Mayonnaise, anyone?  Many have laid claim to this very much needed creamy indulgence from the Spanish Salsa Mahonesa to the French mahon-aise.

This thick, creamy sauce is often used as a condiment, and ingredient in many delicious recipes.  It’s usually white, cream, or pale yellow in color, and is traditionally made by adding oil to egg yolk.  It’s not an easy task to emulsify the ingredients, plus, you must have fresh high quality ingredients.  Ingredients, as you know, are the key to it all.

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 8.19.00 AMGiven the task of making a batch of mayonnaise, a French chef would immediately gather eggs, good quality oil, a handful of other select ingredients and blend into perfection the most delicious creamy indulgence; a secret sauce to have on hand at all times.  It would need to be refrigerated and consumed within a specific timeframe.
Given the task to make and sell mayonnaise to the masses, many manufacturers offer shelf-stable mayonnaise with considerably inferior ingredients.  Most contain soybean oil that comes from genetically modified soybeans (GMO’s), which have been processed using hexane, and contain modified starches (GMO’s); some added ingredients have been known to cause headaches.  Finally, most contain preservatives, such as EDTA, (a preservative that you will NOT find in homemade mayo, thankfully)!
EDTA is produced as several salts, notably Disodium EDTA and Calcium disodium EDTA.  It has a wide range of uses, especially in processed foods and beverages.  It is used as a preservative, stabilizer, color retention agent, and purifying agent. It may be irritating and has been linked to asthma and skin rashes.  It is on the FDA list of food additives to be studied for toxicity.  In soft drinks containing ascorbic acid and sodium benzoate, EDTA mitigates the formation of benzene (a carcinogen).
Most people never make mayonnaise.  It’s tricky, it doesn’t last very long, and you can purchase it at almost any store. It even comes in handy packets at fast food places.  And of course, most who consume it are interested only in the flavor and creamy texture. Whether it contains eggs or not is pointless.  When purchasing mayonnaise,  most people don’t scan the list of ingredients to ensure that eggs are present.
So why the mayhem over mayonnaise?  It’s making news!  A recent new upstart in the mayonnaise market, “Just Mayo,” made by Hampton Creek, is an egg-free “mayo” that substitutes plant-based alternative ingredients for eggs.  Why would you leave eggs out of mayonnaise?  One reason is because its makers take issue with the cruel and unsustainable egg producing industry, and sought to make a more sustainable, but delicious, less energy- demanding product.   You can read the article on the controversy here.

The problem?  Just Mayo not only gained attention, but it has also gained shelf space in big box stores; it’s making a run at the giant mayonnaise magnets of corporate America. The traditional mayonnaise makers are claiming the product isn’t “mayonnaise” because it doesn’t contain eggs.  It also doesn’t contain questionable ingredients made from GMO’s and chemical processes or preservatives AND it’s less expensive. Gasp.

The real problem: it’s taking market share.

Just Mayo isn’t the only mayonnaise impostor. Yet another egg-free mayonnaise-like spread product, Vegenaise, is also a tasty, NON-GMO project verified, gluten free alternative to the traditional mayonnaise that contain eggs and preservatives that American’s have traditionally purchased and consumed.

The words “Better than Mayo” are boldly printed on the principal display panel of the Vegenaise products.  Furthermore, Vegenaise does not use modified food starch, which is also something to applaud.  Unfortunately, you will find this questionable ingredient in the list of ingredients on Hampton Creek labels.
Once again, it comes back to ingredients.  It’s the ingredients that not only create the taste, and the texture, but also contribute to the health – or unhealth – of the consumer.
The NxtNutrio app can help you with ingredients – a quick scan using the app tells you all you need to know or leads you to further investigation, so you can make the most informed choice for yourself.  Egg or no egg? Preservatives, chemicals and GMO’s?  It’s your choice.  And it’s your health.  NxtNutrio informs, you decide.
 

Foods you should always buy organic

Eating fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables in season is a smart way to ensure a high level of health.  However, pesticides in produce raise concerns and could undermine your health.  Pesticides are toxic by design, they kill living organisms.  Environmental Working Group Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce otherwise known as the Dirty Dozen Plus is the latest list of foods with the highest pesticide residues.  Nearly all the studies on which the guide is based tested produce after it had been rinsed and peeled.  It is a good indication the produce that is contaminated with pesticides are effected through and through.  Refer to the list below while grocery shopping:

DIRTY DOZEN Plus ~ Foods with the highest pesticide residue; choose organic.

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Snap peas (imported)
  • Potatoes

PLUS these …

  • Hot peppers
  • Blueberries (domestic)

Clean 15

CLEAN FIFTEEN ~ Produce lowest in pesticides; choose conventional or organic.

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn (Choose Certified Organic Sweet Corn)
  • Pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Mushrooms
  • Papaya (Choose organic to avoid GM Hawaiian papaya)
 

What!  What? What?! How do you feel about this?

xochilCorn of the GMO (genetically modified) variety was found in each type of the chips, despite the Non-GMO and “all-natural” claims on the front of the packages.

ConsumerReports.org ~ Uncertified non-GMO claims 

These claims made by the manufacturer—which may include the words “No GMO” and “Non-GMO”—have no standard definition and don’t require independent verification. Even so, most of the products we tested containing nonorganic corn or soy that made an uncertified claim met non-GMO standards. These included Clif Builder’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar and Bob’s Red Mill Golden Corn Flour.

The EXCEPTION was Xochitl Totopos de Maiz original corn chips. The package read “No GMO” and “All Natural.”  But our tests showed that the amount of genetically modified corn in the six samples we tested averaged more than 75 percent. The manufacturer said it uses corn from a supplier that provided test results with many of the deliveries Xochitl received indicating that the corn was non-GMO.

Many NxtNutrio users were wondering about the Xochitl Totopos de Maiz original corn tortilla chips, some NxtNutrio users after consuming them, have stated they encounter a stomach ache, which had us questioning the highly processed, hexane contaminated cottonseed oil (a common ingredient that is manufactured using genetically modified cotton crops) Note: these chips contain cottonseed oil, an oil that food manufacturers are hard pressed to find in Non-GMO form. In the past year we have attempted on a couple of occasions to contact the company with regards to this particular product… They have yet to respond.

At NxtNutrio learning about food is life long, and it’s our passion…

 

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The “Caramel Coloring” used in Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other consumables is contaminated with cancer causing chemical and should be banned, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, or CSPI.

This is such a threat to people’s health that the CSPI asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban caramel coloring agents that contain the chemical known as 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI.

Caramel Coloring is a food additive put in to beverages and processed foods solely for the benefit of color;  it serves no nutritional value just remember that.

Caramel color results from a very high heat treatment of carbohydrates,  such as food grade sweeteners like dextrose (corn sugar),  invert sugar, lactose (milk sugar), malt syrup (usually from barley malt), starch hydrolysates (many of these can include wheat), and sucrose (sugar-cane or sugar-beets).  The methods and processing used to make caramel color are what create a carcinogenic end product.

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Food manufacturers add caramel color to beverages, such as sodas and beer, and other consumables like soy sauce.   You may not realize it, but caramel color is used in everything from Little Debbie’s Devil Squares Cakes to Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy Mini Vanilla Sandwiches and your  Starbucks sweet beverage Spice Latte, which contains Caramel Color Level IV, artificial flavors, preservatives and a lot of sugar. The one thing that isn’t in the Pumpkin Spice Latte is pumpkin.

One good way to avoid buying and consuming food products that contain caramel coloring is to use NxtNutrio, the mobile iPhone app.   It alerts consumers to caramel coloring in processed foods or beverages, along with other chemicals, additives, and unhealthy food processing methods.

NxtNutrio Team.

 

What to look for when your buying milk?

While in the dairy isle at the grocery store, with so many options… What do you look for in your milk?  Whole milk, 2%, skim or Fat-Free?  Do you prefer organic, is rBGH-free a factor?   What about local, grass-fed, or raw?  Do you choose milk that has additives added– like DHA and Omega 3?

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  1. Buy rBGH-Free Milk:
    Despite opposition from scientists, farmers and consumers, the US currently allows dairy cows to be injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), also known as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST). Developed and manufactured by the Monsanto Corporation, this genetically engineered hormone forces cows to artificially increase milk production by 10 to 15 percent.
  2. Buy Whole Milk:
    Why whole milk?  Isn’t it fattening and full of saturated fat?  Butterfat helps your body digest protein and your bones require saturated fat to lay down calcium.  The cream that whole milk contains holds the fat-soluble vitamins A & D that are vital to your body and are required to absorb calcium.
  3. Buy Local, Organic and/or Grass fed:
    Grass-fed cows are fed, well, grass and hay.  The cows live outdoors – where the grass is – and because of this the milk is much tastier AND healthier. Compared to industrial milk, milk from grass fed cows contains more omega-3 fats, more vitamin A, and more beta-carotene and other antioxidants. It also contains up to 500 percent more CLA – a unique and beneficial fat that, according to some studies, prevents heart disease, fights cancer, aids weight loss, and builds lean muscle.
  4. IF you do find – Buy Raw Milk, Unpasteurized:
    100% grass fed, raw milk and raw milk cheeses are your best choice but they may not be available in your area – as they are not in mine.  Raw milk is milk that hasn’t been pasteurized or homogenized.  Eeek!  You may be saying – isn’t pasteurization what keeps us from falling ill?  Standard pasteurization is heating the milk to 161 degrees for 15 seconds and is what destroys pathogens like salmonella, E.coli, and campylobacter.  It is also what destroys vitamins, useful enzymes, beneficial bacteria, texture, and flavor.
    Pasteurization is absolutely necessary due to the way conventional milk is handled and delivered in the United States.  Typically what happens at a industrial dairy is a farmer pours fresh milk into a refrigerated tank after milking.  Every few days a tanker truck goes from dairy to dairy collecting raw milk. Thus, the milk of thousands of cows is blended before being shipped for bottling and pasteurization. Pasteurization in this instance will prevent contamination from one sick cow, one unhygenic dairy worker, one dirty nozzle that would otherwise taint the milk from dozens of other dairies. It also is practical for industrial milk since it permits more handling, long distance shipping, and longer storage.However, pasteurization isn’t a cure all.  It allows dairy workers to be lax with their cow health and milk handling.  And, it doesn’t protect you against food poisoning. Some pathogens such as Listeria can survive gentle pasteurization.Raw milk is delicate. It contains heat sensitive folic acid and vitamins A, B6, and C. It contains important heat sensitive enzymes: lactase to digest lactose; lipase to digest milk fats; and phosphatase to absorb calcium.   Raw milk has beneficial bacteria, including lactic acids, which live in the intestines, aid digestiion, boost immunity, and eliminate dangerous bacteria.  Raw cream from raw milk contains a cortisonelike agent which combats arthritis, arteriosclerosis, and cataracts.  And, raw butter made from raw milk contains myristoleic acid, which fights pancreatic cancer and arthritis.However, the FDA will not allow raw milk to be sold across state lines.  And, most states have outlawed the sale of it all together.  If you live in a state that allows it count your blessings.  And, if you have a supplier that will sell it to you, keep your secret! LOL.  Until we finally bite the bullet and get our own family cow, I’m afraid there will be no raw milk for us.What about you?  What milk are you buying for your family?

    This entry was posted in wholesomemommy by  Denise Sawyer

 

It’s that time of year again -  your body is low on its vitamin D stores, the produce aisle is lacking the midsummer abundance, and you’re dodging the latest bug that’s going around… feeling out of your groove?

Running womanIt’s time to fight back!  Arm yourself with an arsenal of powerful ingredients, and smooth over all those rough spots you’re going through with a smoothie.  A handful of healthy ingredients and a blender will jump start you with vitamins, and help you build your immunity.

The best green smoothies contain bok choy, cilantro, chard, collard, kale, romaine and/or spinach.  Healthy organic fresh greens provide your cells with oxygen, which helps combat free radicals and carcinogens that lead to disease.   “Everything in moderation,” is an old, but tried and true adage.  So use a variety of greens; rotating your greens regularly is important.  Make an immune boosting smoothie today with kale, banana, medjool dates, and fresh squeezed orange juice.  Tomorrow, in place of kale use spinach.

