How to identify whole grain foods

Because nutritional labels on whole grain foods often require a decoder, here’s how to make sense of it all.

Oh for the innocent days of sandwiches made with squishy white bread, eaten with reckless abandon and puddles of mayonnaise. Now we know better, and that’s fine too. Whole grains that aren’t stripped of nutrients give us fuel we need, rather than the emptier calories of their processed descendants. But alas, it’s not as easy as picking healthy-sounding bread with a brownish tinge and calling it a day.

Some food manufacturers have jumped aboard the whole-grain train and devised all kinds of tricky ways to suggest that their products are “whole,” when in fact, they very well might not be. Consider the “made with whole grain” language in big flashy letters on a package. “Made with whole grain” could in fact mean that it was made with one percent whole grain and the tag line would still be accurate.

Thankfully, if you know what to look for, it’s not so tricky to navigate. Here are some places to start.

Whole Grains Council stamp

One of the quickest indications that a product is rich in whole grains is the presence of a Whole Grains Council stamp. The council is a non-profit consumer advocacy group whose goal is to increase consumption of whole grains for consumers’ health. As of May 2018, the Whole Grain Stamp was on more than 12,000 different products in 58 countries.

The council explains:

With the Whole Grain Stamp, finding three servings of whole grains is easy: Pick three foods with the 100% Stamp or six foods with ANY Whole Grain Stamp.

The 100% Stamp assures you that a food contains a full serving or more of whole grain in each labeled serving and that ALL the grain is whole grain, while the 50%+ Stamp and the Basic Stamp appear on products containing at least half a serving of whole grain per labeled serving.

Look for these words

In cases where there is no guiding stamp, however, one must put on their Sherlock Holmes cap and do some label sleuthing. If it says “100% whole wheat” then you are good to go. The language below also indicates that it contains all parts of the grain:

• Whole wheat
• Whole [name of grain]
• Stoneground whole [grain]
• Brown rice
• Oats, oatmeal (including old-fashioned oatmeal, instant oatmeal)
• Wheatberries

Consider these words with caution

The Whole grains Council notes that the following words are accurate descriptions of the package contents, “but because some parts of the grain MAY be missing, you are likely missing the benefits of whole grains. When in doubt, don’t trust these words.” Note that these words may mean whole grains, but without more clarification (like a “whole” in front of them) there is no guarantee.

• Wheat, or wheat flour
• Semolina
• Durum wheat
• Organic flour
• Stoneground
• Multigrain (may describe several whole grains or several refined grains, or a mix of both)

Know which words do not indicate whole grains

While ingredients like bran and wheat germ sound pretty good, they do not mean whole grains.

• Enriched flour
• Degerminated (on corn meal)
• Bran
• Wheat germ

Check the order of ingredients

As you likely know, ingredients are listed in the order of their proportion in the product. So if the first ingredient is “whole [something],” it is likely predominantly whole grain. “If there are two grain ingredients and only the second ingredient listed is a whole grain,” the council notes, “the product may contain as little as 1% or as much as 49% whole grain (in other words, it could contain a little bit of whole grain, or nearly half).”

And then note the caveat

The only problem with the advice above is that something could have a variety of whole grains that comprise most of the product, but individually they might not make it as the top ingredient. So for example, a multi-grain bread could have 70 percent mixed whole grains and 30 percent refined flour – but if none of the whole grains individually comprise 30 percent, the refined flour would take the top spot. Which is why hopefully this product received a stamp from the Whole Grains Council to clear up the mystery.

Can you just check the fiber content?

One quick indication that people rely on is checking the nutrition panel for fiber content, but this may not be the most reliable way to ascertain a product’s wholeness. Some grains are naturally not that high in fiber (like rice, at 3.5 percent), while barley and bulgar ring in at closer to 15 percent – so fiber would not indicate whether or not the product is predominantly whole grain. Meanwhile, some food makers bump up the fiber content with random fiber-y things rather than actual whole grain. And while fiber is great, it is not interchangeable with whole grains.

For more, visit the Whole Grains Council.

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Whole Foods Backs Off Mandatory GMO Labeling

DS–Whole Foods Market (WFM) was caught in a blatant, brazen lie today after Natural News published a report that showed Whole Foods joining with Monsanto to support a GMO “fake labeling” bill in the U.S. Senate. The proposed new law would outlaw GMO labeling nationwide for up to two years, then roll out a GMO labeling “compromise” that would allow companies to use QR code (machine language) labeling that isn’t readable by humans.

The proposed law, in other words, is a fraud. It would not require any sort of GMO labeling that’s readable by human beings, and it would destroy the only existing labeling law that requires real, honest labeling (the Vermont law).

As news of the betrayal spread across the internet, the Whole Foods Big Lie machine went into action, deliberately spreading false and misleading information via social media to deny the fact that Whole Foods’ own CEO, Walter Robb, is on the record openly supporting this Monsanto-engineered GMO fake labeling law (see below).

Today, in response to a widely publicized article on Natural News that quoted a breaking story from Food Democracy Now, Whole Foods posted the following lie on its Facebook page:

There is no truth to these claims. We have always advocated for more transparency in the marketplace, because we believe people have a right to know what’s in their food… Our commitment is to true transparency, and our policy will not accept QR codes or 1-800 numbers as valid ways of identifying foods that may contain GMOs.


