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Go into a supermarket or healthfood store these days and you will be hard pressed to find products that are NOT labeled as natural. Natural is everywhere, even when a product is clearly not. Attractively presented bottles of GMO canola oil loaded with Roundup residue?  Natural! Ice cream with added rat poison antifreeze to make it easily …

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The average person consumes around a cup of refined sugars every single day. This is 16 tablespoons per day and adds up to just shy of three pounds per week, or 152 pounds per year! In 1970, Americans ate 123 pounds of sugar per year, and 100 years ago, it was half that amount (1). With so much …

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Lectins are a class of proteins that bind to carbohydrates. They aren’t to be confused with leptins, which are “peptide” hormones produced almost exclusively in fat tissue. Lectins play a wide, varied, and important role in all sorts of biological systems, from within the human body to plants, animals, bacteria and even viruses. They may appear …

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Few nutrients have pervaded both the supplement and industrialized food industries as much as lecithin. As a supplement, lecithin is touted as helpful for protecting cardiovascular health, reversing liver damage, and improving brain function and memory. It is frequently recommended by holistically minded doctors. Within the food industry, lecithin seems to be in almost everything …

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Much controversy exists on the topic of soy today. Is it an ancient food or modern menace? Or a bit of both? Beyond the known problems of soy proper, does soy protein bring any additional dangers to the dietary table? This is important because many food manufacturers stealthily replace part of their meat based processed foods …

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Archaeological evidence indicates that pigs were one of humanity’s earliest domesticated animals. Few livestock became as widespread and prolific under its influence. This ancient trend continues today with pork comprising nearly 40% of the world’s current meat production. In addition to the meat, lard (along with butter) formed the lipid backbone of European cuisine from castle …

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Chances are, if you glance through your pantry, you will find numerous foods that contain yeast extract. This ingredient is particularly prevalent in crackers and other carb-based food with a savory flavor. Given the positive reputation of nutritional yeast and the widespread use of baker’s yeast in breads and pastries, most people never give this ubiquitous …