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Holidays, Hormones and Brats

Holidays, Hormones and Brats

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The holiday weekend is over. It was dreary and rainy two-thirds of the weekend but I stood my ground and announced we were still going to grill out. My husband was obliging and nothing is more celebratory that a grill steaming away in the pouring rain.

Ahem.

Filled with known-endocrine disrupting preservatives, you might want to think twice before having these little babies more than once a year...

Filled with known-endocrine disrupting preservatives, you might want to think twice before having these little babies more than once a year…

A few years ago I stopped buying bratwursts. I just couldn’t get past the ingredient label:

Pork, water, corn syrup and less than 2% of the following: natural pork broth with natural flavorings, salt, dextrose, monosodium glutamate, flavorings, BHA, propyl gallate, citric acid.

 There’s a whole bunch of nasty swimming around in those links of deliciousness.

Propyl gallate and BHA are known xenoestrogens (meaning they disrupt our intricate endocrine system by competing with true estrogen in the body). These subtle ingredients, over time, can have huge ramifications on a woman’s cycle and reproductive health!

Propyl gallate is frequently used in conjunction with BHA and BHT, which come with their own set of health hazards. These two additives also keep fats and oils from going rancid and are commonly used in processed food products such as cereals and potato chips, even though some studies have found they too, cause cancer in rats.  ~ Dr. Mercola

And then there are glutamates like MSG, “natural flavorings” and “flavorings”, which produce enormous amounts of free radicals in the body (::cough:: cancer-causing ::cough::), not to mention they are toxic to the brain and nervous system. There are more than 4,000 hits for glutamate toxicity relating to neurons on PubMed!

So after all of that you might be wondering what we grilled out with on the 4th.

Brats.

The moral of this story? Even healthy housewives have moments of weakness. 

I made up for it by serving my favorite kale salad and a veggie tray alongside.

So long brats. We’ll taste you again next year.

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