Eat Fat to LOSE Fat

For many years now the propaganda out there was to NOT eat fat, but so much of the research suggests otherwise.  We need fat to burn fat.  Good fats that is.  So what are the good fats that we should be eating?

  • Super Dark Chocolate (at least 72% cacao content or higher)
  • Coconut Milk, Coconut flour, and coconut oil
  • Grass fed (pasture-raised) butter
  • Whole Eggs, including the yolk
  • Grass fed beef or bison
  • Avocados
  • Nuts: Walnuts, Almonds, Pistachios, Pecans, Brazil Nuts, Macadamias, etc.

in 2009 a study published in the Journal Lipids tested the effects of either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean on a group of women over the span of 28 days.

Results showed that the group that ate the coconut oil had a decrease in abdominal fat while the other group actually had a slight increase in belly fat.  Moreover the coconut oil showed increased HDL (good cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil group had decreased HDL cholesterol and increased LDL “bad cholesterol.

In other studies, the Journal of Nutrition, found that foods high in (MCFA’s) such as  coconut fat, pasture-raised butter, grass-fed beef or bison “prompted a boost in metabolism, increase in energy, decrease in food consumption, reduced body weight and lower body fat mass”.   Furthermore, when MCFA’s are metabolized, ketone bodies are created in the liver which has been shown to have a strong appetite reducing effect. (taken from Mike Geary, the nutrition investigator)

Here’s a great article about the 7 good fats we should eat here.

According to Mike Geary, the nutrition investigator, eating a handful of nuts prior to eating your meal does a couple of things.  First, the healthy fats, fiber and protein sends a signal to your brain to basically reduce your appetite, and second, the fiber, protein and fats will slow down the absorption of any carbohydrates that you might eat with your meal.  This helps to slow down and control your blood sugar response and helps control the insulin response.

Fat Burns Fat
The body needs three macronutrients for energy: Carbohydrates, protein, and fat. A gram of fat packs more than twice the energy of a gram of the other two. “When you don’t have any fat in your diet its like you don’t have fuel to burn calories,” Glassman says. The body requires energy to keep its metabolism properly functioning, and a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming fatty acids can boost metabolic health.
What’s more, “old” fat stored in the body’s peripheral tissues—around the belly, thighs, or butt (also called subcutaneous fat)—can’t be burned efficiently without “new” fat to help the process, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dietary fat helps break down existing fat by activating PPAR-alpha and fat-burning pathways through the liver. Read more here.

Don’t Fear the Fat

Many doctors, and even the government, tell us to avoid saturated fat because they say it causes heart disease. But Westman joins a growing number of physicians who say saturated fat is good for you.

“I tell my patients not to fear the fat. Eat lots of fat. Fat makes you feel full. There’s no problem with fat,” he said. “In fact, saturated fat, the fat that we’ve been taught not to eat, raises your good cholesterol best of all the foods you can eat.”

Not only is saturated fat the optimal fuel for your brain, it also provides building blocks for cell membranes, hormones, and hormone-like substances.

It acts as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
It is required for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, and for mineral absorption.
It acts as an antiviral agent.
It modulates genetic regulation and helps prevent cancer.
In their new book, Cholesterol Clarity, Westman and Moore explain why we need to rethink what we’ve learned about fat and carbs. They point to new scientific evidence showing inflammation as the main cause of heart disease and other problems.

Inflammation comes from eating too many carbohydrates, not from high cholesterol. Read more here.

Less Carbs, More Fat
For more than half a century, the conventional wisdom among nutritionists and public health officials was that fat is dietary enemy number one – the leading cause of obesity and heart disease.
It appears the wisdom was off. And not just off. Almost entirely backward.
According to a new study from the National Institutes of Health, a diet that reduces carbohydrates in favor of fat – including the saturated fat in meat and butter – improves nearly every health measurement, from reducing our waistlines to keeping our arteries clear, more than the low-fat diets that have been recommended for generations. “The medical establishment got it wrong,” says cardiologist Dennis Goodman, director of Integrative Medicine at New York Medical Associates. “The belief system didn’t pan out.”

Read more: http://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/nutrition/why-experts-now-think-you-should-eat-more-fat-20141020#ixzz3NUoipvd9
 

Jesus Gave Him a Sign

I have known Joel for quite some time now;  and one fall day God brought us together at the local gas station.  God always has a plan and is always wanting to bring good out of evil.  This is one of those Godincidents I speak about.

