Ultra-Processed Food is becoming a Public Health Problem, research shows

According to the two studies recently The BMJ, it has been found that the consumption of processed foods can lead to various heart diseases and also a higher death risk. Data has been collected from various people in France and Spain. Both the surveys linked processed food with heart disease and a higher risk of death. It has also been noted as the beginning of a public health problem. The increase in the purchase and consumption of processed food can also increase the human and economic burden of various chronic diseases.

The consequences related to processed food:

Processed food includes food items like meats with additives, mass-produced snacks, food that contains flavouring agents, frozen meals and many more. According to the French study which was led by Bernard Srour, it has been found that people who consumed the highest amount of these foods, had 13% of higher risk for coronary heart diseases and 11% higher risk for the disease that limits the flow of blood to the brain, also known as cerebrovascular disease.

According to the Spanish study which was led by Maira Bes-Rastrollo, it has been a 62% increase of mortality for those people who consumed more than four servings of processed food in a day. It has been found that with each serving, the death risk is increased by 18%.

The reason behind the health problem

According to the French survey, it points to the cumulative effect of various food additives like emulsifiers or dies. It also includes artificial sweeteners like saccharine, aspartame and many more can actually affect the way in which the body processes glucose. According to the Spanish study, the heating used in the processing of food produces various contaminants like acrylamide. Similarly, processing of meat can produce carcinogens and the packaging used which is generally plastic might contain bisphenol A. 


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References

Ultra-processed food intake and risk of cardiovascular disease: prospective cohort study (NutriNet-Santé)
Association between consumption of ultra-processed foods and all cause mortality: SUN prospective cohort study

How To Change Your Life For The Better? Buy Gold and Silver

How To Change Your Life For The Better? Buy Gold and Silver

Imagine migrating to a country on the other side of the world, a country where you don’t know anyone, a country which seems so foreign…and you literally start from scratch.

This is precisely Arlena’s journey. Raised in Italy and Croatia, Arlena learned from a very early age about the virtue of having a strong work ethic. Lingering around her parents’ restaurant, she quickly developed an entrepreneurial flair.

Through her mother’s guidance about the quality of leadership, young Arlena learned how to save and budget. However, like many of us women, she was not aware of how to invest or plan for her financial future.

Working life in Croatia became very difficult, so much so that businesses, where she worked, couldn’t afford to pay their employees.

Living in the ‘lucky country’, inquisitive Arlena learned about property investment and the value of self-education. Hard times hit again – she became a single mother raising an 18-month old toddler. Life was once again in survival mode.

Through sheer determination and the magic of mentorship, she had a mindset shift. Now she gives other women personal guidance on how to change their lives for the better through purchasing gold and silver.

Watch this week’s video featuring Arlena to understand:

  • ‘Precious metals are only for the rich’- why this myth must be shattered!
  • Why mentoring is so important for women to advance financially
  • Why is self-education more important than ever?
  • The financial guidance for women from all age groups and cultural backgrounds

If you’re interested please email As Good as Gold and mention that you were referred by Groceries for Health.


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Online reviews are mainly crap

Online reviews are mainly crap

Reposted with permission from Bob Pritchard

We have discussed before in this newsletter how 75% plus of reviews on sites like Amazon, and Yelp are fake. Well, this is a story of how one small business owner flipped the online review ecosystem on its head.

Chef Davide Cerretini’s Bay Area Italian Botto Bistro, like all other restaurants, was enslaved to so-called online reviewers who could make or break you. He’d had a gut-full. It was time to get free from the extortion, review manipulation, and predatory advertising tactics he saw from Yelp.  

Cerretini had been an early adopter of Yelp where a mere half-star difference in a restaurant’s rating could increase peak-hour foot traffic by as much as 19%.  After Botto Bistro’s opening, Yelp aggressively tried to sell him ads. When he rebuffed them, he noticed 5-star reviews would be removed from his page. Cerretini says Yelp was manipulating reviews.  It was a protection racket.

So he wrote himself 5-star reviews to replace the real ones they removed. Eventually, he relented, spending $270 per month to advertise his business on Yelp. But after 6 months, he canceled. Again, his 5-star reviews were filtered from his page, and 1-star reviews from people who “never even set foot in my restaurant” were suddenly on the top of the page. Cerretini realized Yelp was completely controlling his reputation.  He was pissed! He came to a realization: “What if I don’t give a shit about reputation? What if I take away their power by actually making it worse?” 

So, he placed a simple sign in front of Botto Bistro… Give us a one-star review on Yelp and get 25% off any pizza! Hate us on Yelp. (The discount was later increased to 50%.) His protest came at a perfect time. Days earlier, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled Yelp had the right to manipulate reviews, and its advertising tactics were a form of “hard bargaining” — not extortion.  Small business owners were furious and looking for a vigilante hero. 

