively alters the attention networks of the brain, according to results of human trials announced in September 2007. John Foxe, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience, biology and psychology at City College of the City University of New York, found that theanine is absorbed by the small intestine and crosses the blood-brain barrier, where it affects the brain's neurotransmitters and increases alpha brain-wave activity. The result is a calmer, yet more alert, state of mind.
 Boosts immune system
On 21 April 2003 the Brigham and Women's Hospital released details of a research project which indicated that theanine may help the body's immune system response when fighting infection, by boosting the disease-fighting capacity of gamma delta T cells. The study included a four-week trial with 11 coffee drinkers and 10 tea drinkers, who consumed 600ml of coffee or black tea daily. Blood sample analysis found that the production of anti-bacterial proteins was up to five times higher in the tea-drinkers, an indicator of a stronger immune response.
 Lowers chances of cognitive impairment
A 2006 study showed that elderly Japanese people who consumed more than 2 cups of green tea a day had a 50 percent lower chance of having cognitive impairment, in comparison to those who drank fewer than 2 cups a day, or who consumed other tested beverages. This is probably due to the effect of EGCG, which passes through the blood-brain barrier.
 Lowers stress hormone levels
According to a study by UCL researchers, drinking black tea lowers stress hormone levels. Just 50 minutes after a high stress event, tea drinkers, who had been drinking 4 cups of black tea daily for a month, had a 20% greater drop in cortisol than the placebo group. Blood platelet activation, which is linked to blood clotting and the risk of heart attacks was also lower for tea drinkers.
 Effects on HIV
A recent study appearing in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology stated that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) found in green tea can lead to the inhibition of HIV virus binding and may be used as a complementary therapy for HIV patients.
 EGCG-specific mechanism
EGCG does this by competing for gp120 binding sites with HIV, and also protects the brain, which modern anti-retrovirals medicines cannot do, since they can't pass the blood brain barrier[dubious � discuss]. This is one reason why HIV cannot currently be eliminated as modern medicines cannot penetrate the testes, brain, and Kupffer cells of the liver, where HIV regroups.
Oxalates, including those found in all teas, help with HIV and general infections by mopping up free iron, leaving one less thing for the immune system to do. Oxalates chelate zinc as well, a crucial nutrient HIV uses to hijack a cell, as it has zinc fingers. However, oxalates are a mixed bag - see the problems below.
 Effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
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The polyphenols in green tea show an ability to inhibit intestinal inflammation in the IL-2 knock-out mouse model of IBD. This is an important possibility for treating IBD, which relate to the polyphenol fraction on NF-k B. EGCG interrupts the proinfammatory cascade by inhibiting the effects of inflammatory mediators on NF-k B by inhibiting the phosphorylation of Ik B by Ik B kinase (IKK). NF-k D cannot migrate to the nucleus and bind with cytokine promoter sequences when bound to Ik B. (Reference: Textbook of Gastroenterology, Volume one, 4th edition, 2003 Editor Tadataka Yamada, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, pages 1141-1142).
 Effects on bad breath
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago stated that polyphenols help inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath.
 Iron overload disorders
Researchers in Germany have found that a daily cup of black tea can help stop excess iron damaging the bodies of people who suffer from haemochromatosis due to its high content of tannin, which limits iron absorption.
 Effects associated with caffeine
Main article: Caffeine
A cup of green tea contains between 15 and 50 mg of caffeine. Certain cognitive benefits are associated with caffeine consumption, such as a reduction in the likelihood of Parkinson's disease and a temporary increase in short term memory. Further, caffeine consumption has been linked with greater athletic performance, healthy weight loss, reduction in duration and severity of headaches and is effective in treating the symptoms of asthma.
 Effects on obstructive sleep apnea-related brain deficits
"By Ruth Underwood
(CNN) -- Can you drink your vegetables? We're not talking smoothies here. We're talking tea. It might seem an exaggeration to compare a cup of tea to a serving of veggies, but there are some similarities.
Tea is "a plant-based beverage," says Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., a Tufts University professor of nutrition. "You put those leaves in water and you heat them up and what you're doing is extracting these phytonutrients that are very similar to those that you find in fruits and vegetables.
"It doesn't have some of the vitamins and minerals and the fiber that you find in fruits and vegetables, so it's not quite equivalent, but if we're looking at those phytochemicals, then boy, there's actually a fair amount in tea..."
"Hey, this is my submission for the "Calm-A-Sutra" of Tea Scholarship. Hopefully you enjoy the video (and learn bit too). Check out the references at the end to get more info! Let me know what you think and have a good day!"
Protein is an essential nutrient that is important to your health. Protein consists of chains of amino acids that are used by our bodies to grow muscles, hair, nails, skin and internal organs.
Diets rich in high protein foods are often recommended for athletes and body builders. In addition, many weight loss diets such as the Atkins diet prescribe a high protein, low carb diet.
Although protein is an essential nutrient, some research suggests that too much protein can increase the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney stones and osteoporosis.
High Protein Foods is an online database with protein information on more than 6000 foods. Whether you're pursuing a high protein diet or trying to limit your protein intake, High Protein Foods will help you identify how much protein is in the foods you eat. "
"This list is provided by Food and Drug Administration. Below are food label claims and their meaning. Studies such as the one pubished in the Internatinal Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, conclude that diets with a high protein intake can sustain weight maintenance after body weight loss in humans....
"These foods have the highest protein content value per unit. This is an excellent reference to find out which foods are rich in protein as an alternate to the plain chicken breast and eggs and find rich protein
food. If you are unclear of exactly how protein affects your body, please review the protein page. Remember that not all proteins are made equal. Some foods contain 'imcomplete' proteins which do not absorb easily into your body because not all the aminoacids are present...
"..Plant sources of protein like wheat gluten, vegetable proteins, and nut proteins usually have the lowest PDAAS and milk, eggs, whey and soybeans have the highest. .."
(Thursday, July 23rd of 2009)
The Dangers of Aspartame (Artificial Sweeteners Sugarfree Diet Coke Zero No Sugar Added E951)
"Aspartame (E951) is an artificial sweetener, used in over 6000 products. The food industry claims that aspartame helps in losing weight, but why is obesity then becoming such an ever increasing problem? http://www.naturalnews.com/001253.html
Aspartame is a very sweet chemical, responsible for a host of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, brain diseases, migraines, ADHD, etc...
Related Sites: Aspartame
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "..In certain markets aspartame is manufactured using a genetically modified variation of E. coli...
This sweetener is marketed under a number of trademark names, including Equal, NutraSweet, and Canderel, and is an ingredient of approximately 6,000 consumer foods and beverages sold worldwide, including (but not limited to) diet sodas and other soft drinks, instant breakfasts, breath mints, cereals, sugar-free chewing gum, cocoa mixes, frozen desserts, gelatin desserts, juices, laxatives, chewable vitamins supplements, milk drinks, pharmaceutical drugs and supplements, shake mixes, tabletop sweeteners, teas, instant coffees, topping mixes, wine coolers and yogurt. It is provided as a table condiment in some countries. However, aspartame is not always suitable for baking because it often breaks down when heated and loses much of its sweetness. Aspartame is also one of the main sugar substitutes used by people with diabetes...
The Dangers of MSG - Part 1 (Flavor Enhancers, E621) - 'The Hidden Danger in Your Food'
"Part 1 in this series on the flavor enhancer MSG or monosodium glutamate (E621) shows the hidden danger in our food today. MSG is used in thousands of products, such as snacks, soups, sauces, meats, flavored potato chips and most Chinese food. .."
". MSGTruth.org was created by former food process engineer and food scientist, Carol Hoernlein. Carol no longer works for the food industry. The mission of MSGTruth, is to give you unbiased information based on science, not profit.
Food, Inc. is a new documentary that we highly recommend in addition to The Beautiful Truth. Both documentaries shine a bright spotlight on how food really gets to your table and why it matters.
Food, Inc, is still in theaters, and The Beautiful Truth is now released as a DVD.... MSG: neurotoxic flavor enhancer "This Web site is dedicated to people with problems that once defied medical diagnosis -- people who discovered that elimination of MSG from their diets let them be well.
We are proud that we have been able to provide information to people whose problems had defied medical diagnosis;
People who just "didn't feel well;"
People who knew they suffered adverse reactions when they ate MSG--and wanted to avoid it; and
People who simply wanted to avoid this neurotoxic, endocrine disrupting, substance.
17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?"
18 He replied, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.'" 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me."
22 They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely you don't mean me, Lord?"
23 Jesus replied, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born."
25 Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, "Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?"
Jesus answered, "You have said so."
26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[b] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial
31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:
"'I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'[c]
32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee."
33 Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will."
34 "Truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."
35 But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.
"23 When you sit to dine with a ruler,
note well what[a] is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to gluttony.
