Healthy Food

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt!

In a news report this year, it was reported that a woman in Cincinnati noticed that her son’s brand ice cream sandwich didn’t melt when he accidentally left it outside for 12 hours, in 80-degree F weather! The ice cream was bought in Walmart.

The woman was extremely surprised by this ice cream so she decided to try the “experiment” again and ended with the same result. Other brands melted completely, but the Walmart ice cream remained eerily intact. She then called a local news station and they conducted their own test that you can see for yourself in the video.

After an hour and 15 minutes outside in sunny, 80-degree F weather, Walmart’s ice cream sandwich is still remarkably solid! Next to it is a scoop of another brand’s vanilla ice cream which turned into the soup after only 30 minutes!

Why Won’t Walmart’s Ice Cream Sandwiches Melt?

It was told by a spokesperson for Walmart that their ice-cream sandwiches’ high cream content is responsible for the slower melting time. The spokesperson said that ice cream with more cream, such as Walmart’s Great Value ice cream sandwiches, will generally melt at a slower rate.

In comparison to other brands, it’s unclear exactly how much cream these sandwiches contain, but it is suspected that the spokesperson made no mention of the long list of “gums” and additives, like corn syrup, that might as well contribute to its odd inability to melt.

These food stabilizers are designed to help food keep its shape.

Here’s an ingredients list for Walmart’s “Great Value Vanilla Flavored Ice Cream Sandwiches”:

  • Ice Cream (Milk, Cream, Buttermilk, Sugar, Whey, Corn Syrup, Contains 1% Or Less of Mono-and Diglycerides, Vanilla Extract, Guar Gum, Calcium Sulfate, Carob Bean Gum, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Artificial Flavor, Annatto For Color
  • Wafers (Wheat Flour, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Palm Oil, Cocoa, Dextrose, Caramel Color, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Flour, Food Starch-Modified, Salt Soy Lecithin, Baking Soda, Artificial Flavor).

It’s also strange that Sean O’Keefe, a professor and food chemist at Virginia Tech, said quite the opposite thing of what happens if ice cream contains more cream. He said that ice cream with more cream will actually melt faster, which contradicts Walmart’s spokesperson. This means ice cream that’s low- or no-fat would take longer to melt, as it was reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“More water means the ice cream will have to absorb more energy before it can melt. Also, low-fat ice creams tend to have more air whipped into them, which allows them to keep their shape longer.”

Many Processed Foods Seem to Last ‘Forever’

A rather unsettling and unnatural fact about an ice cream sandwich that doesn’t melt on a hot summer day is equally unsettling as a hamburger that doesn’t go bad when it’s left on the counter for over a decade!

Karen Hanrahan, a wellness educator, and nutrition consultant have kept a McDonald’s hamburger since 1996, pictured on the left below. When this photo was taken in 2010, the more than 10-year-old burger still looks the same as the fresh one on the right next to it!

The embalmed-like feature of the meat patty can be explained by the fact that it certainly contains excessive amounts of sodium (salt), which is a natural preservative that has been used throughout history. The patty is thin and it will also lose moisture quickly. That means it may dry out rather than grow mold or bacteria.

And what’s the case with the bun? What kind of bread can lie out for years on end without developing so much as a trace of mold? It’s probably a “bread-like” concoction that bears no real resemblance to natural bread. A McDonald’s hamburger bun contains:

  • Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup and/or Sugar, Yeast, Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil, Contains 2% or Less: Salt, Wheat Gluten, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Ammonium Sulfate, Ammonium Chloride, Dough Conditioners
  • (May Contain One or More of Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono and Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Monoglycerides, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzymes, Guar Gum, Calcium Peroxide), Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Calcium Propionate and/or Sodium Propionate (Preservatives), Soy Lecithin.

We all know that real bread should only have several ingredients like yeast, flour, eggs, butter, and milk or water. McDonald’s bread, which contains plaster of Paris, aka calcium sulfate, along with ammonium sulfate and ammonium chloride, may cause gastrointestinal irritation with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and even some more!

