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Old 13-12-2018, 04:11 PM   #591
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Top 7 holiday “goodies” that contain chemicals and carcinogens you should avoid – replace with these healthy substitutes

Count chemicals, not calories, for starters

Chemical-loaded and carcinogenic “treats” to avoid during the holidays, and common sense, easy, “safe” recipes for substitution

#1. Cheap colored frosting on cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and cookies, made with artificial, industrial, petroleum-based food dyes, including caramel (that cause ADHD and cancer). Instead make your own organic treats and color with blueberries, red berries, turmeric, beta carotene, spinach, matcha, beets, and carrots.

#2. Soda (regular and diet). Nearly all popular sodas are laced with genetically modified high fructose corn syrup, phosphoric acid, and artificial sweeteners that cause cancer. Instead, try different flavors of Kombucha, which are fizzy like soda and contain probiotics that foster good digestion and a strong immune system (good gut flora).

#3. Candy canes – most of these age old treats are certainly made with genetically modified (GM) corn syrup (HFCS), artificial coloring, and artificial peppermint candy flavoring. Instead, look for organic candy canes that use organic fruit juice for color, natural peppermint oil, and sugar that doesn’t contain pesticides (organic cane sugar).

#4. Hot chocolate – right away you’re thinking Swiss Miss, Nestle, or Land O’ Lakes, so you better think again. Most conventional brands are loaded with processed, refined sugar; GM corn syrup (or artificial sweeteners); hydrogenated oil; and milk (all of which cause inflammation and congestion). Instead, use organic sugar and some high quality cacao powder, or even melt some organic dark chocolate in some almond milk or hemp milk.

#5. Brownies – typical, popular brownie mixes contain genetically modified sugar, cancer-causing bleached flour, GM oils, and blood clogging canola oil – and then they tell you in the instructions to mix it with eggs and milk. Instead, you can just buy organic brownie mix and blend it with a can of organic black beans (undrained) and bake! You’ll be amazed at the flavor, and you’re getting fiber and protein, instead of a boatload of bad-for-you ingredients.

#6. Sausages – the usual conventional sausages contain nitrates and monosodium glutamate, which cause dehydration, inflammation, and migraine headaches. Those ingredients are also carcinogenic. Instead, buy some organic meat (turkey or pork), chop it up finely and mix with sage, black pepper, nutmeg, red pepper flakes, and ginger in a bowl. Fry the sausage patties in a skillet over medium heat until browned (3 – 5 minutes per side).

#7. Starbucks frappuccinos – these “bad boys” are absolutely overloaded with sugar and dairy, both causing inflammation and excess mucus. They also contain artificial flavors and carageenan (plus, a “Grande” contains 420 calories and 63 grams of sugar). Instead, make organic coffee at home, use organic sugar (a reserved amount), maple syrup or honey, and add in some almond milk, cacao, and vanilla extract – and the whole thing can even be vegan, if you so choose.

Also, avoid microwave ovens when heating up your treats, including cookies, brownies, pie, hot cocoa, apple cider, or coffee because “nukers” destroy nutrition, alter the texture, and ruin the flavor.

Tune into for more updates on holiday foods you might want to avoid. Happy holidays!
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