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Six Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides for 80 Years...

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Here's a non-health related article, and short video...that frankly I can't get out of my mind...
so I thought I'd share...

CAVEAT (you kow I usually have one or two)
This is NOT for the faint of heart!


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MARTHROID 3/10/2012 2:28PM

    Watched the video…might gag. emoticon However, I don't like animals of any kind dying out…unless they are the kind that eat your face off. So, good for them! My kids collect bugs and watch them in a clear box with vegetation. I make them free them at night (probably half of their buggy lives are over…oh well). They are fascinating sometimes to watch.

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    My hubby is an amateur entomologist. He dad was a bug expert. Some of them are really beautiful. Some hideous. But they are interesting to watch. Not fond of the stinky ones though.

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MZZCHIEF 3/8/2012 12:01PM

    I used to have an insect collection when I was a child.
My father got me started, he had butterflies and other cool bugs on pins on cotton batting, under glass in square black cases. He showed me how to make a killing jar with ammonia and cotton. I hated watching them struggle and die as the toxic fumes filled their lungs and how their active legs became a stiff tangle of black as they lay on their backs.

After my father died, I collected but I didn't kill anything or put them on pins. I just collected insects in a jar with some vegetation, fed them, watched them until they expired or I let them go.

One of my mom's friends knew this, so when a giant staghorn beetle "drowned" in their pool, he brought it right over.

The size of it was intimidating, even for me. I was about 5-6 at the time and the thing was as big as my palm. But I didn't want to be ungrateful, and I sure didn't want to act afraid or grossed out... even though secretly I was

So Mr Staghorn got put on a temporary bed of tissue in my bedroom for the time being... and I was put to bed wondering what I was going to do with that monster once morning came.

I was awakened in the halflight before dawn by a tremendous buzzing and the sound of something hitting the walls as it flew.

The staghorn beetle was airborne, alive and well, if a bit confused.

After that, I only collected butterflies.
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JLUVSHIKIN 3/7/2012 10:22PM

    Very Cool!
The only experience I have had with walking stick insects is in the states... and they aren't nearly as big! The ones I saw were greenish/white.

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1BEACHWALKER 3/7/2012 9:24PM

    emoticonCool that they weren't extinct...but, they can stay there! emoticon

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/7/2012 11:45AM

    Love how the male protects the female :)

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AALIYANA01 3/7/2012 9:42AM

    sounds like a good thing the people on the island are doing a good job. lets make sure they stay on the island though.

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WVMAMA22 3/7/2012 12:56AM

    Lol that's freaky hope your doing well gn

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Quick Tip#62~ Boost your iron & fiber, increase your HGH with this seed!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Its called Fenugreek or Methi seed, and its been used for centuries in Indian cuisine, where it adds a somewhat bitter, maple syrup taste to foods.

As well as used medicinally in Ayurvedic Medicine for a variety of ills which you're encouraged to research but which I am not going to go into here.

Me... I use it for boosting iron and fiber... presumably Human Growth Hormone, too. Additional benefits are blood glucose regulation, inflammation reduction, testosterone raising , yada yada.

Even if these more exotic qualities are false, I'm still in for the terrific iron and the fiber punch, for so few calories. It fits in nicely with my philosophy of getting as many nutrients from whole foods as possible.

So... where can you get some?
Fenugreek seed can be found online or in local Asian or Indian Markets. It runs about $3 for 7oz, which lasts quite some time.

Once you get your seed, what to do about it?

Here's my suggestion based on three months of experience with it:

Fenugreek seed is as hard as rocks... good way to bust a tooth and damage dental work.

So I soak mine overnite in a bit of boiled distilled water.

I've used two methods...
* putting in two rounded tablespoons in my thermos, adding a half cup of boiling water,
* putting the two rounded tablespoons into a ceramic cup that comes with a lid, adding half a cup of boiling water, lidding the cup to retain the heat.

Most of the time, I prepare it after dinner.

This way I've got an infusion of " Fenugreek Tea" to drink for breakfast... which I usually combine with some kefir water to sweeten it.

