Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Truth About Canned Soup

Soup is a must-have for chilly winter days and to battle anything that ails you, be it a nasty cold or a case of the winter blues. Plus, now that it comes in cans, cups, and drinkable bottles, it's easy to grab on the go. But what are you getting when you slurp down that tomato soup, beefy stew, or other canned favorite? Often sold under a healthy halo, processed soups are full of a lot of ingredients that won't be listed on the label—such as industrial chemicals, pesticides, and weird food additives.
BPA is a chemical used in cash-register receipts and some plastics, but also in the epoxy resin liner of most metal food cans. The bummer? It's most likely leaching into your favorite soup, exposing you to the synthetic, estrogen-like substance that has been linked to obesity, breast and prostate cancers, and aggression and other behavioral problems in young girls. The amounts of BPA used in the cans varies drastically, but an alarming new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests we're ingesting dangerous levels of the hormone-mimicking chemical when we eat soup even once a day. The study's authors asked some participants to eat Progresso soup for lunch five days a week, while others ate homemade soup. All of the canned soup eaters had detectable levels of BPA in their urine at the end of the experiment. What's even more striking is the amount of the chemical detected after downing a can of soup once a day for five days. Compared to those eating fresh soup, the group eating canned soup saw BPA levels jumped more than 1,000 percent.
The huge spike in BPA seen after eating canned soup is "unlike anything we've ever seen," says Laura Vandenberg, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow of biology at the Center for Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Tufts University in Massachusetts. "The levels are shocking."

Americans are seriously bingeing in the sodium department, a dangerous practice considering excess sodium doesn't just leave us looking bloated, but also can lead to life-threatening heart attack and stroke. A big reason sodium is such a problem has to do with deceptive labeling practices, explains Bonnie Liebman, nutrition director at Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). "On most canned soup labels, you'll see numbers in the 800- to 900-milligram (mg) range," she explains "That's already about half a day's worth for most Americans, and that assumes you're only consuming an eight-ounce serving."
Seriously, when have you eaten just half a can of soup? Probably never. And a recent survey showed that most people consider a full can of soup to be one serving, when most labels say the can contents serve two or more. Even when you eat a low-sodium soup that contains 400 mg of sodium per serving, you wind up with twice that amount if you actually eat the entire can in one sitting. If you're still going to go for canned soup, be aware of the serving sizes, and don't fall for claims like, "25 percent less sodium!" The sodium content still could be dangerously high

Flavor Enhancers
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) brings out wonderful flavors in canned soup, but if you're one of the many people sensitive to this flavor enhancer, the food additive could lead to a crushing headache. Animal studies have found that MSG is toxic to the brain, and researchers believe it causes migraines in people because it dilates blood vessels and impacts nerve cells in the brain. Along with headaches, people sensitive to MSG often experience pressure in the neck and face, sweating, abdominal cramps, and tingling in the fingers.
If MSG makes you sick, you should also look out for ingredients like "natural flavoring" and "hydrolyzed vegetable protein," two other additives that also contain glutamate, according to CSPI's Food Additives database.

Pesticides and GMOs
As our food system becomes more industrialized, more and more farm chemicals are winding up not just on our food, but also in the food we eat. Within the last 20 years, chemical farmers have overwhelmingly adopted genetically modified seeds, or GMOs, for crops like corn and soy, two common ingredients in canned soup. (There are more than a dozen different ingredients derived from corn and soy.) These seeds have been genetically engineered to withstand heavy sprayings of Roundup, and when that happens, the pesticide is absorbed by the plant and winds up in your food. Roundup is used so heavily, in fact, that scientists recently detected it in rain. Constant low-level exposure to the pesticide can cause obesity, heart problems, circulation problems, and diabetes, says Warren Porter, PhD, professor of environmental toxicity and zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. As if that's not bad enough, the process of genetic modification, when a plant's DNA is changed in a lab, not by nature, is known to cause spontaneous abortion and infertility in animals and has been linked to the skyrocketing rates of food allergies in people over the past decade.

Healthy Soup Tips:
Making homemade soup may be a little more time consuming than popping open a can, but it comes without the chemicals, and you can freeze it for those days and nights when cooking a full meal isn't feasible. Try one of these healthy soup recipes or just wing it. "Clean Out the Refrigerator" Soup is a great way to use up about-to-go-bad vegetables or small bits of pasta or dried beans you have lying around.
When you do make homemade soups, start with homemade stock. Like soup, it's a lot easier to make than you realize. "Use a pressure cooker," advises Joy Manning, nutrition editor of Prevention magazine. "Many stores sell chicken backs and necks for pennies a pound and, if not, a few pounds of whole chicken wings makes for a particularly rich stock." Or, save the bones, skin, and leftovers from the last chicken or turkey you carved up and use those. Cook everything at high pressure for 1 hour—"throw in a halved onion, a carrot, and a stalk of celery or two if you have them," Manning suggests—strain with a fine sieve, and you have several quarts of amazing stock ready for your next soup-making session.
Alternatively, you can buy commercial stocks and soups packaged in glass or cartons, which are BPA free, or dry soup mixes that need nothing more than some water and an hour or two on your stove. Always opt for organic brands.

11 Natural Cereals That Aren't

All Natural? Really?