Joel is a young man who has a story to tell.  One that makes your heart break.   He is tall, goodlooking and on this particular day, is looking very weary.   My heart was breaking for him as he begins to  tell me how things are going.  He moved to the area hoping to get a fresh start and is having a great deal of trouble finding employment and housing, precisely because of his past life.

He had been involved in the drug world for half of his life and was trying to make a clean break, but, from where he was standing, it didn’t look to promising.

My heart was being prompted to tell him about how God works in these situations.  God has never left him, loves him more than he could ever believe and is just waiting for him to call out and ask for help.  The look on his face told me that he didn’t really believe a word I said.  I started praying and asking for the Holy Spirit to please help and to open up his heart to hear what I was speaking to him.

I then went on to explain how God forgives all of us for our sins.  All we need to do is ask for forgiveness and then accept God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves.  As a Catholic, I told him he needed to go to confession….confess everything to the best of his knowledge and do it pronto.  Once he did this, the Lord would be there to help him with all of his needs.

The Lord must have sparked a bit of hope in him because he decided he would go see a Priest right away.  He called the priest and made an appointment for that day.    Later that afternoon I am home and doing some work around the house when all of a sudden I notice that it started raining….kind of hard.  I was surprised because the sky was blue just moments ago.  I went to the window to look out and I was so confused.  I thought, “what the hec, where is that rain coming from…there aren’t any clouds for it to be coming from”.  Moments later, I get a phone call, and it is Joel.   He said, “I went to confession, told him everything.  my whole life, I then walked outside and was sitting here at the church when all of a sudden it started to pour and I felt like God was crying because of my confession”.  I knew immediately that this was God’s sign to this young man.  God was crying tears of joy.  The rain lasted a few minutes and then it was gone.

Does this not remind us of the prodigal son who left home and squandered his inheritance, then ended up with nothing and practically starving.  He remembers his father and decides to go home and repent and tell his father he is sorry for what he has done.  The father embraces him and has a party for him….for he said, my son was dead, but now alive.

Luke 15: 18-24 “I will arise and go to my Father, and I will say to him “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants”.  And he arose and came to his father.  But, while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion , and ran and embraced him and kissed him.  And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, I am no longer worthy to be called your son, but the father said to his servants, “Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet, and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry, for this my son was dead, and is alive again,  he was lost and is found”.

Luke 15:6-7 “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost. Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy In heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance”.

This beautiful sign from God, for Joel, is a reminder to us that God is always with us, and He is waiting for us to return to him, just like the prodigal son returned home to his father.  He will wrap His arms around us and rejoice.

Needless to say, Joel did find work and a place to live.  Praise God.

Super Healthy Smoothies

I know Smoothies seem to be all the rage right now, but, if you can make your own they are extremely healthy and a quick food to make.  I myself have experimented with juicing for awhile, and then decided to try making my own smoothies.  This recipe is something I concocted for myself.

Berry Smoothie

Approx. 1/3 cup Plain Greek Yogurt (with the live cultures) and no sugar added

2 Tbsp Egg Protein (I use vanilla)

1 tsp. soluble fiber

2 Tbsp Golden Ground Flax

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Packet Truvia (to sweeten)

1 Tbsp coconut Oil

1/2 Cup or more Berries of your choice (I use Fresh or Frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

Cover all of this with Unsweetened Coconut Milk and Mix in your blender.

Enjoy.

 

 

Baking Soda Heals Illnesses

An interesting piece of information was given to me and I set it aside for awhile, not knowing if it was fact or fiction.  While I did pray about it, I also decided to do some research on my own and check it out.  It seems reliable so I am going to post it along with some of the research I have found….It seems worth trying

SODIUM BICARBONATE,
ALSO CALLED BAKING SODA

Jesus says that sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is an alkaloid that kills all bacteria. He says that illnesses can be healed by doing the following.

Directions:

Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 gallon of water. Shake and place in refrigerator.

Drink a small cup of the mixture every day after breakfast, after lunch and after dinner.

Research:

Baking soda Benefits here

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/27/baking-soda-natural-remedy.aspx

http://www.drwhitaker.com/7-baking-soda-health-benefits

Communion In the Hand, Part III

I will wrap up my discussion on Communion in the Hand in this post.

Akita’s Message:

Francis Mutsuo Fukushima, author of Akita! Mother of God as Coredemptrix – Modern Miracles of the Eucharist wrote the following:

“The most serious crisis of faith resulted from the decline in the faithful’s ability to recognize the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.  As the loss of reverence for the Holy Eucharist took place, it started preventing the inflow of divine graces into the souls of Roman Catholics.  In Akita, God and the Holy Mother planned to revive the people’s faith in the Real Presence by imparting the Divine lessons about the importance of receiving the Holy Eucharist on the tongue”.

