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  2. Aspartame: a daily toxin

    Personally I can't stand the taste and especially the aftertaste of aspartame.  It seems odd for me that some people do not feel a difference between 'light' cola and ordinary, 'light' cola is so disgusting to me, while ordinary cola is quite good, although diabetes type 2 is round the corner if you sit on cola rgularly.
  3. Gain weight by going 'diet'

    Counting calories helps as well as burning them in the gym. But diet drinks lost its sense long ago for me, science facts speak for themselves. I've heard this news a year or two ago, but world does not change that fast, money and media rules - diet drinks are still on the supermarket shelves and it means there is a demand for it.
  4. Not just synthesized vitamins can be harmful. A lot of remedies of alternative medicine are not proved to be effective and some even are linked to increased level of illness or death. For example Aspirin, a well-known heart medication, in combination with ginger or green tea can lead to internal bleeding. It's critical to understand that vitamins (either artificial or natural) can also harm us, if consumed when not needed or in excessive amounts.  
  5. It's just one more way to fool people to part with their money, nothing new. Health always has been a subject of manipulation and remains so tody. I believe that eventually dietary supplements will be banned or restricted, but I am also sure that by the moment it happens, there will be many more other means to manipulate people with. Unfortunately, it's human nature, we will never reach full truth and fairness in this world, though we still can make it a bit better.
  6. What is cholesterol?

    The link between food and cholesterol level is very simple - the more fat you eat, the higher cholesterol level in blood you get, paricularly from high fat meet, cheese, unskimmed milk, margarine. Those are the most common products to spike your cholesterol. It's well-known information too, you shuld have educated to this level yourself by now.   Regarding obesity and trigliceride levels, it is explainable too. As you may know obesity basically is a disturbed metabolism, i.e. food you consume can't be processed in a healthy way, something goes wrong and as a result some compounds are formed that are not supposed to be formed, e.g. triglicerides. I would say statement "the more triglicerides you get formed in your body, the more fat you become" suits only healthy people, but for obese it is much more complex.
  7. The risks and benefits of eating farmed vs. wild salmon

    Agree with you, both wild and farmed salmon can contain contaminants, but the fact that farmed salmon has selective diets (i.e. fed with food high in EFAs) is still a fact which does not depend on year or season. If farmers can choose the feed - it can be close to natural or not. So quality of fish must be controled on constant basis and controlled to well defined regulations if to aim to deliver the healthier option to the wild salmon. Until that comes I will rather trust nature than humankind. 
  8. The risks and benefits of eating farmed vs. wild salmon

    Judging by article, wild salmon is not much more healthier, it is only a little bit better, but the difference is not so considerable. It can be that other studies will show that farmed is healthier than wild - it depends on a lot of factors (season, weather, amount of pollutants in water, etc.) which vary from year to year. So, it may be that one year wild is better and another - farmed is better. 
  9. lugerber, you are absolutely right. Another thing about fluorinated water is that different people consume different amounts of water, e.g. people having diabetes will consume much more fluoride than others. And I fully agree that world is moving to total removal of water fluoridation, so hope for the better
  10. Regarding paper packaging, most of them are also covered with a layer of polymer inside, it can be that this layer contains BPA, as well as it is widely known the cash till receipts are covered in BPA too, it is all around us 
  11. Generally it is not so bad, many counties have already refused fluoridation of water. It's just a question of time, I am sure that in several years 99% of countries will make tap water fluoride-free. It's a bit strange that in modern world dietary supplements are supplied in such way, literally one has no choice but consume artificially added chemicals/drugs without being aware of it. Everyone has the right to decide what to eat/drink/consume, and if one thinks "I need to add some fluoride to my diet", then he may go to supermarket and buy fluorinated water or green tea or whatever just for himself but one ones has been given the right or privilage to enforce ones subjective ideas onto whole public. It seems today if you want to fight off water fluoridation it is possible, see here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-29803864
  12. Plastic botles is just a part of BPA usage. We are constantly exposed to BPA through different products and industries, literally almost all plastics are potential BPA carriers and plastic is all around. Let's take milk in glass bottles, or whathoever in glass, we do not know in what containers it was stored before being poured in the bottle, with what equipment it was in contact. I suppose that plastic is very common at manufacture facilities, so BPA is always in our food. 
  13. Clothes: dying to be fashionable?