AND some nicely sprouted fenugreek seeds to mix into my luncheon salad, oatmeal, yogurt... whatev. Shocking to me that they sprouted in water of that temperature, but they did... one day I left them a bit longer than I had intended and I had a bunch of baby fenugreek plants, which were promptly stirred into some soup I was making.

If you wake up in the morning, stumble into the kitchen and realize you've forgotten to soak your seed, just start a batch and it will be ready for dinner.

One thing NOT to soak it in... tea. Tea has tannic acids in it that will bind the iron in the fenugreek... soaking it overnite gives it plenty of opportunity to do so.

If you track your foods in your Spark Nutrition Tracker, I've shared my Fenugreek listing as:

fenugreek seed(methi) complete analysis (Mzzchief)

This listing includes the iron and fiber as well as over a dozen other values for this unique healthful seed. I don't get any brownie points for you using this listing... I've shared it solely to help make your life a little easier!

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MZZCHIEF 1/16/2014 2:26PM

    Last blood work my iron levels were fine.

I have not been doing the fenugreek, as I am fully menopausal now, which means I don't have a monthly bloodletting. ha

You can also try organic blackstrap molasses. Its got a low glycemic index and provides a host of other trace minerals. I've been using the Wholesome Sweeteners brand... I buy it online for the cheapest price I can find.

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KIMEE1966 1/15/2014 11:21PM

  This blog is over a year old wondering if anyone has had the blood work to see if you did raise the iron levels... I need this if it works... emoticon

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M77355 2/26/2012 1:47PM

    Love your healthy updates! Also, really appreciate your reminders on Friend Feed that there's a new one to learn from ...

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MZZCHIEF 2/25/2012 3:40PM

    Glad to see so many people onto Fenugreek !
Its given me a lot more energy... still haven't tested to see what my blood looks like yet... I'm too cheap to spend money when I'm feeling great... LOL

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ALASKASKY 2/25/2012 10:55AM

    emoticonI definitely need more iron, so I'll give it a try. emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 2/23/2012 5:33AM

    interesting emoticon

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APPEALSTOME 2/23/2012 1:12AM

    Interesting. I started eating chai seed mixed into greek yogurt since it does not require grinding like flaxseed.

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GIRANIMAL 2/22/2012 4:19PM

    This is great! Ever since I have altered my diet and am not yet back to eating red meat, I have not been able to donate blood because my iron is too low -- and that's with eating oats and brown rice and raisins all the time, and a fair amount of greens. Can't wait to try this. Thanks, MZZCHIEF! You're such a wealth of knowledge.


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JLUVSHIKIN 2/21/2012 6:30PM

    We have some fenugreek in the cupboard... just might need to try this.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 2/21/2012 1:54PM

    I'll have to look for them. Thanks.

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MZZCHIEF 2/21/2012 11:36AM

    Thx to everyone who stopped by to read and took time to comment!

Hope this tip can help those of ya out that need that iron boost... something to love about this, is that there are no constipation issues... often an unpleasant side effect of supplemental iron.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/20/2012 10:19PM

    I have seen it but never knew how to use it.

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SHAKENBAKE 2/20/2012 10:09PM

    I love to sprout fenugreek!

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FUTUREHOPE49 2/20/2012 7:14PM

    Thanks for that Mzzchief. I have had some Methi for ages, but its ground already. Think I have some Fenugreek seeds somewhere. I will try sprouting them, didn't know you could do that! Thank you for sharing the nutrition info, that will save me a lot of hastle.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 2/20/2012 5:01PM

    Thanks - will get some. I an trying to raise my iron levels, I'm sure this would help. And yes, would love to run a health food store with you!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/20/2012 4:57PM

    You have so many good tips! Ought to run your own health food store! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 2/20/2012 4:24PM

    Thanks again for a fabulous tip. emoticon emoticon

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Petition for Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods

Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm posting this link here for those of us who are concerned about the purity of our food supply, and are ready to take a small but positive step to seeing this goal become universal.

If you are as passionate about good health as I am, please take the time to sign this petition as I have done.

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    I'm wondering what impact online petitions have? I've heard they have none so I never take them seriously . . . but am definitely concerned about purity of food supply, and believe the best way to change it is to vote with our $.

Kudos to you for posting it, at least!