Whole Foods CEO contradicts the Whole Foods social media liars who try to deceive the public

Yet, this fraudulent denial flies in the face of Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb’s own statements to the media, reported in Politico Pro and also recorded on video (see video link below). In this article entitled, “‘Good food’ industry leaders back Senate GMO compromise” by Helena Bottemiller Evich, Politico published the following: (bolding added)

ASPEN, Colo. – Three leading voices in the so-called “good food” sector today urged support for the Senate’s bipartisan compromise on GMO labeling, a bill that would preempt Vermont’s labeling law and provide options for companies to disclose genetically modified ingredients.

Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, Jeff Dunn, president of Campbell Fresh, and Sam Kass, a former White House adviser who now works with food tech companies, all praised Sens. Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow for coming to an agreement on a national solution during a panel discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

“It’s not perfect, but it’s progress not perfection,” said Dunn, who noted that Campbell’s was the first major food company to voluntarily label its products. “It’s a step in the right direction.”

[Walter] Robb said it was an “incredible thing” that the senators came together and compromised during a dysfunctional time. He said he hopes that lawmakers can soon move on to other things.

…Kass, who has already lauded the Senate for the compromise, said he’d prefer on-pack labels, but argued that advocates got 75 percent of what they wanted and the deal should be supported.

Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb captured on video openly supporting Monsanto-engineered GMO fake labeling law

For further proof that Whole Foods’ deceptive spin social media team is lying to your face, just watch this Aspen Institute video recorded three days ago.

Go to 36:21 in the video to watch Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb talk just like a Monsanto operative, claiming the Vermont labeling law is too complex to follow and therefore a federal labeling compromise needs to become law (even if it only requires labeling in machine code that’s unreadable by humans): (bolding added)

Question: What’s your take on is this a bill that should get passed or not?

Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb:

My view on the bill is that, and I’m pretty intimately aware of it, is that I think it’s an incredible thing that Sen. Stabenow has put together with Sen. Robert, when you take a look at the atmosphere up there on Capitol Hill, that this much was accomplished together.

Whether it passes or not is an open question of the next couple of weeks. The alternative is that Vermont goes into effect and then there’s a number of other states behind that, it makes it difficult for manufacturers to be able to label and label to that different standard… and frankly the Vermont bill while it’s… the national bill would have never happened if Vermont had not passed. There just wouldn’t have been the pressure… it’s a very imperfect bill. It doesn’t cover a lot of products, there’s gaps and inconsistencies that ultimately are probably better addressed through some sort of a national standard.

And I think the way she’s put the bill together, which is to give manufacturers choices, is I think the marketplace and the customers will take it from here… so obviously, I think she’s done a great piece of work… we are already are out there further with our commitment to full transparency by 2018. We’re not gonna… we’re looking at how these two live with each other, but we’re already past that, but I think in this day and age, to come together, to create some sort of a reasonable standard that manufacturers can… and gives the customer a lot more information is a pretty good thing.

Walter Robb, in other words, loves the idea that the new federal mandate would “give manufacturers choice” instead of requiring mandatory, clear labeling. And he praises the compromise just as Monsanto operatives do. It’s a huge WIN for Monsanto, and Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb just can’t praise it enough!

ACTION ITEM: Go to the Whole Foods Facebook page now and tell them to stop lying

Click here for the Whole Foods Facebook page. Tell them to stop lying to their customers. Walter Robb has been caught red-handed, on video, admitting to his support for the Monsanto GMO “fake labeling” law. Yet the Whole Foods social media people just keep on LYING, hoping nobody will notice…

Indisputable FACTS about the Whole Foods supported law: It would kill the existing Vermont labeling law (and worse)

Even the Politico story was very mild in its description of what this Monsanto / Whole Foods law actually does. Here are some irrefutable facts about the new law:

• The new law would immediately kill the Vermont GMO labeling law due to kick in this Friday, denying the citizens of Vermont the right to know whether they are eating GMOs.

• It would permanently outlaw state GMO labeling laws nationwide.

• It allows NO LABELING for up to two years while the USDA figures out what sort of labeling to require.

• It gives food manufacturers “choices” to use non-human-readable labels that can only be read by bar code scanners. This allows food companies to hide the truth about GMOs behind digital machine code.

• It does not require the GMO labeling of meats or dairy products from animals raised entirely on GMO feed.

• It allows the USDA to arbitrarily decide what percentage of GMOs in a food item trigger a required GMO label (or bar code). This level could theoretically be set at 50% or even 90%.

• The proposed law was masterminded by Monsanto-influenced lawmakers as a way to destroy state GMO labeling laws while falsely claiming to have a “national GMO labeling mandate” that’s pure fraud.

• Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb fully supports this proposed law, calling it an “incredible thing” that was “accomplished together.”

The Whole Foods LIE MACHINE goes into overdrive while betraying its own customers over GMO labeling

As is obvious here, Whole Foods own CEO Walter Robb is on the record supporting the GMO fake labeling “compromise” that was pushed through the Senate by Monsanto. This is undeniable. Yet the Whole Foods social media liars and deception artists ridiculously proclaim “There is no truth to these claims. We have always advocated for more transparency in the marketplace…”

It’s complete B.S., of course, but that’s what Whole Foods is peddling these days. Remember: This is also the same retailer that trained its managers to lie to the public about GMOs, all while selling protein powders containing alarming levels of toxic heavy metals (and refusing to do anything about it). Whole Foods has a long history of being so deceptive about GMOs that some people now call it Wholesanto.

The truth on this is simple: For the last two decades, Whole Foods has been selling unlabeled GMOs, heavy metals and pesticides to health-conscious customers who now demand honest labeling. And now when Monsanto twists the U.S. Senate into advancing a law that would outlaw the existing Vermont GMO labeling law, Whole Foods’ own CEO Walter Robb publicly praises it, followed by the Whole Foods propaganda liars denying any such thing ever happened. Just WOW.

