Category Archives: Going Organic

Money Where Your Mouth Is.

It’s been quite a while since I wrote a post.  I’ve been busy sorting things out in my head and my heart.

Three guideposts I use when I think about what and how to write:

  • Words should be kind, necessary and true.
  • Ole Golly Waldenstein’s advice to Harriet in Harriet the Spy: “Remember that writing is to put love into the world, not to use against your friends. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.”
  • It has to have some humor.

I certainly wasn’t optimistic myself about the appointees for the new administration, especially as it relates to food. But, there was nothing to write about until actual people had been appointed.

What made me decide this was necessary was a comment from one of my children’s teachers that she thought the new administration was going to enhance organic food production and made standards better. Talk about fake news.

Here’s who I currently know about:

Mike Pompeo. Yes, he was appointed head of the CIA, but did you know he was a champion of the DARK act (which wanted to prohibit labeling of GMOs)?

Rick Perry. The late shows love to make fun of this guy for not knowing what the Department of Energy is, but what is less known is that when Perry was Secretary of Agriculture in Texas, Oprah was put on trial for outing practices in the beef industry that resulted in mad cow disease. He’s been very vocally for Big Ag and fast food, and has sponsored legislation against food activism.

Scott Pruitt. He’s known for suing the EPA, including defending the right of factory farms to pollute drinking water. It’s not surprising, considering that Monsanto is a campaign contributor.

Jeff Sessions. Open supporter of the Monsanto-Bayer merger. He voted for the DARK act, and after his appointment as Attorney General, Monsanto stock has steadily risen.

Sonny Perdue. He’s been tapped to be Secretary of Agriculture. Former Georgia governor, and huge fan of Big Ag, complete with campaign contributions from Monsanto. He’s most famous in the organic communities for signing legislation in 2009 prohibiting standards for poultry farms, and a good weighing in by industry experts (on both sides) is here.

Sigh.

Right after the election, I was talking to a dear friend about going to Whole Foods. She related a story about how clients will sometimes ask her,

“Doesn’t it stress you out because everything’s so expensive?”

“Actually, it’s the opposite. It’s the only place I can f&*cking relax,” she replied.

I’m going to advocate something very Republican. Now more than ever, the choices we make with our pocketbooks are crucial. Look what happened with Nordstrom. Money makes the world go around, and we don’t buy clothes with nearly the frequency we buy food.

So here’s my game plan:

  • Buy organic, buy organic, buy organic.
  • Support establishments that stock locally sourced food, big and small.
  • Find a local farm, and sign up for a CSA. That’s meat and veggies. We need to staunchly support what we have now because if the current administration succeeds in making the changes it wants to, even if we are able to make a change in four years, they might have already dismantled too much.

By the way, if you were looking for the funny part, it was the story about Whole Foods. That’s all I got.

After one or two weeks of Stage 1, you’re probably horrified about how rampant the soy and corn is in your diet. It’s estimated that Americans consume about fifty percent of their calories from additives made out of corn and soy. And then there’s sugar, some from corn syrup (made from GM corn, you guessed it) and some made out of sugar beets (also GM).

You know those kids who are allergic to corn and soy? They have a lucky horseshoe up their rear end because they never touch the stuff. Unfortunately, a lot of parents just replace those calories with sugar, not knowing that a lot of the sugar is made from the same corn and wonder why sometimes their kids totally freak out. Not that the sugar helps, but the source of the sugar is a concern too.

Just taking out the processed food might have caused a noticeable decrease in bloat. For women, this is more noticeable in the mid-section, and clothes (especially jeans) will fit more easily. For me, this is the difference between before riding the dragon and after riding the dragon.

Speaking of the mid-section, this is the next step in cleaning out your diet. Clean out the plumbing. To do that, you’ll want to re-populate the flora and fauna in your gut. That means you need to eat good fiber, pro-biotics, and pre-biotics. This is a good time to change out your grains to organic.

Probiotics

The most inexpensive source of probiotics is straight yogurt. WHOLE milk yogurt, raw if you can get it. The lower the percentage is of fat in the yogurt, the more it’s been processed, even if it’s organic. Greek yogurt is touted as being wonderful, and it is, if it’s real greek yogurt. I don’t know a single Greek person who would deign to put Fage in her mouth. We get our yogurt from Sophia’s in Belmont. It’s made from sheep milk (pasture fed in the summer and while not certified organic, damn close if not better) and the plain has a tang that’s out of this world. I’m not a huge fan of additional flavors – you can get the flavors by adding the actual fruit in the morning. If you have plain greek yogurt, you can eat it in the morning with RAW honey. It’s delicious and sating. (Honey decreases inflammation in the body; don’t worry about the sugar content, since a lot of the yogurt going into your system will actually digest the sugar for you.)

