Food Babe Selling “Toxic” Product: Nutiva Chia Seeds

I haven’t been shopping at FoodBabe.com in a while, and I must admit I miss the experience.  It’s true that I’ve been surprised once or twice (or maybe three or four or five times), but who’s counting?  Vani Hari is a world class researcher who thoroughly investigates (and personally uses) each and every product she sells.  It’s exactly her kind of dedication we need to keep our food supply secure (and the world safe for democracy).  Why not show her some love via her affiliate shopping links?

As  I head over to Vani’s web site to go shopping, I’m reminded of a poignant warning The Babe once penned on  the subject of chewing gum:1

“And what’s up with the warning at the bottom of some of the ingredient lists for “Contains: Phenylalanine”? Does the average person even know what this means? Phenylalanine is added to the ingredient Aspartame and could seriously be dangerous if you have certain health conditions. Consuming this substance (if you have a condition that makes you sensitive to this additive) can cause mental retardation, brain seizures, sleep disorders and anxiety.”–Food Babe on Phenylalanine  (emphasis mine)

Yikes!  Brain seizures and mental retardation from phenylalanine, an essential amino acid?  Well, if you suffer from the rare disorder known as phenylketonuria (PKU), it could indeed be a problem.

To further compound the fear, Vani warns us that products containing phenylalanine could be genetically engineered:4

“If a non-organic packaged good has one of these ingredients listed below it could be GMO or genetically engineered.  Look for Non-GMO Project certified products and ingredients that are listed as 100% organic on labels to avoid all GMOs in your diet.

[…]

Phenylalanine

[…]”–Food Babe, GMO Ingredients A-Z

So let’s take Vani’s expert advice to heart and stay the hell away from any products containing phenylalanine.

Got it?  Good!  Let’s go shopping at FoodBabe.com, where Vani has personally checked the safety of every product for us.  I’m in the mood for some ancient superfoods today.  How about you?  Hey, these chia seeds look good:2

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Ooh!  Packed with fiber and revered by the Aztecs and Mayans!  Gotta have it!

Tut tut tut… before we bang away on that “Buy Now” button, we need to pull out our official Food Babe Investigator Magnifying GlassesTM and take a look at the nutritional content of these seeds.  Let’s head over to the USDA for a full breakdown.  Regular readers of this blog, and those of you who got the obvious foreshadowing, will have rightly guessed we’re headed straight for the section on amino acids:3

chia seeds amino acids phyenylalanine

USDA Report: Amino acids found in a 100 gram serving of chia seeds. (click/enlarge)

Holy biomolecular precursors, Batman!  Chia seeds contain phenylalanine!

But wait.  Vani specifically warned us about phenylalanine, and yet there’s 1016mg per 100g in the chia seeds she’s selling.  She makes it clear in her book, The Food Babe Way, that there’s just no safe level of chemical to ingest–ever.  What are we to make of this?

Given that Food Babe clearly didn’t understand that this amino acid isn’t “added” to aspartame as she claims, and given that most of the products she sells contain the same ingredients she says are dangerous, I’d say it’s safe to conclude she doesn’t know [expletive deleted] about nutrition.  That’s what I make of it all.

The good news is that unless you suffer from the rare disorder PKU, you aren’t going to be harmed by the phenylalanine, no matter if it comes from the products sold by Food Babe, or the ones she’s telling you to boycott.  So feel free to buy plenty of Nutiva Chia Seeds.

Just don’t buy from FoodBabe.com

 

[Edited 19 Aug 2015: Added Food Babe’s warning that products containing phenylalanine could be genetically modified]

References
(1) Why Chewing Gum Destroys Your Health
http://foodbabe.com/2011/12/09/wanna-a-piece-of-gum/

(2) Food Babe Shop: For Your Belly
http://foodbabe.com/shop/for-your-belly/

(3) USDA Statistics Report: #12006, Seeds, chia seeds, dried
http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/3643?fg=&man=&lfacet=&count=&max=&sort=&qlookup=&offset=&format=Stats&new=&measureby=

(4) GMO Ingredients A-Z
http://foodbabe.com/possible-gmo-ingredients-a-z/

Image Credits
Nutiva, USDA, and Food Babe screen snapshots are used in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, commonly known as “fair use law”. This material is distributed without profit with the intent to provide commentary, review, education, parody, and increase public health knowledge.

