Danger of Synthol

Synthol (synthol).

A few years ago you could hardly find an ever more information about synthol in ruskoyazychnyh media. It almost was not. And now, just lazy about it have not heard – many articles … Although they are essentially clones of a small transferable Wikipedia that appeared in “Muscle & Fitness” for May 2001 and must pay tribute, has promoted this shit from us. However, it has been particularly active this theme became obsuzhdatsya on various websites and forums just last year. And I must say pleased that both heterosexual and consumers of steroids in the majority agree that the use of synthol – the prerogative of the head ill people do not have to sport in any way. And now in order.


Synthol – Pump’N’Pose So it has decided that talking about creating synthol begin by mentioning esiklena. I remind you that this drug has gained immense popularity in the 80 years, has an extremely low anabolic activity, but intramuscular injections has the property to cause strong inflammatory response, resulting in swelling and, accordingly, short-term (around 24 hours) increase in muscle. These properties and led to the widespread use of esiklena competing bodybuilders. And at the same time prompted the German chemist amateur Chris Clark to the idea that a good idea to create a similar drug for long periods. Obtained in the early 90’s, he composition of Synthol ( http://ru.fishki.net/picsw/072008/07/synthol/synthol ) – like the name of one of the most powerful technology of nuclear fusion. However, this name was already patented, so it was invented by a new – “Pump’N’Pose” (Download and Pose). Under this brand name drug is now sold worldwide.

One of the first users synthol was a German strongman Klaus Doring, who calls himself “the owner of the biggest hands in the world,” the size of 27 inches (this umolishennogo you still see). At the end of the article in Kunstkammer and you realize that now there is nothing unusual. A couple of inches with synthol – a common occurrence. And kolyat it is now not only in the biceps and triceps, but also in igronozhnye, quadriceps, deltoids and pectoral muscles.

Clark found a truly a gold mine (for myself of course), as provided an opportunity for thousands of people ready to go at all for the sake of MASS virtually trouble-free method that does not shun any amateur or pro. $ 400 – that is the price of a bottle synthol, which is banned for use in the “intended use” all federations and committees, but is sold worldwide as oil for posing.

What is Synthol?

Synthol is 85% composed of C8 fatty acids (MCT-Medium Chain Triglycerides – Triglycerides average chain lengths), a number of C10 and C12 fatty acids, 7.5% lidocaine (local anesthetic), 7.5% benzyl alcohol. In simple terms this oil (fat) with some degree of Analgesic substances. The drug is inserted deep into the muscle, which is deposited between the bundles of muscle fibers. With repeated injections, the volume of oil in the muscle grows, increasing its size, just as a stretched balloon filling with air. About 30% of the drug is metabolized by the body. The remaining 70% remain in the muscles, which lasted for more than 3-5 years and are very slow decay. Over the duration of synthol there are many disputes, but mostly they boil down to what synthol lingers in the muscles for much longer than was stated – at least 8 years.

How to apply Synthol? “Injections are made with a fine needle to a depth of one-quarter inch. During the first 20 days of daily 1 ml. 10 more days – to 2 ml. Then 3 ml daily until the muscle will increase its volume. When growth stops within 30 days to 1 ml daily. Another 30 days – 1 ml twice a day. Then, 1 ml per week for 1 month. Only after passing this course gains in muscle size is constant, and the muscle is not reduced. After 4 months of the course must be repeated again: it may be possible to achieve a new addition of the volume (although the chances are not so great, about 50 to 50). From the point of view of medicine is very similar obsessions with schizophrenia. Just imagine – a minimum of 275 ml in the same muscle, at least 250 injections in one muscle!



User training synthol.