The Akita convention, supported and attended by dozens of bishops, priests and lay persons, concluded that according to the Virgin’s messages throughout the world, including Fatima and Akita, “The triumph of the Immaculate heart will occur when everyone recognizes the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

The approved apparitions of Our Lady of Akita, Japan and the Third Secret…

My children, long ago I warned you from Fatima, I warned you through many voice-boxes throughout your world that the time will come when you will embark upon a stormy sea, and it shall be bishop against bishop and cardinal against cardinal, and satan shall set himself in your midst.” – Our Lady of the Roses, November 20, 1976

In 1973, Our Lady gave Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa in Akita, Japan three messages through a statute of Mary. Bathed in a brilliant light, the statute became alive and spoke with a voice of indescribable beauty. Her guardian angel also appeared and taught her to pray. The wooden statute from which the voice came wept 101 times over a course of several years. It also perspired abundantly and the perspiration sent out a sweet perfume. Its right palm bled from a wound having the form of a cross. Hundreds of people witnessed many of these events. Scientific analysis of blood and tears from the statute provided by Professor Sagisaka of the faculty of Legal Medicine of the University of Akita confirmed that the blood, tears, and perspiration were real human tears, sweat, and blood.

Our Lady of Akita told Sister Sasagawa to receive Holy Communion only on the tongue, never in the hand.

After eight years of investigating the Akita apparitions and after consulting with the Holy See, Bishop John Ito in 1984 approved the apparitions as genuinely supernatural in origin. He also authorized throughout the entire diocese the veneration of the Holy Mother of Akita, saying: “The message of Akita is the message of Fatima.”

Hosts Flying Away

An interesting article found in the Roman Catholic Newspaper: The Universe, London.  In 1970 on either Sunday, June 21st or 28th, at the 7 am Mass, in the Beauce-ville church (P.Q. Canada), the parish priest Charles Eugene Houde (about 50 years old) was celebrant.  He had told his parishioners that they were permitted to receive the Holy Host in their hands, according to the archbishopric of Quebec.  “This day, before the Mass, he told his parishioners the following:  “Hence-forth, to avoid complications, everyone of you will receive the Host in your hand for Communion”  

At the moment of the Communion of the Mass, Rev. Houde turned to the people, holding the Ciborium in his hand.  Before he had time to take one single Host and make a single step, about fifty consecrated Hosts flew out of the Ciborium by themselves, they went up in the air, and dispersed themselves around the celebrant, then slowly fell to the ground…

Father Houde, who was struck by this prodigy, said to the faithful who were approaching the Holy Table;  “Henceforth, all of you will receive the Holy Host on your tongue, not in your hand, because God just gave us a sign”. 

The Exposed Plan:

Official guidelines from the Grand Master of Freemasonry to Catholic Freemason Bishops (effective March 1962)  All brother freemasons shall report on the progress of these critical directives!  (updated October 1993 for progressive plan for final stage)

29. Get women and laity to give Communion. Say that this is the Age of the Laity. Start giving Communion in the hand like the Protestants, instead of on the tongue. Say that Christ did it this way. Collect some for Black Masses at our Temple. Then replace individual communion by a bowl of wafers, to be taken upon leaving the church. Say that they will then carry God’s gift into their daily lives. Install communion vending machines; call them tabernacles. Tell that the sign of peace must be given. Encourage walking around to break attention and prayer. Make no sign of the cross instead of communal sign of peace. Say that Christ went out to greet his followers too. Permit no reverence at this time. Priests are to turn their back on the Eucharist and honour the people. □□□

6 Stop communicants from kneeling to receive the host. Tell nuns to stop the children from folding their hands to and from communion. Tell them that God loves them as they are, and wants them to be perfectly relaxed. Stop all kneeling and genuflecting in the church. Remove kneelers. Tell people they must stand up as a witness and to stand during the Mass. (from Freemasonry- the infiltration of the Catholic Church)□□□

Read more on freemasonry-infiltration of the catholic church here.

 

Communion in the Hand, Part II

This post will continue with Part II of my discussion on Communion in the Hand.  You can read Part I  here.

I noted that in my subsequent posts I would give you the information which I, myself, had received through the mail, after I asked Jesus to please send me information.

The information I received is as follows:

Mama Rosa, San Damiano, Italy…May of 1969

Mama Rosa, San Damiano, Italy
Mama Rosa, San Damiano, Italy

The image below was seen at San Damiano, Italy, May, 1969.  Explanation of the photo given by Mrs. Rose Quattrini as follows:

1. The black line which goes through the left wrist of the statue is for those adults who take Holy Communion in the hands, and they should not do so.