Prebiotics

Prebiotic foods are covered by anything fermented. Lacto-Fermented is best, since it means it wasn’t bathed in vinegar made from….GM corn. (It’s ubiquitous, sigh). We get our kimchi from our Vermont farm share.

Fiber

Go get yourself some Psyllium Husk. Whole Foods carries it; it tastes like nothing, but drink it quickly because it solidifies and then it’s really difficult to get down. Psyllium husk has the benefit of being a prebiotic and an excellent source of fiber, so it’s a two in one.

Another wonderful source of fiber and prebiotics is a bar made by Two Moms In the Raw. There are a bunch of different flavors to choose from, and it makes you very regular. It has the added benefit of being easy to bring around with you in the car or to work. My girlfriends and I call it “Two Moms on the Can.”

Water

When you have to clean out the plumbing, you need a lot of water. The standard formula is 2/3 your body weight in ounces. Add 12 ounces for every half hour you work out to account for water loss due to sweat.

While we’re on the topic of water, try to stay away from water bottled in plastic, especially if you live somewhere hot. Ever open a plastic water bottle and smell the plastic? What do you think that’s doing to your water? Treat yourself to a glass bottle, and fill up at the cooler and from your filtered water at home. It’s greener, less expensive, and better for your health.

A bunch of friends have been asking me how to go about making these massive changes in their diet. It’s a mammoth task, and it’s not one that can be undertaken without some sort of plan. Because the truth is, if you think about this stuff too much, you can go insane. Then analysis paralysis ensues, and you need to take a nap before you even start.

With the vantage point of being a few years into this, I have put some thought into how to execute all the modifications in the most consolidated way possible. Please note that I did not use the word easy, because making these changes is SO not easy, and I respect you enough to know that you have already intuited that.

So, enter the concept of doing things in stages. The earlier the stage, the less complicated. Each successive stage involves more planning or work to execute.

Here are the main guidelines for Stage 1:

  • You start reading labels on every single thing you eat.
  • You eat nothing with dye in it. That means anything that has a color and a number next to it. If it says “lake” that’s just the powder form of the dye. It’s made as a by-product from processing gasoline, and it’s banned in China. (Yeah, China. And they’re not exactly world leaders on human rights and caring for their people.)
  • You remove all corn that is not organic. You’ll find it in a TON of food that comes out of a box. If it’s not specified as organic, it’s genetically modified. 88 percent of corn in the US is genetically modified, and it’s MUCH cheaper than organic corn, so it’s a safe bet that the processed food company is not decreasing their profit margin to be nice. That includes corn oil.
  • You remove all soy that is not organic. 93 percent of soy in the US is genetically modified. Also much cheaper than organic soy. Also, any time vegetable oil is referenced but not specifically called out, it is usually corn, soy or canola. Which brings me to the next one.
  • Remove canola oil. Canola oil is actually a created name to represent Canada’s genetically modified rapeseed oil. (“Can” for Canada; “ola” for oil) Rapeseed goes rancid quite quickly and so most canola oil is processed with a lot of chemicals including hexanes so that when the oil goes bad, you can’t tell. 90 percent of canola oil is genetically modified (Even the organic stuff is now called canola because that’s the only way people recognize it. You can imagine the PR nightmare of trying to sell an oil with the word rape in it.)
  • If something has sugar in it, but it’s not specified as cane sugar, it’s likely sugar made from genetically modified sugar beets, which comprise 95% of the sugar beets grown in the US.
  • Just removing these four things will probably put about 80% (possibly more) of the processed food you consume out of play. Which might make you eat more food that doesn’t come out of a cardboard box. Anything left that you need to come out of a box, look for the label that says “non-GMO”.
  • Replace the stuff you used to eat out of a box (especially cereal) with organic granola and raw nuts.
  • God help me that I would have to say this, but NO FAST FOOD. It’s basically composed of GMO ingredients and MSG.

If you lose weight or start to feel better, please comment on this post so we can share our experiences as a community!

Share and Share Alike

This post is most salient for those of you who are local, but I believe in putting my money where my mouth is, so we do several shares every month in addition to regular runs to the grocery store.