Probably many have heard about what workout using Synthol (language does not turn to call them athletes) take the unusual fullness, becoming “really heavy”. Every now and then you read about the “extraordinary Pampa”, that his hands after a single approach in any upper body exercise, “hammered” after hundreds of approaches like any exercise at hand. All this indicates firstly the absolute ignorance of the consumers themselves, and secondly, the absolute literacy of those who sell this stuff. Therefore, be clear. Actually Pump (pump) – is a subjective sensation, which arises in the results at the amplified blood flow to the working muscle, which arises due to expansion of blood vessels and increases blood flow, respectively, the muscles, which is perceived as Distension, etc. With regard to the severity of training and “clogging” of muscles, everything is determined by functional ischemia working muscles (ie, although the blood flow and increased, but it is still insufficient to ensure adequate muscle with oxygen), the consequence is anaerobic glycolysis, lactic acid, burning and pain in the muscles. What happens if the space between muscle fibers is Synthol? It’s very simple. During the same approach will suspend the oil mechanically compresses blood vessels and nerve endings that felt like Pampa, burning, “plugging muscle” muscle is almost no work.

The danger of using synthol.


“While Clarke claims that synthol absolutely safe, however, in an episode of” Uncensored “Greg Zulaka he withdrew all responsibility for possible consequences for the organism, with its use for any purpose other than oil for posing.” This is a quotation. Funny to read. Now seriously.

Greg Valentino’s hand after a failed injection. A more accurate after the operation. He lucky to be alive.
He lucky to be alive.

Any injections, even properly perform potentially dangerous for the organism. Virtually no one other than physicians (and not all doctors) do not know of topographic anatomy of blood vessels and nerves. Especially when it comes to small muscle groups. T. of. by intramuscular injection fairly easy to damage a particular nerve, causing paresis (violation of sensitivity) or paralysis of the innervated area.

Scott Klein – died May 22, 2003 after a failed injection synthol.Best result – 11 in the heavyweight champion at the U.S. Championships in 1998.
Contact with a needle into a blood vessel (particularly in the vein) is much more dangerous in terms of development of fat embolism of vessels of the heart, lungs, brain, which often leads to death. Much more often postinjection infection and abscess (localized purulent inflammation), and phlegmon (generalized purulent inflammation) requiring surgery.

Milos Sartsev – one of the few pro confess application synthol. Before surgery on the right biceps.He is after the operation.
In addition to all other components of the drug directly stimulates an inflammatory response in the muscle, but considerable amounts of fatty acids for a long time deposited between muscle bundles, causing ischemia, atrophy and sclerosis of the muscle tissue. Think of at least 250 chances to go to the light!

Ethics and aesthetics.

When it comes to that, IFBB has banned the use synthol I start to laugh. IFBB with its prohibitions is a mockery of themselves. Releasing the list of banned drugs, they seem to indicate that you need to take an athlete to achieve better results in this federation. They require a monster and monsters are not forced to wait long. But if the use of steroids has nothing to do with natural sports, Synthol has nothing to do with sports at all – it’s from somewhere in another world … The world of mutants, or something. And it has nothing to do that, we have a guy with a steroid 50 cm hand lose sintolovomu bastard with a shoulder and forearm 56 cm x 27 cm, and then where would be naturals. None. Just sick of all this.

Cabinet of Curiosities!
Gregg Valentino – best known sintolschik in the world, and part-owner of “the biggest hands in bodbildinge. For me it is so so cylinders with crap instead of hands. Incidentally, what happened to his hand, you might see … lightly.

Klaus Doring – this is the one language does not turn to say strongman, one of the first users synthol, more like a mutant pig. Laurels Valentino did not give him a rest here and tries to …144

Klaus Kaak – crazy old man. As someone put it on one forum: “He seems to escaped from the madhouse, and the output of the guards bucket synthol steal.”



How is it possible to comment – I do not know. Simply tell where synthol not, because such places do not. Nothing is more idiotic is not seen.

Ulcers instead of biceps are visible even under a layer of paint. A gripping teeth probably trained separately.

And as you are govnoemkosti. No, you look around: all the surrounding Islands, blevanut here – specifically, it was worth it. For the sake of this one was worth to be born.



Another sintolovy freak – Eli Hanna in the company of Russian mutants (M. BEKO – on top, and A. Horse Racing – below) and mutantok. Cool kids – take an example.unnamed
I do not know what he wants to show – probably sintolovy member.