2.  The white line which goes through the right arm of the statue represents those who give Holy Communion to children in the hand.  The children are not culpable, it is those who give the host who are guilty.

3.  The Host before Her Mouth speaks clearly that Holy Communion SHOULD ONLY BE TAKEN ON THE TONGUE.  The black mark under it are the sacrileges (representation) committed against the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

image
Blessed Virgin Mary San Damiano, Italy, 1969

 

Our Heavenly Mother speaks:

“I come to this place, my beloved children, to enrich you with graces, with love, with faith and with great mercy, for I am the Mother of all.  I call you night and day to this place, but few among you listen to Me; many mock Me, many joke about Me – many insult Me”.

“Five years that I ask for your heart that I may keep it in my Heart – to inflame it with love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament – because Jesus is Strong – the Support of all the afflicted, of those who cry, who moan, who are at deaths door and may leave this earth at any moment.  The Holy Viaticum (The Eucharist) is the Comfort of this earth and for Heaven – but so few want Him – they trample upon Him, especially in these days.

“They receive Jesus in their hands – what sorrow for my Son and for Me”.

The Holy Eucharist is trampled underfoot.  My children take the Holy Eucharist in their hands, my Son Jesus, sacrileges upon sacrileges!!  “What damnation will be yours when you present yourself at the Tribunal of God!  What punishment will you have?  The Eternal Father is tired.  He is tired I repeat to you!  He is tired – think about this- make a good examination of conscience – ask pardon and sin no more.

August 4, 1969:

“Be prepared for the arrival of that great day of sadness when the Eternal Father will no longer want to hold back His Power and His Hand; I weep so very much!

Message of Jesus to Priests: 

“Bear in Mind that you are my brothers, for your hands are consecrated, and so is all your being; that upon your person you may carry Jesus, ALIVE and REAL, so as to give Jesus to Souls  Only you, no one else!  It is you who represent Me here on earth!  Remember this… do consider this!

St. Thomas Aquinas:  Summa Theologica

Dispensing of the Sacrament, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) Summa Theologica, Third Part, Question 82, Article 3.

“The dispensing of Christ’s body belongs to the priest for three reasons.  First, because , First, he consecrates as in the person of Christ.  But as Christ concentrated His body at the supper, so also He gave it to others to be partaken of by them.  Accordingly, as the consecration of Christ’s body belongs to the priest, so likewise does the dispensing belong to him.  Secondly, because the priest is the appointed intermediary between God and the people, hence as it belongs to him to offer the people’s gifts to God, so it belongs to him to deliver consecrated gifts to the people.  Thirdly, because out of reverence towards this sacrament, nothing touches it, but what is consecrated; hence the corporal and the chalice are consecrated, and likewise the priest’s hands, for touching this sacrament.  Hence it is not lawful for anyone else to touch it except from necessity, for instance, if it were to fall upon the ground, or else in some other case of urgency.”

The deacon may dispense the blood; but not the body, except in case of necessity, at the bidding of the bishop or of a priest.  First of all, because Christ’s blood is contained in a vessel, hence there is no need for it to be touched by the dispenser, as Christ’s body is touched.  Secondly, because the blood denotes the redemption derived by the people from Christ; hence it is that water is mixed with the blood, which water denotes the people. 

The Divine Approval of the Eucharistic Teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas

“When St. Thomas Aquinas was stationed at Paris the other Doctors of the Sorbonne put before him the problem about the mystical changes in the elements of the Blessed Sacrament, and he proceeded to write, in his customary manner, a very careful and elaborately lucid statement of his own solution.  Needless to say, he felt with hearty simplicity the heavy responsibility and gravity of such a judicial decision; and not unnaturally seems to have worried about it more than he commonly did over his work.

He sought for guidance i more than usual prolonged prayer and intercession; and finally with one of those few but striking bodily gestures that mark the turning point of his life, he threw down his thesis at the foot of the crucifix on the altar, and left it lying there as if awaiting judgment.  Then he turned and came down the altar steps and buried himself once more in prayer; but the other Friars, it is said, were watching, and well they might be.  For they declared afterwards that the figure of Christ had come down from the cross before their mortal eyes, and stood upon the scroll saying “Thomas thou has written well concerning the Sacrament of my Body”. (From St. Thomas Aquinas, the Dumb Ox, G.K Chesterton)

St. Basil, 330-379 AD   says quite clearly that communicating with one’s own hand is permitted only in times of persecution or for monks living in the desert where no priests were available.  St. Basil considered Communion in the hand so irregular that he did not hesitate to consider it a grave fault.

