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Is Healthier Eating Topping Your New Year’s Resolutions?

01-18-2017

 The Internet and other news sources are full of information that tells us to eat natural unprocessed food. Topping the list is eating fresh fruits and vegetables. When looking for healthy produce we often tend to look for products certified by organic board.  Organic means as it comes from nature without any pesticides or processing involving additives and preservatives. This would be in an ideal world; however microorganisms that can spoil or are harmful pathogens are always present in the environment and conditions where fruits and vegetables are grown.

There are no germ free fruits and vegetables in nature. Of course washing with water can remove plenty of contaminating microorganisms, however the few remaining ones can either cause spoilage or illness. Additional processing to reduce microbial load cannot be performed with heat or radiation, in order to preserve the integrity of vitamins and sensitive nutrients in fruits and vegetables. Also oxidizing chemicals such as chlorine, ozone, hydrogen peroxide cannot be used as they covalently bind and denature phytochemicals, vitamins, and chemically sensitive precious nutrients. Thus the use of oxidizing sanitizing agents certified by the organic board has the hidden caveat of denaturing the very organic material it is intended to preserve.
Microcide offers an inert technology as powerful as any of the present sanitizing agents to protect the pristine nature of fruits and vegetables while removing the microbial load. There are several non-destructive PRO-SAN products that are competitively priced and are available for the grocery industry. www.microcide.com/product/fruit-and-vegetable-wash-sanitizer
 
Processed Foods & Emulsifiers
Processed foods on the other hand rely extensively on the use of dietary emulsifiers such as polysorbate 80 and carboxymethyl cellulose, which are chemically similar to detergents, and are added to many processed foods to improve texture, lubrication, thickening, add soluble fiber content, extend shelf life, etc. Their use is regulated and monitored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Our intestinal system has billions of microorganisms collectively called microbiota. There is harmonious natural balance of the microbiota in healthy individuals.Recent research, however, suggests that some emulsifiers might affect intestinal system microbes in unexpected ways, as seen in recent studies in animals.
A team of scientists, lead by Dr. Andrew T. Gewirtz at Georgia State University, studied the effect of feeding these two dietary emulsifiers to mice. They used an oral dose of the emulsifiers designed to model the diets of people who eat large amounts of processed foods. This resulted in altered intestinal microbiota and a thinned mucus barrier protecting the lining of their intestines. The mice also developed low-grade intestinal inflammation and metabolic syndrome—a group of conditions that increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Although the scientists used pure chemical agents without food, nonetheless it gives glimpses of potential harmful effects of so called “dietary food” additives when the data is extrapolated for human consumption. The possibility of cumulative harmful effects due to repeated consumption of processed food cannot be ignored. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161107110639.htm>.
 
Additional studies show food additives promote inflammation, colon cancer in mice
Mice fed dietary emulsifiers in their drinking water showed higher levels of intestinal cell death than mice given plain water. The findings give insights into how emulsifiers in the diet could potentially alter gut microbiota and increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Chassaing lab, Cancer Research. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/food-additives-promote-inflammation-colon-cancer-mice
 
Intestinal inflammation is a known risk factor for colorectal cancer. In their latest study, the scientists investigated whether dietary emulsifiers might affect the risk for colorectal cancer by altering the gut microbiota. The research was funded in part by NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Results were published online on November 7, 2016, in Cancer Research. http://www.medicaldaily.com/emulsifiers-food-risk-common-additive-promotes-colon-cancer-mice-study-finds-403674 
Making it easier to eat healthy
Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, whether organic or not, can improve your health by reducing the amount of processed food ingested. Reducing any additional contaminating microorganisms through effective washing of fresh fruits and vegetables may be helpful to improving our health and well being. Using concentrated biobased Pro-San products can remove debris and 99.999% of microbes present on the produce you grow yourself, or bring home from your local grocer or produce market and help save on your food budget by providing a cost effective way of extending the shelf life of your produce.
NASA uses Microcide products in their preparation for the Mars space mission. Take steps now to have a healthier new year and let us help too. www.microcide.com/product/fruit-and-vegetable-wash-sanitizer
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