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The peak on the left biceps particularly successful, especially if have time to catch sintolovy ball in the right place at the right time, and you look and you get a peak at the triceps, or anywhere else.
Gary Blais – very typical facial expression suggests nedyuzhennom intellectual capabilities and deep philosophical thought.

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“Powerlifter” with a capital letter. No comments …
Do you think we have no such? There. One of them – Valery Loktionov – 49 years. And the most fun, in different forums, he tries to prove that synthol about it. Of course not – there is, at best – “Oleyna.

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Already once mentioned sintolovyh pros. So here they are. Flex Wheeler’s own persona. Titles will not enumerate.

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Ernie Taylor – 11 th place at Mr. Olympia 2003.

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Mustafa Mohammad – Mr sintolovy quadriceps. Idris Ward-El – U.S. champion in 2002 in the heavyweight and overall classification (just look how the charter – it seems it’s time to take down).

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Look-ka for these guys – yes they are about the same synthol never heard and deeply intelligent glance confirmation of this. Well, those born healthy, which is now too …

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Johnny Moya and Nesser El Sonbati.

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Tattoo Trend

Top Tattoo Trends Of 2014

If you’re going for individuality, these tattoos may not be for you. These can be seen on much of the recent teenaged population. Still, the tattoo belongs to the wearer and cliché doesn’t always mean bad! Just because the imagery is prevalent doesn’t mean that these tattoos aren’t always totally legitimate.posted on May 2, 2014, at 10:14 a.m.

1. Feather


Let’s be honest, I think we all know someone who has a feather tattoo. This is currently the top choice for many getting their first ink. Usually leaning towards air and flight symbolism, a feather can symbolize a free spirit, letting go, spirituality, or courage.

2. Anchor


Often accompanied by “Refuse to Sink” or other motivational wording, this sailor classic has recently been adapted in many different ways.

3. Infinity


Small and versatile. Love, faith, sisters, best friends…regardless of meaning, it seems like literally everyone is/was getting one of these. (is? was? has this trend hit it’s peak? will it ever?)

4. Dreamcatcher


Ah yes, quite possibly one of the most culturally-appropriated symbols of all time, The Dreamcatcher. Flaunted by very few Native Americans and many a white girl, this tattoo has been adorning many ribcages ever since Miley Cyrus jumped on this bandwagon.

5. Roman Numerals

Roman Numerals

With so many dates to commemorate, it’s no wonder Roman Numerals are all the rage.

6. Cross


Suddenly everyone became religious, or at least felt the need to mark it on their bodies forever. These are especially popular at the back of the neck and on hands and fingers.

7. Arrow


Because “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.”

8. Om


We all have that one friend who is “so into yoga” and goes on juice cleanses and sports one of these widely culturally-appropriated tattoos.

9. Birds


BIRDS. Whether it’s something changing into birds, or just a little flock, everyone seems to have birds.

singing is good for heart

HowStuffWorks “Physical Effects of Singing”// //

Does singing make you happy?


HowStuffWorks “Physical Effects of Singing”// //

Physical Effects of Singing

All types of singing have positive psychological effects. The act of singing releases endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemicals. Singing in front of a crowd, a la karaoke, naturally builds confidence, which has broad and long-lasting effects on general well-being. But of all types of singing, it’s choral singing that seems to have the most dramatic effects on people’s lives.

A study published in Australia in 2008 revealed that on average, choral singers rated their satisfaction with life higher than the public — even when the actual problems faced by those singers were more substantial than those faced by the general public . A 1998 study found that after nursing-home residents took part in a singing program for a month, there were significant decreases in both anxiety and depression levels . Another study surveying more than 600 British choral singers found that singing plays a central role in their psychological health .

But why? Could you just start belting out a tune right now in order to make yourself feel happy?