St. Leo I, 440-461 AD, said one receives in the mouth what one believes by Faith.  Note that this Pope is speaking about a common fact already in habitual use (receiving on the tongue).

Council of Rouen 650 AD.  says do not put the Eucharist in the hands of any layman or laywoman, but only in their mouths.

Council of Constantinople 695 AD.  Prohibited the faithful from giving Communion to themselves.

The Call of a Priest’s Soul from Purgatory

“Once I served Jesus at the steps of the Altar.  Now I have been given the grace by Him to speak with you.  So many things are happening in His Church that greatly offend the Sacred Heart of Jesus……Something else I am requested to say, I was a fervent supporter of communion in the hand.  But now I want to shout it into the world that it is truly a sacrilege.  Do not receive the Redeemer in your hands!  To all of you laypeople I shout:  “hands off Him!  He is the True and Almighty God!  We are not worthy to touch him.  

You Priests return to humility, return to obedience, return to Jesus.  Follow Him on the narrow, difficult path.  Let the world be the world.  Live within your souls the true Succession of Christ.  For believe me, the justice of God is awaiting you.  You have to lead the flock to heaven, not int confusion.

I can tell you that it is a terrible punishment, how one has to suffer if as a priest, one gives the body of our Lord into the hand.  Each time when I think that I have come closer to the redeemer, He withdraws again  And I believe it will happen as often as I gave communion in the hand.  It is an immense pain.  I gave HIM to everybody in the hand.  And now when I believe that I recognise HIM that I can touch HIM everything dissolves, nothing remains, and I am empty and dead; more dead than I would be on earth in  a deep prison cell.  It is dark, cold, and desolate in and around me.

“And you people who raise your hands to receive Jesus, you too have to suffer.  There are many souls here in purgatory who are suffering because they accepted communion in the hand.  Those souls, however,  suffer especially who, because of their human fear and fright, did not return to communion on the tongue. (From Ave Maria, Pax Christi Publishing, Volume No. 2, July/August 1985).

Part 3 of 3, will be continued on this subject.

 

 

 

Come to Me as you are…

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!  As I was pondering what I should write about today, I had these words on my heart and I found myself continually saying these words over and over again.    Come to Me as you are….
imageThis is a picture of the Shroud.  Actually,  One of the Astronauts (can’t remember his name)  was taking pictures of the shroud while studying it and when the film was developed, Jesus’s eyes were open.  Of course, they were closed on the shroud itself.  I have a little pamphlet with this image on it and I am going to write the words of Jesus from this pamphlet.

Come, all you who avoid Me and fear Me; all you who do not know Me; come nearer to Me and you  will understand that I am a God full of Love, full of pity and full of Mercy; do not reject Me, before you even know me;

It is I, Jesus; let it be known that any image of Mine or of My Mother’s is to be honored, for it represents Us as My Cross is representing Me; let it be known that My Holy Shroud is indeed authentic, It is the same that covered Me; blessed by Me,

beloved ones, I am Present at all Times; I, Jesus, love you all with an everlasting love; come to Me;

I, the Lord, will teach them to walk with Me; I will show to them what True Life in God means,

I am your Savior and Consoler, so come to Me without hesitating; I will console you all; I will give you hope, I am in search of your heart; do not listen to the world, listen to My Cry of Love, listen to My heart-beats, every single heart beat is a call for a soul;

Come, come to Me with simplicity of heart, as a child approaching his father with confidence; come to Me too, showing Me your weakness and telling Me your problems, let your Father in Heaven hear you…

I shall draw all men to Myself and the Spirit of Love shall reveal to you all, My Holy Face;

feel My Presence and My Love I have for each one of you; I, Jesus Christ, am present and bless you all out of the depths of My Sacred Heart, leaving My Sigh of Love on your forehead; 

Come and grow in My Love so that your union with Me may be perfected;  when the first-fruits are made holy so is the whole batch; you are My first-fruits and I want you holy…so come! confess your sins often so that the devil will not be given a foot-hold

I have set a treasure in front of you, generation, but your soul keeps failing to see it; you keep passing by it most of the time, seeing nothing; and ah, how many times have I not stretched out My hand to you to take you to Me and discover Me; am I concealing My treasure from you?  I am the Treasure itself;

I am not an earthly ruler, I am a Ruler of Justice, with noble decrees and virtuous rules loaded with splendor and majesty, yet gentle and humble of Heart; to rejoice your heart and gladden it I offer to restore your sight so that you satisfy your eyes and see Me, your God, while in awe you would be crying out to Me; “Praised be the Triune God, thrice Holy!

