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Lisa Marie
Posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 4:40 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Today, Aug, 5, 2005, Dr. Weil has a question about artificial flavorings. I don't think he answered it as thoroughly as he could have, but does mention MSG. I wonder if he knows the other names MSG goes by?

Today's Question
Avoid Artificial Flavors?

I have read online about what artificial flavors are, but I would like to know if these chemicals are harmful in any way.

-- Patty

Artificial flavors are typically not harmful. However, I’m not crazy about them, because they don’t usually reproduce the natural taste of foods and are often markers for low-quality foods.
Whether natural or artificial, food flavors are made up of molecules that occur naturally and can be synthesized. In general, natural flavors are much more complex than artificial ones, which have far fewer component molecules. Artificial flavors may be more stable than natural ones and certainly are less expensive, so manufacturers prefer them, and many consumers are satisfied with them. There is even a weak case to be made that artificial flavors are safer for consumption because they omit components of natural flavors that may be slightly toxic
If a food product contains artificial flavors, you should check to make sure that it doesn’t also contain less desirable additives. Readlabels carefully to check for high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) used to sweeten soft drinks and juices. HFCS contributes to obesity in many people.
Also, watch out for artificial colorings and dyes (look for the terms “artificial color added,” “U.S. certified color added,” “FD & C red no. 3” (or “green” or “blue” or “yellow” followed by any number), as well as artificial sweeteners and monosodium glutamate (MSG). I’m suspicious of chemicals used to dye foods. They are a group of highly reactive molecules that may interact with DNA and increase mutation or cell transformation. Read labels and avoid them.
Andrew Weil, M.D.
Deb A.
Posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 9:52 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks for sharing that, Lisa Marie. Dr. Weil knows much, and sometimes a little about a lot of things...MSG included. I'm glad that he included it here. It's great when people like him make negative references to MSG and aspartame. In the past, I've heard him say that MSG was relatively safe, but that he avoids it. He keeps informing himself..something I wish more doctors and scientists would do...not to mention consumers, who rely on what the media, the glutes and FDA say.
Joe Public
Posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 8:18 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There's an excellent online article about fast food flavors here:

http://www.karlloren.com/diet/p94.htm

"Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good - A trip to northern New Jersey, the home of natural flavors", by Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation.

Quote from: Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good

"...A typical artificial strawberry flavor, like the kind found in a Burger King strawberry milk shake, contains the following ingredients: amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone (10 percent solution in alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, g-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent..."

Yummy! Looks quite a lot like the cargo manifest from a hazardous waste barge doesn't it?

I used this article to help me wean my teenage son off fast foods. I made sure he was eating when I handed him a printed copy. It worked!

I wonder why.

;0)
Lisa Marie
Posted on Saturday, August 06, 2005 - 5:00 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A few years ago my daughter ordered a McDonald's shake. (This was before I was paying much attention to what we ate) She didn't feel like drinking it, and we were leaving the house in a hurrry (in the car) so she put it on the floor of the garage (no time to go back inside and dump it out) It was a hot summer day, and the shake leaked onto the garage floor. BUT, what did it look like on the floor? A stream of opaque plastic attached the cup to the floor.My husband had to scrape it off the floor with a knife! Disgusting! No wonder bugs and ants won't touch this plastic stuff, including margarine.
Joe Public
Posted on Saturday, August 06, 2005 - 12:56 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes I doubt very many people really understand the true nature of factory foods. Pelleted pet food is a good example of how bad things can get. If you drop a little and it rolls under a piece of furniture, you will find it months later looking pretty much as it looked the day it was dropped.

That just isn't real food. Real food breaks down, rots and stinks. You don't need a label on real foods to tell you the expiration date. When real foods go bad you can smell them half way across the room.
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Saturday, August 06, 2005 - 7:18 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I bought some pelleted parakeet food once as an alternative to millet seed. My pet bird knew better and would rather starve than eat it.
Delflo
Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2006 - 3:03 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dr Weil---is turneric good for authritis---Would you advise to use it with glucosamine, chondroitin? for a diabetic person?Thank you for your help----Delflo
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Sunday, January 08, 2006 - 1:41 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Delflo,

This is not Dr. Weil's site. You can reach it via the link below. And yes, he does recommend turmeric for arthritis.

http://www.drweil.com/u/Article/H20/
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