3 Do not crave his delicacies,
for that food is deceptive."-Proverbs 23
to taste the Cozy Cafe’s lutefisk will be featured on the host of the Travel Channel program, “Bizarre Foods” on March 25.
Zimmern were at the Cozy on Sept. 15, 2007, for his first taste of the Scandinavian fish dish and other Scandy foods.
Zimmern and a production crew spent several hours in Cyrus filming at the Cozy Cafe. That site was chosen
after being listed on the Internet as a “Friend of Lutefisk” due in part to the regular serving of the Norwegian specialty. For times, see upcoming listings at www.travelchannel.com
"Tried some once of a kind delicious krispy rice, toasted coconut, and caramel toasted coconut (very Filipino) at the recent (9/18/04) "Harvest Fall Festival" (baked goods, arts/crafts, and local farm produce) at the Stevens County Fairgrounds"-Sal
Thrifty Drug, chocolate candies at this store at Viking Plaza in Alexandria
Posted by Rebecca Webb on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
Event Date/Time: Sunday, May. 3, 2009 11:00 am
End Date/Time: Sunday, May. 3, 2009 1:00 pm
Location: Morris Area Elementary School
Service Learning event to combat hunger featuring bread, soup, and dessert. Early arrivers receive free ceramic bowls by Kevin Flicker and area students.
"Event Date/Time: Friday, May. 2, 2008 6:00 pm
End Date/Time: Friday, May. 2, 2008 7:30 pm
Location: Morris Area Elementary School
Sponsored by: Service-Learning (For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bread and Bowls will be a fund raiser for two non-profit organizations in Stevens County � Someplace Safe and the Stevens County Food Shelf.
Local artists- including UMM students- will be donating their ceramics (bowls and cups) to this event. Food will be served in these bowls, and people will keep their bowls they bought as a reminder of world hunger issues.
Someplace Safe in Stevens County provides support and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, abuse and domestic violence and works to prevent and educate the public about these issues. The Stevens County Food shelf provides mostly non-perishable foods to individuals and families in need. "
"..your one-stop shop to connect University and Community resources to strengthen local food economies. Faculty and others with interest in local foods are listed in the searchable Expert database. Producers, processors, retailers and and advocates for community-based food systems are listed in the searchable Partner database. ..
Related: Just What Does Local Mean?
Michael S. Hand and Stephen Martinez
JEL Classifications: Q13, Q18Choices Magazine "..Local food clearly refers to a geographic production area that is circumscribed by boundaries and in close proximity to the consumer. This area may represent an existing or imagined “foodshed”—the area from which a locality derives its food supply (Peters et al., 2008). Beyond this general definition, however, there is little agreement on the geographic circumscription and proximity that are relevant for a given location, food product, or individual consumer...
A different definition may emphasize direct sales from producers to consumers to eliminate supply chain intermediaries, allow producers to capture a greater share of the retail price, and reduce the retail price paid by consumers; these characteristics may be thought to improve access to healthy foods in underserved communities while simultaneously supporting nearby farmers... UMM Receives Blue Cross Support to Promote Healthy Eating, from morris.umn.edu "..UMM was chosen to receive the funding to expand access to, and availability of
fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods on campus, within greater Morris, and in
Led by UMM’s Office of Student Affairs, the project will create a Morris Healthy
Eating college health coalition. Partners in the coalition include: Sodexho Campus
Services – managers of campus dining services, the Pride of the Prairie Local Foods
Initiative led by the University of Minnesota West Central Partnership, Stevens
Community Medical Center.. Morris Healthy Eating Initiative team member Audrey Lesmeister '11 invites you to visit the farmers market
Posted by Judy Korn on Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010 "..(MHE) is here to help you make healthy food choices by increasing the variety of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods on campus and in the community, and by overcoming barriers to accessing to healthier foods. One of the MHE projects is helping to grow the Morris Area Farmers Market, which is the focus of senior Audrey Lesmeister’s MHE position. Lesmeister assists the new Morris Area Farmers Market coordinator in planning and implementing new vendor policies, location, hours, marketing strategy, and vendor education, and increasing campus and community Farmers Market participation... Everything He Wants to Do is Illegal, from
Oct. 1, 2008 motherearthnews.com "..Grass Fed and Beyond Organic
Tell us a little bit about Polyface Farm.
We’re located eight miles southwest of Staunton, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley on 550 acres (100 open and 450 forest). We also lease four farms, totaling an additional 900 acres of pasture. We sell “salad bar” (grass-fed) beef; “pigaerator” pork; pastured poultry, both broilers and turkeys; pastured eggs and forage-based rabbits.
Your livestock and poultry are grass-fed, and your farm is “beyond organic.” Do you find people are familiar with those terms?
More and more people are aware of the compromise and adulteration within the government-sanctioned organic certified community. ...
"..Once upon a time, only a decade or so, it wasn't hard to know where factory hog farms were because they were nearly all in North Carolina. But since those days, the practice of crowding together huge concentrations of animals — hogs, poultry, dairy cows, beef cattle — in the interests of supposed efficiency has spread around the country.
Wherever it appears, factory farming has two notable effects. It threatens the environment, because of huge concentrations of animal manure and lax regulation. And it threatens local political control. Residents who want a say over whether and where factory farms, whose stench can be overwhelming, can be built find their voices drowned out by the industry's cash and lobbying clout...
"..Until he saw the light, Jon Taggart--6 ft. 5 in., jeans, white cowboy hat, Texas twang--
was a rancher like any other in the southern Great Plains. He crowded his cattle onto
pasture sprayed with weed killers and fertilizers. When they were half grown, he shipped
them in diesel-fueled trucks to huge feedlots. There they were stuffed with corn and soy--
pesticide treated, of course--and implanted with synthetic hormones to make them grow
faster. To prevent disease, they were given antibiotics. They were trucked again to
slaughterhouses, butchered and shrink-wrapped for far-flung supermarkets. "It was the
chemical solution to everything," Taggart recalls.
Today his 500 steers stay home on the range. And they're in the forefront of a back-tothe-
future movement: 100% grass-fed beef. In the seven years since Taggart began to
"pay attention to Mother Nature," as he puts it, he has restored his 1,350 acres in
Grandview, Texas, to native tallgrass prairie, thus eliminating the need for irrigation and
chemicals. He rotates his cattle every few days among different fields to allow the grass
to reach its nutritional peak...
*referred by UMM Int'l Student Orientation
"EDINA, Minn. (WCCO) — Andrew Zimmern has made living traveling around the world and eating just about anything.
But is the host of Travel Channel’s franchise “Bizarre Foods” really that bizarre?
In the current season of “Bizarre Foods America,” Andrew Zimmern eats a raw abalone gonad, and it appears he doesn’t think twice about it. As it turns out, the famous foodie lives a fairly normal life when he’s home in Edina.
“I’m a very ordinary person with an other-than-ordinary job,” says Zimmern. “I get up with my son, make him breakfast, take him to school and head to the office until about four o’clock,” he adds.
Zimmern makes the most of his time with his wife and son, when he is home. The work is demanding. There’s the show, books, a podcast and much more. He’s on the road more than half the year.
“I have to stabilize my marriage every time I head out the door and reenergize it when I come home. I have to explain to my child why daddy has to go away every month and I have to reconnect with him every time I come home,” said Zimmern.
The Twin Cities has been his home for more than 20 years and Zimmern has no plans of uprooting anytime soon. His job would afford him the luxury of living anywhere, but remains in Minnesota.
“It’s the perfect place for me to do the work that I do. I’m away all the time,” said Zimmern. “If I lived in New York or L.A., part of my work life would be easier, there would always be something to do, I could never put work away.”
Zimmern said family comes first, and given the continued success of “Bizarre Foods,” which is now in its sixth season it appears he can balance both.
“It is a sustainable franchise, tent pole show on Travel Channel, and that’s rarified air. I’m the luckiest guy in the whole world and I get to do it in Minnesota,” he said.
Wednesday on WCCO 4 New This Morning, Zimmern will open up about a severe drug and alcohol addiction that ruined his career. You’ll also hear how he came back after finding help in Minnesota." Children
"MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As busy parents, we don’t always make the healthiest choices for ourselves but when it’s meal time, we try to make the best choices for our kids.
We check food labels for whole grains, less fat and low sugar but something extra, added to everything from cereal to fresh fruit, could be causing behavior problems in children. Concerns about food dyes led manufacturers in other countries to change their recipes, but they’re still sold here.
Kelly King is certain of the difference food dyes make in her 6-year-old daughter Kendall.
“She’s always had a lot of energy,” King said.
Doctors diagnosed Kendall with ADHD last year and put her on powerful drugs.
“We were going to need to medicate her all day, then give her another pill at 4 p.m., then give her a medicine so she could sleep. It just didn’t feel right to me,” King said.
A few months ago, the King’s heard about a possible connection between dyes and hyperactivity. Within weeks of taking dyes out of her diet, Kendall didn’t need the medication.