It’s possible. Some of the ways in which choral singing makes people happy are physical, and you get them whether you’re in a chorus or in a shower — as long as you’re using proper breathing techniques during that shower solo. Singing can have some of the same effects as exercise, like the release of endorphins, which give the singer an overall “lifted” feeling and are associated with stress reduction. It’s also an aerobic activity, meaning it gets more oxygen into the blood for better circulation, which tends to promote a good mood. And singing necessitates deep breathing, another anxiety reducer. Deep breathing is a key to meditation and other relaxation techniques, and you can’t sing well without it.

Physical effects, while pretty dramatic, are really just the beginning. Singing causes happiness for other reasons that have less of a biological basis.




The high cost of cheap chicken

The high cost of cheap chicken

97% of the breasts we tested harbored bacteria that could make you sick. Learn how to protect yourself.

Last updated: January 2014

Dangerous bacteria

We tested more than 300 raw chicken breasts from stores across the country.

When you shop at your favorite grocery store, you probably assume that the food on display is safe to take home. But in the poultry aisle, that simple assumption could make you very sick. Consumer Reports’ recent analysis of more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased at stores across the U.S. found potentially harmful bacteria lurking in almost all of the chicken, including organic brands. In fact, we were conducting our research when news of the national salmonella outbreaklinked to three Foster Farms chicken plants became public. In that case 389 people were infected, and 40 percent of them were hospitalized, double the usual percentage in most outbreaks linked to salmonella. (Read about sustainable alternatives when it comes to raising chickens and watch our video on the use of antibiotics in animals.)

What’s going on with the nation’s most popular meat? (Americans buy an estimated 83 pounds per capita annually.) Though 48 million people fall sick every year from eating food tainted with salmonella, campylobacter, E. coli, and other contaminants, “more deaths were attributed to poultry than to any other commodity,” according to an analysis of outbreaks from 1998 through 2008 by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Here’s what you should know before buying your next package of chicken.

It’s unrealistic to expect that the uncooked chicken you buy won’t contain any potentially harmful bacteria. That’s one reason we advise you to prevent raw chicken or its juices from touching any other food and to cook it to at least 165˚ F. (Check our reviews of meat thermometers.) Yet some bacteria are more worrisome than others—and our latest tests produced troubling findings. More than half of the samples contained fecal contaminants. And about half of them harbored at least one bacterium that was resistant to three or more commonly prescribed antibiotics.

Public-health officials say they think that the resistance to antibiotics in general is such a major concern that in September the CDC released a landmark report outlining the dire threat it poses to our health. Antibiotic-­resistant infections are linked to at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. And if antibiotic-­resistant bacteria continue their scary spread, they could lead to deadly infections after routine surgery or even a seemingly innocuous cut because the drugs that doctors prescribe will have lost their effectiveness.

Our tests showed that those resistant bacteria are commonly found in chicken at your local grocery store. We collected samples in July 2013, months before the Foster Farms salmonella outbreak drew a public-health alert from the Department of Agriculture (USDA). It turned out that we had purchased a package of the tainted chicken and that our tests found a strain of salmonella (known as Heidelberg) that matched one of those linked to the outbreak.

Salmonella bacteria come in many strains. To understand their differences, think of all of the different breeds of dogs, says Lance Price, Ph.D., a professor in environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, D.C. “All dogs are the same species, but a Chihuahua and a pit bull behave differently,” he says. The drug-resistant Heidelberg strain of salmonella associated with the Foster Farms outbreak is more likely than other strains to cause disease. Antibiotic resistance by itself doesn’t make a pathogen more virulent, but when it occurs in a virulent strain such as the Heidelberg, something inherently dangerous suddenly becomes even worse—a bacterium that Price says acts “like a pit bull with rabies.”

Most of the illnesses caused by Foster Farms chicken produced symptoms typical of any salmonella infection—nausea, vomiting, severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and a low-grade fever, says Christopher Braden, M.D., director of the division of foodborne, waterborne, and environmental diseases at the CDC. What was different was that the outbreak sent about twice as many people to a hospital as a typical salmonella outbreak does. About 20 percent of people with salmonella end up hospitalized; almost 40 percent of those sickened by the Foster Farms-­produced chicken did, Braden says.

