Archive for January, 2009

High Fructose Corn Syrup Contaminated with Toxic Mercury

Ok so this past week or so I had two posts, one about High Fructose Corn Syrup and the other about Mercury Content.  Well now it seems that these two toxins are related!  “According to research published in Environmental Health and conducted in part by a scientist at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has revealed that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is contaminated with the toxic heavy metal mercury.” Which means that if you are drinking sodas, sports drinks, bars, baked goods, crackers, etc you are not only getting high fructose in the body but also mercury! No wonder the health of our country is deteriorating.  To the read full article click the following link


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Food Matters….

For those of you who have not yet seen the trailer or full documentary for “Food Matters”, I highly suggest checking it out. It’s been called the ‘food equivalent’ of The Inconvenient Truth. ‘Food Matters’ seeks to uncover the business of disease and at the same time explore the safe, cheap and effective use of nutrition for preventing and often curing disease. Through the eyes of the world’s leading authorities on nutrition and alternative therapies, you learn the amazing power of natural foods and holistic therapies that are often more successful then typical surgeries and drugs. While you may not agree with everything offered, it does open your mind to other possibilities and gives you knowledge outside of what we’ve been told by conventional doctors and government. This is a must see for everyone!  “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”

Acai Berry May Kill Cancer Cells

The Acai berry is getting a lot of attention lately. There are now numerous drinks, powders and shakes on the market made from this delicious,health promoting berry.  A recent article in Natural News, shows that the Acai Berry may kill cancer cells due to its extremely high acai-fruit-baskets1

antioxidant levels. “A study at The University of Florida discovered that Acai berries caused human cancer cells to self destruct 86% of the time in a culture. While this research has only been shown in a cell culture model, it is likely that it will have the same effect on human beings.” To read the article in its entirety, click here

Sambazon is a great source on the web for Acai products. I particularly like their Original Frozen Smoothie packs which you can just throw in the blender with some nut milk, and berries for a tasty treat. 

Confused About What Kind Of Fish You Can Eat?

I’ve had a lot of people ask me recently about mercury in fish. What is safe? What isn’t? Cases of excess mercury have been on the rise. Symptoms of  low-level mercury poisoning include memory loss, hair loss, fatigue, depression, difficulty concentrating, tremors and headaches. Because it is hard for the body to eliminate, it can build up and lead to more serious issues such as cardiovascular disease, autism, seizures, mental retardation,hyperactivity, dyslexia and many other nervous system conditions. 

Here is a great resource to download and put in your wallet – a list of the most contaminated fish and how much can safely be consumed each month.

Lately, one of my favorite ingredients to incorporate is Shrimp. It’s low in mercury levels, cooks in 2 minutes, is low in calories and fat, and can be used in a variety of recipes. Here is a recipe for the ceviche that I just can’t seem to get out of my mind! I also bought the fresh salsa from Whole Foods, allowing me to literally make this dish in 15 minutes

Serves 4shrimp-ceviche-1


1 pound of Shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 limes

1 Avocado, cut into 1/4 cubes

1/2 cup of fresh salsa (lots of cilantro!)

salt to taste

Directions: In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes max. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and place into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Cut each piece of shrimp in thirds. Place shrimp in a bowl and mix in juice from the lime, avocado, salsa and salt. Refrigerate for a half hour. 

Serve as an appetizer or over quinoa with a side salad for a delicious meal.

Misleading High Fructose Corn Syrup Ad

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the first day of the school year for Integrative Nutrition.  As an alumni, I serve as a mentor for some of the incoming students.  It was wonderful to be back in the class setting, surrounded by thousands of like minded health counselors. One of things that really stuck from the weekend was when Joshua showed the High Fructose Corn Syrup ads. I have seen these ads before and been in outrage but upon discussing this further with my peers it angered me even more, so I wanted to share the clip here to shed some light on the topic. 


It bothers me that so many people may actually believe what they are seeing. I’m here to set the record straight and clear up any confusion.  So what is high fructose corn syrup and what makes it so bad? why should we stay clear? 

High fructose corn syrup is made of roughly 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose. Since its introduction in the late 1970s, it has become the preferred sweetener for many food products, mostly because it is cheap (especially when made with government-subsidized corn). It is everywhere! From soda, sports drinks and salad dressing to crackers and ketchup. While sugars in general wreck havoc in our body, HFCS in particular have shown to have significant effects on the body.

  1. There has been a huge link between the growing obesity epidemic and the introduction of high fructose corn syrup according to new research from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centers
  2. HFCS inhibits the production of leptin, the hormone that tells our brain that we are full. This makes us insatiable!
  3. Two of the three enzymes used to make HFCS are genetically modified, in addition to the corn. Not exactly “safe in moderation,” as the commercial says
  4. It’s hard to have HFCS in moderation as it is found in so many of our foods. Soda for example has about 30 teaspoons of HFCS in it. 
  5. HFCS is not exactly natural.  It is not found in nature and just because it is made from corn doesn’t make it safe. There are numerous other “natural” substances that are illegal! HFCS is highly refined. 

Those are just to name a few. I recommend to do a pantry raid and get rid of high fructose corn syrup products. Not only may they cause obesity but its also a good indication you are not consuming whole, natural foods. 

I was so excited to visit one of my favorite health food stores today, Westerly’s (54th and 8th). Aside from the usual products in theprod-cashewnutcream health foods store, Westerly’s carries all these small, up and coming brands. I went there with a mission, to find Dr. Cow’s Raw, Vegan Cheese. Now I know that doesn’t exactly sound tasty but let me assure you it was fantastic. I purchased their Cashew Nut Cream Cheese and paired it with some rice crackers. What a delicious snack.