“We’ve had amazing results. She’s like a whole new child and she’s herself again,” King said.
King said it’s been much easier to find dye-free food than she thought. With what they used to spend on medication for Kendall, the cost of food has evened out.
Taking dyes out of kids’ diets is a big part of Dr. Arlen Lieberman’s practice.
“It’s definitely a big factor in what I look at when I talk to the parents is what kind of food are you giving your kid?” Lieberman said.
At the Golden Valley clinic he shares with his daughter, they’ve seen again and again the change food dyes make.
“They have risks and they have no benefit really the only benefit that they have is the look,” Dr. Krystle Lieberman said.
Food manufactures in the U.S. can use up to nine dyes in food. The dyes Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 make up 90 percent of the market and cause the most concern.
Take a shopping trip and you’ll see them everywhere. They’re listed on a bright cereal box, even the more covert packaging of a pickle jar. From cough syrup to toothpaste, and waffles to crackers.
Synthetic dyes are sometimes even sprayed on fresh fruits to sharpen their shades.
Dr. David Wallinga at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy said he believes the science is there for customers to be concerned. He cites more than two dozen studies that point to problems. Most were done decades ago while we eat more dyes than ever before, a 5-fold increase in 50 years.
Wallinga said dyes mess with our metabolism. The yellow dyes deplete zinc levels enough in some kids, he said, to cause hyperactivity.
An added concern: The chemicals come from petroleum products that Wallinga said have shown carcinogenic to cause effects.
“There is no necessary reason to put petroleum dyes in food. Period,” Dr. Wallinga said.
Countries across Europe have already responded to the controversy. For the most part, you won’t find the dyes in food on grocery store shelves. The European Union requires foods using synthetic dyes to carry a warning label.
Rather than scaring customers away, American companies like Kellogg’s, General Mills and Kraft did away with the synthetic dyes overseas.
“Why shouldn’t American consumers be treated with the same respect, and conversely, why should the U.S. be the dumping ground for worrisome food dyes?” Dr. Wallinga asked.
The FDA took up the issue last spring. Its scientists found that dyes could affect children who already have behavioral disorders. But the agency said most children won’t see a reaction. So the FDA voted against putting warning labels on foods, but it believes more research is still needed.
Some grocery chains, like Whole Foods, have made the decision themselves and won’t sell synthetic dyes.
Ted Labuza, a professor of Food and Science at the University of Minnesota, said he believes it comes down to customers making choices. While other countries operate out of precaution, he sees our system as limited. In this country, food additives can’t be tested on people so scientists have to rely on several different factors for study results.
"There’s no way to be 100 percent safe. You can’t test your way to safety. You can’t inspect your way to safety,” Labuza said.
One potential solution to the food dye question is being developed in a small lab in St. Paul and planted in the ground in southwest Minnesota.
The company Suntava started as a way to breed corn resistant to common pests. Scientists found something much more powerful in their purple corn, a compound called anthocyanin with more antioxidants than blueberries.
Suntava CEO Bill Petrich said it’s a huge find.
“I believe this is a game-changing technology that can positively affect many lives for years to come, ” Petrich said. “I think the market is global, it’s not just U.S. it’s global.”
The research led to the realization of the corn’s potential as a natural color. Natural food colors can be as much as 20 times more expensive to produce.
The Hopkins School District decided it was worth the investment. It’s taken dramatic steps to get dyes out of its schools.
Barb Mechura, the school’s nutrition director, said it’s changed their approach to cooking.
“Our kitchen looks a little differently because we need additional equipment for scratch cooking,” Mechura said. “We don’t need as much room in the freezer right now because we don’t have all the frozen, manufactured foods.”
Cooks are constantly checking labels for food dyes and if they can’t find a natural substitute, it won’t be served.
An important part of the curriculum for all of their kids includes reading food labels. For the last few years, the district’s lunchrooms have been considered leaders in school nutrition. After making many changes, teachers said they see fewer outbursts in class.
“It makes sense that if we’re going to put a lot of synthetic and artificial stuff into it our cells aren’t going to have the energy they need to create a healthy body, a healthy brain, help us be happy,” Mechura said.
In a statement, the FDA said “Approved food color additives are considered safe. There has not been a cause and effect relationship established between color additives and hyperactivity in children.”
A spokesperson from General Mills said “We comply with all regulations where we do business and monitor global regulatory developments. Differences around the globe in product formulation have long existed, and are due to different laws or consumer preferences."
"It all began in 1956 when Betty's father Aleck built a fish shack by the Stewart River on Highway 61. Betty thought it would be a good idea to have some goodies for the fishermen when they stopped in, so she started making donuts and coffee for them to enjoy.
Well, one thing led to another and Betty began selling hamburgers and hot dogs. Customers didn't really like looking at dead fish while they were eating, so in 1958 Betty turned the old fish stand into a cafe that she named "Betty's Cafe". She also added pies to her menu.
Eventually Betty expanded the café by adding a lunch counter and more seating, of course the pie selection expanded too. People were now beginning to make it a regular stop on their way to cabins and resorts along the North Shore."
"A quick and easy way to prepare a lucious chicken and broccoli casserole. For this and other recipes, go to our website www.morerspices.com."
*I personally like to fry my chicken breasts after cutting into pieces and then add it to the rest Chicken Hotdish, Oh Sure Ya Betcha!
By Dave Lieberman, Wed., Aug. 18 2010 @ 1:30PM
Categories: Cooking! blogs.ocweekly.com "...Cooked white long-grain rice (Uncle Ben's Converted is fine)
" ARDEN HILLS — The ministries of Jesus seemed to revolve around food. There was the wedding feast at Cana, the loaves and fishes, the meals in the homes of sinners and tax collectors and, of course, the Last Supper.
Today, several Twin Cities’ churches have established culinary departments geared at sharing the Gospel while sharing meals previously possible at only the finest restaurants. In fact, at some you nearly need reservations.
“We are swamped,” said Brian Bergstrom, director of catering and foodservice at North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills and Roseville. The church not only caters to in-house events such as new member’s classes, volunteer appreciation meals and youth events, but also for weddings, banquets for Lutheran Renewal and events for James Dobson and Luis Palau, among others.
“We recently held a banquet for the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ churches. We fed people from 35 states and eight foreign countries. Their response to our culinary ministry was amazing,” said Bergstrom, who regularly is asked for information on how to incorporate the food ministry into other churches.
“We are simply meeting a need and the need is increasing,” added Bergstrom, a Wisconsin native and a Cordon Bleu graduate.
Along with Chef Tony O’Donnell, the team, most of which are volunteers, is meeting the unique needs of a growing congregation. The catering department is now providing meals prior to the Wednesday evening youth and adult classes.
“If a parent had to rush home, fix a meal, herd the kids into the car and back to church, many wouldn’t show up,” he pointed out.
Others would hit a drive through window.
“We provide a meal with meat, vegetables, homemade bread and a beverage for under $5. Families get to eat together, fellowship together, relax and then attend classes refreshed.”
The chefs’ culinary skills are not wasted on simple chicken. A new addition at North Heights is the Master’s Table, a combination of spiritual learning through fine dining. A pastoral-led Bible study is combined with a multi-course meal that recently included a roasted butternut squash soup with chive puree, grilled shrimp with green onion and Thai dipping sauce and a grilled New York strip loin with a rosemary demi-glace over a bed of grilled asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. That was only three of the seven courses.
The culinary staff has doubled the reservations for their dinner theater productions in just one year. This past year nearly 800 were served prior to the productions of “The Passion Play” and “The Christmas Window.” Bus loads from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin brought in large numbers who enjoyed a four-course meal that included salmon or steak with rosemary truffle butter. Many attending were unchurched visitors. Many new members of the church say they joined after enjoying a meal with new friends.
“We are seeing that when a non-believer has a good experience at a church when attending an event such as a wedding, a production or funeral they remember that church at a time of spiritual crisis in their own life,” Bergstrom said.
Mark Herringshaw, North Height’s worship pastor, recently used the use of food and ministry in a sermon.
"Food connects us in two ways,” preached Herringshaw. “First it is a physical experience that can be used to explain physical truth. Secondly, it is a physical experience that facilitates not only our own health, but real relationships.”
At North Heights they are finding that people love to sit and talk about their spiritual lives and share their walk with the Lord with complete strangers when food is involved. As Herringshaw noted, the gift of food and its origin are an easy combination.
Food ministries can also be used in other ways. At Hennepin United Methodist Church, the culinary talents are being used to serve community meals to those in need. The walls are stretching beyond denominations as inner-city churches combine to serve the needy in a Christ-like ministry that starts with cooperation between several churches. Believers from a number of churches share joy with each other and with those in need of a meal. All leave fed and usually with a better understanding of Christ.
Soup kitchens have long met the needs of the needy at kitchens run by ministries. Those same ministries are now hiring chefs to offer a higher quality meal and a higher quality form of ministry. Not only are they meeting the physical needs but also the spiritual need to fellowship.
