Are Air Fryers Healthy?

By Dr. Mercola

As you may imagine, I am not a fan of fried food. For that reason, I admit I have not paid much attention to the air fryer craze. Although these gadgets have been around for years, they have skyrocketed in popularity in recent months. Given the traffic on Amazon, Google and Pinterest alone, it’s clear air fryers are capturing the interest of people who love the taste of fried food but not all the calories associated with traditional deep frying.

As part of their central marketing message, air fryers promise to provide you with a faster, healthier and less messy fried-food experience right in your kitchen. Before you rush out to buy one, let’s take a few minutes to consider an important question both critics and fans of this kitchen appliance should be asking: Are air fryers healthy?

What Is an Air Fryer and How Does It Work?


Air fryers — a kitchen gadget that has been steadily capturing the imagination of fried-food lovers in recent years — promise great-tasting crispy food, fast, and with half the calories and fat of foods fried using traditional methods. The chief selling point is the use of hot air and a little oil instead of multiple cups of hot oil to cook food quickly and crisply.

Given their similar air circulation method, some compare air fryers to mini convection ovens. Check out the video above for more details on the innerworkings of air fryers. According to Women’s Health,1 hundreds of models of air fryers popped up on Amazon, Google and Pinterest in 2017, with peak consumer interest coinciding with the Christmas shopping season. The U.K.-based Alternative Daily offers the following details about air fryers:2

“An air fryer can ‘fry’ foods with just half a spoonful of oil. Instead of using fat and oil to fry foods, this appliance was designed to fry without needing to dunk food in oil. In fact, most foods [prepared] within this cooking device require no oil at all — just hot air. Based on Rapid Air Technology, air fryers blow superheated air to cook foods that are traditionally fried in oil.

Whether you want to make fish and chips, chicken or even donuts, air that’s up to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F) begins to circulate, creating a browned, crispy surface. In just 10 to 12 minutes, for instance, you can cook a batch of fries, using just half a spoonful of oil. And, that’s just the beginning. From cakes to nuggets [and] burgers to steaks, foods can be rapidly cooked to achieve the same results when frying, toasting, baking or roasting.”

Is Air-Fried Food Good for You?

While most conventional health experts agree air frying is somewhat healthier than deep frying, the reality is fried food is still fried food and not something you should ever consider to be a healthy dietary choice. As featured in Women’s Health, Natalie Rizzo, a New York-based registered dietitian (RD), suggests air frying saves calories and fat, but in terms of your health what really matters isn’t cutting calories and fat but making sure the calories and fat you consume come from whole food (and not whole food that’s been heated to high temperatures in any sort of fryer).

“With an air fryer, Rizzo says, you can prepare a somewhat healthier version of nearly any traditionally fried food. You can use to it to create a crispy coating on anything you would normally fry, like french fries, chicken fingers or even veggies.”3 By Rizzo’s account, the cooking process using an air fryer is relatively simple: Brush oil on the foods you are about to fry and set the air fryer heat to the desired temperature.

While noting the temperature varies according to the type of food you are cooking, Rizzo says “usually the 300- to 400-degree F range (150 to 200 degrees C) is typical.” To me, that high temperature range is an immediate red flag and my first caution about air fryers. As explained later in this article, heating certain types of foods beyond 250 degrees F may produce a neurotoxic compound called acrylamide.

Naturally, as Rizzo explains, you would not expect fried food — regardless of whether it emerges from an air fryer or deep fat fryer — to be as healthy as raw food or food prepared using non-frying preparation methods. I believe eating most foods in their raw, natural, whole-food state (or as close to whole as possible) is almost always your healthiest option.

With respect to cooked foods, blanching, sautéing and steaming are far superior to frying. In fact, lightly cooking some foods, such as asparagus, spinach and tomatoes, makes their nutrients more bioavailable. The antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes, for example, has enhanced bioavailability when heated.4 Because fried food falls short as a health food 100 percent of the time, it’s heartening Rizzo wisely cautions against adopting the air frying cooking method as a lifestyle choice.

I agree with her that using an air fryer on a regular basis would be unwise because it will likely give you a false sense of “healthy eating.” As such, there is no point in owning an air fryer; it will serve only to tempt you to overconsume certain unhealthy foods. Most of those unhealthy foods, by the way, are likely to be highly processed. That said, the belief air-fried foods will be healthier for you solely because the preparation method is perceived to be healthier is quite simply a myth.

Neurotoxic Chemical Acrylamide Lurks in Fried Foods


As mentioned, one of the biggest cautions about eating fried foods has to do with the way frying changes certain foods into probable carcinogens. If you regularly enjoy fried foods, particularly those heated in such a way as to create a browned or charred surface, you need to know about a toxic compound called acrylamide.

In 2002, researchers discovered this cancer-causing and potentially neurotoxic chemical, which is created when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures. This includes carbs that are baked, fried, grilled, roasted or toasted. Acrylamide is the byproduct of a chemical reaction that occurs at high temperatures between sugars and the amino acid asparagine.

While the toxic chemical can develop in a variety of foods cooked or processed at temperatures above 250 degrees F, carbohydrate-heavy foods are by far the most vulnerable. The presence of acrylamide is particularly noticeable when plant-based foods are heated to the point of a noticeable browning or charring. While not every single food within these categories is affected by acrylamide, the categories of food most likely to produce it include:5

  • Cocoa products: baking chocolate, cocoa mix, chocolate bars, chocolate milk mix and chocolate pudding and pie filling
  • Coffee: roasted coffee beans and ground coffee powder, as well as chicory-based coffee substitutes, which contain two to three times more acrylamide than real coffee
  • Grains: bread crust, breakfast cereal, cookies, crackers, crisp bread, toast and various processed snacks
  • Potatoes: chips and french fries, as well as other fried or roasted potato foods

How Much Acrylamide Is in Your Diet?