So that Walmart’s “ice cream” can be labeled as ice cream, it must contain at least 10% milkfat. It can also contain any number of additives that many would argue are not actual “food.” Real ice cream also contains several ingredients only: milk, sugar, cream, and vanilla bean and it bears only a little resemblance to Walmart’s ice cream concoction. You all know that if you want to taste the best ice cream you’ve ever had and it’s definitely going to be the healthiest one, prepare your own at home and use raw milk. It will definitely melt if you leave it on direct sunlight after a while!

 Why Eating Heavily Processed Foods Will Probably Lead to Premature Death

If you value your health, Walmart is the prime example where not to shop for food. It certainly is possible to find some healthy foods at Walmart, but the vast majority of their food is heavily processed. That is probably why Walmart grocery stores are linked to obesity. An additional Walmart Supercenter per 100,000 residents increases average BMI by 0.24 units and the obesity rate by 2.3% points.

Ever since Walmart decided to significantly increase their organic offerings, they have been bombarded with accusations of selling substandard organic food, produced at concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) or imported from China, not grown on small, US organic farms like consumers are led to believe.

They’ve also been accused of posting signs in their stores that mislead consumers to believe that non-organic items are actually organic. It’s worse than Walmart’s biggest sellers are heavily processed junk foods. The unmeltable ice cream sandwiches are one of the most popular items in the dairy case, according to the company’s spokesperson. Processed foods may contain dozens of artificial chemicals that are in no way real “food.” These definitely include:

  • Preservatives
  • Artificial colors
  • Artificial flavors (the term artificial flavor on a label may include 10 or more chemicals)
  • Texturants (chemicals that add texture to food)

It’s true that food manufacturers typically claim that artificial food additives are safe, but research says otherwise. Preservatives are known to have been linked to health problems such as cancer, allergic reactions, and more. Processed foods often have the real nutrition processed right out, then sometimes added back in in the form of synthetic vitamins and minerals. These synthetics do not fool your body, however, and will not provide the whole, synergistic nutrition that eating whole food will. Most processed foods are primarily composed of refined carbohydrates, which quickly break down to sugar in your body.

This signifies that there are an increase in your insulin and leptin levels, and contributes to insulin resistance, and that is the primary underlying factor of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man, including weight gain. Processing then modifies or removes important components of food, like fiber, water, and nutrients, changing the way they are digested and assimilated in your body. Whole foods contain a mix of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, fiber, and water to help you feel satisfied, processed foods stimulate dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter, making you feel good even though the food lacks nutrients and fiber. This artificial dopamine stimulation can lead to excessive food cravings and food addiction that further leads to obesity.

Beets Flush Toxins Out Of Your Body And REVERSE Cancer Risk

For some kids, eating a beet could be considered a form of torture. Maybe if they knew just how good beets are for you—or that astronauts on Apollo 18 served them to their Russian comrades in a traditional borscht meal—they would be more willing to let beets into their lives.

Beets Also referred to as beetroot or table beet, are part of the chenopod family. Sound familiar? That’s because previous superfood articles—like those we wrote on quinoa and spinach—featured vegetables from the exact same family. It must be something in the genes that gives these plants health benefits not found in other food families. The chenopod family contains red and yellow betalain pigments and carotenoids, and there is a specific connection between these phytonutrients and nervous system health. All these things help make this family great for the human body.

Betalains are a rare source of phytonutrients found within beets. Betanin and violaxanthin are two forms of betalains—both provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. A few other foods containing betalains are rhubarb, chard, amaranth, and nopal (Mexican prickly pear) cactus.

To beet or not to beet

The history of the beet is a long one. Its ancestor, the wild beet, is thought to have originated in North Africa. Beets were chosen to be featured in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the ancient Romans used it as an aphrodisiac. It seems weird, but they were onto something: Beets contain a high amount of boron, and boron is directly related to the production of sex hormones, helping menopausal women regain their sex drive.

During the Middle Ages, beetroot was used for medicinal purposes. Any issue that involved digestion or illnesses of the blood would use this special ingredient. We don’t know whether people were actually cured of their illnesses, but they were certainly getting some important vitamins and minerals in their diet!

