By Linda Bonvie
Food Colors
A new number has just been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that should set off flashing red, yellow and blue warning lights for food shoppers throughout the land.

The FDA now estimates that at least 96 percent of children aged 2-5 years are being exposed to at least four artificial colors in food products – FD&C Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 and Blue 1.

What that means is that the great majority of America’s kids –especially those of preschool and kindergarten age — are now being fed foods that are tainted by virtue of being painted.

Perhaps you never thought of the use of synthetic food dyes in quite that way. But to “taint” can be defined as “to modify by or as by a trace of something offensive or deleterious.” In other words, to add a very small amount of a substance that can be harmful or “injurious to health.”

And that’s how many experts now view the artificial hues that are used to “pretty up” so many processed foods by making these nutrient-deficient products appear more colorful. Read more… »

Story at-a-glance

  • The documentary Consuming Kids reveals the shrewd practices of the multi-billion dollar marketing machine designed to turn your kids into loyal, lifelong consumers who will also influence how the entire family spends its money
  • Children age two to 11 now see an average of more than 10 television food ads per day. Ninety-eight percent of food advertisements viewed by children are for products that are high in fat, sugar, or sodium. Most are also low in fiber
  • A UN official recently warned that obesity is a bigger global health threat than tobacco use, and that this fact isn’t taken as seriously as it should be
  • He urges nations to place stricter regulations on unhealthy foods, restrict junk food advertising, and amend agricultural subsidies that make unhealthy processed foods cheaper than healthy foods
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Story at-a-glance

  • About 80 percent of genetically engineered plants grown in the US end up as animal feed, and approximately 40 percent of all corn grown is used for making ethanol for fuel—not food
  • 92.5 percent of US acreage is devoted to animals or food for animals. Only 7.5 percent of our acreage is devoted to food that goes directly to feeding humans
  • Avoiding factory-farmed meat and animal products, as well as genetically engineered processed foods, is one of the best ways you can affect positive environmental change
  • Americans spend less than seven percent of their income on food, averaging at $151 per week. But the fact that food can be had for cheap does NOT mean that it’s actually the most cost-efficient choice
  • When you buy organic food, you pay for it once. Non-organic foods are associated with at least four additional hidden costs, including cost of health care for food-induced disease, and environmental cleanup
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pepsi2If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably already know a little about how diet soda (whatever brand it might be) can be considered the opposite of ‘brain food’. Or, to be more specific, how the synthetic sweetener it almost always contains — aspartame – is capable of literally exciting brain cells to death, especially when ingested by children or the elderly whose blood-brain barrier may not be fully functional. Read more… »

Dr SanathDr Sanath Hettige Sees Urgency in Promoting the Healing Effects of Papaya Leaf Tea.   “a delay in formal research and publication may result in many deaths if we were to wait for results of a study without making information available to patients during the present epidemic.” – Dr Sanath Hettige

Papaya leaf extract – wonder drug for dengue patients?
By C.I. Munasinghe
While the dreaded disease, dengue has reached epidemic proportions with a countless number of patients infected by it islandwide and the death toll mounting unabated, creating a national crisis – a cure for this dreaded disease however is still in wanting.

Dr. Sanath Hettige, an MBBS doctor – a consultant family physician – has affirmed that papaya leaf extract has definite beneficial effects on dengue patients. It prevents dengue patients from going in to dengue haemorrhagic state, he says.

by Srikanth Radhakrishna
Testosterone is a white crystalline steroid hormone secreted by the testes. This androgen (male sex hormone) stimulates the development of male sexual organs. Decreased levels of testosterone can affect sperm count and may increase the risk of medical conditions like dementia, heart problems, depression and osteoporosis.

Men that have low levels of testosterone may become easily tired, unable to

While this may look like your typical fast-food nugget, these are made from mycoprotein, a microscopic mold-fungi called Fusarium venenatum. - See more at:

While this may look like your typical fast-food nugget, these are made from mycoprotein, a microscopic mold-fungi called Fusarium venenatum.

Is the meatlike mold in Quorn really a ‘healthier’ alternative? Of all the food additives and strange-sounding ingredients readers have asked about at Food Identity Theft, the oddest of all has to be mycoprotein, sold under the brand name Quorn. Mycoprotein is not a mushroom, but a type of microscopic mold-fungi called Fusarium venenatum that is fermented in a giant tank, fed with oxygenated water, glucose and other ingredients, and then further heavily processed into a variety of “food-like” substances such as fake chicken and meat.

If you just look at the Quorn packaging or web site you would think that mycoprotein is the greatest culinary creation since flour from grain, a “natural” meatless way to “eat healthier” that was first discovered in the 1960s during a search for novel sources of protein to feed the world.
But there’s more to the mycoprotein/Quorn story than that.

Herbal teas are among the most popular and simplest of home remedies. Brewing your own medicinal teas is one of the most ancient ways of using natural herbal remedies.

