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Welcome to the food chemical awareness page. 
 If you still have questions after you have browsed this page of information please feel free to leave a message at the bottom of the page. 
Now lets get started!                             
Do you know whats in the juice you drink can you read the labels, do you understand the terminology.
 
From concentrate 
a substance made by removing water or other diluting agent; a concentrated form of something, esp. food.

THE PROCESS
Juice from concentrate has most of its water removed through filtration, extraction and evaporation processes. Evaporation involves heating the juice to high temperatures and extraction involves adding some chemicals to get a more condensed product, according to the “Dictionary of Food Science and Technology.” The juice is also pasteurized as part of the process to extend its shelf life. Before you buy juice at your supermarket, water is either added to it or it is frozen in smaller containers and must be added to water at home. Even 100 percent fruit juice from concentrate can contain additives to enhance color, flavor and nutritional content, so read labels before you buy.
Juice is typically sold in concentrate form to increase its shelf life and to reduce its shipping weight when sent from fruit-producing regions and countries to your local supermarket. Some nutrients are lost in the process, but 100 percent juice from concentrate with no added sugar is a healthy beverage that is comparable to fresh squeezed juice. By contrast, juice drinks and juice cocktails from concentrate have refined sugars and flavors added and are not healthy for your body in large quantities. Check the labels on juice cartons for additives.

GENERAL RULE
As a general rule, the more processing a food undergoes, the more potential there is for nutrient loss. As such, juice concentrate contains less than fresh juice, due mainly to evaporation and filtration techniques. However, according to “The Complete Book of Food Counts,” the differences are not great. One cup of 100 percent orange juice from concentrate, for example, contains about 100 mg of vitamin C and 40 micrograms of beta-carotene, compared to 125 mg of vitamin C and 80 micrograms of beta-carotene in fresh squeezed varieties.

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Reading is fundamental!

When shopping it is most important that you read labels. This is the only way that you will know what is in the products you eat and use daily.Words with numbers are typically unsafe, words you can not pronounce or identify, nanno technology(microchips in your lotion),and fragrance of unidentified origins should be causes for pause. 
It is your business and you have the right to know. 

It is important that you understand how to read labels.
Reading the Nutrition facts is not something that most people make a habit of but more should. This is where you find out how nutritious your food is and what benefits it will have for your body. Whats most important is that you understand what your reading, so here for you I have provided a general label map for a basic understanding of the nutrition facts.   






























These links are here for a deeper understanding of reading labels they go into what each term means, please use these links as references when learning about reading labels.
http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/ucm274593.htm

Produce shopping?                                                                                      
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Here are three easy rules to remember when shopping for produce:
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1. Organic produce always starts with the number 9.

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2. Conventionally Grown produce always starts with a 3 or a 4.

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3. Genetically Modified produce always starts with the number 8

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WHAT ARE THE DIRTY DOZEN?
  • According to the Environmental working group these foods are sprayed in very high amounts of pesticides.
  • Fruits such as oranges, lemons, and limes have been said to have skin thick enough to make them washable just please remember to wash your hands after you wash your fruit to avoid re polluting the fruit when peeled or simply touched. 
  
The dirty dozen
nectarines
peaches
apples
strawberries
grapes
tomatoes
sweet bell pepper
spinach
potatoes
hot peppers
pears
cherries
hot peppers

The clean fifteen
Onions 
Sweet corn 
 Asparagus 
 Sweet peas 
 Cabbage
 Egg plant 
 Avocado 
 Pineapple 
 Mangoes 
 Kiwi 
 Papayas
honey dew melon
cantaloupe
grapefruit
Cauliflower




                                                                                                                                                                        

IS IT ORGANIC?
As for how to make sure the other products you’re buying is organic,
 simply look for the USDA Certified Organic seal. 
Just remember the motto, “No Seal, No Deal” and you’ll be fine!Read more: http://healthychild.org/blog/comments/insider_information_for_organic_shoppers/#ixzz1gdyhl200    
THE SEALS

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The facts 

  1. Remember that your bodies pH can determine its ability to fight off bacteria and viruses.
  2. Your body's pH should be be between 6.0-7.0 when tested with  a precision pH testing kit. 
  3. pH testing kits can be found at your local health food store. 
  4. To maintain health intake 60% alkaline 40% acid foods in your diet.
  5. When sick its 80% alkaline 20% acid .
  6. Visit www.rense.com for more detailed information  


