Post by candy188 on Mar 2, 2014 14:17:16 GMT 7
We have been consuming organic vegetables, rice & various condiments (corn flour, light soya sauce, etc) for nearly 2 years....our resistance level have improved drastically.
When I brought my girl to the doctor 2 weeks ago for fever, the doctor was rather amazed at my girl's medical history... the last visit was more than a year ago for fever, a sharp contrast from her fortnightly visits.
As for myself, I have not consulted a doctor for nearly 2 years.
Since price of organic food are generally more expensive, we try to the cheaper version. However, there are times where the organic items are way too steep like organic eggs, then we just make do with the normal food laden with pesticide. Organic foods are produced using methods of organic farming – with limited modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, though organic pesticides, such as Bt toxin, are still used.
Organic foods are also NOT processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.
Post by candy188 on Mar 2, 2014 15:29:37 GMT 7
Attended a parenting talk last year, witnessing a Chemist mixing the orange juice (without the natural orange) & Cola drink (smell like the real Coke), utilising various chemicals.
My family is using
~~ the Soya sauce from Kwong Woh Hing,
~~~ Oyster sauce & especially the Spare rib sauce from Woh Hup. Preservative-free lifeChemical preservatives are used to prolong the shelf life of proceed food products.
These preservatives are generally regarded as safe, otherwise health authorities such as Health Canada and the US Food and Drug Administration would not have allowed food manufacturers to add them in processed food. But wouldn’t you rather eat preservatives free food?
I am a scientist with a doctorate degree in cell biology.
Since having children, I have been looking for preservative free food option.Kwong Woh Hing: The World's Best Soy Sauce Might be Right in Our Own Backyard!
If you have been buying Soy Sauce, you would have noticed that there are many grades available from each manufacturer. (Its the same here at Kwong Woh Hing)
In the Singapore market, there is usually a Premium/Superior Grade and a Standard Grade. The difference really depends on each manufacturer. But in general, a Premium Grade soy sauce means that there is less additives added to the resulting liquor at the end of the fermentation process.
The purest form of Soy Sauce that you can get is the resulting liquor after the end of the fermentation process. This liquor contains all the natural products of fermentation. Just like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, this can be called Extra Virgin Soy Sauce and is the best grade Soy Sauce. From here brine and other Additives are added to make Commercial grade Soy Sauce.
They also add more brine to the left over beans and go for a second fermentation which results in yet another (lesser) grade of Soy Sauce.How food preservatives affect your health
Most Newarkers who do the family food shopping are aware that it is vitally important to read labels for the fat, fiber, sugar, carb and salt content. And, as most savvy shoppers are also aware, it is important to check out the list of Artificial Coloring and Preservatives also included.
Ever try to decipher and read the long list of chemical preservatives contained in our foods? It is absolutely mind boggling.Do you have reason for concern?
More and more disease and ailments are being directly linked to prescription medication usage as well as from food preservatives.
Let’s take a look at some food additives and how they may affect the health of your family. Propyl Gallate
Propyl gallate is a preservative that is used in fats to prevent them from going rancid.
The chemical has been linked to cancer Foods
that you might find the substance in are potato chips, meats, vegetable oils, soup bases, cereals and chewing gum.
BHA and BHT
Butylated hydroxytoluene and butylated hydroxyanisole are used as preservatives in vegetable oils, chewing gum, potato chips and many other foods .
In laboratory animals these fats have also been found to be carcinogenic.
This chemical is used to expand the volume of breads and rolls.
It is also used to give products such as breadcrumbs a smoother texture.
Most bromate is broken down in the body and converted into bromide, which is harmless. There is however, some that is not broken down, This small amount can be carcinogenic. Interestingly, potassium bromate is banned in other parts of the world except for the United States and Japan. The solution
As much as possible, try to avoid selecting products that contain any of these chemicals. Opt for a brand or manufacturer that does not use them.
Better yet , try to limit intake of processed foods altogether.
Additives are always higher in these products to increase the shelf life.
Buy fresh foods, do the bulk of your family food shopping in the produce aisle, shop lightly in the meat departments and dairy department.What's the Big Deal about Preservative Anyway?Brominated vegetable oil, also called BVO, (found in Mountain Dew, Squirt, Fanta Orange, Sunkist Pineapple, Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange, Powerade Strawberry Lemonade, & Fresca Original Citrus) can increase triglycerides and cholesterol as well as damage the liver, thyroid, heart, and kidneys.
BVO is an industrial chemical used as a flame retardant in plastics.
It is known to cause memory loss and nerve disorders when consumed in large quantities.Daily consumption of food preservatives and additives can have a significant negative impact on our health. Food is not meant to have a shelf life for years on end.
Other challenges with food additives and preservatives include allergic reactions and intolerance. Reports of reactions after eating food with these chemicals are numerous and varied, such as dermatitis, itching, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, asthma symptoms, muscle & joint aches, fatigue, migraine headaches, heart pounding, irregular rhythms, and many more.
Yes, there are a few SAFE food preservatives called the Class I or natural preservatives such as Salt, Sugar, Vinegar, Syrup, Spices, Honey and Edible Oil.
Post by candy188 on Mar 3, 2014 0:08:12 GMT 7
Sodium benzoate is also known as E211.
Though research todate is inconclusive on the extent of harmful effect of preservatives on human body, it is still advisable to avoid if possible. Make an effort to choose items without sodium benzoate or other preservative free food
.Sodium Benzoate DangersWhat is sodium benzoate?