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Fruits add flavor, a little sweet goodness and yet more vitamins and nutrients.  Apples, bananas, grapes,  mangos, oranges, pears and/or pineapple work well with your choice of greens.  You can use fresh or frozen fruits, and a tasty combination such as frozen mangos and pineapple from Trader Joe’s, or fresh pears and bananas.

A few extra’s pack even more punch in your smoothie.  Try adding cacao nibs, chia or any variety of dates (our favorites are medjool and honey dates).  Keep organic cinnamon, organic coconut oil, organic honey and maca powder on hand as simple additions for your customized smoothies.

These little extras make a big difference.  Maca is a root vegetable of the crucifer family.  It is a nutritionally dense super-food that contains amazing amounts of enzymes, minerals and vitamins such as B-vitamins.  It has high levels of calcium and magnesium.  If you have low energy it is a good thing to have on hand, it will boost your energy, unlike caffeine which is dehydrating, messes with blood sugars and affects protein metabolism.

Maca root also helps balance hormones in both men and women.  Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These are our “master glands” that regulate other glands such as our adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular.  So whether you’re having hot flashes, PMS or in a state of menopause, Maca can prove to be beneficial for all sorts of hormonal problems.  Maca is often touted as an aphrodisiac; Note that some have likened it to nature’s Viagra, so keep that in mind.  Add a tsp of Maca to your next fruit smoothie!  ;D

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Raw Cacao or Cacao Nibs are a considered a superfood because of their healthy benefits.  Cacao pronounced (kaw-cow) – are very high in antioxidants the (anti-aging guys).  They also contain protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, and magnesium, which helps build strong bones.  It is also high in sulfur, which helps form strong nails and hair.

They also contain the chemicals that our body’s create when we are excited, (PEA) and anandamide; ingesting cacao increases mood, focus and excitement.

Find Maca, Cacao Nibs, and all of the other ingredients listed above at your local co-op, natural/health food store or Whole Foods Market or you’ll find the list of Extra’s below on-line at The Green PolkaDot Box, they sell natural and organic, non-GMO foods at wholesale prices, and delivers them directly to your doorstep Green Polka Dot Box

Keep these nutritional dense organic ingredients on hand for Groovy Green Smoothies:

GREENS FRUITS EXTRA’S
Bok Choy Apples Cacao nibs
Chard Bananas Chia
Cilantro Grapes Cinnamon
Collard greens Mangoes Coconut oil
Kale Medjool and honey dates Honey
Romaine Oranges Maca powder
Spinach Pears
Pineapple
 

Ridiculously Un-healthy food – You Have to Sign a Waiver to Eat

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We found this food display at the entry of Minneapolis supermarket

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More than 50% of all purchases made in a grocery store are done on a whim. You don’t go to a grocery store with the conscious thought of buying Tostitos Salsa Con Queso Dip  or butterscotch chip cookies.

The marketing group at your local grocery store knows this, and consequently places all of the high profit junk foods in the most highly visible areas making for easy access.

We found this food display at the entry of a Minneapolis grocery store, after scanning the items with the NxtNutrio app, we found the following questionable ingredients:

And loaded with corn, and sugar from genetically modified (GMO), corn and sugar beets.

The simple way to avoid the inviting, seductive trap of buying junk food is to simply arm yourself with NxtNutrio, then scan, view and choose.

 
Have you gone gluten-free but find you’re still not feeling better and can’t figure out why?  A diet of gluten-free products may help with gastrointestinal malabsorption disorders, but you may not realize the other culprit lurking in your foods and causing trouble may just be processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  Did you know that most products marketed as gluten-free (GF) contain at least one, if not five, different ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG)?
Gluten-Free-Grocery-Store-AisleFood manufacturer’s believe they have good reason to add ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG) to foods.  When making foods gluten-free, full flavored cereal grains such as wheat, spelt, barley or rye for example, are removed and/or replaced by other flours such as amaranth, corn, brown rice, potato, sorghum, tapioca or teff.  These substitutions cause the flavor to be altered in the foods you’ve probably eaten most of your life.  In other words, they may lack the flavor that you are accustomed to.
Therefore, the flavor must be enhanced – improving a food’s flavor with fat, sodium or sugar is a brilliant idea; one that is well known and often used by food manufacturers. Boosting a foods flavor is usually done with flavor enhancers, which are often ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  This gives the food a umami; the savory glutamate flavor that the food industry counts on to accomplish this.
Gluten-free labeled products frequently use flavor enhancers that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG) to make the food taste better.  In fact, food manufacturers have a long list of different flavor enhancers to choose from; what is most confusing is that these flavor enhancing ingredients go by many different names.

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So what’s the big deal with MSG – or the many other names it goes by? MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees – and potentially even triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and more according to Dr. Russel Blaylock.
Author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills,” Blaylock says, “In many cases several of these brain toxic additives are combined with foods to give them a delicious taste, while creating an addictive quality.”  He goes on to say, “They are particularly targeted toward young people, the developing brain is five times more sensitive to the toxic effect than is the adult brain.”
Consider the detrimental health effects; MSG and its derivatives have been implicated in damage to the central nervous system, endocrine organ disorders, cardiac distress, and illness in other parts of the body.  Many people are familiar with some of the well known side effects, which include headache, heart palpitations, a cold sweat, numbness and weakness.

So if you’re avoiding gluten, but still not feeling well, “gluten-free” isn’t the only thing you might want to consider.  Give careful thought to avoiding ingredients that contain MSG; learn to spot it in food products before you purchase or ingest them.  The tricky part may be getting acquainted with the 50 some odd ingredients in the food supply that are forms of MSG.  The good news? This is where NxtNutrio can assist you!

It’s easy to avoid both gluten and processed free glutamic acid (MSG) using your NxtNutrio App, here’s how:
  • Open the App
  • Tap on Profile
  • Tap Allergens and Food Sensitivities
  • Turn On MSG and Gluten
Then Scan the gluten-free food products barcode/UPC, NxtNutrio will alert you if it contains gluten and/or processed free glutamic acid (MSG).
To make your shopping even easier, you can create a list by using “Add To My List” found on your NxtNutrio App.  Your favorite gluten-free, MSG-Free foods will then be at your fingertips, voila ~ a handy list of your favorites!  You will find yourself feeling better in no time.
 

Eating fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables in season is a smart way to ensure a high level of health.  However, pesticides in produce raise concerns and could undermine your health.  Pesticides are toxic by design, they kill living organisms.  Environmental Working Group Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce otherwise known as the Dirty Dozen Plus is the latest list of foods with the highest pesticide residues.  Nearly all the studies on which the guide is based tested produce after it had been rinsed and peeled.  It is a good indication the produce that is contaminated with pesticides are effected through and through.  Refer to the list below while grocery shopping:

DIRTY DOZEN Plus ~ Foods with the highest pesticide residue; choose organic.

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Snap peas (imported)
  • Potatoes

PLUS these …

  • Hot peppers
  • Blueberries (domestic)

Clean 15

CLEAN FIFTEEN ~ Produce lowest in pesticides; choose conventional or organic.

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn (Choose Certified Organic Sweet Corn)
  • Pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Mushrooms
  • Papaya (Choose organic to avoid GM Hawaiian papaya)
 
Ah Sugar, Sugar …  ah, honey, honey.  You are my candy girl, and you got me wanting you…Remember that song?  An oldie but a goodie; sugar is in most goodies.  But is the sugar that is replacing high fructose corn syrup in those goodies any better for you?
We say avoid them both!
sugar_siloWhat do the experts say?  We know that sugar depresses the immune system, and causes inflammation in the human body.  Some experts refer to sugar as “poison” for a host of reasons.  And one more thing, sugar is often made from genetically modified sugar beets (GMO’s).  Of course, we know the controversy surrounding GMO’s  and the impact they could have on your health. So why are manufacturer’s turning away from high fructose corn syrup and to sugar as an ingredient in food products?  Why don’t they consider using the plethora of more wholesome sweeteners such as coconut sugar, maple syrup, dates, or raw organic honey? The reason makes cents —  turning out an inferior product has its advantages, namely, profits.

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In terms of dollars for manufacturers, profits are everything.  But are those profits really profitable?  We think NOT!  The long short and long term side effects of consuming products made with ingredients like high fructose corn syrup or sugar ultimately add to the health care disparity, and that is definitely impacting our health care as a nation.  Not convinced sugar is bad for you?  Consider this article, and then think again: watch this!

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Keep in mind Robert H. Lustig, MD is referring to commercial fructose that is processed.  It is derived from sugar beets, sugar cane, and corn, that includes the fructose you find in processed foods and beverages, which also includes high fructose corn syrup and Canada’s glucose/fructose syrup.   This is NOT the fructose or fruit sugar found in fibrous plants or more specifically found in honey, tree and vine fruits, berries and most root vegetables consumed fresh and raw or as he says, “that’s why fruit is ok!”
Wholesome sweeteners such as yacon syrup, raw honey, dates, which includes date sugars, coconut sugar, (real) maple syrup, are some of your best options. If you have to choose a granulated sugar, choose cane sugar, then you will be avoiding the genetically modified beet sugar that is hiding in that bag of granulated sugar.
The good news is; added sugar in food and beverages are clearly labeled so that you can find all added sugars in the list of ingredients.  How ever bad the sugar,  it is easy to avoid with NxtNutrio!  It is as easy as scanning a barcode.   Any product that contains large amounts of “Bad Sugar” is marked with a “Red Arrow ” allowing you to make informed choices.
 

agains_gmo_red_2California State Sen. Noreen Evans plans to introduced legislation that would require all foods containing GMO (genetically modified organisms) to be labeled in California, a move sure to reignite a contentious and costly battle that the state’s voters last weighed in on in 2012. In order to attract wide support, the bill is slightly different than Prop 37. For example, it would not allow for frivolous lawsuits against manufacturers

Read more about this here

 

78% of U.S. Families Buy Some Organic Food

grocery_iphone_2Do you shop at a local Co-op, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s or other health food store?
Seems like that’s a recipe for purchasing healthy foods doesn’t it?  If you’re after healthy, organic, nonGMO food,  it takes more than shopping at the “right” place.

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While places like these carry a large array of good-for-you foods, and their reputation is to market healthy, nutritious foods, they also carry many products that contain questionable ingredients, such as processed free glutamic acid (MSG) type ingredients, caramel coloring, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, GMO’s, and other questionable ingredients that can have a negative impact on your health. While the goal of each of these establishments is to have the largest selection of ‘good-for-you’ foods, it’s impossible to fill the shelves given the current state of our food supply.

If you’re committed to purchasing and eating healthy foods, what’s a person to do?  Frankly your best bet is to learn more about ingredients in processed foods.  With the help of NxtNutrio, available on your mobile device, simply scan, view and choose, it’s that easy!  NxtNutrio gives you  a great resource to find out the truth about ingredients in foods.  Purchasing healthy food is not really about where you shop, but how you shop and what choices you make.  NxtNutrio gives you the information you need so you can make informed choices.

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Subway: Clean Up and Get NxtNutrio Approved

You won’t find Azodicarbonamide at any of the Olympic venues.  And it’s not an important element in the makeup of one of the luge sleds, ski’s, snowboards or any equipment the Olympic athletes depend upon.

nxtnutrio_subwayYou will find it in a Subway sandwich.  And it’s only one of many questionable ingredients Subway sandwiches contain.

Food is important fuel for the athletes, so it seems counter intuitive that such a low quality product could be the best nourishment for strength, energy and endurance.  Do Subway sandwiches really benefit your health?  While it seems like bread, meat, cheese, vegetables and a few condiments are “plain” unaltered food, that is not the case here!  Take a look for yourself:

And, while it is helpful if this one questionable ingredient, Azodicarbonamide is removed from the bread dough used at Subway to make their sandwiches…

What about  all the other ingredients??? 

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• ARTIFICIAL BUTTER OIL  (Soybean Oil (GMO), Artificial Flavoring)

• ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR ~ Key word: artificial; decide for yourself…

• ARTIFICIAL COLOR ~ AVOID THIS INGREDIENT!

• AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT ~ This ingredient is a source of MSG.

• CARAMEL COLOR ~ Can you say acrylamide? Carcinogen?