The cereal aisle can stump even the smartest food label sleuth. Dozens of breakfast choices line 50-foot-long grocery store aisles, advertising themselves as "all-natural" or "healthy" based on dubious numbers and no federal regulations.

The Cornucopia Institute, an organic watchdog group, recently analyzed so-called "natural" cereals, and found that they're anything but—contaminated with pesticides and warehouse fumigation chemical residues, genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) and ingredients grown in sewage sludge.

"It's important for consumers to know that these companies are using conventional ingredients to produce their 'natural' cereal, most likely produced with pesticides and fumigants," explains Charlotte Vallaeys, director of farm and food policy at Cornucopia. Despite the fact that over half of the population believes "natural" means no pesticides or GMOs, it's nothing more than a fancy label, she adds. As far as cereals go, here are some of the worst offenders when it comes to masquerading as "natural."

Kashi GoLean

Most corn and soy ingredients come from genetically engineered crops, which have never even been proven safe. In fact, scientists have linked GMOs to serious health problems. In Cornucopia Institute tests, researchers detected GMO material in 100 percent of the soy in Kashi GoLean. "It is clear from the percentages that this was not accidental contamination, but deliberate use of GMOs," says Vallaeys.

Kashi is owned by food industry giant Kellogg Company, which also markets Bear Naked, a non-organic granola. The Cornucopia Institute also points out that the cereal-making giant has no policy against the use of toxic pesticides, hexane, a harmful solvent used in non-organic soybean processing, and GMO ingredients.

Organic Alternative: Nature's Path Organic Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon

Nutritious Living Hi-Lo

Consumer polls show that 93 percent of Americans believe products containing GMOs should be labeled, but under current laws, they aren't, leaving food shoppers in the dark. In fact, many natural products, like this cereal, are laced with genetically engineered ingredients. GMO technology has been linked to skyrocketing food allergy rates, digestive troubles, infertility, and even accelerated aging! The soy content of Nutritious Living Hi-Lo was 85 percent GMO—meaning the soy was manipulated on the molecular level to withstand heavy sprayings of the weed killer Roundup, which often winds up inside the food you eat.

Organic Alternative: Ambrosial Granola Venetian Vineyard (Named Prevention magazine's Healthiest Cereal of 2011.)


Mothers may stop approving this breakfast cereal in light of GMO testing: 56 percent of the corn content was genetically engineered, according to the Cornucopia Institute analysis. GMO corn and soy crops have actually led to a major problem in the fields that affects your health—weeds are becoming resistant to certain pesticides, causing farmers to apply heavier doses of even more dangerous chemicals. Certain pesticides are believed to be hormone-disruptors that can lead to obesity and diabetes, and other developmental problems.

Organic Alternative: Envirokids Organic Gorilla Munch Cereal

Barbara's Bakery Puffins

Barbara's Bakery got called out because, over the past few years, they've slowly been decreasing their USDA-certified organic cereal options and increasing their selection of uncertified "natural" products. Between 2007 and 2011, the company's organic choices dropped from 55 to just 20 percent—shortly after the company was acquired by a private investment firm. That's misleading to customers who think the company is staying true to its organic roots, and think they're still buying organic cereals. Today, 55 percent of the corn used in Puffins is genetically engineered, not even close to being natural. "Consumers should continue to look for the organic seal as their assurance that the foods were produced without deliberate use of GMOs by farmers," says Vallaeys.

Organic Alternative: Nature's Path Organic Corn Puffs

Peace Cereal

Until 2008, all Peace Cereal products were certified organic or labeled "made with organic ingredients," meaning at least 70 percent of the ingredients were organic. Today, none of the products are, which can be confusing to customers who initially trusted the once-organic brand. Strawberry-containing Peace Cereal options could contain the carcinogenic pesticide Captan, which is detected in 55 percent of conventional strawberries tested.

"We were surprised to see some companies, like Peace Cereal, reducing organic options in the cereal aisle," says Vallaeys. "Peace Cereal has no organic options left, but its prices remained the same."

Organic Alternative: Nature's Path Flax Plus Red Berry Crunch (It's about 2 cents cheaper per ounce, too.)

Mother's Bumpers

"All Natural" claims are splashed all over Mother's Bumpers cereal boxes and even the company's website, but Cornucopia's report that nearly 30 percent of the corn in Mother's Bumpers was genetically modified. A 2011 Canadian report published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology found the pesticides used on genetically modified crops and, in some cases, the genes used to create GM crops are able to survive in our digestive tracts, move into our bloodstreams, and, in the case of pregnant women, show up into their developing infants. The Mother's brand is not organic and is owned by snack food and beverage giant Pepsico, a corporation that routinely uses thousands of pounds of sulfuryl fluoride, a greenhouse gas and fumigant, on certain food ingredients every year. The toxic gas is used post-harvest to kill pests in non-organic wheat, almond, oats, corn, rice, barley, raisins, and peanuts; fumigated food products can then be distributed to consumers 24 hours after a gassing, according to the Cornucopia Institute.

Organic Alternative: Cascadian Farms Honey Nut Os

Back to Nature

Back to Nature is owned by Kraft Foods and comes in nine varieties, with only one being organic. Its "natural" granola products contain conventional ingredients that are produced on conventional farms with the use of pesticides and other synthetic inputs that would be prohibited on organic farms. "Conventional grain ingredients destined for processed foods like granola can be fumigated in the warehouse," explains Vallaeys. "The USDA has tested ingredients like wheat flour for toxic fumigant residues, and has found some samples to be contaminated with levels higher than the maximum acceptable level for children. Organics, which prohibits these fumigants, offers a level of protection that 'natural' products don't."