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The Food Babe Ban List

This list is meant to serve as a companion guide to the articles I’ve written exposing the tactics of Vani Hari (aka the Food Babe).  It’s a list of over 610 products, vendors, and brand names that Hari’s targeted so far.  When you misrepresent the “dangers” of a product, then recommend an alternative for which you receive a sales commission–there’s a problem…

In addition to this list, you may also be interested in knowing that many of the products sold by Food Babe have the very same ingredients she says are dangerous.  For example, she sells a full line of products containing the same dyes over which she lambasts Weight Watchers, Kraft, and McDonald’s.  She’s sold BHT for nearly 3 years, all the while harassing Kellogg’s and General Mills over the same (safe) additive.  The Babe doesn’t like agave nectar, but she’s happy to sell you a full range of foods sweetened with–you guessed it–agave nectar.  And don’t even get me started on cellulose. A special series on Food Babe’s hypocrisy can be found here.

Without further ado then, here’s the Food Babe Ban List:

A
A1 Steak Sauce
Acetylated Monoglycerides
Activa
AeroMed Oral Glucose
Airport food (almost all)
Allegro (tea)
Alexia
Alka Seltzer
All-Bran
Almay
Almond Dream
Almond Joy
Alpen Gold (Kraft)
Alta Dena (butter)
Aminosweet
AMP Energy (Pepsico)
Amy & Brian
Anchor Butter
Andes
Anheuser-Busch
Annie Chun’s
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
Aquafresh
Aquafina
Arby’s
Arnold Baker Light 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Arrowhead Mills
Artificial coloring (any product containing)
Artificial flavoring (any product containing)
Aspartame
Athenos Hummus
Atkin’s (protein shakes)
Avon
Aveeno
Azodicarbonamide (a safe bread ingredient)

B
Baby Formula (most, containing safe GMO corn syrup)
Bac’n Bits
Back to Nature
Baker’s
Baking powder (non-GMO)
Banana Boat
Barbara’s Bakery
Barley malt (any product containing)
BASF (Prop 37)
Bayer (Prop 37)
Beet sugar (any product containing)
Ben & Jerry’s (Prop 37)
Benevia
Berkely Farms
Betty Crocker
Bimbo
Big Gulp (7-11)
Bigelow
Birthday Cakes (all from supermarkets)
Blue No. 1 (food dye)
Blue Bonnet
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze
Bolthouse Farms
Bobby Brown
Boca
Bread (almost all packaged bread)
Bright Beginning Baby Formula
Brisk
Brown sugar (any product containing)
Bubble Yum
Budweiser
Bull’s Eye
Bullfrog
Bumble Bee
Bunge (Prop 37)
Burger King
Butterball
Buttered syrup (any product containing)
Butterfinger

c
C20
Cafe Collection
California Pizza Kitchen
Campbell’s Soup
Canderel
Canola (rapeseed, non-GMO)
Canola seed oil (non-GMO)
Capri Sun
Caramel
Carob syrup
Cargill
Carnation
Carrots, non-organic
Cascadian Farm (Prop 37)
Castoreum flavoring (do you eat beaver butt?)
Celestial Seasonings
Cellulose (non-GMO)
Cereal (GMO)
Cetaphil Facial Cleanser
C. H. Guenther & Son (Prop 37)
Chanel
Charles Shaw Wine (2 Buck Chuck)
Cheerios
Cheese (all conventional American cows’)
Cheetos
Cheez-It
Cheez Whiz
Chewing gum
Chick-Fil-A
Chipotle
Chocolate Cheerios
Cici’s Pizza
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Citric Acid (non-GMO)
Cobalamin (Vitamin B12, non-GMO)
Coco Hydro
Coco Libre
Coco Pops
CocoZona
Coffee Mate
Coke (Coca-Cola)
Colgate
Colorose (non-GMO)
Con Agra Foods
Condensed Milk (non-GMO)
Confectioners Sugar (non-GMO)
Coppertone
Corn, all, in restaurants (non-GMO)
Corn Flour (non-GMO)
Corn Masa (non-GMO)
Corn Meal (non-GMO)
Corn Nuts
Corn Oil (non-GMO)
Corn Starch
Corn Sugar (non-GMO)
Corn Syrup (any product containing)
Corn Syrup, High Fructose
Corn Tortillas (non-GMO)
Corona
Cosmetics from drug stores
Costco (cakes, microwave popcorn)
Cottonseed oil, all, in restaurants (non-GMO)
Country Crock Butter
Country Time
Cover Girl
Cracklin’ Oat Brand
Crest
Crisco Canola Oil
Crisco Natural Cooking Oil
Crop Life (Prop 37)
Crystal Light
Crunch Nut (Kellogg)
Crush Soda
CVS Sunscreen
Cyclodextrin (non-GMO)
Cystein (non-GMO)

