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12 Dangerous And Hidden Food Ingredients In Seemingly Healthy Foods

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Would you eat your favorite breakfast cereal if you knew that it contained Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), a product also used in jet fuel and embalming fluid? Can you imagine grilling your low fat veggie burger if you found out that its main ingredient is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?

Watch out, because foods that are considered “healthy” and labeled as “natural” contain many harmful chemicals used as food preservatives and flavor enhancers – and these chemicals are often disguised under unrecognizable names.

Today, I’ll expose the hidden dangerous food additives that are lurking in so-called “healthy” foods, how you can easily spot them and the simple and delicious alternatives that won’t sabotage your bone and overall health.

Unhealthy processed foods greatly outnumber unadulterated healthy foods

In the last 100 years the food industry has advanced by leaps and bounds. Today, more than three quarters of supermarket shelves are stocked with packaged and processed foods. These boxed, canned, and frozen concoctions in most cases only require boiling or microwaving to become edible.

In total, there are more than 3,000 food chemicals purposely added to our food supply, yet avoiding them is a lot easier and more economical than you might think.

You probably already know this, but the rule of thumb is that the best foods to conquer osteoporosis and to stay healthy are unprocessed natural foods. That’s because man-made chemicals acidify your body pH which in turn accelerates bone loss.

Back to basics is best for your bone health

We can all agree that scientific progress is a good thing, especially when it comes to innovations that make our life easier and more enjoyable. But advances in the food industry are hindering our efforts to stay healthy because thousands of chemicals have entered the food supply.

At the beginning of the food processing revolution, which began soon after World War II, manufacturers did not bother to hide the newly added synthetically made food additives. After all, the perception was that as women joined the workforce, their available time for cooking would be greatly diminished, and that most everyone would quickly adopt the newly invented convenience foods. So like a tsunami thunderously ravaging the shoreline, the convenience food industry has flooded grocery stores with their processed products.

As a result, foods have become so industrially processed that in some cases they could be easily labeled as “edible food-like substances” – a synthetic man-made product – rather than actual nourishing food.

Adding insult to injury, many staple foods such as potatoes and corn – often used as basic ingredients in a host of products – have their genetic makeup purposely tampered with and may be dangerous to your health.

Convenience foods hurt more than help

Ample research on the evolutionary process of humans and their nutritional requirements point to the clear fact that while our nutrition has radically changed since Paleolithic times, our biology really hasn’t. But along came agriculture and later on the Industrial Revolution and with it, man-made chemicals made their way into our dining rooms.

Fortunately, as is the case with most deceptions, educated consumers are now seeking alternatives to these chemical laden products in turn forcing food producers to get creative… That is why more often than not, food chemicals are renamed with less “synthetic names” than their older original ones.

I want you to be aware of this very important health issue, so we’ll explore together the 12 most dangerous commonly used food additives that can sabotage both your bone health and your general health. One important comment here: remember that ingredients on product packaging are listed according to quantity; the ingredient making up the largest quantity is listed first, and so on.

So now…

Let’s analyze a “healthy” breakfast cereal

Antioxidants protect cells from oxidative damage and some of them are proven potent bone protectors as well. So isn’t it a great idea to have your morning breakfast cereal with healthy antioxidants? Not so fast… Let’s take a look at the ingredients of Kellogg’s® Smart Start® Strong Heart Antioxidants:

Rice, whole grain wheat, sugar, oat clusters, sugar, toasted oats [rolled oats, sugar, canola oil with tbhq and citric acid to preserve freshness, molasses, honey, bht for freshness, soy lecithin], wheat flakes, crisp rice [rice, sugar, malt, salt], corn syrup, polydextrose, honey, cinnamon, BHT [preservative], artificial vanilla flavor, high fructose corn syrup, salt, honey, malt flavoring, alpha tocopherol acetate [vitamin E], niacinamide, zinc oxide, reduced iron, sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium pantothenate, Yellow #5, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), thiamin hydrochloride (vitamin B1), BHT (preservative), vitamin A palmitate, folic acid, beta carotene (a source of vitamin A), vitamin B12 and vitamin D.

Worst offenders:

BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene): this common additive used to prevent oxidation in a wide variety of foods and cosmetics is listed by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in 2005 as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” on the basis of experimental findings in animals. It is also used in jet fuels, rubber petroleum products, transformer oil and embalming fluid. As if this were not enough, the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) warns that BHT should not be allowed to enter the environment, can cause liver damage, and is harmful to aquatic organisms.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): Loaded with “unbound” fructose and glucose molecules, studies have shown that the reactive carbonyl molecules can cause tissue damage that may lead to obesity, diabetes, and also heart disease. So much for this “Strong Heart Antioxidants” cereal recipe! HFCS is made from genetically modified corn and processed with genetically modified enzymes. To make matters worse, studies have recently revealed that nearly half of tested samples of HFCS contained mercury.

Yellow #5: Almost all colorants approved for use in food are derived from coal tar and may contain up tp 10ppm of lead and arsenic. Also, and not surprisingly, most coal tar colors could potentially cause cancer.

Healthy replacements

I love starting my day with an antioxidant-rich breakfast complete with natural granola and fresh fruits sprinkled with slivered almonds, flax, and pumpkin seeds for extra crunch. Try it with your favorite milk substitute, and if you have a sweet tooth, use a little honey. I’m quite sure you’ll love it too. There are also many tasty varieties of boxed cereals that truly contain all-natural ingredients – just read the label and avoid synthetic ingredients including the ones listed above.

Are you ready for lunch?

You know that you can never go wrong with a salad to start your lunch with, so you pick your favorite bone-healthy alkalizing vegetables and all you have to do is pour some delicious dressing. Add a few crispy nuts and seeds and voila! You’ve got yourself a healthy lunch. But your choice of salad dressing can ruin your intentions… Let’s take a look at one of the most popular salad dressings, Kraft’s Creamy Italian dressing:

Water, soybean oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, contains less than 2% of garlic*, xanthan gum, citric acid, propylene glycol alginate, onions*, polysorbate 60, spice, red bell peppers*, garlic, phosphoric acid, parsley*, vitamin E, natural flavor. *dried

Worst offenders:

Soybean oil: More than half of all soybeans crops grown in the US are genetically-modified (GMO) representing a meteoric rise since 1996, when only 7% were GMO soybeans. Genetically modified crops not only pose environmental dangers. There is a growing concern (and mounting scientific evidence) that genetic engineering of food plant seeds may have an unexpected and negative impact on human health.

Propylene glycol alginate (E405): this food thickener, stabilizer, and emulsifier is derived from alginic acid esterified and combined with propylene glycol. Bear in mind that even though propylene glycol is used as a food additive, it has many industrial uses including automotive antifreezes and airport runway de-icers.

Polysorbate 60: short for polyoxyethylene-(20)- sorbitan monostearate this emulsifier is widely used in the food industry. Made of made of corn, palm oil and petroleum, this gooey mix can’t spoil, so it often replaces dairy products in baked goods and other liquid products.

Healthy replacements

While some commercially made salad dressings really may have natural ingredients (make sure you read the labels), try to stick to basics and use olive oil with lemon juice as often as possible. Olive oil, is in fact a fruit juice and contains long chain unsaturated fatty acids that alkalize your body’s pH. You can also make your own salad dressing at home using wholesome natural ingredients.

An afternoon snack to energize your day

A couple of hours after lunch, you might crave a little pick-me-up snack. A few pretzels might just hit the spot, right? But not so fast… Take a look at the list of ingredients in a bag of fat free Rold Gold® Pretzels, the number one brand in the US:

Worst offenders:

Enriched flour: these pretzels are made with enriched flour. But don’t let the attractive description mislead you: like most highly processed foods, enriched flour is devoid of nutrients and more often than not it is also bleached. Since the wheat germ and bran are removed from this type of flour, the body treats it as a refined starch.

But it doesn’t end here. The “enrichment” itself is made using toxic ingredients. For example, iron is added back into enriched flour. Unfortunately, food makers use a metallic form of iron that your body can barely absorb and should not be ingested. Watch the shocking video below:

Healthy Replacements

It has fortunately become quite easy to replace enriched flour with healthy alternatives, especially with whole wheat flour. But don’t forget that there are other options that can add variety to your meals such as rye, quinoa, millet, and brown rice flour and sprouted grain products.

I like to snack on alkalizing fruits, whether dried or fresh, and sometimes add a few nuts such as almonds or walnuts and some sesame seeds that are naturally high in calcium. Dried fruits mixed with nuts are easy to carry around so you can have a bone-healthy snack anytime of the day.