Rick Schiller of San Jose, Calif., was rushed to the E.R. after being sickened by chicken. 
Photo: Jeff Singer

Rick Schiller, 51, was one of those unlucky victims. In September the San Jose, Calif., resident woke up at 2 a.m. “I’ve never felt so sick in my life,” he said. In addition to vomiting and diarrhea, he had terrible stomach pain. His symptoms worsened during the next few days, and his abdominal pain became so severe that his fiancée rushed him to an emergency room.

Schiller’s doctor ordered a stool culture, which revealed salmonella Heidelberg. It was one of the strains identified in the Foster Farms outbreak. Schiller had bought two packages of Foster Farms chicken thighs, and his fiancée prepared a meal for him using one of them. The other package, which was still in his freezer, had a plant code that matched one associated with the outbreak



5 Tips to Attract Positive Energy into Your Home

If you are moving into a new home or just updating your current space, consider setting up your place to attract more positive energy. Your choice of furnishings, accessories and their placement can have a huge impact on the energy within your home. Your home should be your sanctuary where you can feel nurtured, energized and fulfilled.

An ancient Chinese practice known as feng shui delves into the arrangement of your home in order to bring in good “Chi” or energy into your space. Loosely based on feng shui concepts, here are five tips to consider for bringing positive energy into your home.

1. Space

Space is an important concept to think about. It doesn’t matter whether your home is large or small or even if you live in a tiny room! To bring more positive energy into any size space be sure it is well organized and free of clutter. Consider what is really essential and what can be discarded or given to charity.

Your home should be your sanctuary where you can feel nurtured, energized and fulfilled.

Freeing up clutter paves the way for good energy to flow within the home. Space doesn’t necessarily mean “sparse.” The key is to get rid of things that don’t belong since they represent stagnant energy which can become negative and weigh you down at home.

2. Lighting

Proper lighting and air quality can also influence the energy in your home. Be sure to open your blinds to include as much natural light as possible in each area. Darkness slows down vibrations within a space and even causes feelings of depression. If natural lighting is a challenge try searching for some “natural light” or “full spectrum” light bulbs or LED lights.

3. Air Quality

Air quality is also important. Make sure air filters are changed regularly in heating and air conditioning systems. You may also want to invest in an air purifier. Green houseplants are nature’s air purifiers and have some great bonuses.

They add beauty to your environment and they are living things with their own energy fields. That’s a double boost of positivity! Also think about adding some aromatherapy or incense. Sage, light floral and citrus scents work best.

4. Color

Color choices play a big role in your home’s energy. Black, while stylish can actually attract and hold negative energy if used in too large a quantity. You don’t need to get rid of your black items, just be sure to balance them out with other bright and cheerful colors.

White is one of the best colors to attract positive energy. If you think of white light, it actually contains all the colors of the rainbow when seen through a prism. This makes the color white very powerful indeed!

A word of caution, too much white can feel overwhelming so be sure to balance it out with some other colors. Earth tone colors are especially nice to bring in some grounding and centering energy. Green plants can help with this too in addition to cleansing the air!

The major colors of the rainbow can also help with positive vibrations in the home. Each color has unique aspects, so including more of that color in your home can help draw that energy in.

Here is a quick rundown just to get an idea:


are great for romance and action, but too much can invite anger.


suggest warmth and enthusiasm, but too much can cause restlessness.


invite joy and inspiration, but too much can cause feelings of uncertainty.


are healing and nurturing, but overdoing green can induce laziness.


are calming and peaceful, but too much blue (particularly deep blue or indigo) can attract depressive energy.


are good for inspiration and luxury. Violet in particular is good for healing and manifesting. Too many purples or violets can call in serious and even sorrowful energy. No matter what colors are used in your décor, be sure to strive for balance.

5. Furniture and Accessories

Selecting furniture and accessories can also influence the energy in your home. To keep it positive, choose pieces that you love. If shopping vintage or second hand, be sure to energetically cleanse your pieces.

Burn some sage around these items, use a liquid sage spray or leave your possessions in the sunlight for a few hours if possible. You don’t want old or foreign energy in your space. Even if items are new, consider doing this to set the intention of positive energy for you and your home.

