Condiments

Rarely is there any attention paid to the condiments we put on our food

or put into our food.  They seem to slide underneath the radar.

Americans don’t think about what they are eating every day, one little

dollop after another.  Condiments are usually given a free ride because

after all it’s such a small spoonful etc.   They are overlooked, brushed

off as “harmless”  or thought that the amount eaten is negligible.

Let’s face it.  Condiments make bland foods taste better and good foods

taste great.  But they can turn a nutritious meal into a metabolic

nightmare, one tablespoon at a time.

Small,  frequent doses of potentially harmful ingredients can be far

from benign, having a cumulative biological effect.  Scientific evidence

according to Dr. Mercola indicates that more significant health effects

occur at low doses than high doses, especially for hormone-disrupting

chemicals.  “He feels it’s time to stop giving condiments a free pass.”

On the website “OneResult” the following condiments made their worst

list debut.

1.  Mayonnaise

2.  Sour cream

3.  Ranch and blue cheese dressing

4.  Ketchup

5.  Steak sauce and barbeque sauce.

#1.  Mayonnaise is loaded with fats that are unhealthy.    GMO soybean

oil, one of the most harmful oils you can eat is found extensively in

processed foods and in mayonnaise.

Trans fats are created from hydrogenation.  The majority of soybeans

grown in the US are genetically engineered and are saturated with

dangerous levels of the herbicide glyphosate, which is linked with

serious health problems.

Mayonnaise contains high fructose corn syrup or other forms of fructose

which adds toxic loads on your liver.   Consider making your own

mayonnaise using olive oil, egg yolks, vinegar or lemon juice, mustard,

and a little sea salt.

#2.  Sour Cream from grocery stores usually contains “cultured

Pasteurized Cream and Milk, Whey, Modified Corn Starch, Sodium

Phosphate, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Calcium Sulfate. Cultured Dextrose,

Locust Bean Gum, Potassium Sorbate (as a preservative)”. There are lost

of fillers, and preservative, and very little real food. rBGH

genetically engineered bovine growth hormone is banned in Canada, Japan,

Australia, New Zealand, and in 27 countries of the European Union

because of its risks to human health and for breast cancer, but the

United States seems to think it is okay to allow it in Sour Cream and

ignores scientific evidence to the contrary.

#3.   Ranch and Blue Cheese Dressing may be viewed by your digestive

system as a foreign invade to be attacked like any other bodily threat.

The ingredients in these dressings have very little resemblance to

food.   Soybeans are the major ingredient and monosodium glutamate is

listed twice on the label.  MSG is a flavor enhancer and is one of the

worst food additives ever created.  MSG is an excitotoxin which damages

cells to the point of death, potentially causing brain damage and

triggering learning disabilities.  Obesity, eye damage, headaches,

fatigue, disorientation, depression, rapid heartbeat, tingling and

numbness have all been linked to MSG.  MSG hides under other names such

as flavoring, seasonings, soy protein, stocks, and broths, malt extract,

Carrageenan, and corn starch, to name a few.

Food Dyes are another type of additive to avoid.  Food manufacturers

pour 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes into US foods. Some of

the most commonly used food dyes may be linked to multiple forms of

cancer, along with hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children,

according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest report.

#4.  Ketchup:   Using prepared Ketchup on your food is like having an IV

of High fructose corn syrup.  That is the main ingredient of Ketchup.

Some brands add “natural flavorings” which are used as flavor boosting

chemicals, one being MSG. The base of ketchup is tomato concentrate, a

large bolus of sugar primarily from

high fructose corn syrup, distilled vinegar, corn syrup,  salt, onion

powder, garlic powder, natural flavors.

One tablespoon of commercially prepared ketchup contains four grams of

sugar.  It doesn’t take long to exceed a maximum daily fructose limit of

25 grams or less.  Don’t assume that purchasing organic brands of

ketchup is better.  Meijer Organics Ketchup has four grams of sugar per

tablespoon just like other brands of ketchup.

#5.  Barbeque Sauce and Steak Sauce:  Like the above condiments, there

just isn’t anything healthy about these products.  Open Pit Original BBQ

Sauce has nothing in it that should be eaten or put in your body.  High

fructose corn syrup, MSG, soybean oil, hydrolyzed corn and soy protein,

artificial tomato flavor, natural and artificial flavor, Yellow no. 6

dye, Red No. 40, Blue No 1. titanium dioxide, caramel color are a few of

its ingredients.   The most popular Steak Sauce  A 1 Steak sauce

contains unsavory ingredients also.

The best solution again is to make your own condiments from real food

and avoid the dangerous ingredients used by  commercial brands.

As a final note, you might want to support the fight for “The People’s

Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act”  which is asking that all

food sold in retail stores be labeled if it contains genetically

engineered ingredients.  This is major protection for health that we

should all have.  After all, if President Obama has banned all GMO food

from being served or eaten in the White House or on AirForce One, could

he possibly know something we don’t know? After all,  he assigned the

major lobbyist blocking GMO food labeling to head up the FDA.

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