It’s time for dinner now

As the day is winding down, you are looking forward to a nutritious and substantial dinner. You might choose what you think is a healthier lower fat alternative to beef, such as the Morningstar Farms® Grillers® Vegan Veggie Burgers. Take a look at the ingredients:

Water, textured soy protein concentrate, corn oil, contains two percent or less of autolyzed yeast extract, vegetable gum, natural flavors from vegetable sources, maltodextrin, soy fiber, salt, carrageenan, potato starch, onion powder, caramel color, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, konjac flour, sunflower oil, sesame seed oil, soy sauce (water, soybeans, wheat, salt), concentrated onion juice, ascorbic acid, vinegar powder, citric acid, aspartic acid, modified corn starch, malic acid, succinic acid, tartaric acid, lactic acid, wheat flour, soy lecithin.

Worst Offenders:

Textured soy protein concentrate, carrageenan, maltodextrin, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, modified cornstarch: All of these are basically different names to hide ingredients that either contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) or form MSG during processing.

It is very important for your bone health and your overall health that you avoid these acidifying chemicals that can cause a variety of undesirable side effects, besides accelerate your bone loss. MSG and its related products have been linked skin rashes, nausea, migraine headaches, heart irregularities, and even seizures.

Healthy Replacements:

If you are following the Save Our Bones Program you know that you have a very wide choice of foods to create delicious and bone-smart meals. The Program reveals an easy to follow pH balanced nutrition plan among many other things, and the best part is that you are in complete control of the huge number of combinations possible from the alkalizing and acidifying lists.

While beef is acidifying, you can build your dinner around a beef hamburger instead of the chemical meat replacement example above. I recommend you combine it with bone-healthy alkalizing vegetables and other alkalizing foods to balance your dinner.

If you opt not have meat, the good news is that many grocery stores carry all natural vegetable imitation meat patties – just make sure they don’t contain the aforementioned ingredients.

Your health is in your hands

As you can see, it is easy to make the healthy food choices that will bring back or retain your bone density and your general health. I hope that after you read this article you will pay even more attention to the ingredient labels in the foods you buy. This may sound daunting, but it’s really a lot easier than it sounds.

Simply try to eat foods in the most unadulterated “original” format as often as possible. And here’s a shortcut, any food packaging that has a long list of ingredients with names that sound like they’re from a distant planet is not the kind of food you want to eat. For strong and healthy bones, eat foods with a short and easy to recognize list of ingredients.

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  1. Ed K October 13, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Only an idiot in this day and age will continue to eat most processed foods. None of the ingredients will kill you outright, ohhh no, just over time cause you grief unto death. People saying this ingredient and that ingredient are safe, do your research. If you can’t pronounce the name, stay away from it. Human beings have such disrespect for these fantastic machines we have been granted to be great with. Look around, cancer and obesity reign and why…its the food…lack of self control is killing us but we don’t care…

  2. Edward October 12, 2014, 11:43 am

    Question. We use a product Clear Gel which is for canning. It is modified cornstarch. Might that be the same as the MSG you mention as bad for you?

  3. Marilyn October 3, 2014, 8:44 pm

    I recently learned from my gastroenterologist that corn syrup is causing a near epidemic of sclerosis of the liver. Non alcoholic liver cirrhosis is on a rise and corn syrup is the main cause, with sugars as second and fats as third for the top 3 culprits. It begins with a fatty liver and progresses to scarring of tissue in the liver…fatty liver can be reversed with a good diet but scarring of the liver tissue can not be reversed. I am reversing my mild fatty liver by eating wiser and checking food labels. Corn syrup is in almost everything that is processed. How did we allow this to happen?

  4. Dan September 13, 2014, 2:33 pm

    I agree with the previous comment. Many of the things listed are accepted as safe.

    I would like to add that ethylene glycol is a component in antifreeze (not propylene glycol, as mentioned in the article). This is a common mix up I see on the web, and a demonstration that the author(s) have no understanding of even freshman level chemistry.

    Your “facts” should be referenced so that you may check and correct the many incorrect statements and claims that you have posted publicly for the whole world to read.

  5. MIchael June 28, 2014, 6:19 am

    Some of the ingredients listed are not harmful at all. I challenge you to look them up and see for yourself and not be sheeple. But some where so don’t think i am dis-ing this over at all. I like where you are going with this.

    • Bellamy Chae July 15, 2014, 4:55 pm

      “some”. What a useful word. It could mean one or thirteen in this case. Care to be a bit more specific? It would certainly make you a lot more believable, as all the ingredients listed here are listed as “toxic” somewhere. And be sure to include links to verifiable sites- nothing funded by a company that actually produces these or similar products, but also not funded by a company that produces alternatives. Both, I think we can agree, would be undoubtedly biased.

      • dwaurx@gmail.com September 13, 2014, 2:37 pm

        Everything is toxic. Water, oxygen, …everything. (And yes, I’m being literal). It’s all a matter of “how much”, i.e. concentration.

      • Rob Roy August 11, 2014, 4:00 pm

        Propylene Glycol Alginate (sp) isn’t dangerous. Water is also used in many industrial processes and applications, so your reasoning is flawed

        • deejay Kenya August 11, 2014, 10:13 pm

          Not all water is safe to drink especially if the ph balance is off let alone ingesting this thing I can barely pronounce

    • MARILYN July 13, 2014, 5:32 pm

      ARE YOU ABLE TO SHARE WHICH ONES ON THIS LIST THAT ARE NOT HARMFUL? I WOULD APPRECIATE IT. :)

  6. kaelanthia robinson June 20, 2014, 8:30 pm

    That is just ridiculous how are they going put that dangerous chemicals in the foods that we eat. It is like they are trying to shut our bodies down without us knowing it. does money mean that much to these people who food? how selfish can they be? They need to quite that lying to the very people look foward to buying from the store in exchange for the money to pay the price of the food item. Now i know I really have to stay away from foods that do damage to my body. This is a very sick these people are doing. They need to have a heart. Money is not everything.

  7. Andy June 18, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Most of the stuff on this website is nothing but old fashion Hogwash. Poor Science and research. Belive me I have read a lot of it in my many years in Food Research and Quality Control.

  8. Ash April 28, 2014, 7:59 am

    I feel like im going to cry! I just bought a whole lot of these products with this stuff in it! I cant believe ive been had! T_T i’m a new vegitarian because i discovered without meat my rashes go away but then i missed a burger and i ate a veggie burger instead and suddenly the rashes came back! I was so confused until i read this *hug kiss kiss* i thank you dearly for this information. Are there any HEALTHY veggie burgers out there?

    • ravi May 22, 2014, 8:59 am

      perhaps you consider that meat consumption is NOT causing rashes and look at other factors that occurred – do some more extensive food elimination experiments – – allergies to meats are virtually unheard of, whereas allergies to dairy, eggs and many plant substances are common – especially if you are eating lots of grains and have compromised your gut (look up “leaky gut”) vegetarianism is hard to do right long term and veganism is simply a politically motivated bourgeois eating disorder.

      no traditional cultures have ever been found that existed on plant matter alone – whilst there are many variations in the ratio of plant to animal products, 100% plant-eating cultures simply do not exist – we NEED animal and plants (we are omnivores, remember??) to be healthy.

      Meat did not cause you a rash – unless the “meat” you are referring to was highly processed so-called “food” from some fast food joint -

      • MIchael June 28, 2014, 6:22 am

        Shaolin monks. vegetarians and some are vegan.

  9. simone March 4, 2014, 4:35 pm

    I’m vegetarian since i was 9. I’m 41 now and is so hard to find healthy foods for my kids. They are so picky and don’t eat veggies or fruits. I’m about to have a heart attack because it is killing me. Any help for good strong healthy snacks.? Thank you Simone.

    • jen niu May 21, 2014, 9:21 am

      Hi. I make smoothies and also am able to hide add in fruits and we also take a whole food based fruit and vegetable concentrate nutrition from a rainbow variety that has improved our whole family’s health. We don’t get viruses tha lastbl for ten days or ear infections or pneumonia…we all have a stronger immune system. It is very important to eat the recommended 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day for disease prevention.

    • Betty April 24, 2014, 11:44 am

      If your kids don’t like vegetables have you tried juicing? for years that was the only way i could get my kids to get their veggies and then i made it fun for them by saying they had to make up different juices and i will have to judge them it worked. now they ask me if they can juice

  10. Fodhbla Ní Chonchúir January 21, 2014, 5:23 pm

    Hello Vivian,

    I saw you listed Carrageen as an MSG producing ingredient. Unfortunately, that is incorrect. Carrageen Moss is a type of seaweed that can be found around the world. I use it in my cooking, as it is found on the Kerry seashore. It is a gelling agent. The only way I can think of Carrageen being dangerous is if it is contaminated on the production line.

    Regards,
    Fodhbla

    • Dwight July 31, 2014, 12:58 pm

      Dr. Russell Blaylock, board certified neurosurgeon, now retired and running a private nutritional practice says this about carrageenan: “Experimentally, carrageenan is used as an agent to induce intense inflammation in experimental animals. A recent study found that when carrageenan was injected in animals along with a cancer-causing chemical, tumors appeared more rapidly, and in significantly higher numbers than in control animals injected with carcinogen alone. The same was seen when human breast cancers were implanted in animals along with carrageenan……As a result, carrageenan is classified as a tumor promoter.” (p.196, “Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life,” 2006)

    • Kimberly Baxter March 4, 2014, 5:59 pm

      Not so. Look up Ray Peat.