Napoleon also played a role in the popularity of beets. When access to sugar cane was restricted by British powers, Napoleon sent out a decree saying beets would become the main source of sugar.

Beets for your health

Like other superfoods, beets are packed with many needed vitamins and minerals. Beets are high in potassium; magnesium; fiber; phosphorus; iron; vitamins A, B, and C; beta-carotene; beta-cyanine; and folic acid. The high levels of vitamin B and iron help pregnant women form new growth cells during their pregnancy. All these nutrients work together to make the beet a great food to help prevent colon, stomach, nerve, lung, breast, prostate, and testicular cancers.

With the help of pectin polysaccharides, beet fiber provides benefits to the digestive tract and cardiovascular system that other fiber does not. Health research has recently focused on this special fiber to see why it affects the body in such beneficial ways.

Beets are also helpful when detoxifying your body. In “phase 2 detoxification,” our cells hookup activated and unwanted toxic substances with smaller nutrient groups. This step helps neutralize the toxins and also makes them water-soluble so they can be excreted through the urine.

Beet lovers might notice one small issue with eating a lot of beets. Beeturia is when your urine turns a reddish/pinkish color from the betalain pigments. This only happens when the body is having problems metabolizing iron. If your urine is turning colors after eating beets, consult your physician!

Give it up for beet juice

A more recent finding is the relationship between beet juice and athleticism. Beet juice is naturally high in nitrates which the body uses to make nitrite and nitric oxide. These two chemicals expand blood vessels and protect them from injury, increasing muscle power, and endurance.

One recent study showed drinking beet juice caused the need for oxygen to drop by 19 percent, while the time of exercise endurance increased by 17 percent. And another study, published in the 2011 Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise journal, showed that cyclists could cut 11 seconds off of their four-kilometer times, and 45 seconds off of their 16.1-kilometer times, just by drinking beet juice. More research needs to be completed, but beet juice could be the next big thing for athletes.

Beautifully red, beautifully sweet

The look of beets is a bit confusing. The beet has green leaves connected to a round/oblong part, which is the beet. Beets commonly have a reddish-purple hue, but they actually come in a variety of colors, anywhere from golden yellows to white—sometimes they will have rainbow-colored roots. The betalain mentioned earlier is what gives beets their reddish pigment, which is quite rare. Other red foods, like red cabbage, typically get their color from anthocyanin.

Because of the beet’s high sugar content, they are actually quite sweet. (Beet sugar accounts for 54 percent of domestic sugar production.) Raw beetroots have a crunchy texture, but once they have been cooked, they are softer and buttery. The leaves, which are also edible, are bitter and similar to chard.

Preparing your beets

Beets are in season June through October. When choosing your beet, look for those that are small or medium-sized with firm roots, smooth skin, and deep color. The smaller and younger the beet, the less chance you will need to peel them after cooking.

Because of the sensitivity of the betalain chemical, studies suggest that beets should be steamed for 15 minutes or less and roasted for under an hour. Beets are sensitive and can easily bleed from the smallest bruise or puncture, so treat them as delicate vegetables even though they look tough.

Refrain from washing beets before storing them. Beets should be kept in a plastic bag with most of the air out because they are very sensitive to oxidation. They will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. If you want to freeze them, make sure to cook them first. Raw beets will become soft and less desirable after thawing.

In centuries past, people ate beet greens instead of the root, but now it is well known that both are edible and great for a variety of recipes. The greens work best when prepared the same way as spinach or Swiss chard. Eastern Europeans use beets as the main ingredient in borscht, but you can also eat beets raw, cooked, or pickled. Beets have even been used in making wine, and as a dietary aid for horses training for competition.

Try grating your beets and adding them to soups or salads. Or you could boil, roast, grill, pickle, or marinate them with fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and herbs.

While beets may not be your typical vegetable on the dinner table, start finding ways to get your family eating it. The pairing of high sugar and energy content with low calories will help it become a new household favorite.

THESE POPULAR CHIPS ARE FILLED WITH A DEADLY MONSANTO HERBICIDE!

Lay’s brand chips are very familiar to all of us. They’re so light and crispy that they practically melt on your tongue. They’ve got just the right amount of salt to satisfy your taste buds.