(from True Life in God)

 

Health Benefits of Soluble Fiber

 

Soluble Fiber

Ten months ago, I had no clue that there were so many benefits to Fiber.    I have always known that we should have a high fiber diet, but once I began exploring this topic and then began taking it, my digestion problems have disappeared.  Granted, I also changed my diet by eliminating sugar and wheat which are known to be inflammatory so that helped me a great deal as well.

The bonus, I believe, is that fiber is known to basically “eat the sugars” in your gut.   It is also considered a prebiotic which helps increase the number of good bacteria while eliminating the bad bacteria.  This is a huge plus for those who have type II diabetes or pre diabetes.

If you have digestive issues or even other diseases, you can probably bet that you will need to balance your immune system with good probiotics.  The fiber helps to do this.

From some of the material I have researched, I found that once you get your immune system in balance, mainly your “gut”, it is tons easier to maintain your correct weight and in the meantime, to lose the unwanted fat.  The other benefits is that fiber helps to release the toxins in your body, and  some research studies have shown that the fiber helped reduce the risk of cancer.

I will send you off to a couple of links that will explain the benefits of soluble fiber and you can check it out.  I recently changed the kind of fiber I take to the one that Dr. Hyman recommended, in the article, below.   Hope this helps you as it did me.

The super fiber found here.

Dr. Hymans article on the super fiber found here.

Natural Factors Wellbetx PGX Plus Mulberry Veg Capsules (Fiber) here.

 

The Truth about Bacon

baconI received some very interesting articles today which I would like to share with all of you.    Enjoy

The TRUTH about Bacon

by Mike Geary – Certified Nutrition Specialist
& guest author, Nick Pineault, aka – “The Nutrition Nerd”

You’ve been told that bacon is “unhealthy”, but is it really? Let’s inspect the nutrition of bacon, and also the topic of nitrates and nitrites, HCAs, and more. As you’ll see, in some cases (not all), pork fat can even be considered healthy!

Most people think that their favorite “fatty” foods, like bacon, should only be an occasional treat because they’ve been told that it will it will “clog up” your arteries and kill you because of the saturated fat.

But as you know from reading this newsletter, the scientific community has pretty much fully agreed in recent years that saturated fat is actually not bad for you at all… and is really just a natural part of the human diet just like it has been since the origins of us homo sapiens.

In reality, scientists have begun to collectively agree in recent years that highly processed polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oils like corn and soy are the REAL killers (along with too much sugar and starch, both of which also cause arterial stress if blood sugar levels are too high, too frequently).

However, what most people don’t realize is that pork fat (aka, lard) is actually only 40% saturated, 48% monosaturated, and 12% polyunsaturated (varies based on what the pigs ate), while coconut oil is 92% saturated fat, and we all know that coconut oil is super healthy for DOZENS of reasons for our bodies!

This isn’t to say that bacon fat is always bad or good per se… it really all depends on what the pigs were fed and how they were raised. Confinement factory-raised pigs that never saw the light of day and ate nothing but GMO soy and corn based feed will have a more unhealthy fat profile than free-range pork that grazed outdoors, got a lot of sunshine (which increases the vitamin D content of the pork fat), and ate a wide variety of natural foods.

In fact, free-range (or pasture-raised) pork fat can even be a really good source of vitamin D if the pigs really did see a good amount of outdoors time and sunshine…and we all know how vitally important vitamin D is for our immune systems and overall hormonal balance. Unfortunately, the vast majority of pork and bacon sold these days is from confinement factory conditions where the pigs get very little sunshine, if any at all. Yes, our grandparents and great-grandparents in the early to mid 1900’s were eating pretty much 100% pasture-raised bacon back in the day, but the factory farm industry in recent decades has ruined a good portion of the quality of our foods.

So make sure to look for pasture-raised or free-range pork if you decide to eat bacon or other forms of pork. At the very least, look for organic bacon if you can’t find pasture-raised, because at least you know they didn’t eat GMO feed in that case.

But what about Nitrates and Nitrites?

Aside from the fat content of bacon, which we just discussed can actually be healthy if you choose the right form of bacon, the biggest reason people think they need to avoid bacon is that they’ve been told that Nitrites and Nitrates can be really bad for you.

But is that really the truth?