Sodium benzoate is a salt derived from benzoic acid and is used as a preservative in foods and cosmetics
. Though benzoic acid is a more effective preservative, it isn’t very soluble in cold water compared to sodium benzoate which dissolves easily in water.How does the body process sodium benzoate?
Sodium benzoate is transported to the liver where it is filtered out and expelled in urine.Sodium benzoate dangers
Sodium benzoate is added to many foods with a pH 4.5 or lower such as pickles, catsup, and soft drinks.
It is also added to mouthwashes, toothpastes, creams, lotions and other cosmetic products
where a small percentage may be absorbed through the skin.How much sodium benzoate an individual actually consumes during a day.
~~ In the U.S. it appears most of our sodium benzoate is consumed in soft drinks
~~~ whereas in China and Japan, the consumption is primarily from Soya sauce.
There have been tests done on rats and mice using varying concentrations of sodium benzoate to their diets, the toxicity and carcinogenicity appear to be low. Short term tests using higher doses were also performed on human volunteers with similar results.
One known cancer danger exists related to sodium benzoate. If you combine ascorbic acid (vitamin C) with sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate (another preservative), you get benzene. Benzene is a known carcinogen.Does sodium benzoate have an effect on brain function as the ADD studies suggest?
This is another unknown. With these things in mind, here is my recommendation to our goddesses who we love.
- It’s a good idea to leave soda pop alone.
There are many wonderful beverages to enjoy that do not contain sodium benzoate.
Don’t stress about foods that contain sodium benzoate unless you are eating them in large quantities.
For our goddesses who cook with or use a lot of soy sauce, buy the sodium benzoate free variety.
Avoid cosmetics, creams and lotions that contain sodium benzoate if you leave them on your skin.If you create products use other preservatives or no preservatives at all.Cancer cases on the rise in Singapore
CANCER is on the rise in Singapore - especially those linked to bad habits associated with the modern lifestyle, including smoking and eating too much.
According to the latest available figures from two years ago, 12,123 people were diagnosed with cancer, up from 10,576 in 2008. This marks an increase of nearly 15 per cent
.What is cancer?
Our body is made up of billions of cells. Normal healthy cells grow and multiply in an orderly, controlled manner. Cancer cells on the other hand multiply uncontrollably. They do not function normally and instead form a growth or tumour.
These cancerous tumours can spread to nearby tissues and organs as well as to other parts of the body. Cancer kills by:
- Destroying important organs
- Disturbing normal body functions
- Blocking important blood vessels or air passages.What you can do
- Have some fresh fruit and vegetables at every meal.
- Choose dark-green leafy vegetables and orange-yellow fruits as these contain greater amounts of vitamins and minerals.
- Take more fibre by eating wholemeal bread or wholegrain cereals such as brown rice.
- Avoid salted, pickled, preserved and processed foods,if you can or have them less often.
- Store nuts in air-tight containers to prevent them from going mouldy.
Post by candy188 on Mar 22, 2014 15:04:14 GMT 7
During the health talk that cover on the merits of consuming organic vegetables & fruits (after the activities to locate specified fruits & vegetables) at Fireflies organic farm today,
Mr Patrick Yeo of Blossom World Society (where my girl attends the Chinese classical studies)
(pomegranate on the tree)
shared about the wealthy bosses of Bollywood Vegetable organic farm who conduct their business more for passion rather than adding zero to their bank accounts.
(Mrs Singh-Lim, a former president of Netball Singapore, and her husband, Mr Lim Ho Seng, a former CEO of NTUC FairPrice)
In a way, what you stated seems to be a fact of life. Perhaps I will fully understand if I reach that stage.
Post by candy188 on Mar 29, 2014 17:38:42 GMT 7
Bringing own cutlery
may solve the toxic problem due to increasing trend of utilizing disposable cutlery in food outlets. This will make you think twice about using disposable chopsticks
CHINA - The average Singaporean may be fairly well-versed in food safety, but how sure are we about how clean disposable chopsticks are?
An article from China Daily reports that chopstick factories in China, which mass produce the disposable utensils for export and domestic use, use rather questionable methods to keep them free of bacteria.A factory in Anji county, Zhejiang province was found to have boiled them with industrial hydrogen peroxide and polished them with paraffin. After packing them simply, they were distributed to Shanghai markets before appearing in restaurants in China.
One diner, who practices the habit of sterilizing her chopsticks with boiling water before use found that the water she had dunked them in had become cloudy and grey.
Analysis by experts showed that the chopsticks she had been about to eat with had been soaked in industrial sulfurous chemicals, and still retained traces.
So the next time you reach for your disposable chopsticks to have dinner, you might want to think twice about where it might have been, before putting them into your mouth.Cheap chopsticks may be toxic, expert says
On Sunday, actor Huang Bo posted a message on his micro blog saying that when he tried to wash the disposable chopsticks provided to him in a restaurant, he was astonished to find that the chopsticks turned the water yellow and gave off a pungent smell.
"Stop using disposable chopsticks, it is not about saving the environment anymore, it is about saving your own life
," Huang wrote on the micro blog.Chinese told they must swap chopsticks for knives and forks to stop destroying forests Chinese people are being urged to stop using so many chopsticks due to the burden they are placing on the world's forests.
Residents of the largest country on the planet are believed to use an astonishing 80 billion pairs of disposable wooden chopsticks every year.
Now a leading official has called for diners to start reusing their cutlery - and has even suggested that the Chinese should turn to knives and forks instead of chopsticks.