Spring’s basically here which means a CSA for produce (in the winter we have a small winter garden for lettuce in our backyard and hit Whole Foods to peruse what’s on sale to make that for dinner).

My CSA of choice is LexFarm because it’s: a) local and b) the food is grown using organic methods. That means that my carbon footprint is lower, and I get my organic on. I know there is no sewer sludge anywhere near the fertilizer at this farm. Because that’s disgusting. And full disclosure, I’m on the board this year. Until they get sick of my bad puns. 75% of the shares are sold as of today but if you are interested in signing up, you can do that here. If you aren’t close to Lexington, you can see what’s available on localharvest.org.

Because we are lucky enough to live on a coast, and we love to eat seafood, we also participate in a fish share. Ours is Cape Ann Fish Share, and we usually do a one or two pound fillet. You can decide not to deliver for certain weeks if you’re going away this summer. We do this one all year round. They fish sustainably and you get top of the catch, which means the fish were usually caught that morning. Seriously, yum.

We also do a meat share year round with Chestnut Farm, which does have a waitlist, but you can find more about it here. I love Kim. And I also love bacon. And I really love when Kim brings me bacon.

I do not receive kickbacks of any sort, although I do donate my time to LexFarm and would love to see all three of these organizations thrive. (If you have a metric for good karma, I suppose you can count that as a kickback. Otherwise, good luck gathering that data.) If you do sign up, please mention me only so they know how you found out! Small organizations like these need that kind of information. If you want to let me know you signed up, I would be grateful too.

“No Questions Asked.”

It’s that time of year again when candy is EVERYWHERE.

For us, there are two times when this post is most salient – Halloween and Easter.

We’re getting invitations for Easter egg hunts all this week, and so I’m thinking ahead to what to buy to stuff in those Easter eggs, and also what to do with the candy that comes back inside them.

For stuffing eggs, I love these .

You can fit a few inside each egg and they’re made using organic cane sugar, which means you aren’t dealing with sugar sourced from genetically modified corn (always the cheapest source – ever wonder why conventional candy is so darned cheap?).

So that takes care of my responsibility about what I’m putting out there for our neighborhood kids to eat, but what about what’s coming IN to the house?

Enter the Detroit Gun Buy Back Program, no questions asked. I essentially implemented the same rules as the Detroit Gun Buy Back Program, substituting candy for firearms. Each piece of candy has a monetary value, and their job is to count out the candy, group it, and calculate how much money they will get for it. (I do have one kid with a sweet tooth, so there is also a sub-category of candy where it can be traded on a one-for-one to comparable organic candy.)

My kids get to participate in the hunts alongside their friends, experience the joy of finding and the surprise of opening, but they don’t have to harm themselves eating what’s inside.

As a side note, in my reading about gun buy back programs, one of the gun-activists’ concerns about “no questions asked” as a policy was that criminals might steal guns from other criminals in exchange for cash. The idea of that cracks me up because I love a good schaudenfreude.

If I Ever See…

Right before the 2004 Indonesian tsunami hit, people reported all sorts of strange animal behavior. One of the things that has stayed with me after all this time is how animals who usually have predator and prey relationships were seen side by side, trotting up to higher ground.

Carlos Mencia has this wonderful bit in an old standup routine where he says, “If I EVER see a mouse on the back of a cat, on the back of a dog, on the back of a hyena, on back of a tiger” (or something to that effect because I cannot for the life of me find the clip or it would be here), I AM FOLLOWING THEM.”

A few months ago, I watched a documentary about cancer. I watched all nine episodes, about 13 hours worth. I haven’t made up my mind about whether I am agreed with everything presented, including forgoing chemotherapy, but I gotta say that everything presented with relation to food were conclusions I came to myself in the last three years of research.

Here’s what I found interesting. When you look at the interviewees (biased sample population, I know), they ran the entire social gamut. I mean, we’re talking born again Christians, the kind who will exclaim “Thank you, Jesus!” if they have a good golf swing to really liberal cannabis-loving characters, including one guy who looked to me like an older version Willy Wonka in the Johnny Depp remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This reminds me of the movement against fracking. Very. Strange. Bedfellows.

The one conclusion I have is this: eating organic, non-processed foods and feeding them to my family might not indemnify us from ever getting sick, but I’m not doing anything that’s more likely to knock the pin loose on the grenade in my pocket.

She’s prrrrrrrrty….

The first stage when I realized what was going on in our food supply was what we were eating. At the front line was everything I was feeding my kids.