    Another side of textile dyes issue is resources needed to color fabrics. Manufacture of fabrics consumes a lot of energy and water, and on top of that in some countries water with toxic additives is discharged to rivers. The industry needs global solution dealing with both problems: high consumption of resources and exposure to hazardous substances through textiles.
  14. Bisphenol A is a well-known toxin, I always tried to buy BPA free bottles for my baby when possible, but when I heard that it was replaced by other toxic substances, I gave up. The only way I see is to buy glass or paper packages, but if you are forced to buy plastic the only thing is to read the date of production and chose those which are most recently made, i.e. so food of the shortest period of time in contact with plastic bottle .
  15. Fruits and vegetables: the holy grail of health?

    What? 'natural' pests are ok? But 'natural' doesn't mean non-hazardous at all! There are a lot of poisons in nature. "The dose makes the poison" and there is no difference if substance is natural or synthetic. Each chemical applied on farmlands must be approved, there must be clear evidences of its harmlessness, even if it is natural. And vice versa, I'm confident there are a lot of 'natural' substances which are too toxic to be appled on crops and so on, check out Rotenone already banned despite it comes from seeds and plant roots as a source !
  16. Artificial sweeteners: low in calories, high in harm

    gespalding, that is true, it's extremely difficult to avoid sweeteners, but it's possible. At least we can cut its amount as much as possible. And we should do it. If producers don't care about customers health, we must look after ourselves.
  17. Artificial sweeteners: low in calories, high in harm

    Can't believe that organisations such as FDA and EFSA, who are actualy responsible for our health, put at risk human health so easily. And what for? For money! This world is screwed up!
  18. What makes a healthy diet?

    herminia86, it just means that you consume not more than your body requires. You may eat much more than established recommended levels, but still be thin and slender. Your body requirements can be much greater than recommended levels. But if you exceed the need of your organism, then your weight will start growing.
  19. What is cholesterol?

    My mother used to eat a lot of margarine, after she replaced butter with margarine fully as she found it more tasty. When her organism started signalling her that something is wrong - her blood preassure rised up - she went to doctor. Fortunately, the doctor advised her to cut out the margarine from her diet full stop, also he limited the amount of fat in general. In a matter of weaks her blood preassure bounced back and there is no margarine in our fridge anymore.
  20. Health benefits and risks of processed supermarket milk

    Homogenisation and pasteurisation are only a part of "improvements" made to raw milk. Did you know that cows are treated in such a way that they produce much more milk than they would in natural conditions? It makes them less healthy and farmers feed their cows with antibiotics, which apperently will get into milk. Beside that, milk may contain many additives, such as vitamins, sweeteners and preservatives. Homogenisation and pasteurisation are the most inoffensive.
  21. Gain weight by going 'diet'

    jimmysarka, unfortunately we are too far from such changes. So many discussions on aspartame and other stuff, and nothing is done.
  22. Artificial sweeteners: low in calories, high in harm

    ok, if we cannot avoid artificial sweeteners, can we mitigate their effects somehow?
  23. What makes a healthy diet?

    eufemia, it depends on a person, I eat a lot of fruits and find them healthy, there is no chance for me to gain weight due to fruits. Believe me, it's verified :). I think if one has a tendency to gaining weight easily, then even fruits can lead to excess weight.
  24. Meat the menace: hormone dysfunction and cancer

    Oh no, even meat is linked to cancer - the most tasty meal in the world! I am broken. What will be next?
  25. What makes a healthy diet?

    Fruits are great contributors to extraweight. I know two people whose weight loosing diet was to stop eating fruits (and anything sweet). It really helped them, their weight reduced noticably. I personally think that overconsumption definitely can lead to obesity, though is not science based, keen to find out
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