Item placement is also a factor in attracting positive energy. Try to avoid clutter and overcrowding furniture and accessories. They need some room so energy can flow. This goes back to the idea of space. Also be mindful of the colors you select for furniture and accessories. Lastly, think about adding mirrors to open up an area and reflect that good energy coming into your home.

A lot more can be said about inviting positive energy into your home but these tips will help get you started. Strive for a happy balance and have fun decorating!







Four Catholic men and a Catholic woman were having coffee in St. Peter’s Square.

The first Catholic man tells his friends,“My son is a priest. When he walks into a room, everyone calls him ‘Father’.”

The second Catholic man chirps, “My
son is a Bishop. When he walks into a room people call him ‘Your Grace’.”

The third Catholic gent says, “My son is
a Cardinal. When he enters a room everyone bows their head and says 

Your Eminence’. ”

The fourth Catholic man says very
proudly, “My son is the Pope. When he walks into a room people call him “Your

 Since the lone Catholic woman was sipping her coffee in silence, the four men give her a subtle, “Well….?”.

She proudly replies, “I have a daughter,


When she walks into a room, people say,

” Oh My God “. 

10 Songs That Will Make You Feel Beautiful

10 Songs That Will Make You Feel Beautiful

by: on April 5, 2012

“Who Says” by Selena Gomez
If you’re feeling down, this song will cheer you up. “I’m no beauty queen/I’m just beautiful me.” Right on, Selena!

“What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
These Brit boys know what’s what: you shouldn’t feel insecure.

“Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars
Maybe you like to wear makeup, but Bruno reminds you that you don’t need makeup. Why? Because you’re perfect! Just the way you are! Duh!


“Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera
Um, this is THE classic “you are beautiful so don’t ever forget it” song–so don’t.

“Hey You” by Miranda Cosgrove
This is an ode to your BFF who doesn’t know how amazing she is, even when she sees the beauty and goodness in everyone else around her. Could Miranda actually be singing about you?


“Perfect” by Pink
Despite mistakes you’ve made, you’re nothing less than perfect as a YOU. Sounds cheesy? Maybe it is, but that doesn’t make it bunk!


“Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney
People say beauty is only skin-deep, but that’s tough to internalize when it seems like society’s saying you’re not pretty and that being externally “pretty” is the most important thing in the world. Guess what? We need to redefine beauty. If you have a beautiful soul, you are beautiful!



“Who You Are” by Jessie J
We’re not gonna lie. It can be really, really hard to feel good about yourself. When you feel hopeless and lost and broken, it is even more difficult–but know that’s what makes you who you are.

Read more: http://www.teen.com/2012/04/05/music/songs-for-teens-confidence-beautiful-self-esteem/#ixzz2nyXkN1T3

“Pretty Girl Rock” by Keri Hilson
Take it from self-esteem queen Lady Gaga, sometimes you need to just dance. Try this song, and don’t hate us ‘cause we’re beautiful!

“Firework” by Katy Perry
Let’s end this playlist on a high note. You are worthy, you are worth it, and you shouldn’t let anyone make you feel like crap. Get it? Got it? Good!

Read more: http://www.teen.com/2012/04/05/music/songs-for-teens-confidence-beautiful-self-esteem/#ixzz2nyY642Zp

Sunny Leone bought by Arabs, Caged

Sunny Leone bought by Arabs, Caged

Arabs couldn’t resist hot Indian porn actress Sunny Leone’s charm and decided to cash in with her popularity. The news is that they paid handsome amount to Sunny Leone and forced her to do what a decent Arab woman could never do.


Sunny Leone is going to be brought in a cage on the stage surrounded by 6000 men in white who only see women dressed in fully black from top to toe.

They have also arranged a private luxury yacht for her to entertain rich VIP guests only.

What shall we call it? Broad day light Arab prostitution!

Ah well who cares, she has seen the lowest of low of her life and she is on cloud 9 with the Indian adulation so nothing wrong in cashing in on her porn popularity. It’s raining money for the dusky babe.