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MZZCHIEF 2/18/2012 1:05PM

    thx everyone for being so proactive!
Much appreciated!

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GEMINIAN1 2/18/2012 10:17AM

    I, "I Liked This" Blog.

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1BEACHWALKER 2/18/2012 12:51AM

    I just signed and a couple others too! The ones about the Everglades and The Gulf Coast!! Since visiting the Manatee Springs park yesterday-you really appreciate the coast, swamps, rivers-all the animals and how it all is so beautiful-it needs protected and funded!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 2/16/2012 8:00AM

    done! emoticon

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MZZCHIEF 2/15/2012 4:05PM

    Thx Sparkers for signing!
We only need another 800 sigs!

Should have this today or tomorrow, then the petition will go off to the FDA!

A big hug to all of you...
I've been so busy, things are a bit crazy over here in non-cyber land, that I have not had an opportunity to thank each one of your individually. Mea culpa!

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GIRANIMAL 2/15/2012 11:28AM

    Finally signed today. Thanks so much for sharing! GMO labeling is incredibly important to me. emoticon

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    Great idea!

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TWOOFSWORDS 2/14/2012 2:05PM

    I did it! emoticon

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ALASKASKY 2/14/2012 12:07PM

    emoticon emoticon

My son wrote a letter to our Senator last year on this very topic for a school project.


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MZZCHIEF 2/14/2012 11:01AM

    How exciting... just checked the petition and we got over 1000 signatures yesterday... some of them I know from Spark... only need another 1800 before we reach the goal of 60,000!

Thx everyone who signed up...

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MYJOURNEY79 2/14/2012 7:32AM

    Signed it :) thanks!!

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BABBINA 2/13/2012 4:21PM

    A very necessary cause. I think I might've signed it already thru a FB friend of mine, but I'll take a look again. Thanks!

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/13/2012 4:09PM

    I signed up right away. Thanks for taking your time and making us all aware of this. What a service you are doing!

Here's the link I had:

You'll need to cut and paste tho.

R>I just tried your link. It works!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/13/2012 2:56PM

    Thank you for sharing this link with us!

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MZZCHIEF 2/13/2012 2:54PM

    thx, I will look into it!
Its not working for me now, either!

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Its up now, I think it may have been that the site is getting too many hits! They only need a couple thousand more sigs to reach 60,000 right now its at 57,138 ... lets make a difference!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 2/13/2012 2:41PM

    The link is not working for me?

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Quick tip #61 ~ Berry good Hygiene!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Here's a tip that will save you time in the morning and get your berries clean and ready for your cereal.... so you're not stumbling around chasing berries down the drain, giving them a token rinse or forgetting to add them.

Before I go to bed, I :
*soak my berries overnite in a bowl of tap water (hull if its strawberries)
* to which I've added a small amount of pure, crystalized vitamin C.
* Place in the fridge.

When I'm ready the next morning, I:
* swirl em around
* drain using a colander,
* rinse with distilled water
* and its ready, set, eat!

The C removes the chlorine from my tap water.
A quick swirl and rinse loosens any debris that may have accumulated on the berries during their growth and transport.
The cool temps of the fridge discourages bacterial growth.

Here's to a less toxins and more fresh, wholesome food!

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PS. What? You don't know what Crystalized Vitamin C is yet? Well I guess I just haven't been doing my job! CVC is a wonderful health adjunct... in english that means its got so many positive uses, that you've got to make it part of your health arsenal.

Its inexpensive, (approx.$12 for 8 oz)easily available from the internet and your local health food store. Basically its pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid), without any fillers, so very little goes a lonnnng way.

Okay, so now you know... its up to you if you want to take advantage of this marvelous substance. OOspie... I just noticed that the price has risen considerably... someone must have been reading my blogs! haha Still a great deal!

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MZZCHIEF 2/14/2012 11:42AM

    Glad you liked this one!
I am always looking for stuff to make my life easier without sacrificing time, money or quality... so when I find something that works for me I LOVE to share it with others...

Have a fabby Valentine's Day, all!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 2/12/2012 10:41AM

    Great idea, thanks!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/11/2012 3:54PM

    You always have such good tips for us! Will look into that! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOTHEFUTURE1 2/11/2012 6:38AM

    Thanks for the tip about ascorbic acid I've got some already I'll use it on other F & V

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 2/10/2012 7:41AM

    Thanks for the tip.