Organic Alternative: Laughing Giraffe granola

Grape Nuts and Post's "Natural Advantage Line"

Grape Nuts may carry that crunchy, earthy image—and food industry giant Post did form the "Post Natural Advantage Line," including Grape Nuts, Shredded Wheat, and Raisin Bran—but the conventional ingredients used in these cereals are still grown with chemical pesticides, and USDA data shows that wheat is often contaminated with residues of malathion, chlorpyrifos methyl, and chlorpyrifos, toxic bug-killing chemicals that could harm neurological development. "They are 'natural' only in the sense that they do not appear to contain artificial preservatives," explains Vallaeys. "But the ingredients are conventional ingredients, from crops grown on conventional farms which can use toxic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically engineered crops, and a whole host of other inputs that are strictly prohibited on farms growing crops for organic cereal." For that reason, Post landed rock bottom on the Cornucopia Institute's Cereal Scorecard.

Organic Alternative: Cascadian Farm Organic Raisin Bran

Kellogg's Low-Fat Granola

Don't let this granola's earthy-looking packaging (like the green leaf?) or claims of whole grains fool you, warns the Cornucopia Institute's Cereal Crimes report. This granola contains harmful high-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, and other hard-to-pronounce ingredients that sound like they belong in a lab, not your mouth. "There is nothing natural about this product. Given that Kellogg's policy is to source GMOs, consumers should also assume that the corn, cottonseed and soy ingredients in this granola are genetically engineered," says Vallaeys. Luckily, high-quality, organic granola is readily available.

Organic Alternative: Lydia's Organics Grainless Apple Cereal

The 9 nastiest things in your supermarket

Think pink slime is gross? Wait 'til you see what other unappetizing secrets lurk within your grocery store.
1. "Pink slime"
The gross factor: The meat industry likes to call it "lean finely textured beef," but after ABC News ran a story on it, the public just called it what it looks like — pink slime, a mixture of waste meat and fatty parts from higher-quality cuts of beef that have had the fat mechanically removed. Afterwards, it's treated with ammonia gas to kill Salmonella and E. coli bacteria. Then it gets added to ground beef as a filler. Food microbiologists and meat producers insist that it's safe, but given the public's reaction to the ABC News report, there's an "ick" factor we just can't overcome. The primary producer of pink slime just announced that it's closing three of the plants where pink slime is produced, and Kroger, Safeway, Food Lion, McDonald's and the National School Lunch Program (among others) have all pulled it from their product offerings.

Eat this instead: Organic ground beef is prohibited from containing pink slime, per National Organic Program standards, so it's your safest bet. If you can't find organic, ask the butcher at your grocery store whether their products contain the gunk.

2. Vet meds in beef
The gross factor: Hankering for a burger? Besides a hefty dose of protein, a 2010 report from the United States Department of Agriculture found your beef could also harbor veterinary drugs like antibiotics, Ivermectin, an animal wormer linked to neurological damage in humans, and Flunixin, an anti-inflammatory that can cause kidney damage, stomach and colon ulcers, and blood in the stool of humans. Still hungry? We didn't think so.

Eat this instead: Look for beef from a local grass-fed beef operation that rotates the animals on fresh grass paddocks regularly, and inquire about medicine use. Typically, cows raised this way are much healthier and require fewer drugs. The meat is also more nutritious, too. If you're in the supermarket, opt for organic meats to avoid veterinary drugs in meat.

3. Heavy metal oatmeal
The gross factor: Sugary and calorie-laden, those convenient instant-oatmeal packets all have one thing in common. They're sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which, according to tests from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, may be contaminated with mercury. The group tested 55 samples of HFCS and found mercury in a third of them at levels three times higher than what the average woman should consume in a day.

Eat this instead: Buy yourself some instant oats, which cook in less time than it takes to microwave a packet of the sugary stuff, and add your own flavorings, like fresh fruit or maple syrup. And buy HFCS-free versions of other foods, as well. The artificial sweetener lurks in seemingly all processed foods.

4. Filthy shrimp
The gross factor: Food safety experts refer to imported shrimp as the dirtiest of the Seafood's Dirty Dozen list, and it's not hard to see why when you consider the common contaminants: Antibiotics, cleaning chemicals used in farmed shrimp pens, residues of toxic pesticides banned in the U.S., and pieces of insects. Less than 2 percent of all imported seafood is inspected — clearly, that's a problem.

Eat this instead: Look for domestic shrimp. Unfortunately, 70 percent of domestic shrimp comes from the Gulf of Mexico, and the recent oil spill may have long-term impacts on its shrimp stocks. But shrimp can be purchased from Texas, the East Coast, Maine and the Carolinas, so you still have options.

5. MRSA in the meat aisle
The gross factor: Hard-to-treat, antibiotic-resistant infections are no joke. Superbug strains like MRSA are on the rise, infecting 185,000 people — and killing 17,000 people — annually in the U.S. Thought to proliferate on factory farms where antibiotics are overused to boost animal growth, a January 2012 study from Iowa State University found that the dangerous organisms wind up in supermarket meat, too. The dangerous MRSA strain lingered in 7 percent of supermarket pork samples tested. The bacteria die during proper cooking, but improper handling could leave you infected. The spike in superbug infections is largely blamed on antibiotic abuse in factory farms that supply most supermarkets.