Well, it can be a complicated subject, so I’ll let my fellow colleague, “The Nutrition Nerd”, Nicky P. simplify it for you…

Are Nitrates and Nitrites Really Dangerous?
(Do we really need to fear bacon?)

by: Nick Pineault
Author and Food Investigator: Truth About Fat Burning Foods

First of all, nitrites and nitrates are not exactly the same, but I’ll use them interchangeably for simplicity’s sake in this article.

Well, the consumers fear it so much that companies have started selling “nitrite-free” products in grocery stores. After all, even the Mayo Clinic says that sodium nitrite could possibly increase your risks of heart disease. (1)

But is the fear of nitrites overblown?

Should You Fear Your Saliva?

Avoiding all sources of nitrites and nitrates would involve you having the driest mouth in the history of mankind. You see, as Chris Kresser puts it…(2)

“[…] nitrites are produced by your own body in greater amounts than can be obtained from food, and salivary nitrite accounts for 70-90% of our total nitrite exposure. In other words, your spit contains far more nitrites than anything you could ever eat.”

And when it comes to food, I’ve got “bad” news for you.

Veggies contain way more naturally-occurring nitrites than processed meats like bacon. In fact, one serving of arugula contains more nitrites than 467 hot dogs…(3)

(Sorry if that made you spit out your arugula, goat cheese and walnut-salad in shock.)

“Nitrite-free” Is Misleading

If you’re paying more for “nitrite-free” meats, you’re getting mislead.

Instead of being cured with sodium nitrite, these meats are cured with celery salt. And guess what? Celery salt gets transformed into nitrites during the curing process. (4)

In plain English… the “nitrite-free” meats probably contain way more nitrites that the regular version. (Not that it matters, because like I said nitrites are not very dangerous to begin with.)

All in all, I don’t think there’s much difference to your health whether you get the bacon containing nitrites vs the celery salt bacon since they both yield nitrites to your body.

Breaking News: Nitrites And Nitrates Are NOT A Threat

The fear of nitrites and nitrates is overblown. There are a ton of other things you should worry about more when it comes to food, like GMOs, trans fats, and high fructose corn syrup.

– On the science side, there’s a ton of research showing that nitrites and nitrates do not accumulate inside the body, and are quickly flushed in the urine: (5)

– 25% of the nitrates we consume is converted into salivary nitrite, 20% converted into nitrite, and the rest is excreted in the urine within 5 hours of ingestion. (6)

– Any nitrate that is absorbed has a very short half-life, disappearing from our blood in under five minutes. (7)

– Some nitrite in our stomach reacts with gastric contents, forming nitric oxide which may have many beneficial effects. (8)

What About Nitrosamines?

The fear of nitrites and nitrates comes from the fact that some of them can transform into nitrosamines while cooking. Nitrosamines are potentially carcinogenic, so that’s definitely a legit concern. But that’s exactly why manufacturers use vitamin C (ascorbic acid) when curing their meats.

It turns out that vitamin C or even vitamin E (9) offers a protective antioxidant effect on the meat, and prevents the formation of nitrosamines.

On top of that, my recommendation of sticking to pasture-raised pork as much as possible still stands, for many reasons… One of them being the fact that grain-fed, commercially-raised pork has been shown to create way more nitrosamines when cooked than its pasture-raised cousin. (10)

The reason is simple in my mind: lard from pasture-raised animals that eat a highly variable diet outdoors contains a healthier fat profile than the fat from grain-fed confinement animals.

Conclusion

Here’s the simple conclusion… There are a ton of things you should worry about when it comes to food, but nitrates/nitrites are simply NOT one of them.

That being said, try to eat traditionally cured, pastured-raised meats from local farms as much as possible. They are much healthier, and a LOT safer.

The “Nitrate Myth” is just one of the many reasons I investigated over 503 studies and created my best-selling nutrition bible:

The Truth About Fat Burning Foods

I want you to know the REAL truth about the food you buy and eat.

Enjoy your bacon,

-Nick Pineault
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Mike’s additional comments:

Before I introduced Nick’s article on whether nitrites and nitrates are worth worrying about in bacon, I discussed the fat profiles of healthier pasture-raised or free-range pork vs factory raised, and also that the vitamin D content of pasture-raised pork be as much as 5-10x higher than factory raised pork that never gets any sunshine.

I also discussed that saturated fat has been proven in recent years to not really be bad for us at all, and in fact, most forms of saturated fat are either neutral for our health, or even beneficial to our health. And besides that, bacon fat is mostly monounsaturated fat (48%), which is the same heart-healthy fat that’s raved about in olive oil, avocados, etc.

