Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a healthy fat found in the meat and dairy products (like butter and cheese) of grass-grazing ruminants. It is produced in the rumen of these animals with the help of a bacteria called Butyrivibrio fibrisolvens that “biohydrogenate” linoleic and linolenic acids. Interestingly, CLA is both a trans fatty acid and a cis fatty acid. The cis bond causes a lower … [Read more...]

Polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs)

Chances are you’ve heard that polyunsaturated fats are the “good” fats and essential to your health. This fat fact is only partially true. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are a large group of fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6.They are considered  “essential” fatty acids. That just means the body cannot make them on its own. Therefore, it is necessary to get them from the foods we … [Read more...]

Gluten

Gluten is an elastic protein found in wheat and other grains (including rye, oats and barley) that gives dough its structure and cohesiveness. Many people have a sensitivity to gluten, including those with Celiac disease. … [Read more...]

Aflatoxin

Aflatoxin: A Cancer-Promoting Substance in Common Foods Aflatoxin is a potent cancer-causing toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus that primarily infects grains and peanuts. They are probably the best known and most intensively researched mycotoxins (mold toxins) in the world. Researchers believe that aflatoxin promotes cancer by inactivating a tumor-suppressor gene called p53. The … [Read more...]

Monounsaturated Fats (MUFAs)

Monounsaturated fatty acids(MUFAs) are healthy fats that are liquid at room temperature.  They are most commonly associated with plant-based foods including  extra virgin olive oil,  nuts, avocados and avocado oil, macadamia nuts and macadamia nut oil, but they are also found in high concentrations in animal foods (including lard!) These heart healthy-fats are a a staple in the Mediterranean … [Read more...]

Foods and Ingredients With Gluten

Gluten is hidden in many common foods and used in food additives here is brief list of foods and ingredients with gluten Foods and Ingredients with Gluten Foods with Gluten  Wheat Barley Oats Spelt Rye Triticale Kamut Malt Semolina Teff Far Farro Mir Couscous GLUTEN CONTAINING ADDITIVES Cereals and cereal grains Caramel … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages

Gone gluten free and looking for safe, gluten-free alcoholic beverages? You've come to the right place. We do our best to update this list as new information becomes available. Make sure you verify that the product remains gluten-free by checking the ingredients yourself, or by contacting the manufacturer. All distilled alcohols are gluten-free. Remember, always read labels.  And when in doubt, … [Read more...]

Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients)

Adopting a gluten free diet can be a challenge. We have put together several reference pages to help ease your transition. In addition to the gluten-containing foods below, also be sure to check out our safe gluten-free food list, gluten free alcoholic beverages and foods and ingredients with gluten. Foods Containing Gluten: Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List Abyssinian Hard (Wheat triticum … [Read more...]

Obesogens

Obesogens are chemicals that are foreign to the body that can disrupt normal development or homeostasis (usually concerning metabolism and use of lipids, or fat). Obesogens can effect the distribution of fat and sexual characteristics by disrupting genes. For example, if an obesogen affects where fat deposits are located, it could do so by disrupting the genetic expression (by increasing or … [Read more...]

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

Think your non-stick pan is saving you time and making for an easy cleanup? Possibly, but there’s something else it’s doing that you may not know about: leaching toxic substances like trifluoroacetate (TFA) and perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) into your foods and the air you breathe. These chemicals, collectively called perflourinated compounds, are xenoestrogens (act like estrogen) and have … [Read more...]

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