Product Features (Glossary)
* These definitions were sourced from the internet and are only suggestive. They should not be considered medical advice.
The FDA states “the term antioxidant may be used for a substance for which there is scientific evidence that, following absorption from the gastrointestinal tract, the substance participates in physiological, biochemical, or cellular processes that inactivate free radicals or that prevent free radical-initiated chemical reactions.”
The Fair-trade Certification Mark is your independent guarantee that this product has been certified in accordance with International Fair-trade Standards. The purchase of this product enables the improvement of working and living conditions of producers in developing countries and encourages environmental protection.
The product contains less than 0.5g fat per serving.
Fiber can lower blood sugar, cut cholesterol, and may even prevent colon cancer and help you avoid hemorrhoids.
Casein is a protein found in the milk of all mammals. Some people are allergic to it and can’t drink milk or eat products made from milk such as ice cream. Casein should not be confused with lactose. Most people who have difficulty digesting milk are lactose intolerant, meaning that they produce too little of the enzyme (lactase) that breaks down milk sugar (lactose) so bacteria flourish in their gut to finish the job.
Free range means that animals and poultry roam around outside. They are not raised in crowded buildings. Farmers practice free range to reduce feed costs and to improve the happiness and liveliness of their animals. The meat from free range animals and poultry is tastier.
Gluten is an insoluble protein found in wheat (including different varieties such as spelt and kamut), rye, barley, and cross-bred hybrids, such as triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye. It is estimated that more than 2 million people in the U.S. have Celiac disease, a disorder in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged in response to ingestion of gluten.
You’ve may have seen products bearing the label “GMO-free” or “contains only non-GMO ingredients.” The acronym GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, which refers to any food product that has been altered at the gene level. Genetically modified foods are also frequently described as “genetically engineered”, “genetically altered” or “genetically manipulated.” (taken from whfoods.com)
Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease. Foods must contain at least 6.25g soy protein per serving, be low in saturated fat, low in cholesterol, and low in fat (foods made from whole soybeans that contain no fat in addition to that inherent in the whole soybean are exempt from the ‘low fat’ requirements).
Kosher foods are those that conform to the regulations of the Jewish Halakhah law framework, kosher meaning fit or allowed to be eaten only by the Halakhah community.
In addition to helping you lose weight by using calories on more filling foods, following a low-fat diet can help you ward off serious medical conditions, including heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
A macrobiotic diet ( macrobiotics) from ” macro” ( large) and ” bios” ( life), is a dietary regimen which involves eating grains as a staple food supplemented with other foodstuffs such as local vegetables, avoiding the use of highly processed or refined foods and most animal products.
Natural foods are foods that are minimally processed. Natural foods do not include ingredients such as refined sugars, refined flours, milled grains, hydrogenated oils, sweeteners, food colors, or flavourings.
Some companies add flavourings like MSG to their products. These flavourings have been linked to the damaging of our DNA. MSG has been associated with learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and more.
Sugar is a factor in many degenerative diseases. It is implicated in causing type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, kidney disease, liver disease, obesity and depression. Every tablespoon of sugar depresses the immune system for up to 6 hours. If you get sick often, this could be in a large part due to your sugar consumption.
Antibiotics are helpful in controlling harmful infections, however when they are overused the result can be new strains of bacteria that are resistant to disease. One area where antibiotics are used to excess is in animal feed. The result can be the rise of harmful strains of E. coli and salmonella which are dangerous for humans.
A food additive is any substance that is not normally consumed as a food in itself and is not normally an ingredient, but which is allowed to be there if it fulfills a technological function in the final food. Around 5 per cent of the general population are sensitive to one or more food additives, For some people it’s a minor problem that only bothers them if they have way too much of something. For other people, who are very sensitive, it can be a significant problem and if they happen to have asthma it can be a serious problem.
The three most widely used food dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens, according to the CSPI. A parent said, “I’ve read online how artificial dyes, which have no nutritional value, are believed to alter children’s behavior and how some dyes have been linked to ADHD”.
Processed foods are loaded with thousands of additives and preservatives to control color, flavor, aroma, nutrition, texture, and shelf life. Some are okay and some should be avoided, especially since they can have a disproportionately greater health impact on children compared to adults and have been linked to things like obesity and ADHD.
Chemicals can end up in food either intentionally added for a technological purpose (e.g. food additives), or through environmental pollution of the air, water and soil. Chemicals in food are a worldwide health concern.
Bioaccumulation refers to the concentration of substances, such as pesticides in an organism. The classic example is of Vitamin A, which becomes concentrated in carnivore livers of e.g. polar bears: as a pure carnivore that feeds on other carnivores (seals), they accumulate extremely large amounts of Vitamin A in their livers. It was known by the native peoples of the Arctic that the livers of carnivores should not be eaten.
If you take in more sodium than you need, your kidneys remove it by making more urine. However, if the amount of sodium in your body is too great, your kidneys may not be able to get rid of the excess. As a result, the extra sodium can cause your blood volume to increase, raising pressure on the walls of your blood vessels and causing high blood pressure.
Soy is generally a good food however it is important to understand what processing it has undergone in any particular kind of food. For example, Soy burgers and soy energy bars are not your best choice. Why? Because these foods are made of processed forms of soy. Look for the words “soy protein” on the label – this means the soy it contains is processed. When soy is processed, the nutrients are stripped away. When it comes to this, nutritionists consider it to be a “ghost” of a health food.
Trans fat is the common name for unsaturated fat with trans-isomer (E-isomer) fatty acid(s). The consumption of trans fats increases the risk of coronary heart disease by raising levels of LDL cholesterol and lowering levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.
The product contains 35mg or less sodium per serving.
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.