Sometimes fellowship itself is the most important need. Bergstrom decided to start a culinary class during the slower summer months to keep busy.
“I was blown away when 40 to 50 people wanted to attend the class,” he said.
The class has been a sell-out with a maximum of 30 spots each month. The course has nothing to do with Christianity except for the fact that it brings together believers and non-believers at a church kitchen and allows them to share time and experiences together. Herringshaw, in his sermon, noted churches have missed the point.
“There’s something about eating together that makes a church a church! We’ve [reduced] the meal feast down to little cups and flat wafers. But originally the Lord’s Supper was a real deal meal,” noted Herringshaw.
Herringshaw invites Christians and other Christian churches to, “taste and see that the Lord is good.” In seeing that food and fellowship meets the needs of many, churches are spreading the Good News and some totally awesome food.
Tickets are now on sale for “The Thorn,” an original production on the life, death and resurrection of our Lord to be presented at North Heights March 20-April 6. Many of the performances include the dinner theater option. For information, go to www.nhlc.org."
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel prepares Wild Rice Soup on Fox 9 Morning Buzz
"Mystic Lake Casino Hotel Executive Chef Richard Fisher demonstrates the art of making Wild Rice Soup on Fox 9's Morning Buzz. The Wild Rice Soup is served in all of the Mystic Lake Food Outlets and is the most requested recipe. Mystic Lake Casino Hotel with seven distinctive restaurants and the award-winning Buffet. Located 20 minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul in Minnesota.
Category:" Wild Rice Soup III, allrecipes.com
"How to Eat and Drink Properly ?
1- Without water - only drink 10 minutes before meals or wait for about 10 minutes after meal, minimum. Why ? If you drink during meals, you are diluting your stomach juice. It will not be able to digest your food effectively. If you have gas problem, try this for a few days and see the difference. That's my first eating tip.
*2- My friend, this is your second healthy eating habit. Eat your fruits before meals. Fruits are designed to be digested in your intestines, not your stomach. When we eat our fruits after meal, it is simply wasted since it will only reach the intestines after the stomach has digested our food. By the time - it is almost worthless. If you are looking for a good way to loose weight, try eating fruits before meals. It will make you feel less hungry and as a result you will eat less, but more effectively.
3- Chew until your food turn into semi-liquid. Most people just swallow food that they cannot chew. Do they think there's a giant teeth inside the stomach? Remember, the mouth is the first stage of digestion - it should make our food as tiny as possible. If you cannot chew it to small pieces, get it out of your mouth. Help your stomach .. you need a good working stomach for years, you know.
3- Get a calm, peaceful surrounding, and NEVER eat when you are sad, angry or in hurry. In other words DO NOT eat when you are stressed.
4- NEVER lie on your bed or couch during or after meals. Only eat while you are sitting. Stay "horizontal" at least 2 hours after meals, or you'll get all sorts of stomach problem, I guarantee. Yes, it's that simple - but not many knows this healthy eating habit.
*I never heard of this top (#2) before until I was talking to a lady in the counter of a Health Foods store at Vikingland Mall in Alexandria, Mall (Friday, August 20th of 2007-ironically after bringing up a Dietician Workshop I attended earlier in the afternoon with my other job at Woodland Home)
"...Cow-free milk is no passing trend: The milk-alternatives market grew 12.5 percent last year, according to the Beverage Marketing Corporation. "While cow's milk contains nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and protein, people are turning to nondairy varieties because of allergies, lactose intolerance, and concerns about hormones and antibiotics," says Elisa Zied, R.D., author of Nutrition at Your Fingertips. Some faux milks are more beneficial than good old moo juice and clock in at fewer calories (skim has 90 per eight-ounce glass), while others lack nutritional value or harbor hidden calories and sugar, particularly the vanilla-and chocolate-flavored ones. Consult this guide before you drink up. ..
"America has a drinking problem. No, not booze. I'm talking about soft drinks. According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, the average American guzzles 44.7 gallons of the sweet stuff every year. Not sure what 44.7 gallons looks like? It's about what you'd need to fill a small kiddie pool.
But the truth is, you don't need me to tell you that soda isn't healthy. We all know that America’s drink of choice contributes to our country's ever-expanding obesity problem. But, as Rodale.com writer Leah Zerbe discovered, love handles are just the beginning. Read on for her report on three shocking soda facts that will have you saying “Just water, please” from now on.
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Shocking Soda Fact #1: Soda fattens up your organs
A recent Danish study revealed that drinking non-diet soda leads to dramatic increases in dangerous hard-to-detect fats. Researchers asked participants to drink either regular soda, milk containing the same amount of calories as regular soda, diet cola, or water every day for six months. The results? Total fat mass remained the same across all beverage-consuming groups, but regular-soda drinkers experienced dramatic increases in harmful hidden fats, including liver fat and skeletal fat. The regular-soda group also experienced an 11 percent increase in cholesterol compared to the other groups! And don’t think switching to diet varieties will save you from harm: Artificial sweeteners and food dyes have been linked to brain cell damage and hyperactivity, and research has shown that people who drink diet soda have a higher risk of developing diabetes.
Read out about the 7 biggest food label lies.
FIX IT WITH FOOD: The average American drinks 450 calories a day. By switching to water as your go-to beverage, you'll make room in your diet for these 40 Foods with Superpowers—foods that, even in moderation, can strengthen your heart, fortify your bones, and boost your metabolism so you can lose weight more quickly.
Shocking Soda Fact #2: Soda contains flame retardants
Some popular soda brands, including Mountain Dew, use brominated vegetable oil—a toxic flame retardant—to keep the artificial flavoring from separating from the rest of the liquid. This hazardous ingredient—sometimes listed as BVO on soda and sports drinks—can cause bromide poisoning symptoms like skin lesions and memory loss, as well as nerve disorders. If that’s not a good enough reason not to “Do the Dew,” I don’t know what is. (We reveal more insidious ingredients hiding onsupermarket shelves in the 15 Scariest Food Additives).
Are you addicted to diet soda? Find out now!
DRINK DISASTERS: Soda isn’t the only dubious drink you have to watch out for. Many bottled beverages pack enough sugar and calories to foil your get-fit plans in one fell sip. Protect yourself by avoiding the 11 Worst Beverages in the Supermarket!
Shocking Soda Fact #3: Drinking soda makes you a lab rat
Many American soda brands are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, a heart-harming man-made compound derived mainly from genetically engineered corn. The problem? Genetically engineered ingredients have only been in our food chain since the 1990s, and we don't know their long-term health impacts because the corporations that developed the crops never had to test them for long-term safety. Case in point: Some recent findings suggest that genetically engineered crops are linked to digestive tract damage, accelerated aging, and even infertility! "
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"WASHINGTON – Federal health authorities on Saturday urged consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods that contain peanut butter until authorities can learn more about a deadly outbreak of salmonella contamination.
Most peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets appears to be safe, said Stephen Sundlof, head of the Food and Drug Administration's food safety center.
"As of now, there is no indication that the major national name-brand jars of peanut butter sold in retails stores are linked to the recall," Sundlof told reporters in a conference call.
Officials are focusing on peanut paste, as well as peanut butter, produced at a Blakely, Ga., facility owned by Peanut Corp. of America. Its peanut butter is not sold directly to consumers but distributed to institutions and food companies. But the peanut paste, made from roasted peanuts, is an ingredient in cookies, cakes and other products that people buy in the supermarket...."
"PARIS (AFP) – People who gobble down their food and eat until they feel full are three times more likely to get fat compared with people who eat slowly and modestly.
So say Japanese researchers in a study that suggests shifting patterns of behaviour, driven by the advent of fast food and cheap food, are widely to blame for the obesity pandemic.
Osaka University's Hiroyasu Iso and colleagues recruited 1,122 men and 2,165 women aged between 30 and 69 and asked them to closely track their eating habits and body mass index (BMI), a benchmark of obesity.
Around half of the men, and just over half of the women, said they ate until they were full.
Just under half of the men, and a little more than a third of the women, said they ate quickly.
Men and women who ate until full were twice as likely to be overweight compared with counterparts who did not eat until full.
Those who ate both quickly and to satiety were three times likelier to be overweight...."
"This week has begun to experience a once unthinkable phenomenon--food rationing in the USA. Many stores and retailers are limiting purchases of flour, rice, wheat, cooking oil, and other commodities. How did we get into this mess? And it's not limited to the USA--we are also hearing of GLOBAL HUNGER and RIOTS because of lack of food and high food prices, including in countries such as Japan, Haiti, Indonesia, and several African nations. Has the biblical third horse of the Apocalypse--picturing worldwide famine--begun to ride? "
"...The word pizza is believed to be from an Old Italian word meaning "a point," which in turn became the Italian word "pizzicare," which means "to pinch" or "pluck."...