      • JoBuNYC April 21, 2014, 11:50 pm

        Look up the singular ramblings of one man? You goddit!

        • ravi May 22, 2014, 9:01 am

          Ray Peat is actually an excellent and reputable source of info – often the truth that the mainstream does not tell you–

          • Anthony LaFlash July 14, 2014, 12:46 am

            Carrageenan is a common food additive that is extracted from a red seaweed, Chondrus crispus, which is popularly known as Irish moss. Carrageenan, which has no nutritional value, has been used as a thickener and emulsifier to improve the texture of ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, soy milk and other processed foods. So it is not healthy at all.

  11. Julie November 22, 2013, 6:09 pm

    Dear Vivian – I have read your book and try to follow the program as closely as possible. I eat as much fibre as I possibly can, lots of filtered water too, but I have found since starting on calcium supplements that I suffer from constipation no matter what I do. I am adding some inulin fibre to my diet and that seemed to help at first but its effects don’t seem to be as effective as they were when I first started taking it a couple of weeks ago. I was happy to find Total cereal while in Hawaii recently and I smuggled some home to Canada. It gave me all the vitamins and minerals I needed (pretty much) but now I find that it contains BHP so that is why it’s banned in Canada! I haven’t yet started on AlgaeCal and I’m hesitant to spend money on one more calcium supplement that I might not be able to continue with due to continued constipation AND the fact that I cannot swallow large pills (not sure how large the AlgaeCal pills are) – have you got any advice?? PS I eat only organic whenever humanly possible and my vitamin supplement (containing as much of the vitamins as I could find based on your list) and my calcium supplement are organic also. Thanks!

    • dudu December 8, 2013, 12:59 am

      Taking too much fiber could also result in constipation if you do not take enough water. So it is better to reduce the amount of fiber intake. You have to know your body because not everyone’s body is the same.that could work for her but it might not work for you.

  12. Suzy November 4, 2013, 11:18 pm

    Anything processed is not a good choice.
    Eat fresh fruits and veggies.
    Prepare your own meals.
    It not that difficult or time consuming.

  13. Harold wandle September 1, 2013, 1:24 pm

    I was surprised to hear that there are so many chemicals in our foods. Why does the united states let these companies using those chemicals in our foods. We are getting sick and mcdonalds is getting wealthy, is there a kickback some where? I am retired from the food business after 46 years and I did not pay attention to our problem. Some people will say that we live longer . Sure we do but it isn’t the chemicals we have better refrigeration and sanitation. The question is what can we do about the problem. When the next president arrives at the white house, maybe he will banned these chemicals in food. Some people say we can eat a little of these chemicals and we will be ok. I say we all live over a100 years old and never show our age. All I can say is for a pun: eat hearty!

    • John July 25, 2014, 11:08 am

      Next president won’t ban them because the head people at food companies most likely backed his campaign.

    • ravi May 22, 2014, 9:04 am

      ” I am retired from the food business after 46 years and I did not pay attention to our problem.”

      what? what?

      how could someone be in the food business and not be aware of what was IN the food business?

      like working for the mafia, managing to retire without the cement bots and being all surprised that they do illegal things —

  14. Tori J June 16, 2013, 10:12 am

    Dear vivian, Cabbage is my favorite food. I love to eat it raw and with food coloring sometimes. I like to eat it with chocolate surup especially. What choco syrup is best on cabbage? Don’t get me wrong, it sounds disgusting but i love it and people should really try it if they like cabbage. Is it healthy for me though? Because i grow my own cabbage

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA September 10, 2013, 7:41 am

      Tori, that is quite an unusual combination! I don’t advocate chocolate syrup on anything, though; it’s loaded with sugar and most brands have some dubious ingredients in them. Also, while chocolate has some health benefits (see question #2: http://saveourbones.com/vivian-answers-day-5/), it is acidifying.

  15. Teresa Coon April 17, 2013, 6:53 am

    What is wrong with Agave nectar… I thought it was a healthy alternative???

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA September 13, 2013, 7:12 am

      Teresa, agave is quite controversial because some brands contain high levels of fructose. But the typical organic agave nectar has approximately 50% fructose, which mimics table sugar (sucrose). And there is controversy about the nectar’s ash residue as well. Some claim it’s a low acid food, others claim it’s neutral to slightly alkaline-forming. Because of this, I recommend honey or stevia as alternatives. :)

  16. Leilani April 11, 2013, 2:39 pm

    wow…….I need to learn more and more! please help!!

  17. Tiffany Drinkwater April 11, 2013, 5:28 am

    If I’m lactose intolerant what are my milk options? I also have IBS so yes I’m screwed I cannot tolerant beans, cabbage, broccoli, greens, yams, sweet potato, cauliflower so what can I possible eat? Everything has something bad in it, my cereal has BHT, food I eat has yellow # 5 and 6 or oils that are bad for you slim sure this is why my stomach hurts every time I eat.

    • Michael August 23, 2014, 10:58 pm

      Don’t drink dairy milk, Its bad for your bones!

    • Fabian Randerath October 7, 2013, 11:06 pm

      The best way to get rid of allergies is to go vegetarian or vegan for a while. As a youth I was allergic to all kinds of nuts, cherries, had hay fever etc. The I ate no meat for about 5 years and now I am free of any allergy and able to eat anything. So the key is to cleanse your blood. some say these allergies are psychosomatic or inherited, so coming to a place of spiritual balance and inner peace is also part of it.

    • Jeannie August 28, 2013, 11:23 am

      I completely understand where you are coming from and I am so luck that I found a solution for me. For me, the answer lied and continues to lie in raw food. I know that sounds weird, but trust me, it isn’t weird to be well. The learning curve was accepting 100 percent responsibility for every bite that goes into my mouth and not eating anything that was put into the mainstream marketplace. This require me to learn how to make meals that I could and would eat. I had to develop my food skills and I had to be patient. This works. Do a little research and learn all you can about Raw Food. It’s totally worth it. I promise.

    • Tori J June 16, 2013, 10:15 am

      i am too. But is your last name really drink water or is that just because you are lactose in tolerant? And fyi almond milk is the best choice. And rie milk tastes like poo.

      • Bet June 4, 2014, 9:10 pm

        Be careful about drinking dairy substitutes because everyone I have tried contains carrageenan. Read about it to see what’s wrong with it. Also you might try a good probiotic to help your stomach.

    • Bonnie G May 25, 2013, 8:48 pm

      I have believed I was lactose intolerant for quite a few years and I almost always got diarrhea from grocery store milk products. I have just joined the Beyond Diet program and they recommend using as much organic as you can. I bought my first container of grass fed milk and believe it or not I have not had a problem. I even bought some ice cream from raw grass fed milk and no problem. I believe that what the cows are eating and are getting injected into them is what causes lactose intolerance. I have no proof, just what I have experienced.

      • Chrissy July 16, 2013, 12:05 pm

        Milk that is homogenized is also not good for you. It makes it harder for your body to digest.Thats probably why you can have dairy foods from raw milk…because it is not homogenized. There is also a way to pasteurize milk (different than commercial milk) that will kill that bad things but not the good. Pasteurizing it for 2 seconds at a super high temp…which is what most milk companies do will end up killing everything and then they have to put back in the vitamins and good things like that which makes it unnatural. Pasteurizing it at a lower degree for 30 minutes gets rid of that bad stuff, keeps in the good stuff. But who wants to pasteurize milk for 30 minutes when you can do it for 2 seconds? I know a company that does this certain type of pasteurization and does not homogenize their milk. They also feed their cows GMO free feed along with grass. Check out Spokane’s Family Farm on Facebook for more info.

  18. myrtle March 7, 2013, 11:48 am

    VIVIAN PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF “OSTEO BI-FLEX IS GOOD FOR YOUR BONES? IT CONTAINS 2400 MG GLUCOSAMINE CHONDROITINE MSM.

    • becky March 25, 2013, 1:43 am

      Forget milk substitutes and drink the real thing! RAW unpastuerized non-homoginized is one of the best nutrient dense foods available to man.Also lay off sugar including breads and starches including veggies&unseasonal fruits .Use Stevia.Eat tons of HEALthy fats found in nuts,oils and meats from grass-fed pastured animals.Eat eggs-massive protien there.Get your carb intake from sulfur rich veggies.Drink homemade bone broths.Wean from poisonous prescription drugs.Eat good /suppliments/ detox/exercise and LOVE!

