As a consumer today you no doubt have seen the marketing campaigns and labels that say 0 grams “Trans Fat.” So what is trans fat and what does that really mean. Well good question, because most people don’t really know.
Trans fat is really just another name for an unsaturated fat that contains trans-isomer fatty acids. So to start out, there are two type of fats. Saturated fats which are typically found in processed foods and animal products and unsaturated fats which are typically found in nature and in foods such as nuts, olives and avocados. These unsaturated fats are generally referred to as good fats and can actually help certain aspects of health. Another easy way to distinguish the two fats is a saturated fat is solid at room temperature and an unsaturated fat is liquid at room temperature, which also give you a pretty good picture of what that particular fat is going to do once inside your body.
Now, onto the Trans part, this is where it gets a little more interesting. Trans fat or “trans fatty acids” are not naturally occurring at all although technically classified as an unsaturated fat. It is manufactured in a lab by adding hydrogen to vegetable oils to make them more solid in a process called hydrogenation. Read More
I chose to write about Trees For Life International for a few reasons.
1. I like what they stand for
2. They are major Moringa Proponents (if not the leading proponents)
3. The people are great
Trees For Life International is a great organization in that they not only have a noble cause of helping people out now, but their organization looks towards the future as well. I think that’s extremely important personally. Is immediate aid important, yes absolutely, but how are you making things better for the future? Let’s take a look at the initiatives of Trees For Life.
1. The Moringa Tree
Trees For Life just so happens to be one of the world leading proponents of the Moringa Oleifera Tree. If you are not familiar with Moringa it is truly a Miracle tree. First, the tree itself can grow (and grow fast) in places where more traditional crops would falter. The tree produces fruit (seedpods) which can be consumed or pressed to release a very beneficial oil. This oil can be used on the skin or even as an extremely clean burning cooking oil! The pressed seed pods can then be reused to purify water as they have the uncanny ability to attract particles and contaminates. Finally you come to the most spectacular part about the plant, its leaves. The leaves of the Moringa Oleifera Tree have been called “Natures Medicine Cabinet” because of the vast array of nutritional value. Ounce for ounce some of arguably the most nutrient dense plant matter in the world, dried moringa leaves contain all the essential amino acids, more calcium than milk, more protein than yogurt and more iron than spinach.And we have really only scratched the surface to what this amazing tree can really do. The agricultural applications are still being researched and that is one of the major initiatives of Trees For Life is continue to propagate the amazing information about this tree to drive awareness, but also continue research to develop even more applications. As Moringa is also one of my favorite plants and I believe there to be a massive worldwide awakening about to happen in regards to this tree, I am glad to know a reputable organization such as Trees For Life is leading the charge. You can download their Moringa Report Here.
2. Books For Life International
In an ongoing effort to educate and bring prosperity to all the corners of the world, Books For Life International introduces children in developing countries to the joy of reading and provides books so it can continue.
3. Planting Fruit Trees
The long term goal her as with the rest of the initiatives is to not only feed and educate, but also empower people in developing nations to take control of their lives and their futures through agriculture (planting of fruit trees) and education.
4. General Education
As referenced above and in conjunction with all of the efforts Trees For Life reaches out to the young and old alike to empower and educate them for the future.
5. Fuel Efficient Cook Stoves
An amazingly easy way to dramatically change the lives of many in 3rd world countries is to provide them with an efficient way to cook the food they eat. By reducing the amount of labor and needed to cook their food and the hazords associated with cooking over an open fire, you can dramatically increase not only odds of survival, but also quality of life.
So all in all, Trees FOr Life is out there, day in and day out working to provide better futures for the less fortunate through argicultre and education. The company stands firmly rooted in the premise that empowering a person is much more important than simply feeding them. I can completely agree with that and the company and I want to just take a moment to say thtnk you to them.
Hi and Welcome to the first installment in the “What The Hell is ____” Series
I decided to produce this series to start informing people what all those long names are on their food ingredients list. If you have ever seen maltodextrin, sodium nitrate or red dye #5 on your label then its time to read on.
Today we start with a classic and one that I found in a favorite food of mine the other day, maltodextrin. So what is it?
Well, for you chemistry majors out there, maltodextrin is short chained starch sugar with a gelatin hybrid base. So its a sweet polysaccharide and of course a variation of dextrin. Dextrins being a group of low-molecular-weight carbohydrates produced by the hydrolysis of starch. Maltodextrin is typically derived from either corn(no surprise here), rice or potatoes.
For everyone else, for all intensive purposes, its SUGAR.
Welcome to the First Installment of the Organic Superfood Recipe Series!
In this series we will cover a lot of great ways to start incorporating superfoods into your diet with quick, easy and good tasting recipes. Lets face it, if it doesn’t taste good, were not eating it.
Today we are going to start with something that I made for the first time not too long ago as my girlfriend loves toast and jam. It’s called Acai Berry Jam, but it also contains Chia seeds which are another powerful superfood.
