Greetings From Cyprus

godiz - lil'brotha Mike <3

Prayer: A God-Given Provision

As powerful, promising, productive, passionate people we must not settle in the valley and shadow of worrying. Matthew reminds us not to worry about what we shall eat, or what we shall drink, or how we shall be clothed, meet our financial setback, or manage our health issues (Matt. 6:25). We are more valuable than sparrows, more precious than purple lillies of the field (Matt. 6:26-28), and wiser than industrious ants. Worrying can paralyze. We can counteract this by being concerned and creating an action plan -- Pray. Anxiety can damage our health, disrupt our productivity, alter our perception, and ultimately reduce our ability to trust totally in God. God does not ignore those who depend on Him (Ps. 40:4-5). Prayer is a prelude to promises that develop Into provisions (Ps. 18:1,6). God does not promise to provide all we want; He promises to provide all we need (Phil. 4:19). Prayer for provision is expressed through personal petition or intercession. Personal petitions are the requests we make on our own behalf for our own needs. Intercessions are petitions we make on behalf of others for the needs of others. ex. Begin to pray for provision by starting with a plan. First, stop worrying and start praying (Ps. 37:1-6). Second, with prayers, supplication, thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God (Phil. 4:6). Next, reflect and examine your circumstances and find contentment. Things might not be as bad as you thought (Phil. 4:9-13). Observe how other found favor in prayers (2 Kin. 4:1-7; Matt. 9:20-22). Then give yourself premission to ask and seek a solution. If a child or a friend comes to you and asks for bread would you give them a stone? No! God also gives what is good unto those that ask (Matt. 7:7-11). Finally, renew your faith, release your fears (Heb. 12:1-3), and beleive (Matt. 9:23; 21:21-22; Mark 9:23; John 20:25). God desires to provide for the well-being of our soul spiritually, our body physically and materially, and our mind mentally. At times it may appear we are afflicted in every way but not crushed; perplexed but not despairing; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed (2 Cor. 4:7-10; 13-14). Study and apply the prayer plan and remember God will take care of you through every day, every experience, every change, and every challenge - even impossibility. He is our all-sufficent Provider!

Read Matthew 6:25-28; 9:23; 21:21-22; see also John 20:25.

Stop Trippin'

Awake


Bumble Bee

I heard a loud buzz today, on my morning walk.. As i was trying to figure out where it came from... I accidentally looked down on the ground.. as i discover the cutest thing ever. A bumblebee trying to help another bumblebee who was struggling to get back on it's feet from laying on it's back. As i was about to involve myself, i see them both fly off together in freedom. I just loved how they where there for each other, and thought i'd share.

Be there and care for one and other with a helping hand, in times of need. Just like the bumble-bee. 

I'm still wearing a smile on my face <3

Night Vigil

Watch thou, dear Lord, 
with those who wake, 
or watch, or weep tonight, 
and give thine angels 
charge over those who sleep. 
Tend thy sick ones, Lord Christ. 
Rest thy weary ones. 
Bless thy dying ones. 
Soothe thy suffering ones. 
Pity thine afflicted ones. 
Shield thy joyous ones. 
And all, for thy love's sake. 

Amen.

Caribbean Cacao

godiz - from my sis...

Did You Know...


That millions of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels that bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.

Amazing Avocado


Avocados, which are actually classified as a fruit, are rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy. Eating a whole avocado virtually every day, increases a healthy fat and calorie intake without seriously increasing protein or carbohydrate intake. (See Nutrition Facts Panel) It is also very high in potassium and will help balance your vitally important potassium to sodium ratio.
Eliminating grain carbs is one of the best ways to support your health and maintain your weight, but when you cut down on carbs, you need to increase your intake of healthy fats. Avocados are an excellent source, along with organic raw butter, coconut oil, and organic pastured eggs, just to name a few.
There's also evidence suggesting that limiting your intake of protein can be helpful for long-term good health and the prevention of bad cells. At the very least, most people are consuming far too much poor-quality protein, such as beef and animal products from livestock raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Here again, if you cut down on protein, you need to replace lost calories with healthy fats such as avocados, coconut oil, olives, olive oil, raw butter and nuts.


