Good morning! I hope all of you Moms and those who help Moms in any way had a great Mother’s Day. 🙂 (Does anyone else have an awesome sister in their life, either with no kids or grown kids, who are gaga about your kids and help you all the time?! My sisters are awesome like that.) And as always, my heart goes out to those who wish they were Moms. (Have you seen this information on dealing with infertility?)
We're making grassfed T-bone steaks for Mother's Day, thanks to Stan and his book, Tender Grassfed Meat: Traditional Ways to Cook Healthy Meat, now I have confidence cooking expensive grassfed meat again! (Have you read Stan's Real Food miracle story yet?)
- Thanks to my friend Bob, who sent me this article on food additives: Are you enjoying your daily chemical cocktail? Here’s an excerpt: “Typically, a client will say something like, “I eat a bowl of cereal with low-fat milk, have yogurt for a snack, and a Subway sandwich for lunch.” While this sounds relatively harmless, here's what it might actually look like based on some popular “health food” items: —One serving of Kellogg's Fiber Plus Antioxidants Berry Yogurt Crunch contains more than 13 different additives, preservatives, and food dyes, including Red 40 and Blue 1, which are known to cause allergic reactions in some people and mutations leading to cancer in lab animals. It also contains BHT, monoglycerides, and cellulose gum. In addition, conventional milk often contains residues of artificial bovine growth hormones, known endocrine disruptors as well as antibiotics used in industrial milk production. —Dannon Light & Fit Peach yogurt contains more than 11 different additives including Red 40, aspartame, potassium sorbate, sucralose, and acesulfame potassium. —A Subway sandwich of turkey and cheese on nine-grain bread with fat-free honey mustard, peppers, and pickles contains more than 40 different additives, preservatives, and dyes. The pickles and peppers have Yellow 5 and polysorbate 80, the bread has 10 different additives including dough conditioners, DATEM, and sodium stearoyl lactylate, and the turkey contains 10 additives as well. The person in this example has consumed more than 60 food additives eating breakfast, a small snack, and lunch alone, to say nothing of dinner, dessert, further snacking, and drinks. Consumers Union's Dr. Hansen told me, “I wouldn't be surprised if it were up to 100 additives or more that people are taking in on a daily basis.”
- Can anyone guess why this article, Marketing junk food to kids: government to crack down on unhealthy food ads, has me ticked off, when you’d think it would make me giddy? You probably feel the same way, but just in case, here’s your clue: “The government is pressuring food companies to cut back on marketing unhealthy foods to children, releasing guidelines Thursday that could phase out advertisements on television, in stores and on the Internet if companies agree to go along with them. Under the voluntary guidelines, companies would be urged to only market foods to children ages 2 through 17 if they are low in fats, sugars and sodium and contain specified healthy ingredients. The proposal sets parameters that are stricter than many companies have set for themselves. If companies agree, children could see much less of the colorful cartoon characters used to advertise cereals or other gimmicks designed to draw their attention. If the food manufacturers wanted to continue that advertising, they would have to reduce unhealthy ingredients in their products.”
- See if you agree with my niece. She told me that this shot of my omelet looks disgusting, so I found a new one that looks much better and it's up at that post now.
- One from the archives: Here I shared about an embarrassing fungal infection.
- Have a great week!