Live saving videos

This post has nothing to do with nutrition, but everything to do with life and death.  What good does it do, to have great health, only to fall through ice into frigid waters and drown? I am providing a link to 3 short clips that could save someone’s life – if it is you that falls in or if you come across someone in that situation.  Dr. Ben Kim has great newsletters and articles on his website and it is worth reading.  Here is the link to the videos he has posted about what to do if you fall through ice – please watch them!  This is especially pertinent to snowmobilers and cross country skiers if you are ever on frozen water (or you think it is frozen!)

http://drbenkim.com/what-do-if-you-fall-through-ice

Food Dyes

I just read an interesting article here – http://www.thehealthyshopper.ca/enewsarticle.php about food dyes.  Health Canada presently allows artificial food dyes in food and only stipulates that manufacturers list “colour” on the ingredient label and not any specific details.

There are numerous studies linking artificial food dyes to behavioural problems – here’s one entitled Food Additives and Environmental Chemicals as Sources of Childhood Behavior Disorders – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002713809609134

Actually, there are many risks associated with artificial food colourings, not just behaviour issues.  I have copied and pasted the following summary from the web page – http://om-paramapoonya.hubpages.com/hub/make-food-coloring which has some wonderful ideas on how to make your own natural food colours.  If you are doing any holiday baking that requires colours, please consider some of the tips from this web page.

NAME
HEALTH RISKS
USAGE
Allura Red AC or Red 17
Asthma, Rhinitis, Cancer, ADHD in children
Snacks,  Sauces, Candies and Soft Drinks
Brilliant Blue or Blue 1
Cancer, Tumors and ADHD in Children
Gelatins, Beverages, Icings, Syrups and Candies
Erythrosine or Red 3
Thyroid Tumors and Chromosomal Damage
Baked goods, Candies, Popsicles and Condiments
Fast Green or Green 3
Allergies, Tumors and Mutagenic Effects
Baked Goods, Gelatins, Sauces, Icings, Vegetables
Orange B
Allergies, Kidney Damage and ADHD in Children
Sausages and Hot Dogs
Sunset Yellow or Yellow 6
Adrenal Gland and Kidney Tumors
Baked Goods, Sausages, Gelatins
TarTrazine or Yellow 5
Asthmatic Attacks, Migraines, ADHD in Children, Blurred Vision and Anxiety
Snacks, Cereals, Jams, Instant Noodles, Cake Mixes and Candies

So, where might you and your family be getting your food colours from?  Go look in your pantry and start reading labels!

Do you buy Fruit Loops for your children? The ingredient list is below.  Maybe the turmeric color is from real turmeric, but it doesn’t really matter when you read the rest of the ingredients does it?.  I have only bolded the artifical colours, but there are a lot more problems in that list other than just the colours.

Sugar, whole grain corn flour, wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, oat fiber, soluble corn fiber, contains 2% or less of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (coconut, soybean and/or cottonseed), salt, red 40, natural flavor, blue 2, turmeric color, yellow 6, annatto color, blue 1, BHT for freshness.

Maybe your kids eat Pop-Tarts?  Here is the ingredient list for Kellogg’s Blueberry Pop Tarts:

ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), CORN SYRUP, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, DEXTROSE, SOYBEAN AND PALM OIL (WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS), CRACKER MEAL, CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF WHEAT STARCH, SALT, DRIED BLUEBERRIES, DRIED GRAPES, DRIED APPLES, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), CITRIC ACID, CORNSTARCH, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL BLUEBERRY FLAVOR, MODIFIED WHEAT STARCH, SOY LECITHIN, XANTHAN GUM, CARAMEL COLOR, RED #40, BLUE #1, BLUE #2, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, NIACINAMIDE, REDUCED IRON, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), FOLIC ACID.

So how come the blue couldn’t just come from blueberries?  Do you think it might be because there aren’t enough real blueberries in the product?  Again, there is a lot more that could be discussed about this ingredient list, but I will stick to the topic.
The more food that you purchase that has ingredient labels, the higher the probability you will be getting artificial food dyes in the foods that you and your children eat.  If not for your own health, please consider the health of your children and be on the look out for these nasty chemicals.