Eat this instead: The Iowa state researchers found MRSA in conventional meat and store-bought "antibiotic-free" meat likely contaminated at the processing plant. Search to source meat from small-scale producers who don't use antibiotics or huge processing plants.

6. Pregnancy hormones in a can
The gross factor: Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that acts like the hormone estrogen in your body, is used to create the epoxy linings of canned food. What food processors don't tell you is that the chemical was created over 70 years ago as a drug that was intended to promote healthy pregnancies. Though it was never used as a drug, the food industry saw no problem adding this pregnancy drug to a wide range of products, including canned food linings and plastic food containers. "Low levels of BPA exposure has been linked to a wide range of adverse health effects, including abnormal development of reproductive organs, behavior problems in children, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic changes that result in altered insulin levels, which leads to diabetes," says Sarah Janssen, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. And its use in canned food is the number one reason why 90 percent of Americans have it in their bodies.

Eat this instead: Look for products in glass bottles or aseptic cartons. Canned food manufacturers are in the process of switching over to BPA-free cans, but because those cans are produced in facilities that also produce BPA-based can linings, there's no way to keep BPA-free cans from becoming contaminated.

7. Bacteria-infused turkey
The gross factor: Turkey marinated in MRSA? It's true. A 2011 study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that half of the U.S. supermarket meat sampled contain staph bacteria, including potentially lethal MRSA. Turkey was the worst offender: Nearly 80 percent of turkey products samples contain staph bacteria. Pork (42 percent) was next in line in terms of bacterial contamination, followed by chicken (41 percent), and beef (37 percent). Researchers ID the overuse of antibiotics as the culprit.

Eat this instead: If you serve meat for Thanksgiving, invest in an organic, pastured turkey, such as one from Ayrshire Farm in Maryland.

8. Moldy berries
The gross factor: If pregnancy hormones in your canned fruit isn't enough to make you turn to fresh, consider this: The FDA legally allows up to 60 percent of canned or frozen blackberries and raspberries to contain mold. Canned fruit and vegetable juices are allowed to contain up to 15 percent mold.

Eat this instead: Go for fresh! When berries are in season, stock up and freeze them yourself to eat throughout the winter. To freeze them, just spread fruits out on a cookie sheet, set the sheet in your freezer for a few hours, then transfer the berries to a glass jar or other airtight, freezer-safe container.

9. Rocket fuel in lettuce
The gross factor: Lettuce is a great source of antioxidants, and thanks to the great state of California, we can now eat it all year long. However, much of the lettuce grown in California is irrigated with water from the Colorado River. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado River water is contaminated with low levels of perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel known to harm thyroid function, and that perchlorate can be taken up inside lettuce plants. A separate study from the Environmental Working Group found perchlorate in 50 percent of store-bought winter lettuce samples.

Eat this instead: Perchlorate is hard to avoid, but some of the highest levels in the country have been found in California's agricultural regions. If you eat locally and in season, you can ask your local farmers whether it’s a problem in their irrigation water supply.

15 Surprising Uses for Butter

Yep, we know, butter is fattening. It’s something that should be consumed sparingly. But, it’s such a staple in the pantry that it’s hard not to have around. So, instead of using it in food, how about using it around the house instead?! Check out some of the fantastic ways to use butter.
Stop Doors From Squeaking Generously grease the hinges with butter and voila — squeak no more!
Cut Down on Snow Shoveling Ah, one of the least fun winter activities. Cut your shoveling time down by greasing the shovel with butter, it’ll help prevent snow from sticking.
Get Rid of Ink Stains on Plastic Rub butter on the stain and let it sit out in the sun. After a few days of soaking up the rays, wipe clean with soap and water.
Get Rid of Pesky Watermarks on Wood Have a family member who’s allergic to coasters? Rub butter into the affected area and let it sit overnight. Wipe it with a towel in the morning.

Make Cheese Last Longer Coat the cut edge of a hard cheese with butter. It will prevent the molding process that comes all too quickly otherwise.
Make Onions Last Longer Only using half of an onion and don’t want to waste it? Nix the plastic baggy — spread some butter on it and wrap it in aluminum foil.
Stop Water From Boiling Over Drop a tablespoon of butter into a pot that’s boiling over.
Cut Sticky Foods Pies and brownies stick to the knife all too often. Remedy this by coating the knife in butter before you dish out dessert.

Health & Body
Swallow Pills Can’t handle the horse pills? Lightly coat the pill in butter and wash it down with a big gulp of water. It takes the edge off that terrible feeling of the pill going down your throat.
Get Sticky Stuff Off Your Skin Can’t stand the feeling of sap or glue on your hands? Rub butter on the sticky part before you wash your hands. Rub hands with a towel, and then use water.
Remove Gum From Hair Rub butter into the affected area and let it absorb. Gently wipe away with a cloth.
Prevent Bruising If you’ve ever thought, “that’s gonna leave a mark,” this one’s for you. The phosphates in butter help prevent bruising, much like a raw steak does.