• CORN SYRUP SOLIDS ~ GMO

• DIMETHYLPOLYSILOXANE (ANTIFOAMING AGENT)

• NATURAL FLAVOR ~ Is really not so natural! Possible MSG ingredient and could contain other common allergens.

• MODIFIED WHEAT STARCH ~ Some more room for processed free glutamic acid, MSG ~ YIKES!

• MODIFIED palm oil ~ yummy… do you know how this ingredient affects your health? Not to mention the rain forests?

• PRESERVATIVES ~ Let the embalming begin…

• SUBWAY’S bacon contains SODIUM NITRITE ~ In the human digestive tract sodium nitrite combined with secondary amines results in the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines… Need we say more?!

• SALAMI ~ Includes genetically modified corn syrup (GMO’s)

• SODIUM NITRATE ~ Consuming foods with this ingredient in the list of ingredients has been linked to stomach cancers.

• MODIFIED FOOD STARCH ~ Possible processed free glutamic acid present (MSG)

• POLYSORBATE 80 ~ Consuming foods that contain this ingredient has a whole host of side effects; gastrointestinal upset, infertility in women, allergic reactions, shortness of breath, skin rashes and more.

• SMOKE FLAVORING ~ May contain carcinogens by contaminating the food with PAHs and nitrosamines. Increasing risk of gastrointestinal cancer.

• HYDROLYZED CORN GLUTEN ~ GMO source, also a source of MSG, its derivatives have been implicated in damage to the central nervous system, endocrine organ disorders, cardiac distress, and illness in other parts of the body.

• MSG ~ The food additive and flavor enhancer is classified as an excitotoxin; it belongs to a class of chemicals that damage nerve cells by overexciting them.

• DISODIUM INOSINATE and DISODIUM GUANYLATE ~ Flavor enhancers used with MSG and other ingredients that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG)

• SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE ~ GMO/MSG

• SODIUM BENZOATE ~  A preservative used in foods such as soft drinks, fruit juices, jams, and coffee flavoring syrups, as well as a variety of condiments. As more people become aware of the chemicals they consume when they eat processed foods, this preservative has come under increasing scrutiny. And for good reason. Consuming products that contain Sodium benzoate E211 are being questioned as it appears that Sodium benzoate forms a chemical knowns as benzene while in the presence of vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid. Benzene causes damage to DNA, your genetic material, it is also a known carcinogen and appears to play a role in a variety of diseases as a result of it’s damaging capabilities of our DNA. Sodium Benzoate also has an effect on children, studies have shown that sodium benzoate along with artificial food colorings can cause children to be more hyperactive. The heating of products with Sodium benzoate plays a role in the conversion to benzene, this could increase the risk of negative health effects.

• HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP ~ The reason you find HFCS in, it seems everything, is that the price is held low by government corn subsidies and tariffs on imported sugar. This ingredient is considered a GMO; it has been found to contain mercury as a result of the production method (a mercury-contaminated caustic soda is used.)

• TBHQ ~ Preservative

• PROPYLENE GLYCOL ~ This ingredient is used in food, as well as shampoo, conditioner, and body creams and more. However, it can be avoided;  better products do not contain this ingredient.

• SUGAR ~ As an ingredient in foods, it is made from either sugar beets or sugar cane. Food labels do not always distinguish the difference, but it is important to understand that if your eating sugar, when listed as sugar, there is a 90 percent possibility that it came from genetically modified sugar beets. There are concerns over how GMOs, genetically modified organisms, impact the immune system, and affect long term human health.

• SOYBEAN OIL ~ Processing soybean oil alone is of concern. Add to that the hexane contamination, GMO issues, and the high heat used to process soybean oil; it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

• WHEAT PROTEIN ISOLATE ~ Don’t let the word protein fool you… this is just one more MSG ingredient.  Do you need another headache? No Way!

• YEAST EXTRACT ~ Wrap this ingredient up in tissue paper, and it hides the side effects (headache):  Yes, yeast extract contains processed free glutamic acid (MSG).

It is human nature to indulge on occasion, however, is every meal an occasion? The important question to consider is how does what you eat effect your quality of life -  and your waistline?

If you’ve experienced a migraine headache, upset stomach, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, low energy, or any other condition that gets in the way of enjoying day to day activities, its time to consider what you’re eating.  Starting with your diet is the best and only place that will make a difference in your health in a short period of time.

The NxtNutrio App  can help you while shopping at your local grocer.

It scans bar codes of food and beverage items, you can set up a profile for allergens and food sensitivities as well, it also alerts its users of many of the questionable ingredients found on the list above, (ingredients that are found in your local Subway sandwiches). YIKES!

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The “Caramel Coloring” used in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other consumables is contaminated with two cancer causing chemicals and should be banned, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, or CSPI.

This is such a threat to people’s health that the CSPI asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban caramel coloring agents that contain the chemical known as 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI.

coke caramel color nxtnutrio “Coke and Pepsi, with the acquiescence of the FDA, are needlessly exposing millions of Americans to a chemical that causes cancer,” CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson said.

Caramel Coloring is a food additive put in to beverages and processed foods solely for the benefit of color;  it serves no nutritional value.

Caramel color results from a very high heat treatment of carbohydrates,  such as food grade sweeteners like dextrose (corn sugar),  invert sugar, lactose (milk sugar), malt syrup (usually from barley malt), starch hydrolysates (many of these can include wheat), and sucrose (sugar-cane or sugar-beets).  The methods and processing used to make caramel color are what create a carcinogenic end product.

Food manufacturers add caramel color to beverages, such as sodas and beer, and other consumables like soy sauce.   You may not realize it, but caramel color is used in everything from Little Debbie’s Devil Squares Cakes to Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy Mini Vanilla Sandwiches.

In the USA caramel coloring will be listed under the ingredients portion of a label as

Caramel Color or even just Color added.  It will also be listed as Colored with Caramel, Colored with Caramel Color, Caramel added for Color, Caramel (E150-d) Caramel (E150), Caramel (E150a), Color added (Caramel).  Simply looking for the words “caramel coloring,” is not enough.pepsi_gmo

In the USA some examples of ingredient lists from common flavor enhancers that you will find in any given coffee shop are; Sugar, Water, Natural and Artificial flavor, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate (E202), Citric acid (E330), Color: Caramel (E150d).

One good way to avoid buying and consuming food products that contain caramel coloring is to use NxtNutrio, the mobile iPhone app.   It alerts consumers to caramel coloring in processed foods or beverages, along with other chemicals, additives, and unhealthy food processing methods.

On its own, caramel coloring is a carcinogen, however, it’s  even worse when paired with other chemicals.  Caramel coloring often shows up in a list alongside ingredients such as sodium benzoate (a preservative to avoid).  The added danger is that together these two ingredients cause children to be more hyperactive.  Sodium benzoate is often contained in many food products, like your favorite flavor shot in your everyday latte.   The problem is, heating products with sodium benzoate plays a role in the conversion to benzene, which could increase the risk of negative health effects.  Benzene is a chemical well known to cause damage to your DNA and is a well known and documented carcinogen.

Starbucks Caramel Color nxtnutrioFor example, a popular coffee house chain has a flavoring called Toffee Nut Coffee Flavoring, which contains sugar, (more than likely made from genetically modified sugar beets), water, natural flavors, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), artificial flavors and citric acid.  This flavor enhancer added to a latte, spells “Headache,” which is just one commonly experienced side effect from consuming such a beverage.

No need to give up on your favorite flavorings, however, some good quality flavor enhancers exist.  They are more than likely found at a coffee shop that not only uses certified organic beans, but also organic flavor enhancers.

The good news is that all coloring in food and beverages are clearly labeled.  You can find them on the ingredient list.   Caramel color is easy to avoid with NxtNutrio, it is as easy as scanning a bar code.  Any product that contains caramel color is marked as “Avoid Ingredient(s) Found” allowing you to make an informed choice.


 

Eating healthy VS unhealthy – Costs about $1.50 more per day

Healthy foods cost more has become conventional wisdom, but a new study is the most thorough yet in calculating how much more: about a dollar and a half.

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“Before now, we’ve seen studies looking at prices of one or a few foods or diets, in one city and from one store,” said Mayuree Rao. “And the results have been mixed, with some studies finding that the healthier options cost more and some studies finding they don’t.”  Read More…

Download the Nxtnutrio App for only $4.99 >>a one time charge, then scan the barcode of food and beverage products and choose healthy :)

 

Cargill Inc. said it will begin labeling ground beef that contains an additive known as finely textured beef, a response to continuing public demand for transparency in the wake of last year’s furor over a product critics called pink slime.

pink_slimeThe 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.

 

If your fall strategy is feeling well and avoiding down time while enjoying the abundance of choices—Our best advice…. reach for the kind of sugar that grows on trees!  That’s right–Plums, pears, persimmons, biodynamic grapes, organic honey crisp apples, and if you’re looking for caramel and haven’t tried Barhi or Medjool dates, you are in for a major treat these amazing fruits are so caramelly that you’ll be wondering if the recipe for caramel came from trying to replicate this flavor ;)

But if you just can’t resist your favorites!  Here is a small selection that you can find at most Natural Food Stores, Co-op’s and at Whole Foods Market.

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Yum Earth Organic Lollipops (UPC 810165015975) If your a sucker for lollipops!

 

justinsJustin’s Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (UPC 855188003424)  YUM!  Who needs Reese’s?!

 

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In case your looking for some crunch… Cascadian Farm Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Bars  (UPC 021908508436 ) Don’t just buy one, grab a box!   Nature Valley could never live up!

LESLIE

Leslie’s Organics Coconut Secret Mint Dark Chocolate Coconut (UPC 851492002160) is like a dark chocolate dream… these bars are sure to satisfy your Almond Joy craving… enjoy them with a handful of organic raw almonds found in the bulk bin at any Natural Foods Store, Co-op, or Whole Foods Market~~They are Non-GMO Verified and USDA organic to boot!  

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SunSpire Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars (UPC 729582116403) a delicious product that has NO artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or additives… Simply the best.  ;D  Take that Mounds Bar!

Go ahead enter the UPC into the search using your NxtNutrio app… and see for yourself.  Then go ahead and indulge…

 

 

 

 

Tortillas are a way of life in Mexico – Mexico Bans GMO Corn

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Mexico has officially banned GMO corn. A judge there placed an indefinite ban on genetically engineered corn last week, citing “risk of

imminent harm to the environment.”

Tortillas are a way of life in Mexico. This ban should come as no surprise to anyone who has eaten a corn tortilla in Mexico, and experienced how seriously Mexico takes its prized whole grain staple. Tortillas are made freshly throughout the day…

  • Eaten during breakfast (chilaquiles, tacos)
  • Lunch (tostadas, tacos)
  • Dinner (enchiladas, pozole)
  • Dessert (Nicuatole, Polvoron de Maiz)
  • Snacks (flavored corn chips)
  • Even drinks :)   (Tejuino and champurrado)

The use of GMO corn in American-made tortillas is a tricky topic. A lot of mainstream companies aren’t so open about it, and not much information can be found online, even in Spanish.  If your a non GMO shopper,  NxtNutrio is your solution!  The NxtNutrio app can identify and detect GMO’s as well as companies that are against GMO labeling.

Credit: Javier Cabral is a food and culture writer born and bred in East Los Angeles and in the San Gabriel Valley. He’s written for Saveur magazine and has been featured on “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Bizarre Foods,” and “United Tastes of America.”

 

 

 

Delicious Summer Fruit Smoothie

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A growing number of studies are finding non-nutritive artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, neotame, and saccharin are linked to just as many health risks as processed sugar, if not more.

You may be choosing diet beverages that contain non-nutritive artificial sweeteners because you’re trying to avoid calories while satisfying your craving for that sweet taste.  You may not be aware of evidence that shows that artificial sweeteners not only stimulate your appetite but are also being linked to obesity.  When consumed, some experienced side affects of usage have included diarrhea, nausea, and severe cramping.  Our body tends to crave sugary foods and beverages when it’s lacking proper fuel.  While it’s true that when you’re running low on energy, something sweet can give you a boost, did you know the most powerful solution to curb sweet cravings is to eat in season, whole ripe organic fruit in the morning hours?  Enjoy as much as you can, it will have a big impact on your sugar cravings.  Temptation for sugary foods and beverages will no longer be your friend.