Acidic Foods

  • Black Beans
  • Chickpeas/Garbanzos
  • Kidney Beans
  • Seitan
  • Cantaloupe
  • Currants
  • Fresh Dates
  • Nectarine
  • Plum
  • Sweet Cherry
  • Watermelon
  • Amaranth
  • MilletOats/Oatmeal
  • Spelt
  • Soybeans
  • Rice/Soy/Hemp
  • Protein
  • Freshwater 
  • Wild Fish
  • Rice & Soy
  • Milk
  • Brazil 
  • NutsPecan 
  • NutsHazel
  • NutsSunflower 
  • OilGrapeseed 
  • OilFresh,
  •  Natural Juice
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Butter
  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Cranberry
  • Grapes
  • Mango
  • Mangosteen
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberry
  • Brown
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Rye
  •  Bread
  • Wheat
  • Wholemeal 
  • Bread
  • Wild Rice
  • Wholemeal 
  • Pasta
  • Ocean Fish
  • AlcoholCoffee & Black Tea
  • Fruit Juice (Sweetened)
  • Cocoa
  • Honey
  • Jam 
  • Jelly
  • Mustard
  • Miso
  • Rice 
  • Syrup
  • Soy 
  • Sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Yeast
  • Dried Fruit
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Farmed Fish
  • Pork
  • Shellfish
  • Cheese
  • Dairy
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Mushroom

ALKALINE FOODS
  • Himalayan salt                                                                      
  • Grasses
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Kelp
  • Spinach
  • Parsley
  • Broccoli
  • Sprouts (soy, alfalfa etc)Sea Vegetables (Kelp)
  • Avocado
  • Beetroot
  • Capsicum/Pepper
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Collard/Spring 
  • Greens
  • Endive
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green 
  • Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard 
  • Greens
  • Okra
  • Onion
  • Radish
  • Red Onion
  • Rocket/Arugula
  • Tomato
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Butter Beans
  • Soy Beans
  • White Haricot Beans
  • Chia/Salba
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrot 
  • Chives
  • Courgette/Zucchini
  • Leeks
  • New Baby Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Rhubarb
  • Swede
  • Watercress
  • Grapefruit
  • Coconut
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa
  • Spelt
  • Lentils
  • Tofu
  • Other Beans & LegumesGoat & Almond MilkMost Herbs & SpicesAvocado
  • OilCoconut 
  • OilFlax Oil/ Udo’s Oil



                                                                                                                                                                 
How sweet it is, or is it
Not only do these items contain way too much sugar, the sugar has been processed in a manner that leaves it with no nutritional benefits. for more information read our blog "how sweet it is or is it!

HEY SUGA!
To bee a sweetie doesn't mean that you have to dive head first into the sugar bowl! Do you know what's in that bowl, where it came from, does it add value to your health? Lets take a closer look at sweeteners.
Problem: Sweeteners that haveNO NUTRITIONAL VALUE which makes them empty calories and the chemicals used in the processing of these sweeteners causes your digestive system to retard by not producing the proper enzymes to absorb  needed vitamins and minerals from nutritious foods. It is very important that you know the source of your sweetener because all are not created equal.   
Solution: Try Raw sugar its great and it’s a high alkaline food that helps the bodies pH.
Lets explore sweeteners: 
Sucrose-  naturally in fruits, vegetables, grains
Dextrose a.k.a Glucose- naturally in pollen and corn
Maltodextrin- naturally in rice corn or potato 
Lactose- found in dairy
Fructose- found in fruits
There is a major difference in the origin of...and the direct source.

YES, apples naturally have fructose in them but guess what else apples have in them:

APPLES 
potassium
calcium
phosphorus
magnesium
manganese
iron
sodium
copper
zinc
vitamin A
vitamin B1 (thiamine)
vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
vitamin B3 (niacin)
vitamin B9 ( folate acid
vitamin B5 (panthentic acid)
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
vitamin C
vitamin K

POINTS:

  1. When you weigh all that it has to offer against the fructose, that gives us energy, there is no comparison. 
  2. When they take out the fructose from the apple and mix it with corn syrup which by separating it  from the corn it now also has no nutritional value. 
  3. The product is a super sweet substance made from chemicals that induce flavor and extracted sweeteners from healthy fruits and veggies, creating high fructose corn syrup.