Overall, most people would do well to get upwards of 50-70 percent fat in their diet (along with high amounts of vegetable carbs, moderate-to-low amounts of high-quality protein, and very little, if any, carbs). Hass avocado contains about 22.5 grams of fat, two-thirds of which is monounsaturated. They're also very low in fructose, which is yet another boon, and provide close to 20 essential health-boosting nutrients, including:
  • Fiber
  • Potassium (more than twice the amount found in a banana)
  • Vitamin E
  • B-vitamins
  • Folic acid

Avocados are one of the safest fruits you can buy conventionally-grown, and most experts do not believe you need to purchase organic ones. Their thick skin protects the inner fruit from pesticides. Additionally, it has been rated as one of the safest commercial crops in terms of pesticide exposure.


Nutritional Value of Avocados

Avocados are considered a “Super Food” and have a special position in the food calorie pyramid. Avocados are rich in various nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Avocados are also a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids, and they have a low sugar content.  They are a good source of energy and contain a number of essential vitamins and minerals. Avocados contain calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. They also contain minerals such as vitamin C, B6, B-12, A, D, K, E, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. Furthermore, they are a great source of dietary fiber, and a single serving can provide more than 40% of the daily requirement!

Avocados are rich in potassium and successfully balances the potassium to sodium ratio which is vitally important to overall health. According to CAC (California Avocado commission), a medium-sized Hass avocado contains almost 22.5 grams fat. Two-thirds of this fat is of the monounsaturated variety, and they are also very low in fructose. Perhaps most importantly, avocados have a unique collection of organic compounds like phytosterols, carotenoids, flavonoids,