That Friday, he was greeted by an “avalanche” of journalists, fellow restaurant owners, and supporters and did more business than he typically did in an entire month. Most supporters refused to take the discount but were thrilled to write a review. In a few days, Botto Bistro’s Yelp page attracted more than 2,300 1-star ratings (95% of its total reviews) extolling the good food, proper service, and rustic ambiance. “Botto Bistro sucks,” wrote one reviewer. “Delicious food priced fairly. One star.”

This earned the restaurant the distinction of being the worst-rated restaurant on Yelp. He got thousands and thousands of letters, thousands of emails a day. People sent cash, checks. Yelp was not pleased. Yelp claimed he was exchanging reviews for “incentives” (a discount on pizza), a violation of the platform’s Terms of Service.  Cerretini posted the emails publicly on social media.  Many business owners have now put “NO YELPERS” signs in their windows, shamed rude reviewers on Instagram, and launched anti-Yelp websites. 

While business owners say Yelp is a “Mafia” that extorts them by manipulating star ratings, Yelp says the extortion claims are really just a “misconception” about how Yelp’s recommendation software works. Yelp is undeniably aggressive in its sales tactics (85% of its ad revenue comes from small businesses) and reviews on the platform do, indeed, frequently fluctuate. Cerretini has forged a career out of his 1-star publicity becoming a celebrity in the restaurant scene.  Yelp calls the act of defiance a publicity stunt that had a negligible impact on their operations.  On occasion, he’ll screw around by changing his listed business hours, or renaming Botto Bistro “The Worst Chinese Food in the World.”

 Sure seems like the kind of guy I’d love to have a pizza and a drink with. Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!


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Could Your Body’s pH Levels Be Off?

With the hormonal and pH level of your body in a balanced condition, everything will seem perfect. Your energy, digestion and mood will tend to be more efficient and positive.

But, when the pH level of your body is not balanced, you might not feel the same. By trying to keep your body in a state of pH harmony can help in boosting your performance and thus will also make your day far more productive. 

pH is nothing but the power of hydrogen. It helps in measuring the concentration of hydrogen ion in the human body. It helps in determining how acidic or alkaline the solutions of your body are. The most ideal pH level for human body is 6.5-7.5 which is slightly alkaline.

Signs your body’s pH is not balanced

Let’s have a look at some signs that the pH level of your body might not be in a balanced condition.

  • Low level of energy: In case you are feeling fatigued, it might be due to excessive acidity of the solutions in your body. Being in the acidic state will make it hard for the body to absorb nutrients. Having nutritious foods can help in retaining the balance.
  • Weak bones: If you are prone to falls and injuries, it might mean that the pH level of your body is not balanced. When the body becomes too acidic, it results in leeching of calcium and magnesium and thus resulting in weak bones. Have calcium-rich food to prevent osteoporosis. 
  • Improper digestion: When you consume more than the usual level of acid in your diet, you might suffer from an upset stomach. This might happen from consuming acid rich vegetables like tomatoes and onions. Consult your doctor in case you are facing the same.
  • Sleep deficiency: In case of unbalanced pH level, you might suffer from insomnia as the body might become more acidic than usual. 
  • Degradation of dental health: Poor dental health might be the sign that the acidity of your body is too much. Try to avoid consuming fruits and sodas.
  • Stress: Stress can easily mingle with your body pH level and make the condition worse. Try to meditate daily to overcome the situation.

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Why are emotions important for women when making financial decisions?

emotions important for women when making financial decisions

eposted with permission from As Good As Gold Women – the first precious metals company in the world dedicated solely to helping women find their financial freedom by purchasing gold and silver.

When it comes to finances, why do emotions play an important part of decision-making for women?

Sue is a successful businesswoman who learned the value of self-education, but not before she realised she needed to conquer her fears around money.

When her father passed away, Sue remembers how alone she felt, but also recalls the daunting realisation that she and her mother had – no idea about organising their finances!

We don’t grow from being ‘safe’, as Sue describes in our interview. Sometimes the best learning is by doing something different – this is what she describes as truly empowering.

Often we take things for granted.  We all work hard for our money – how can we guarantee it will be there for us in the future, when we really need it?

As Sue advises, “we owe it to ourselves to become smarter about our finances, especially about our financial future”….sage words from a woman who has definitely succeeded empowering herself.

Watch this week’s video featuring Sue to understand:

  • Why is gold and silver the ‘safer’ option to build wealth?
  • Why is self-education around finances more important than ever?
  • How doing something different can lead to self-empowerment…
  • Ssshhhh! Don’t tell anyone about your secret…..
  • You don’t have to declare your precious metals purchase to anyone – it can be your secret to financial freedom, no-one needs to know!

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