Beauty & Fashion
Detangle Jewelry Lessen the frustration of detangling necklaces and bracelets by rubbing butter on the entwined areas. Use a small pointy object to detangle.
Strengthen Your Nails Do you have weak, brittle & dry nails? Before bedtime, Rub butter on the nail beds and put on some cotton gloves. In the morning, you should see improvements in your nail strength.
Get A Tight Ring Off No need to rush to the jeweler if your ring won’t budge — apply butter to the area and it’ll (hopefully) slip right off.
Soothe Dry Skin If you’re in a pinch, butter is a great substitute for creams and lotions. You can even use it as a shaving cream.

The Beverage that Cuts Risk of Dementia in Half

Perhaps the Queen of England’s afternoon tea break has helped to keep her mind sharp as she aged, That’s because tea contains natural compounds that are increasingly linked to a healthy brain. Tea-totallers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from this good news. More and more research shows that drinking tea can help reduce the likelihood of experiencing dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other brain diseases.
New research published in The American Journal of Public Health found that tea-totalling can reduce the risk of dementia by more than 50 percent. Black, green and white tea all have significant amounts of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds called catechins, which makes them a great choice for a healthy brain. These natural phytochemicals have shown great promise as brain protectors.
In other research published in the medical journal Psychopharmacology, scientists found that people who drank green tea each day experienced improved cognition and memory. The scientists believe that this research holds promise for healthy individuals, as well as the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders like dementia.
Still further research found that green tea contains potent antioxidants that fight free radicals with 20 times the power of vitamin E. Free radicals react with healthy cells in the brain, causing damage, so lessening their numbers helps reduce damage to brain cells. Green tea also lowers the risk of blood clots and clumping linked to stroke. 
But it’s not just its antioxidant effects that help reduce your risk of stroke. Green tea also prevents cholesterol buildup in arteries and helps prevent cardiovascular disease. According to research in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a special type of plant nutrient found in black, green and white tea, helps prevent fat buildup in arteries, which is important for both a healthy heart and brain. White and black tea also contain the substance; however, black tea typically contains less EGCG than white or green tea.
Few people would consider that they can drink their way to dementia-prevention. Yet, according to a growing body of research, it is possible to tea-total your way to a healthy brain. But, there are a few considerations to keep in mind to maximize the brain benefits of tea drinking:
1. Green and white tea have the highest amounts of EGCG, making them both excellent choices, but don’t rule out black tea, which still contains EGCG and has high amounts of antioxidants like the former 2 tea types.
2. Let your tea steep for at least 5 minutes before drinking to maximize the amount of natural phytochemicals that steep into the beverage.
3. Avoid loading up your tea with sugar and milk, since both of these substances have been linked with inflammation which could counter the benefits of tea drinking. Choose almond or rice milk and the natural herbal sweetener, stevia, if you prefer a sweeter tea.
4. Even if you can’t stand green tea, you may enjoy it brewed, iced, sweetened with a little stevia, and add a splash of fresh lemon juice for an amazing green tea lemonade that even green tea haters love.

The Food that May Halt Brain Disease and Cancer

The exotic names of olives—Moroccan, Kalamata, nicoise, picholine and Manzanilla—sound almost as good as these varieties of olives taste. But taste is only one of the reasons to enjoy them. Olives and olive oil have long been considered part of a heart-healthy or weight loss diet, but a new research shows that these foods may help protect the brain against brain diseases.
Olives are an excellent source of healthy monounsaturated fats and vitamin E. Monounsaturated fats have a beneficial role to play in maintaining the outer membranes of brain cells, protecting your body’s genetic material and the energy-producing cellular components (mitochondria) that help fuel your brain.
Vitamin E offers antioxidant protection to the fatty components of your brain and can lower your risk of damage and inflammation. This vitamin is also your body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant, meaning that it neutralizes damaging free radicals in all the fat-rich areas of your body, including your brain and the protective coating of your nerves. Your brain is more than 60 percent fat, making vitamin E a significant contributor to brain health. Like other types of monounsaturated fats, vitamin E also helps protect the energy production centers in your cells to ensure that your cells are capable of creating adequate energy for your many bodily processes and brain functions. 
Olives and olive oil also help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol has been linked to stroke. These anti-inflammatory actions of monounsaturated fats , vitamin E and beneficial plant chemicals called polyphenols help lessen the likelihood of inflammation in your brain. Olive oil is also rich in Omega-9 fatty acids that are important for your brain.
And, a recent study published in the Journal of Molecular Biology even suggests that oleic acid found in olives and olive oil may help to prevent or halt brain cancer. The study was preliminary so more research needs to be done before we can definitively say that olives and olive oil can help with brain cancer.
Be sure to use only organic olives or organic, cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil since it retains more beneficial nutrients and lacks potentially brain-damaging pesticides. When cooking with any type of oil, including olive oil, it is important to be sure that the oil never smokes. If it does, it has reached the oil’s “smoke point,” which is different for every type of oil. The smoke point is the point at which the oil will smoke and have a damaging effect on your body. Olive oil has a smoke point around 324 degrees Fahrenheit. Most types of vegetable oils available in grocery stores are heated to over 500 degrees Fahrenheit during processing, which is well beyond the smoke point even before they get to your kitchen. That means they should be completely avoided. Extra-virgin olive oil is the rare exception that tends to be processed at lower temperatures and is therefore fine for cooking at low temperatures.
Remember this when you’re cooking with any type of oil: if it smokes while you are heating it, it is essential that you throw it out and start over. Otherwise, the benefits of the oil are destroyed by the heat and it becomes capable of damaging cells in your brain through free radicals and inflammatory processes. Also, be sure to choose olives that are free from sulfites, as many commercial brands contain these and other chemical preservatives.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Dem official caught in expletive-filled rant yells he wished Scalise had died, ‘glad he was shot’