Medicinal tea infusions are prepared by steeping flowers, roots, seeds or the leaves of herbs in hot water. These herbal teas are drunk without milk, although a little Stevia may be added to sweeten them. The most effective infusions are made by longer steeping plants such as chamomile flowers and peppermint leaves.

by Dr Pandula Siribaddana
In an era where natural remedies are being increasingly looked at as potential replacements for side effects prone medicinal treatments, pain relieving is an area where medications usually has an edge over natural means. While it is easy to understand the reasons behind the preferred use of over the counter or prescription only pain relievers, it is not clear as to why people do not actively use the food sources and herbs that are capable of fighting pains that may arise due to multiple reasons including due to arthritis type of diseases. Although the effectiveness of such food and herbal remedies may be inconsistent and require more testing at home, utilizing the same would be a safe alternative than the effects of commonly used over the counter pain relievers.

MilkTMilk thistle, or silymarin, has been used as a natural herb to assist liver function for thousands of years. Well established as a liver herb in both alternative and scientific literature, milk thistle strengthens liver cell membranes, decreases “bad” cholesterol levels, boosts the immune system, and is a powerful antioxidant. Milk thistle has also been demonstrated clinically to have a positive effect on certain cancers. However, medical science continues to remain silent about milk thistle as a cancer remedy despite clinical support, according to a recent statement published by the National Cancer Institute. Read more… »

The aroma of winter is wood smoke and evergreen. But winter holidays smell spicy. Herbs that grow only in the tropics – such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, allspice, and vanilla – are called spices. Their aromatic oils and volatile esters entice us with delicious smells and mouth-watering tastes. And spices warm us from the inside, as if we had ingested the tropical sun on a cold day. Spices help preserve food and counter a variety of illnesses, too. Come, sit and warm your feet by the fire. Close your eyes and imagine the dense green forests where aromatic spices grow.

As early as 220 BC in China – during the Tsin Dynasty – immortality was sought after through the use of fungi as they were considered to have special magical properties. There was one plant which was prized above all others – the Divine Che – Ganoderma japonicus Lloyd, known to the Chinese as Ling-tche. This particular fungus is still being used today for specific ailments such as Read more… »

Dangers Lurking in Your Food

GMO orangeUnwanted Dead or Alive: GMO’s – by Laura Metheny  Genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs, are made by taking a gene from one organism that contains a desirable trait and injecting this gene into another organism. This creates a plant or animal with a specific characteristic that was obtained by importing the new gene. In order to create transgenic organisms with these new traits, genetic engineers have to force the DNA into the organism. This is done several different ways — by infecting the plant or animal with bacteria or viruses containing the DNA, by coating tiny metal pellets with DNA and shooting these pellets into Read more… »

by Maggi Thomas
What is the difference between raw milk and organic milk? Which one is better? This is something that has bewildered many people in recent years. It is something that has been talked about a lot more than ever before as people are becoming far more health conscious then in the past. Many are unsure of the difference between the two. There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of raw milk recently, and a big dairy is pushing the Organic Milk so what is the difference between the two? Read more… »

Since Dr. Oz started a craze for Raspberry Ketones, NOW has looked into this with the idea of introducing a product to meet our customers demands. As always, NOW conducts an exhaustive investigation for any new product with many people and departments involved. Our Technical team does a literature review including product claims, toxicology and much more. Our QA team creates specs, talks to vendors and investigates details to make sure the product will be safe and efficacious. Our QC team is next involved with more research and pre-testing of ingredients and method development to make sure we can test for actives. Later, our Purchasing team is involved and eventually a product is bought, re-tested, manufactured, tested again and sold.


Cinnamon and Honey:
Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey.. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call “crystallizing” . When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water,turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.

6 March 2012 –  A UN expert warns of a global public health disaster caused by unhealthy foods. Globalized food systems and the spread of Western lifestyles has spawned an international public health disaster with over a billion people suffering from undernourishment while another billion remain overweight or obese, an independent United Nations expert warned today.

“Our food systems create sick people,” said Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, as he presented his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Read more… »

I usually get my free range chickens whole from local farmers many of which are Amish. I stock up my freezer in the summer and fall because they are grown in the pasture and they will not survive during the winter. Pasture raised chickens look and taste different than what you get in a supermarket. They will cost more but they are will worth it. Read more… »

Keith Lewis, a wheat farmer, left this insightful comment about modern wheat growing practices: You conclude in your book that modern wheat breeding has dramatically changed the nutritional value of wheat. Modern wheat farming has as well.

I have been a wheat farmer for 50 years and one wheat production practice that is very common is applying the herbicide Roundup Read more… »

by Susun S. Weed

For thousands of years knowledge of the herbs and wild plants that could increase fertility were the secrets of the village wise women. But after the holocaust against European Wise Women (the “burning times”) and the virtual extermination of Native American medicine women, this knowledge virtually disappeared. In fact, many people erroneously believe that “primitive people” had no means of controlling the likelihood of pregnancy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more… »