D
Dairy (all conventional American cow’s milk and cheese)
Danimals (yogurt)
Dannon
Dare
Dasani (Coca Cola)
Dean Foods
Del Monte
Deodorants (all aluminum-containing)
Designer Whey
Dextran/Dextrin [sic] (any product containing)
Dextrose, all (I kid you not–see the Stevia article)
Diacetyl (non-GMO)
Diastase (any product containing)
Diastatic malt (any product containing)
Diet Coke
Diet Mountain Dew
Diet Pepsi
Diet Soft Drinks
Diglycerides (non-GMO)
Dimethylpolysiloxane (ingredient)
Dole
Double Gulp (7-11)
Domino’s
Doritos
Dow
Dream Whip
Dreyer’s Ice Cream
Dr. Praegar’s
Dr. Pepper
Duncan Hines
Dunkin Donuts
DuPont

E
E951 (sweetener, U.K. & Europe)
Earth’s Best (baby formula)
EAS Myoplex
Edible Arrangements
Eggs (all, from fast food restaurants)
Eggo
Elizabeth Arden
Enfamil
Ensure
Equal
Equal Spoonful
Erythritol (non-GMO)
Estee Lauder
Ethyl maltol (any product containing)
Evian (Coca Cola)

F
Fair Life
Famous Amos (Kellogg)
Fanta
Fantastic World Foods
Fiber One
Five Alive
Flu Shots (very dangerous to skip this one!)
Food and Drug Administration, U.S. (FDA approved ingredients)
Food Starch (non-GMO)
Fosters
Franklin Farms
French’s
French Meadow
Fresh Market (cakes)
Frito Lay
Frosted Mini Wheats
Froot Loops
Fructose (any product containing)
Fruit, from concentrate
Fruit By The Foot
Fruit Gushers
Fruit Rollups
Funnel cakes
Fuze

G
Gardein
Garden of Eatin’
Garelick
Gardenburger
Gatorade
General Food International (General Foods)
General Mills
Gerber
Gevalia
Ghiradelli’s
Ginger Ale
Girl Scout Cookies
Glucose (any product containing)
Glutamate (non-GMO)
Glutamic Acid (non-GMO)
Gluten (for non-celiac disease sufferers, a safe protein found in wheat, barley, and rye)
Glycerides (non-GMO)
Glycerines (non-GMO)
GMO Foods (inc. corn, soy, cotton, canola)
Godiva Chocolates
Gogurt
Gold Medal
Good Earth
Good Morenings
Good Seasons
Golden Grahams
Goya
Gravy Master
Great Value
Grey Poupon
Groupe Danone
Guiness
Gummy bears

H
Haagen Daz
Hain-Celestial
Hall’s Cough Drops
Hamburger Helper
Handi Snacks
Haribo (gummy bear manufacturer)
Harris Teeter Cakes
Harvest Bay
Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen
Heinz Tomato Ketchup
Hellman’s
Hello Kitty popsicles
Hemicellulose (non-GMO)
Hemp Milk
Herbalife
Herbal Essence Shampoo
Hero (Prop 37)
Hershey’s
HFCS-90 (ingredient, High fructose corn syrup)
Hickory Farms
Hidden Valley Ranch (salad dressing)
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
Honest Kids
Honest Tea
Honey Graham Oh’s
Honey Nut Cheerios
Hope in a Jar
Horizon Organic
Hormel
Hot Pockets
Hot Tamales (candy)
Hummus (prepackaged)
Hungry Jack
Hydrogenated Starch (non-GMO)
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (non-GMO)