...The pizza could have been invented by the Phoenicians, the Greeks, Romans, or anyone who learned the secret of mixing flour with water and heating it on a hot stone.
In one of its many forms, pizza has been a basic part of the Italian diet since the Stone Age. This earliest form of pizza was a crude bread that was baked beneath the stones of the fire. After cooking, it was seasoned with a variety of different toppings and used instead of plates and utensils to sop up broth or gravies. It is said that the idea of using bread as a plate came from the Greeks who ate flat round bread (plankuntos) baked with an assortment of toppings. It was eaten by the working man and his family because it was a thrifty and convenient food. ..
How to Make Spaghetti : How to Cook Spaghetti Noodles
"In August 1990, Baja Fresh® Mexican Grill opened its first restaurant featuring all-fresh, traditional fire-grilled Mexican favorites. Like many who grew up on fast food, we realized that it was time for something else, something different and something FRESH. Baja Fresh continues to be passionate about serving the freshest and high quality food in bright, clean environments. We believe in the benefits of eating well, being active and making a contribution to the communities we serve. We call this philosophy "Live Fresh" and you'll find this attitude in everything we do... Undercover Boss David Kim Tries to Be Baja Fresh
By Lisa Johnson Mandell, Posted Apr 8th 2011 @ 11:20AM jobs.aol.com "..Kim, a Korean immigrant, especially related to his employees, because most of the ones he worked with were immigrants as well, with touching stories. Kim's story involved working his way up from selling toys at a flea market to his current position at the head of one of the fastest growing chains in America. "We opened 40-50 stores in the past 18 months," creating hundreds of jobs, he said. "Every day we get so many requests from people wanting to know more about how they can open a franchise."...
For his second assignment, Kim worked as a cashier in Cypress, Calif. He was extremely slow and caused a long line of customers to form. Anthony, the cashier he worked with was from the Philippines, and had moved to the states with his family just two years ago. Anthony shared that he is the oldest of six children and helps support his family, since their father left. The rest of Anthony's family was living in San Diego, but he couldn't find work there, so he moved to Orange County for this job. Far from feeling bitter or complaining, he said the challenge is making him a better person. When Kim found out they were both Christian, they prayed together.
They also prayed together at company headquarters, when Anthony found out who exactly Kim was. This time, it was a prayer of gratitude for the $15,000 Kim gave Anthony to help reunite his family. They have since used the money for the family to move up to Orange County with Anthony....
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Asian-Filipino, Pinoy/Pinay, Balikbayan, etc.. of Philippines Outreach
The notorious bungled burritos
"...And he'll be outside his cubicle even more over the next year, because he offered to personally mentor Rami over the next year. In addition, Rami received $5,000 to help him continue his schooling, and a $5,000 golf trip to be taken with his father. Kim was especially sensitive to Rami's comments about his father, since Kim's own father had just been diagnosed with an incurable lung disease....
A special delivery in Boise "
Finally, Kim traveled to Boise, Idaho, to work with Carrie, an operations manager. They checked produce quality, whipped up salsa and went on a delivery. Kim was not aware that they even made deliveries. Carrie shared some of her ideas, like creating a value menu, and Kim was very impressed with her initiative.
He rewarded that initiative with an offer for Carrie to travel and help the company implement her ideas, and a $7,500 scholarship fund for her young daughter.
Kim was very impressed by all his workers' attitudes, and believes they would be impossible anywhere else in the world. "I am so blessed to live in this country," he said. "Sure, we have our problems, but this really is the best place to be. This truly is the land of opportunity." Kim feels strongly about this, and is committed to giving back. He was thrilled to see that so many of his employees feel the same way."
"...He eschews the spotlight, preferring to let others bask in the glory, which makes it all the more surprising that he went incognito on the CBS show "Undercover Boss” to get a firsthand account of how his employees view his company. “We actually turned it down several times earlier,” says Kim.
A conversation with a good friend changed his mind. “He said to me that I could use the appearance to inspire other people who are going through difficulties because of this recession in America,” he says. “I went on the show to inspire people and I was the one who ended up being inspired.”
Making a Connection
During the April 10 episode, Kim interacted with several employees as he attempted to master various jobs at Baja Fresh. “One of the things I learned from the show was that people are the most valuable asset in anything you do, whether it’s a store or business. Also that we are blessed to be living in this country and that we should help others more than we do,” he says.
At the end of each episode of “Undercover Boss,” the CEO reveals his true identity to the employees he worked with and typically rewards their hard work with financial assistance. Kim decided to be particularly generous with the employees he got to know during the show, giving one worker his own Baja Fresh franchise worth $50,000.
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“I wish I could have done more,” Kim says. “The hardships that some of them went through are not something that I think I could have handled. I thought if there was something that if I could help jumpstart and somehow give them a little help, someone else getting the chance to achieve their American dream of owning their own business, I think that’s part of the gratification of him having that opportunity, to live their dream and inspire other people.”
What surprised viewers even more than the behind-the-scenes look at the popular restaurant chain were scenes of Kim’s faith in action, most notably his praying with an employee on national television. “All I did was sit down on the curb and pray with the employee,” says Kim. “I don’t profess to be a perfect Christian. I make mistakes and sin all the time, but I try to get back on track as best as I can.”
The outpouring of support for what Kim calls a simple prayer has amazed him.
“I have gotten tens of thousands of people calling me, emailing me, writing me, to say how bold and courageous it was to talk about faith on national television,” he says. “I didn’t think anything of it; it was a very natural thing to do at that moment.”
Part of his success as a businessman has been because he embodies the principles of his faith. “A lot of people have asked me what the secret of my success is. I tell them there’s no one silver bullet answer to this question,” says Kim.
He concluded after researching that very question for his book, Ignite!: The 12 Values that Fuel Billionaire Success that those who find success have mastered the principles of giving, integrity and understanding, along with knowing how important people are.
"Those principles in many businesses are not discussed more, are not a focal point. I think those principles are core values in the culture that you create to make a company successful.”
At Baja Fresh, Kim has worked to cultivate a culture of loyalty, especially among the management.
“In the United States, loyalty is not much discussed in companies, but it’s very much talked about in other cultures,” he says. “At a lot of companies, people are afraid to speak their minds. I want to maintain a culture where people are not afraid to do so.”
Part of the company culture revolves around having employees be happy and passionate about life in general.
"I believe that people will find their passions, if given the room and the time. It doesn’t have to be work-related, but finding what they’re passionate about will turn into strength and that strength into happiness. Hopefully, we’re achieving that at Baja Fresh.”
For Kim, his life’s work is more than his position as CEO. He and his wife enjoy giving to various charities, including World Vision, but prefer to keep their involvement and donations out of the limelight.
"I'm very thankful and very humbled by so many people who have said that ‘Undercover Boss’ made a difference in their lives,” he says.
Kim would like every Christian to have the boldness to encourage others. “I would like to tell other believers to remember that if you look at history, good always prevails and wins over evil in the end. The backbone of any community is love, not hatred.
"Anybody who lives this life cannot reject love. We’re so much surrounded everyday with cynicism and negativity in the world that we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about the love of God."
I had the privilege to try these foods: humus,
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Life: Joy, Happy, Laughter, Comedy, etc... Never on Sundays ,from youtube.com "Faith has made the Chick-Fil-A franchise a success.
" Nightline on Chick Fil A
Posted Sat, 2009/09/26 - 08:03 by Don Sniegowski bluemaumau.org "On Friday, ABC's Nightline featured Dan Cathy, president of Chic Fil A and son of the founder of the fast-food chain, on a series this week that focuses on the ten commandments. Much of this piece covers Chic Fil A's adherence to values of not working on the Sabbath. For Chic Fil A, that means its franchises close their stores on Sunday.
But what quietly shouts through on the video are keen business values, values that help the chain make up for closing its doors to customers for one day of the week. For example, although this past year it has had twenty five thousand franchise wannabees begging the company to accept their sizable investment dollars, the firm will only select and open 70 new franchises. THAT is highly controlled growth. The company owns a part of each franchised restaurant, retaining the rights of an owner. (That's not in the video.)
You can also see that the company's president stays glued to operational front lines by attending store grand openings, even camping out the night before. See how Chick Fil A's franchisees effectively engage the community. Some might argue that some of the actions in the video shows a deeply intuitive understanding of tribal marketing to a certain segment of the Christian community. And on it goes. WATCH."
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com: LA: Business, Economics, etc.. Chick fil-A Wins Customers ... by Closing
Big Crowds With Christian Bent Camp Out Before Restaurants' Grand Openings
By VICKI MABREY and MARY MARSH
Sept. 23, 2009 abcnews.go.com ".. Another camper, Elva Cummins, also praised the policy. "We like Chick fil-A because they are a very Christian people, they don't work their people on Sundays," said Cummins.
Asked where it says, in the Bible, to honor the Sabbath, camper Justin Dardee, a college student, promptly gave the reference behind the corporate policy.
"Exodus, chapter 20," he said.
