TASTEY TUESDAY!!!
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Hey Loves :-)
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By now as we near an end of this group you've hopefully found some pretty amazing recipes that TASTE fabulous!
Taste is such a HUGE part of satiation and I wanted to share what many food companies do to foods, drinks and candies and sauces do to "Cheat" or "heighten" the taste of their products. 
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If you've ever thought "Eh...heathy food tastes BORING" that's because your taste buds have been duped into thinking food is supposed to taste like a chemically made "blueberry" flavor. 
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ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS are cleverly added to it to create that "POP" of flavor in your mouth, and keep you coming back for more. Its been cleverly, DESIGNED that way.

The GOOD news is that you can retrain your taste buds to know what real food tastes like, by phasing out the artificial flavors, resulting in more of an appreciation and desire for the real thing. If you've ever done a natural food cleanse, you'd find that the natural foods you eat actually start BURSTING with flavor. :-)
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Now for the science dork, nutritionist, prior pharmaceutical rep and health advocate in me to chime in so this may only be of interest to some of you -and that is Ok :-)
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You may think, "WHO CARES that my food has artificial flavors!!! Im not concerned about knowing what real vanilla or strawberry tastes like!" That's understandable, but maybe some of the health problems RELATED to these artificial flavors may an interest or explain a few symptoms to you and your littles. 
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Artificial flavor chemicals can cause different allergies and conditions such as hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder in people who are sensitive to specific chemicals. Foods containing these additives can cause asthma, hay fever and certain reactions such as rashes, vomiting, headache, tight chest, hives and worsening of eczema. 
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They may affect RNA, thyroid, and enzymes (affecting RNA can cause tumor growth). I know that part feels alarming but most have NOT been studied for safety or toxicity.

Artificial flavors are synthesized chemicals that don't even have common names. Most artificial flavorings are derived from petroleum and contain many chemical ingredients, not just one. Unfortunately, many of those chemicals can be volatile to our health.
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Here's the take-a-way: Its not likely you will be able to eliminate all artificial flavors in your food choices. 
I don't. 
But you can be way more STRATEGIC and reduce them in your family's food, candy, cereals and drink. :-) And you will notice, with the right ingredients and spices, REAL food will DAZZLE your taste buds and keep you rockin your YOUTHFUL HEALTHY VITALITY :-)
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PS- Remember that all natural superfood shake I keep raving about??? Yep- NO artificial flavors ;-)
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Happy HEALTH and TASTEY Tuesday <3

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