After that was settled, I started thinking about what we were putting on our skin. Did you now that 70 percent of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body? It’s why transdermal medicine works, including nicotine patches and pain medications.

At first I was so skeeved out when I started looking at the ingredients on the products in our house I thought about just going bare, which I did a for a couple of months, but I am what my good friend Melissa calls an “Armani Hippie”. Mama loves a good Chanel purse and some designer jeans with a nice tall boot by my man Stuart. I couldn’t go bare faced for long. Amy Schumer knows what I’m talking about.

Here’s what I changed out:

Deodorant: This area of the body is right near the lymph nodes, so whatever is being absorbed there has a quick path through the body. Notice I said deodorant, not anti-perspirant. You have to sweat to eliminate toxins. Not sweating is like holding in your pee. It’s not going to end well. I use Whole Foods’ bridge brand, Milk+Honey. There are two scents I know of, one with clove and another with vanilla. I like them both; the vanilla reminds me of a warm cupcake and the clove makes me smell like a chai. When it’s really hot I swear I smell like I just came from Starbucks. (This one’s for the super nice woman I met the other day at the Vegas Encore spa. Thanks for reading!)

Makeup: I use Vapour Organic Beauty Stratus Luminous Instant Skin Perfector. You don’t even need a brush although I like to  use a round foundation one because I find it gIves a more even application. Their colors are amazing, especially for lipstick. They get some of the subtleties of color the large cosmetic houses do, and the effect is very Bobbi Brown, but without a lot of extra fillers and preservatives. If you have dry skin it’s a bonus that it’s all stick based and so gives a little kick of moisture. I prefer the highlighter to the foundation but it’s a coverage thing.

Skincare: I found essential oils in the last year or so and I mostly use those for everything. It is tough to get a good blend and play with adjusting proportions for the face, though, so I use Vapour’s Restorative Night Treatment morning and evening. I also just discovered Evan Healy’s Rose Geranium Facial Tonic and Cleansing Milk and both of those are incredible. Organic and not any extra shit. (Organic is on the label; no extra shit is not exactly phrased that way.) The rose water tonic is perfect to take on a plane to mist yourself especially if it’s a long flight. It also helps absorb and retain more of the oils. I use the cleansing milk with my Clarisonic brush.

Toothpaste: I use either Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint or Redmond Earthpaste. Neither has flouride, and that’s just fine by me. The kids use Kiss my Face without fluoride. I tried doing a home made clay version but I didn’t think to use a sweeter oil than peppermint and they flipped me the proverbial bird, so that ship sailed. Leaving it in the tube always ends up with lots on the counter, so I got a fresh soap pump and put the toothpaste in there; it always dispenses the perfect amount for a little person’s toothbrush.

Hair Shampoo: Alaffia, preferably unscented because then I can just add in whatever I want, lavender, peppermint or rose. I decant those into the Simple Human automatic dispensers so that if nothing else, I didn’t have to pump my own soap when I get into the shower. I like to save that energy for nagging my kids to get on the bus on time.

Hair Conditioner: I use either Argan oil or Squalane oil, applied to the very tips after getting out of the shower and then brush with a nontangle brush starting at the bottom and then brushing down successively from higher and higher up. Then I either air dry or use an ionic hair dryer. Like I said, Armani hippie.

Feminine products: Organic cotton only, because if you think about putting even minute amounts of bleach in your va-j-j for more than thirty seconds you gotta make a different choice.  Even better might be a cup. I know, if you cannot handle the goo it’s a bit much but I am a big fan and it actually allows me to measure flow so I have a gauge on the health of that system. The cups often have a line marker so you can track fluid ounces if you are worried about high blood loss. I am sorry for any guy who just read that, and extra sorry for any gay man who just read that.

Hand sanitizer: I mix my own, which includes tea tree oil Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Essential Oil topped off with some water. Whole Foods sells empty spray bottles in cobalt blue which I think is pretty; otherwise you can hit the Container Store if you like a straight clear color. If you are feeling extra industrious, you can go to Nordstrom and get a perfume atomizer for $6 and decant the mixture in there. I love that the spray mechanism is nice and smooth, and I feel like I am treating myself when I do a sanitizer spray. The only downside is that the little atomizers kind of look like pocket vibrators. It’s the satin pouch that sends it over the edge. Just sayin’. If you can’t get to Nordie’s there’s a pretty pink one on Amazon.