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy," the passage reads. "Six days you shall labor and do your work, but the seventh is the Sabbath to the Lord, your God, on it you shall do no work." ....
"The corporate purpose that Chick fil-A has is something that I would want to put on my tombstone," he said. "That we're here to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all that come into contact with Chick fil-A.
"We had sensed that God's divine direction was in the business and that we wanted to acknowledge that -- the Bible says that, as Solomon says in Proverbs, 'if you acknowledge me in all your ways, I will direct your paths.' And we sensed that God had directed our paths."
Acknowledging that God had directed their paths has been a successful business plan. There are now 1,600 restaurants, with sales growing to about $3 billion this year. It's a tough place to get a job, though. ..
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Blessings, Grateful, Thankful, etc...
"Cathy's speech to the campers includes a little bit of sales. "Chick fil-A P.J. bottoms -- you can purchase these pants, they're available on Chickfila.com," Cathy said about his own apparel, the black flannel P.J. bottoms printed with the company's logo. And it includes a little bit of scripture, delivered with a light touch for the late-night crowd.
"There is a God in heaven that loves all of us very personally, he knows us by name, the Bible even says He knows how many hairs are on our head. Now He just has to hold up less than 10 fingers for me.
"Nonetheless, he says here, give thanks in all things -- even while you are camping out and it's 90 degrees at midnight -- be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will.
"Hey, let me lead us in a word of prayer if I could, 'cause I have a lot to be thankful for. Because I have a wife I get to go home to tomorrow afternoon, I have two sons, I have a great place to work, I exercise and I run so that I can drink these delicious 700-calorie homespun peach milkshakes." ...
"I think, isn't that incredible, isn't that neat?" Cathy said. "That we can be closed on Sunday? We're generating more business in six days than all these other tenants are generating in seven? And we can be with our family."
Providing nourishment for the body as well as the soul.
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Life: Peace, Quietness, Reconciliation, Sabbath, Rest, etc...
The Ten Commandments on 'Nightline'
New Series Explores the Biblical Commandments From Modern Day Perspective
Sept. 14, 2009 abcnews.go.com "Can you list the Ten Commandments? Which of these biblical laws did you break or honor today? ABC News' "Nightline" takes an unprecedented in-depth look at the Ten Commandments in a new series to launch Thursday, Sept. 24 at 11:35 p.m. ET. The program's anchors and correspondents will tackle each of the commandments, looking at what they mean, and how they apply to life in the 21st century...."
*I went to my first Middle Eastern restaurant called "Tel Aviv Restaurant and Cafe" in St. Louis Park on Sunday, January 18th with a friend-UMM Alumn.
I tried a Fulaffah with french fries.
Jamie Oliver - Nugget experiment epic failure
"...Ever wonder what's really found in Chicken McNuggets? Some of the .... You need to embrace the wonders of the 21st century my friend...
And what about the chicken in Chicken McNuggets? It's factory-farmed chicken, not free-range chicken. So it's the kind of chicken that's typically treated with vaccines and hormones while being fed conventional feed products that are medicated with pharmaceuticals and grown with pesticides.
Yum!! Don't forget to ask for extra dipping sauce. We haven't even talked about what you'll find in there...
Chicken Head Found in Chicken McNuggets
"Shop Smart for Food
Average savings: $200
Making different choices in the supermarket and when eating out can net monthly savings ranging from $130 to $255. The average family of four can chop its grocery bill by $190 a month by shifting to a lower-cost mix of foods, according to data from the Department of Agriculture. The agency monitors prices of four nutritionally balanced grocery baskets at different cost levels: liberal, moderate-cost, low-cost, and thrifty. The liberal basket contains more food per month than the moderate-cost one, a greater proportion of pricier food like beef and fish, and more wasted leftovers.
In 2006 American families spent 44 percent of their food budget eating out. By cutting restaurant spending in half, you can save another $30 to $60 per month."
Grocery Shopping on a Budget : Frugal Grocery Shopping Store Tips
"Learn how to save money on groceries by visiting different stores, with expert tips on frugal grocery shopping on a budget in this free video clip. "
1. Make a menu plan. Write out several days' worth of menus and consider how you could use leftovers to further stretch the budget.
2. Create a list. Write down the items that are essential to upcoming meals you have planned, and stick with it. Impulse buys are budget busters.
3. Organize coupons. Just inside most supermarkets you will find extra newspaper coupon inserts and a board with the sale items highlighted. Check these sale items against your shopping list to make sure you are getting the best price. Also, look on the shelves for items that have coupons on the packages.
4. Shop alone. Friends and family members can steer you off the shopping list.
5. Don't shop hungry. Your appetite can influence your spending.
6. Spend cash. Take time to get cash before going to the store. Nothing impacts our minds like taking cash from our wallet. Shoppers who use credit cards rarely know how much was actually spent -- until the statement comes.
7. Always shop by the unit price at the stores. Supermarkets post the unit cost on the shelves. These numbers can show you that larger packaging isn't always the best buy.
8. Don't let cleansers take you to the cleaners. There seems to be a cleaning aid for every type of household project. But the best kitchen products remain inexpensive abrasive powders and ammonia. No need to buy a brand name, ammonia is ammonia. If you want it soapy, add some detergent.
9. Avoid prepackaged convenience items. Cereals, desserts, juices and beverages mixed and prepared at home are always a better value than prepackaged items.
10. Be cautious about adding nonfood items to the grocery list. Health and beauty items, paper and plastics, utensils, brooms, brushes, film, etc. have the highest profit margin for most grocery stores. Usually you can purchase them at a lesser price at discount drug stores and warehouse clubs.
"Hopefully most of you realize that you can get into deep debt if you buy a house or a car you can't afford. That seems to be pretty obvious, although a lot of people do it anyway. But that is not what I want to deal with today. The Bible talks about the little foxes that spoil the vine. What that is talking about is the little things that sneak into our lives without us realizing it. They start picking away at the vines in our lives until it destroys us. One of those "little foxes" is eating out.
Stop eating your way into debt
Eating out is among the of the top causes of personal debt. Most of us hunt for the best interest rates on our mortgages and we complain about the awful price of gas the whole time we are pumping it.
Interestingly enough though, I have yet to hear one person groan about the awful prices they had to pay for lunch today or tell how they were "duped" into having to pay such high prices at their favorite restaurant. I mean really, the government should step in and make all restaurants take steak off of their menus so I won't be tempted to order it. Of course then there are those fast food places. They shouldn't be allowed to build so close to the road and make it so convenient for me to drive in there each day. They have a lot of nerve expecting me to be a responsible adult who knows what I can or can't afford and should or shouldn't do...."
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
" Food Inc - Official Trailer [HD], from youtube.com
Food, Inc. - Movie Trailer
"In June 2009, a stirring new documentary called Food, Inc. (link to blog post) is being release in theaters. From the producers of An Inconvenient Truth, this film takes a pointed look beyond the dinner table at how your food is grown, processed and sold. For many, youll never look at dinner the same way again.
Stonyfield Farm is proud to be part of this film and prouder still that the questions raised in Food, Inc. point to organic food as the answer to the pressing issues of food safety, corporate greed, and the oppression that puts many family farmers and others out of business. "
"These super quick and easy recipes are the fastest around. Whether you have 20 minutes or 30 minutes, you can have a hot and hearty meal on the table in very little time with these simple and fast recipes. Also find inexpensive menus that you can make for little money...."
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Speciality: Large Sausage & Peperoni for $13.95 (takes 25 minutes)
"WASHINGTON - Many common foods made using commercial high fructose corn syrup contain mercury as well, researchers reported on Tuesday, while another study suggested the corn syrup itself is contaminated...
"We went and looked at supermarket samples where high fructose corn syrup was the first or second ingredient on the label," he said. These 55 different foods included barbecue sauce, jam, yogurt and chocolate syrup....
Many studies have shown that fish can be high in mercury. Wallinga said consumers should know about other potential sources so they can limit how much they eat. "The best mercury exposure is no exposure at all," he said.
"Even at low levels methylmercury can harm the developing brain. The last thing we should intentionally do is add to it," Wallinga added.
He said his team did not test foods that did not contain corn syrup to see if they were also high in mercury."
"The department says the advisory helps people decide which fish species to eat and how often - while helping people avoid those species that could contain dangerous chemicals.
Health experts recommend eating one to two meals of fish per week as a low-fat source of protein.
Health Commissioner Sanne Magnan says the changes to this year's consumption advisory are the biggest since the advisory was first published in 1985.
It includes new data from numerous species of fish from more than 250 lakes and rivers and expands to include information on more contaminants. Officials say it's also in a format that's easier to understand.
On the Net:
The fish advisory:
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"MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota researchers conducted the first ever study of its kind, looking at mercury exposure levels in newborn babies.
The Minnesota Department of Health set out to see how much mercury newborns have in their blood, since small amounts can harm tiny brains and developing nervous systems.