I
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!
Icehouse
Idahoan (Prop 37)
Inositol (non-GMO)
Inventure Foods (Prop 37)
Inverse Syrup (non-GMO)
Inversol (non-GMO)
Invert sugar (any food containing)
Isoflavones (non-GMO)
Isogen
Izze (Pepsico)

J
Jack in the Box
Jason’s Deli Ice Cream
Jason’s Deli Dressings
Jason’s Deli Meats
Jason’s Deli Muffins
Jason’s Deli Soups
Jell-o
Jenni O’s
Jett Puffed
Jiffy
Joe’s O’s
Jolly Time
Juice, Fruit (nearly all processed)
Just Juice

K
Kashi
Kellog’s
Kerrygold
KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken)
Kix
Kleenex
Knouse Foods
Kool-Aid
Kraft (not just Mac & Cheese!)
Krispy Kreme
Kroger (poultry)
Krusteaz
Kudos

L
La Banderita
Lactic Acid (non-GMO)
Lactose (any food containing)
Lakewood
Lancome
Land O’Lakes
Laughing Cow
Lavera
Lay’s Potato Chips
Lean Cuisine
Lecithin (non-GMO)
Lehigh Valley
Leucine (non-GMO)
Life Cereal
Lifesavers
LightLife
Lipton
Little Caesars
Living Harvest
L’Oreal
Lucky Charms
Lunchables
Lysine (non-GMO)

M
M&M/Mars
Malic acid (non-GMO)
Malitol (any product containing)
Malt (non-GMO)
Malt Extract (non-GMO)
Malt syrup (any product containing)
Maltodextrin (any product containing)
Maltose (any product containing)
Mannitol (any product containing)
Martin’s Potato Rolls
Maseca Corn Flour
Maxwell House
Maybelline
Mazola Corn Plus
Mazola Vegetable Plus
McCormick Seasonings, Spices, etc.
McDonald’s
Meat (ALL conventional, non-organic)
Menchies Frozen Yogurt
Mellow Mushroom Pizza
Methylcellulose (non-GMO)
Mexican Restaurants (most–I’m not kidding)
Michelob
MicroZap Inc.
Microwave ovens, all (watch out for those Hitler crystals! 😉
Mighty Leaf (tea)
Milani
Milk (all American non-organic, pasteurized)
Milk (condensed, non-GMO)
Milk Powder (non-GMO)
MillerCoors
Millers
Milo Starch (non-GMO)
Mineral Fusion
Minute Maid
Miracle Whip
Miss Vickie’s (Pepsico)
Mission White Corn Tortillas
MMR Vaccine
Modified Food Starch (non-GMO)
Modified Starch (non-GMO)
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Monoglycerides (non-GMO)
Monsanto
Monster
Morning Star
Morton Salt
Morton’s Seasonings
Mott’s
Mrs. Dash
Mrs. Fields
Mucinex
MUG Root Beer
Muir Glen (Prop 37)
Munkijo
Multi Grain Cheerios
Muscle Milk

N
Nabisco
Naked Juice
Nanoparticles (ingredient, especially yogurt)
Nature Valley
Neosugar (ingredient)
Nesquik milk
Nestle (virtually all products)
Neutrogena
Newcastle
Newman’s Own (popcorn)
Nice! Oats & Honey
Nilla (Kraft)
Nulaid
Nutrasweet
Nutri-Grain (Kellogg)
Nutter Butter
NyQuil

O
Ocean Spray
Odwalla
Old El Paso
Oleic Acid (non-GMO)
O.N.E Coconut Water
Open Pit
Orangina
Orbit (gum)
Oreos
Organic Valley (butter)
Ortega
Orville Redenbacher
Oscar Mayer
Oxybenzone (sunscreen component)