  19. Larisa Brusnitsyna March 6, 2013, 4:32 am

    Can I buy normal,unhurmful prodacts at any store beside a as it is extremly expensive?Is it hurmful ingredients: Cultured milk,Xantham Gum,acetic acid,Guar Gum,unbleached enriched flour,thiamine Mononitrate,enzymes,monocalcium phosphate,soybean oil,dextrose,methyl sulfonyl methane,soy protein isolate,brewers yeast,potassium sorbate?

    • Anthony LaFlash July 14, 2014, 12:56 am

      thiamine Mononitrate Is Vitamin B1 which is essential oranges and other fruits contain it and it is unharmful.

  20. karlknudson February 23, 2013, 3:54 am

    i have bone degeneration problem in my hip , i really need to pay attn to what me grubin on .all these things listed in this article really hit home with me, going to read everything i consume from now on ,and this genectically engineered stuff is straight evil doing from our fearless leaders ,i bet they have there own private farm that grows straight up old fashoned corn veges cattle and chickens and pork that is not exposed to antibiotics and other drugs or chemicals ,like the rothchilds and rockerfellers ,they dont go shopping for food at ralphs or any other commercial grocery store,im thinking

    • John January 1, 2014, 10:58 pm

      I raised two cornish cross chickens for their meat and today I butchered them. All the chicken feed that is sold around here is made with GMO grains. These two chickens looked quite healthy, well that is until their inner parts were removed. Their livers which should be a dark reddish color, had turned mostly a tan color but there were still places of the dark reddish color as well. Does anyone think it is possible their livers were being poisoned by what they were eating. I found it quite disturbing to say the least.

      • Sheila April 5, 2014, 9:10 am

        theres no need to kill animals today we have vegitarian protein

      • Kimberly Baxter March 4, 2014, 6:06 pm

        Maybe you were being punished for killing them.

        • Denice Laws March 16, 2014, 3:43 pm

          Maybe you should grow up.

          • dan April 5, 2014, 9:07 am

            I know killing animals is wrong believe wat u want ur time is short here n I’m the one who will b rite in the end n u won’t like way u find out wen u die

  21. Mary Connolly February 7, 2013, 5:46 pm

    Vivian thank you for your continued research. You certainly provide us with the knowledge we need to make the best choices for our health.

    • Tori J June 16, 2013, 10:07 am

      I know

  22. Betty January 24, 2013, 10:33 am

    Thanks again for info on food additives. I read labels all the time to watch for these but need to keep the more dangerous ones and what they are in my memory. Perhaps carrying a list in my purse will help.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA January 24, 2013, 11:20 am

      That’s a great idea, Betty!

      • Tori J June 16, 2013, 10:17 am

        you can also just do it on ur phone

  23. Alicia January 5, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the disgusting breakdown of dangerous food additives to avoid. I added “eating less processed food” to my list of goals for 2013 and provided a link back to this article on http://www.GreenerLivingBlog.com.

  24. Kristin January 2, 2013, 8:25 pm

    How bad is alcohol for the bones? I love my evening wine.

  25. Phon January 1, 2013, 2:23 am

    Thank you very much for this very detail and informative info. I am very fortunate to read this article and yr website. very througout info not only for bone health but also I think for overall health. I really enjoy reading yr website. Please keep up good work and article. We love to read more. I appreciate it. Happy new year 2013!

  26. Diane December 31, 2012, 8:45 am

    Ordered your Program today … after years diagnosed as osteopenia and now full blown osteoporosis after research once my OBGYN subscribed those drugs, I decided NOT to take them for feel within 5 years I could experience a worse condition. I just do not remember my grandmothers or great grandmothers generation having issues with their bones??? Finding your site has been such a blessing for at least now I feel I have experts who can be my partner to do whatever I can to preserve my bone health. I am 65 and fly international for an airline … feel terrific and hope to keep my good health with proper eating rather than heavy drugs.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA January 24, 2013, 11:23 am

      Diane, thank you so much for your order, and I am so glad to hear that you are taking charge of your own health! Stop in any time and let us know how you are doing.

  27. Bastian December 24, 2012, 1:01 pm

    Annoying, and even then I still think I’d drink it.Anonymous, did you mean the SNY Ranger Blog? Why would I give them credit? They weren’t ivlvnoed with the investigation.Besides I don’t remember them giving me credit for coming up with their blog idea in 2008 when I started mine back in 2007.

  28. Elaine S. Zimmer December 11, 2012, 11:11 am

    Very good article.

    I don’t eat cereal every morning, but for years have eaten “Uncle Sam” original, since 1908. Are you familiar with it? I think it’s an excellent product.

  29. eleanor kraak November 25, 2012, 1:15 am

    Such good help. I already read labels , but , my goodness, never knew some of those ingredients I don’t know are really harmful chemicals. I grew up on a farm, all our food was natural. Mother ever had our wheat ground and baked bread for us. I especially appreciated reading about milk and that it is not good for our bones, also enriched flour. Thank you for sharing all this good stuff. EPK

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA January 24, 2013, 11:22 am

      You are most welcome, Eleanor! Thank you for visiting this site and sharing your thoughts. :)

  30. Janyce November 11, 2012, 10:24 pm

    I’ve heard how unhealthy cereal really is & the BHT I knew since the 80’s I think I single handed wipped most of it out,but I see it’s still around-this is good to see to remind people.Sometimes we here things but have to be re-mined again’

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  33. John September 22, 2012, 10:23 pm

    Speaking of nuts…you are a nutbag. You have taken a very valid point and useful message and buried it under pseudoscientific garbage substantiated by faulty logic. Do yourself a favor, have someone with an education beyond Highschool look over your information and edit it for content and substance. Support your arguments (you have good ones) with science and document it. There is enough good information out there that people don’t have to follow unsubstantiated crap any longer. You will get more followers and help more people by providing good information than by continuing on as you are. If you are just trying to make money off of the fear of others then by all means just keep doing what you are doing.

    • dano October 11, 2012, 6:59 pm

      John, you are the nutbag. I know that this information is right on, and have known about these additives for many years. One in particlular, that no one seems to be alarmed about, and should, is the use of BHTs as preservatives. John can go eat what he wants, he will anyways, and will pay down the line for it.
      Thanks Vivian for this great wake up call, in food processing technics.

      • brunes October 31, 2012, 11:33 am

        I think what John is eferring to is you are taking a perfectly valid goal, to eat healthy and have less preservatives in your diet, and instead of backing up the article with science you are backing it up with pseudo-science and fear mongering.

        Let’s take for example your bashing of Propylene glycol, a compound which is “generally regarded as safe” by the FDA for consumption. Who cares if Propylene glycol is used in automotive antifreeze? You know what else is used in antifreeze? Water! Should you stop consuming water because it is an ingredient in embalming fluid? I don’t see what rattling off a bunch of toxing things a product is an ingredient is does to educate anyone about anything.

        Doing things like this just makes people assume that it’s another thing written from a crackpot point of view, and disregard any other valid points in the article.

        • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA July 17, 2013, 11:10 pm

          Without drinking water we ‘d perish… but propylene glycol is a man-made chemical. And the FDA deems as “safe” lots of dangerous chemicals and drugs that send many people to the ER…

          • Kimberly Baxter March 4, 2014, 6:11 pm

            Couldn’t agree more. And look at how many people are killed by prescription drugs!

  34. mbrio September 20, 2012, 11:05 pm

    Good work! I like your website.

  35. Ranch Vegetable Dip August 24, 2012, 1:29 pm

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  36. Rosa July 17, 2012, 12:27 pm

    Hello Rosemary. Although my food allergies are not quite so severe as yours seem, I do still have to be careful what I eat. Last year, after a sudden scare with one of my eyes and other symptoms (at ages 57), I decided to do alot of research and a complete detox of my system. What I suggest you do as soon as you can is:- 1/ A parasite cleanse. 2/ A colon cleanse. You can do these 2 at the same time, this will be even more effective, as the colon cleanse helps to rid your body of any parasites as they die off. There is a company in the US which do both these products and they are very effective, safe and at the same time give your system extra nutrition. The colon cleanse completely cleans the gut and colon and you should do for at least 3 months (if you have not done it previously). It is a herbal fibre blend powder mix and gives your gut good bacteria at the same time.
    So first think about this complete cleanse system, then get back to diet afterwards. It really helps you to absorb your good food and your nutrients so much better.
    There is also a really good Liver & Gall bladder flush you can do easily at home – which again cleans these organs out.

  37. charlene carney July 12, 2012, 9:15 pm

    thank you for the free education. this goes along with other information I have found concerning amalgam fillings and immunizations created using mercury. what I don’t get is what is really going on with the poisoning of the population through the things we use as consumers?

    • John January 1, 2014, 11:08 pm

      Simply; it is named or called EUGENICS

  38. wendy June 13, 2012, 6:19 pm

    Great article! Keep ‘em coming!