Health Benefits of Avocados

Avocados have many health benefits. They are packed with nutrients and are therefore considered as one of the best foods you can eat. Avocados are most beneficial when eaten raw. Many of the most well-researched and important health benefits of avocados are as follows:
Good Digestion: It is believed that avocados are soothing for the intestine and therefore aid in digestion. They contain soluble and insoluble fibers that help to keep digestive system running smoothly. These two types of fiber are very important for digestion, because they bulk up stools and help to ensure the smooth passage of food through the intestinal tract. Furthermore, they stimulate gastric and digestive juices so nutrients are absorbed in the most efficient and rapid way. Finally, they reduce the symptoms from conditions like constipation and diarrhea. All in all, the huge amount of fiber found in avocados (40% of daily requirement per serving) makes this a very important food for optimizing your digestive health.
Dental Care: Consumption of avocados also helps in preventing bad breath, which is primarily caused due to indigestion or an upset stomach. Halitosis can be eliminated by improving digestive health, and the antibacterial and antioxidant flavonoids found in avocados also kill the bacteria in your mouth that can result in bad breath as well. Avocados have also been connected with preventing oral cancers!
Skin and Hair CareAvocados are packed with nutrients that are beneficial for maintaining healthy skin. It enriches skin that is dry, chapped or damaged.  Avocados are added to a variety of cosmetics due to their ability to nourish the skin with essential vitamins and make it glow. It is also used for nourishing dry and damaged hair. Many people use avocados to prepare skin and hair masks. Above all, avocado oil helps in treating plaque psoriasis. Beta-carotene and lycopene are two of the organic compounds found in large quantities within avocados. Both of these have been connected to improving the health and tone of your skin and eliminating signs of premature aging.
Liver care: Avocados are very good at reducing liver damage. It has certain organic compounds that help in improving liver health. Liver damage is normally caused due to Hepatitis C. Findings of a recent research study suggest that avocados may play a major role in toning up and protecting your liver from a wide variety of conditions.
Healthy Eyes: Avocados help to keep your eyes healthy. They contain carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which help to protect your eyes against cataracts, eye diseases related to age, and macular degeneration. Those conditions are often caused by free radicals that accumulate in the tissues of the eyes. The antioxidant activity of those special carotenoids neutralize the effects of those dangerous free radicals.
Healthy Heart: The health benefits of avocados include a healthier heart. Beta-sitosterol, which is found in avocados, helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Research studies suggest that the intake of avocado may enhance antiatherogenic properties of HDL cholesterol, which helps in protecting your heart from atherosclerosis, also known as arteriosclerotic vascular disease. The significant levels of potassium also make avocados a powerful fruit in the fight against hypertension. Potassium is a vasodilator, which relaxes the tension of blood vessels and arteries, thereby reducing the chances of clotting, heart attacks, and strokes.
Kidney Health: Your diet plays a very important role in maintaining the balance of minerals and fluids in those who suffer from chronic kidney disorders. Potassium is one of the minerals that helps in maintaining a normal heart rate. Avocados are a good source of potassium and their inclusion in your diet may provide other benefits as well. It is important to make sure that potassium levels are not too high as that can also be dangerous for the heart. Potassium is a key aspect of maintaining fluid balance through chemical channels for cells and organs. This balance of fluid is also vital for the functioning of the kidney, which handles the movement of fluid and toxins through the body.
Vitamin K Deficiency: A Vitamin K deficiency is not very common, but is frequently seen in neonatal care. It may lead to a bleeding disorder known as Vitamin K deficiency-related bleeding (VKDB). This occurs mostly due to an insufficient intake of vitamin K during pregnancy. Inclusion of avocado in the diet of a pregnant woman may help in lowering risk of VKDB in the newborn child, since avocados are one of the rare fruits that have a very high amount of vitamin K (almost 40% of the daily requirement in a single serving!)
Morning Sickness: During pregnancy, morning sickness is very common. Avocados help to overcome nausea and queasiness during pregnancy since it contains vitamin B6, which is commonly connected to reducing nausea and vomiting.
Arthritis: The anti-inflammatory properties of avocados are perhaps its most valuable attribute, and between the wide range of phytochemicals, flavonoids, carotenoids, phytosterols, fatty alcohols, and omega-3 fatty acids, avocados are one of the best foods for reducing the inflammation in tissues, joints, and muscles. Arthritis affects tens of millions of people around the world, and by consuming a proper amount of avocados, studies have frequently shown the symptoms and associated pain of arthritis can be efficiently reduced!
Anti-Cancer Properties: Health benefits of avocados include a lower risk of cancers, including breast cancer and prostate cancer. Avocados contain carotenoids and monounsaturated fat, which both contribute to the significant reduction of cancer. Avocados also contain Glutathione, an antioxidant that protects the cells from cancer and the dangerous effects of free radicals. The list of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in avocados is impressive, and it is almost difficult to determine which one has the largest impact. Studies have been widely done on oral, skin, and prostate cancers, and the results show that instead of metastasizing, the organic compounds in avocados cause cancerous cells to undergo apoptosis (automatic cell death). Research is ongoing in terms of avocados and cancer.
Antioxidant PropertiesAvocados contain both vitamin C and E, which help to enhance antioxidant properties of the human body. Vitamin C recycles vitamin E and helps to reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Avocados also contain antioxidants like epicatechin, violaxanthin, neochrome, and about a dozen others. Antioxidants neutralize the effects of free radicals, which are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism. They are responsible for dozens of serious conditions in the body, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, vision problems, premature aging, cognitive disorders, and many more.
Healthy SkinAvocados contain many vitamins and minerals that help in maintaining healthy skin. Carotenoids found in avocados are associated with reducing UV-induced inflammation of the skin due to exposure to sun. Oil made from avocados helps in protecting the skin against sunburn damage. The high levels of beta carotene in avocados can be enzymatically split into provitamin A, which has long been connected to protecting the skin from a variety of conditions and the damaging effects of the sun.
Weight Management: Regular exercise, along with a healthy diet, is very important in weight management. Avocados are fruits that provide nutritional value to the body and support weight control. Findings of a recent study suggest a number of beneficial effects of avocado on weight management.
Anti-Aging: Consuming avocados is also associated with healthy aging. It contains compounds such as xanthophyll, which have antioxidant properties. Research studies suggest that an intake of xanthophyll may decrease signs of the aging process on various parts of your body.
Bone HealthAvocados contain carotenoids such as zeaxanthin and lutein, which are associated with a reduced risk of cartilage defects (symptom of osteoarthritis). Intake of avocado may help in reducing the risk of osteoarthritis. Furthermore, the levels of essential minerals in avocados are significant, including zinc, phosphorous, copper, and trace amounts of calcium and selenium. All of these are connected to lowered risks of osteoporosis and improvements in bone mineral density.
Nutrient Absorption: Avocados are best eaten along with other fruits and vegetables. This is due to the fact that nutrients present in fruits and vegetables get enhanced when eaten along with avocados. The absorption of carotenoid antioxidant molecules, which helps to protect the body against free radical damage, increases three to five times when a salad is eaten along with avocado. Therefore, adding sliced avocado to mixed salad is a good way to make a healthy meal even better. This makes avocados a great element as an appetizer, since it prepares the digestive tract to function at its highest level during the meal to come!
Blood Glucose Levels: Apart from the fruit, the leaf extracts of avocados also provide health benefits. A study suggest that the leaf extracts may help in lowering blood glucose levels. For diabetic patients, the metabolism of starch-based foods into simple sugars like glucose can cause the spikes and plunges that are so dangerous for diabetics. Fiber helps to slow the breakdown of food into usable sugars, so it is absorbed by the body in a more balanced way. Furthermore, the majority of carbohydrates in avocados are made up of 7-carbon sugars, a relatively rare form of sugar that actually inhibit the enzyme hexokinase. This helps avocados control the way that glucose is metabolized by the body, thereby protecting the overall health of diabetic patients.
Useful for Athletes: Athletes require a lot of energy and must maintain optimal nutrition to fuel their body. Avocados provide vital nutrients to athletes to maintain required energy levels and good health. Moreover, they contain phytochemicals that are a natural fuel source for your body.
Avocado – How to Select and Store
Avocados are readily available in stores all over the world. Fresh, ripe avocados with no dark spots should be chosen. Do not refrigerate avocados unless they are ripe. If a portion of the fruit has been used then the remainder may be stored in refrigerator for future use. Unripe avocados can be stored at room temperature.