Diet sodas have no nutritional value and don’t create a feeling of fullness.  Whether you reach for a Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi or some other diet brand, all sodas with artificial sweeteners have an impact on your health.

NxtNutrio is happy to see the awareness increase regarding artificial sweeteners found in soft drinks.  In fact, we take this a step further.  NxtNutrio detects artificial sweeteners, which makes it easy to avoid them.hand_sucralose

The beverage market has seen some drastic changes in recent years, as consumers long for a healthier lifestyle and sense of well-being.  If you’re interested in increased vitality, improved intestinal health, a boost to your immune system, and stress relief, choosing the best nutrient dense calories for your sugar cravings is your key.

Fruits and veggies are natural energy lifters, so stop drinking that diet soda drink!  Instead whip up a fresh fruit smoothie in the morning, maybe two.

Try this awesome smoothie recipe:

P.B. & J or skip the PB… ;) It will keep ya jammin!

  • 1 cup organic pineapple juice
  • 1 whole banana fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup mango fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup organic blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp peanut butter, almond butter or tahini (optional)
  • Combine ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

Serves two ~)

So when you make  a smoothie, try to use the freshest organic ingredients from the garden or farmers’ market. When something is in season it packs the healthiest punch.  Frozen fruit is always an option.

If you have a favorite smoothie that you would like to share with us, go ahead share it on our Facebook page.

 

If you’re cleaning up your diet and on the look out for organic food items, here is a behind the scene look at organic labels, as they are not all created equal.

nxtNutrio non-gmoThe “organic” label on foods means the ingredients and processing aids must adhere to the Organic Foods Production Act, OFPA, and the National Organic Program, NOP.  These organizations exist to assure consumers that the organic agricultural products they purchase are produced, processed and certified to consistent national organic standards.  NOP’s labeling requirements apply to fresh raw products and processed foods that contain organic agricultural ingredients.

100% Organic Label

For a food to be “100% Organic,” it must contain only organically produced ingredients and processing aids (excluding water and salt).  This label may carry the USDA organic seal.  Since the seal is voluntary or optional it may not be on every “100% organic” product.  However the words “100% organic” will be on the front of the label.

Organic Label

When a food is labeled, or marked as “Organic” this means that 95% of the agricultural ingredients must be certified organic.  Non-organic ingredients allowed per the National List may be used, up to a combined total of 5% of non-organic content (excluding salt and water).  This label may include the USDA organic seal.

Made With Organic Ingredients Label

The label “made with organic ingredients” means that at least 70% of the ingredients in the food with the label must be organic.  This label will contain a minimum of 3 of the main ingredients (70% by weight or volume) in the product.  Additional 30% non-organic ingredients included on the Information Panel where foods are labeled “Made with organic ingredients” must be produced without genetic engineering (GMO’s), ionizing radiation and can NOT contain added sulfites, YAHOOOOO! The product labels must state the name of the certifying agent on the Information Panel.

Be aware that food labels sometimes use the term “organic” when identifying specific ingredients that are organic in that food product.  This “organic” will be found in the list of ingredients found on the Information Panel next to each individual ingredient that is organic on the label.  When foods are labeled in this manner, these products contain LESS than 70% organic ingredients,  they cannot use the term “organic” anywhere on the Principal Display Panel.  These products can contain GMO’s, and sulfites.  The remaining ingredients (non-organic ingredients) are not required to follow the USDA organic regulations.

Keep in mind that agricultural products labeled “100% organic,”  “organic” (95% organic ingredients), and “made with organic ingredients” (MORE than 70% organic ingredients), cannot use ionizing radiation, added sulfites, or ingredients from genetically modified crops (GMO’s).  We believe this is a good thing!

 

 Android userZ we have good newZ!

We’re happy to announce the release of the NxtNutrio App for Android.  You can get the app from Google Play. (Note: Only in the United States) With more than 225,000 UPC codes in its database, NxtNutrio can identify healthy food, most common food allergens, and detect GMO’s. Our passion is to tell you exactly what ingredients are and how they can affect your body.

 A few things you should know

Requires Android OS version 2.2 or higher, touch screen and camera, works only with US  products, our Database has  limited Canadian Foods.  Not tested on all Android handhelds.  Not tested on Android tablets.

More things you should know:

Android was an interesting platform to develop in comparison to iPhone, because Android offers multiple types of phones, screen resolutions, and Android operating system versions. The current version may have some issues on certain devices that we did not have a chance to test; there are hundreds of different Android devices out there.  Please give it a try, let us know how you like it, and we  will be issuing frequent updates to the app….  stay tuned!

 

non GMO labeling Minnesota

Two pieces of legislation recently introduced in both the Minnesota House and Senate could soon make the Land of 10,000 Lakes the first in the nation to require the labeling of all foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Ask Your Legislators to protect your right to know about GMO’s.  Contact them today and let them know your Vote is for HF 850 and SF 821 which requires that the disclosure, “Produced With Genetic Engineering,” be displayed on food labels.

Nine out of ten Consumers want GM foods labeled; Right to Know Minnesota “Consumers want to know what’s in the food they buy, and some people want to know if it’s got GMO ingredients,” said Doug Peterson, head of MFU, to the Star Tribune in apparent support of national GMO labeling requirements.

Here are some of the Legislative and Congressional Members that you can contact:
John Kline - 2 - U.S. House  Amy Klobuchar - U.S. Senate  Al Franken - U.S. Senate

“This legislation is really a very moderate step. It doesn’t ban genetically modified ingredients. It just lets consumers know about them so they can make their own choices.”  read more here.

NxtNutrio is an App that scans barcodes and reveals GMO ingredients in everyday foods:  Until you understand what genetically modified organisms are, you might not understand how they effect your health and well-being NxtNutrio not only identifies foods that contain GMOs, but also gives you resources to learn more about GMOs when you’re ready to learn more about them.

 

Ever wonder what those numbers on plastic containers mean?  If you knew about the toxic chemicals that are used to produce plastics you would avoid plastic containers altogether.nxtNutrio plastic blog

In case you didn’t realize it, you’re surrounded by plastic–it’s inescapable.  However, a quick review of plastics may help you make wise choices about how you purchase and use plastics.

All plastics are marked with identifying numbers.  These numbers are placed on plastics to identify the polymer type.  They are also known by their abbreviated form of the petro chemicals from which they are derived, for example, #3 PVC Polyvinyl chloride.  The Society of the Plastics Industry resin identification coding system was introduced to make separation of the many similar-appearing plastic resin types easier for recycling.

Number 1 plastics 


PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) is used for soft drink containers, water and beer bottles, mouthwash bottles, peanut butter containers, salad dressings, vegetable oil containers, and oven safe food trays. Number 1 plastics pose a low risk of leaching breakdown products.  However, they are known to have a porous surface that allows bacteria and flavor to accumulate, so it is best to not reuse these bottles as containers.


Number 2 Plastics

HDPE (high density polyethylene) is found in milk jugs, juice bottles, liquid bleach containers, some brands of laundry and dish detergent containers, household cleaner bottles, everyday toiletry bottles such as shampoo, some brands of trash and shopping bags, motor oil bottles, butter and yogurt tubs, and cereal box liners. Containers made of number 2 plastics are usually opaque and generally considered safe. HDPE carries a low risk of leaching and is readily recyclable into many goods.


Number 3 Plastics

PVC (Vinyl) is found in the bottles that are made to hold window cleaner, detergent, shampoo, and cooking oil.  It is also found in clear food packaging for meats and cheeses, wire jacketing, medical equipment, siding, windows, and piping for plumbing.  PVC contains chlorine, so its manufacture can release highly dangerous dioxins.  Never microwave food in a number 3 container; remove the food from the plastic and place in a glass container, or completely avoid food products that are held by number 3 plastics.  According to the National Institutes of Health, di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) is commonly found in PVC, and is known to be a human carcinogen.  It has been found in milk and cheese in varying levels as a result of using wraps or containers that contain DEHP.  Never burn PVC, because it releases toxins.  This plastic often contains and can leach toxic phthalates.  Number 3 plastic is rarely accepted by recycling programs.

Number 4 Plastics

LDPE (low density polyethylene) is found in squeezable bottles and bags used for bread, frozen food, dry cleaning, grocery shopping.  It is also used in clothing, furniture and carpet.  Historically, LDPE has not been accepted through most American curbside recycling programs, but more and more communities are accepting it.

 

Number 5 Plastics

PP (polypropylene) is found in some yogurt containers, plastic bottles with a cloudy finish used for syrup, ketchup, medicine, and water as well as container caps, and straws.  Polypropylene has a high melting point, so is often chosen for containers that must accept hot liquid.  It is gradually becoming more accepted by recyclers.

 

Number 6 Plastics

PS (polystyrene) is one of the most widely used plastics and is found in disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carryout containers, aspirin bottles, and compact disc cases.  Polystyrene can be made into rigid or foam products, in which it is popularly known as the trademark “styrofoam.”  Evidence suggests polystyrene can leach potential toxins into foods; they are neurotoxic and carcinogenic to humans.  Additionally, the material has long been on environmentalists’ hit lists as it is very slow to biodegrade, and notoriously difficult to recycle.

 Number 7 Plastics 

OTHER or O includes acrylic, nylon, polycarbonate, polylactic acid, bioplastic and combinations of different plastics. They are the hard plastics used to make an epoxy resin.  One of their many uses is to line the interior of most cans containing food products.  Bisphenol A is polymerized to form polycarbonate plastic.  Studies have shown that this chemical can leach. Bisphenol A, a hormone disruptor that mimics estrogen, disrupts the endocrine system and has been linked to cancer, diabetes, obesity, early puberty, and obesity.  It is found in three and five gallon water bottles, certain food containers, ‘bullet-proof’ materials, sunglasses, DVDs, iPod, computer cases, signs, displays, and nylon.  Recycled paper stock, which includes approximately one half of the sales receipts in the U.S., and recycled cardboard stock are profoundly contaminated by bisphenol A. It is important to note that the skin absorbs chemicals more easily than ingesting chemicals–one more reason to wash your hands often!

A wide variety of plastic resins that don’t fit into the previous categories are lumped into number 7.  A few are even made from plants (polyactide) and are compostable. Food or drink containers made from #7 plastic are looked at with suspicion, as they are known to contain BPA.  The FDA continues to allow BPA to be used in food cans.

In summary, plastics #2, #4 and #5 are generally considered safe.  Plastic #1 is safe, but should not be reused due to the risk of growing bacteria.  All other plastics should be used with extreme caution, especially with or around food or drink.

Next up, whether you choose to re-use or refuse, we have tips for living with plastic.

 

Every food product prints a Nutrition Facts Panel, which is required by the FDA. This information is so important that articles and books abound on how to read it. The FDA tells you how to read the Nutrition Facts Panel on its website stating, “label-building skills are intended to make it easier for you to use nutrition labels to make quick, informed food choices that contribute to a healthy diet.”  However, if you need to read an article to learn how to read a Nutrition Facts Panel, that alone tells you it can be confusing.

Quick and Easy?

The fact is, nothing is “quick and easy” about reading and understanding the Nutrition Facts Panel.  First, let’s look at the promise of a “quick” food choice.  Let’s do the basic math: reading the Nutrition Facts Panel takes about one minute on every product you purchase. Let’s say you usually purchase an average of 25 products…that means you’re spending 25 more minutes purchasing food.  That doesn’t seem quick.  If you find yourself spending more time reading Nutrition Facts Panels than you would like, you are not alone.

Next, let’s examine the promise to make “informed” food choices; two questions come to mind.  Are the facts listed on Nutrition Facts Panels the most important facts about the ingredients in that product? And, are the facts based on reality?

Some Examples:
Let’s take a look: The Nutrition Facts Panel on a bag of tortilla chips states that one serving = six chips.  Do you eat only six chips from a bag?  Who does?  But let’s not stop here, lets continue on with the facts.  You read that the serving of six chips = 140 calories, and the bag of chips contains nine servings.  One serving of six chips multiplied by nine servings per bag tells you that the entire package contains 54 chips.