  39. virginia June 6, 2012, 11:37 pm

    I have your book and I am trying to work the program. Thankyou for all you have done for so many of us. I love the morning star products and thought I was eating healthy. Thankyou for the heads up on that one!! Sincerely Virginia

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 24, 2012, 1:40 pm

      You’re very welcome, Virginia!

  40. anonymous May 2, 2012, 3:32 pm

    quote:

    Textured soy protein concentrate, carrageenan, maltodextrin, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, modified cornstarch: All of these are basically different names to hide ingredients that either contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) or form MSG during processing.

    textured soy protein is an additive in some meats and also used as a meat replacement. carrageenan is a red algae from europe. the natural form is ok, but there is a bad form as well. These products have nothing to do with msg. Disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate are products that enhance the effect of msg and usually indicate that msg is present. Where are you getting msg from textured soy protein, carrageenan, and modified cornstarch?

  41. Mary McNally April 4, 2012, 2:03 pm

    I’m doing better since I’ve been reading your emails.Learning about food, My pain has gone to about 50% less than what it was before. Thank You very Much. Mary

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  43. Gloria Jones March 24, 2012, 1:53 pm

    Yes, I agree. It’s almost impossible to find processed foods without a long list of ingredients never before heard of. What the medical profession and the drug lords may or may not know, is that these food additives are most likely responsible for the illnesses that are rampant in today’s society, and hardly ever heard of a few generations ago. I am guilty of using the so-called “convenience foods”, as they are a time saver. And they are all packaged so alluringly, it’s hard to resist. A word about that: “When you open the package, the food within bears little resemblance to the picture on the package. So don’t be fooled by the coat of pretty colors when the pale and tasteless and non-nutritious lies within.

  44. Marc March 22, 2012, 10:01 pm

    Osteoperosis or osteopina…none for me, but months ago lost my mom at 96 to it very much..years of hunched over an organ or piano and no correct diet, then to nursing home and all the cannned goods and worse.. Vit. K, yes, but get the K2.
    Do the weight bearing exercises..they are not hard to do but work wonders for your structure and vitality.

  45. Marc March 22, 2012, 9:52 pm

    Vivian has so much good advice for you. Even though my eyes get stronger from wiser ways, I carry a credit card size magnifier to read the small print. Many ask me where I got it. But they don’t read labels and buy and support things I would not touch. Painful to see young tots toting bags of things that will ever affect their health. Only way to hope to make it better is to vote with your money..don’t buy..tell the store how much junk they carry. Join in and add your name to petitions to cease GMO, MSG, flouridated water and toothpaste and more.
    Browmated bread? no way..brown and wild rice organic is so much better. Cakes and pies? wow the power of a small piece of 85% cacao dark chocolate..all the better vs. the other. Cereal and pastuerized milk..dropped the junk years and years ago. My doc? he retired years ago and had not seen him in years anyway.

    You have only one you…take care of you by using such resouces as Vivian and others.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 24, 2012, 1:41 pm

      Great advice, Marc!

  46. Art Jessee March 22, 2012, 1:16 pm

    Don’t forget, the “corporation” adulterates our food on purpose to keep we the people fat, dumb and dependant on them as a means to control all of us. If we stay healthy, we don’t need them and that is a real problem for those who consider themselves above us.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA August 24, 2012, 1:42 pm

      Amen!

  47. SYLVIA MALINOWSKI January 8, 2012, 12:35 pm

    I HAVE THE MSG PROBLEM. I GET SEIZURES FROM IT WHEN FOODS EATEN ACCUMULATE AND GO OVER A CERTAIN AMOUNT. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR FOUR YEARS. CANNOT GO ANYWHERE TO EAT, NO VACATIONS, CRUISES OR EVEN FAMILY EVENTS. OTHER THEN STAYING AWAY FROM FOODS CONTAINING MSG, OR ITS MANY OTHER NAMES, CAN YOU SUGGEST ANY OTHER SOLUTION THAT MIGHT HELP. I CAN E-MAIL YOU A LIST OF THE THIRTEEN OTHER NAMES FOR MSG GIVEN TO ME BY MY GODCHILD, WHO HOPED IT WOULD FURTHER HELP ME PREVENT FURTHER MSG SEIZURES. I HAVE TRIED A FEW SUGGESTIONS THROUGH BOOKS I READ, BY DR. BLAYBLOCK AND OTHERS, BUT NOTHING HAS HELPED. DR, BLAYLOCK’S BOOK [EXCITOTOXINS, THE TASTE THAT KILLS] WAS FANTASTIC AND A BOOK BY DR, SCHWARTZ ALSO WASINFORMATIVE, BUT NOTHING HAS RID ME OF THE MSG PROBLEM, PLEASE PLEASE HELP. SYLVIA

    • Dhewie December 22, 2012, 3:44 am

      Nothing bad is happening. It’s the law of ecoiomncs that things have to be different, up and down. There has to be high prices and low prices high net worth people and vis versa. Anyone and everyone who is seeking success is getting it.. all global economies are booming, stock exchanges are high.. properties are high. If you know how to make money, then you don’t need sources.. all one need is to apply brains.It’s a simple law survival of the fittest . Make sure that you fall in the suggested category’ of fittest.

    • suzanne May 27, 2012, 9:28 pm

      I have seizures from too much soybean oil or msg as well as many other foods like nuts & oils…sugars & spices…artificials & perservatives & synthetics plus a gluten problem eating wheat oats barley 7 rye. I’m forced to eat healthy otherwise I’m getting punched in the head with seizures or punched in the gut with pain from gluten. Fortunately I can still enjoy pizza every few weeks (gluten free or not) as well as cheesecake around the holidays!

  48. Suzy December 17, 2011, 9:02 pm

    Wow, Vivian, thank you for this useful information! Label reading is my new hobby! LOL! I’m glad your website is here for us to learn all these great tips — about food *and* exercise. And speaking of foods with “hidden” ingredients, the latest news on Italian olive oil is NOT GOOD! We’re being scammed on just what’s in olive oil imported from Italy, and you can read about it here:
    http://www.peak-health-now.com/olive-oil-scams.html

    A website like Vivian’s is a valuable tool for all of us!! Thank you, Vivian!
    – Suzy
    [osteopenia of the back, osteoporosis of the hip]

  49. grace courtright December 12, 2011, 3:08 pm

    I AM TAKEING A SUPPLEMENT COMBO FROM STANDARD PROCESS. THE CALCIUM IS FROM RAW VEAL BONES AND THEY HAVE THEIR OWN FACILITY IN WISCONSIN. ALL THIRE
    VITAMINS ARE FROM NATURAL PLANTS AND OTHER SOURCES. ITS WORTH A TRY. GET
    THEM FROM YOUR LOCAL CHIROPRACTOR.
    GRACE

  50. vergie McDonald November 10, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Loved all the information

  51. Sharon November 7, 2011, 3:41 pm

    Thank you for another very informative article.

    Now that I’m following your program, I base my meals (and snacks) on raw vegetables, fresh and dried fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, and beans. (Yes, the beans are canned, but they are organic with nothing (including salt) added). I find this a fun and flavorful way to eat — and my energy levels are always high. I just wish more restaurants catered to my way of eating!

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 7, 2011, 6:12 pm

      That’s great to hear, Sharon, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the program! Yes, wouldn’t it be wonderful if more restaurants served bone healthy, pH-balanced, organic meals? Maybe someday… :)

  52. Nora October 17, 2011, 6:18 am

    Thank you for all of the wonderful articles including the articles on flu shots!

    How do we get the the companies who process and sell foods, along with the FDA and government officials who allow them to do it, to stop adding “poisons” to our food and medicine?

  53. Dr John Dzineku October 13, 2011, 8:00 pm

    Dear Dr Vivian. Again you have made my day. You not only the expert in Oesteoporosis but also the expert in nutrition.

    If l may say, you and me are on similar wavelength.l do not use prescription medicines; l use food supplements based on my knowledge on molecular mechanisms of drug action. Thanking you so much for the courtesy extended by giving me these information and you indeed deserve more than this. all the very best.

  54. Fenella August 6, 2011, 3:47 pm

    MSG is used to make lab rats obese. It does this by injuring the hypothalamus. It has exactly the same effect on human beings. T. Colin Campbell wrote “The China Study” some years ago, obviously; since then, there has been an 18-fold increase in China of childhood obesity since 1996, caused almost exclusively by MSG intake. So, in addition to damaging our bones, it causes weight gain. So why would any of your readers want to consume it?

  55. Jan Hiley July 13, 2011, 9:18 am

    Thank you for all the good advice and ewncouragement. I have been doing all of this stuff -diet and exercise – for at least 25 years, so I don’t understand why at 64 I have been diagnosed w/osteoporosis!
    One thing I have noticed – I get irregular heartbeat from eating hydrolyzed protein and autolyzed yeast extract. Very bad for you!!
    Thank you for all you do!

    • Sheryl Ann August 12, 2011, 1:23 am

      I read once that autolyzed yeast extract is just another name for MSG & to stay away from it.