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Aaliyah

A Walk Down Memory Lane

A little memory...
our schools from pre to high...
the lake and the birds...
the park, where we used to play...
our favorite restaurant, mom took us once a week...
the old neighbour-hood
our home... on the 9th floor
same apple tree
the rail and train we used to hear
streets we passed, still the same...
childhood games
the two of us
30 years together
godiz - A birthday trip to nostalgia... a gift that won't be forgotten <3

Three O

My little sister, my best friend, my family until the end.

Happy 30th birthday to the sweetest girl i've ever known...
May your day be filled with God's goodness.

Love you beyond forever <3

Art On Glass

godiz - Glass painting is HOT! love it... Not only is it fun, it’s easy for beginners. Glassware is available in craft stores and discount stores in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. All you need is some paint, tools and your imagination.

GLASS PAINT
Opaque lookPerfect for achieving a solid color on your glass or ceramic piece. Can be used for free hand painting or with stencils.
Transparent colorA great way to add a translucent, see-through color to your glass. Can be used free hand or with stencils.
Three dimensional /raised appearanceWant to write a word? Create texture on a piece? Draw an outline of something and later ‘fill’ it in for stained glass look? There are thicker glass paints with fine tips on the bottle to help you draw your 3D design.
Stain and filled colorThese paints are often a much thinner viscosity that other paints. They can fill in defined areas for a stained glass effect OR may be used as a ‘wash’ over glass for a tint of color on your piece.
Specialty finishes 
Want to add a little sparkle, frost or shine to your glass? Use one of the specialty glass paint finishes to get that unique look.