Since 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised consumers to reduce their intake of acrylamide-containing foods, noting about 40 percent of the calories consumed as part of the average American diet is laced with this toxic byproduct. To cut acrylamides from your diet, the agency recommends:6

  • Avoiding fried foods
  • Baking bread, muffins and other baked goods, as well as potatoes, to a light golden color rather than dark brown or blackened
  • Opting for untoasted or lightly toasted bread
  • Storing potatoes at room temperature, because storing potatoes in the refrigerator can increase acrylamide during cooking

Rather than the fridge, store potatoes in a dark, dry closet or pantry. You can further reduce acrylamide formation in potatoes by soaking them in water for 15 to 30 minutes prior to cooking. While the FDA makes no mention of avoiding processed foods that are “browned,” such as cookies, crackers, potato chips, roasted nuts (and nut butters) and snack mixes, you should know they may also contain acrylamide due to being processed at high temperatures.

Health Risks Associated With Acrylamide

The findings related to the potential health risks of a diet heavy in acrylamide are mixed. Animal-based research7 suggests acrylamide “is capable of inducing genotoxic, carcinogenic, developmental and reproductive effects in tested organisms.” About the potential harmful effects of acrylamide, the National Cancer Institute says:8

“Studies in rodent models have found that acrylamide exposure increases the risk for several types of cancer. In the body, acrylamide is converted to a compound called glycidamide, which causes mutations in and damage to DNA. However, a large number of epidemiologic studies (both case-control and cohort studies) in humans have found no consistent evidence that dietary acrylamide exposure is associated with the risk of any type of cancer.

One reason for the inconsistent findings from human studies may be the difficulty in determining a person’s acrylamide intake based on their reported diet. The National Toxicology Program’s report on carcinogens considers acrylamide to be reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen, based on studies in laboratory animals given acrylamide in drinking water.”

Based on the research completed to date involving lab animals, the American Cancer Society calls attention to the following agencies, each of which has weighed in with potential concerns about acrylamide for humans:9

  • International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC): As part of the World Health Organization, the IARC seeks to identify causes of cancer. It has classified acrylamide as a “probable human carcinogen.”
  • National Toxicology Program (NTP): Formed from parts of several different U.S. government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health, the NTP, in its 2014 report on carcinogens, classified acrylamide as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): As owner of the integrated risk information system, an electronic database containing information on human health effects from environmental exposures, the EPA classifies acrylamide as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”

The Best and Healthiest Oils to Use for Cooking

While some air fryers live up to their claims of using up to 75 percent less oil than traditional deep-frying methods,10 it’s important to remember that not all cooking oils are created equal, even if you are using less of them. Most oils used for cooking, in fact, are heavily processed and some may even be hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated, which means they are full of trans fats. According to the American Heart Association, regular consumption of trans fats:11

  • Lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol level
  • Increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke
  • Is associated with a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

In addition, I always advise you to steer clear of canola oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil and soybean oil, as well as any foods containing them or cooked in them. As you may already know, these are the primary oils used to prepare most fried and processed foods, as well as nearly all fast food. While these oils do not have trans fats, when heated they may degrade to even more dangerous toxic oxidation products, including cyclic aldehydes.

Another reason to avoid these oils is the fact that many are genetically engineered (GE). GE foods can damage your health and are among the worst foods on the planet. Healthier oils include coconut oil, olive oil, organic grass fed raw butter, clarified butter called ghee and sesame oil. Take note that coconut oil is the only one useful for high-heat cooking, including frying, although ghee can also be used for cooking.

While you may be tempted to use olive oil for cooking or frying, its chemical structure and large amount of unsaturated fats make it very susceptible to oxidative damage. For that reason, only use olive oil (and sesame oil) cold, such as for drizzling over salads. (For some new salad ideas, check out my healthy salad recipes.)

If you choose to use an air fryer, be aware of the possibility of increased free radicals from even small amounts of oil. As noted by Alternative Daily, “Even if little oil is used, the type of oil, the temperature, the food that’s be[ing] cooked and aeration all influence the formation of free radicals. If you’re a fan of air frying, at least use oils that do not oxidize easily, such as coconut oil.” For more information about cooking oils, check out my Healthiest Cooking Oils infographic.

Final Thoughts About Air Fryers

Given the unhealthy nature of fried food, I would not consider an air fryer to be a must-have kitchen gadget, especially if one of your goals is to optimize your health. More often than not, you will likely be air frying processed foods using toxic oils, resulting in a manner of eating that simply cannot be considered part of a healthy lifestyle.

Furthermore, though I did not mention it previously, I also have concerns about the types of plastics and nonstick coatings used in some air fryers. Depending on the model you choose, you may also be risking toxic exposures to bisphenol-A (BPA) and nonstick coatings, which I strongly caution against.

To wrap up my thoughts on this subject, I will close with a comment I read in one of the air fryer online reviews. If you have any lingering doubts, it may be the final piece of advice you need to help you decide if you should purchase an air fryer. The reviewer said, “Air fryers have the added benefit of making fried food healthier, but if fried food is not a staple within your diet, you probably will not benefit from owning an air fryer.”12

The Many Health Benefits of Proteolytic Enzymes

By Dr. Mercola

Enzymes are most known for their importance in digestion, but they’re actually necessary for all physiological processes.1 Enzymes, which are composed of amino acids, are secreted by your body to catalyze biological functions that otherwise would not occur at physiological temperatures, so they’re absolutely vital for optimal health and life.