Watch the video yourself here (forward to 36:21)

The truth about Whole Foods is finally coming out: Pro-Monsanto, anti-labeling and LYING to its own customers at every opportunity

Now we finally see the truth come out as Whole Foods joins Monsanto in supporting a GMO labeling bill that would deny consumers the right to know what they’re eating with clear, human-readable labeling. Not only is Whole Foods joining forces with Monsanto to destroy the courageous, pioneering Vermont labeling law, it’s also blatantly lying to its own customers and denying any of this is true.

As an investigative journalist and food lab science director, the one thing I’ve learned about Whole Foods over the last few years is that Whole Foods has long abandoned integrity and seeks only profit via deception.

In other words, Whole Foods is just like Monsanto. Except that instead of selling poisons to farmers, Whole Foods is selling GMO poisons to the end customer, all while working hard to support a law that would destroy Vermont’s existing GMO labeling law. I think I’m going to write an entire chapter about the lies and deceptions of Whole Foods in my next edition of Food Forensics, coming out in 2017. I’m told the book will not be available at Whole Foods Market stores, for some reason…

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BETRAYED: Whole Foods suspends GMO labeling promise, will continue selling unlabeled GMOs after five-year LIE to its own customers

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After being purchased by dishonest globalist Jeff Bezos — the same “Dr. Evil” anti-American creep who runs the fake news Washington Post — Whole Foods Market is now reversing five years of promises to consumers by suspending its GMO labeling promise. This means Whole Foods will continue to sell unlabeled GMOs while fraudulently insinuating to customers that its stores sell no GMOs whatsoever.

Back in 2012, when Whole Foods was desperately trying to quell customer concerns over genetically engineered ingredients found in thousands of grocery items sold at Whole Foods Market stores, Natural News released exclusive undercover video from the “Organic Spies,” exposing how Whole Foods deliberately trained its employees to lie to customers about GMOs. With other groups like the Organic Consumers Association joining the effort to expose Whole Foods’ GMO deceptions, the grassroots outcry against Whole Foods was rapidly expanding, and the retailer scrambled to get in front of the GMO labeling issue to try to comfort customers.

(See also “Whole Foods knowingly engages in massive GMO deception, says undercover video by ‘Organic Spies’” which contains several non-functioning YouTube links because Google is now just as evil as Amazon and Whole Foods, going all-out to censor and silence independent media voices that engage in real journalism to protect the public from precisely the kind of total fraud we’re witnessing at this very moment from Whole Foods.)

In early 2013, the retailer announced it would adopt a “full transparency” GMO labeling policy by 2018. This March 8, 2013 press release from Whole Foods claimed, “[B]y 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Whole Foods Market is the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency.”

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“We are putting a stake in the ground on GMO labeling to support the consumer’s right to know,” Whole Foods Market CEO Walter Robb said in 2013. But in reality, the fraudulent corporation systematically moved to put a stake through the heart of GMO labeling, all while deceiving its own customers for the last five years by pretending it would require clear, transparent GMO labeling on all products sold at its stores.

That promise has now been exposed as not just a heinous lie, but a horrible betrayal of its customer base.

Whole Foods halts its program in “weasel letter,” claiming it will now obey the Monsanto-driven USDA

“Whole Foods is pulling back on its plan to require GMO labeling for all foods in stores by September,” Ag Web reported earlier this week. The article references a new “weasel letter” sent to suppliers to Whole Foods, describing how the food retailer is quietly trying to weasel out of its commitment to its customers.

“As the USDA finalizes the federal regulation in the coming months and the food industry assesses the impact, we do not want our policy to pose further challenges for you and your businesses,” the letter stated, as reported by Ag Web. That same letter promises “further updates and timelines” but clearly betrays the 2013 announcement of “full transparency” from Whole Foods.

In just five years, in other words, Whole Foods has gone from “full transparency” to “we’ll let the USDA / Monsanto cabal tell us what to do.” This is no surprise, given that in 2016, Whole Foods was caught lying to its own customers about its strong support for the Monsanto-pushed GMO “fake labeling bill” in the U.S. Senate. Whole Foods, in other words, has been cozying up to Monsanto for years.

The USDA, of course, is a reckless, corrupt anti-science front group for pesticide manufacturers like Monsanto and DuPont, and the USDA has all but declared the new definition of “GMO labeling” will consist of nothing more than a hidden “bioengineered ingredients” statement somewhere on the manufacturers’ websites (not on the product label itself). In other words, the USDA is soon going to announce that “GMO labeling” means NOT labeling GMOs on products, and Whole Foods has all but declared it’s going to conform to the USDA’s decision even if it means breaking its five-year promise to consumers.

Watch for Whole Foods to lie to its customers yet again in late 2018, falsely claiming it has implemented a “GMO labeling program” that requires no labeling whatsoever on the products it sells. This is what corporate America has come to as evil globalists like Jeff Bezos turn once-trusted organizations like Whole Foods and The Washington Post into hated cesspools of deception and fraud. With this decision, Whole Foods is essentially committing corporate suicide, announcing to the world that when it says “full transparency,” it really means lying like crazy to its own customers.

Whole Foods has become the Enron of the grocery industry.

Whole Foods’ 2013 “transparency” announcement just evaporated under the ownership of globalist Jeff Bezos

To all health-conscious consumers who used to shop at Whole Foods — like I did, too — you’re really getting a full taste now of the pure evil of Jeff Bezos, and the Washington Post, all of which are engaged in deep acts of deception, violating public trust or even endangering the health of the public without seeming to have any regard whatsoever for its own customers.