TOOLS
Brushes and sponges
Useful for different application methods… depending on if you want a smooth look or a stippled/textured effect to your paint.
Cotton swabs and toothpicks
These items are perfect for cleaning up your mistakes as you paint. Dip the swabs in alcohol to wipe away an oops or use a toothpick to scrape away any freshly dried paint that went awry.
Paper towels and rags
A must for a messy painter...
Tape, stencils and silkscreens
Painter’s tape or stencil tape can help you paint a crisp line or pattern on glass.
There are some really pretty stencils and silkscreens out there for glass these days. They are sticky and flexible, too, so you can apply them to a curved surface.
Stencil patterns
look online or make your own on free hand

So, If you would like to paint glass, whether it’s glassware, a window, a vase or a jar there are a few things to know & ask yourself before you start.

Will the piece be for decorative purposes or will it be exposed to heat or wear and tear? The answer to this question will help you decide how your process will go. 
Enamel Paint - There are many brands to choose from when it comes to enamel paint (Folk Art, Americana, etc) and you can buy enamel paint at your local hardware store. Enamel paint can also be sprayed from a spray can. Enamel paint used to mean basically oil based paint that dries to a hard finish, but some latex paints have also adopted the term when they dry to a solid hardness and have a glossy, tough finish. 
To Bake or Not to Bake - The important thing about the durability of enamel paint is that if you are using the piece for decorative purposes only, then enamel paint, just dried, should be fine. However, if you are painting wine glasses or something that will need to be washed in the dishwasher and needs increased durability and hardness, then you will want to bake the glassware after it’s painted. All glass can be baked. Baking enamel paint on glass will provide it with a tough, hard, durable shell. To bake glass after painting: Set your oven to 350 degrees, no preheating required. Start with a cold oven to prevent glass from breaking. Just set your glass object(s) on tin foil on a cookie sheet or equivalent and bake for 20 minutes. Then, let them cool off for a few minutes before taking your item(s) out. 
Other Options - You can also try using a resin based glass paints. Resin paint must be baked, especially for durability. I would use this type of paint through markers, and easy to apply methods. Enamel paint from craft stores is usually water based for easy clean up. Also, if you don’t like your design, you can wash it off with soap and water as long as it hasn’t been baked on yet. You can also paint glass with glazing mediums and/or mixtures of glaze and paint. Glaze is also ok to bake for extra hardness. You can pick up a glazing medium at any craft store. More Tips on Painting Glass: - Make sure you clean the glass thoroughly with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any oil or grease. - To decide whether you need some type of “primer” or undercoat on the glass, under the paint, read the directions on the back of your paint. All glass paints are different. Some require an undercoat and some don’t.

YOUTUBE for more ideas and examples.

Righteousness

Dictionaries define righteousness as “behavior that is morally justifiable or right.” Such behavior is characterized by accepted standards of morality, justice, virtue, or uprightness. The Bible’s standard of human righteousness is God’s own perfection in every attribute, every attitude, every behavior, and every word. Thus, God’s laws, as given in the Bible, both describe His own character and constitute the plumb line by which He measures human righteousness.

The Greek New Testament word for “righteousness” primarily describes conduct in relation to others, especially with regards to the rights of others in business, in legal matters, and beginning with relationship to God. It is contrasted with wickedness, the conduct of the one who, out of gross self-centeredness, neither reveres God nor respects man. The Bible describes the righteous person as just or right, holding to God and trusting in Him (Psalm 33:18–22).

The bad news is that true and perfect righteousness is not possible for man to attain on his own; the standard is simply too high. The good news is that true righteousness is possible for mankind, but only through the cleansing of sin by Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We have no ability to achieve righteousness in and of ourselves. But Christians possess the righteousness of Christ, because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is an amazing truth. On the cross, Jesus exchanged our sin for His perfect righteousness so that we can one day stand before God and He will see not our sin, but the holy righteousness of the Lord Jesus.

