(NaturalNews) The holiday food rush is on across the USA, and for the next month, Americans will be stuffing their faces with precisely the kind of disease-promoting foods that will cause them to scream, "Where's my free health care?" in early January.
The conventional media will give you all sorts of stories about which holiday foods are "high calorie" or have too many grams of fat, but it seems no one in the mainstream media is willing to tell you the rest of the story: How to avoid the cancer-causing chemicals, toxic heavy metals, GMOs and artificial ingredients found in holiday foods.
In fact, mainstream magazines like Women's Health are still stuck in the old-school paradigm of recommending angel food cake over pecan pie because the angel food cake, "Has virtually no fat!" Gee, it's almost like riding in a holiday time travel machine back to 1986, when doctors swore that eggs were deadly and partially-hydrogenated vegetable oil would lower cholesterol and reduce heart attacks.
So for those who wish to benefit from cutting-edge nutritional wisdom gleaned from 2013 and not the 1980s, Natural News gives you the real story on what you truly need to avoid. Here's the list:
#1) Artificially colored Christmas cookies
If it's artificially colored, it's bad for you. And when it comes to holiday cookies, cakes, muffins and other treats, Americans have been brainwashed into thinking that Christmas time somehow means all their foods should be inundated with synthetic RED and GREEN dyes.
How do you make a batch of Christmas cookies? You take a regular batch of cookies and you dump a bunch of green food coloring in it. Then you put red sprinkles on top, feed 'em to the kids and watch them all climb the walls while their parents scramble to find their ADHD medication.
#2) Anything made with vegetable shortening
Aside from the fact that vegetable shortening is loaded with trans fats -- recently declared "unsafe for human consumption" by the FDA -- it's also a source of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal with a half life of nearly 30 years in the human body.
Beyond that, nearly all vegetable shortening is made from genetically modified soy, meaning that when you buy foods with vegetable shortening, you are financially rewarding Monsanto.
Virtually all store-bought cookies, pie crusts and other holiday treats are made with vegetable shortening. Check food labels for anything made with "partially-hydrogenated soybean oil" or "vegetable shortening."
#3) Processed meats made with cancer-causing sodium nitrite
Beware of holiday processed meats -- especially the ones that require no refrigeration. Did you ever wonder how they last so long in their plastic packaging without rotting? It's because they're blended with sodium nitrite, a cancer-causing chemical that kills bacteria.
Sodium nitrite increases the risk of leukemia, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, brain tumors and more. It's found in nearly all holiday season processed meats, including "gift" sausages and other packaged meats.
If you are crazy enough to actually eat some of these meats, make sure you take plenty of vitamin C with it, because vitamin C helps block the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines from eating sodium nitrite.
#4) Eggnog drinks made with refined sugars
Watch out for holiday eggnog drinks. They will often combine high-fat dairy liquids with liquid sugars. Some don't even contain eggs, and others are made with high-fructose corn syrup (read the labels to avoid).
Interestingly, the healthiest part about eggnog is the spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon, two spices commonly used in traditional eggnog recipes, are both used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and they both have genuine nutritional value. Unfortunately, most commercial eggnog sold today uses artificial flavors instead of real spices.
If you want to drink eggnog this holiday season, make it yourself! (And don't forget the rum...!)
Check out the ingredients on many commercially-available stuffing products, and you'll find monosodium glutamate.
Yep, many stuffing products are stuffed with MSG, a neurological poison that causes neural cell death. If you stuff your face with stuffing, you're also stuffing your head with an excitotoxin, and that's not good at all, especially considering all the other brain-killing substances people tend to abuse from now through New Year's Eve.
Read labels to make sure you don't buy or consume stuffing made with MSG. Keep your brain cells alive while you got 'em!
Additional warning on Alcohol + Tylenol
There's a lot of drinking that goes on during the holidays, and most people don't realize the extreme danger caused by combining alcohol with Tylenol. It's astonishing that Tylenol is even sold over-the-counter, given how toxic it is to the liver. Taking Tylenol while drinking alcohol can actually cause permanent liver damage and even death.
In fact, earlier this year, Tylenol's manufacturer was forced to warn its customers of the risk of death from using its product. This was the result of a lawsuit involving the death of Tylenol users.
In covering the lawsuit, the San Jose Mercury News even describes Tylenol as, "...the nation's leading cause of sudden liver failure." The paper goes on to say, "Overdoses from acetaminophen send 55,000 to 80,000 people to the emergency room in the U.S. each year and kill at least 500, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration."
The bottom line? Protect your health this holiday season. Stay away from foods that contain toxins, and don't pop pain pills when you've had alcohol.
If you play it smart, you can enjoy the holiday and still be alive and healthy to see another year.
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