More evidence has emerged that proves the Democrats are the party of violence.
In an audio recording released on Thursday, a Nebraska Democrat official was caught saying he was happy Rep. Steve Scalise was shot as he practiced for a charity baseball game, Fox 42 reported.
“His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to f***ing kick people off f***ing health care. I hate this m*****f***er, I’m glad he got shot,” Phil Montag, a technology chairman for Nebraska’s Democrat Party, said in the recording.
“I’m glad he got shot, I’m not going to f**king say that in public,” he said.
Another unidentified man asked, “well, then what are you saying it to us for?”
“I wish he was f***ing dead,” Montag continued.
“It’s ok, because I’ve been recording this conversation since you’ve come in, so I will publicly release it myself,” the unidentified man said.
Jane Kleeb, the state’s Democrat Party chairwoman, confirmed that it was Montag on the recording.
He has been fired since the recording was released to the public.
“[we] obviously condemn any kind of violence, whether it’s comments on Facebook or comments in a meeting,” Kleeb told Fox 42.
“Our country is better than the political rhetoric that is out there from both the far right and the far left,” she said.
The comments come after a Democrat Party strategist James Devine called on others to “hunt Republican congressman” after the shooting.
And after a Huffington Post writer called for a violent resistance to be more organized.
On Thursday, actor Johnny Depp said it was time for an actor to assassinate President Donald Trump.

Media omits legal status of man arrested for murder of Muslim girl – over and over again

The establishment media’s hasty misreporting and omission of facts relating to the alleged murder of a 17-year old Muslim girl by a 22-year old illegal alien suspect Sunday morning looks like an attempt to push a narrative and not the facts.

Before the details of the brutal murder were able to materialize, The Atlantic did not hesitate in trying to fit the killing into a neatly wrapped narrative, writing “Muslim Americans are mourning—and terrified.” The article’s headline boasts “Muslims Feel Under Siege” and included the 17-year old’s murder as one of “two violent incidents” specifically targeting Muslims occurring over the weekend. The other incident was a man accused of ploughing his van into a group of worshippers outside a mosque in London, killing one person and injuring 11.

Far left magazine Affinity wasted no time Monday in proclaiming that “this [murder] is terrorism,” and “it comes with no surprise that bigots” cannot accept terrorism as anything other than “non-exclusive of Muslims.” Affinity doubles down on their extemporaneous reporting, lamenting the fact that hate crime allegations are “still” being investigated despite “evidence that proves” the girl was targeted for her faith.
At the time of Affinity’s and The Atlantic’s reporting, no facts about the killers motive were known, however, hours later police reported that there was “nothing” to indicate that the murder was a hate crime, but instead an act of “road rage.” Not only was there no evidence to support their sanctimonious claims, the accused attacker is not even an American citizen, but here illegally from El Salvador.
Later that same evening, The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reported that the suspect, Darwin A. Martinez Torres, is in the United States illegally from El Salvador. The media’s handling of these new facts was indicative of their intent to use this tragedy for their own ends. CNN‘s report revealing that the murder was an act of road rage was forceful in their reporting of the emotionally distraught father’s claims that it was a hate crime. Nowhere in the CNN report was it mentioned that the suspect is in the U.S. illegally, so as not to sully the narrative.
The closest The Washington Post came to reporting that Torres is an illegal alien was quickly mentioning a “detainer” placed on him by “U.S. Immigration officials” for “possible” deportation proceedings. WaPo, reporting that he spoke through a translator to answer the judges questions — never once uses the term “illegal alien” or “illegal immigrant” to describe Torres.
The New York Times reported honestly on Torres’ legal status but waited until the next day and included quotes from the slain girls father saying that the public “should stop hating on people” because of religious differences. TheNYT also included that local Muslim leaders were confident that the police would review whether the victim was “targeted because she was Muslim.” Two paragraphs later, the Times acknowledges that the police “classified the case as a ‘road rage incident,’” before describing the reported series of events.
Two of the three Monday evening shows on the big three cable networks ignored the story entirely. ABC News mentioned it briefly in a video segment, with the teaser ahead of the story asking the question, “was it a hate crime?” ABC reported on Torres’ motive of “road rage” earlier that same day, as well as his legal status before the show aired, yet it was never mentioned on the show.
NBC finally reported on the story Wednesday night, describing Torres as a “construction worker” with no mention of his legal status and reporting that “prosecutors cannot rule out” pursuing charges for a hate crime. Their report came two days after the police reported there was no evidence the killing was a hate crime.
The establishment media’s crusade to highlight tragedies to perpetuate a narrative continues. Their effort to spin an alleged vicious murder committed by an illegal alien of a 17-year old girl because he was “angry” into the broader narrative that this was symptomatic of America’s Islamophobia, shows just how far they’re willing to go.

