THE FOOD INDUSTRY TODAY - HEALTH and SAFETY  •




I’M A FOOD ADVOCATE, and A NASTY CRITIC  

If you believe in the lies or the junk you might eat, you might consider reading and learning about what you put in yourself and others. In fast food it’s worse than you think…

Corporate guano, combined with bean counters and are more concerned with portion control and not quality prevail.  Managers are concerned about hitting bonuses, workers are concerned about being laid off and really some are of a mindset of not being in public view so things don’t matter.

It’s called fast food.  With some very strange agendas, mostly it’s all about money and you may not like what I have to say but a good critic tells it like it is, not for a freebee… and sometimes I have been cursed out for telling the truth about places unsafe for human consumption.   

What you get here might be cold, hard and somewhat repulsive at times on occasion… But it will be verified truth.  It’s telling you to avoid certain things.  Bad places for a multitude of reasons, Bad food, Bad Service, Bad Bosses… possible contamination.  Remember “  Below after the FSIS report are websites that tells as it is, from State run Food Police to people who care about the industry and your health.


THE COFFEE CREAMER : IS IT SAFE, LIES AND MIS-TRUTHS

MAKE YOUR OWN CHOICES.  Here is the short answer if you don’t have a lot of time:  Traditional creamer isn’t actually cream at all, but a lab-created, non-dairy liquid that contains:

  • Refined sugar
  • Partially hydrogenated oils
  • Carrageenan 
  • Man-made chemical preservatives 
  • Creamers are empty of any minerals, vitamins or antioxidants, adding zero value to your dietary intake besides calories.

LINKED WITH:

  • Associated with cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Digestive issues
  • Weakened immune system
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity, and other issues.


SOLUTION:
Make your own creamer using whole food ingredients, or choose versions with less problematic ingredients that don’t cause harm to your health… these are the common dangerous ones. 

INGREDIENTS: 

  • Water
  • Sugar 
  • Vegetable Oil -  High Oleic Soybean, or High Oleic Canola 
  • Less than 2% of Micellar Casein (a Milk Derivative)… 
  • Natural and Artificial Flavors 
  • Mono- and Diglycerides 
  • Dipotassium 
  • Phosphate 
  • Salt
  • Cellulose Gel,
  • Cellulose Gum
  • Carrageenan.

MAN-MADE
Not naturally found food chemicals being added to our food that are Generally Recognized as Safe look simply at how much you can tolerate at ONE time.  None of these “safe” results are actually based on daily consumption for YEARS on end.
I have found that many people think that “Coffee creamer can’t be that bad” or tell themselves, “I’m not using that much” as their philosophy for why these keep getting added to their morning coffee.  Remember, even a small amount of something daily adds up. Consider how often you use something throughout the week to determine your true body burden.

 

Carrageenan

According to the Cornucopia Institute, an organization which has been a major driver of removing carrageenan from creamers, milk, and milk-like products, Studies from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s link food-grade carrageenan to higher rates of digestive disease, including colon cancer.

Carrageenan has a unique chemical structure that “triggers an innate immune response in the body, which recognizes it as a dangerous invader. This immune response leads to inflammation. For individuals who consume carrageenan on a regular or daily basis, the inflammation will be prolonged and constant, which is a serious health concern since prolonged inflammation is a precursor to more serious disease.”


Artificial and Natural Flavors

Companies can hide man-made chemicals in the ingredient: Artificial Flavors and/or Natural Flavors. You as the consumer have no idea what this catch-all includes.

But history has shown it isn’t good. Despite multiple U.S. and international agencies — including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program — saying that these man-made chemicals were linked to cancer in humans or animals, the FDA did not take action the remove seven specific chemicals (used to create floral, mint, cinnamon, citrus, mango flavors, and more) until it was finally forced to with a lawsuit.

And this is only 7 man-made chemicals that have finally undergone testing. There are hundreds of others that could eventually be proven to have the same effect that are hiding under this label.

It doesn’t make sense to support companies that hide ingredients (especially since there are high odds it is ingredients linked to cancer) behind catch-all labels, which you will see on so many creamers.


Less than 2% of Micellar Casein (a Milk Derivative)

This reflects how fake this food really is. There’s no cream. None. In fact, this is a vegetarian product.  Only milk proteins that have been created in a lab and then added (which prevents it from being vegan). This creamer doesn’t have true cream or milk at all. So, if its not real dairy, what must the body actually think of this being dropped into and having to figure out what to do with it?


Monoglycerides and Diglycerides

Monoglycerides and diglycerides are emulsifiers: they prevent water and oil from separating. You’ll actually find them in many processed foods for this reason and because they make food last longer before spoiling. Think about how long the shelf life is for your favorite creamer.

The concern is that monoglycerides actually contain small amounts of trans fats, which the FDA finally banned because high amounts of trans fats (commonly seen on labels as partially hydrogenated oil and vegetable shortening) are generally agreed by the medical community to cause heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.

Way back in 1981, a group of Welsh researchers linked trans fats specifically from partially hydrogenated oils heart disease. And the research continued to pile up. (1,2,3,4) But a U.S. ban did not take place until 2018, and they won’t be banned globally until 2023 by the World Health Organization.

The ban on trans fats only applies to lipids, like triglycerides, but not to emulsifiers like mono- and diglycerides.

So, although mono- and diglycerides can expose your body to trans fats, they don’t fall under these labeling requirements. Food labeled as possessing "0% trans fat" could still contain trans-fatty acids from mono- and diglycerides.

Trans fats from these emulsifiers is a small quantity, which might not be a cause for concern, but again, its accumulation that matters.

Trans fats do occur naturally in many types of meat and dairy and, to a lesser extent, in plant- or nut-based oils, so if you’re consistently getting small amounts from those and then adding creamer to a few cups of coffee a day, that starts to add up.

There’s actually a class action suit against the company for falsely advertising its product at “0g Tans Fat,” when it actually DID contain trans fats. The case has not been settled and motion to dismiss has been denied. Coffee-Mate is owned by Nestle, which also knowingly sells chocolate gathered by forced or child labor, so we’re not surprised the company would find another way to cut corners and put profit over people and the planet. Avoiding Nestle is one way you can fight slavery with your everyday purchases.

Aspartame
Depending on what flavor you’re picking or if you’re reaching for something sugar-free, it will have aspartame in it, which has been associated with cancer.

Experts on both sides of the argument will say that studies showing the opposing viewpoint are flawed, but there are many experts who will say more research is needed to eliminate the possibility that it really does cause cancer.
Even beyond cancer, a newer, large study (407,000 individuals) showed aspartame leads to an increased risk of heart disease and increased body mass index.

If you drink Coffee Mate or a similar coffee creamer with less than nutritious ingredients, don’t panic! It can seem overwhelming to switch what for many of us is a decades-long habits, but you simply have to be willing to

1) check labels and decide what you will or won’t allow in your home and

2) consider just choosing whole food sources to add Organic cream, coconut powder, almond milk,  full-fat coconut milk (get the SIMPLE version from Native Forest for no Guar Gum and a BPA-free can). These whole food options won’t have any added “extras” with questionable origins in these and you can flavor with using spices or natural sweeteners.

Our favorite flavoring option when we are in the mood for flavor is to use a good milk or nut milk and add several drops of stevia or extract. For example, you can add a small amount of peppermint extract to your coffee for a winter drink that still gives you all the holiday feels. We have one peppermint mocha recipe here. You’ll never miss the creamer! Right now, we are loving the English Toffee drops from Sweet Leaf! So good!


 

 


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