If you want to know more nitty gritty details about the specific chemicals, this is an excellent article!

Channeling Debbie Downer

Okay, this post only makes sense if you watched Saturday Night Live years ago. If you didn’t, here’s the Debbie Downer Breakdown

While I was talking to my good friend Linda last week over brunch, she mentioned she needed a new to-go coffee cup and asked me what I use. I noted that her old coffee cup was double walled stainless.

Depending on the quality of stainless, when you put something acidic in it (coffee has more than 200 acids), alloys can be leached from the stainless into your drink. Please never cook tomato sauce in stainless. Use enameled cast iron. Tomatoes are definitely acidic enough to leach alloys. If you are really interested in whether your cup or cookware is reactive, there’s a cool test here: Testing Stainless for Reactivity

“Best to use ceramic,” I told her, and Starbucks has a nice double-walled ceramic cup with a ceramic lid (no plastic). That is what I use, and they put out a nice collection over the holidays. Double Walled Ceramic Tumbler from Starbucks. She grabbed one over the next couple of days and brought it to work. While sporting her snazzy new double-walled ceramic coffee cup, someone commented on it. Trying to be helpful, she told them all about stainless cups and the possibility of leaching. Her co-worker quipped half-jokingly, “I hate you.”

You know what sucks about knowing what I know about food? Whenever I try to give someone information that I hope is helpful, I sound like Debbie Downer. It’s depressing and annoying, but I won’t stop talking about it because people have to know. And because tomato sauce tastes about 350% better when cooked in an enameled cast iron pan, dammit.

To quote Debbie: “Ever since they found mad cow disease in the US, I’m not taking any chances.”

Do you feel the same? Let me know by making a comment!

Holiday Gift Ideas

Let’s put this out there first – I have a high distaste for the insanity of the American way of constantly consuming and acquiring. When I engage in it, I feel like a locust. The unabashed attempts at this time of year to capitalize on people desperate to cross a to-do off their list makes me NUTS. And I really hate being given crap. I think,  What am I going to do with this? I can’t eat it, I don’t want to let my kids play with it, if I throw it out, it’s going to end up in a landfill. So I do my best to try to exchange things that don’t work for us, which is about 85% of the gifts. I sometimes think, “That was nice of you, but you just gave me an errand, not a gift.”

I do think that the holidays are a nice time to force us to think about our loved ones and give them something useful.

So here’s what made the short list this year:

glass-straw

Glass Straws from CB2.com

Good for those who like to drink their coffee out of a straw, these are less likely to stain, and also once you think longer than five seconds about drinking hot coffee through a plastic straw full of BPA and phthalates you start to gag a little bit. NOT FOR KIDS. They might chew on the end of the straw and then you’ll end up with a prison meal situation (ground up glass in the food, for those of you who have never watched Shawshank Redemption).

double wall ceramic mug

Double Walled Ceramic Tumbler from Starbucks

While we’re talking about coffee, this is the only tumbler I will use for my hot coffee. It is a double walled ceramic tumbler with a ceramic lid (why go through all the trouble of finding a safe cup when you’re just going to pass the super hot liquid past a plastic cover?) These specialty cups are now available year round but for the longest time (probably the last three years) Starbucks only put them out during the holidays. If you broke one you were S.O.L. until Christmas. My husband once broke one in March and I got angry at him. He retorted, “It’s not my fault. You put it in a place I might break it.” It was on a drying rack. I responded, “It’s not my fault you’re stupid.” He came right back with, “Well, actually it is. Because you KNOW I’m stupid.” To this day, I haven’t figured out a good response. Well done, babe, well done.

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Glass Teapot from CB2.com

This glass teapot is great because the infuser is made out of glass. Yes, this means that the tea leaves do sometimes get stuck in the little slot, but it also means that scalding hot water is not going through “stainless” that isn’t really food grade. (Since stainless came into fashion a lot of it is manufactured with questionable quality and most of it doesn’t pass the magnet test. Real stainless shouldn’t hold a magnet.)

le creuset dutch oven

A Le Creuset Dutch Oven

These enameled pans are trusted and revered by world-renowned chefs and I can taste a definitive difference in the food. Whenever you are cooking tomato sauce, stay away from stainless steel pans. The acids in the tomatoes leech out chemicals from the plan and then you eat those chemicals with the organic pasta you took all that time to make by hand, cranking the pasta machine like an organ grinder all while trying to balance that pesky little monkey with the fez.