How Enzymes Work

More than 3,000 different enzymes have been identified, and some experts believe there may be between 50,000 and 70,000 altogether. Each enzyme has a different function; they can be likened to specialized keys cut to fit individual locks. In this analogy, the locks are biochemical reactions. Here are just some of the activities in your body requiring enzymes:

Energy production

Removal of toxic waste

Absorption of oxygen

Dissolving blood clots

Fighting infections and healing wounds

Breaking down fats in your blood, regulating cholesterol and triglyceride levels

Reducing inflammation

Hormone regulation

Getting nutrients into your cells

Building raw materials and slowing the aging process

While catalyzing biochemical reactions, enzymes are not actually “used up” in the reaction. They merely assist and accelerate reactions, sometimes at a mind-boggling several million reactions per second. By lowering the amount of energy needed for a reaction to occur, they allow for reactions that otherwise would not be possible, or would be too slow to keep up with your body’s demands.

The Importance of Proteolytic Enzymes

Your stomach and pancreas create enzymes known as proteases or proteolytic enzymes,2,3 which break down dietary protein and protein-based foreign bodies. In your gut, they function as digestive aids; in your blood they act as blood cleansers that combat inflammation and rebalance your immune system by:4

1. Breaking down foreign proteins in your blood that cause inflammation

2. Facilitating the removal of inflammatory proteins via your blood stream and lymphatic system

3. Removing fibrin that prolongs inflammation. Fibrin is a clotting material that restricts blood flow, found both in your blood stream and connective tissue such as your muscles. Cancer cells also hide under a cloak of fibrin to escape detection. Once the cancer cells are “uncloaked,” they can be spotted and attacked by your immune system. It is also thought that fibrin makes cancer cells clump together, which increases the chance for metastases.

Fibrin accumulation is also responsible for scar tissue in damaged muscle or at a surgical site. If the buildup is excessive, which can easily occur if your blood flow is poor due to low enzymatic activity, then the scar tissue may lead to chronic problems.

Excess fibrin is even involved in high blood pressure. When fibrin in your blood starts to restrict blood flow to crucial areas, your body compensates by increasing your blood pressure to push the blood where it needs to go. Excess fibrin in your blood also raises your risk for a heart attack and/or stroke. Symptoms of excess fibrin include: chronic fatigue, poor healing ability, inflammation, pan and high blood pressure

4. Reducing edema in inflamed region

5. Significantly increasing the potency of macrophages and killer cells

Digestive Versus Systemic Enzymes

It follows, then, that any disease caused by inflammation and/or poor immune function — which is practically every chronic disease we face today, including cancer — can benefit from increased levels of functional enzymes in your blood. Indeed, proteolytic enzymes have been studied for a number of different conditions, and may be useful against:5,6,7,8

Cancer

Shingles (herpes zoster)

Digestive problems

Inflammation and/or pain caused by sports injuries or trauma

Fibrocystic breast disease

Pancreatic insufficiency

Food allergies

Multiple sclerosis

Atherosclerosis (arterial hardening)

Rheumatoid arthritis

Hepatitis C

Sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Back pain

Chronic fatigue

Fibromyalgia

High blood pressure

Herniated disc

Sciatica

Spinal stenosis

Sprains and strains

Postoperative scar tissue

Uterine fibroids

Bacterial, viral, mold and fungal infections

Heart attack and stroke

While your body does produce them, there are instances where a proteolytic enzyme supplement can be quite helpful. However, you have to make sure you’re taking it properly to achieve the intended effect.

  • When taken with a meal, the enzymes will work as digestive aids, speeding up the breakdown of dietary proteins
  • When taken on an empty stomach, they pass through your digestive system and enter your blood circulation. So, for systemic effects, they must be taken between meals or else they won’t have a metabolic, systemic effect

Proteolytic Enzymes May Be Helpful Against Viral Illness

Interestingly, many viral genomes contain serine proteases, one of six classes of proteolytic enzymes produced in your body, and the enzyme’s ability to break down the serine amino acid bonds in any given virus therefore also helps your body protect itself from a viral invasion. Proteolytic enzymes can also kill harmful bacteria, yeast and fungi. As explained in a report by nutraceutical researcher Jon Barron, director of the Baseline Health Foundation:9

“Just about everything that makes us sick is either a protein or is protected by a protein and is therefore subject to control by proteolytic enzymes. For example:

  • Your DNA stores the code for all of your body’s proteins and enzymes. In essence, your DNA is a protein manufacturing plant. Genetic diseases are the result of your DNA no longer producing those proteins and enzymes accurately or doing it insufficiently or excessively
  • Bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and fungi are all protected by proteins. Attacking those proteins is key to destroying the invaders
  • Food allergens are almost all proteins
  • Cancer cells are protected by proteins

Proteolytic enzymes have the ability to digest and destroy the protein based defense shield of each and every pathogen, allergen and rogue cell, thereby leading to their ultimate elimination. In addition, established cancers reprogram the production of enzymes in the body to both accelerate their own growth and protect themselves from the immune system. Supplemental proteolytic enzymes have the ability to alter that dynamic.”