But what about Carcinogens in browned meat like bacon?

You’ve probably seen me discuss the fact that when you fry or bake any starchy foods such as grains (bread, cereal, etc), or potatoes in the form of french fries, that a carcinogen called acrylamides forms. This is a legitimate concern regarding cancer and one of the many reasons I choose to avoid breads, fries, cereals, and other browned starchy foods (aside from cheat meals) …

But there’s also a carcinogen called heterocyclic amines (HCA’s) that forms on the outer surface of meats when you brown or char meats. I’ve talked about how to counteract these carcinogenic HCAs in meat in this article.

Since bacon is a meat that’s fried in a pan at high heat, there will be small amounts of carcinogenic HCA’s, but as I’ve mentioned before, if you’re also having some high antioxidant tea or coffee with your meal, along with some veggies and/or avocado, you’ll have plenty of antioxidants to counteract the HCA’s in your body. I don’t know about you, but I almost always eat my bacon with eggs, veggies, avocado, and some form tea or coffee (all of which are great sources of antioxidants), so HCA’s just simply aren’t much of a concern if you’re counteracting them with a few sources of powerful antioxidants.

One last thing about pork fat that helps fight against any carcinogens in bacon…

According to Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN, “Pork fat also contains a novel form of phosphatidylcholine that possesses antioxidant activity superior to Vitamin E. This may be one reason why lard and bacon fat are relatively stable and not prone to rancidity from free radicals.” This is yet another reason why our grandparents were actually smarter than we give them credit for… they used bacon fat or butter to cook with most times, instead of today’s inflammatory vegetable oils.

Fun Fact about Pig Diets: Did you know that some of the most expensive pork in the world comes from a region of Spain where the pigs FEAST on almost nothing but acorns. These pigs produce meat that is MUCH healthier than the corn/soy fed pigs from typical factory farms. Not only that, but apparently the absolute BEST whole-hog barbeque in the southern US traditionally came from pigs that fed on acorns as well, and this type of pork has a signficantly superior taste compared to factory farm pork, which is sadly 90% of today’s pork. It’s too bad that corporate profits are the top priority of the pork industry these days, and not the health of the pigs or the nutrition of the meat.

Who else wants to try some acorn-fed bacon? I’m in!

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References in article:

1: Mayoclinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/sodium-nitrate/expert-answers/FAQ-20057848

2 & 5: Chris Kresser, http://chriskresser.com/the-nitrate-and-nitrite-myth-another-reason-not-to-fear-bacon

3: http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.ca/2008/07/does-banning-hotdogs-and-bacon-make.html

4: Dr. Joseph Mercola, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/03/eating-bacon.aspx

6: http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=1875340

7: Nutrition.org, http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/90/1/1.full

8: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12030305

9: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28277

10: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6533020

Satans 100 Year Reign

Pope Leo’s Vision of satan speaking to Christ

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The Vision Of Pope Leo XIIIOctober 13, 1884 Exactly 33 years to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, that is, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about 10 minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed the prayer to St. Michael, with instructions it be said after all Low Masses everywhere. When asked what had happened, he explained that, as he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he suddenly heard voices – two voices, one kind and gentle, the other guttural and harsh. They seemed to come from near the tabernacle. As he listened, he heard the following conversation:

One of which he took to be that of Christ, gentle and kind, and the other that of Satan, guttural and harsh.

Satan said, “I could destroy Your Church if I had the time, and more power over those who give themselves over to my service.” And then Pope Leo heard Christ to answer, “You have the power, you have the time: 100 years.” (While some versions say 75 to 100 years, and others do not include a time frame, 100 years seems to be the time frame used in the most common versions;” 

Shortly thereafter (after his vision), Pope Leo XIII composed the St. Michael’s prayer, which was published in the Raccolta in 1886. A shortened version of this prayer was also composed and Pope Leo ordered it to be said after low Masses throughout the world. In 1930, Pope Pius XI attached the intention of the conversion of Russia to these prayers. The prayers at the foot of the altar were abruptly removed without explanation by John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli) in 1962.

Original – Prayer to St. Michael

“O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.

“These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be.

“Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.”

Roman Raccolta, July 23, 1898, supplement approved July 31, 1902,
London: Burnes, Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1935, 12th edition.

Short Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

The well-known short version of this prayer.

The Pope ordered this prayer to be recited daily after Low Mass in all the churches throughout the Catholic world. However this practice was almost completely swept away in the 1960s by liturgical changes made in the wake of Vatican Council II.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

http://www.traditioninaction.org/religious/b009rpMichael.htm