Whole Foods, for example, knowingly sold lead-contaminated products to the public and refused to halt the unethical practice, even after I brought certified lab test results to their executives and offered to test their products for free in order to protect the public. Then Whole Foods attacked my research for me going public with the truth about the contamination found in their products.

Just as the Washington Post has become fake news, Whole Foods is now a fake health food retailer. There’s nothing particularly healthy about Whole Foods anymore… except, of course, its own greed-driven profits. That priority puts Whole Foods in the same category of evil, powerful greed as Monsanto itself, a poison-pushing pesticide and herbicide manufacturer whose toxic molecules are present right now in a vast array of “fake health” products sold by Whole Foods. (I run a mass spec food science laboratory. We have the scientific evidence to back this up. Read my No. 1 top-selling science book Food Forensics for more details.)

Whole Foods is just as evil as Monsanto and Google

In summary, Whole Foods is an evil corporation run by an evil globalist who cares nothing about its own customers. The company only cares about profit, and a shockingly high portion of that profit comes from selling unlabeled GMOs to customers who have been systematically deceived by Whole Foods’ elaborate lies.

To the frustration of many of us, it seems that nearly all the businesses that once claimed to be working for humanity — remember when Google used to advocate “Do no evil?” — have become infested with evil. Jeff Bezos, in particular, has emerged as a destroyer of worlds, gutting every institution he acquires, shredding its credibility to maximize profits while deceiving the public. In fact, what Whole Foods just did with GMO labeling, the Washington Post has already done with news: They’ve gutted public trust, deliberately lied to their own consumers and made the United States of America a more desperate, sad place where people are losing trust in everything they once honored.

When the millions of Whole Foods customers learn the truth about this GMO labeling reversal, some of them are going to go ballistic with rage. And they have every right to be angry, given they’ve been lied to for half a decade by a corporation that just stabbed them all in the back.

What treachery is Bezos working on next, I wonder? AI drones that buzz your home with covert cameras powered by facial recognition technology that’s leased to local police in order to run a “Minority Report” police state regime? Yep, that’s not even science fiction. It’s actually a Jeff Bezos surveillance product called “Rekognition,” and Bezos is right now working to license the creepy tech to government authoritarians.

No doubt he’ll soon install police state cameras in Whole Foods stores to track the facial expressions of his own customers as they realize they’re all being royally screwed by the fake GMO labeling promise. Customers who disapprovingly frown will be quietly dropped from Amazon Prime, so make sure you smile, even if it hurts.



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Absolute WORST foods that clog your blood and lead to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and strokes

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Quick! Check every single food item in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer for the following ingredients and toss them in the trash can before you can’t remember what you just read: High fat meats, canola oil, margarine, ice cream, whole milk and vegetable shortening. Don’t stop to Google for research because it’s all defended by fake science and the corporations that manufacture, market and stock it for you. Have your grandparents forgotten who you are? What about your parents? It’s nothing to joke about – dementia that is, so we won’t.

What’s worse than suffering dementia? – Having a stroke and suffering from memory loss. A stroke can leave parts of your body paralyzed, including your face and limbs. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke and every four minutes a stroke ends someone’s life. That means by the time you’re done reading the next paragraph, an American had a stroke, and by the time you’re done reading this article, an American died of a stroke.

Did you know that a stroke is basically like your brain having its own “heart attack?” A stroke can occur due to a blocked artery or even the bursting of a blood vessel. A stroke can also be the result of a temporary disruption of blood flow to the brain. Let’s explain this living nightmare by defining what coagulation means, in laymen’s terms: Coagulation is the process of a liquid, including blood, changing to a semi-solid or solid state. A spinal stroke can occur when the blood supply to the spinal cord is cut off. Both the spinal cord and the brain are part of the central nervous system and both need oxygen and nutrients. Are all the wrong foods preventing nerve impulses from functioning properly and allowing your organs to fire on all cylinders? This requires very careful consideration.

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High-fat meats raise the risk of blood clots

Researchers investigated and reported on a dramatic rise in the “blood coagulation factor” for people consuming mainly meat and dairy products. Huge surprise? Fatty buildup called plaque was observed in the blood vessels, and this plaque can become such an obstruction, also termed an “acute clot formation,” that it literally blocks blood flow and can trigger a stroke. No, the study wasn’t conducted on obese smokers who eat fast food every day. The research involved 18 healthy young men and was carried out over 9 months. They were fed rapeseed oil (canola oil), palm oil and butter with high-fat meals, including beef. All of the high-fat meals caused “significant increases” in the coagulation factor.

You may be thinking right now that there’s no way you’re cutting out all meat and oil from your daily intake. Maybe you should just cut way back. Even vegetarians and vegans can die or be maimed by strokes and dementia from consuming too many processed foods, mainly oils, regularly. Yes, we’re also throwing processed olive oil and coconut oil under the bus here. Watch Mic the Vegan explain why in the short and educational video below.


The 6 absolute WORST foods that clog your blood and lead to dementia, strokes and early death

#1. High Fat Meats (like sausage, deli meats, turkey and chicken skin)

#2. Canola Oil

#3. Margarine

#4. Ice Cream

#5. Whole Milk

#6. Vegetable shortening

Picture this: Every single day, an adult’s heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of veins, capillaries and arteries. Stretch all that out and that’s almost 5 times around the earth. Now picture traffic jams, road blocks, and broken stop lights on those roads – and that’s animal fat, margarine, vegetable shortening and canola oil jamming up the “highways and by-ways” of your blood, causing clots.