  56. Helen Sears June 27, 2011, 4:43 pm

    Wonderfully thorough. Thank you.

  57. Feona June 25, 2011, 2:59 pm

    This is an interesting article, especially as you’re referring to processed and convenience foods produced and sold n the US. here in the UK we have several supermarkets who have made a real effort to remove chemicals and unhealthy additives from their convenience foods. Although I wouldn’t recommend living off them entirely, I don’t think the odd ‘ready meal’ now and then hurts, especially when you can see the list of organic ingredients they contain – and the rubbish which has been excluded!

    • Kinq December 22, 2012, 9:49 am

      Well what do you think about the Cowboys now MSG? If they win all the remaining games that would let them fisnih with a 9 and 7 record and a chance to make the playoffs. Wishful thinking right?Big game Thursday against the Saints.We’ll see. Say hello to Mom and tell her we are thinking of her evryday and in our prayers.Give Hiebie a hug for us also.Will keep in touch

    • Bee December 27, 2011, 10:08 am

      I agree. As far as ingredients go, we seem to be better off here in the UK than our friends in the USA.
      I’ve just checked the ingredients in the(unsweetened, organic)Almond Milk that I use and the thickener is tapioca starch. I’ve also checked out some of the other foodstuffs that Vivian mentions and we don’t seem to have the many ‘chemical’ingredients that the USA does. On the other hand, our food is more expensive especially since in the past few years there’s been a movement afoot to get away from ‘cheap’ food with all its attendant potential health problems.

  58. maureen absten June 22, 2011, 7:55 am

    I have been preaching natural and anti preservative and chemical for years in my nursing practice. Thank-you for exposing the intrigue and outright lies.

  59. Gerri May 11, 2011, 7:17 am

    Vivian,
    How can I find almond milk that does not have carrageenan in it?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 18, 2011, 9:57 pm

      Gerri, carrageenans are extracted from red seaweeds and used as a natural thickener in foods and drinks. Unless you have an allergy, they shouldn’t present a problem. If you do have an allergy to carrageenans, you can make your own almond milk.

      • jdial October 7, 2011, 2:23 pm

        Vivian, above you listed carrageenans as being among those labels used to disguise unhealthy chemicals such as BHTs. “Textured soy protein concentrate, carrageenan, maltodextrin, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, modified cornstarch: All of these are basically different names to hide ingredients that either contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) or form MSG during processing.” Are they basically benign, then?

        -jackie-

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 13, 2011, 4:09 pm

      Gerri, carrageenans are extracted from red seaweeds and used as a natural thickener in foods and drinks. Unless you’re allergic, they’re fine. Most commercially made almond milk has some thickener to give it a better consistency (and more similar to cow’s milk). If you do have an allergy to seaweeds or carrageenans, you can make your own almond milk. You’ll find many easy recipes through an online search.

      • Shirley November 5, 2011, 1:15 pm

        If carrageenans are “fine” unless you’re allergic, why do you list them in the “worst offenders” above? I just don’t understand what you’re saying…

        • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA November 7, 2011, 6:02 pm

          I understand the confusion, Shirley. Carrageenan can be synthetic, meaning derived from chemical manipulation instead of from nature. The problem with synthetic carrageenan is that it often contains synthetic MSG. Natural carrageenan, on the other hand, is extracted from seaweed. The problem is that most manufacturers do not differentiate the products. According to Blue Diamond’s Almond Breeze ( almond milk), the carrageenan they use is from seaweed. There’s no info from Morningstar farms, but given the large amount of MSG products they use, I’d be very surprised if they were to use natural carrageenan.

  60. Dawn Hoyt May 4, 2011, 1:23 pm

    As an alternative to a processed “veggie burger” I make my own with a can of beans or chickpeas or lentils, a couple of eggs, some hemp seeds, and breadcrumbs from Ezekiel sprouted bread. Then I add whatever seasonings/spices sound good at the time, and brown on a griddle until heated through. Quick, economical, easy and delicious!

    • Ellen Schamberger May 10, 2011, 6:26 pm

      Thank you Vivin glade we do not use any cearl with so called Iron! Use to use the Vegie burgers, now will not.

  61. Patricia Adams April 1, 2011, 8:21 am

    Hi Vivian, You mentioned using milk substitutes with a healthy cereal and fresh fruit. What can I use as a MILK SUBSTITUTE. thank you Patricia

    • jdial October 7, 2011, 2:07 pm

      Almond milk makes a good milk substitute. It is lactose free and tastes good.

  62. Valerie Mills March 1, 2011, 2:02 pm

    I am still struggling with the 80/20% balance. I just cant visualize it, If I look at it as 1 out of 5 am I looking at volume so If I have a hamburger patty, do I then have to eat 4 other items that are 4 x in volume? I guess maybe a couple of examples would be really helpful if anyone would mind helping me out.

  63. juvy January 26, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Dear Vivian, I have learned many things in your e-mails thank you very much for all tha informations about foods and good health.

    I will try to be careful of what I will buy.I have read about fructoses,can cause obesity,diabetes and all sorts of problems, the question is they are all present in the beverages,also in all fruits which I have read in dr.mercola.com it is vwery scary. My husband said, he will just eat what he wants,because iotherwise he has nothing to eat. thank you love always from juvy.But I am vry careful of what I am eating I study your instructions

    • Oscar May 7, 2012, 5:37 am

      Hi there MSG!Quite a blog you got going. And the penmanship WOW! I guess Eddie Bear pasesd some of that talent down with the genes!BTW so far this season the Cowgirls are costing me one Jefferson’s note since they are just one down from the Vikes. I was reminded of the balance by you know who!Well keep it up and I’llbe checking on you! Howbout them Rangers UH?I almost forgot tell Farve that the sunny, warm, tropical Texas Coast ha lots of assited living comunities. He may be on the market soon. LOL.The Captain!

  64. SERGIO MARTINEZ December 8, 2010, 7:03 pm

    It really scares me to know that we are very helpless before what we eat in restaurants or the products we buy at the supermarket. Fortunately we have a lot in our power to avoid taking these harmful substances.

    • RICH BARCEL February 26, 2011, 7:18 pm

      HOW ABOUT BOYCOTTING THE STORES YOU BUY YOUR GROCERIES FROM. GETTING OTHERS TO JOIN YOU WILL SEND A STRONG MESSAGE. REMEMBER, PEOPLE POWER. THE STORES WOULD’T WANT TO LOSE THE CUSTOMERS SO THEY MAY HAVE TO NOTIFY THE COMPANIES TO ELEMINATE THOSE HARMFUL INGREDIENTS.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA December 11, 2010, 12:53 am

      You can enjoy an occasional restaurant meal as long as you’re careful the rest of the time. And more and more restaurants have healthy, even organic options.

  65. Lynette Samuel December 8, 2010, 6:43 pm

    Could you explain to me why you say organic yohurt containing cow’s milk is good for you but having organic milk on your cereal leeches calcium from your bones? Also,I often have a soya yohurt after a main meal. Is this better than organic cow’s milk yohurt?
    I look forward to your answer. With many thanks.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA December 11, 2010, 12:56 am

      Plain unsweetened yogurt (along with other fermented dairy products) has a neutral pH. Non-fermented dairy products, whether organic or not, are acidifying. As long as it’s plain and unsweetened, soy yogurt is also neutral.

  66. Zena Bailey December 1, 2010, 6:39 am

    Hello Vivian. Thank you for all the info on dangerous items in food, I loved my cereal for breaky now i will be more on guard..You don’t mention fish much, I love prawns the ones we get in Australia are very good. not farmed but out of the sea & fresh .is it ok to have them I also like Nile perch I know it is from overseas. The wsalmo0n mentioned is too expensive for me ,so I wondered what the alternate fish I could eat, I love fish, I am going to start the cleanse program soon, looking forward to it,
    Regards Zena Bailey.

  67. Louise Stewart November 8, 2010, 8:38 pm

    Hi
    vivian; Another great email! My husband and I

    look over the additives on foods but don’t do

    very well in avoiding what we should. We do

    eat home-cooked and home-grown foods and are

    trying to be more health conscious. Thanks

    for proding us to do better. Louise

    • Nilesh July 27, 2012, 5:40 am

      The 2012 fear seems to me to be much more widespread than the y2k siillness ever was. Add to it all the increasing worldwide catastrophes, (think economic crisis, food crisis, major earthquakes, H1N1 scare, out of control floods, landslides, wildfires, etc, etc!!!) and I’m starting to get worried that 2012 fears will cause panic and hysteria as that date gets closer ..what do you think?21 minutes ago 4 days left to answer.Actually, I was basing this on how much i’ve seen people react to it on the internet. I’ve hardly heard anyone talk about it where i live only a little bit. But I just see that knowledge of it is very widespread, and all the horrible things that are happening are fueling the fire.I don’t mean that there is hysteria now, of course, because it’s only 2010. But there are already lots of people who make comments all over the news websites about how all these terrible things are happening because of 2012, blah, blah, etc. (sometimes jokingly, but sometimes very seriously face it, gullible people exist whether you like it or not.)