The truth behind health food

The truth behind health food

Omega 3 is good for the heart, soya is beneficial for women, you should get a diet rich in iodine and avoid bad sugars… There are so many rules around for getting healthy food on your plate. How do sort out what is true from what is just plain wrong?

Health food lies
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Obviously, what we eat has an impact on our health. But how do you know exactly what is “good” for you? To get a clearer picture of brands’ healthy eating claims, and what is true or false, here are a few explanations taken from the French Food Safety Agency’s publication Nutrition and Dietary Dangers.

You should increase your omega 3 intake: True!

Products enriched in omega 3 have invaded supermarket shelves. And they seem to have suddenly become essential for our health. But is omega 3 really that important? For scientists, Omega 3 acids have unrivalled benefits against cardiovascular diseases. They help to lower blood pressure in those with high blood pressure, and triglycerides in individuals with elevated levels. They do not, however, have an effect on bad cholesterol.

The only downside is that all these benefits have been proved mainly in individuals with a family history of heart trouble. The benefits for people who are in good health are merely assumed. Nevertheless, the French Food Safety Agency emphasises the fact that we don’t get enough omega 3. While it should represent 0.8% of our total daily energy intake, studies have shown that we only get around 0.1% to 0.4%. Eating fish, rapeseed oil and foods enriched in omega 3 is therefore essential.

You are probably deficient in iodine: True!

Iodine is a mineral that is required for the production of thyroidal hormones. These are essential for pregnant women (for the cerebral development of the foetus), in children, adolescents, and also in adults. Studies have shown that 17% of pregnant women present deficiencies in thyroidal hormones at the end of their pregnancies, and 11% have a goiter. The risk of deficiency is equally high in adolescents and adults. On the other hand, children’s requirements before the age of ten are largely covered, and there is even a risk of getting too much iodine for under threes!

To avoid deficiencies, it should be noted that iodine is not found on land but in the sea, and there are not many foods which are a source of this nutrient, except for the obvious food groups: fish and seafood… Nonetheless, eggs and dairy products are also good sources, as well as foods enriched in iodine of course. But for the moment, it is mainly table salt which is supplemented with iodine, and you should be careful not to get too much salt. Health authorities are looking into changing this, and enriching bread, biscuits and confectionery with iodine instead.

You should eat less sugar: False!

As paradoxical as this may seem, to fight against the obesity epidemic, you should not be eating less sugar. On the contrary, to get a healthy, balanced energy intake, you should replace fat in your diet with complex sugars (carbohydrates). It is still true that you need to reduce your consumption of simple sugars; for example, fizzy drinks and other sugary drinks which are your figure’s worst enemies. The body does not take account of calories in liquid form, which are therefore automatically excess. You need to be able to spot hidden sugar:

  • Yoghurt with three types of fruit = 3 sugars
  • Can of fizzy drink = 6 sugars
  • A chocolate bar = 5 sugars and a teaspoon of oil
  • A packet of chocolate biscuits (300g) = 15 to 20 sugars and 3 to 4 tablespoons of oil

Soya is good for menopausal women: False!

Foods which are based on soya, and other food supplements, are really taking off, especially among menopausal women. But why? This plant contains substances which are similar to female hormones: phytoestrogens. Could these compensate for the lack of hormones produced by the ovaries? According to the scientific literature on the subject, these phytoestrogens in soya are not recommended for women. The effect on hot flushes has never been officially proved. Phytoestrogens do not have a convincing effect against osteoporosis either (no decrease in the number of fractures), even if they seem to encourage the mineralisation of bone. Protection against cancer is also difficult to confirm… The only benefit that seems to have been demonstrated is the improvement of cognitive function.

Be careful also not to mistake other things for soya, like those little white shoots you find everywhere, especially in salads or in spring rolls… these aren’t what they seem! There are actually mung beans. On the other hand, tofu, soya milk and soya yoghurts and desserts are all good sources.

Now you are ready for real healthy eating, bon appetit!