Atherosclerosis is the medical term for clogged arteries, and medical doctors are infamous for blaming your parents and “hereditary” genes for the problem. That’s so you’ll believe chemical prescription medications and expensively redundant diagnostic testing is the only way to constantly “monitor” and “treat” your problem, instead of just correcting your staple diet. How do you spot the “sat fat” (saturated fat) before you consume it? Most sat fats are solid at room temperature. Watch out for those “partially hydrogenated” oils too. Food manufacturers love to use deadly oils to “preserve” the “shelf life” of foods, but they all shorten human life in the “process” (pardon the pun). Check those food labels for saturated fat and trans fat.

Canola oil affects the way blood coagulates, increasing how fragile red blood cells become

The number one complaint about eating organic food regularly is the cost. That includes meat for sure. So we ask all of you now, what’s the difference in cost for taking care of an adult suffering from dementia or a stroke, or both? The difference in cost between organic and conventional foods is negligible when you consider spending upwards of a hundred thousand dollars a year to care for someone who can’t feed themselves and who doesn’t even recognize their own loved ones.

Still want to “save money” by eating cheap canola? Research has proven that elevated consumption of canola oil shortens life spans by creating hypertension and high blood pressure. Rats fed canola oil as their sole source of fat become more prone to strokes. Fragile red blood cells can lead to stroke-related death. Though there are many oils that exist naturally and contain healthy fats, canola is not one of them – not even the certified organic kind. Not even close.

Stick to an organic, plant-based diet as often as possible and consult a naturopathic physician about your cholesterol levels. There are practical and affordable solutions to avoiding dementia and strokes.

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10 barbecue foods dangerous for pets

From ribs and onions to chips and corn, these barbecue-friendly foods can be unfriendly to dogs and cats.

Warmer weather is in full swing. We’ve got longer days, vacations coming up, and leisure on the horizon. And we’ve got barbecues! Because what’s late spring and summer without outdoor cooking and eating? But while grilling and eating outside brings on a wonderfully casual air to dining, it’s good to remember not to be casual about what food you’re leaving around for your pet to get into. Barbecue foods can provide your pet with a host of troubles.

1. Ribs and other bones

Of course you want to throw the dog a bone – seems natural to me. But as it turns out, according to PetMD, bones can be very dangerous for pets. “They might choke on them, or suffer a grave injury if the bone should splinter and become lodged in, or even puncture the digestive tract.” Yikes. But dogs will likely try and sneak a bone at all costs, so have a covered, dog-proof receptacle nearby to stow the bones once you’re done.

2. Chicken wings

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) warned pet owners against feeding their dogs or cats chicken on the bone due to the bones’ risk of splintering and causing intestinal obstruction or worse.

3. Hot dogs

Just like for humans, gorging on hot dogs is unhealthy for dogs … but not fatal in the short term. Dogs aren’t generally used to that amount of preservatives and salt; and franks can cause diarrhea and digestive problems (and obesity) for some pups. Also, if you feel compelled to feed your dog a dog, cut it up, advises PetMD, and feed it to them in bite-size pieces. Not sure if this is for portion control or to reduce the risk of choking, but sounds sage either way.

4. Corn on the cob

Not toxic because of it’s chemical composition, but for mechanical reasons: its shape alone can cause choking and obstruction.

5. Onions

Big plate of sliced onions awaiting burgers? Keep them away from the dogs. All close members of the onion family (shallots, onions, garlic, scallions, and the like) contain compounds that can harm your pooch’s red blood cells if sufficiently ingested, according to the ASPCA. They would have to consume a lot for it to be a problem, but no need to take the risk. Damage does not generally become apparent for three to five days after a dog ingests the items; symptoms may include: weakness; reluctance to move; easy fatigue; and darkly-colored urine. See a vet immediately.

6. Guacamole

Avocado contains a toxic compound called persin, which is especially dangerous to birds, rabbits, and a few large animals like horses – for them, avocadoes can cause respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the heart, and even death. It’s not as bad for cats and dogs, but can cause stomach distress; as well, add in the garlic and onion and we’re getting pretty toxic.

7. Chips and pretzels

Chips, pretzels? Chips, pretzels. It’s the salt. Too much sodium isn’t good for us, neither is it good for our pets. Too much of it can create thirst and excessive urination, which is one thing, but can also lead to sodium ion poisoning. Not good: it can end up in vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, fever, seizures, and can be fatal.

8. Fruit salad/A bowl of grapes

If your fruit salad has grapes in it or if you have a bowl of grapes out, watch them like a hawk. (The same goes for raisins, although they’re not generally considered a barbecue food, but nonetheless.) Nobody is quite sure why, but grapes and raisins have been connected to the development of kidney failure in dogs. Some dogs can eat them and be fine, others eat just a few and it’s life threatening. Some dogs can eat them and be fine, then eat them again and become very sick. It’s just not worth taking the risk. The ASPCA explains that dogs experiencing grape or raisin toxicosis usually develop: vomiting, lethargy or diarrhea within 12 hours of ingestion. As signs progress, dogs become increasingly lethargic and dehydrated, refuse to eat and may show an increase in urination followed by decreased or no urination in later stages. Death due to kidney failure may occur within three to four days, or long-term kidney disease may persist in dogs who survive the acute intoxication. Yikes. No grapes or raisins for pup.