Well a lot actually due to a recent study by deodorant firm Biosen, because 515 is the average number of chemicals a woman applies to her body every single day!
Over 500 chemicals! That sounds crazy, but if you think about it each product that you use, whether its the nail polish, the perfume, the face wash or even the makeup contains on average at least 20 ingredients, most of which are chemicals.
Ok, so now you see how its possible but think about this. There is more than one way to absorb substances. You can ingest them through your mouth like food, but you can also absorb substances through your skin! Whatever you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body.
So take a look at all the chemicals in all of your products. Are they natural or are they synthetic. Are they found in nature or are them completely man made? Is it something you would put into your body through your mouth? Because if not, why would you put it into your body through absorption?
I bet you will be surprised when you start thinking about everything that comes in contact with your skin like this. What about toothpaste? What about deodorant? What about hair gel? Time to start thinking about the true benefit of a natural lifestyle….. a body containing only natural products and not harsh chemicals.
I just got a very cool testimonial from a reader the other day and wanted to share it with you (p.s.- I’ll give you the twist at the end)
The emails reads as follows:
Update: First of all, I lost another 1½ pounds last week. Total of 11 pounds in 6 weeks. No specific health changes that I can point to, however. Of course, I’ve always been pretty healthy anyway. It’s good to start getting some weight off, because my joints are all starting to feel my age. So if I can reduce the stress on them . . . That will be a good thing! In April, I will get my bloodwork done again. I’m anxious to see what kind of changes will occur.
Eating Habits have changed: I am finding that my body doesn’t need as much food as I was giving it before. In the evening, I often find that a salad and maybe a bowl of soup is all I need for dinner. Still have a small bowl of whole-grain Cheerios for breakfast on the 4 days that I go off to work. But I put “natural” apple juice on the cereal, instead of milk and sugar. I have a fruit smoothie for breakfast the other 3 days. Read More
It’s no longer cool to sit back, get diabetes, get heart disease and not know why.
It’s no longer cool to say “I wont change my ways”
It’s no longer cool to not ask questions.
We all have a responsibility to start asking questions. Lots of them about the food we are eating. Where does it come from, how is it made and is it making me sick? That is what Food Inc. is all about, answering those questions.
Check out the trailer here…..
It is part of the awakening that you’ll hear me speak about. When mainstream media Read More
I must admit, that not too long ago I did not ask very many questions. I sat back and took the news that the media gave me and ate the food that I was told was healthy. Its been a real eye opening experience since I have started asking questions about where my food comes from and why or if I should take medicines. In fact, its been pretty shocking.
The more and more I learn the more and more I am amazed at how often we as a country and a people focus on the wrong goals. Its like driving 20 miles out of you way to save 5 cents on a gallon of gas. We are constantly hitting the bulls eye on the wrong target and a recent post from Natural News and holistic nutritionist Mike Adams hits the nail on the head…
He has been talking about the overhype of H1N1 since the beginning and has been urging all not to get flu shots as the vaccine is untested. He has also brought light that this “outbreak” has been getting a lot of publicity and public attention, but at the end of the day, ordinary Asprin has still killed 4 times as many people this year than the dreaded h1n1 virus.
How unreal is that, its the biggest story in America and yet bottles that we are selling willingly to minors are killing 4 times as many people. It seems we have missed the mark and focused on the wrong target. Nailed the bulls eye, got the word out for sure, but again the wrong target. Same a focusing more on health care and pharmaceuticals rather than on what is actually making people sick in the first place, the food. So again we spend billions every single year figuring out how to cure diseases and that we could prevent with simple changes in our diet and teh way we grow and produce food! ha its a little shocking i know.
The good news is change is coming, there is always an awakening before large change and that awakening has begun.
Mike as always, thanks for shooting us all straight and keep pumping out the good info. For those of you who have not read his blog be sure to check it out at NaturalNews.com
To you our new readers, we are pleased to have you with us and hope that you will tell your friends. Do us a favor, as this is a new blog, go ahead and leave a comment and tell us your thoughts!
Transparency as defined by Wikipedia is “as used in the humanities and in a social context more generally, implies openness, communication, and accountability. It is a metaphorical extension of the meaning a “transparent” object is one that can be seen through.”
That is exactly what I wanted to create in a health and nutrition company, true transparency. From the products and the ingredients to the ownership and the information. Everything about the company I want to be open and available to all who inquire so that they can be confident about who they are receiving the information and supplementation from.
Over the past few years I have learned more and more about our nations food and pharmaceutical situation. It was during this learning process that I made a few commitments. First to change and alter my lifestyle to be more in life with health, wellness and sustainability. Second to disperse real information to people so that they can at the very least make an informed decision And third, I wanted to provide an source for people to obtain tested, quality products that they can rely upon to bring health. That was my goal and that is why I founded Holistik health. Read More