In 2008, researcher Pat McCann started the project, testing 1,465 babies’ blood samples from the state newborn screening program in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
McCann says the majority of babies had little exposure, but overall, 8 percent had unsafe levels of mercury. In Minnesota, however, the results were higher with 10 percent of babies with unsafe levels of mercury.
No Michigan samples were above the U.S. EPA dose limit, and 3 percent of the Wisconsin samples were above the limit, according to the report.
Babies born in the summer had higher levels than those born in the winter, which led McCann to look deeper at how much fish is eaten in Minnesota, since fish consumption is higher in the summer.
“Some studies have reported that people in Minnesota eat more fish than Wisconsin and Michigan as you might expect, also walleye and northern along north shore of Lake superior Basin are more contaminated in mercury than other parts of the state,” said McCann, who added that it’s clear the exposure to infants in Minnesota is too high.
The pollutant is environmental and can be distributed by wastewater treatment plants, mining and coal fired power plants.
New mothers at the Amma Parenting Center in Edina say they learned preventing mercury exposure begins even before pregnancy.
Patricia Kendrick of Edina knew to practice one guideline when she was pregnant.
“I limited it to once a week for fish, which is hard when you love fish,” she said.
Michelle Ugurlu of Plymouth said she followed Minnesota Department of Health Guidelines when she was pregnant with her 3-month-old daughter Hazel.
“I was given a pamphlet that told how much I could fish I could have at a time, certain types, large fish versus small fish, fresh water versus salt water,” said Ugurlu, who says she’ll monitor even more closely with her next child. “I hope that the literature gets out to new moms and expectant moms.”
The Minnesota Department of Health has safe fish eating guidelines for women of child bearing age and children under the age of 15.
McCann says women should still eat fish, which is good for developing babies, but eat fish low in mercury. She says the general rule of thumb is to eat smaller fish, since large predator fish that eat other fish have more mercury.
“Because they haven’t lived as long, they haven’t had time to accumulate as much mercury,” said McCann, who warns that predator fish have higher levels.
“Walleye and Northern because they are at the top of the food chain and have the most mercury, “ she said.
Fish like salmon and shrimp and tilapia you can eat twice a week.
If you like canned light tuna or sunfish from our lakes, you can eat once a week. Once a month, it’s OK to eat fish like halibut, or smaller walleye and northern pike.
Fish to avoid In Minnesota include walleye longer than 20 inches and Northern Pike longer than 30 inches. As far as ocean caught fish, avoid shark and swordfish.
Read more on the study here."
"The Christian media is swarming with accusations that Senomyx, a San Diego-based research and development company, whose clients include food heavy-hitters Nestle, Campbell's Soup, Kraft Foods, and PepsiCo, is conducting research with HEK293, originally derived from human embryonic kidney cells.
These accusations began with an action alert issued by Largo, Florida-based Children of God for Life, a nonprofit, pro-life organization focused on the "bioethical issues of human cloning, embryonic, and fetal tissue research." In the alert, Debi Vinnedge, executive director of Children of God, calls for the public to "boycott products of major food companies that are partnering with Senomyx, a biotech company that produces artificial flavor enhancers, unless the company stops using aborted fetal cell lines to test their products."
On the company website, Senomyx describes research to find new ways to improve food flavors by taking advantage of the mouth's taste receptors. If you recall junior high school biology, the mouth can really taste only five flavors -- sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and glutamate. The company is using isolated human taste receptors in the form of proteins to identify flavors and enhance them.
Gwen Rosenberg, vice president of investor relations and corporate communications for Senomyx, described the process as "basically a robotic tasting system." She depicted rows of little plastic square dishes with hundreds of tiny indentations in each dish. A protein is placed in each indentation, then a flavor. If the protein reacts to the flavor, the results are charted. If the new flavor (of which the company has more than 800,000) is successful with the protein test, the company then conducts taste tests with (live) adult humans.
Asked about the action alert, Rosenberg said, "We don't discuss details of our research, but you won't find anything on our website about HEK293." I asked Rosenberg if Senomyx had a position on stem cell research. "We've never been asked that," she replied, "We don't have a position on anything. We're dedicated to finding new flavors to reduce sugars and reduce salt. Our focus is to help consumers with diabetes or high blood pressure have a better quality of life."
Though Rosenberg states there is nothing on the company website linking Senomyx with HEK293, a little Googling turned up a patent issued in 2008 for "Recombinant Methods for Expressing a Functional Sweet Taste Receptor," in which a line item mentions HEK293.
So what exactly is HEK293? It's a cell line that started in the 1970s from human embryonic kidney cells. The line was cultured by scientist Alex Van der Eb in the early 1970s at his lab at the University of Leiden, Holland. Since then, the cell line has been cultured and grown in laboratories (you can buy some here). It's primary use is as a protein or a protein vessel -- sort of a natural test tube. It's also pretty common and seems to be available at most laboratory supply companies and used by many R&D facilities. In short, maybe not such a big deal.
So what does all of this mean? Is this "action alert" yet another rant by the right wing to draw attention to itself and delay scientific progress? In my opinion, yes. Children of God for Life has also issued news releases warning parents that childhood vaccines are made with aborted fetus cells. The cells they're talking about have "technically" originated from aborted fetus cells, but it's not like scientists are putting fetus body parts into blenders while laughing. Think of the fetus cells as sort of "ancient ancestors" to the new cells that are readily used today as "building blocks" and receptors in many commonplace scientific experiments in universities, hospitals, and commercial labs.
I would rather see cells being cultivated and grown in labs for use in experiments than the heinous wholesale torture and experimentation on laboratory animals. True, some of the experimentation is frivolous (who gives a rat's ass about finding out if something is sweeter than sugar -- use sugar sparingly and let's call it a day), but evil? I think not. This seems like just another way the religious right wants to set science and progress back to the "good old days" -- when people died from the common cold and the only way you could sweeten your iced tea was with sugar."
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Science: Biology, Animals, Biological Warfare, etc...
"This Bloomberg report probes the causes, costs, and economic implications of the global food crisis. One of the special interviews is with Dr. Robert Zeigler, director general of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) http://www.irri.org"
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"50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh[e] and said, "It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household.” 52 The second son he named Ephraim[f] and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering."
53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. 55 When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph and do what he tells you."
56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. 57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere. "
Threat of Worldwide Food Shortages
""...And, there will be food shortages..." Matthew 24:7
Global food prices have risen dramatically, adding a new level of danger to the crisis of world hunger and starvation."
"COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (ANS) -- While the United States continues to dwell on the stock market plunge and the current credit crisis, there are severe worldwide consequences to the nation’s economic woes that have gone virtually unnoticed by most Americans.
"Average food prices around the world between 2006 and 2008 have risen at staggering levels," said Mark Hanlon, senior vice president for Compassion International-USA, speaking in a news release.
Hanlon added, “Rice during this time rose by 217 percent, wheat by 136 percent, maize by 125 percent and soybeans by 107 percent. While most of us here in America will commit to cutting coupons to offset costs, the poor will cut meals. These increases mean more than a tightening of the belt. It can literally affect their very survival.”
According to a news release, Compassion International, the world’s largest one-to-one child sponsorship organization, is able to provide immediate relief by transferring funds through its existing infrastructure and ensuring that those who need help most are helped first. Therefore, nearly 1,000 Christian radio stations across the United States are working with Compassion to help children around the world by designating March 11 to Global Food Crisis Awareness Day.
“I have been fighting poverty for more than 30 years,” said Wess Stafford, president and CEO of Compassion International, speaking in a news release. “Throughout that time I have never seen the potential for devastation that I see in the current Global Food Crisis.”
“I am so excited that STAR 99.1 is part of eliminating the face of hunger in the world,” said Johnny Stone, program director and morning show host at WAWZ Star 99.1 (which covers the New York City and New Jersey markets) speaking in a news release.
He added, “Nothing of this magnitude has ever been done before.”
Compassion is working around the globe to permanently rescue children from poverty, not merely sustain them through it.
Founded in 1952, Compassion tackles global poverty one child at a time serving more than 1 million children in 25 of the world’s poorest countries through 4,800 local churches.
Radio stations interested in participating in Global Food Crisis Day should visit: www.Compassion.com/global-food-crisis/forradio.html
For more information about Compassion go to www.compassion.com "
"The chemical name is harder to pronounce than "two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, etc." Still, it's causing McDonald's representatives in China to insist that the additive--used in Chicken McNuggets--is "harmless," despite claims to the contrary by some medical experts.
The chemical in question, tertiary Butylhydroquione, is a petroleum-based product that can cause health effects such as stomach tumors in lab animals when administered in high doses. The compound, used in McDonald's Chicken Mcnuggets, meets Chinese food safety standards. However, Liu Qingchung, a nutritionist at the General Hospital of Armed Police Forces, was quoted in China Daily as stating that the chemical used in McDonald's chicken nuggets is "toxic to some extent."
