aspartame and sucralose

These are some interesting facts which I think are worth sharing with as many people as possible. This is the main reason I decided to publish this youtube clip here as well. The fact that aspartame and sucralose is contained in all soft drinks and most mass-produced processed food is not new to me. What really pushed me to publish it here is the shock I lived when I visited Egypt, a “Mulsim Country” where most “Muslim families” avoid alcohol and other haram things which harm their bodies (I totally agree) and at the same time are unaware of the danger they put their kids in when feeding them any kind of food from the super market. After every meal 7up is offered to everyone and there is not one day during which I have not seen a kid drinking a soft drink. Globalization has highly damaged these “third world countries” by sucking them inside a vicious cycle called “free trade”. What we once considered “developed” countries, such as Egypt ( a country where civilization started and a country rich in all possible resources), is now considered a “third world” country because 1. it lacks its natural resources, which are taken away from them by big multinationals in order to produce medicine and other products needed in order to boost “our progress” and 2. because there is a lack of education which leads to severe economical, social and political consequences which I will talk about in my next post.

This post has its focus on the consequences of putting in our body aspartame and sucralose.

 

 

 

 

halal eating – Muslims wake up!

Muslims and non Muslims WAKE UP! I am referring to all humanity –  One people. One world. Because – One God.

Since I am vegetarian I have never paid much attention to halal food until I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine who made a point and made me think.

What is the actual meaning of halal food? In Islam, halal food is the permitted food by Allah – our creator. The Qu’ran states clearly that all Muslims should avoid eating haram food such as pork for example and many other kinds of food.

“You are forbidden to eat carrion; blood; pig’s meat; any animal over which any name other than God’s has been invoked; any animal strangled, or victim of a violent blow or fall, or gored or savaged by a beast of prey, unless you still slaughter it [in the correct manner]; or anything sacrificed on idolatrous altars.” – Qu’ran Sura Al-Ma’idah 5:3

If we pay attention, the Qu’ran states clearly that any animal who has been a victim of violence is not to be eaten. It is haram (forbidden). Why? It is simple. Our creator would never want us to inject violence in our body and consciousness. Allah would want us to stop violence over anything he has created. What happens to our animals today? Are they still treated with love and killed with gratitude and appreciation in the name of God? The answer is NO. We only need to observe how chicken, for example, is treated and killed. Chickens are kept in small rooms with no air and fed with chemicals until they fall off and die because too fat. Yes, that dead meat is the chicken you find in the supermarkets. It is not only dead. It was dead even before being dead, if you know what I mean. That chicken had nothing to do with life and love from its birth. It has just been treated like a product, not like a living being – a gift from God. And even products ought to be treated with love, since they are given by God too. Where has humanity go wrong here? It is super haram to eat this kind of chicken. You can slaughter it in the name of God and it will still be haram. Why? Because it has been maltreated. There is no love in that chicken. It will harm your body and if you eat it, you will not show gratitude for the life that has been given to you by the creator. God wants us to be healthy. That is why he has forbidden certain foods. Simply because they are unhealthy. A person who eats unhealthy food does not show appreciation. He does not care about life. That food could kill him. And we’ve heard many cases where people died because of food poisoning.

Haram meat, however, is not the only forbidden food. The Qu’ran also talks about alcohol and other toxins considered harmful for us and therefore haram. “O you who believe, intoxicants, gambling, altars and arrows of chance are afflictions which are the work of the devil; you shall stay away from him, that you may succeed.” Qu’ran Sura Al-Ma’idah 5:90

Why has alcohol and other intoxicants been forbidden? Simply because these substances drag us away from God and therefore ourselves – our consciousness. How can we focus if we feel tipsy, drunk or high? How can we pray 5 times a day with alcohol in our body? We can’t. Because we cannot be connected to Allah and ourselves. We can’t prostrate in front of our creator if we are not conscious. However, alcohol and intoxicants, such as drugs, should not be taken as the only haram substances, only because the Qu’ran does not clearly mention other things. There is a subtle message hidden in that Aiyah when Allah tells us to keep away from intoxicants. It is implicit and we need to capture this message: We should not eat anything that contains toxins either, such as GM products for example. That food is haram too. It is harmful, first because it contains chemicals which our body is not able to reject, and second because that food is mass-production oriented and has not been grown to nourish our soul, but to fill up our stomachs. Since when, do we human beings eat for the purpose of filling our stomach? Don’t we eat to live? Or is it the other way around: we live to eat? I am certain that we eat to live.

As a result, the food that we buy from the supermarkets today is just the idea of food. In reality, it has been made from the same products such as soy and corn which have just been modified in million of different ways to create “different products”, today known as coca-cola, nutella, etc. Those “different products” are actually the same: soy or/and corn. This kind of food makes us unaware. It makes us feel bloated and heavy. It makes us unconscious. So, if you eat this kind of food and stand in front of the creator and prostrate, it is like praying drunken. There is no difference. Consciousness is consciousness. No consciousness is no consciousness.

I’d like to conclude with a very meaningful hadeeth in relation to food and consciousness. Al-Hassan Al-Basri said: “O, son of Adam, eat with one third of your stomach and drink with one third and leave one third of your stomach to breathe so that you may think.”