P
Pabst
Pace
Pacific Foods aka Pacific Natural Foods
Panera
Papa Johns
Papa Murphy’s
Papayas, all from Hawaii
Parent’s Choice Organic (baby formula)
Parkay
PB2
Pediasure (via “Moms Across America/Glyphosate article)
Pears from concentrate
Peñafiel
PepsiCo
Pepperidge Farm
Pepsi
Phenylalanine (non-GMO)
Philadelphia
Phosphoric acid (ingredient)
Phytic Acid (non-GMO)
Pickles and Relish (any that contain food dye)
Pillsbury
Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt
Pinnacle Foods
Pirate Booty
Pizza Hut
Planters
POM
Pop Secret
Popcorn (microwave)
Popsicle brand popsicles
Pop Tarts
Potassium sorbate (ingredient)
Powerade
Powerbar
Power Crunch
Prego
Pringles
Promise Me (Susan G. Komen perfume)
Propel
Protein Isolate (non-GMO)
Pure Protein
Pure Via
Purity

Q
Quaker

R
Rapeseed (aka canola, non-GMO)
Raw sugar (any product containing)
Red No. 40 (food dye)
Red Mango Frozen Yogurt
Reddi Egg
Reese’s
Refiner’s syrup (any product containing)
Reilly Food Company
Republic of Tea
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A, found in sunscreens and lotions)
Revlon
Rich’s Products
Richelieu Foods (Prop 37)
Rice Krispies
Rimmel
Rite-Aid Sunscreen
Ritz
Robitussin
Rolling Rock
Round Table Pizza
Russell Stover
R.W. Knudsen (Prop 37)

S
Sabra Hummus
Saccharine
Safeway (poultry, Prop 37)
Salad dressings (most, with “GMO oils”)
Salmon (farmed)
Salsarita’s
Sandwich Thins
Sanka
Santa Cruz Organic
Sara Lee
Sausages (with nitrates)
Sea Pak
Seattle’s Best Coffee (Pepsico)
Shakeology
Shock Top
Shoyu (non-GMO)
Silk & Horizon
Silk Soy Milk
Similac
Simply Light
Simply Orange
Slim Fast
Smartwater (Coca Cola)
Smart Balance (butter)
Smart Ones
Smithfield (Prop 37)
Smjor
Smucker’s
Snickers
Snyder’s of Hanover
So Delicious
SoBe (Pepsico)
Sodium benzoate (ingredient)
Sodium citrate (non-GMO)
Soft Drinks (almost all)
Solae (Prop 37)
Sorbitol (any product containing)
Soy, all in restaurants (non-GMO)
SoyBoy
Soybean Oil (any product containing)
Soy Flour (non-GMO)
Soy Isolates (non-GMO)
Soy Lechitin (non-GMO)
Soy Milk (non-GMO)
Soy Oil (non-GMO)
Soy Protein (non-GMO)
Soy Protein Isolate (non-GMO)
Soy Sauce (non-GMO)
Special K
SPF greater than 50 in sunscreens
Spices (Virtually all sold in the U.S.A.)
Sprite
Smart Balance Cooking Oil
Sorghum syrup (any product containing)
Sour Patch Kids
Spectrum Organic
Spice of Life
Squirt Soda
Starburst
Starch (non-GMO)
Starkist Tuna
StarLite Cuisine
Stearic Acid (non-GMO)
Stella Artois
Stevia, manufactured (see article)
Stewart’s (Soda)
Stove Top
Subway
Sucralose
Sucrose (any product containing)
Sugar (unless specified as non-GMO cane sugar)
Sugar, raw
Sugar, yellow
Sulfites (ingredient, vegetable preservative)
Sun Chips
Sun Drop
Sunny Delight
Sunscreens, all spray   (also see specific brand names)
Sunscreens, all powder  (also see specific brand names)
Sunscreens, CVS brand
Sunscreens, Rite-Aid brand
Sunscreens, Walgreens brand
Sunkist Soda
Super Big Gulp (7-11)
Susan G. Komen Foundation
Swanson Chicken Broth
Syngenta (Prop 37)