Man who tried to violently convert Goodwill workers to Islam was just booted back to Saudi Arabia

Don’t try any of that “convert or die” crap in Trump’s America.
A Muslim Ball State University student has been sent back home to Saudi Arabia after he violently tried to convert store employees and customers to Islam earlier this year.
Khalid Sulaiman Bilal, 24, was deported this week following an investigation into the matter by the Department of Homeland Security, according to The Muncie Star Press.
The incident occurred in late March when police, responding to the disturbance, had to use a taser on Bilal in order to subdue him after he tried to break the hand of one officer and charged at another.
Before police arrived, he punched and attempted to strangle a store employee and threatened to kill everyone in the premises if they didn’t convert.
The Star Press reported:
Bilal was charged with 15 crimes – including five counts of battery resulting in bodily injury to a police officer, three counts of resisting law enforcement, and attempted strangulation and intimidation – in connection with the March 25 incident at the Goodwill store….
According to police reports and documents filed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Bilal tried to “forcefully convert people to Islam” after entering the Goodwill store, at times threatening to kill everyone in the building.
He was also charged with battering and choking a store clerk, vowing to kill her if she did not convert to Islam. Witnesses said he repeatedly shouted, “Allahu Akbar!” as he struggled with police officers.

But the news wasn’t all bad for Bilal. After he was deported, prosecutors dropped all 15 criminal charges against him.

Fla. lawmaker claims he was called the ‘n-word’ during clash over changing Confederate street names

A black South Florida lawmaker said he was called racial epithets during a clash with constituents protesting the renaming of three streets within his district.
The streets are all within Hollywood, a town located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and are named after Confederate generals — John B. Hood, Nathan B. Forrest and Robert E. Lee.
It’s a clash that’s become all-too-common recently between preserving history and righting past wrongs.
Prior to the meeting Rep. Shevrin Jones, a Democrat representing the area, tweeted:

 Politico reported:
In Hollywood, city officials have made it easier to change the name of its streets. They require the approval of residents who live on the streets that are named after Lee, Gen. John Bell Hood and Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the KKK. But many residents along Forrest, Hood and Lee streets say they don’t want the hassle of changing their addresses. So the names have remained, though Jones wants to persuade them to change.

“As an African-American man, these streets are named after a part of my history that I wish not to see,” Jones told POLITICO Florida. “In my city, I want to see the names of people who have contributed to the progress of the city — not the names of individuals who have raped and enslaved our ancestors.”
Jones reported that the streets named after Confederate generals are all located within a black section of Hollywood.
 Jones alleged that some time after he arrived to make his pitch to the city commission that he and others were called the “n-word” and “monkey” by protesters.
That would be disgusting if true, however, with all the shouting and screaming that went on before and even during the commissioner’s meeting, it’s difficult to make out what anyone is saying.
In 2010 U.S. Rep. John Lewis made a similar charge against a tea party member. The Georgia Democrat claimed that he was called the “n-word” at an event where cameras were rolling everywhere. The late Andrew Breitbart challenged Lewis and offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who could submit evidence of the racial slur.
No one came forward.

Teen Who Beat 16-Month-Old Daughter Into Coma: 'Told That Lil B**** To Get Abortion'

Sixteen-month-old Nylah Lewis was severely beaten into a coma by her father, 19-year-old Shaquan Taylor of Brooklyn, New York, on Father's day. Old, belligerent Facebook posts by the Brooklyn teenager said he ordered the mother of his child to have an abortion. 

As reported by New York Daily News, Nylah suffered "bleeding on the brain, multiple skull fractures and bruising on her face, legs and other parts of her body," according to authorities. The baby also required a blood transfusion while being treated at Maimonides Medical Center. Early Tuesday, a prosecutor said it was unlikely Nylah would make it another 24 hours. 

Facebook postings from the time baby Nylah was born give us a glimpse into the motive of the sickening attack: Taylor wanted his daughter killed in the womb. 
"[F]eel mad disrespected, told that lil b**** to get abortion & she tells me she is but still keep it," the teen wrote.
The disturbing post maligns the baby's mother, Tammy Lewis, and boasts that Taylor "just f***ed ha [sic] thotty ass thats [sic] it." 
"[I]f anybody else feel a way about what i [sic] just said you could suck my d**kkk to [sic] !!!!" he wrote. 

Taylor apparently sent a Facebook message to Lewis around the time of the incident on Father's Day, informing her "there was a problem and that she needed to pick up Nylah," according to police sources. NYDN reports what happened when Lewis arrived at the scene: 
When Tammy Lewis arrived, her daughter was face up on the couch and struggling to breathe, with obvious bruising on her face, sources said. The 17-year-old mom grabbed Nylah and left the apartment, but Taylor caught up to her in the lobby. He knocked her to the ground with one punch — as she was holding their child, sources said.
The father then grabbed his daughter and handed her to a friend, who passed the baby to an EMS crew that had been sent to the scene.
The young mom ran off, but Taylor chased her and continued bashing her outside his W. 32nd St. building, bruising her face, sources said. Then he hid in the bushes, according to police.
On Monday, police charged the teen with felony assault and endangering a child under age 17 for his crimes against his daughter; he was also charged for beating Lewis.
On Tuesday, the teen's 19th birthday, he remained behind bars on $250,000 bail. 
As noted by The Daily Mail, "Taylor was charged with sexual misconduct in 2015 because he was in a relationship with Lewis, who was only 14 at the time. A year later, he was arrested again for harassing her." 

