Week of February 27, 2011

Everyone has been pushing themselves and performing at amazing levels!  We welcomed Ryan who jumped right in and didn’t miss a beat!  The 100 Day Challengers remain committed and continue to move, move, move!  They’re entering week 3!

Monday is the 2-minute squat drill to get on the record books.  Additionally, we’re having a guest speaker after boot camp.  Her name is Cindy, the owner of The Busy Chef (www.busychef.com).  She’s bringing some of her dishes for us to taste.

This week’s blog post is on MSG and Artificial Colors

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG ) is used to bring out the flavor in foods. Companies use it as an additive to reduce costs, as it allows them to reduce the amount of real ingredients in their foods. Since 1960, the use of MSG has caused some concern, when it was discovered that large amounts of MSG fed to infant mice destroyed nerve cells in the brain. This research caused a public outcry that forced baby food companies to stop adding MSG to their products. Nowadays, MSG may be hidden in infant formula, low fat milk, candy, chewing gum, drinks, over-the-counter medications (especially children’s), as a binder and filler for nutritional supplements, in prescription drugs, IV fluids given in hospitals, and in the chicken pox vaccine.

In order to cut out MSG from your diet, you will need to remove foods with the following ingredients in their label: Monosodium glutamate, free glutamate, hydrolyzed proteins (any type), autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, caseinate, and “natural or artificial flavors”.

Artificial Colors are synthetic chemicals that do not occur in nature. Most are derived from coal tar and can contain up to ten parts per million of lead and arsenic and still be generally recognized as safe by the FDA.  Artificial colors can cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity and ADD in children, may contribute to visual and learning disorders or cause nerve damage.  The use of coloring in products normally indicates that other natural ingredients that may contain the color, like oranges, have not been used.

Here are specific details regarding each color:

Blue #1, found in baked goods, candy, and soft drinks
Blue #2, which is found in pet food beverages, and candy
Citrus Red #1 is sprayed on green oranges to make them look ripe. The FDA has proposed a ban on Citrus Red #1
Citrus Red #2, used to color the skins of some Florida oranges
Green #3, found rarely in candy and beverages
Red #3 is often added to canned cherry pie filling, maraschino cherries, baked goods and ice cream
Red #40 is found in soda, candy, gelatin desserts, pastry, pet food, and sausage
Yellow #5 is the second most widely used colorant. It’s found in gelatin desserts, candy, pet food, and baked goods.
Yellow #6 is found in beverages, sausage, baked goods, candy, and gelatin.

Common denominator is CANDY, SODA, GROCERY STORE BOUGHT BAKED GOODS . . . Looking eating habits of overweight adults and children, these are the most commonly consumed items.

Thank goodness we’re learning how to treat our body machines and our family’s body machines!

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