How Systemic Enzymes Help Prevent Heart Disease

French researchers have also proposed that bacteria may play a significant, and possibly causative, role in coronary artery disease, and that proteolytic enzymes may help ward off heart attacks not only by lowering inflammation and breaking down fibrin, but also by killing harmful bacteria. This theory is highlighted in an article about systemic enzymes by Michael Sellar.10

Heart attacks and strokes are known to be related to inflammation, which is why C-reactive protein (an inflammatory marker) can be predictive of cardiac events. Interestingly, the researchers discovered high levels of bacteria in their patients’ arterial plaques, suggesting this is why C-reactive protein becomes elevated.

C-reactive protein functions to stop the spread of bacteria in your body, and since enzymes inhibit platelet aggregation, help your immune system combat pathogens, and break down fibrin (which causes blood clots), proteolytic enzymes may offer significant benefits for vascular diseases like thrombosis, phlebitis and varicose veins. Sellar quotes enzyme researcher Rudolph Kunze:

“Although enzymes reduce inflammation and we used to think that was all they did, we now believe that the central target of systemic enzymes is the immune system. It is my belief that heart disease is an immune disease very much, although obviously not totally, related to bacterial pathogens and other invaders.”

Types and Sources of Proteolytic Enzymes

The three primary proteolytic enzymes produced in your digestive system are pepsin, trypsin and chymotrypsin. Supplements that provide these particular enzymes are typically derived from cows or pigs. Other valuable proteolytic enzymes are found in fruits; papaya and pineapple being two of the best sources. Papayas contain the proteolytic enzyme papain, which has historically been used as a meat tenderizer, while pineapples contain the proteolytic enzyme bromelain, known for its ability to inhibit inflammation.

Its anti-inflammatory properties are in large part due to its ability to inhibit the migration of neutrophils (immune cells). Other foods containing proteolytic enzymes include kiwis, ginger, asparagus, sauerkraut, kimchi, naturally-fermented (unpasteurized) yogurt and kefir. Regularly eating these foods will provide you with these important enzymes — and if you make sure to eat them between meals, on an empty stomach, they’ll provide the systemic benefits discussed earlier.

A supplement, on the other hand, will provide these and other proteolytic enzymes in a more concentrated form, and may be beneficial if you’re struggling with chronic pain or disease, and/or if you eat primarily processed foods, which are largely devoid of enzymes. When considering a supplemental proteolytic enzyme formula, look for the following specifications, and remember to take them away from meals:11

  • The more protease it contains, the better. Barron recommends looking for a formula with at least 200,000 HUT (hemoglobin units, tyrosine basis)
  • Plant-derived enzymes tolerate stomach acid far better than animal-derived ones, so look for a vegetarian formula
  • To maximize systemic benefits, look for a formula that contains a variety of different enzymes
  • Certain nonenzymatic ingredients, such as papain, bromelain, rutin and/or ginger, can help boost the efficacy of the enzymes

Contraindications

While proteolytic enzymes are well-tolerated and safe for long-term use in most people, there are exceptions. If any of the following scenarios apply to you, you should not take proteolytic enzymes:12

  • You’re on prescription blood thinners such as Coumadin, Heparin or Plavix
  • You’re having surgery within two weeks (as they can increase surgical bleeding)
  • You have a stomach ulcer
  • You’re pregnant or lactating
  • You’re currently taking antibiotics
  • You’ve had an allergic reaction to pineapple or papaya

If you’re currently taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for pain and want to add a systemic enzyme, be sure to take them at least one hour apart from each other. Systemic enzymes are in many ways preferable to painkillers since they effectively lower inflammation and support your body’s innate ability to heal itself, while pain medication simply masks the symptoms while raising your risk for addiction and death.

Systemic Proteolytic Enzymes May Be a Useful Aid Against Chronic Disease

Hopefully you can now appreciate just how important proteolytic enzymes are to your overall health, right down to the cellular level. Again, the many health benefits of systemic proteolytic enzymes stem from their ability to break down rogue proteins in your blood and soft tissues, thereby controlling inflammation throughout your body, repairing your cardiovascular system, optimizing blood flow, supporting your immune system and overall improving your body’s ability to recuperate and heal.

One of the easiest ways to get more enzymes into your body is to eat plenty of fresh, ideally organic foods, especially fresh fruit and fermented foods, including fermented vegetables, raw egg yolks and traditionally cultured dairy products such as yogurt and kefir. Raw apple cider vinegar is another healthy source of beneficial enzymes.

Are Organ Meats Good for You?

By Dr. Mercola

For thousands of years, people across the globe have eaten meat not only as a tasty food but to boost energy and vitality. Especially where plentiful, not only have tender fillets, roasts and juicy steaks been consumed, many have actively opted for organ meats such as liver, heart and kidney. They may not have realized it in earlier epochs, but there’s a good chance that their reliance on such “primitive” fare may have provided them with the energy, vitality and overall health to survive.

Some experts contend that the hunter-gatherers of past generations had a “nose to tail” approach to using everything they could from the animals they either hunted or raised for food. In other words, they used not just the muscle meats but the organs and nearly every other portion. Some parts, especially by today’s standards, might seem unsavory and unsanitary.

In today’s world, however, some (especially in the West) would not consider eating anything but muscle meats like a hearty steak hot off the grill, rarely, if ever, opting for the aforementioned organ meats derived from cows, lambs, chicken, pigs and ducks. Doing so would be considered “awful,” but as it turns out, certain offal — the term for animal organs prepared and consumed as food — can be exceptionally nutritious. As Healthline notes:

“Today, most animals are born and raised for their muscle tissues. Organ meats are often overlooked, with most meat typically consumed as steaks, drumsticks or ground into mince. However, hunter-gatherers didn’t just eat muscle meat.

