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Acesulfame-K: Bad Sweetener #1

Acesulfame Potassium or Acesulfame-K was discovered in 1967.It was approved by the FDA in 1997 for use in soft drinks, the number one product that includes sweeteners. Its use in our food supply is widespread. It has 150 times the sweetness of sugar on a per weight basis. Our bodies do not metabolize it and it is excreted in our urine. It is found as a sweetener in many processed foods, including dessert, chewing gum, , alcohol containing beverages, syrup, candies, sauces, and yogurt. As well as soft drinks. Some common manufactured goods include Hershey’s Lite Syrup, Trident gum and sugar free Jell-O.
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Are canned foods healthy? How can we avoid BPA?

There are a lot of canned foods including beans, soup, soft drinks and beer. Aside from the ingredients, are they healthy and can they be part of a healthy diet?

Many patients tell me they eat canned soup on a regular basis and stay away from additives that are on my “Nasty List”. It is a good start to look at additives, but let’s take a closer look at the can and containers that foods are stored in. Most cans are made of tin or aluminum, and are lined with a plastic to prevent the food from interacting with the metal, because it’s not attractive to have rust in your canned goods.
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“Natamycin in Cheese …really?”

Generally, you would not think that there is a problem with grated cheese. It’s a good source of fat and protein and goes on everything from tacos to omelets. However, recently when looking at a package of grated cheese at home, I noticed Natamycin on the ingredient list. I was shocked, it is on my “Nasty List” of ingredients to avoid. Natamycin in Cheese …really? I was consuming it and hadn’t bothered to read the ingredients. I thought the cheese just contained cheese. I was wrong. Natamycin is a medication used to treat vaginal and topical yeast (fungal) infections. It is a useful antifungal agent. It is not a food and should definitely not be in our cheese and should not be consumed on a regular basis.
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Top Five Food Preservatives to Avoid

These are the most common Additives and Food Preservatives to avoid, that are found in foods we consume frequently. I have developed a comprehensive “Nasty List” of unnatural ingredients to avoid but have developed this short list as a starting point as you begin your journey to wholesome eating and a long life.
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Are prescribed medications harmful like some preservatives?

A patient recently asked “Are prescribed medications harmful like some preservatives? I am thinking about stopping prescription medications as they were man-made and our bodies will find them as unnatural as food additives and preservatives.” As many of you are aware, I am a physician and am committed to teaching the tenets of healthy eating so we may avoid disease and pursue good health. I am not opposed to medications when prescribed correctly. Should we be avoid medications that are appropriately prescribed by our doctors? Absolutely not! Yes, many medications are man-made and are unnatural for our bodies, however they are rigorously tested and passed by the FDA to be used as medications if they are effective for the condition they are treating and the side effect profile is acceptable. Generally, the longer a medication has been on the market and the more it has been prescribed the greater information about side effects are known and as a physician my comfort level prescribing them increases. The newer the drug on the market, the more skeptical I am as I want to avoid harming my patients.
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Eating fresh from the deli? Think again!

If you are like the rest of the thousands of people who grab lunch or dinner every day from the local deli, you probably think you’re eating fresh healthy food. But are you?

In my daily practice of medicine, it became apparent to me that individuals who grabbed a deli sandwich every day or who consumed a lot of processed meats, seemed generally less healthy and were more likely to suffer from other health ailments such as high blood pressure, low thyroid, obesity, type 2 diabetes and even cancer. Those were my observations and what led me to dig deeper and look for evidence to support my suspicion that processed meats were not healthy.
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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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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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