Slim-Fast and Ensure – Loaded with chemicals and sweeteners
Chemical Thickeners and Sweeteners
If your goals for this year include becoming sick and fat, be sure to pick up a case of Slim Fast.
It is loaded with sugar and artificial sweeteners (sugar, maltodextrin, dextrose, aspartame), MSG or compounds that act like/contain/convert into MSG (maltodextrin, carrageenan, artificial flavor), inflammatory oils (sunflower oil) and boatloads of cheap vitamins that are poorly absorbed.
Take a can of coke plus a Flintstone vitamin and you’ll be doing the same thing to your body.
Ensure (“Each bottle of #1 doctor recommended Ensure is a source of complete, balanced nutrition.” … uh, yeah, right.)
Ensure is just as bad as Slim Fast with the top ingredients including: water, sugar, maltodextrin and soy oil.
Slim Fast and Ensure are just two of the harmful sugar-chemical drinks that are being sold today at premium prices.
- Each can of Slim Fast has 7 tsp of sugar + artificial sweeteners
Each can of Ensure has 4 tsp of sugar + artificial sweeteners
Here is my green smoothie recipe if you want to drink something delicious and full of nutrients.
I want to highlight for you an extremely harmful ingredient, carrageenan, that is showing up in many foods today, even baby formula and some organic cream.
This ingredient is found in ice cream, salad dressing, baked goods, dairy products, Ensure and Slim Fast.
Carrageenan is a food additive that is derived from seaweed, also known as Irish Moss.
Sounds healthy….but it is not!
Although this sounds like it is healthy, because sea vegetables can be healthy, carrageenan is not healthy. Quite the opposite is true.
“Carrageenan, commonly used in ice cream and baked goods, is an especially powerful promoter of cancer growth and spread.” — Russell Blaylock, MD and neurosurgeon.
Carrageenan is a gelatin or a gum used to thicken foods like ice cream, syrup, cream (even some organic cream), marshmallow fluff.
It acts as a texturizer or emulsifier in other foods. It is used to de-ice airplanes.
Joanne Tobacman is a researcher from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, who discovered that carrageenan causes cancer in the gut. See the study here.
There are two types of carrageenan, “degraded” and “undegraded” and Tobacman says that both are associated with cancer and stomach problems.
Human studies show that both types lead to human cancers and digestive disorders because enzymes and bacteria in the gut convert one form, undegraded to the more dangerous form, degraded.
There may also be a connection to breast cancer.
Dr. Tobacman’s findings were published in the October 2001 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a branch of the National Institutes of Health.
As always, we need to read labels, read labels, read labels!
Add carrageenan to the list of ingredients to be avoided.
Maybe you don’t want to give up everything that carrageenan is in, like Almond Milk (you can make your own!), but at least reduce it as much as possible by buying brands that don’t use artificial ingredients or carrageenan.
You will find carrageenan in:
- Soy milk, like Silk
- Almond milk, like Almond Breeze
- Cartons of Coconut Milk “drink”
- Chocolate milk
- Whipping cream, cream topping
- Baby formulas
- Ovaltine (also has trans fats and food dye)
- Pudding mixes including Jello Pudding Snacks
- Cottage cheese, cream cheese
- Sour cream
- Party dips
- Ice cream
- Brownie mix
- Stevita Supreme (also has food dye, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors)
- Frozen foods
- Tartar Sauce
- Weight Watchers desserts
- Chug Milk Shakes
- Sliced deli meats
- Pie filling
- Diet soda
- Restaurant foods
- Pet food
- Simply Asia Noodles
- Coco Libre Coconut Water
Here’s the ingredient list of Slim Fast and Ensure, ugh!
FAT FREE MILK, WATER, SUGAR, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, GUM ARABIC, CANOLA OIL, CELLULOSE GEL, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, POTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, MALTODEXTRIN, SOY LECITHIN, CELLULOSE GUM, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CARRAGEENAN, SODIUM BICARBONATE, SUCRALOSE AND ACESULFAME POTASSIUM, SODIUM CITRATE, ARTIFICIAL COLOR (RED 3), CITRIC ACID.Added Junk Vitamins: MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ASCORBATE, VITAMIN E ACETATE, ZINC GLUCONATE, FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE, NIACINAMIDE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, MANGANESE SULFATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, RIBOFLAVIN, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, FOLIC ACID, CHROMIUM CHLORIDE, BIOTIN, SODIUM MOLYBDATE, POTASSIUM IODIDE, PHYLLOQUINONE (VITAMIN K1), SODIUM SELENITE, CYANOCOBALAMIN (VITAMIN B12), CHOLECALCIFEROL (VITAMIN D3). SWEETENED WITH A NUTRITIVE SWEETENER AND NONNUTRITIVE SWEETENERS. CONTAINS MILK AND SOY.
Water, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar, Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Oil, Soy Protein Isolate, Sucromalt, Cocoa Powder, Canola Oil. Corn Oil, Magnesium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Cellulose Gel, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Cellulose Gum, Monoglycerides, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Potassium Hydroxide, Liquid Sucralose,
Junk vitamins: Ferric Orthophosphate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Acesulfame Potassium, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, Cyanocobalamin, Phylloquinone, and Vitamin D3.
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STOP! It doesn’t have to be this way any longer!
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Stop counting calories and stop avoiding healthy fat.
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