  68. Zemka October 8, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Dear Dr.Vivian,
    I enjoy reading your articles and would like to let you know that we are vegeterians for 25 yr’s.Reason was that I had several problems with coffee adiction I think causing fibrocystic breast,uteral fibroid and back pains due to overuse at work(back flexion instead using hips or knees),stress,sitting,decreased walking/exerc, lack of sleep.etc
    Finaly I decided to change my total diet and the result was that all the problems disapeared-I’m /we are(my husband) not on any medication at now age 65 and retired.Due to above inactivity and previous diet I too developed osteopenia and osteporosis in my lumbar(L4-5) joints. I was put on actonel and developed long flu like simptoms.I decided to stop using actonel.Again It was suggested by the doctors to use fosamax-which I tried a few times and decided not to use it any more.Every MD visit produced super results so far. I cut out memogram visits to 2-3 years,as I can feel any changes in my body and if I get any pain I knew the cause(usually poor posture-food alergy)
    (In the begining of my diet change it was very dificult to change.I was very strict re fat intake and I steamed most of the time our food. My husband lost slowly 65 lb in first year and for 20+ years he maintains his ideal weight. He used to have HBP and sleeping apnea-all is gone long time ago.He rarely visits doctors and his health is good so far.(His main focus is nutrition)
    During the course of my career(OT) I sew various life styles of my clients they choose and their end results by becoming debilitated- taking large amounts of medication and finally many losing their independency.
    Therefore,in my situation my goal is to increase my bone integrity-matrix- density and show to the doctors that it is possible to reverse the process with out using those harmful medication and work on building up muscle mass and body flexibility-(I need to work harder to incorporate and increase my exercise program with my various daily activities(walking,exercise,art,photography,family and friends as well as house and meal preparation)
    Thank you for listening and sorry for my way of expressing myself as English is my second language)
    All the best,
    Zemka

    • Paul Rudge November 7, 2010, 9:36 pm

      I was wondering if in fact it would be a good idea if I didn’t eat anything. Even drinking water is dangerous because of chemical additives.
      Perhaps we should all just lie down and die?

      • Deena LaShall Callaway January 8, 2011, 4:13 pm

        Life is a beautiful gift from God.Our responsibility is to enpower ourself with infomation, such as what Vivian is providing and enjoy each day with a positive attitude, understanding that “Life Is A Gift from God.” Remember that your attitude determines your altitude. You can go as high as you chose, or stay in a fearful mood. Choose life, it is like a vapor, it appearth for a short time, and then fadeth away. Again, choose LIFE!

  69. gloriabernstein September 29, 2010, 1:43 pm

    i just paid for and ordered your ‘save our bones’ book. now i get a message that the ’44bone health do’s & don’t;s is included
    with my order but find they are digital items and need to download them.i did not order digital items!my computer cannot download information. so am i being shortchanged with my order is this disinformation in advertizing? can i have this info. printed out for me?
    can you send me info. in written form. thank you.

    • Jessica October 4, 2010, 8:04 pm

      I too was surprised when I got my email. Except for the book itself, I found out that I need to download everything else. I also did not opt for the digital items. Like you I felt shortchanged and I thought the cost of all these was too high after adding printing costs. I hope we can get an explanation from Vivian about this. Thank you.

  70. penelope September 24, 2010, 1:19 pm

    again, Xylitol is super healthy sweetener. Looks like sugar, tastes like sugar, no aftertaste like Stevia.
    A little expensive, but well worth it!

  71. Catherine Ash September 8, 2010, 5:54 am

    Hi Vivian, Intresting topic. Have always watched lables on food packets never buy anything with items in it i am not sure of. I suffer from alergic reactions to many items and have to be careful. Our food chain had been poisoned by additives which we dont need and cannot digest all in the name of MONEY.Wonder why there is so much sickness around ? Catherine

  72. Roberta June 25, 2010, 7:19 am

    What do you think of xylitol? I have read reports that claim it helps build bone.

    • Kimberly J. Cook July 23, 2010, 8:59 am

      Iam A Research Nutrionist who studies under an Internist, Gastroenterologist. She is a wonderful doctor who is filled with so much knowledge. My quest in life is to help anyone I am able to. I adore studying nutrition. You are wonderful and right on. I love reading and learning from you!!!

  73. Roberta June 25, 2010, 7:10 am

    I am confused over into which category foods like walnuts and yogurt fall. Some lists have walnuts as acid.

  74. helen June 23, 2010, 2:13 pm

    carageenan is from seaweed and is used for thickening ….quite a natural and safe product as far as i have heard

    • LynnCS January 1, 2012, 2:04 am

      Otherwise known as Irish Moss.

  75. Maria J.Mckenney June 19, 2010, 11:34 pm

    Dear Vivian: Thankyou so very much for your all your advice. I don’t eat cereal,once on the w. I like to eat fruits, cerely, carrots, cucombros, an fruts… After O.meal some times, or eggs. – Cocolate and chees, some time w.toust. Etc.etc.- I like made home soups, Green plainten. No to much meet Few times fish, or chiken. I love cheeses, Vegetab les and fresh food, not frouzen. Apologize for my my gramma. Sincerely, Maria

  76. Kathy Ickringill June 9, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Thanks for the info on Vit. K. You said Ki is found in SPINACH. We eat lots of fresh Spinach. Should we limit the amount? Also heard a Doctor on a radio health program promoting a product called Intellical. He stressed the value of VIT. K2. I (kathy) just started using a product called INNO-OSTEO. which contains K2,D3, Mag. B12, etc. You can check it out at Co. Website, http://www.inno-vite.com .

  77. Nu Ly June 8, 2010, 6:07 am

    Thank you the article processed food dangerous & hidden food ingredients. From now on I pay attention to read the ingredient babels.

    Your diet is admirable.

    In morning eat fruits, pumpkin seeds. Lunch-start salad, then veggies, nuts & seeds. Do you accompany some sandwiches or rice? meat only eat at dinner.

    Talking is easy, but pratice is difficult, I learn slow. I’ll do my best, because I want to get health which money can’t buy.

    I think the food prepare by myself is more safe, no preservative.

  78. Danica June 2, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Hi Vivian, I love milk, how about Goat;s milk it is praized a lot for many medicinal reasons, I did not have milk when I was grwing, my teeth where not good and now I am struck with osteo, low bone density, Vitamin D depletion,

    • Ahmad July 27, 2012, 3:44 am

      I can take no money from you .well yeah i can but not yet .Ill talk to the vendor this week and try and get you a salpme pack e-mail me your address and i will put it in the mail .next week

  79. Bula Chick May 29, 2010, 7:37 pm

    Once again thank you for all your hard work!! For two years I have followed Michael Murrays “acid/alkaline” suggestions . And so happy you address alkaline foods. In a month I am to have a dex scan. It will be interesting how it compares to two years ago. When medical docs view my report they of course want me on “drugs”. I take to my chiropractor and he says all is well!! Go figure! Again THANK YOU

  80. Christine May 28, 2010, 12:00 pm

    This is shocking as are so many other readily available food products that should be banned.Can we not involve our Health Ministers?
    This is such a complicated issue for many people who are confused or totally unaware.
    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  81. Lydian b. May 23, 2010, 7:17 pm

    Vivian, I didn’t go on and get my masters in nutrition but I did take every class in nutrition than was available in college–along with three chemistry classes (general, organic and food) and have done a lot of reading on the subject as well.

    When I was a teenager I was taught that eating between meals (snacks) is very hard on your digestive system. Apparently it takes 4-5 hours for your stomach to digest a meal and have a time to rest before the next meal (or snack) is added to the mix. That is one reason it is essential to eat a hardy breakfast. Your body has digested your evening meal and gone a while with nothing in it and needs that good breakfast to “jump-start” your new day.

    I was also taught that the evening meal should be the lightest meal of the day and eaten early so your stomach has time to digest it before you go to bed.

    I know this flies in the face of the way people live today but it has worked well for me and my family. (Not all of my five children have followed their early training but I did what I could when they were home with their father and me.)

    I am almost 86 now and doctors tell me I have amazing health for “a woman your age.” I am on no medications and all my vital signs are excellent. (My one health problem is a bad back–caused by a small deformity in my lower spine when I was born which I didn’t know I had until it started bothering me in my late 70’s and it was x-rayed.

    I’ve led a very active life and it never really bothered me until then. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 18 and am pretty much a Vegan now.

    How do you see this?

  82. Helen Mcguire May 17, 2010, 1:57 pm

    I was suprised to read about soybean crops being genetically modified. I often snack on Edamame, which are soybeans. How can I tell if they come from genetically modified crops?