But, you may have not known that they’re also potentially deadly.

Texas-based Frito-Lay corporation is a subsidiary of PepsiCo, which is actually the largest food and beverage business in the United States.

According to one of their company reports, their Lay’s brand is the number one snack food brand in the world, which is actually a bit scary.

Some independent researchers found that 100% of the Lay’s chips tested were full of a toxic pesticide! When you hear the word “pesticide,” you should know that it’s really scary and it can’t be washed off the produce, so it literally embeds itself inside every cell of the plants used in production.

Glyphosate was one of the chemicals found on Sun Chips, another Lay’s product. Researchers have found a significant link between occupational exposure to glyphosate and lymphoma.

GMO-Free USA reports:

“The quantitative PCR test verified, by DNA analysis, that 100% of the corn in the SunChips was GMO, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn. The test documented the presence of glyphosate in SunChips at a level of 0.14 ppm or 0.14 mg/kg.”

Most of us probably think that SunChips is a healthy snack option. The company even markets them in that way. They even use phrases like “whole grain” and include pictures of fresh veggies on the bag.

To be honest, even if it wasn’t for the cancer-causing pesticide in SunChips, they’re still not the sort of thing you’d want to eat as a daily snack, especially not your kids.

They’re some of the healthiest chips sold but that’s not exactly an impressive fact, as Bruce Bradley reports. In a single ounce serving, they contain 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, and 120mg of sodium!

PepsiCo has gone to great lengths in the way of ensuring consumers and they are kept in the dark regarding their GMO usage.

The GMO-Free USA report reveals the fact that the company has spent over $8.1 million to defeat citizen ballot initiatives across the country which were aimed at pushing them to disclose their GMO practices.

People are now more aware of what they could be hiding, but is there even something more?

Is Monster Energy Drink Good for You?

We have all noticed that Monster Energy drinks are advertised as a beverage that will boost your energy and keep you alert and awake for several hours after drinking one and that’s only because of the fact they contain caffeine. The beverage actually provides you with caffeine, which might give you a burst of energy, as well as supply certain key nutrients. That certainly doesn’t mean that this beverage is good for you. This article is going to present to you several facts about that.

Calories and Sugar

A regular can of Monster energy drink contains 101 calories and 27 grams of added sugar per 8 ounces! Those 27 grams of sugar are equal to almost 7 teaspoons of the sweet stuff. Can you imagine that? The American Heart Association recommends that women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day and that men limit themselves to 9 teaspoons. Having more sugar than this regularly puts you at an increased risk for weight gain, and being overweight definitely increases your chances of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

B Vitamins

Monster energy drink contains several B vitamins and they are in fact responsible for turning your food into energy. One serving of Monster energy drink also contains about 20 milligrams of niacin, which is more than you need for the entire day. You’ll also drink 1.7 milligrams of riboflavin, which is also more than you need for the day. This energy drink also supplies more vitamin B-6 and B-12 than you need for the whole day.

Sweet but Salty?

Monster energy drinks might taste sweet, but one serving also contains 180 milligrams of sodium. The American Heart Association recommends that healthy adults should limit their sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams per day. Monster energy drink is 12% of that limit. Too much sodium included in your daily diet can lead to high blood pressure, which raises your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Bottom Line

You shouldn’t be worried if you only drink Monster energy drink occasionally, but you should know that one serving contains 86 milligrams of caffeine, which is about one-third of the recommended moderate daily 250-milligram limit. Too much caffeine can cause trouble sleeping, jitteriness, anxiety, restlessness, nausea, tremors, and an increase in urination. A low-carb Monster drink is a lower-sugar alternative, though it still contains 72 milligrams of caffeine. A low-carb Monster drink also contains 12 calories and 3.3 grams of sugar, so if you want to have a Monster energy drink more often than occasionally, try this option instead.