Suppose that you went ahead and ate more than six chips…you actually ate all 54 chips–the entire bag!  According to the Nutrition Facts Panel, you would then have consumed 1,260 calories, which is a little more than 1/2 the daily calorie load for most people–all in one bag of 54 chips.  (We hope you licked your fingers.)

This example shows you that it is important to know the facts!  It also proves that reading the Nutrition Facts Panel is not “quick and easy” (neither is limiting yourself to just six chips).

Fortunately, there is a quicker and easier way to learn about the ingredients in a food product.  NxtNutrio not only displays information about the ingredients but also displays information from the Nutrition Facts Panel in a concise, easy-to-understand format, with no need for a manual on how to read and understand it.  No “label-building skills” required!  NxtNutrio displays total calories, sugar, salt, and protein per package, not per serving.  Arrows indicate whether or not the product exceeds the diet guidelines for sugar, fat, and sodium provided by the Cleveland Clinic.
Quicker and Easier!

Here’s another example to show the importance of knowing the facts: A box of Kashi cereal states that one serving size is 28 biscuits, which only half fills a 16oz cereal bowl.  Most people fill a 16 oz cereal bowl to the top, then add the milk.  In this real life scenario, that math works this way:

  • Servings per container:  about 8
  • Calories per serving 180 x 8 = 1,440 calories per box
  • Protein 6 grams; 6 x 8 = 48 grams of protein per box

Most consumers do not count out 28 cereal biscuits.  However, they may know that one box will fill their cereal bowl five times.  The math breaks down quite nicely:  1,440 calories divided by five servings might be a good estimation, totaling 288 calories, not including the milk.

Yet, when was the last time you worked out the math before you ate your cereal, or consumed a whole bag of chips?  Even the FDA realizes that the Nutrition Facts Panel needs some work.  To that end, the FDA has funded research that looks at new ways to improve the Nutrition Facts Panel display.  One way to do this is to add a column for single servings per container.  But why wait for the FDA to simplify the Nutrition Facts Panel?

Ingredients May Just be the Key

In a NxtNutrio poll, we discovered that shoppers are more interested in the ingredients, rather than what is listed in the Nutrition Facts Panel; they want to avoid common allergens, GMO’s, or questionable ingredients in processed foods.  That’s exactly what NxtNutrio does.  You can scan, view and choose using your NxtNutrio App.  In a glance you can see the important facts–customize your profile–and choose for yourself.  At NxtNutrio making healthier food choices is dependent on the list of ingredients first, and then the Nutrition Facts Panel.  It really is quick and easy.

 

Energy DrinksA caffeinated energy drink  like 5-Hour Energy shot and Monster Energy was cited as possibly linked to 13 deaths in reports received by U.S. officials over the last four years.

The disclosure of the reports about 5-Hour Energy is the second time in recent weeks that Food and Drug Administration filings citing energy drinks and deaths have emerged. Last month, the agency acknowledged it had received five fatality filings mentioning another energy drink, Monster Energy.

Since 2009, 5-Hour Energy has been mentioned in some 90 filings with the FDA, including more than 30 that involved serious injuries like heart attacks, convulsions and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion, a summary of FDA records reviewed by The New York Times showed.

Daniel Fabricant, the director of the FDA’s division of dietary supplement programs, said the agency was looking into the death reports that cited 5-Hour Energy.

The company does not disclose the amount of caffeine in each bottle in the U.S., but a recent article published by Consumer Reports placed that level at about 215 milligrams.

At NxtNutrio we are happy to see the increased awareness of Energy drinks. We take this a step further, NxtNutrio app can detect ingredients in Energy Drinks that you should avoid by marking the product with BIG RED X.

 

Gluten-free food does not contain the protein gluten.  Gluten is a specific complex of proteins that forms when cereal grains are mixed with a liquid and physically manipulated, like when kneading bread.  It is found in cereal grains including wheat, kamut, spelt, barley, rye and triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye.  A gluten-free diet may even exclude oats.  Many times oats are affected by cross-contamination as a result of oats that are grown in the same fields as wheat, rye, or barley plants; they may also be milled and processed in the same facility as grains that contain the protein gluten.

What’s wrong with gluten?  It causes inflammation in the small intestines of people. Those with celiac disease in particular suffer. In addition, celiac disease is often mistaken for other gastrointestinal malabsorption disorders that have similar diarrheal symptoms (irritable bowel syndrome IBS).  Significant health problems and disorders include, but are not limited to: Iron deficiency, anemia, vitamin deficiencies, inability to absorb protein, unexplained weight loss, infertility, miscarriage, and osteoporosis.  Individuals with unmanaged celiac disease are at an increased risk of developing other serious medical conditions such as type I diabetes mellitus, intestinal cancers and both intestinal and extra-intestinal non-hodgkin’s lymphomas.  Eating a gluten-free diet helps people control their signs and symptoms and can prevent further complications.

The labeling claim “gluten-free” makes it easier to grocery shop, and saves both time and frustration in your efforts to avoid gluten. The FDA allows synonyms for the term “gluten-free,” such as “free of gluten,”  “without gluten,” and “no gluten.”  Usually, you’ll see one of these terms on package labels.  However, some companies do not specify whether or not gluten is present in their products.  Ingredient lists are often lengthy, complicated and in small print; they are difficult to read.  NxtNutrio saves you both time and frustration.  On your mobile device, simply set up your NxtNutrio profile, then scan any product’s barcode and it will alert you if gluten is present.

Avoiding gluten can be challenging because ingredients that contain it go by numerous names. Many food products contain gluten, the list is long, see for yourself:

NxtNutrio makes gluten-free easy

Switching to a gluten-free diet is a big change.  Like anything new it takes some getting used to. But with time and patience you’ll find many foods you already eat are gluten-free. Focus on all the foods you can eat, soon you will find satisfying and delicious substitutes for gluten-containing foods. You may also be pleasantly surprised at how many gluten-free products, such as breads, cereals, crackers and pasta are now available.  Make a list of foods that you like, using your NxtNutrio App.  Scan the gluten-free food item then tap Add To My List, voila ~ you have a handy list of your favorite gluten-free foods.

We at NxtNutrio work hard to help you with your gluten-free diet. Using NxtNutrio shortens and simplifies your shopping experience, it helps you cut through the confusion with it’s friendly quick symbols.

 

NxtNutrio is the only food app that identifies Non-GMO foods.  By scanning the bar codes of food products, NxtNutrio identifies the ingredients in foods that contain or May contain GMO’s.  The app also educates people about the potential harm from GMO ingredients.

By scanning food product barcode, Nxtnutrio alerts consumers about Genetically Modified Food

By scanning food product barcode, Nxtnutrio alerts consumers about Genetically Modified Food

While some food products already have the Non-GMO seal on their labels, others do not.  NxtNutrio clears up any confusion by identifying all ingredients in foods. NxtNutrio partnered with the Non-GMO Project in 2011.  The app clearly displays the Non-GMO Project seal on the iphone* screen for all products that do not contain GMO ingredients.

With one simple scan of a bar code, NxtNutrio detects all ingredients including chemicals, additives, and preservatives hidden in many brand name foods.  It gives specific information about each ingredient listed on the package, explains exactly what the ingredients are and how they can affect one’s health.  A green, yellow, or red symbol advises purchase, caution or alert decisions of whatever food item is scanned.

For people who want to avoid all GMOs, NxtNutrio is a powerful tool to give clear and concise information.  For those who don’t yet know what GMOs are, NxtNutrio is an educational tool giving current, objective information.  This gives people the power to make quick, and thoroughly informed decisions when purchasing food, and control over what they’re eating.

 

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The vast majority of Americans want genetically modified food labeled.  And what’s the real reason foods cannot be labeled GMO free?

Labeling bills have been proposed in more than a dozen states over the past year.  An appeal to the Food and Drug Administration in late 2011 to nationally mandate labels drew more than one million signatures.nxtNutrio non-gmo

The FDA says that labeling genetically modified foods is generally not necessary because genetic modification does not materially change the food.  Although it may not change the taste, look or feel of the food, many studies have shown that genetically modified foods do indeed affect peoples’ health.

It all began in 1994, when the first GMO’s were approved in the US and the first tomato, called the Flavr Savr, began to be sold in the produce isles of local grocers.  Today, Flavr Savr tomatoes are no longer available, and for good reason, consumers refused to purchase them.  Many even complained of stomach cramping as a result of consuming them.

Studies have been conducted and reported upon.  We know how GMO’s affect laboratory animals. More and more people are diagnosed with cancer every day; cancer rates are increasing. The proof is evident.  Yet genetically modified foods continue to be produced.

The bottom line is that people want to know whether or not the foods they purchase are genetically modified.   If those  who are genetically modifying  crops for human and animal consumption (like Monsanto) have nothing to fear, then why do they fear labeling foods?

What’s scary is that for more than a decade, Americans have been eating GM Food without knowing it, because GM foods are not labeled.  Almost all processed foods in the United States — cereals, snack foods, salad dressings —contain ingredients from plants whose DNA was manipulated in a laboratory.  Almost all the corn and soybeans grown in the United States now contain DNA derived from bacteria. The foreign gene that makes the soybeans resistant to an herbicide used in weed control, and causes the corn to produce its own insecticide sounds like food for Frankenstein.

At NxtNutrio we live by “I need to know.”  We believe everybody has the right to know what is in the food, they purchase, which is why we created the NxtNutrio iPhone App.  It detects GMO’s in foods, notifying you when food is Non-GMO via the Non-GMO project seal.  NxtNutrio also alerts consumers when an ingredient may be a GMO.

Currently eight GMO crops are grown and approved for human consumption.  By knowing which ingredients contain those GMO crops, consumers can make informed decisions about whether or not they want to incorporate these questionable foods into their daily diets.

The most closely watched labeling effort will be taking place in California during the November 2012 vote that could influence not just food packaging but also the future of American agriculture.  If California passes November’s ballot, this may change what we eat.  We believe this will be a good thing. ;D

For more information, please refer to our Non-GMO blog.

 

 

experienceLife nxtNutrio iPhone App The current issue of  ExperienceLife magazine, June 2012 features an article on NxtNutrio.  It is under  the Well Informed section. The article concludes with great information about the solutions offered by the NxtNutrio App.

We’re thrilled to see that ExperienceLife, an esteemed mainstream publication, covered  NxtNutrio honestly and thoughtfully.  It’s a big step forward in the effort to educate Americans about what’s happening to our food. To read the article, pick up a copy of the June 2012 issue (pictured at left), and flip to page 12.

 

A new study out of the University of California-Los Angeles shows that a high-fructose diet sabotages learning and memory in rats. The study, published in the Journal of Physiology.

Nxtnutrio avoid bad sugar“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” said Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information.”

NxtNutrio flags bad sugars  such as High Fructose Corn Syrup  as an  ingredient you should avoid. Furthermore if the product contains high levels of sugar NxtNutrio warns you by displaying a red arrow.

So if you’re a student studying for finals stay smart by avoiding these bad sugars that could possibly dumb you down.

 

What’s in your pantry, cupboards, or freezer?  If you couldn’t rely on the grocery store, farmers market, or local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to find your favorite things to eat, what would you do?  Today convenience is king. If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s a challenge to know what to eat, and what not to eat.  Convenience (processed) foods are way too convenient, especially since more than a few manufacturers focus on profit rather than our short and long term health.

nxtnutrio fast foodSince most of us don’t grow our own foods anymore, and instead rely on processed foods, knowing what’s in them is important.  Food labels should help.  To ensure food is labeled properly and safely for human consumption, the government stepped in.   And so have large corporations. YIKES!  Rules and revisions continue to be made.  This all began with the King of England in the 13th century during the Assize of bread and beer. Governmental laws and big corporate lobbying haven’t stopped since, nor have they stopped confusing people.

In 1990, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act passed requiring all food labels to list the most important food nutrients in an easy-to-follow format. While this label is easy to follow, does it really inform us? The only fact about the Nutrition Facts panel is that it can be overwhelming and confusing. 

The food labeling regulations are not necessarily the culprit, it’s the food manufacturers and creators of foods.  They tempt us with foods that are full of satisfying flavor enhancers, sodium, addictive and artificial sweeteners, as well as luscious processed fats.  Ask yourself why disease rates in this country are so high. By this I mean: asthma, allergies, cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, heart disease, mental dysfunction, MS, and many more diseases that can be traced to food choices, all of which are well documented.