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MZZCHIEF 2/9/2012 10:53PM

    Thanks, Ladies for all the nice comments and taking time to read this blog!

I hope it makes things a bit easier for ya in the morning in that mad dash to get out of the house!

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JUICENUT 2/9/2012 9:33PM

    I hadn't heard of that way to use the C, nor did I realize it would neutralize chlorine. I live on a well now, but there are so many other reasons to use it, I'm doing price comparisons now.



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    As always, thank you for the wonderful advice!!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/9/2012 6:28PM

    Thanks for the information! I always look forward to reading your blogs because I learn something new!

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    Thank you for tip!

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    Thanks for the tip!

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Quicktip #60~ Your Almond Milk and Bowel Cancer

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Carageenan is a controversial ingredient that is appearing with greater frequency in prepared foods, where a "silky" mouth feel is desired. Its in your nut milks, its in Lactaid, its in ice cream.... its almost impossible to find meat that has not been injected with this substance along with saline to produce a juicer cut of meat.

I blogged about that practice on August 25 2009, here:

Carageenan is what researchers feed their lab rats to produce bowel inflammation and cancerous changes, so that these unfortunate creatures can be studied to find effective colon cancer therapies. Here's an abstract taken from PubMed... or just google to get your own results

But, you say, carageenan is an alginate derived from a natural source... seaweed! True. But natural doesn't necessarily make it good for you. Think gluten, tobacco, animal fats.

My thoughts are that the increasing market for nut milks is just one big science experiment that will have consequences going forward. The problem is not the nuts milk per sae, its the carageenan, particularly as more and more people are turning to these products in an effort to improve their health.

Anyway...that's the bad news!

The good news is that its a relatively simple procedure to make your own Almond milk. Which is prolly a good idea until the nut milk industry wises up and eliminates this controversial ingredient from its product.

The ratio of water to nuts is 3:1.

Here's what you need:
A glass container for your milk
A fine sieve, or cheese cloth & a rubber band or a nutbag
3 cups of pure source of water
1 cup almonds

Optional (to taste):
Pinch of sea salt
A sweetner like honey, stevia, xylitol

Non-GMO soy lecithin(to keep ingredients emulsified during storage)

What to do:
*Soak your nuts between 8 -24 hours, with a few water changes to soften nuts and reduce phytic acid. What's phytic acid and why isn't it a good thing? See Quicktip# 59 Its also why you need to DISCARD THE SOAK WATER! (and not on your house plants)

*Blenderize 1 cup almonds with 3 cups water until the nuts are reduced to a fine slurry.

* Strain into clean container, thru either a cheese cloth, sieve or nutsack. Some may chose to blenderize and strain this mix a second time, or add a bit of non-GMO soy lecithin if the milk is going to be stored, to add a bit of choline and keep the ingredients together.

* add optional ingredients to taste

The ground slurry of nuts that did not make it thru the straining process can be added to your oatmeal, soups, or flavored with cinnamon and honey and used as a dip for apple slices.

Stay healthy, stay strong!
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UPDATES from Bright Eyes:
Check Kasey Coff's comment below... she's found in it salad dressings, too!
Read DMBeecham's post, she's found a commercial almond milk without carageenan!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 4/23/2012 6:14PM

    Thank you Mzz.Great information and tips!

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FUTUREHOPE49 2/28/2012 4:55AM

    Thank you so much for the info Mzzchief. It was a real eye opener for me. I will try the almond milk when I can get enough almonds as they are very expensive here.

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REJ7777 2/23/2012 6:13AM

    Just checked my container of Almond Breeze milk. Sure enough. It has carageenan. Thank you for this informative blog. In fact, I just found your blogs, and plan to continue reading them.

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GIRANIMAL 2/9/2012 3:55PM

    Oh! The So Delicious ... maybe THAT's what has my digestion all wonky again! Thanks again for this, and I am glad I revisited it since my last post...I'm going to ditch it immediately and see if it helps!