They ate the organs too, such as brains, intestines and even testicles. In fact, the organs were highly prized. Organ meats can be a great addition to your diet. They’re packed with nutrients, such as vitamin B12 and folate, and they’re also an excellent source of iron and protein.”1

Some believe organ meats aren’t healthy to eat because they were the filters for toxins in the animals they came from. In fact it’s the most common objection, especially for liver and kidneys. But while they may be the filters, they’re not the storehouses, per se. Organs exist to filter toxins, which means they remove toxins, which is why they store so many vitamins and minerals; they’re needed to get the job done.

Types of Organ Meats and Nutritional Benefits

The nutritional breakdown of organ meat can vary depending on the animal source and the organ type. Most are in fact even more nutrient dense than your average drumstick or ham hock, containing high amounts of protein, minerals including iron, selenium, magnesium and zinc, major fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K, important for mineral absorption, plus several B vitamins like B-12 and folate. Commonly consumed organ meats include:

  • Liver, one of the most nutritious, being the “detox” organ sometimes called “nature’s multivitamin”
  • Kidneys, which generally come in pairs and function as filters to filter out toxins and waste from your blood
  • Heart, the pump that circulates blood throughout the body
  • Brain, a delicacy in some cultures, provides a rich store of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Tongue, technically a muscle, is known as a tasty, tender source of healthy fat

Two other organ offerings (with names that are a bit confusing regarding what they really are) include tripe, which may sound more like a fish or a bird but is actually an animal’s stomach lining. The three types of beef tripe, The Spruce2 explains, represent the three different chambers of a cow’s stomach. Preparation involves cleaning, removing the impurities, trimming away unwanted fat, rubbing with rock salt and rinsing with vinegar.

It can be a lengthy process that prepares the organs for “a myriad of delicious beef tripe dishes,” which can be grilled, stewed and made into a soup. There’s also sweetbreads, which are neither sweet nor bread but rather thymus gland and pancreas, often from lamb, veal, beef or pork. They can be grilled, breaded, seared or fried for a smooth, tender texture and mild, creamy flavor, according to The Kitchn.3

More Benefits From Eating Organ Meats

Organ meat consumption imparts a number of nutrients and other benefits that make finding your favorite type and preparation worth the effort it may take to get the best available, which introduces the importance of obtaining your organ meats (and all meats, for that matter) from organic, grass fed animals. Organ meats are the densest source of nutrition and are considered the superfoods of the animal kingdom. Not only are they safe to eat but rich in amino acids and CoQ10. Here are more benefits:

  • Iron, the source of which is highly bioavailable heme iron that your body is able to absorb more easily than non-heme iron obtained from plant sources.4
  • Organ meats keep you full longer due to the high protein content, which may help you eat less. They can even promote weight loss by increasing your metabolism.5
  • They’re one of the world’s richest sources of choline, an essential nutrient for your brain, muscle and liver health that many peoples’ diets are lacking in.6 
  • Organ meat consumption is one way to build and retain muscle mass due to the high-quality protein they provide.7
  • Because they’re not often as sought after compared to other meats, they’re less expensive to purchase.

Meat — or More Specifically, Fat — Became Demonized

Health blogger, teacher and presenter in the featured video, Denise Minger (incidentally a former vegan), believes that while there may be a few concerns about eating meat, they can easily be alleviated by making a few simple adjustments. Minger outlines some of the ways eating meat and fat in particular fell out of favor with the American public, and the steps that led to a misconception that has without a doubt negatively impacted the way people view food.

Around the end of the 18th century, industrialized farming changed the way things were done on what had been largely family-run operations. The growing number of slaughterhouses and commercial production methods increased not only meat availability but the amount eaten per consumer. Simultaneously, organ meat was too time-consuming for companies to bother with.

Government Entities ‘Do a 180’ to Influence Public Perception

In the 1970s, large government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the American Heart Association (AHA) began warning people not to consume too much cholesterol. Interestingly, the AHA, back in 1957, said it was skeptical about any kind of link between fat intake and heart disease, so there was no evidence that would necessitate recommending people to change their diets.

However, in 1960, the AHA “did a 180,” Minger explained. The narrative turned to advising overweight people, those who’d already suffered a heart attack or stroke, had high cholesterol or blood pressure, or experienced a high-stress lifestyle to decrease their fat and meat intake. But just as there was no evidence for this step to be taken just three years earlier, there was still no evidence — just a changeover of four committee members, one of whom was Ancel Keys.

If that name doesn’t ring a bell, Keys was largely responsible for the war on fat, as he convinced the health community — and thus the public at large — that eating a diet high in saturated fat was the culprit in heart disease, an assertion that was incorrect then just as it is now. Seventeen years later, the McGovern Report (named after Sen. George McGovern), aka the Dietary Goals of the United States, persisted with this advice. The problem was, it was more political than scientific.

In addition, a vegetarian named Rick Mottern was responsible for writing the guidelines, and it was enough to shape future nutrition policies. Once these recommendations were released to the public and became national policy, they also became the basis for at least 30 years of faulty science. The Food Pyramid instilled in every student in the nation was built on it, and U.S. dietary guidelines still are.

