Our country has seen a group of diseases, metabolic syndrome diseases and diseases of civilization, rise to epidemic proportions in the last 30 years. There are many reputable doctors and scientists who have been studying this upturn in disease and come up with an array of causation. Here is a new and interesting find for my husband and me: methanol sources in foods that are heated and canned.
Methanol (Thanks, Jen, for catching my misspell in this post!) occurs naturally in fruits and vegetables, but the levels are lower in their raw state. It is the heating process that brings out the potentially harmful levels of methanol in foods. There is a recommended list in the following link of methanol sources to avoid as well as cooking techniques for tomatoes.
Now, I have always canned everything that I could get my hands on because of our frugal lifestyle and love of gardening. In spite of my wholesome efforts to pursue nutrition, my husband developed cancer and I developed some allergies to foods. Could my home-canned foods have contributed to health problems? I don't know, and I'm not going to ponder that any longer. I will, however, consider some facts and try to improve our diet by avoiding foods that rob us of our health. Fresh, raw fruits and vegetables offer the best and most whole form of phytochemicals because they have been unaltered by processing. This is a pure and simple truth to me. Heating foods changes the chemistry of the food (ie. raw egg in the frying pan). My response to the awareness of menthol is to keep our vegetables as close to their raw state as possible, keep eating salads daily and consume fruits in their raw state only.
I am thankful that I could never tolerate Aspartame and never consumed it after my first violently ill experience with diet pudding. There are some serious diseases linked to the toxic chemical, aspartame, such as MS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurological diseases. Of course, the "truth" for you depends on what study you read and the directional bend of your opinion! Dr. Russell Blaylock, now a retired neurosurgeon, has studied and written much on the topic of nerve toxins such as MSG and aspartame. I believe the research that Blaylock reviews because he has no financial gain in proving a particular outcome of the studies. This YouTube video gives a little background on Aspartame from his CD, The Truth About Aspartame.
The following link will take you to the website of a retired Professor of Food Science, Woodrow Monte, with his recommendations to avoid aspartame in order to save your life!
Dr. Mercola interviews Woodrow Monte (also a toxicology expert) who explains why aspartame is so dangerous to your health.
If you are consuming Aspartame, I beg you to consider the damage that it is doing to your nervous system. If you are willing, please watch one more movie that puts Aspartame on a very personal level.
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