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Commercial almond milk exposed as fake beverage thickened with carrageenan instead of almonds

 

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(NaturalNews) Commercial almond milk has been exposed as a fake beverage that is thickened with carrageenan instead of almonds

Almond milk is a healthy beverage that is touted by many health advisers for its nutritional benefits. Known since the Middle Ages, almond milk has enjoyed increased popularity in recent years as it has become more widely available. Almond milk is traditionally made from almonds and water. However, many commercially available forms of almond milk contain a substance called carrageenan. Carrageenan is made from red seaweed and is added to the almond milk to thicken and to stabilize the liquid.

What is almond milk?

Almond milk is made by blending almonds and water and then straining the mixture. Sweeteners are sometimes added. In 2014, almond milk surpassed soy milk in popularity. Almond milk contains about 90 calories per eight-ounce cup. It has no saturated fats or cholesterol and is lactose-free. Almond milk contains half of the daily requirement of vitamin E and a good dose of vitamin D, but it contains very little protein. With its creamy, nut-like taste, almond milk is a good alternative to milk in coffee and cereal. Its low calorie content makes it a good food for dieters and those who are lactose intolerant. People who regularly drink almond milk are advised to ensure that they get adequate protein from other plant or animal sources.

Problems with commercial almond milk

With sales exceeding $854 million in 2014, almond milk is becoming a standard milk replacement. One of the problems with commercial almond milk is that it contains only 2 percent almonds. In fact, some of the labels on the commercial varieties list more sweeteners than almonds in the mixture. The labeling laws currently allow companies to use additives instead of the nutritious almonds that consumers expect. For a half-gallon of almond milk, about 144 to 192 almonds are needed; however, only 38 to 50 almonds are used per half-gallon by both Blue Diamond and Silk almond milk. Instead of almonds, the product is thickened with carrageenan, which is void of nutrients. Recently, WhiteWave and Blue Diamond stated they would be removing carrageenan from their products.

Harmful health effects of carrageenan

Carrageenan has been shown to cause numerous health problems, especially in the gastrointestinal tract. Research has shown that exposure to carrageenan could cause ulcers in the colon and possibly even contribute to GI cancers. In 1972, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considered a restriction on dietary carrageenan, but no regulation was put into effect, which means that manufacturers are free to use this product at their discretion.

First used as a food additive in the 1930s, carrageenan is also used as a laxative, a treatment for peptic ulcers, and in toothpaste, room deodorizers, pesticides, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical drugs. In 1959, carrageenan was granted GRAS (generally regarded as safe) status. It easily combines with milk proteins and has been used as a substitute for fats in food. It can be found in cottage cheese, whipped cream, ice cream, infant formulas and processed meats.

Nutritional benefits of almond milk

Almond milk is a dairy-free and lactose-free beverage that serves as a healthy alternative to cow’s milk. It contains the same health benefits as almonds, containing nutrients such as vitamin E, riboflavin, protein and fiber. Almonds also help with heart health because they contain monounsaturated fats, which are good for the heart. Research has shown a 45 percent reduction in the risk of heart disease by replacing dairy sources of saturated fats with nuts.

About the author:
Melanie Grimes, CCH, is a writer, health educator and homeopath. She has taught at Bastyr University and lectured internationally. Follow her blog at MelanieGrimes.com.

Sources include:

NDB.NAL.USDA.gov

FoxBusiness.com

SeattleTimes.com

TIME.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/051296_almond_milk_carrageenan_alternative_beverages.html

Up to 30 Democrats should resign for meeting with Russians in 2015

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A number of Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren, are now demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions resign because he met with a Russian ambassador twice in the last year.  It doesn’t matter that he told the truth when he was asked if he had knowledge that anyone connected to the Trump campaign met with the Russians, and it doesn’t matter that his meetings were in line with his work as a Senator.  He met with the Russians, and that’s all that matters.

But it turns out that up to 30 Democrats met with Russian diplomats in 2015 regarding Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

 

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According to Foreign Policy (Emphasis added):

The White House says it’s confident it has the votes to override Republicans who reject the historic accord to limit Iran’s nuclear program agreed to by world powers and Tehran. But some of America’s closest allies are less certain, and are clearing their schedules to meet with wavering Democratic lawmakers in a push to keep the deal intact.

Some of Washington’s less reliable partners are worried too: Top diplomats from Russia and China joined a rare meeting of world powers’ envoys on Capitol Hill this week with roughly 30 Senate Democrats to tamp down concerns over the nuclear agreement.

The article doesn’t say who those Democrats were, but if meeting with Russians is enough to kick Sessions out of office, then these 30 Democrats need to leave — immediately.

Of course, Democrat hypocrisy doesn’t matter.  Neither does the fact that this is a manufactured crisis based on lies and innuendo.

The real story, as Rush Limbaugh noted Thursday, is the effort to sabotage the Trump administration by Barack Hussein Obama, who, along with Valerie Jarrett, is working to drive Trump from office.

“This story is not about Jeff Sessions. This story is not about illegal talks between Trump and his campaign people and the Russians. This story is about Barack Obama and the Democrat Party attempting to sabotage the Trump presidency and do everything they can to either render it meaningless and ineffective or to get him impeached or force him to resign. That’s what the story is. And that is what has to be attacked, not defended,” he said.

Of course, pointing out liberal hypocrisy is always good.  Especially since the Democrat-media complex won’t do it…

http://conservativefiringline.com/30-democrats-resign-meeting-russians-2015/

Trump demands an ‘investigation’ of Pelosi for ‘lying’ as photo reveals she met the Russian ambassador too – after saying she hadn’t hours before

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  • President Donald Trump tried to turn the tables on Democrats after a series of reports about links between his associates and Russia
  • The president tweeted a photo of Senate minority leader Charles Schumer looking chummy with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin
  • The 2003 photo shows the two men eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts in New York 
  • Calls for ‘immediate investigation’ into Schumer over Russia ties
  • Then he tweeted a photo of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi that showed she met the Russian ambassador on Capitol Hill in 2010 
  • He demanded an investigation into ‘her close ties to Russia, and lying about it’
  • Schumer and Pelosi have each called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign
  • Schumer tweeted back that his Putin contact took place in full view and he would be happy to talk about it ‘under oath … would you & your team?’

 

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4280002/Now-Trump-goes-Pelosi-lying-Russia.html#ixzz4aNE5CE9U

 

President Trump demanded an 'investigation' of House minority leader Nancy Pelosi after a photo emerged showing her seated at a table with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

 

Trump sent out the tweet attacking Schumer as his own administration was under fire for Russia contacts during a year when Russia was believed to be behind hacking of the presidential election