T
Tab
Taco Bell
Tamari (non-GMO)
Tang
Tapatio
Tassimo
Tazo (tea)
TCBY Yogurt
Teavana
Tea Forte
Tempeh (non-GMO)
Teriyaki Marinades (non-GMO)
Tetly
Textured Vegetable Protein (non-GMO)
Think Thin
Thomas’ 100% Whole Wheat English Muffins
Threonine (non-GMO)
Toblerone
Tocopherols (Vitamin E, non-GMO)
Toffuti
Tofu (non-GMO)
Tootsie Rolls
Tostitos
Town House
Trader Joe’s
Trehalose (non-GMO)
Triaminic
Trical (Prop 37)
Trident Gum
Triglyceride (non-GMO)
Triscuit
Trix
Tropicana
TruMoo (Dean Foods)
Truvia
Tuna, canned
Turbinado sugar (any product containing)
Tuscan
Twinings of London (tea)
Twist
Twizzlers

U
Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread
Uncle Ben’s
Unilever (Prop 37)
Uno Chicago Grill
Utz All Natural

V
V8
Vaccines (most)
Vega
Vegetable Fat (non-GMO)
Vegetable Oil (non-GMO)
Veggie burgers (non-organic)
Velveeta
Vermont Organics (baby formula)
Vie de France
Vita Coco
Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate, found in sunscreens and lotions)
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin, non-GMO)
Vitamin E (Tocopherol, non-GMO)
VitaminEnergy (Coca Cola)
Vitamin Water Zero
Vlasic (pickles)

W
Walgreen’s sunscreen
Walmart (I kid you not!  They’re selling GMO products!)
Welch’s
Wendy’s
Wesson Oil
Wheat Thins
Whey (non-GMO)
Whey Powder (non-GMO)
While Lily Flour
Whitewave Foods
Whole Foods (Even she doesn’t understand her do’s and don’ts–see her article!)
Whole Foods Organic Baby Formula
Wholesome Sweeteners
Wrigley’s Gum

X
Xanthan Gum (non-GMO)
Xochitl

Y
Yellow No. 5 (food dye)
Yellow Squash
Yellow sugar (any product containing)
YoCrunch (yogurt)
Yoforia Frozen Yogurt
Yogurt Mountain
Yoplait
Yuban
Yves Veggie Cuisine

Z
Zicam Cherry Cold Remedy
Zico Coconut Water
Zucchini

References
Please note: to avoid increasing search engine exposure for quack web sites, I use the DoNotLink service to obfuscate URLs. I promise you are not being redirected to porn 😉

Food Babe: Processed To Death (Cooking Oils)
http://foodbabe.com/2015/02/04/cooking-oils/

Food Babe: GMO Ingredients A-Z Reference
http://foodbabe.com/possible-gmo-ingredients-a-z/

Food Babe: GMO Ingredients in General Mills Foods
http://foodbabe.com/2014/09/17/general-mills-or-generally-toxic-after-you-see-this-product-i-know-which-one-youll-choose/

Food Babe: “Recipe for a Heart Attack”
http://foodbabe.com/2011/05/26/food-lion-speed-street-krispy-kreme/

Food Babe: Why aren’t you making your own hummus?
http://foodbabe.com/2011/05/18/homemade-hummus/

Food Babe: Artificial Dyes
http://foodbabe.com/tag/artificial-colors/

Food Babe: Read the Ingredients List
http://foodbabe.com/2015/01/06/read-ingredient-lists/

Food Babe Avoid These When Eating Out
http://foodbabe.com/2012/09/02/how-to-avoid-genetically-modified-ingredients-when-you-eat-out/

Food Babe: Olive Oil Archives
http://foodbabe.com/tag/olive-oil/

Food Babe: Sugar Archives
http://foodbabe.com/tag/sugar/

Food Babe: Dead Animal Parts in V8, Prego, Swanson, Campbell’s
http://foodbabe.com/2014/08/05/there-might-be-dead-animal-parts-in-your-v8-homemade-v8-juice/

Food Babe Heinz
http://www.donotlink.com/cxry

Food Babe: “Carrots soaked in chlorine”
http://www.donotlink.com/cxwa

Food Babe Microwave Ovens
http://www.donotlink.com/cxsd

Food Babe Beauty Products
http://www.donotlink.com/cxvy

Food Babe “GMO” Candy
http://www.donotlink.com/cxrx

Food Babe Cetaphil
http://www.donotlink.com/cxrq

Food Babe Oreos
http://www.donotlink.com/cxry

Food Babe: Parabens
http://www.donotlink.com/cl9t

Food Babe Mrs. Dash
http://www.donotlink.com/cxrt

Food Babe: Companies Fighting Prop 37
http://www.donotlink.com/cxsb

Food Babe Susan G. Komen & Other Cancer Organizations
http://www.donotlink.com/cxr4

