Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 | Our Best Advice | Comments Off
Some of you may not know that Food Network Chef father of three, Tyler Florence, created a baby food line called SPROUT. When baby is hungry there isn’t always time to cook from scratch, so Employers and Household Workers rely on standby baby food.
SPROUT products are from organically grown ingredients. The packet turns into a bowl for serving, is Ecco Friendly, and expands the limited variety of off-the-shelf. Great to see more Chefs creating organic products out there. SPROUT store locations
For Kid Chef outfits try skull and crossbones as fun novelty Chef Hats offered in other terrific print selections. Or try aprons for boys with rocket, cowboy, or outer space themes (among other products sent in a cool gift box) from Little Kitchen in Australia. For those cute adult Beanie Chef Hats (my favorite style), try a uniform supply house, and have a Household or Estate Logo monogrammed including your dining linens, or to distinguish your kitchen menus and party events. Many Chefs don’t wear hats today but it’s not happy making to find hair in food (which turns up every once in a while despite the best intentions.) Unless you’re Anthony Bourdain who will eat anything, including rusty whatever (I love his crazy daring), it could get you fired, so don’t risk it.
Speaking of food related TIPS (see more at our SITEMAP), Chefs, Cooks, Employers and Clients of our domestic help staffing services wonder if it’s safe to eat GM foods. It’s good to have heads up about changes to our laws because we’re no longer constitutionally guaranteed against genetically modified food. All of us dine at restaurants. Even the finest with the highest safety ratings purchase from distributors who deliver unlabeled food. After you read these TIPS please forward this critical information to others. Send them Our Best Advice. TIP – Corn and Soy are two feed lot foods for animals, foul and fish. They are GM foods unless the manufacturer labels it organic. See more about this deadly food at Doctor Mercola website.
October and on 10/10/10 we celebrate non GMO food month to alert everyone. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) doesn’t think you should eat GM foods (and why I keep repeating the word deadly). They reported that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM foods,” including infertility, immune disorders, immune related allergies, accelerated aging, hormone disruption, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and gastrointestinal system. If that doesn’t alarm you then you must be one of the few who has perfect health and everyone around you does too. No way, when the AAEM asked all physicians to advise patients to avoid GM foods. TIP: This is serious cautionary advice Chefs and Cooks could also maintain, please educate your Employers.
You can tell GM foods by their PLU sticker. In the United States, GMO products are not required to be labeled so it’s far more difficult to eat a GM-free diet. Look at the numbers on the product. A four digit number means conventionally grown food. A five digit number that begins with 9 means Organic. And the worst, a five digit number that begins with 8 is GM deadly Frankenfood. Don’t buy it, don’t eat it!
I’ve recommended in our TIPS before that you download the Non-GMO Shopping Guide, issued by the Institute for Responsible Technology. They also offer some helpful advice for how to avoid GMO’s when eating in restaurants. Dr. Mercola (who gives some of the best medical TIPS around), recommends that everyone see The Future of Food as one of the most important eye-opening videos on this subject.
We urge you to forward these TIPS to everyone you know. Send Our Best Advice even if you’re aware about these issues, because your friends, colleagues, and Employers may not be. And take care of all future Chefs to come like baby Emma!
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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 | Our Best Advice | Comments Off
At ISA staffing we deal with the Best Jobs for the Best Nannies, Governess and other Childcare Workers along with placing the Top Private Chefs in the world in private homes, services we provide to clients for which we are famous (see our photo gallery). These great jobs (apply here) may include dealing with overseeing kids meals and their party events.
When I write that I enjoy bringing you latest TRENDS including allergy findings that could save a child’s life, it’s not only because of the professional love we have for our work and kids, it also effects each of us. TIPS for maintaining nutritious healthy foods and updates on food sensitivities are a must to share given the growing challenges.
According to Dr. Pamela Ewing, an allergy consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England, said the rise in cases appears to be outstripping even peanut allergies. Dr. Ewan sees more than 8,000 people with allergies a year. She said that most patients with reactions to fruit and vegetables were children, and the numbers are rising at alarming rates.
You read that correctly: fruits and vegetables are some of the newest culprits triggering heavy allergies, despite everyone thinking they’re unconditionally beneficial for us. What we fail to consider is GMO grown foods and the deplorable corporate politics of how they’ve entered our food supply. GMO is never healthy.
Most Kids love french fries. However, you’d be surprised to know the potato dishes served in restaurants (including those lovely French Fries cooked in Canola Oil) come from GMO grown produce. Potato is one of the most auto-immune inflaming foods causing allergies, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritic symptoms (as I personally came to discover with joint pain that disappeared once I stopped eating it and products with potato derived additives). Also be weary of sweet food additives KIDS are sensitive to, including products like catchup and candy bought at health food markets. Fructose corn syrup is under attack for getting it off the market as cause for much of childhood illness and obesity. Don’t fall for thinking that fructose sounds natural, then it must be ok to eat. A clever disguise of this additive is also being marketed under the name “corn sugar”.
Download the NON-GMO shopping guide – TIP: Use it when you write your shopping list. Keep it with you whenever you shop and buy products listed in the Guide. Store it inside your reusable shopping bag, or simply leave it in your car, or have it with your checkbook or credit cards holder. Even if your household only shops for organically grown products kids are still exposed at home, school, friends homes, out at the park, picnics, sports or other events, or having an ice-cream treat with toppings at the local store.
You get the idea how hard it is to control what hungry mouths ingest or eager arms are able to reach on a table in a blink of an eye. If we all do this together, the change accelerates. Soon, retailers will actively seek to have products that are NON-GMO and only organically grown. Meanwhile, find great recipes for homemade treats online that don’t include fructose syrup, the worst triggers according to Dr. Mercola (mercola.com)
Another TIP, when you have time watch this video on GMO foods and how affected we all are. There are beneficial trends, and then there are those which are deadly everyone needs to know about.
Order foods online that verify organically grown with stamped labels, and support websites providing such services, including getting their Email newsletters. Share them with others, teach KIDS you come in contact with and their parents, and send Our Best Advice link for TIPS they’ll enjoy knowing.
We cannot emphasize this enough. Certified organic products cannot be produced using GMO ingredients. Buy only products labeled “100% organic”, “organic,” or at least “made with organic ingredients.” Read more about organic standards… Tip 2: Look for “non-GMO” labels. Companies may voluntarily label products as “non-GMO.” Some labels state “non-GMO” while others spell out “Made Without Genetically Modified Ingredients.” Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal have third party verification as being in compliance with Non-GMO Project standards for GMO avoidance. Some products limit their claim to only one particular “At-Risk” ingredient such as soy lecithin, listing it as “non-GMO.” Look for dairy products labeled “No rBGH or rBST,” or “artificial hormone-free.”
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• Sweeteners such as fructose, dextrose, and glucose
• Modified food starch*
• Soy flour, lecithin, protein, isolate, and isoflavone
• Vegetable oil* and vegetable protein*
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