9. Chocolate desserts

This one most of us know; but your non-dog-savvy guests may not: Chocolate can be toxic to dogs. And even more so if it is sugar-free and sweetened with Xylitol. (This is not what they were referring to when they named a dessert “Death by Chocolate.”) Both chocolate and Xylitol have potentially fatal compounds. Chocolate poisoning can lead to heart arrhythmias, muscle tremors, and seizures. Ingestion of Xylitol can lead to a quick and serious drop in blood sugar levels, resulting in disorientation and seizures within a half hour of ingestion; some dogs may develop liver failure which can be fatal.

10. Alcoholic beverages

Both dogs and cats are uniquely sensitive to alcoholic beverages, but may not shy away from lapping up an abandoned drink. Even just a few ounces of beer or wine can be poisonous to a dog or cat, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Dump orphaned drinks quickly!

This updated article was originally published in 2015.

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Doctor WARNS: Your popular foods are filled with bug parts and animal feathers

JAYSON VELEY–The next time you go to the grocery store, you might want to think twice about what you’re putting in your shopping cart. According to John Swartzberg or Berkeley’s School of Public Health, many types of foods contain bizarre and even shocking ingredients that most people don’t even know about. Below is a list of food items that you may want to reconsider on your next trip to the supermarket, as discussed in a recent article published on CBS Los Angeles:

Shredded cheese 

Unless you happen to be lactose intolerant, most people enjoy shredded cheese because of the many things that you can do with it in the kitchen. However, you should know that shredded cheese contains powdered cellulose, which is a plant product made from a number of different plants, including wood. “The more cellulose you put in,” Swartzberg explained, “and it’s very cheap to make, the more money you make.”

Various frozen snacks

Swartzberg also noted that many frozen food products like frozen burritos and pizza contain a product called L-Cysteine, which is an amino acid. “This particular amino acid is made from hair or duck feathers,” Swartzberg says. It may be disgusting, but it’s the truth – if you’ve ever eaten frozen burritos or frozen pizza, there’s a chance that you actually consumed feathers.

Red juices and yogurts

In some red juices and yogurts, there is an ingredient called carmine, which is a natural red food dye produced by boiling certain types of insects. That’s right – it’s time to add “bugs” to the list of things you told yourself you would never eat, but likely have without even knowing it.

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Jelly beans 

Sadly, yogurt isn’t the only food product that contains insects. If you look at the label on a pack of jelly beans, you’ll find an ingredient called “Confectioner’s Glaze,” which is shellac made from insects in Asia.

Granulated sugar

Have you ever taken a close look at a cup of granulated sugar and wondered what makes it so sparkly white? According to John Swartzberg, some brands of granulated sugar actually contain charred animal bones or bone char. Appetizing, isn’t it? (Related: Read about the harmful effects of sugar and how to choose healthy alternatives.)


After a long work week, many people in America and across the world like to unwind with a nice glass of wine or a beer. But perhaps they wouldn’t be so eager to have a drink or two if they knew the truth: that some white wines and some beer makers use a filtration process known as insinglass, which Swartzberg says is “made from bladders of bony fish.”

While Swartzberg did admit that all of the ingredients mentioned above are legal and classified by the FDA as “generally recognized as safe,” for most people, hearing the truth about what they’re actually putting into their mouths is quite shocking. Many more food items contain questionable ingredients as well, as noted in a similar article published last year by

Oreo cookies, for instance, contain a significant amount of herbicide residue, which has been linked to cancer and birth defects in children. Quaker Oatmeal products contain glyphosate residue, which is actually the same ingredient that is used to kill weeds. Certain chocolates, including Kit Kat Bars, Cadbury, and Hershey products, contain an ingredient called PGPR (Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate), which may be considered safe in small amounts, but can cause liver enlargement with larger intakes. (Related: Learn about the dangerous ingredients in common personal care products.)

It would be nonsensical to be afraid of every single food item that you put in your mouth, but at the very least, you should know what ingredients you are consuming on a regular basis. Even if most of them aren’t harmful, paying attention to what specifically you are putting into your body is a good habit to get into. See for more news coverage of food ingredients.

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5 ‘bad’ foods that are actually good for you

These unjustly maligned foods are making a comeback, hopefully to your kitchen.

Dietary advice is notoriously fickle. It is constantly evolving, sometimes based more on fads than actual research, and it has an unfortunate tendency to slot foods into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ categories. Many foods, however, are not so black and white. They can be part of a well-rounded diet when eaten in moderation. The following foods may have bad reputations in your eyes, but deserve reconsideration for some good reasons.

1. White potatoes

Long seen as a starchy food with little nutritional value, white potatoes are actually quite healthy. Russet potatoes have the highest glycemic index, while red and new potatoes have moderate scores. And when cooked potatoes are eaten cold, their GI index plummets even further; in this form they have lots of resistant starch, which is good for your gut.

“One medium baked russet potato, with skin, supplies twice as much potassium as a banana (952 mg, one-fifth of a day’s worth), along with fibre (4 g), protein (4.5 g), vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium. All that for only 164 calories.” (via Globe and Mail)

2. Eggs

You can say goodbye to insipid egg-white omelettes; yolks are now where it’s at. Eggs have traditionally been criticized for being high in cholesterol, but the yolks are actually packed with nutrients:

“Choline (the nutrient in egg yolk) is a belly-fat fighter that promotes cell activity, liver function, and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body.” (via Eat This, Not That)

From an ethical standpoint, eggs are a great source of protein that does not require the death of an animal, so long as they’re taken from hens that are cared for properly and allowed a normal, free-range life. Keep your own (I do!) if you’re doubtful.