Study: 80% of the Protein in Sweet Potatoes Kills Several Types of Cancer Cells

One of the world’s healthiest and cheapest vegetables on the planet and most certainly off the planet since NASA has chosen it for their space missions are sweet potatoes! A recent study by the University of Washington tried to prove which vegetables provided the most nutrients per dollar. The video below will show you a graph of affordability versus nutrition for different foods. The healthiest foods, like dark green leafy vegetables, may also be the cheapest, and the highest nutrient-rich food scores per dollar were obtained for sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes among all of their nutrients also have special cancer-fighting properties. In 1931, scientists discovered a unique protein in sweet potatoes. 80% of the protein in sweet potatoes is a type of protease inhibitor with potential anticancer effects. These proteins were originally tested against leukemia and appeared to suppress the growth of leukemia cells in a petri dish.

You’ve maybe read that as soon as most proteins hit our stomach, they start getting digested, so researchers tried sweet potato protein against tongue cancer cells because sweet potato proteins certainly come in contact with our mouth. Tongue cancer is often treated with chemotherapy, and most of the chemo drugs for tongue cancer have adverse effects. Some people most certainly try different and more natural therapies. Sweet potato protein rapidly diminished the viability of cancer in vitro within a matter of days, leading the researchers to propose that sweet potatoes may be useful for human tongue cancer! So, we ask ourselves is it possible that they can also help in other types of cancer?

One astonishing fact is that this special class of proteins doesn’t just survive digestion, but may also be absorbed into the bloodstream intact. This was tested on at least two of the nine women with advanced cervical cancer.

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Most recently, sweet potato proteins were tried on colorectal cancer cells, one of the most common and deadly cancers. In these cases, doctors usually surgically remove the colon, but that only works in the early stages since there are often “micro-metastases” outside the colon that can subsequently lead to cancer recurrence and death. Not only does sweet potato protein slow down the growth of colon cancer cells, but it may also decrease cancer cell migration and invasion.

Sweet potato consumption has also been associated with lower gallbladder cancer rates, but it has never been directly tested.

Study: Pomegranate Found Better Than Lipitor Drug For Managing Cholesterol Level

Pomegranate is a fruit that originates from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India. It was cultivated over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. This fruit abundant in nutrients and antioxidants has been regarded as a symbol of health, fertility, and eternal life. In recent research, it was discovered that a compound called punicalagin which is found only in pomegranates has been shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels! Punicalagin is the major component responsible for pomegranate’s antioxidant and health benefits. It lowers cholesterol, as well as blood pressure, and increases the speed at which heart blockages melt away.

Nutrition value of 1 cup of pomegranates seeds

  • Calories: 144
  • Fat: 2g or 4% of DV
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fiber: 6g/ 28% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 18g/ 30% of DV
  • Vitamin K: 28mcg/ 36% of DV
  • Vitamin E: 1mg/ 6% of DV
  • Folate: 66mcg/ 16% of DV

Recently several studies suggested that drinking pomegranate juice might lower cholesterol. It may also block or slow the buildup of cholesterol in the arteries of people who are at higher risk of heart disease. Drinking pomegranate juice has also been proved to decrease cholesterol and work better than Lipitor which is one of the drugs for managing cholesterol.

Pomegranates are believed to support the function of nitric oxide, involved in the constant repair of the cells that line the arterial walls. It was also shown that pomegranates are able to reduce the oxidative status of the bad cholesterol by unbelievable 90%!

More Benefits Of Eating Pomegranates

It’s a well-known traditional folk remedy that tea made of pomegranate peel, bark, and leaves can be used to calm disorders of the stomach or diarrhea caused by any kind of digestive problem. Pomegranate juice is also used for treating diseases like dysentery and cholera.

Anemia

The consumption of this fruit can help you achieve a healthy blood flow. Pomegranate supplies iron to the blood and iron is known to help and reduce symptoms of anemia, including exhaustion, dizziness, weakness, and hearing loss.

Cancer

The combination process of free radicals inside the body can be helped by any antioxidant. As pomegranates contain antioxidants, it’s obvious that they will be able to help here, as well, and protect the organism against breast cancer and prostate cancer. The nutritional benefits of a pomegranate prevent the body from cancer.

Diabetes

Diabetics who drink pomegranate juice can reduce the risk of various coronary diseases. There is also a reduction in the hardening of the arteries present.