organic pajamas

Organic Pajamas from Hanna

Hanna does beautiful organic pajamas that wash up well, are OKEO-TEX certified (no insanely toxic dyes for your children to sleep in) and made out of organic cotton. (Unless otherwise labeled, you can assume the cotton is made from Bt cotton, which is….genetically modified. Sigh.) They sleep in these for a third of the time in the day (if you’re lucky), so we make sure we have organic sheets and organic sleepwear.

organic shaving soap parker silvertip brush

 

Dr. Bronner’s Shaving Soap and Silvertip Badger Brush

If you ever look at shaving cream ingredients, you’ll be appalled. Like up the wazoo with the parabens and fragrances made out of petroleum byproducts. Then think about the fact that you are making micro-cuts on your face and whatever you are shaving with is going into cut skin. Even when your skin is completely intact, about 70% of what you put on it gets absorbed into the bloodstream. This is why transdermal medication works.

My dad uses Dr. Bronner’s Shaving Soap, but you really can’t use it without a brush. The top of the line is a silvertap badger hair brush. I bought this one from Parker for my dad for Christmas.

Happy shopping, people, I hope you come home with a crossed-off list (checked twice) and enjoy warm wool socks and a nice glass of organic wine when you’re done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GMO Doubt About It – It’ll Probably Kill You

Okay, enough fun and games with Thanksgiving and all that. Back to the organic definition bandwagon. The next one up is…GMOs. What are they?

The basic idea is that Monsanto inserts bacterial DNA into specific plants, like corn or soy (more than 90% of the corn and soy in the United States in genetically modified), which allows them to do three things:

  1. They can patent the seeds so that farmers always have to buy seeds from them in order to grow crops (otherwise farmers would save seeds and replant per traditional farming custom, which is why we have such things as “heirloom tomatoes”, “native corn”, etc.”
  2. The bacterial DNA is designed to make the plant produce its own insecticide. And this is produced from within, so there’s no washing this off. It’s inside the flesh of the plant. The fact that the insecticide is inside the plant isn’t enough – it actually makes the plant more resistant to Roundup, which is an organophosphate. Remember the post about sarin gas? Riiiigggghhht. Roundup is linked with sterility, hormone disruption and birth defects. If that’s not enough, the World Health Organization just came out with a ruling that it’s likely carcinogenic to humans. Here’s the Scientific American article.
  3. Because the seeds cross-pollinate, Monsanto regularly patrols other farms (especially conventional ones trying to go organic) to find seeds that have errantly cross-pollinated and to fine them large sums of money because they are using the technology and haven’t paid for the patent. This usually puts them out of business or off track so they can’t complete the process.

Okay, so what about the “crazy hippie” factor? Like is this something cooked up by a bunch of doobie-smoking people in Vermont who just want more cows to be happy? And if it were that bad, why would the United States, a first world nation, allow it? Don’t we have the FDA?

Yes, we have the FDA. But the guy in charge of food safety right now is Michael Taylor. Michael Taylor was a former attorney and later the Vice President of Monsanto. Uh, conflict of interest, anyone? It’s no small wonder that the FDA never required safety testing for GMOs under the auspices that it wasn’t really all that different. EXCEPT IT WAS.

Oh, and the argument that we can’t feed the world if we don’t go GM? Bogus. It doesn’t increase yields. But it messes up the soil for decades because of the constant dousing of the crops with Roundup, cancer causer extraordinaire.

The biggies to stay away from? Corn, soy and canola.

Canola isn’t even a thing. It’s CAN for Canada, and OLA for oil. It’s really rapeseed oil, but as you can imagine, an oil with the word rape in it doesn’t really sell so well. You don’t need a marketing degree to figure that one out. Rapeseed oil goes rancid very quickly, and so in the processing they douse it with all sorts of deodorants and caustic agents. Which they don’t have to disclose because it’s proprietary. So you’ll never know what trace elements of bleach you have in our cooking oil, which you’re using to “gently saute” your super healthy vegetables and tofu. Which include corn and soy.

Corn syrup, and tons of soy fillers are used in processed foods, which are supposed to be healthy. Those “health bars”? Loaded with sugar (also made from genetically modified beets, by the way), corn syrup, and soy proteins. We were never meant to consume this amount of soy. It disrupts all sorts of hormonal pathways, even if you’re eating organic soy. My favorite B.S. soy product is soy protein isolate. You know what that is? MSG. The same crap bad Chinese restaurants use. Tread carefully.