Religion Of Peace: Woman Attacked On Bus 'For Wearing Mini Shorts During Ramadan'

When a university student in Istanbul was riding a public bus, a Muslim man allegedly scolded her for wearing mini shorts during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan before he assaulted her. When the woman confronted the man, seemingly attempting to slap him, she was grabbed by the hair and thrown to the ground.
The disturbing incident was captured via video by CCTV.
Melisa Sağlam, the victim in the attack, claims the man asked her, "Are you not ashamed to dress this way during Ramadan?" before he assaulted her, reports Doğan News Agency.
The suspect, Ercan Kızıltaş, claims he was "provoked" by the woman and was merely defending himself.
According to Turkish media reports, Kızıltaş was investigated and ready to be set for release from police authorities over the assault, but was only detained after it became apparent the man had a "tax offense" conviction. 
Kızıltaş will reportedly spend three years and seven months behind bars over the tax crimes; no time will be served for the assault captured on camera. 
The victim reacted to the assault after she was informed Kızıltaş was not held accountable for the crime. 
"My only wish from the justice system is that an appropriate, dissuasive punishment is given to the assailant," Sağlam told Hürriyet, a Turkish newspaper. (The victim was unaware at the time that Kızıltaş would be behind bars for his tax crimes.)
"I do not want him to walk around freely because I cannot anymore," she added. "I could until now, but since being assaulted I have been unable to go anywhere without my mother - I cannot even get on public transportation."

White theater critic accused of racism in her reviews — and a petition is demanding punishment

An online petition accuses Hedy Weiss, longtime theater critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, of racism in her reviews — and is demanding a punishment be exacted.
And the penalty can be carried out by theaters around the city: They should cease inviting Weiss to productions and stop giving her media passes, the petition states. If she wants in, Weiss has to pay for her own ticket.
The Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition, author of the petition, notes that the city’s artists “have worked hard to create a safe, healthy environment to practice art in” and that Weiss “has proven that she is not willing to work with us to create a positive environment. She has proven this repeatedly with the racism, homophobia, and body shaming found in her reviews. She has proven this by never, not once, apologizing to a party injured by her words.”
The petition, launched a week ago, has attracted nearly 3,600 signatures as of Thursday morning.
Weiss reportedly has a history of penning provocative reviews, but at issue now is her response to a play called “Pass Over,” which in part deals with police harassment of young black men.
“To be sure, no one can argue with the fact that this city (and many others throughout the country) has a problem with the use of deadly police force against African-Americans,” Weiss wrote. “But, for all the many and varied causes we know so well, much of the lion’s share of the violence is perpetrated within the community itself. [Play creator Antoinette] Nwandu’s simplistic, wholly generic characterization of a racist white cop (clearly meant to indict all white cops) is wrong-headed and self-defeating.”
Weiss said that such elements contributes to a production that “ends up clubbing its audience over the head.”
The famed Steppenwolf Theatre, which put on “Pass Over,” wasn’t happy with Weiss’ review, either. An emailed statement to the Chicago Tribune spells that out:
We denounce the viewpoints expressed in some of these reviews as they fail to acknowledge the very systemic racism that “Pass Over” addresses directly. Particularly egregious are the comments from Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss, whose critical contribution has, once again, revealed a deep-seated bigotry and a painful lack of understanding of this country’s historic racism. Her contribution is actively working against the kind of theater we are striving to be.
Kirstin Franklin, co-artistic director of Akvavit Theatre, told the Tribune that an invite was sent to the Sun-Times for the theater’s upcoming production of “Hitler on the Roof” prior to the petition’s circulation — and that she prefers the paper send a reviewer other than Weiss. Or Weiss can buy her own ticket.
“I agree that it’s important that we have freedom of press,” Franklin told the Tribune, “and that they’re able to speak their opinion, but it’s also important for editors to really look at what is being printed and to say, ‘Will words from this hurt a specific person?’ or ‘Will words from this review hurt a specific group of people?’ I think that’s important.”
Weiss told the Columbia Journalism Review in an emailed statement: “All I can say is that the theater is obviously not exempt from the general state of the world right now. And none of it is very pretty.”
The Sun-Times has not commented on the issue.
But alternative weekly the Chicago Reader published a “defense of Hedy Weiss,” with writer Deanna Isaacs noting that the “eager herd brutality” she sees in social media regarding Weiss “brings to mind something very nasty and much older than the internet. Something like a witch hunt.”
The Tribune ran an editorial Monday defending the critic from its rival paper. But a reader replied with a letter to the editor calling out the Tribune’s “misleading, glib editorial” that failed to recognize “Weiss’ pattern of, at best, racially tone-deaf criticism.”
Bill Wyman, a longtime arts critic, penned the CJR piece about the controversy surrounding Weiss and said “at their worst” her “remarks betray a strident and somewhat simplistic political bent from the right of the mainstream. But it’s probably safe to say that most theater critics are liberal, and have presumably contributed their own stridency from time to time.”
He also blasts the petition, calling its first sentence — “a safe, healthy environment to practice art in” — as “as out of touch as any of Weiss’s remarks.”
“Theater is, of course, a highly public endeavor, and the world outside is a big bad place, with lions and tigers and critics who have opinions,” Wyman concludes. “If its practitioners want safety, they should practice their craft behind closed doors.”