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“organic” – the new label

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It is funny how FOOD is labelled ORGANIC nowadays. What is meant by organic is nothing but what once used to be known as just FOOD. Real food. Today, we have the label “organic” which makes our natural food sophisticated and pricey. When do our organic shopping, it feels like our apples and pears are wearing Gucci.
Today only few people can afford to eat well. Organic food (or FOOD for me) is part of the life style of an upper social class only. The rest is compelled to eat conventionally produced food from the super market – the one that is far away from being considered food because filled with pesticides, fertilizers and other horrible and damaging chemicals.
Moreover, not everyone is aware of the fact that the food from the supermarket is actually not food.
In certain countries, for example, people do not know about organic food. They believe that it is very healthy to eat fruit (from the super market) and they are not aware of the fact that fruit is actually not fruit but poison. It is like the apple swallowed by snow white. It’s the illusion of an apple! You are holding an apple, but it is not actually an apple even though it looks like one. It is full of pesticides and fertilizers and what you are putting into your body is nothing but chemicals.
As a result, as soon as the label says “organic” it is overpriced both because it is not subsidised by the government and because it has become “a fashion” to eat real food. That’s really insane!

Despite the price, I highly recommend going organic because of infinite reasons.
The main reason is: Food ought to be food and is only food when it is natural, the way it is, and not modified. Other wise it is not food anymore. We need to nourish our body with the right food. It is like filling your car with the right petrol or the engine will break down. The same applies to the relationship between your body and the food. However, even organic food today is not what food used to be in the past because the soil our organic vegetables and fruit grow is polluted.

The food you put into your body determines the state of your well being.
Select it wisely and with awareness (see where it comes form, who produces it and how it is made) and when savouring it be united with it with your whole self: mind, body and spirit.

I am studying development and I always ask myself this question: What is there to develop if Mother Nature has already provided for everything? The system is destroying our natural development and “underdeveloping” it for then promoting a policy focused on development and sustainability.
Are we really that numb to get away with all of that?
This is the time of revolution. We need to obtain and get back what is our NATURAL RIGHT of BEING HUMAN on this love planet.

As Michael Jackson says in his song “Man in the mirror”: If you wanna make the world a better place, have a look at yourself and MAKE THE CHANGE!”

Here are the TOP 10 REASONS TO CHOOSE ORGANIC inspired by Kris Abbey

1. To protect future generations
The incidence of childhood brain cancer has increased 30 % in the last 20 years. these children with brain cancer are twice as likely as healthy children to have been exposed to pesticides exposure and childhood leukemia, brain tumours, Wilm’s tumours, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, sarcomas and other cancers.

2. To keep chemicals off your plate
Many toxic pesticides ad herbicides are designed to kill living organisms, so their toxicity also has the potential to harm humans. Common sense dictates that these chemicals can t be good for us. Over 170 pesticides are sprayed on the food we eat or on our gardens and these have been linked to major diseases such as cancer, allergies, infertility and birth defects.

3. To prevent soil erosion
The smell of freshly turned soil is intoxicating.
In one handful of healthy soil, there are over 10,000 species of living organisms, or microbes. These microbes (mostly bacteria and fungi) break down nutrients in the soil so they can be readily available to plants, thus improving crop vitality, soil structure and resistance to disease and pests. Beneficial micro-organisms and worms are the main ingredients for healthy, vital soil. The ecosystem made up by the soil, its microbes and the plants, is easily damaged by the use of artificial pesticides and fertilizers. The more the ecosystem is damaged by these chemicals, the more chemicals our farmers must use to compensate for the depleted soil quality – a very vicious and costly cycle.
Worldwide, 75 billion tonnes of soil are lost each year due to soil erosion. The rate of loss is unsustainable in the long-term as it takes nearly 500 years to develop a topsoil depth of 2.5 cm.

4. To protect the water quality
Water is the drop of life.
One tablespoon of herbicide can pollute the drinking water of 200,000 people. Choosing chemical-free food and products will lead to less chemicals being used and, ultimately, less chemicals infiltrating our waterways.
5. To save energy
More energy is used in making synthetic fertilisers than in cultivating and harvesting crops.

6. To support our farmers
By supporting organic farmers and being prepared to pay more food, we are supporting our farming industry as a whole, an industry that has a limited future unless something changes.

7. To support a true economy
As I mentioned before, organic food is generally more expensive that conventionally grown food. But it’s about time we open our eyes to look at the real cost of food production and, as they say, compared apples with apples. When you buy a non-organic apple, the price tag does not include the health cost or the environmental cost (incl. taxes spent cleaning up water and land pollution). If those costs were included, you may find you are really paying close to double that of an organic apple. Cheap food always comes at a very high price! If more of us supported the organic industry, more farmers would convert to organic farming, the supply for organic would increase and ultimately the price of good quality, sustainable food would come down.

8. To nurture nature
Organic farms work in harmony with nature.
Organic farms have five times more wild plants, including rare and threatened species, than conventional farms. When you visit an organic farm you will notice the harmony. The noise. A constant hirp and tweet of wildlife. The stillness and quietness of most farms is tranquil, but the buzzing of natural life on an organic farm is surreal.

9. To promote biodiversity
Biodiversity is under real threat, with many plant and animal species facing extinction. Different from conventional farmers who promote monoculture (rotation of one crop), organic farmers promote biodiversity by growing and rotating a large variety of crops and by rearing a selection of livestock. Organic farmers plant indigenous flora to attract native animals and encourage continuing diversity. The natural predators of pests are able to flourish in the absence of artificial pesticides, so pests and diseases are generally less of a problem on organic farms.

10. For a better taste
Organic farming starts with the nourishment of the soil, followed by the growing of the plant and finally arriving at a taste you can’t beat. Of course the tomatoes you buy from the supermarkets do not taste the same they once used to. Since when has Mother Nature allowed you to grow tomatoes all year around?

Reference

Kris Abbey (2002), Going Organic, Holland Publishers, Australia, pp.12-18.

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