The Negative Role of Methionine in Muscle Meats

To be fair, meat may have some issues, particularly when it comes from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) but, as Minger says, a few simple tweaks in your approach to meat may enhance your health. When you focus on muscle meats to the exclusion of other parts of the animal, Minger explains, there’s another issue with an amino acid known as methionine. Methionine, she notes:

  • Generates homocysteine, which can be a problem for people with the inability to recycle homocysteine, which correlates with blood coagulation and, in turn, raises heart disease risk.
  • Can deplete the amino acid glycine, which is abundant and necessary for your skin and connective tissue
  • Can restrict blood levels of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant found in every one of your cells that functions in ways that maximize the other antioxidants in your body.

The upshot is organ meats and, indeed, eating all of what an animal offers in the way of nutrition allows for an optimal balance of amino acids, Minger asserts. It also offers some of the same benefits as calorie restriction, not to mention that it may extend your life span, one study indicates.8 One of the easiest ways to take advantage of these benefits is to make your own bone broth.

Legitimate Issues With Meat

Another issue with meat: It’s very likely that you know people who refer to themselves as meat lovers, but it’s fair to say many of them eat significantly more meat on any given day than is healthy. There are some very real correlations between excess protein, largely derived from meat, the onset of cancer and overall aging, not just in appearance but on a cellular level. Balancing the amino acids derived from the meat you eat can help balance that.

Cooking meats until they’re charred or otherwise overcooked, usually through grilling but also via broiling, frying and deep-frying, releases unhealthy compounds like heterocyclic amines (HCAs), advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which can form as some of the nutrients react with other components at excessively high temperatures.9 Alleviate this by:

  • Cooking at lower temperatures (avoid temperatures in excess of 300 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Cut away charred bits
  • Marinate meats in olive oil, garlic, lemon juice or red wine, which may lower HCAs by as much as 90 percent10
  • Flip the meat frequently
  • Use alternate cooking methods, such as baking, steaming and boiling

Red meat is also higher in iron than may be healthy for you, as it may build up in your blood and cause iron toxicity,11 which is particularly problematic for those with a genetic disorder called hereditary hemochromatosis.12 Alleviate symptoms by donating blood regularly, drinking coffee or tea with high-iron meals, avoiding foods with a lot of vitamin C when eating foods containing iron, as it increases iron absorption, and, naturally, by eating less red meat.

Bringing Back Traditional Foods

It’s largely been misinformation and lack of familiarity that has caused people in the U.S. to avoid eating offal or organ meats, but the perspective that once shaped how people in today’s fast-food culture look at food is that organ meats are necessary for not just survival but for vitality and health.

But the tide, as it were, is shifting. More people than ever are understanding that what is placed on market shelves may not be best for their health, even if it is sanctioned by some of the most important health and safety entities in the country, such as the USDA and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

If you’re interested in bringing organ meats back into your life, make sure that they’re produced with quality, and the best way to ensure this is to find a local source where the animals they come from were grass fed and not given grains, and not dosed with antibiotics, which contributes to the spread of deadly antibiotic-resistant disease, but is profitable as the animals grow faster on less food.

Further, do your homework to ensure the animals didn’t come from a CAFO. These operations are where animals are packed into tight quarters, fed unnatural diets and often live in inhumane and cruel environments where disease flourishes. Paying attention to what you eat — but also where your food comes from, including meats and organ meats — is crucial for your health and well-being of you and your family, and further ensures that you are able to take control of your health.

Weekly Health Quiz: Cabbage, Processed Foods and Sleep

1 What natural plant compound has been found to be a powerful remedy against cold, flu and other viral illnesses, and is a far safer alternative flu remedy than the antiviral drug Tamiflu?

  • Resveratrol
  • Quercetin

    Quercetin, a plant flavonol found naturally in apples, plums, red grapes, green tea, elder flower and onions, packs a powerful antiviral punch, inhibiting several strains of influenza, hepatitis B and C and other viruses. Learn more.

  • Coffee Fruit Extract
  • Berberine

2 Which of the following industry lobbying groups was in 2016 found guilty of money laundering and intentionally violating state campaign disclosure laws, and ordered to pay $18 million in fines?

  • The Grocery Manufacturers Association

    In 2016, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the largest and most powerful lobbying group for the processed food industry, was found guilty of money laundering and intentional violation of state campaign disclosure laws. After a six-year-long boycott against all GMA companies, the association is now teetering on the brink of collapse after losing 50 of its members. Learn more.

  • The American Chemistry Council
  • The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
  • The Biotechnology Innovation Organization

3 What percentage of processed foods consumed in the U.S. is ultra-processed?

  • 90 percent
  • 60 percent

    Sixty percent of the processed foods consumed by Americans is ultra-processed and account for 90 percent of the added sugar consumption. French researchers now warn that ultra-processed foods raise your risk of cancer, and the more ultra-processed foods you eat, the greater your risk. Learn more.

  • 50 percent
  • 10 percent

4 Research suggests there’s a distinct tipping point when hours spent at work begins to adversely affect your health. What’s the ideal length of your work week to ensure life balance and good health?

  • 35 hours
  • 39 hours

    Research suggests 39 hours to be the ideal length of your work week to ensure life balance and good health. If you work more than 55 hours a week, you may be 40 percent more likely to develop an irregular heartbeat, compared to someone who works just 35 to 40 hours a week. Learn more.

  • 47 hours
  • 55 hours

5 This member of the Brassica (cabbage) family is a key ingredient in the popular fermented dish Koreans call kimchi:

  • Kohlrabi
  • Bok choy

    Koreans love to ferment bok choy with daikon radish, garlic, ginger and scallions to make a traditional spicy side dish called kimchi. Learn more.

