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By Sylvia Anderson, IH Editor — Published: October 04, 2010By Sylvia Anderson, IH Editor — Published: October 04, 2010

Many health conscious people have shunned beef burgers and choose veggie burgers as a safer alternative to red meat.  If you’re one of them, you may want to rethink your strategy.

According to an investigation conducted by the Cornucopia Institute, some makers of veggie burgers use a dangerous chemical called hexane to reduce the fat in their product.  Hexane is a petroleum byproduct of gasoline refining.  It’s also a neurotoxin meaning it’s toxic to the nervous system.  The EPA lists hexane among its list of hazardous air pollutants.  When you consider all of this, it’s easy to see why hexane is known as “the dirty little secret of the natural soy foods industry.”

Are all veggie burgers potentially dangerous?  Even foods labeled “made with organic ingredients” could contain soy once bathed in hexane.  These include burgers from Boca Burger, Morningstar Farms, Garden Burger, and Amy’s Kitchen. In order to make sure you’re veggie burgers are hexane free, look for products labeled “organic.”  However, Boca Burger and Morningstar products labeled “made with organic soy” are hexane free.

The dangers of hexane.  Hexane is a powerful chemical.  That’s why it’s so useful as a cleaning substance and why it can dissolve glue and varnish.  In the food industry, it’s used to separate the oils from corn, peanuts, and soybeans.  As a matter of fact, grain and soy processors are responsible for more than two-thirds of the United State’s hexane emissions, states Cornucopia.

Most of the research on hexane reports the dangers of exposure from inhalation.  There simply hasn’t been any research to know the effects of eating hexane, even though hexane residues in common soy ingredients can be 10 times higher than what the FDA states as normal.  The fact remains the dangers from inhalation should be cause enough for anyone to avoid hexane-tainted veggie burgers.  These risks include:





Numbness in the extremities


Blurred vision



And it’s not only your veggie burger that could put you at risk for the above symptoms.  Hexane is also found in nutrition bars, protein shakes and even baby formulas that contain soy.

If you’re feeling a little frustrated right now, it’s understandable.  First no beef on your burger, now you can’t even throw a veggie patty on the grill.  What do you have to do to get a healthy and tasty burger?Try tempeh burgers instead.  Tempeh is a fermented soybean cake that carries no risk of hexane contamination, or the other dangerous effects of unfermented soy.  Even though some experts proclaim soy as a miracle food, the truth is unfermented soy, the kind found in most health foods, can lead to a whole host of problems from digestive distress to heart disease and even cancer.

The reason tempeh is an acceptable soy product lies in the fact that is fermented.  The fermentation process reduces the unhealthy properties of soybean products and delivers beneficial substances to your system.

Go ahead and try a tempeh burger at your next cookout.  You may be pleasantly surprised, it’s much safe than the majority of veggie burgers, and your body will sure thank you for it later.

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By Sylvia Anderson

You’re eating a balanced diet. You’re exercising daily. You’re staying away from junk food. But the numbers on your scale still refuse to budge. So why aren’t you losing weight when you’re doing all the “right” things? Keep reading to find out why you’re not shedding those pesky pounds . . . and what you can do to change that!


1. You’re Not Exercising Portion Control

One major reason why people don’t lose weight is because they serve themselves excessive portion sizes. For example, the recommended USDA portion size for meat is four ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards. Compare this size to the average size of a filet at a steakhouse, which is at least twice that size, and you can see why America is suffering from an obesity epidemic. Beware of hefty portions both when eating out and when eating at home.


2. You Skip the Most Important Meal of the Day: Breakfast

If you’re not losing weight, you should ask yourself if you are eating a nutritional breakfast. Breakfast is still regarded as the most important meal because it sets the tone for how you distribute your calories for the rest of the day. For instance, eating a breakfast of whole-wheat toast, eggs, and fruit will leave you feeling satisfied for a longer stretch of time. You will be less prone to snack and binge on unhealthy foods the rest of the day.


3. You Eat Only One Meal

Many dieters also make the mistake of fasting during the day and eating one large meal at dinnertime. While you may think you’d eat fewer calories by taking this approach, by the time evening arrives you are so hungry that you end up overeating. In fact you likely end up eating more fat and calories than you normally would if you had eaten three healthy meals and two nutritious snacks that day. Additionally, these large meals are often extremely heavy and caloric, and a bad choice so close to your bedtime.


