My name is Emily Beth, and I'm your resident health-nut conspirator. I'm a 20 year-young vegan, who is absolutely obsessed with the food industry, the food they distribute, and how our body utilizes that food. This is the tumblr where you will learn about whats good and whats bad. I'm also going to spread awareness about the evil reality that is the FDA. I am on a personal crusade to save the world by helping people make better choices.
Last night while I was watching the Olympics with my mother and sister, a commercial for the new Coke Zero drink came on. I turned to my mom with a disgusted face and said, “you know that shit is worse than diet, right?” Her answer was no, but I wasn’t surprised. My mom is a very health-conscious individual, but like the rest of us sheep, we just assume that if something is “diet” or has the word “zero” on it, then it must be “better for us.” I don’t blame any of you. Its misleading. But if you’re going to continue drinking your toxic soft drinks, then at least listen to this ONE word of advice:
DRINK THE REGULAR.
"but Emily, the regular must be BAD if they had to manufacture a diet version of it, right? So then why do you want me to drink regular?"
Oh, my poor, misled and uniformed friend. Continue reading and you will find out!
First of all, what is soda? Soda is carbonated water + sweetener + flavor. Next question: what is a corporation? A corporation is a group of evil, greedy individuals who steal your soul through your money, and will tell you and sell you anything to get it. In fact, these corporate demons even have our own government’s FDA by the balls, paying them off to pass dangerous chemicals as “safe,” so they can put it in our deliciously poisonous soft drinks. They will stop at nothing to get our money.
So how about the semi-health conscious individuals who think they’re making a “better choice” by choosing “diet soda?” What about THEIR money? Don’t worry, friends. Thats what “diet” is. Diet coke was concocted down in the depths of hell for the people who are too pathetic to give up soda, but need a healthy alternative.
When people want to watch their weight or make healthier choices, they often think about sugar content. One 12 oz can of Coca Cola contains 39 grams of sugar. Now, how much does one 12 oz can of Diet Coca Cola contain? NONE! There are zero grams of sugar. It’s the not-really-but-they-think-they-are-health-conscious individual’s wet dream. However, this, my dear readers, is what is called marketing.
"You want to make a healthier choice but can’t get off the soda? Here, have this diet version! There’s no sugar in it!" Its almost too good to be true, right? RIGHT! There is NOTHING "good" OR "true" about diet soda.
Remember how we just learned that the evil corporations will do anything to get your money? This is where it comes in. Coca Cola needs to concoct a diet drink that will put people under the impression that it is “healthier,” but it also needs to taste good. Forget about sugar — thats what the people are trying to cut back on. So then how do they make it sweet?
Aspartame is a DANGEROUS artificial sweetener. Its a long story, and you can read all about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame_controversy, but to give you the cliff notes version: the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) was paid off by an evil corporation to pass aspartame as “safe for consumption.” So what is so dangerous about aspartame?
Well, to just name a few of the symptoms caused by aspartame:
Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.
Those are just side effects though. Aspartame causes much more serious problems than headaches and fatigue. When ingested, your body converts aspartame into methanol, and the methanol is then converted into formaldehyde. Just for shits and giggles, let me remind you formaldehyde is used to preserve dead bodies. Signs of acute exposure to formaldehyde include abdominal pain, anxiety, coma, convulsions, diarrhea, and respiratory problems such as bronchitis, pneumonia or pulmonary edema.
So, your healthier choice is actually not so good of a choice after all. Diet coke might not have sugar in it, but it has aspartame in it. Sure, it may not make you fat, and it might make you feel good about yourself, when you’re patting yourself on the back for choosing “diet,” but in the end, it’ll just be killing you faster. Stick with the refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
We now know that Diet Coke is served in the kingdom of hell. But Satan himself doesn’t drink that shit. He drinks something BETTER: Coke Zero.
FINALLY, I will reveal to you the difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Are you ready?