Food Babe Flu Shot Nonsense
http://www.donotlink.com/eTg

Food Babe Kleenex
http://www.donotlink.com/cxpg

Food Babe Truvia, Stevia
http://www.donotlink.com/cxw0

Food Babe Sunscreens
http://www.donotlink.com/p-x

Food Babe “Just Say No” to Candy
http://www.donotlink.com/cxr3

Food Babe Fair Life
http://www.donotlink.com/cxqt

Food Babe Salmon
http://www.donotlink.com/cxph

Food Babe Chocolates
http://www.donotlink.com/caem

Food Babe Whole Foods (She’s really confused on this one!)
http://www.donotlink.com/cxpi

Food Babe Peanut Butter
http://www.donotlink.com/bc6k

Food Babe Toothpastes
http://www.donotlink.com/cxql

For Babe Birthday Cake
http://www.donotlink.com/cxpj

Food Babe Thanksgiving Scrooge
http://www.donotlink.com/b99

Food Babe Protein Shakes
http://www.donotlink.com/cxc5

Food Babe Spices
http://www.donotlink.com/cxc2

Food Babe Banned Holiday Gifts
http://www.donotlink.com/cxbt

Food Babe “GMO Wheat”
http://www.donotlink.com/cwrs

Food Babe Milk, Dairy Products
http://www.donotlink.com/cakd

Food Babe Baby Formula
http://www.donotlink.com/bg3w

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Attention Diet Soft Drink Haters (Aspartame Myth Debunked)

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Would you intentionally drink something that turns into methanol and formaldehyde in your body?

No?

I’ve got bad news for you then. Head to your refrigerator and throw out all the fruit juices and fruit. Don’t forgot those tomatoes and tomato juice. Sorry to break the bad news, but citrus fruits and juices, just like the artificial sweetener aspartame (found in diet soft drinks) break down into methanol and formaldehyde after you eat/drink them.

The only difference is that the citrus fruits usually produce MORE methanol and formaldehyde.

It gets worse. Are you a beer lover? Do you like wine or mixed drinks? The ethyl alcohol in your drinks is eventually broken down into a close poisonous relative of formaldehyde known as acetaldehyde. So while you’re tossing out the fruit and juices, don’t forget the beer, wine, and bourbon. (There are of course other dangers of alcohol abuse. That’s fodder for another article. I just want to point out the formaldehyde issue here).

Now that you’ve thrown out the worst methanol and formaldehyde offenders, you can, in good conscience, toss out the diet soft drinks. OR KEEP READING 

It just so happens that our bodies are set up to naturally process everything that’s broken down by the digestive system when you eat a grapefruit, orange, tomato, or drink orange juice or diet soda.

True, you’re pushing even MORE methanol and formaldehyde through your system with some of the fruits than with the Diet Mountain Dew, but that’s OK — your body can handle that. There is no difference in the methanol and formaldehyde that comes from soft drinks and that that comes from citrus fruits. Period. Case closed.

In an upcoming post, I’ll be attacking another popular myth that’s back in the news lately, courtesy Dr. Oz.: do soft drinks cause cancer?

—————– References ————–

Relationship Between Aspartame, Methanol and Formaldehyde Explained
Bernadene Magnuson, Ph.D., Cantox Health Sciences International, for the Aspartame Expert Work Group (2008)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics http://www.andeal.org/topic.cfm?cat=4089

Artificial Sweeteners: Is Aspartame Safe?
Harriet Hall
Science-Based Medicine http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/are-artificial-sweeteners-safe/

Aspartame and Formaldehyde (or not…)
Josh Dewald
What Does the Science Say?http://whatdoesthesciencesay.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/aspartame-and-formaldehyde/

Alcohol Metabolism: An Update
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AA72/AA72.htm