  • Cauliflower
  • Savoy cabbage

6 To lower your risk of heart disease, which of the following fats should be avoided?

  • Saturated fat from plants and animals
  • Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fat) and regular vegetable oils

    Refined carbs, sugar and trans fats found in processed foods are the primary dietary culprits causing heart disease, not saturated fat or cholesterol. While the dangers of trans fats are now becoming widely recognized, the recommended replacement — vegetable oils — may actually be even more harmful. Learn more.

  • Plant-based omega-3 fats
  • Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs)

7 Deep sleep is important for optimal brain health, as your brain detoxifies and cleans itself out only during the deep sleep cycle. Which of the following strategies can help improve your deep sleep?

  • Avoid late-night, high-calorie eating and/or alcohol consumption
  • Keeping your bedroom cool and avoid sleeping with extra blankets
  • Finish any intensive evening exercise routine at least three hours before bedtime
  • All of the above

    One effective way to improve your deep sleep is to make sure your core body temperature is sufficiently lowered during sleep. You may be sabotaging your deep sleep by doing things that prevent lowering of your core temperature, such as late-night, high-calorie eating, keeping your bedroom too warm, and performing intense evening exercise routines too close to bedtime. Learn more.

New Book – Antarctica’s Hidden History: Corporate Foundations of Secret Space Programs

Antarctica is a land about to be exposed over its well-guarded secrets and ancient hidden mysteries … In 1955, as a result of a secret agreement reached between the Eisenhower Administration and a German breakaway group in Antarctica, a transnational corporate space program began to emerge. The secret infusion of personnel and resources from US […]

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Dr. Jerome Corsi 3–18… “Jerome Corsi Live Stream” (covering recent Q postings) #InternetBillofRights

[Kp update: He also mentions (at 44:44, no less) that we have reached a “turning point”, just as I “got” and posted in the recent “Alex Jones banned” Kp blog post (“this attempt to ban his channel is leading to a major turning point in the saga of humanity”).]
[Kp update 2: And because JC’s last video was “removed by user”, I downloaded two versions of the video, and an MP3… Here are links to download and/or play: 720p MP4 video (256 MB); 240p 3GP video (89 MB); MP3 (75 MB)]

This one I listened to the entire video, and was drawn in to much of the new Q postings information. One note is that he now references the link: https://qanonmap.github.io/, which is the one I found more useful, as it has no ads like https://qanonposts.com/ had (also I just tried that one on my iPhone and it did not load. The Qmap version did load, quickly.

One time point I’ll note here is that around 44 minutes he talks about how the “Russian hacking” phenomenon that was pushed out is related to what happened with Seth Rich (the leaker of the DNC emails).
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https://youtu.be/opsT6FAlIRs

Published March 4, 2018

A QiGong Master Demonstrating Chi Energy (Video)

Superhuman abilities have been present and written about in human literature, spanning all cultures, since the beginning of time. There are several examples, from the Yoga Sutras all the way up to present day CIA experimentation. For example, one document referring to a study done on a man with “paranormal” abilities puts it quite blunt,

“The experiment demonstrated Mr. Zhang Baosheng possesses paranormal abilities. He can make small objects penetrate obstacles.  After such penetrations, the microscopic structure and properties do not show and observable changes.” (full document)

Donald Lopez Jr, a professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, describes the many abilities ascribed to Buddha:

“With this enlightenment, he was believed to possess all manner of supernormal powers, including full knowledge of each of his own past lives and those of other beings, the ability to know others’ thoughts, the ability to create doubles of himself, the ability to rise into the air and simultaneously shoot fire and water from his body. . . . Although he passed into nirvana at the age of eighty-one, he could have lived “for an aeon or until the end of the aeon” if only he had been asked to do so.” (source)

These are from the STRAGATE files. Mr Baosheng has been the subject of testing from the Chinese government, as well as the CIA, who also published another document titled Research into paranormal ability to break through spatial barriers.” 

He’s not the only one, the documents listed here and below speak of dozens of people, including children. Here is another example from Russia.

These facts were also outlined in a declassified US Air Force report on teleportation, which was made available through the Federation of American Scientists.

As far back as 1981, more than 100 centres to study children with purported exceptional abilities and mental capabilities were formed with the cooperation of more than 100 formally trained scholars.

The United States Air Force document showcased above, as well as some CIA documents, also refer to the fact that some children were able to teleport objects from one location to another, thus “breaking through spatial barriers.”

You can read more about that in detail, here.

Another experiment involved mental teleportation of bits of paper out of a sealed plastic film container. This was documented in a report published in 2010 by retired research chemist Dong Shen. What’s even more fascinating is that these methods were taught to others and the success rate was 40 percent.

“The results of the Chinese Teleportation experiments can simply be explained as a human consciousness phenomenon that somehow acts to move or rotate test specimens through a 4th spacial dimension, so that specimens are able to penetrate the solid walls/barriers of their containers without physically breaching them.”  – Eric Davis, Ph.D, FBIS (source)

Really, there are too many examples to list.

The document below speaks about a new branch in science, it’s underlined.

 “A New Branch of Science”

Nikola Tesla stressed the fact that, “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” Understanding what he referred to as “non-physical phenomena” played a key role in his quest and rumoured success in building an electric generator which was attached to “the very wheel-work of nature.” Vedic philosophy greatly influenced him, you can read more about that and see the proof in detail here.