    • Dawn Hoyt May 4, 2011, 1:17 pm

      “USDA Certified Organic” should be clearly labeled on the package.

    • Celine Monaghan January 3, 2011, 10:41 pm

      Read the labels. Anything that says organic should be free of GM. Anything that simply does not say is probably genetically modified. FDA does not allow products to be described as GM free (apparently it will “confuse the consumer”), but they may be described as organic. Best plan is to choose organic every time.

  83. Anna Aronovitch May 13, 2010, 8:32 pm

    It’s amazing that so many foods have more toxic chemicals than beneficial nutrients. Are any of the bars ok for consumption like – larabar.

  84. Mary Jo Ream May 13, 2010, 2:10 pm

    I need help! I have a very acidic PH… HOW CAN I GET THIS NO. AT AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL? Thanks

    MARYJO REAM

    • Diane Smith May 21, 2011, 8:35 pm

      Hi Mary Jo,

      I too was off the charts w/ an acidic pH and it caused me to become very sick, long story….
      Anyway, there is help for you and everyone. The product is called pHenomenal, the website is MRSA30day.com and it saved my life! Anyone reading this, and wants to feel healthy again, bring their body back to the proper pH, fight off free-radicals with -300 antioxidants (yes, I said -300!) (spinach has -24), then order the product, and see for yourself what it can do for you! Money back if you do not see or notice a difference. There is so much more to say about this, but go to the web site and read for yourself! God Bless! Diane Smith

  85. Christine April 30, 2010, 11:26 pm

    Some years back for no reason I began losing a lot of weight. I had just about every test known to man and doctors couldn’t come up with anything except irritable bowel and GERD. I decided to go gluten free because I had a feeling that was part of my problem plus other food intolerances which I attribute to chemicals in the food I was eating. I now bake all my own bread, cakes and biscuits, drink only rice milk eat no processed foods, eat plenty of fresh fruits and veges, and take vitamin supplements and I am slowing gaining some much needed weight. Yes it is a bit more time consuming but you and your families health is the most important thing – don’t expect food and drug companies to care about your health – to them the bottom line is the almighty dollar.

    • l June 27, 2012, 9:44 pm

      I agree totally!

    • Mary Jo Ream May 13, 2010, 2:14 pm

      I am becoming a vegetarian–I am no longer eating any processed or cooked foods; but I still feel that my bones are being comprimised due to a very acidic condition!!!! Help!

      Maryjo Ream

  86. Rosemary Lambert April 26, 2010, 2:15 pm

    How much grapefruit should be eatten each day? I start my breakfast with a half grapefruit, organic hot rice cereal with a few walnuts and raisens(stopped using milk on it since reading your report). The rest of day is not as good , but I do eat fresh brocoli and other veggies along with meat. 2-3 times a week I go Chinese- the salt is probably bad, but I have so many food allergies, I can usually eat Chinese without headaches. All grains except rice, and some rye-breads ( even glutan -free) seem to give headaches, and Olive Oil causes stomach upset. Most calcium supplements cause headaches or frequent urination, even those from health food stores with Citrate. I did find a liquid vitamin D from Biotics research corp. which has my level up to 85. Hopefully that will help, as it has been low many years.
    razy What can a person do to improve with this crazy food allergy? My spine went from -2.5 to -3.5 within the last two years. (I’m 59.)
    Thanks,
    Rosemary Lambert

    • Rosemary Clerehan December 17, 2010, 7:48 am

      Hi, my unmarried name was Rosemary Lambert – and we are the same age! I live in Australia.

  87. Beryl April 25, 2010, 12:02 pm

    My Dr. is asking me to take calcium pills and I am wondering if they are good for me or not. If the calcium in cows milk depleats the calcium in our bones will calcium pills not do the same?

  88. Sheila Kaye Ramehy April 22, 2010, 11:41 am

    I am so thankful to have found your web page. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis last fall. I will be following this diet more closely when I arrive home. Thank you for all you have presented so far. I havehad a gastric by pass and have a thyroid problem so I have to diet all the time. Every bit of food I put in my mouth has to be quality food. Thank you for your information and I look forward to each email you send. Sheila Ramey

  89. Nancy O'Brien April 22, 2010, 10:11 am

    I invested in the Save our Bone Health resources several months ago and have been encouraged and amazed at what I’ve learned (and passed on to my friends and loved ones). This video about reduced iron is shocking – thank you for including this and researching all of this for us. Many people just won’t take the time to learn about the ingredients that are hidden in our food but they will have to pay the price with ill health as they get older. The more we learn about healthy alternatives, the more we can make educated and wise choices as we take our health into our own hands.

    Thank you again for all of your hard work and commitment to get the word out.

    Nancy O’Brien
    Pensacola, FL

  90. Cris April 21, 2010, 7:43 pm

    Can anyone tell me anything about a product called Bonexcin. Is it worthwhile?
    Thank you.

  91. Abbe Schumann April 8, 2010, 5:23 am

    what about supplements of vitb complex, c and d that I take i have bone on bone osteoarthritis in my knees, and extensive dental issues from taking fossamax a short time Oh, i also take 1800 calcium magnesium with 2000 d. Does all this stop It is extrmemly expensive, plus I have my pIN KILLERS(MORPHINE AND OXYCOTIN) tHIS IS ALL iNstead OF?

  92. Donna April 6, 2010, 9:35 pm

    Thank you for the information it will be very helpfull

  93. Ewart Whaley March 21, 2010, 5:17 pm

    Dear Vivian,
    I have just finished reading your comments re B12.
    I am now taking B50, does this serve the same purpose?
    Thanks also for your other valuable (and in some instances surprising) information.
    Ewart

  94. Bernice Jacobson March 8, 2010, 10:13 am

    Thank you for your helpful emails. It is so
    hard to find healthy foods without all the
    additives. Am trying to stick to your diet so
    my bones won’t get any worse, and am feeling great so far.

  95. Joe Perillo March 7, 2010, 11:58 am

    Strontium has been touted as a better bone-strengthening supplement than calcium. I would appreciate hering from anyone who has information about this.
    Joe

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 19, 2010, 11:27 pm

      Joe,

      Strontium is not a bone-strengthener; it is a bone density “faker”. Why? Because strontium is denser than calcium. And let’s not forget that strontium is a minute component of bones and has its own list of side-effects.

  96. Babs McColl March 6, 2010, 6:52 am

    Hi Vivien, thank you for the new info re: canned food and cereals. Amazing what is hidden from the public! I do read all ingredients and keep away from anything suspicious.

    I haven’t bought your pack yet as I do not have the money, but I do plan to buy it in the future.

    I also want to come off Protelos 2., which contains aspartame., an ingredient I have kept away from for a long time., there really is no alternative from my doctor and I am very unhappy taking it with that poison in it. I was on actonel and got 5 fractures in my back…which proves it does not work!! Also the jaw condition worried me sick. I mentioned it to one doctor and he said to not take it for 2 weeks before my dental work and two weeks after., which proves beyond a doubt there is a huge problem with it. I did not want to take the new one another doctor put me on, but he said he would rather me get a tumour in 10 years, than be in a wheelchair in a couple of months. I feel I was literally “forced” to take it. My doctor, I realise is just acting in good faith, he believes this to be the “wonder” drug for the bones and has sat in on trials for it. He believes he is offering me the best there is.

  97. Hilda February 27, 2010, 12:21 am

    I would like to know what kind of calcium is recommended to take each day.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 19, 2010, 11:29 pm

      Look for organic calcium first. The most easily available organic calcium is from a rare algae. There are quite a few brands that use it in their supplement formula.

  98. Kate February 23, 2010, 5:31 pm

    I eat a lot of bagged spinach every week. I put in in just about every thing. Is this good to gain more bone?

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 19, 2010, 11:30 pm

      Rich in Vitamin K, spinach is a good quality food for your bones. However, it has oxalates that can prevent optimal calcium absorption. Solution: have your calcium supplement with meals without spinach.

    • Nancy March 4, 2010, 1:06 am

      I hope it is organic. Spinach has lots of pesticide.

      Foods You Should Always Buy Organic
      http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02985/12-Foods-You-Should-Always-Buy-Organic.html

  99. Sandra February 21, 2010, 5:20 am

    I have read that magnesium deficiency in the soil is creating one in our body. This deficiency apparently causes difficulty in asorbing calcium into bones as well as a whole bunch of other problems.
    Do you plan to introduce the subject into you e-mails to us?

    See “The Magnesium Miracle” by Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D.,N.D. (Ballantine Books)

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA May 19, 2010, 11:32 pm

      Unfortunately, magnesium is not the only “victim” of over-farming the soil. Many other important minerals are sacrificed as well.

      • Lydian b. May 23, 2010, 7:32 pm

        What are the “other” victims of over farming?

  100. B. Oldham February 20, 2010, 10:09 pm

    This is one of your most helpful articles to date. Liked the options/suggestions for healthy eating.

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