Americans are up in arms about Obamacare being passed by legislation. This is interesting to me as there is no guarantee that this will not become law in my own country one day. There are pros and cons to forced medical insurance, however the American public seems to be more concerned about its loss of right to choice than focusing on the benefits.
Is this not the best time to take stock of our own health and look for ways to preserve it for as long as possible?
Below is some frightening reading that will hopefully change the way that you think about breakfast and snacking in the future. These are two of the biggest factors that contribute to obesity and its associated risks, which are some of the most common and expensive conditions to treat. By reducing or altogether eliminating certain foods from our diets, the cost of medical care can be reduced dramatically.
Toxic Substances in Your Children’s Potato Chips
Pringles are not what you think they are. While you might think that this is a potato snack, this could not be further from the truth. In Britain, the company stated that the potato content in a can of Pringles was negligible. This was so that the company could be exempt from paying a luxury foods tax.
In truth, this famous “potato” snack is really a rolled-up combination of potato flakes, wheat corn and a hint of rice. These ingredients are pressed into a substance which resembles dough, and it is then cut into chip sized portions with a machine. The chips are then fried in oil. The last step in the process is to spray the chips with powdered flavors.
You might ask what the problem with the above-mentioned ingredients is, and the answer is nothing. I mention this to highlight that when you buy a can of this popular snack, be aware that you are not eating a pure potato snack. The bigger problem is that these cans of snacks contain cancer-causing chemicals brought about by processing.
Warning: Be careful when cooking carbohydrates!
The process of cooking carbohydrates in extremely hot oil produces a byproduct called acrylamide. Not only is it a neurotoxic chemical, it causes cancer too. The worst carbohydrates to react in this way include potato chips and French fries. It is not only these 2 food types that create acrylamide when cooked in temperatures above 212°F (100°C).
Acrylamide is found in large amounts in potato chips. There was a lawsuit in California in 2005 because potato chip manufacturers did not warn consumers of the dangers of consuming their product. In 2008, some of the larger companies reduced the level of acrylamide in the product so that there was no need to insert a cancer warning label.
What you should know about the “baked – not fried” lie
Baked chips are notoriously high in acrylamide. Some chips tested were found to be over 900 times higher than the accepted limit. Acrylamide is created due to the heating process, and the FDA has discovered that baked chips contain 300% more acrylamide than regular potato chips.
Acrylamide is not only in chips
This compound is present in roasted coffee beans and coffee powder. Real coffee contains less acrylamide than chicory coffee substitutes. Acrylamide is also found in processed snacks, breakfast cereals, crisp bread, toast and bread crust. A serving of French fries contains 500 times (60 micrograms) the FDA limit of acrylamide. The FDA has deemed it safe for people to consume 0.12 micrograms of acrylamide in 8 ounces of water.
Yet, we continue to feed our children these toxins
It is concerning that so many Western families are happily feeding their children potato snacks, toast, cereals and crisp bread. Most of these foods are expensive and are potentially extremely harmful to yours and your families health. There are certainly healthier and more cost-effective options that you can start the day with. Perhaps if we all took better care of our health there might not have been a need for medical insurance.