Today, there are hundreds of renowned scientists trying to bring more attention to this type of phenomena. It’s funny how this type of science, commonly referred to as non-material science, has been studied at the highest levels of global government for decades, yet it’s still shunned by the mainstream, despite some serious statistically significant results.

The remote viewing program in the United States, for example, had an 85 percent success rate.

A study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, as seen in the US National Library of Medicine, demonstrated that a women with special abilities was and is able to accelerate the germination of specific seeds for the purposes of developing a more robust seed stock. (study)

A few years ago,   a list of points were co-authored by:  Dr. Gary Schwartz, professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and surgery at the University of Arizona, Mario Beauregard, PhD, from the University of Arizona, and Lisa Miller, PhD, from Columbia University. It was presented at an international summit on post-materialist science, spirituality, and society.

The Summary Report of the International Summit on Post-Materialist Science, Spirituality and Society can be downloaded here: International Summit on Post-Materialist Science: Summary Report (PDF).

They’ve recently put out a groundbreaking documentary, called Expanding Reality.

You can purchase the film here

“Expanding Reality is about the emerging postmaterialist paradigm and the next great scientific revolution. Why is it important? Because this paradigm has far-reaching implications. For instance, it re-enchants the world and profoundly alters the vision we have of ourselves, giving us back our dignity and power as human beings. The postmaterialist paradigm also fosters positive values such as compassion, respect, care, love, and peace, because it makes us realize that the boundaries between self and others are permeable. In doing so, this paradigm promotes an awareness of the deep interconnection between ourselves and Nature at large. In that sense, the model of reality associated with the postmaterialist paradigm may help humanity to create a sustainable civilization and to blossom.” – Mario Beauregard, PhD, from the University of Arizona

QiGong Master Demonstrating Chi

QiGong is one aspect of this type of science. Today, we have quantum physics, which is hailed as the new science but this type of non material science seems to be the next step beyond quantum physics, as quantum physics seems to be one explanation for this type of phenomena. For example, entanglement has been used as a possible explanation for telepathy.  At the end of the day, when it comes to quantum physics as well as parapsychology, both involve human consciousness.

Related CE Article: Cancelled TED Talk – Physicist Contracted By The CIA Shares Everything He Knows About ESP

So, given the fact that we know there are real world examples, this is why we chose to post this video of a supposed demonstration, which has become quite popular on YouTube.

Who really knows if it’s real or not, but one thing is clear, the phenomenon is real.

The filmmaker emphasized what seems to be a very important point, those who have learned and possess these capabilities usually understand that they are forbidden to show them.

 

It’s unfortunate that, when we do come across such information and such people, they are always in the hands of a some sort of military or intelligence agency, or working for one.

Here is another example of people with such abilities from ancient lore as written by Swami Rama in Living with the Himalayan Masters:

“I had never before seen a man who could sit still without blinking his eyelids for eight to ten hours, but this adept was very unusual. He levitated two and a half feet during his meditations. We measured this with a string, which was later measured by a foot rule. I would like to make it clear, though, as I have already told you, that I don’t consider levitation to be a spiritual practice. It is an advanced practice of pranayama with application of bandeaus (locks). One who knows about the relationship between mass and weight understands that it is possible to levitate, but only after long practice. . .

He (also) had the power to transform matter into different forms, like changing a rock into a sugar cube. One after another the next morning he did many such things. He told me to touch the sand – and the grains of sand turned into almonds and cashews. I had heard of this science before and knew its basic principles, but I had hardly believed such stories. I did not explore this field, but I am fully acquainted with the governing laws of science.” (source)

Others with these abilities, many of which are most likely spiritual practitioners, would never demonstrate their abilities in public. And if there are indeed Yogi’s today, like Buddha and many others who were said to possess such ‘supernatural’ powers, they’re probably spending much of their time in isolation and deep meditation.

 

False Information About Continental Marshals


By Anna Von Reitz

Some parties who are just waking up and making false assumptions are spreading the idea that Lincoln put “America” under the Lieber Code and that all “Marshals” are military police.  WRONG.

Lincoln had no ability to place “America” under Martial Law or put us under the Lieber Code.  What he did was place the British Territorial United States government under martial law and the Lieber Code which has since morphed into the various Hague Conventions. 

None of that has anything to do with us.  The Territorial United States Government is a foreign government working under contract to provide governmental services for our states of the Union— The United States of America (unincorporated). We are Third Parties with respect to them and we control the land and soil jurisdiction of this entire country.

So learn the jurisdictions and the nomenclature attached to those jurisdictions and stop spreading misinformation.

Our land jurisdiction is policed by Federal Marshals, not “US Marshals”.

Federal Marshals = Continental Marshals = Land Jurisdiction Marshals.

US Marshals = Sea Jurisdiction Marshals.

It’s time everyone woke to hell up.  We have a country to govern and rights and prerogatives to exercise, along with the responsibilities that attach to those rights and prerogatives. 

We are our own civil government with our own “United States” flag— the one with vertical stripes, thank you, and our own Federal Marshals Service, also.

The idiots running the Territorial Government have been so corrupt, so ignorant, and so misled that they have placed themselves and this entire country in jeopardy.  Do not fall into any delusions concerning their “authority” or their competence with regard to their jurisdictional limits— it’s up to you to know who you are and what your lawful jurisdiction is and to know the difference between a Federal Marshal operating on the land (also known as a Continental Marshal) and a US Marshal operating in the international jurisdiction of the sea.

Get on your thinking caps and get educated or you will be part of the problem.

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