The additive is also used in McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. and Japan, where it also meets national health standards. Meanwhile, China's State Food and Drug Administration will continue to monitor the safety of McNuggets.
The situation is of particular concern in a nation where poultry is the second most-consumed meat after pork. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that demand this year is estimated at more than 12.6 million tons, adding that safety concerns about food have risen in China since contaminated milk powder killed at least six babies in 2008 and sickened about 300,000 children. That same year, pesticide-tainted dumplings imported from China sickened at least 10 people in Japan."
"NEW YORK (ANS) -- U.S. actress Drew Barrymore has donated $1 million of her own money to the World Food Program (WFP) that the U.N. agency said would be used to feed thousands of schoolchildren in Kenya.
Actress Drew Barrymore
A Reuters news agency story written by Michelle Nichols, with additional reporting by Christine Stebbins in Chicago and edited by Eric Walsh, says Barrymore, 33, who is a WFP ambassador against hunger, announced her pledge on The Oprah Winfrey Show to kick off the agency's $3 billion "Fill the Cup" campaign that aims to feed 59 million hungry school children in developing countries for a year.
WFP hopes the United States will be able to donate enough money to feed 10 million of those children.
"I have seen with my own eyes what a difference a simple cup of nutritious porridge (oatmeal) can make in a child's life," said the Charlie's Angels' star, who has traveled to Kenya twice in the past two years for WFP.
"It helps them learn, stay healthy and sets them on track for a bright future. I urge everyone -- everywhere -- to help WFP 'Fill the Cup' for hungry children, and make hunger history," she said in a statement released by the UN agency.
Reuters says that Barrymore, who gained fame as a child star in the film "ET: The Extra-Terrestrial," is the eighth-highest-paid actress in Hollywood, according to The Hollywood Reporter, earning more than $10 million a movie.
According to the Reuters report, the WFP is facing a $500 million gap in funding this year due to the rising cost of food -- up 40 percent since June, WFP officials said.
That prompted the actress to visit the world's largest grain trading floor in the Chicago Board of Trade building on Monday where corn, wheat, soybean and rice futures trade.
Josette Sheeran, WFP's executive director, said $50 "fills a child's cup for a year" and called on people to donate through the Web site www.wfp.org .
"They feed their families with it ... they get an education so therefore you're changing the future," Barrymore said after touring the floor, including a trip into the corn futures pit.
Reuters reports the organization said last year it provided more than 20 million school children with a daily cup of porridge (oatmeal), rice or beans and also gave many girls a monthly ration to take home to their families. It said up to 70 percent of its food used for school meals is bought from farmers in developing countries. "
"International (MNN) ― A food crisis continues to sweep the globe quicker than many organizations can react. Groups like Food for the Hungry (FH) are getting creative to get the word out.
Food for the Hungry has been working for over 30 years to feed malnourished and impoverished people around the world. FH works to build communities mostly through their child sponsorship program.
"The ultimate goal of our child sponsorship program is to transform the communities in which the children live," says Jeff Miller, Director of Artist Relations at FH. "Part of that is building the infrastructure within those communities so that they can become self-sufficient -- most importantly spiritually, but also economically and socially."
Child sponsorship is where Food for the Hungry has really begun to get creative. Over the past several years, touring recording artists have worked with FH to help raise awareness and support for the sponsorship program.
Food for the Hungry uses the platforms these artists in order "to educate their concert audiences to the needs around the world so we can give them the opportunity to respond," explains Miller. "Over 60 percent of the child sponsorships that we work with over the course of the year come through our recording artists."
The recording artists involved in this program are picked in a strategic fashion. "Our goal is to come alongside an artist that already has a calling from the Lord and to do what we can to take that calling to the next level," says Miller.
The current artist on board with Food for the Hungry is Sara Groves. On a visit to Rwanda a few years ago, Groves was confronted with extreme poverty, human trafficking and other alarming circumstances. She now wants to give her concert audience a way to respond tangibly to these great needs, believing Food for the Hungry to be a "great gateway to social justice." Groves encourages her audience members to respond through child sponsorship.
Despite the global food crisis, God has provided for Food for the Hungry's ministry. FH has not had the need to raise their monthly cost for child sponsorship, due in part to the program's emphasis on planning ahead.
As World Food Day approaches on October 16, prayers are needed around the world for starving people. "Pray for transformation," adds Miller. "Transformation not only in terms of their physical needs, but also spiritual transformation. That's the most important prayer that I think anyone could pray for our ministry or anywhere around the world."
30 hour famine
world vision 30 hour famine youth ministry outreach
"Food shortages are causing panic in America and rioting in third world countries. Jesus said that these things would occur before His return and I believe we are watching something very serious happening in our world. We should do what we can to help those who are in need. "
Mid-East Bible Prophecy:Global World Famine? Pt 1-2
"Our weekly Middle East Bible Prophecy update. This week we talk about the possibility of a global famine in the last days. The possibility of famine combined with the fact that the price of virtually everything is sky-rocketing. The dollar is falling. The economy is in the toilet and I think I just heard the handle .... shhhhh ....... Did you hear it? It all combines to make an unbelieveable verse in scripture begin to seem possible. A measure of wheat for a day\'s wage ... could it happen? in our times? ,,, does the bible predict that it will? Of course, if God said it will happen then it is done deal! The Bible says that in the last days before the end times and the coming judgement of God on the sins of all the world - a world leader will rise - make confirm a covenant with Israel - and bring peace to the world breifly & many great and terrible things will come to pass before the end and before the second coming of Jesus the promised Messiah of Israel, promised by God to Adam & Eve and the serpent, all the way back in the garden of God in Genesis 3:15. Is this prophecy coming true in our day? Who will this leader be? Is it a good thing? Or a bad thing? What will happen next? Is this person on the geo political scene now? Perhaps planning a "New World Order"? It also talks about an alliance of Nations (namely Iran, Russia, etc?) who will come against Israel. It was prophecied by God in the Bible almost 2,500 years ago. This is one (1) part of a two (2) part video release. This teaching, along with all of JD\'s weekly Mid-East Bible Prophecy Updates, was originally presented & recorded on Sunday morning before our regular Sunday chapter by chapter & verse by verse Bible teaching. This one was recorded on May 4th of the year of our Lord 2008. These Teachings are also seen on Olelo & heard on KLHT radio 1040 AM or at www.klght.org or they are downloadable in there entirety from our web site. \r\n \r\nI heard what sounded like a voice coming from among the four living creatures, which said, "A quart of wheat for a day\'s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day\'s wages. But do not damage the olive trees and the vineyards!" (Revelation 6:6)"
" The Seoul Times
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Some of the Chinese people are known to be eating babies and the news circulated through the internet or via Email communication is shocking the world.
An Email report received by The Seoul Times confirmed that news with several vivid and appalling pictures of human embryos fetuses being made into a soup for human consumption.
The report went on. A town in the southern province of Canton (Guangdong) is now on trend taking baby herbal soup to increase overall health and stamina and the power of sexual performance in particular.
The cost in China currency approximately $ 4000 (it is about Rs2000).
A factory manager was interviewed and he testified that it is effective because he is a frequent customer.
It is a delicacy whereby expensive herbs are added to boil the baby with chicken meat for eight hours of boiling and steaming.
This heinous crimes rise from the fact that majority of Chinese people prefer to have male babies and the poor families end up selling their female babies.
I wasn’t going to write about this but after receiving so many comments about this I changed my mind.
IF this article is true, I don’t see a problem with this because it is consistent with lifestyle habits, not just China but the entire world, including the United States.
As long as people continue to take baby animals and force them to suffer in complete darkness and force animals to live in filthy confinements and beat them, torture them and cut their throats while fully conscience just so they can have milk, eggs, and meat, I see no problem with people eating babies or any other human meat.
Meat is Meat and as the old saying goes, Meat is Murder, no matter if it comes from baby animal or baby human. So if you are going to eat meat why limit yourself? Go eat cow, pig, human, fetus, horse, dog, and cat – they all bleed the same, they all cook up the same and they all suffer.
For the people who have been making the comments that the people in China are savages and calling them every name under the sun – please take a moment and look in the mirror. This is not an issue about some other country, this is an issue about humankind from every country. We need to stop pointing our fingers at everyone else and instead point the finger at ourselves and take notice of the violence and suffering we, as individuals, are causing in our lives and the lives of people around us.
It is not just about if you eat meat or not, it is about the things we do everyday. It is about the words we use, the actions we have towards people we don’t understand. Changing the negative and hateful things we say and do will make an major impact in the lives of the people around you, your community, and your world.
Sure, seeing a story about people eating a dead baby is hard to understand because it is something we don’t see everyday but is it really any different than the things you do in your daily life? Don’t just look at the action but look at the mentality of what causes this to happen, are you helping to keep this mentality alive by your actions?
So what is for lunch today? Fetus? or a better world?"