Here are some details about different types of sweeteners: 

High fructose corn syrup 
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  • Is a liver toxin that cause a fatty liver which leads yo high cholesterol.

  • It is metabolized like alcohol but has no affect on immediate brain activity so you don't feel the effects.

  • Also acts as insulin which can cause kidney damage and can lead  to heart trouble.




Maltodextrine
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  • Has the ability to pass through the digestive system easily and into the blood because it has no nutrients to be collected by the natural enzymes that collect vitamins and minerals in the intestines. 
  • The "passing" through process causes your body to literally forget how to process healthy foods. 

Granulated white sugar
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  • The process: Sulfur dioxide bubbles through the cane juice before it evaporates; affination ( attaching) occurs with mixing cane juice with heavy syrup and then centrifuged (separated by a spinning machine) washing away its outer coating.
  • The solution is again clarified by adding phosphoric acid and calcium hydroxide (also a used as chemical hair relaxer) which                                   traps impurities that float to the surface and are skimmed off .
  •  After  remaining solids are filtered out, the clarified syrup is decolorized by filtration through a bed of activated carbon
  •  The purified syrup is then concentrated to supersaturation and repeatedly crystallized under vacuum, to produce white refined sugar.
  • Additional sugar is recovered by blending the remaining syrup with the washings from affination and again crystallizing to produce brown sugar. 
  • When no more sugar can be economically recovered, the final molasses still contains 20–30 percent sucrose and 15–25 percent glucose and fructose.
  • To produce granulated sugar, in which the individual sugar grains do not clump together, sugar must be dried. Drying is accomplished first by drying the sugar in a hot rotary dryer, and then by conditioning the sugar by blowing cool air through it for several days.



Sucanant 

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  • whole sugar cane
  • has a sand like outer coating which is where the nutrients live.
  • when this coating is removed all nutrients gone.
  • has lowest amount of sucrose 
  • contains : potassium, phosphorus, Vitamin A, calcium, iron, several B vitamins, and magnesium.

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BE WARE OF FROM CONCENTRATE 
This means that they purposely separate the vitamins from the sugars, then they through out the vitamins and add plain water. Leaving you with empty calories. 
                                                                                                                                                                 
Does your plastic container contain:
B.P.A bisopherol A?
Cans and plastic bottles are are usually treated with BPA, in cans and reusable water bottles to prevent the metal from poisoning you (however BPA does a great job at poisoning you by itself) and in plastics such as baby bottles and beverage bottles, its used to help harden the plastics making them durable but toxic. Below we will examine BPA and you will be able to decide for yourself whether or not to say no way to BPA. 
 Effects: Acts as estrogen in birth control pills and ultimately decreasing fertility in women, sperm abnormalities in men, obesity, excellerated growth in children, fetal and infant brain development, heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disfunctions, miscarriage, and accelerated puberty. 

Here is a guide to help you look out for BPA, usually you will find the following markings on the bottom of your bottle or food packaging. 
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 BPA Facts
  • Putting hot food onto or into plastic eating ware such as plates and bowls allow BPA to leak into your food
  • any food that is acidic or alkaline can cause BPA to leak into at room temperature
  • BPAs original use was as an estrogen drug
  • 90% of all government studies found BPA to be harmful for pregnant women and infants
  • Canada and Chicago has banned its use in baby bottles
    
  • In January 2010 the FDA issued new warnings and concerns about BPA but didn't list them on the MSDS(material safety data sheet).
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“Natural Flavoring” According to the FDA:

The exact definition of natural flavors from the Code of Federal Regulations reads:
In other words, it’s impossible to really know what is in “natural flavorings.”  
A person who is vegan may be consuming a product made from pork.  Someone with celiac disease may be unknowingly consuming something made from gluten.  An innocent consumer just wanting a raspberry flavored yogurt may be eating beaver butt juice. The complete lack of transparecy by the FDA is appauling.



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