Category Archives: Food Knowledge

BHA and BHT : The ‘fuel’ you didn’t know you were eating

What do most cereals and gasoline have in common?

With that question you may be asking yourself; how can there be anything in common between gasoline and the cereal that I eat? The sad truth is that there is. BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are added to most cereals and cereal packaging as a preservative.
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Feed Fish to your kids? Think again!

Good Fish, Bad Fish

Generally, fish has been lauded as a smart choice for the health conscious individuals. Studies show that people who eat fish live longer than those who consume red meat, especially cured or smoked meats. As a rule, the oilier the fish the healthier; and choosing wild caught fish is a better choice than farmed fish.
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Say yes to NO! (Nitric Oxide)

Why is Nitric Oxide important for your health?

More than 30 years ago Nitric Oxide (NO), not to be confused with Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), was discovered as a single molecule in the body. It has many health benefits. It was an amazing discovery and Nitric Oxide was named molecule of the year in 1992 by the Journal of Science.

In 1998, Robert F Furchgott, Ferid Murad and Louis J Ignarro, the three scientists behind the discovery of how Nitric Oxide functions, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their research. The three scientists had discovered an entirely new principle, that Nitric Oxide (a gas) produced by one cell in the body, transmits signals which penetrate through the cell membrane (outer border of the cell) and regulates the function of other cells in our body.

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Chobani Yogurt, Dr. Goertz Approved!

Chobani Yogurt’s founder Hamdi Ulukaya said, “People have great taste they just need great options.” Chobani Yogurt is made from all natural ingredients and no preservatives. They prove that good yogurt can be made with love and not chemicals.

I am a fan of good food. I am a fan of Chobani Yogurt!
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Like Sriracha sauce? Think again!

Sriracha sauce is a tasty hot sauce which originated in Thailand. It was introduced to the United States in the early 1980’s and has increased in popularity over the years. It is now being added to everything from soup to, yes, nuts. Even Subway has latched onto its popularity and now has a Sriracha Chicken melt.
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Just say no to bread on Drugs!

Dave’s Killer Bread
I have been blogging a lot lately about all the unhealthy things added to our food. It gets a little depressing. I want to share something about food that is honest and wholesome: “Dave’s Killer Bread”. Dave after being released from prison used his skill to develop great tasting, organic, drug free bread. The tagline is, “Just say no to bread on Drugs”. Here is their list of good, healthy, wholesome ingredients.
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Is my diet soda making me fat?

Many diet sodas, including diet 7-Up, diet Coke, diet Pepsi, as well as many other non-diet sodas and generic brands, have the preservative Sodium Benzoate in them. It is used in foods because of its ability to extend the shelf life of the product. It is also used in many salad dressings, sauces, Catsups, and pickles. Some people can taste Sodium Benzoate and for those who can taste it, it leaves an unpleasant flavor in their mouth. There are a lot of websites that say Sodium Benzoate occurs naturally in some foods; that information is incorrect. It is benzoic acid that occurs naturally in some foods. The benzoic acid that occurs naturally in food is not harmful. But when benzoic acid is combined with sodium hydroxide, the harmful, unpleasant tasting, Sodium Benzoate is created.
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Are you doing the nasty?

The Nasty List: A list of food additives and altered foods to avoid.
Are you doing the nasty? I developed The Nasty List, a list of food additives and altered foods to avoid, as a result of repeated requests from many of my patients. Please share this blog with your friends and family so that they can benefit from this knowledge and begin to make healthy choices as well.
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What is in Chocolate Bars?

What is in Chocolate Bars? Chocolate has some great health benefits like reducing blood pressure but lurking in some chocolate is a preservative, TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone), a nasty synthetic (man-made) antioxidant not to be confused with the good naturally occurring antioxidants like vitamins C and E. TBHQ is used to stabilize oils and fats and help prevent them from going bad in our food. It is also used as a corrosion inhibitor in biodiesel! Sadly, this synthetically produced chemical is also found in some of our favorite chocolate bars and many other processed foods.
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