3. Pasta

You might be scratching your head at this one, but even white pasta can be part of a healthy diet. Dietitian Leslie Beck told the Globe and Mail that, “Surprisingly, white pasta made from semolina flour scores low on the glycemic index scale” and “a meal of pasta with marinara sauce is an exceptional source of lycopene, an antioxidant believed to guard against heart disease and certain cancers.”

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should start eating it twice daily as I once did while living in Italy years ago (and gained 30 lbs in the process), but if eaten in moderation alongside sources of protein and lots of vegetables, it doesn’t hurt. I’d also add that it’s a great way to eat vegetarian and to get homemade food on the table fast.

4. Nuts

Nuts used to be condemned for their high levels of saturated fat, but now a number of dietitians and researchers have changed their stance on saturated fat, saying there’s insufficient evidence to conclude that it’s linked to heart disease. Plus, it is silly to eliminate an entire food category when it has so much else to offer. New York-based nutritionist Lisa Mosokvitz wrote:

“While nuts and seeds do contain some saturated fats, they’re also chock full of nutrients from heart-healthy fiber, MUFAS (mono-unsaturated fats), omega-3s, bone-building magnesium, calcium and energizing iron.”

5. Chocolate

This happy pronouncement is based on the fact that dark chocolate (not the super-processed, sugar-loaded bars next to the cash) is rich in flavonoids, which are stress-reducing, fat-blasting antioxidants. Additional research has even found that habitual dark chocolate intake is related to improved cognitive performance; in other words, it makes you smarter. For best results, stick to dark chocolate that’s at least 74% cocoa.

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Largest U.S. Company Of Its Kind (Tyson Foods) Invests Millions into Lab Grown Meat from Israel


Tyson Foods, Inc. is one of America’s favorite food companies and also lays claim to the title of largest meatpacker in the United States.

But in the past few decades, the company has increasingly relied on unnatural practices and factory farm production methods.

Recently, Tyson also found itself on the receiving end of a rash of bad publicity after research from two major environmental organizations linked it to the largest dead zone in U.S. history due to factory farm runoff.

Now, the company is raising more than a few eyebrows with its latest announcement: an investment in a controversial lab-created meat production company out of Israel that could change the way we eat meat forever.

Tyson Foods Joins Bill Gates, Invests Big in Lab Grown Meat

Lab grown meat has been touted as a sustainable, “healthy” and environmentally friendly and animal cruelty-free solution for the future, but it may not be all it’s cracked up to be if the early returns are any indication.

That’s because the early versions of this product have a dirty little secret: most lab grown meat is created either by brewing it in giant vats of GMO yeast, or through the use of something called fetal bovine serum, a byproduct used to created using cow fetus blood.

To be fair, Gates and Richard Branson’s start-up company, Memphis Meats, has figured out a way to avoid using the latter process.

But the use of GMO yeast to create a substance that could replace one of the most widely eaten foods in the U.S. is still concerning to many, especially considering the lack of long-term safety testing.

Tyson is undeterred, and seems poised to abandon many of the natural production methods that helped build its foundation in favor of this new “Frankenmeat.”

The company has teamed up with Gates’ Memphis Meats, and just announced its latest deal, a $2.2 million investment in the Israeli Company Future Meat Technologies, according to this report from Bloomberg.

Israeli Company Teams With Tyson to Flood the Industry with Lab Grown Meat

The new Tyson Foods investment in Future Meat Technologies will be aimed at producing meat directly from animal cells, without the need to raise or harvest any actual animals.

According to a report from Food Navigator, the Israeli company does not use GMO yeast or fetal bovine serum in its process, and it believes it can cut the price of its lab grown meat down to about $2.27 per pound by the year 2020.

“This is our first investment in an Israel-based company and we’re excited about this opportunity to broaden our exposure to innovative, new ways of producing protein,” said Justin Whitmore, Tyson’s executive vice president for corporate strategy. “We continue to invest significantly in our traditional meat business but also believe in exploring additional opportunities for growth that give consumers more choices.”

The process will reportedly involve the use of mesenchymal cells from chickens, which grow faster than other cell types and are eventually turned into cultured meat products and artificially created animal fats.

“This is our first investment in an Israel-based company and we’re excited about this opportunity to broaden our exposure to innovative, new ways of producing protein,” said Tyson Foods EVP Corporate Strategy and Chief Sustainability Officer Justin Whitmore to the Israeli business publication Globes. “We continue to invest significantly in our traditional meat business but also believe in exploring additional opportunities for growth that give consumers more choices.”

Future Meat Technologies CEO Rom Kshuk believes his company’s products are needed because of the explosive growth of the meat industry predicted to occur in China and other parts the world, and also because of their ability to reduce environmental impacts of the factory farmed meat industry.


Traditional Meat Industry Fights Back Against Lab-Grown Meat

Despite optimism for the new lab grown meat products, it’s still unknown whether consumers will embrace this radical change to the food supply.

Already the U.S. Cattleman’s Association has come out against these lab creations and moved to prevent them from being called “meat” or “beef,” petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture in to change the definition to animals “born, raised and harvested in a traditional manner.”

But if the past is any indication, the new lab grown meat is likely to hit store shelves soon, whether consumers and ranchers like it or not.

One FDA spokesperson told Food Navigator that it “seems reasonable” to think that cultured meat could be consumed safely.

Whether the long term health effects of this new type of meat will match up with early stage safety declarations, or whether the meat will actually be labeled as lab grown, remains to be seen.