That, my friends, is the answer. That is the difference. Diet Coke has 1 calorie, while Coke Zero has .5 of a calorie. Diet coke is sweetened only with aspartame, but Coke Zero is sweetened with a concoction of synthetic, artificial, poisonous, and dangerous chemicals. Chemical shit storm. Are people really going to buy Coke Zero because of the 0.5 difference in caloric index? No, but apparently, according to Coca Cola themselves, men are reluctant to buy Diet Coke because they associate the word “diet” with femininity. BECAUSE NOTHING SAYS I’M A STRONG-MINDED, INDIVIDUAL, MASCULINE MAN WHO THINKS FOR HIMSELF MORE THAN DRINKING SODA FILLED WITH SATAN’S SEMEN THAT WAS MARKETED AS A HEALTHY CHOICE.
So there you have it. That is the difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero. But after all of this learning, if you still need your soda, just remember to go for the original version.
I think its safe to say that “carbs” are everyone’s favorite part of a meal; Breads, pastas, rice, and even desserts! Its a simple enough statement, yeah? But lets not forget, we live in the 21st century, and there are very few things that are simple these days — including our super markets and variety of foods!
Walk down the bread isle of your super market, and you’ll see a thousand options:
DOUBLE FIBER, ENRICHED WHITE, CINNAMON RAISIN, HONEY OAT, WHOLE WHEAT, WHITE..
And the list goes on and on. But what does it all mean? Which breads are actually good for you? Which breads are MARKETED to be good for you, but really aren’t? Which breads are just loafs of health-problems city? Well, I’m going to break it down for you.
White vs Wheat vs Whole Grain
THEORY: Make something look awesome, and people will want it.
This same theory is directly applied to white bread:
You start out with a grain of whole wheat. Then, in a LAB, they refine the grain by literally taking out all of the good and beneficial parts of the grain — this leaves you with refined white flour. Next, they bleach the refined flour using chemical bleaching agents which contain chlorine, and then dry it in kilns at high temperature to kill any beneficial remains. Not over yet though. Next, they add gluten, which is directly linked to causing inflammation and worsening health problems. But don’t worry — the gluten is what gives it that fluffy, mouth-watering texture.
This, my friends, is what white bread is. Just like the photo shopped model, white bread is designed in a lab to have a texture and (lack of) taste that will make us drool. It is an empty, bleached, refined, and unnatural product that will make your tummy bloat and your hips and ass explode. If you’re into that kind of thing, then I mean, continue eating your white bread. But if you’re trying to make smarter choices, you should now see that
(This process is also how they achieve all white products. And remember, refined flour is used in almost all sweets.)
HOLY SHIT, WHOLE WHEAT:
The lesser of two evils, we have whole wheat. Lets start off with a nice, big, disappointing fact: whole wheat and white bread have the same impact on blood sugar (which is NOT a good impact). Eating two slices of whole wheat bread effects your body and blood sugar the same way one snickers bar would. It raises your blood sugar, which isn’t good if you’re diabetic.
So then whats good about whole wheat, and what exactly is it? Wheat is a kind of grain, and whole wheat is when every part of the wheat is used: the bran, endosperm, and germ. These three components of all grains are GOOD for you! The bran supplies antioxidants, B vitamins, trace minerals, and dietary fiber. The endosperm is the inner part of the grain with most of the proteins and carbohydrates and small amounts of vitamins and minerals. Lastly, the germ is rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, trace minerals, antioxidants and essential fats.
So whole wheat bread definitely has some benefits to it! At least more than white bread! But this bread is no saint either. In addition to having a high sugar index, wheat is also ADDICTING! Wheat is an opiate that doesn’t make us feel high — it makes us feel HUNGRY! This is the effect exerted by gliadin, the protein in wheat that was inadvertently altered by geneticists in the 1970s. The whole wheat we praise is genetically altered in a lab to be an appetite stimulant. So, whole wheat is a healthier bread that stimulates your appetite and in turn will make you fatter. And before we decide if wheat is “good or bad,” let me just throw one more fun fact out there: because wheat is an opiate, people get withdrawals from it, just like with “real” drugs. Try not eating products with wheat in it for one day — you go nuts. Trust me, I’ve tried it.
SO, whole wheat: yay or nay? It has fiber and nutrients, but its an appetite stimulant and addictive. I can’t tell you what to think, but I can give you the facts. Whether you want to consume whole wheat products is up to you. Personally, I believe if you can deal with withdrawals and control your appetite, you’ll be okay.
HOPE FOR WHOLE GRAIN:
So, now that you know the facts, you can make the right decision, or at least a HEALTHIER decision when choosing bread :)