Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Natural Flavors" ?!!?

Ever see "Natural Flavors" in the ingredient list of packaged food and wonder what it really is? (You really should read ingredient lists and know what you are acually eating!) Here is an explanation.
HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein)  is used to enhance flavors of thousands of food products, extend shelf life, and otherwise increase the food industry's bottom line.   HVP is an ingredient in just about every processed food available in stores.  As a paste or powder, it is added to soups, sauces, chilis, stews, hot dogs, gravies, snack foods, dips and dressings.  The name hydrolyzed vegetable protein most often refers to "hydrolyzed corn protein" or "hydrolyzed soy protein" and may sometimes be labeled as such.   If mixed with spices, it is routinely identified only as "natural smoke flavor" or "natural flavors."  This labeling practice protects proprietary recipes of manufacturers, but has long been a nightmare for people who are allergic to soy or corn, or who react to MSG, which is an inevitable and unavoidable byproduct of the hydrolyzing process. Products containing this additive may even state “No MSG” on the label, though this is clearly an untruth.
Source article 
The article also continues with more information about problems with eating soy.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Son Finds Place Back on Family Farm

This article really spoke to me about building generationally. Even more than just building a business or natural wealth to pass to the next generation, there is building a life with the principles and values of God that is transmitted to the next generation. But certainly working together in a family business gives great opportunity to see the application of those principles.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (New American Standard Bible)

 18" You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
 19" You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.
 20" You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,
 21so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.