At any rate, with major players like Tyson and Bill Gates behind it, the lab grown meat revolution seems like a foregone conclusion, and consumers will have some tough choices to make on their future trips to the grocery store.

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Internal Emails Show FDA is Withholding the Fact that Foods in Your Pantry are Laced with Toxic Weedkiller

Glyphosate is Monsanto’s flagship herbicide, appearing in hundreds of agricultural and gardening products, and although it has been linked to cancer and other serious health issues including birth defects and degenerative diseases, the FDA appears to be withholding the fact that this poison is contaminating many of the foods in your pantry.

Glyphosate has been found in a wide array of popular foods including cereals, staples like corn and soy,  Ben and Jerry’s ice creams, and even in human breastmilk, suggesting that the chemical is making it to your table whether you know it or not.

Sadly, however, the FDA, the agency tasked with protecting the American public from unsafe food, has known for sometime that traces glyphosate are found in many more foods, but after two years of looking into this, the FDA still has not issued a warning to the public.

Recently, The Guardian obtained internal FDA documents that researchers within the FDA know full well that common foods are contaminated with glyphosate. In one email, FDA chemist Richard Thompson admits that food from his own home has tested positive.

“I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal and corn meal from home and there’s a fair amount in all of them,” FDA chemist Richard Thompson wrote to colleagues in an email last year regarding glyphosate. Thompson, who is based in an FDA regional laboratory in Arkansas, wrote that broccoli was the only food he had “on hand” that he found to be glyphosate-free.

That internal FDA email, dated January 2017, is part of a string of FDA communications that detail agency efforts to ascertain how much of the popular weedkiller is showing up in American food. The tests mark the agency’s first-ever such examination.

Thompson’s detection of glyphosate was made as he was validating his analytical methods, meaning those residues will probably not be included in any official report. [Source]

Furthermore, the documents show that the FDA is also aware of levels of contamination in popular foods which exceed levels considered safe for consumption.

Separately, FDA chemist Narong Chamkasem found “over-the-tolerance” levels of glyphosate in corn, detected at 6.5 parts per million, an FDA email states. The legal limit is 5.0 ppm. An illegal level would normally be reported to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but an FDA supervisor wrote to an EPA official that the corn was not considered an “official sample”.

In other words, the FDA is doing the testing, but in an unofficial capacity, which therefore does not warrant a public warning. You and your family are consuming an unregulated amount of glyphosate.

Other findings in the documents obtained by The Guardian show that the FDA has also found glyphosate in numerous samples of honey and even oatmeal.

The decision to not inform the public is based on the complex relationship between Monsanto and the government, and the government has long demonstrated its will to stand by Monsanto who suggests that studies showing the toxicity of glyphosate are inconclusive. Never-the-less, the dangers are real, as further noted by The Guardian.

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FDA finds glyphosate weedkiller residues in nearly all grocery foods, but has spent years hiding test results from the public

Image: FDA finds glyphosate weedkiller residues in nearly all grocery foods, but has spent years hiding test results from the public

(Natural News)
The two decades between 1994 and 2014 saw global glyphosate use boom from just over 56 million kilograms (123 million pounds) to around 826 million kilograms per year. Glyphosate is the world’s most popular weed killer and is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup product. In the United States alone, farmers douse their wheat, oats, corn and soybean fields in over 200 million pounds of this toxic chemical each year. Some spinach and almond farmers also spray it on their fields before the growing season.

Now, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by The Guardian newspaper has uncovered documents confirming that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has quietly been testing food samples to check for glyphosate residues but has not released its findings to the public. The Guardian notes that the agency has struggled to find any foods that have not been contaminated by this herbicide.

In an email to some of his colleagues, FDA chemist Richard Thompson noted, “I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal and corn meal from home and there’s a fair amount in all of them.” He noted that the only food he had on hand that was not found to contain glyphosate traces was broccoli.

Even though the documents reveal that some of the foods tested contained 6.5 parts per million of glyphosate – well above the legal limit of 5.0 ppm – the FDA insists that these results don’t count, since the foods used in the tests were not “official” samples.

Back in 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeled the herbicide glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” and linked it to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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The IARC report noted:

Glyphosate currently has the highest global production volume of all herbicides. The largest use worldwide is in agriculture. The agricultural use of glyphosate has increased sharply since the development of crops that have been genetically modified to make them resistant to glyphosate. Glyphosate is also used in forestry, urban, and home applications. Glyphosate has been detected in the air during spraying, in water, and in food. The general population is exposed primarily through residence near sprayed areas, home use, and diet, and the level that has been observed is generally low.

The FDA insists that though it has discovered glyphosate residues on so many of the foods tested, these levels are low and are therefore not cause for concern. As such, they feel it is not in the public’s best interest to make their findings known.

Tracey Woodruff, a professor at the University of California San Francisco’s School of Medicine, disagrees.

“People care about what contaminants are in their food. If there is scientific information about these residues in the food, the FDA should release it,” she told The Guardian. “It helps people make informed decisions. Taxpayers paid for the government to do this work, they should get to see the information.”

Linda Birnbaum, toxicologist and director of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), warns that even low-level exposure to glyphosate can be very dangerous because we are exposed to many different sources of this chemical and its effects are cumulative.

Many natural health advocates have spoken out about the FDA’s cover-up of its test findings and the fact that it took 40 years for them to start testing for glyphosate residue in the first place. (Related: Discover where glyphosate might be lurking at

These types of findings reinforce the need for us all to take responsibility for our own health and limit our exposure to glyphosate by purchasing or growing our own organic, pesticide-free fresh produce.

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