Tuesday, May 25, 2010

BEWARE of Magnesium Stearate!

What is Magnesium Stearate?
Magnesium stearate is a potentially toxic metal additive; however, FDA says that it is OKAY for us to consume it because a person's average intake is only 300mg or less . Now, I don't know about you, but would you feel SAFE consuming something that has severe and fatal outcomes in high doses?? (FDA Mag. Ste.) And this is just ONE of the many reasons I do not trust anything that the FDA has to say!!!

Magnesium Stearate and stearic acid are found in the coating of MANY pills/supplements.  Mag. Stearate helps lubricate the pill so that the substances do not stick to the machinery during production (seems like an easy fix on the production company's part to me). Stearic acid is the by-product of all of the hydrogenated oils that lubricate the machines, so stay away from this metal enhanced, fatty acid in your supplements as well. Although studies have shown that LOW levels of magnesium stearate, such as in your daily supplements, is OKAY I do not advise consuming this ingredient!

My advice is to AVOID this ingredient at all costs. Regardless if you are UNDER the fatal intake of mag stearate, overtime the more you consume the more potential health problems you will incur! CHECK YOUR SUPPLEMENT LABELS and get rid of anything with this in the ingredients! I found 2 supplements that I had purchased from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and they both had this ingredient in them! BEWARE even at the health food stores! FINISH UP YOUR VITAMINS/SUPPLEMENTS BUT START PURCHASING ITEMS WITHOUT THIS INGREDIENT IN THE FUTURE! 
BEWARE-- THIS INGREDIENT IS IN A MAJORITY OF SUPPLEMENTS!!!! MAKE SURE YOU READ THE LABELS! 

This is another reason why I am a proponent of LIQUID vitamins!

This ingredient is yet another chemical added to the list of things that FDA approves being added to our foods and supplements!  And we wonder why we have so many more kids with autism, allergies, cancers, and other health related problems?????

EXAMPLE SUPPLEMENT INGREDIENTS!

Zinc (NSI OptiZinc):
Other Ingredients: Kosher gelatin (capsule), rice flour and magnesium stearate.
Nature's Plus Vitamin C Chewable Tablets:
Other Ingredients: Fructose, natural orange flavor, citric acid, magnesium stearate, natural color, beet juice and C-Source (proprietary whole food complex: grape seed [Vitis vinifera extract], bilberry [Vaccinium myrtillus extract] and concentrates of mango, papaya, guava and pineapple).
Source Naturals B12 Tablets:
Other Ingredients: Mannitol, sorbitol, natural cherry flavor, stearic acid, and magnesium stearate.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Stearic Acid and Saturated Fats

After having a great health food discussion with a co-worker, I realized that I had some research to do regarding STEARIC ACID. I knew that some of the ingredients and preservatives in supplements and foods were naturally derived, but what I didn't know was what stearic acid was and how it affects us!

What is Stearic Acid?? 
Stearic acid is a natural, organic compound that is found mainly in animal fats (beef fats) and some vegetable fats. Stearic acid is a saturated fatty acid. The majority of stearic acid actually gets converted into oleic acid (monounsaturated fat). Oleic acid DOES NOT affect your cholesterol levels nor does it raise LDL levels (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Article). Palmitic and Lauric Acid are known to raise cholesterol; however, because they raise LDL and HDL levels you end up actually decreasing your chances of heart disease.

Benefits of Saturated Fat

  • The preferred fuel for your heart, and also used as a source of fuel during energy expenditure
  • Useful antiviral agents (caprylic acid)
  • Effective as an anticaries, antiplaque and anti fungal agents (lauric acid)
  • Useful to actually lower cholesterol levels (palmitic and stearic acids)
  • Modulators of genetic regulation and prevent cancer (butyric acid)
(Dr. Mercola, "The Truth About Sat. Fats)

Saturated fats have gotten a bad name after the very popular low-fat, sugar free days; however, saturated fats can actually benefit you!  You need saturated fats to help digest and absorb vitamins and minerals in your body, as well as, filling you up so that you eat less!

Now, if you don't exercise and eat a well-balanced diet I suggest that you do not eat a lot of saturated fat; however, if you are active and eat well hen I suggest adding saturated fats into your diet, if you haven't already. You will eat less during the day because you will be fuller longer, which in return will lead to weight LOSS. Because as we all know, the LESS calories you eat the more weight you lose!!!!! I also want to reiterate that you eat things AS CLOSE TO THEIR NATURAL STATE AS POSSIBLE! 

SUGGESTED GOOD FATS
  • Nitrate FREE Bacon
  • Organic, all-natural, nitrate FREE hot dogs
  • Grass fed beef
  • Butter
  • Yogurt (raw goats and cows milk)
  • Raw milk
  • Raw or all-natural cheeses

I actually just purchased some RAW GOAT'S MILK yogurt and it is FANTASTIC! I literally just drink it out of the jar and it fills me up for hours! It is so creamy and delicious! I also just put myself back on the RAW MILK list and will be purchasing raw milk again! I can't wait to start getting all the natural, essential vitamins and minerals back into my diet!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Quick Breakfast and Lunch Recipes

Almond Butter and Honey Toast

Toast Sourdough bread with butter on it until crispy.
Smother in Almond Butter and Raw Unheated Honey. Feel free to sprinkle organic ground flax seed over the almond butter and honey or freshly sliced organic strawberries!
Enjoy! 



Hot Dog Avocado Wrap

1 slice of Yogurt pepper jack cheese
1 Avocado

Break the tortilla into 4 pieces and toast it. Melt the cheese on two of the slices. Heat up the hot dogs in the microwave, oven, or stove top. Slice hot dog to fit the wrap (I usually slice it long ways and then in half) Slice avocado. Enjoy!