4. You Don’t Pay Attention to What You’re Eating

People also fail to lose weight due to “calorie creep.” A common example of this is when people eat while they cook. Even taking small bites of foods can deposit hundreds of calories into your body. This amount is staggering when you consider that the average person’s recommended calorie intake is 2,000 calories per day. To combat “calorie creep,” you should pay attention to each morsel of food you put into your mouth. Do not distractedly eat small bites of food and expect that it won’t count as calories. Try keeping a food diary and making sure that you record every single piece of food or sip of drink you take. You might be surprised at the excessive amount of calories you take in.


5. You Are Eating the Wrong Foods

Another dietary reason why you’re not losing weight may have to do with your distorted ideas of a food’s nutritional value. Many people believe yogurt is good for you because it is a source of protein and calcium. While this is true, if you are eating full-fat yogurt instead of low-fat yogurt with healthy probiotics, you are doing yourself more harm than good.


You may also be getting extra fat through your cooking oil. If you’re using more than one tablespoon of oil or butter for cooking, you are adding many harmful saturated fats to your diet. Moreover, while olive oil is a healthy cooking-oil option, take care not to add more than a tablespoon because this oil is still heavy in fats.


6. You Are Drinking Your Calories

Some dieters pay meticulous attention to what they are eating, but forget that calories come in liquid form as well! Whether its juice or wine or a sports drink, those calories also count towards your daily amount. Think diet soda is the answer? Think again. Recent research suggests that even diet soda may spur you to crave sugary, calorie-laden foods. The best option, of course, is water. If you can’t stomach plain water, try adding a lemon or lime slice to make it more tolerable.


7. You Are Not Exercising Effectively

Lastly, you should examine your exercise routine. Are you using proper form when you do sit-ups and lunges? That is, are you honestly using only the muscles you’re supposed to be targeting? When doing exercise, proper form will get you the results you want and greatly further your weight loss. Also, you need to make sure that you’re getting your heart rate up when doing cardiovascular exercise. If you walk every day, but only do so at a snail’s pace, you’re not doing much to aid your weight-loss efforts.


Don’t despair! By taking a closer look at your approach to losing weight, you may just uncover some vital mistakes such as those above. Fix those mistakes immediately, and you’ll see results in no time.

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Have you ever heard the term “super-foods”? In keeping with other “supers” such as Superman, super powers and super human, it would seem that super-foods would be something that could help you – definitely not hurt you. They certainly are part of one of the most talked about current health crazes. But there are many foods that can help you feel better and get healthier, so why these? Just what are these super-foods and what can they do for you? Let’s take a look . . .

Have you ever heard the term “super-foods”? In keeping with other “supers” such as Superman, super powers, super human, and super-duper (ok, maybe not that one) it would seem that super-foods would be something that could help you – definitely not hurt you. They certainly are part of one of the most talked about current health crazes. But there are many foods that can help you feel better and get healthier, so why these? Just what are these super-foods and what can they do for you? Let’s take a look . . .

What are Super-Foods?

Super-foods are foods that are designed by nature to give you a balanced and healthy diet.  But, the true super-foods are jam-packed full of nutrients that help to treat a variety of health issues and have potent preventative powers.  And while the craze of super-foods is relatively new, the benefits of eating these foods have been in place for centuries. You may not know that some of them are even categorized as super-foods while in fact many are foods that you may already be eating and can help to treat or even prevent diseases like cancer and blindness.  You just have to know what ones to eat!

What are Some Super-Foods?

There are many super-foods, but these are some of the most common:

  • Beans (kidney, lima, etc) have lots of iron in them and are easy to cook and eat.  The best way to eat them is as natural as possible so that you get as many nutrients as you can (so, try not to just eat the ones in the can).
  • Blueberries are packed with vitamin C and have a ton of antioxidants that will help with your overall health.
  • Fish is great for helping you to feel more energized as well as having plenty of omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Soy is a great food that helps lower cholesterol and helps you to have a cleaner feeling body.  You can find soy in tofu as well as soy milk and oats and barley.
  • Fiber will help your body to have lower cholesterol as well and will lower blood sugar levels that may be running too high for your body.
  • Tea can help with many things but one of the most important is giving your body a boost with its important antioxidants.
  • Calcium helps with your bones and your teeth by making them stronger and last longer. 
  • Dark Chocolate is new to the super-food list and is probably the most loved one.  Recent studies have shown dark chocolate to have powerful antioxidants.

Why You Need Super-Foods

So now you know what super-foods are – but do you really need them all?

Well, the answer is yes. To keep your body feeling good and working well, it’s ideal to get at least a little of each of these super-foods on a regular basis. If you don’t like one of them, you can always look for an alternative that has the same benefits and can still give you what your body needs!

So give a super-food a chance, will you? Who knows . . . you might feel better than you ever had, almost super-human even!

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