Have I asked you before whether you are trained as a nutritionist? If not, would you like to be? I might be able to find a way to pay you. emoticon

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 2/8/2012 11:35AM

    Thanks for the blog, I don't drink any of those anymore so guess that is a good thing.

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MZZCHIEF 1/27/2012 11:15PM

    Thanks everyone for reading and leaving comments!
Please note DMBeecham's comment about Silk Milk Products, these appear to be carageenan free.... yay!

They have a substances called "Locust Bean Gum" which comes from the carob tree. Some of you may have had carob before, its similar in taste to chocolate. And "Gellan Gum" which serves the same function, without the side effects of Carageenan. This a polysaccharide that's produced by the bacteria Pseudomonas elodea. That might sound icky, but don't forget we eat bacteria in the form of yogurts, kefirs, kimchi, sauerkraut, etc.

Here's the complete list of what's in Almond Silk:
Ingredients: All Natural Almondmilk (filtered water, almonds), All Natural Evaporated Cane Juice(sugar), Calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin(an emulsifer and source of choline), Gellan Gum, d-alpha-Tocopherol (natural vitamin E), Zinc Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D2.

So if you're not interested in making your own milk, Silk Milk products would be a good alternative!

Good call, DMBeecham!
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LOVELYLILLADY 1/27/2012 4:48PM

    I love almond milk... I had no idea! That you for the info!!!!

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DMBEECHAM 1/26/2012 9:31PM

    Silk Almond milk does not contain carageenan. Unfortunately, So Delicious Coconut milk does. So, I'm a little bummed since I recently started drinking 8 oz of coconut milk daily.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/26/2012 7:12PM

    I haven't heard of Carageenan until I read this blog. I'm going to write it down on a piece of paper and do some investigating. Thanks for sharing another great recipe!!!

I just saw the comment about Almond Silk which is what I am trying now. I breathed a big sigh of relief!!!

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ORGANIC811LFRV 1/26/2012 6:42PM

    This is absolutely bazaar. I drink hemp milk that is in a box type container that I purchase. I did a google search on carageenan this morning. I came up with a derivative of seaweed. Not feeling 100% I shelved the search for deeper results until later. Then, I read this blog. That cinches it for me. I will return the remaining containers tomorrow. I am totally ok on making my own nut milk. I have the nuts, I have more than enough of the blenders. LOL

Thanks for this timely blog. It cleared this matter up for me.

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MZZCHIEF 1/26/2012 4:22PM

    The pen can be as mighty as the sword!
Ladies, write to your faux milk companies and complain!

Thx everyone for reading this and commenting...

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BABBINA 1/26/2012 3:45PM

    wow this disappoints me. I mean thaxs for the inf but I'll probably be too lazy to make my own milk lol I think we should protest these food companies abt adding these cancerous substances. They are always messing w our food, even just plain water ugh, what conspiracies lol

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GIRANIMAL 1/26/2012 3:43PM

    Wellllll, hell. Add that to my list of evil ingredients that sound harmless but should probably never ever appear in food. Now I need to check my rice milk. Thanks!

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    It's so cool to know how to make your own. Thanks!!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 1/26/2012 1:19PM

    Good info that I was not aware of.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/26/2012 1:13PM

    Thanks for all your great blogs with various tips. You're the best.

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MZZCHIEF 1/26/2012 12:56PM

Kasey I added your info to my blog. Thx!

Big Heart... check the ingredients on your hemp milk... I've heard of it, but not tried it before. Let me know if carageenan's in there... if so I'll include that info on my blog. The concept of hemp milk is a good one as hemp seeds are full of Omega3s. Carageenan tends to keep particulates in suspension so that the hemp doesn't separate from the water... since these seed and nut milks aren't being drunk right away, manufacture's add ingredients to keep the product from separating.

Me, I'm blessed with a source of low pasturized, grass fed, organic local cow's milk and kefir that I make here at home.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 1/26/2012 12:43PM

    Thank you ,this is information worth paying attention to and that recipe you posted sounds easy and healthy and worth trying too! Have you ever tried Hemp milk or recommend it? emoticonDiana

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KASEYCOFF 1/26/2012 12:42PM

    Carageenan is always listed in things like salad dressings too, even the so-called 'natural' ones that are olive-oil based.

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