Consumers expect food products to be labeled honestly and informatively.  However, manufacturers still have the freedom to produce foods that contain additives and preservatives using ingredients that have endured processing methods that strip foods of vital nutrients by means of harmful chemicals not listed on ingredient labels.   These processing methods and additives can create toxins in food, which are known to build up in the body.  By avoiding such products, you can avoid the toxin build up.

Many focus on programs that emphasize calories and nutrients, but that is only part of the picture.  We leave that part to the nutritionists.  We focus on informing consumers about how foods are grown, and processed, all of the ingredients added to them, and the affect all of this has on our health.

The real health benefit is in understanding the list of ingredients.  The quality of these ingredients is what counts.  For example, how was the fat in the product processed?  When the food product contains vitamins, the important questions would be:   Are the added vitamins synthetic and if so, will they harm or help your health?  Are the conventionally grown apples you’re eating sprayed with just a few pesticides or many?  How many pesticides will you consume today? What types of sweeteners are in the foods you’re consuming? Do the products contain an avoidable Genetically Altered Organism (GMO)?  And about those flavor enhancers.  While they may enhance the taste in those lifeless foods, do they enhance your overall feeling of well-being?

NxtNutrio identifies the ingredients in food products and exposes the story behind them while giving specific information about individual ingredients listed on the package.  With NxtNutrio, we know how ingredients can affect your health.  Its easy format allows you to make quick decisions while at your local grocer.  In the end, the facts lie in the ingredients, they don’t lie.

 

Super tasty

LEAN GREEN~ Looking for a great way to start your day? Whether you have plans for a morning at the gym, an active day with your kids or a productive day in the office, try starting your day with one of these super tasty, fabulously healthy, refreshing smoothies.  What’s different about these smoothies? They include greens, which will wake you up without weighing you down.  They’ll  leave you feeling light with abundant energy; what a great way to start your day.

Your body is like a fine tuned machine, it requires some daily green!

Lean Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 4 oranges freshly juiced (remove seeds as they can impart a bitter taste)
  • 3 leaves from any variety kale
  • 1 rib of celery
  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh pineapple*
  • ½ cup ice*

Put all ingredients in a blender (vita-mix) and blend together.  (If using frozen pineapple, no ice required, if fresh pineapple use 1/2 cup of ice.)

If the color green is just too mean, try this plum colored delicious dream with high protein greens:

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen or fresh perfectly ripe bananas
  • 5 smaller kale leaves (any variety)
  • 1 bag of frozen blueberries (2 cups) or fresh blue berries*
  • 2 Tbsp. Hemp seeds or 1 Tbsp of raw organic tahini
  • 3/4 cup of water (use 3/4 ice if your chosen fruit is fresh, in the place of the 3/4C. water) or juice from a young thai coconut
  • 3 medjool dates or 6 honey dates (pits removed and discarded).

Other sweetener options: agave nectar, honey or organic pure maple syrup, add to desired sweetness

  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (opt.)
  • 1 pinch of vanilla powder or 1 tsp real vanilla extract (opt.)

Points of interest:

Kale is a powerful choice for greens.  It contains two grams of protein per chopped cup.  It is one of the best sources of protein of any of the greens except for spinach.  It is also good dietary fiber to prevent constipation.  It lowers cholesterol, and is rich in vitamins A, B-complex and C, as well as iron and calcium.  Best of all, kale is available year-round.

Tahini is a thick paste made from sesame seeds, available in both white and black varieties.  It is very easy to digest and is one of the best sources of calcium, as well as a good source of protein.  Available roasted or raw, tahini is best refrigerated after it’s been opened.

Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, sprouted, sprinkled on salads or your breakfast bowl of berries covered in hemp milk.  Hemp seeds are another great source of protein,  and are very digestible. They contain all of the essential amino acids in significant amounts.  Hemp seeds have a great fatty acid profile, which makes them good for cardiovascular health.  Hemp is a rich source of phytonutrients, one more reason to make them a must have on your grocery list.

Organic Celery is a great source of healthy sodium (salt) in your diet.  Celery leaves are high in vitamin A, while its stems are high in both B and C vitamins.  Celery is a significant source of fiber, and helps prevent constipation.  Lowering blood pressure another benefit.  Celery is the perfect green ingredient to add to any smoothie or green drink. It’s especially perfect after a work out, replacing lost electrolytes while rehydrating the body with its rich minerals.


 

Six secrets to finding the best quality produce:

Eat your fruits and vegetables!  Who hasn’t heard that?   Usually with resistance. Whether you’re the parent of a two-year-old trying to get him started on the right track with a variety of fruits and vegetables or a student standing in the lunch line at school, those words sound familiar… even  the lunch lady reminds you to take another fruit or vegetable. Jay Leno says he was encouraged by the first lady to eat his fruits and vegetables stating, “They are good for you.”  And they are Jay!

Fruit Persimmon“But I don’t like persimmons!  They make my tongue feel funny,” you may be thinking.  Or, “mangoes are stringy, peaches are woody, grapes are sour, and carrots are bitter.”  Perhaps these produce experiences have left you less than a fan of certain foods.  However, consider this, could your dislike of a particular fruit or vegetable be because it is under ripe, or over ripe? Or perhaps even overcooked?

At times, crops experience poor growing seasons as a result of weather conditions, poor soil quality or agricultural practices.  These can all effect their quality, color, texture, taste and ability to ripen to perfection. That makes them taste not quite as good as one would hope. Even so, they will still end up in your grocery’s produce aisle.

For example, 2012 has proven to be a superb bumper crop for organic blueberries. They are sweet, and well priced, not to mention over the top abundantly healthy for you.  On the other hand, 2011 produced stringy, mushy poor (sour) tasting mangoes, but how would you know?  By sampling.  And that is secret number one. Sampling is highly recommended, and most stores will sample their produce if you ask.

Secret number two is knowing which fruits and vegetables are in season and when. Do you know how to find the sweetest fruits and the freshest vegetables available in your area?   If you don’t grow them, you must know them.  ;D

January through March citrus (every kind known to man) is in season.  That’s when citrus is at its peak, sweet, juicy and full of aroma.  So remember to sample to make sure this season’s crop satisfies your taste buds.  In season produce is usually better priced, which is one more reason to know them.NxtNutrio Blueberry

Secret number three is to eat that fresh produce as soon as possible.  It is the most beautiful when it is freshest.  That is also the most beautiful time to prepare and eat it.  Consider, the moment you pick fruit from the tree or a tomato from the vine, the enzyme content is sublime.

Eating from the garden, fruit tree, or the vine is best. You may not realize it but from the moment ripe produce is picked it begins to lose its food enzymes.  And that’s secret number four: if your not growing it, know the produce delivery date at your local grocer’s.  Ask your grocer when local farmers deliver their produce.  Take the time to visit your grocer on produce delivery day.  Then you will find the freshest selection with the highest enzyme content possible.

Today many varieties of fruit are picked before they are ripe, because of the time needed to transport them to the grocery store. Wait to eat fruit until it is perfectly ripened, since ripening increases the enzyme content, and is best for digestion.

Secret number five:  Freshest is best and never settle for less; raw, ripe and refreshing will most certainly rejuvenate. When food is cooked or heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit food enzymes are destroyed.  “The habit of cooking our food and eating it processed with chemicals; and the use of alcohol, drugs, and junk food all draw out tremendous quantities of enzymes,” says Dr. Howell, author of “Enzyme Nutrition The Food Enzyme Concept.”  That means eating the freshest, ripest produce is your key to abundant health and longevity.

Cooked and processed foods actually rob your system of essential energy and cause disease in your body, which shorten your life span. Thus eating more enzyme dense food, which means eating your fruits and veggies is essential to abundant health.

Secret number six locate a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm.  This is a farm located not to far from where you live.  You can find a list of CSA’s at your local grocery Co-op, natural food store, or by a Google search.

 

Lovey-Dovey Treats

One of the most sought after foods in the world today, chocolate is a fundamentally important part of celebrations throughout the year. Perhaps it’s because after indulging it results in heightened sensitivity and euphoria, amplifying sensuality and enriching one’s love life.  Chocolate enhances heart health in more than one way, so go ahead and buy a box of chocolate to celebrate this news.

If you prefer dark chocolate with a higher flavanol content than milk chocolate, minimal sugar and 75 percent cocoa content, you’re in luck; studies have proven that chocolate consumption lowers heart disease risk by more than 33 percent. Whose heart do you plan to pamper? These kind of results are too good to ignore and most definitely a reason to indulge.

NxtNutrio Recommends Chocolate Indulgence:

Skip the average chocolate, it usually contains harmful GMO’s, such as genetically modified beet sugar, even though it’s listed as “sugar” on the ingredient label.  Skip the hydrogenated vegetable fats (otherwise known as “trans fats”), preservatives, and artificial flavors, but definitely reach for the delicious, melt in your mouth, nutrient packed, high in cacao (an ingredient found in chocolate) chocolate treat.

Raw organic cacao, high in antioxidants, stimulates the production of serotonin, tyramine and endorphins.  Considered a power food because of its ability to boost energy, it’s also rich in flavanoids, boosting cardiovascular health.  Science has confirmed that cacao supports health and psychological well being.

While luscious, good-for-you chocolate can stand alone, it is often combined with nuts, green tea, espresso beans, blueberries and lavender, to name a few blends of deliciousness.

You can go nuts enjoying nuts in your chocolate,  whether you enjoy them in your chocolate or alongside your chocolate with your Honey. ;) Almonds and walnuts deliver health benefits including high levels of manganese, magnesium, potassium and vitamin E, an antioxidant that is important to overall well being.  Nuts offer heart healthy benefits, relaxation, regulation of blood pressure and help regulate blood sugar levels, which means nuts can also help lower the risk of diabetes.

Green tea in your chocolate, oh gee, please let me indulge in thee!  Yerbe Mate Tea is a green tea that has tremendous health benefits.  Studies show green tea regulates glucose levels in your body, and promotes weight loss.  Eat chocolate and lose weight, who would have ever guessed?

Espresso beans: dark chocolate with espresso beans has been considered a delicious and potent over-the-counter indulgence. However, keep in mind that coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed–with toxic pesticides–agricultural crops grown in the world today.  So seek out chocolate with organic espresso beans.

Yes, expect some side effects, which may vary.  They include reduced risk of diabetes, lowered blood pressure,  reduced instances of headaches, plus, your psychological well being is supported.  It’s true, happiness may indeed be found in chocolate.  Additional side effects of high quality organic chocolate are that it elevates mood (which results in a feeling of happiness) and positive attitude; chocolate contributes to overall wellness.  It enhances your health while calming the heart, which explains everything.

Whether you prefer B.T. McElrath’s Salty Dog or want to add a little spice to your life with Theo-Organic Fair Trade Spicy Dark Chocolate, don’t forget to consider Dagoba Organic Chocolate with lavender & wild blueberries, and Equal Exchange Extra Dark Chocolate Panama with 80 percent cacao.

NxtNutrio can help you indulge in a heart healthy selection with your Lovey-Dovey.

Find the chocolate aisle at your local grocer, scan the bar code with NxtNutrio and indulge accordingly.

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What is  your favorite Non-GMO Chips and Salsa brand? With Super Bowl around the corner,  Scan your favorite chips and Salsa product and tap “like” button to enter a drawing for a $25 gift card at your local grocer.


How does it work:
1. Scan the barcode of your favorite Chips or Salsa
2. Tap Comments then Tap the Thumbs-Up button
3. No need to sign up. Just scan!

 

Winner will be notified on Super Bowl Sunday, during the Half-Time Show, via their NxtNutrio app.


 

This new version of 3.0 added some features based on your requests.
We’re really exited


New Features:
✓ Browse Food Products by Category
✓ Detects Gluten in foods
✓ Enhancements made for those with Celiac disease
✓ Detects More Allergen and Food Sensitivities (MSG, Artificial color, and Artificial Sweeteners)
✓ Integrated with FDA Food Recall -Alerts consumers of FDA food Recalls
✓ Enhanced for iPhone 4s – Voice activation allows you to say a product name instead of scanning or entering a UPC .

