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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
September 25, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber,


The Midwest is experiencing very dangerous levels of mold in the air which will result in headaches, itchy throats and runny noses for those with mold intolerance or allergy. Gottlieb Allergy Count, the official allergy count for the Midwest, reports the mold count is 125,000, a high for 2013, and well over the 50,000 threshold that signals a dangerous air quality warning.


First and foremost, avoid all foods that cross-react with mold (get ourConquering Intolerance and Allergy Action Plan for a list with replacements). Rinse your nasal passages with thimerasol-free saline solution to remove trapped particles. Wash your hair before sleeping. Stay indoors as much possible. Take allergy medication as needed.


Stop by to sample all new PUR gum!


Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Overweight or Lean? It's All About Inflammation.


Adults with normal blood levels of inflammatory markers were likely to have favorable "metabolic health" whether they were lean or overweight, according to a new study in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Up to 35% of obese individuals may be metabolically healthy despite their size. "Metabolically healthy obesity" is a term used for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) above 30 who do not have metabolic-syndrome factors that put them at risk for cardiovascular disease events.

Researchers aimed to determine whether differences in metabolic health could be explained by differences in inflammation among 2,040 obese and nonobese adults measured for blood pressure, triglycerides, LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, fasting plasma glucose, and HOMA (a measure of insulin resistance).
Obese and nonobese individuals who were metabolically healthy had lower levels of all the following inflammatory markers: C3, C-reactive protein, IL-6, TNF-alpha, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, and white blood cell counts and higher levels of adiponectin - compared with non-metabolically healthy counterparts.

Bonnie: I have said this since I started practicing: you can be healthy even if you carry extra weight. I see plenty of normal weight clients who come to me extremely inflamed and unhealthy. I also have overweight clients who are optimally healthy despite never being able to attain the weight goal they desire. The goal should be to always keep inflammation in check regardless of body shape.
Cargill Cries Uncle over Truvia.


Cargill has agreed to settle a proposed class action lawsuit alleging it is misleading shoppers by marketing its Truvia consumer products (which contain stevia extract Reb-A and erythritol) as 'natural'.

The lawsuit alleged that Cargill has misled shoppers by marketing Truvia consumer products as 'natural' because they contain ingredients that are "highly processed" and/or derived from GMOs.

Cargill will create a $5m fund to cover cash refunds or vouchers for consumers that bought selected Truvia products.

Cargill has also agreed to modify product labels, and will either add an asterisk to its 'Nature's calorie-free sweetener' tagline inviting consumers to look at the FAQ page of its website, or will change the tagline to 'Calorie free sweetener from the stevia leaf' or something similar.

Separately, it has agreed to change the phrase 'Erythritol is a natural sweetener, produced by a natural process, and is also found in fruits like grapes and pears' to: 'Erythritol is a natural sweetener, produced by a fermentation process. Erythritol is also found in fruits like grapes and pears.'

Meanwhile, the FAQ section of its website will also be updated, and will address the GMO issue: In response to the question, "Does Truvia natural sweetener contain GMO? Is it genetically modified?", Cargill will say: "No. Truvia natural sweetener is not GMO, and does not 
contain any genetically modified ingredients... The erythritol used in Truvia... is produced by a yeast organism that is found in nature. The yeast ferments or digests dextrose and other nutrients... The dextrose... is a simple sugar derived from the starch component of US grown corn. Although genetically enhanced corn and nontransgenic corn are grown in the US today, erythritol is not derived from corn or dextrose feedstock; it is derived from the yeast organism. Erythritol is not genetically modified, and does not contain any genetically modified proteins."
Bonnie and Steve: While we did not take part in the lawsuit, we have been vociferous in our disdain for Cargill's deceptive practices with regard Truvia. I wonder how Whole Foods feels now that they bumped the transparent Sweet Leaf off the shelves to make room for Truvia?
We do not agree with everything, but at least they are changing "Nature's Calorie Free Sweetener". Cargill must have fought tooth and nail to keep the Truvia nonGMO because they know GMO labeling is inevitable.