Bug fixes -
- Enhanced barcode scanning- Other bug fixes

Notes:
Manual barcode entry (you can search a product by entering product name or UPC Number then Search)   Using  iPad and iPod touch may require manual entry because the camera does not auto-focus.

 

Please let us know what you think.

NxtNutrio team.

 

Ultra Informed

You may not be ultra sensitive, ultra rich, or ever had an ultra sound, but you’ve probably consumed ultra pasteurized milk.  Really?  Whether you’re shopping organic or conventional varieties, eggnog or heavy whipping cream, ultra pasteurization is dominating the market place, but not by consumer’s choice.

Ultra means extreme.  It also means “on the far side of” or “beyond” and ultra pasteurized milk does exactly as its name implies;  it pasteurizes milk beyond what is necessary.  This milk should sit “on the far side of” the shelf where no one can reach it, for an extended period of time, until it expires.

Pasteurization is simply heating milk to a minimum of 145 Fahrenheit for 30 minutes to kill bacteria and prevent souring.  However, pasteurization doesn’t kill all of the bacteria and its shelf life is a mere two to seven days under proper refrigeration.

The remedy?  Ultra pasteurization.  This process heats milk to an extremely high temperature, a minimum of 280 Fahrenheit, for at least two seconds, either before or after packaging.  This kills all the bacteria and extends its shelf life.

What’s the harm in this kind of processing?

Ultra pasteurization damages the components in milk: Proteins, three-dimensional molecules, and enzymes to name a few.  For example, rapid heat treatments flatten molecules so the enzymes can no longer do their work.  Enzymes break down starches, fats and proteins into chunks the body can use.  Enzymes found in raw milk are amylase, catalase, lactase, lactoperoxidase, lipase, and phosphatase.  These enzymes — along with milk’s other components — are damaged, affecting digestion and absorption.

With the proteins, enzymes and vitamins destroyed or distorted, nutrition in ultra pasteurized milk is anemic at best.

The damage that occurs as a result of the heating processes not only affects the quality of the milk but also the flavor.  This is remedied by added flavoring or other chemicals as well as vitamins back into the milk.  These additives do not need to be listed on the ingredient labels according to FDA regulations.

Consumers are deprived of nutrition, as well as knowledge of how the pasteurization process affects their foods.

But the packaging is attractive!

Packaging simply adds to the destruction of milk.   Whether Milk is heated before being put into containers or after, the containers can leach their phthalates (industrial chemicals) and other endocrine disrupting compounds into the milk.

One More Headache

Hopefully, you’re familiar with monosodium glutamate, MSG, a known potent neurotoxin.  Its side effects include headache, nausea, fatigue and more.  The higher temperatures of ultra pasteurization break down the proteins in milk, creating the release of free glutamic acid, another form of  MSG.  Once again, this is not required to be listed in the ingredient label.  However, it is one headache that you can choose to avoid.

NextNutrio believes its ultra important to put truly healthful ingredients into your system.  We aim to find all the information possible, so you can make informed, educated and personal food choices. Reading labels might help; knowing what the labels really mean helps more.  Knowing what ingredients are in the food product is what’s essential.  NextNutrio does the reading and the research for you.  One tap, and you’ll see!

 

If you use cooking oil, or any food products made with fats/oils of any kind such as salad dressing, crackers, cookies, chips, cake mixes ~ they are in almost all processed food products ~ you could be ingesting a harmful chemical: hexane.

Many  fats and oils are processed with hexane, but don’t worry, food manufacturers assure us that “the hexane residue in your cooking oil won’t hurt you.”  Or will it?  According to studies conducted by Cornucopia Institute and Naturalnews.com, hexane residues have been discovered in processed food products.  This is disturbing news.

What is Hexane?

A highly flammable toxic chemical made from crude oil, hexane is a colorless liquid with a noxious odor that pollutes the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency lists hexane as a hazardous air pollutant and carefully monitors and regulates its release into the environment.  It is used to extract edible oils from seed and vegetable crops.

Hexane Processed Cooking Oils

Manufacturers are not secretive about using hexane in their processing.  The solvent extraction method using hexane, additional chemicals and heat is the most widely used method for oil extraction in the Western world.

The solvent extraction method is considered to be the most efficient process because it leaves behind only 0.5% to 0.7% of residual oil in raw materials such as cottonseed, canola, soybean, sunflower, olives, flax, peanuts, corn and many other oil bearing crops.  However, expeller or hydraulic pressing methods leave 6% to 14% or more residual oil in the raw material.  The problem is the hexane solvent extraction method leaves a poisonous residue in the end product: hexane.

 The Process

While it may be considered “more efficient,” the solvent extraction process is complicated.  Raw material is reduced to an optimum size best suited for proper extraction of the oil.  Each and every oil bearing cell must be brought into contact with the solvent hexane. The entire process consists of treating the prepared raw material with hexane, then miscella refining, neutralization, separation, hexane evaporation, bleaching, and deodorizing; these processes vary depending on the raw material and the machinery used.

In addition to using poisonous chemicals the problem with this process is also high heat.  It degrades the flavor, affects the color, and changes the nutritional value of oils.  This process of refining vegetable oil damages the fats and makes the oils very unstable and prone to going rancid quite easily.  Rancid oils in any form are particularly bad for your health because they introduce cancer causing free radicals into your body.

Residues in our Food Supply

While food manufacturers state that hexane residues remain in food products, they discount the residue as “insignificant.”

Yet, food companies are not required to test their products for hexane residues, including soy-based infant formulas where hexane is used to process some of the ingredients.

No one knows that hexane residues are in food products because no labeling is required. Unless you do your homework on food processing, there is no way to know that hexane is used to process fats/oils.  When was the last time you read up on food processing?  The truth is that hexane processed oils are neither nutritional nor healthful!  This means no matter how diligently you read labels, you could be consuming hexane residues in the food products you purchase.

How Harmful is Hexane?

The harmful effects of hexane include mental confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, paralysis, impaired fertility, depression, and chronic neurological damage, along with the danger of explosions.  Hexane is on the Occupational Safety Hazards Association’s list as a chemical hazard to be avoided and to take precautions against.

Current research focuses on industrial and airborne exposure to hexane.  While it’s clear that people are exposed to hexane in the environment, it’s not clear how much hexane people are ingesting in their foods.  It’s only logical to surmise that the combination of hexane exposure in our environment and ingestion in conventional foods adds up.

What oils to look for?

The best choices are oils with labels that state “unrefined, expeller pressed, stone-crushed, mechanically pressed, and organic.”  Some food product labels state “No Hexane.”  Oils processed with these methods are richer in nutrients, more robust and true to their natural flavors.

Avoid the Hex

Hexane is strictly prohibited in organic food processing.  Look for healthy ingredients.   NextNutrio will help you,  alerting you to all ingredients in food products including fats and oils.

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 What do You Know About Your Sugar?

Sugar doesn’t grow on trees or in the ground, but it is handed out freely in many American homes on Halloween.  Disguised as a colorful, tasty, highly advertised treat, it is a highly processed ingredient that wreaks havoc on your immune system.  YIKES, the horrors of sugar!  Read on…

Sugar, as an ingredient in foods, is made from either sugar beets or sugar cane.  Since 85% of the sugar in the U.S market is produced domestically, we should understand what it comes from.

Today more than half of the nation’s granulated sugar comes from  sugar beets, which are genetically modified, as is at least 86% of the corn, 93% of the soybeans and 93% of the cotton grown in the U.S.  Furthermore, genetically modified sugar beets accounted for roughly 90% of all sugar beets grown in the U.S. in the year 2010; if you’re eating sugar, there is a 90% possibility that it came from genetically modified sugar beets.

What difference does “genetically modified” make?  Genetically modified sugar beets are mainly grown in Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.  A Monsanto Company gene gives them immunity to the glyphosate-based weed killer that the St. Louis biotechnology company sells as Roundup herbicide. This means they can be “safely” sprayed with herbicide during the growth cycle.

This herbicide is sprayed on the land where the genetically modified sugar beets are grown and is meant to kill any and everything, except for the sugar beets.  This is scary!   If you use Roundup, you know it kills everything it touches; the label states that it is poisonous. You wouldn’t spray it on your vegetables and herbs, would you?  The growers of sugar beets, on the other hand, have sprayed their crops with it, and you are eating the end product.

According to the Non GMO Project, “Virtually all commercial GMOs (for example, sugar beets) are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.”

Currently the FDA does not require specific tests to determine safety of genetically engineered foods.  On the other hand, the FDA does not approve the safety of engineered foods either. What the FDA does is review the foods, and acknowledge that the developer of the food has asserted their food is safe. That means you are placing your trust solely in the food manufacturer. These statements in and of themselves should be a cause for concern.  By the way, the FDA is federally funded by our tax dollars.

While you’re shopping, read the ingredient list on any candy—or processed food product—if you see “sugar” as an ingredient, you are in the dark.  Listing “sugar” doesn’t tell you the most important fact:  is it made from sugar beets, genetically modified sugar beets or sugar cane?  Genetically modified products are not required to be labeled, so you have no way to know whether or not the sugar in the foods you choose is genetically modified.

Get out of the dark! 

If a food product’s ingredient list includes sugar, you can purchase it with confidence if it says Organic or has the Non GMO Project seal on it.  Here’s a list that will help you out:

  • Organic sugar
  • Fair Trade Certified Organic Sugar
  • Cane Syrup
  • Organic Sugar Cane Juice
  • Organic Sugarcane or Organic Sugar Cane
  • Organic Sugar-Beet Syrup
  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Honey
  • Organic Molasses
  • Maple syrup
  • Dates
  • Coconut Sugar
 

What?  You have a headache?  Either you know why, or you ask yourself “where did this headache come from?” You may not realize, however, that the headache could have been triggered by something as simple as the sulfites in the wine you drank last night, or perhaps from last night’s dinner.

The ingredients in processed foods can often be the culprits. Simply avoid those ingredients, purchase alternatives instead, and headaches are very likely to be a thing of the past.

Which ingredients trigger headaches?  Now that’s a good question.  Monosodium glutamate, MSG, and sulfites are two top contenders to bring on a headache.  Avoiding them, however, is not as easy as reading food labels.  MSG has at least 40 different ingredients that contain the chemical in monosodium glutamate (processed free glutamic acid) that causes not only headaches, but also upset stomach, diarrhea, and heart irregularities, to name a few unsettling symptoms.  If you put the NxtNutrio app to work, you can to turn “MSG ON” in your profile.  Then, any product you scan will give you the “MSG alert.”  Try eliminating MSG from your diet and see what happens, you may just forget all about headaches.

Like MSG, sulfites often cause headaches, along with a host of other unlikeable common side effects from sneezing, to swelling of the throat, and hives, YIKES!

Sulfiting agents harass the mucous membranes of the respiratory system, sensitive palates might even experience heart burn.  Once again, use your NxtNutrio app.  Turn “Preservatives ON” in your profile, and when you scan a product, the app will alert you to the many different ingredient names for sulfiting agents, as well as other preservatives that can harm your health.

Sulfites are widely used to extend the shelf life of products such as fruits and wine.  MSG is used as a “flavor enhancer.”  Keep in mind that labeling laws do not allow the use of sulfites or MSG in organic foods.  On the other hand, many of MSG’s derivatives are on organic and conventional labels.  A few examples of ingredients that contain  processed free glutamic acid are organic autolyzed yeast extract, organic soy protein isolate, textured protein, and whey protein concentrate.  No need to memorize that, NxtNutrio alerts you.

No one likes a headache.  Understanding what brings a headache on will help you avoid it.

 

Until you understand what genetically modified organisms, GMO’s are, you might not understand how they effect your health and well-being. The term “genetically-modified” food refers to crop plants created for human or animal consumption using the latest molecular biological techniques.  Plants such as corn, soybean, and rapeseed have been modified in the laboratory using DNA from other plants, animals, bacteria  and viruses to enhance desired traits such as increased resistance.  The best known example of this is the use of bacillus thuringiensis, B.T., which is a naturally occurring bacterium that produces crystal proteins lethal to insect larvae genes in corn and other crops.

“A number of studies over the past decade have revealed that genetically engineered foods can pose serious risks to humans, domesticated animals, wildlife and the environment,” according to truefoodnow.org. “Human health effects can include higher risks of toxicity, allergenicity, antibiotic resistance, immune-suppression and cancer.”

If you’re shopping for non-GMO’s, you may be having a tough time.  The FDA does not require food companies to alert consumers to GMO’s.  The only way to know which foods are GMO’s or contain them, and which do not are the “organic” or “Non GMO” labels placed on foods.  The Non-GMO labels, however, are voluntary. Not all non-GMO foods are labeled as such.

Nine genetically modified food crops approved by the FDA: corn, soy, rapeseed (canola), sugar beet, cotton, alfalfa, zucchini, yellow squash, and Hawaiian papaya.  At least 86% of U.S. corn is genetically engineered, 93% of soybeans, 90% of rapeseed (canola), and 93% of cotton (cottonseed oil is often used in food products).  To avoid GMO’s, avoid the produce and products containing ingredients made from genetically modified crops, unless they are clearly labeled “organic” or “Non GMO.”

Third Annual Non-GMO Month (October) Gains Ground as Concerns About Food Safety and Genetic Engineering Intensify

According to the Non-GMO Project, “In 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe. In the U.S. on the other hand, the FDA approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale. Many health-conscious shoppers find the lack of rigorous, independent, scientific examination on the impact of consuming GM foods to be cause for concern.”

Many are pushing for consistent, standardized GMO labeling in North America.  If a food product is not labeled “organic” or “non GMO,” consumers can contact the manufacturer by phone or via their website;  phone numbers and website addresses are  located on their labels.

The NxtNutrio app eliminates this dilemma by simply scanning a food product’s barcode; NxtNutrio identifies whether or not that product contains GMO’s.  If it does not contain GMOs  you’ll see a Non-GMO Project verification.  Products bearing this seal have undergone independent testing to ensure they have been made according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance.

NxNutrio may show the words, “May be GMO,” which is listed next to each individual GM ingredient contained in the food item.  This means that since the product is not labeled organic, its ingredients more than likely come from crops that have been genetically modified.

In addition, NxtNutrio allows people to make sound purchases based on food sensitivities as well as allergen’s.  The app gives people the knowledge to choose foods based on ingredients and the products that they want to consume.

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If you’re cleaning up your diet and on the look out for organic food items,
here is a behind the scene look at organic labels, as they are not all created equal.

The “organic” label on foods means the ingredients and processing aids must adhere to the Organic Foods Production Act, OFPA, and the National Organic Program, NOP.  These organizations exist to assure consumers that the organic agricultural products they purchase are produced, processed and certified to consistent national organic standards.  NOP’s labeling requirements apply to fresh raw products and processed foods that contain organic agricultural ingredients.

100% Organic Label

For a food to be “100% Organic,” it must contain only organically produced ingredients and processing aids (excluding water and salt).  This label may carry the USDA organic seal.  Since the seal is voluntary or optional it may not be on every “100% organic” product.  However the words “100% organic” will be on the front of the label.

Organic Label

When a food is labeled, or marked as “Organic” this means that 95% of the agricultural ingredients must be certified organic.  Non-organic ingredients allowed per the National List may be used, up to a combined total of 5% of non-organic content (excluding salt and water).  This label may include the USDA organic seal.

Made With Organic Ingredients Label

The label “made with organic ingredients” means that at least 70% of the ingredients in the food with the label must be organic.  This label will contain a minimum of 3 of the main ingredients (70% by weight or volume) in the product.  Additional 30% non-organic ingredients included on the Information Panel where foods are labeled “Made with organic ingredients” must be produced without genetic engineering (GMO’s), ionizing radiation and can NOT contain added sulfites, YAHOOOOO! The product labels must state the name of the certifying agent on the Information Panel.

Be aware that food labels sometimes use the term “organic” when identifying specific ingredients that are organic in that food product.  This “organic” will be found in the list of ingredients found on the Information Panel next to each individual ingredient that is organic on the label.  When foods are labeled in this manner, these products contain LESS than 70% organic ingredients,  they cannot use the term “organic” anywhere on the Principal Display Panel.  These products can contain GMO’s, and sulfites.  The remaining ingredients (non-organic ingredients) are not required to follow the USDA organic regulations.

Keep in mind that agricultural products labeled “100% organic,”  “organic” (95% organic ingredients), and “made with organic ingredients” (MORE than 70% organic ingredients), cannot use ionizing radiation, added sulfites, or ingredients from genetically modified crops (GMO’s).  We believe this is a good thing!

 

 

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Mayonnaise / Sandwich Spread / Dip / Salad / Dressing / Aioli / Condiment / Mayo

This thick, creamy sauce is often used as a condiment, and ingredient in many delicious recipes.  It’s usually white, cream, or pale yellow in color, and is traditionally made by adding oil to egg yolk.  It takes just a little time to blend into perfection the most delicious creamy indulgence; a secret sauce to have on hand at all times.
Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 8.19.00 AMEssential equipment: A blender or electric hand mixer, glass bowl, whisk, rubber spatula, liquid measuring cups and measuring spoons.
Ingredients:
  • 4 farm fresh egg yolks separate egg yolks from whites; beat yolks on their own for 1 minute (room temp).  Reserve whites for another use.
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder or prepared mustard
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice from fresh lemons
  • 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar (room temp)
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar (room temp)
  • 1 tsp+ Himayalan or Celtic sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper (opt)
  • 3/4 cup hemp, grape seed, avocado, or olive oil (all good options)
Directions:  Once the egg yolks have been blended for approx. 1 minute, add sea salt, mustard product, and lemon juice, blend 30 additional seconds. Then very slowly add the oil with the blender in On position until the mixture is homogenized.  Last, whip/blend in the vinegars, fresh cracked pepper, and more salt to taste ~ Wahlah!  If using a blendtec or Vitamix double the recipe for best results.
Optional seasoning ingredients: take the flavor in any direction!
  • fresh pressed garlic (when adding garlic, smash up the garlic with 1 tsp of salt in a pestle and mortar)
  • maple syrup if you like it more sweet
  • pesto if you like to flavor it
  • cayenne if you like spice

Uses: By adding fresh pressed garlic, you have Aioli, a fragrant and pungent type of mayonnaise, great for dipping Earthbound Farm Organic Roasted Red Potatoes YUM! Add this UPC 032601025144 to the search, using your NxtNutrio App.

More uses:  If you love Thousand Island dressing, whip Annie’s Naturals Organic Ketchup (UPC 092325222250) into your mayo, or try it on your next Reuben!

 

pb_recall_2The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that nSpired Natural Foods is recalling a list of peanut butters due to a potential salmonella contamination. Recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, and private labels sold at Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.

At NxtNutrio we have you covered, check your cabinet and start scanning, see whats recalled.

 

Some exemplary options in organic dairy… a few farms that are up to greatness!

whiteCastleCastle Rock Organic Farms located in Osseo Wisconsin.  Have you had the Artisan Blue Cheese at Castle Rock Organic Farms?  It is hand crafted in small batches using raw organic cow’s milk…  We are thrilled that there are NO natural flavors or carrageenan in this company’s Organic Chocolate Whole Milk… this kind of product is hard to come by!  Have you noticed that most chocolate milk that you will find in the grocery store contains carrageenan?  It’s what we are talking about… the best ingredients and no added questionables!  ;D  Take a look at the impressive FAQ’s http://www.castlerockfarms.net/faq.php

Kalona Super NaturalKalona Super Natural Beyond Organic began in 2005, located in Kalona Iowa.  They do not homogenize, no Vitamin D added, and they don’t bother playing around with adding natural flavors YAY! We believe this is a very good thing… a NxtNutrio favorite!

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Saint Benoit Creamery began in 2004, located in Sonoma County CA.  NxtNutrio loves Saint Benoit Creamery products for many reasons… Jersey cows’ milk, sold in glass containers, made in small batches right on the farm and NO Natural flavors Wahoo!

Straus Family Creamery
Straus Family Creamery is a Certified Organic Dairy founded in 1994, celebrating 20 years, they are located in Marin County California. Straus Family Creamery milk is pasteurized, not homogenized Impressive Check this out: http://goo.gl/UaTlPT   No carrageenan will be found on the ingredient list at Straus Family Creamery!  We love their products and we know you will tooo!

Cowgirl Creamery uses Straus Family Creamery Dairy to make their cheese.

These are the kind of Dairy products that we love at NxtNutrio!

If you want to locate these brands, check out their website and click on Store Locator  ;D

 

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.veri_non_gmo3

For consumers, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on food ingredients that are at-risk of being genetically modified, as the list of at-risk agricultural ingredients is frequently changing. As part of the Non-GMO Project’s commitment to informed consumer choice, we work diligently to maintain an accurate list of risk ingredients.

Agricultural products are segmented into two groups: (1) those that are high-risk of being GMO because they are currently in commercial production, and (2) those that have a monitored risk because suspected or known incidents of contamination have occurred and/or the crops have genetically modified relatives in commercial production with which cross-pollination (and consequently contamination) is possible. For more information on the Non-GMO Project’s testing and verification of risk ingredients and processed foods, please see the Non-GMO Project Standard.

High-Risk Crops (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):

  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

Listed in Appendix B of the Non-GMO Project Standard are a number of high-risk inputs, including those derived from GMO microorganisms, the above crops or animals fed these crops or their derivatives.

Monitored Crops (those for which suspected or known incidents of contamination have occurred, and those crops which have genetically modified relatives in commercial production with which cross-pollination is possible; we test regularly to assess risk, and move to “High-Risk” category for ongoing testing if we see contamination):

  • Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
  • Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, Siberian kale)
  • Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi)
  • Curcubita (acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan)
  • Flax
  • Rice
  • Wheat

Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.

You may also be wondering about…

  • Tomatoes: In 1994, genetically modified Flavr Savr tomatoes became the first commercially produced GMOs. They were brought out of production just a few years later, in 1997, due to problems with flavor and ability to hold up in shipping. There are no genetically engineered tomatoes in commercial production, and tomatoes are considered “low-risk” by the Non-GMO Project Standard.
  • Potatoes: Genetically modified NewLeaf potatoes were introduced by Monsanto in 1996. Due to consumer rejection by several fast-food chains and chip makers, the product was never successful and was discontinued in the spring of 2001. There are no genetically engineered potatoes in commercial production, and potatoes are considered “low-risk” by the Non-GMO Project Standard.
  • Salmon: A company called AquaBounty is currently petitioning the FDA to approve its genetically engineered variety of salmon, which has met with fierce consumer resistance. Find out more here.
  • Pigs: A genetically engineered variety of pig, called Enviropig was developed by scientists at the University of Guelph, with research starting in 1995 and government approval sought beginning in 2009. In 2012 the University announced an end to the Enviropig program, and the pigs themselves were euthanized in June 2012.

 

Credit:  NonGMO Project 

 

gmosQuestion:  How old do children have to be to eat original Cheerios cereal?

Answer:  Around 9 to 12 months old according to General Mills website.  We think it’s a good thing  “Not made with genetically modified ingredients” can now be found on the original Cheerios cereal label.

General Mills Cheerios list of Ingredients: Whole Grain Oats, CORN STARCH, SUGAR, Salt, Tripotassium Phosphate, Wheat Starch. Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols) Added to Preserve Freshness. Vitamins and Minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Iron and Zinc (Mineral Nutrients), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), a B Vitamin (Niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin Mononitrate), Vitamin A (Palmitate), a B Vitamin (Folic Acid), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3.

Only 2 of the INGREDIENTS were changed to be considered non-GMO.  This was a no-brainer for General Mills!  We look forward to the removal of ingredients made from Genetically Modified crops in all products made by General Mills.

Some other GMO’s found in General Mills current products:

Sugar from genetically modified sugar beets

Modified corn starch from genetically modified corn

Canola oil from genetically modified rapeseed or field mustard

Glucose-Fructose> Canada’s high fructose corn syrup from genetically modified corn

Soy lecithin from genetically modified soy

Dextrose from genetically modified corn

Corn syrup from genetically modified corn

Molasses a by-product of the processing of genetically modified sugar beets

Corn starch from genetically modified corn

Brown Sugar Syrup from genetically modified sugar beets

Corn bran from genetically modified corn and more…

To avoid GMO’s in your food use the NxtNutrio App.  ;D

 

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