This means that we are made righteous in the sight of God; that is, that we are accepted as righteous and treated as righteous by God on account of what the Lord Jesus has done. He was made sin; we are made righteousness. On the cross, Jesus was treated as if He were a sinner, though He was perfectly holy and pure, and we are treated as if we were righteous, though we are defiled and depraved. On account of what the Lord Jesus has endured on our behalf, we are treated as if we had entirely fulfilled the Law of God and had never become exposed to its penalty. We have received this precious gift of righteousness from the God of all mercy and grace. To Him be the glory!

Coca Head


The First 10 Minutes: You consume 10 teaspoons of sugar (100 per cent of your recommended daily intake). It is actually that sweet that your body should vomit butphosphoric acid cuts the flavour allowing you to keep it down.
20 Minutes: Your blood sugar spikes giving you an insulin burst. Your liver responds by turning sugar into fat.
40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centres of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works.
60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. The buzz dies down and you’ll start to have a sugar crash.


Did you know that the aptly named Coke used to deliver an even bigger kick? Until 1903, the world-famous soft drink contained a significant dose of cocaine.
While the Coca-Cola Company officially denies the presence of cocaine in any of its products — past or present — historical evidence suggests that the original Coca-Cola did, in fact, contain cocaine.
Coca-Cola was first created in 1886 by Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton, who modeled his beverage after a then-popular French refreshment, coca wine, made by mixing coca-leaf extract with Bordeaux wine. To avoid liquor regulations, Pemberton chose to mix his coca-leaf extract with sugar syrup instead of wine. He also added kola-nut extract, lending Coca-Cola the second half of its name, as well as an extra jolt of caffeine. [6 Party Drugs That May Have Health Benefits] While cocaine-infused beverages may seem far-fetched to modern readers, these drinks were quite common in the late 19th century. Cocaine was not made illegal in the United States until 1914, and until then, the substance had a variety of (sometimes questionable) medical uses. Cocaine tonics, powders and pills were popularly believed to cure a variety of ailments, from headache and fatigue to constipation, nausea, asthma and impotence.
But by 1903, the tide of public opinion had turned against the widely used and abused narcotic, leading the Coca-Cola Company's then-manager, Asa Griggs Candler, to remove nearly all cocaine from the company's beverages. But Coke wouldn't become completely cocaine-free until 1929, when scientists perfected the process of removing all psychoactive elements from coca-leaf extract.
While the modern-day recipe for Coca-Cola is a highly prized company secret, there is reason to believe that the beverage still contains the same non-narcotic coca-leaf extract that it did in 1929. According to The New York Times, the Coca-Cola Company was continuing to import coca leaves from Peru and Bolivia until at least the late 1980s.



Sold in over 200 countries, Coca-Cola® is one of the most familiar brands of beverages in the world. As Coke is flavored mostly with caramel and sugar, the latter being such a controversial ingredient, the makers of Coke have long since began using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar.
Studies continue to show that these artificial sweeteners can cause weight gain, disruption of sleep patterns, sexual dysfunction, increases in cancer, MS, Lupus, diabetes, and a list of epidemic degenerative diseases. How ironic that a product originally intended for medicine can actually make you sick.

1. Aspartame (phenylalanine)

Used in the majority of diet products, including Diet Coke®, Aspartame can be up to 200 times sweeter than regular (real sugar). The high levels of phenylalanine (detrimental to people with PKU disorder) and methanol in Aspartame destroys neurons and can lead to memory loss, brain tumors and cancer. Twelve ounces of Diet Coke® can contain about 200 mg of Aspartame. Aspartame is a half-billion dollar industry and is the main ingredient in Equal® and NutraSweet®

2. Acesulfame-K (acesulfame potassium) or Ace-K

An artificial sweetener used in Coca-Cola Zero®. Acesulfame-K is 150-200 times sweeter than sugar and is a potential cancer-causing agent. Similar to saccharin, Acesulfame-K enhances a beverages’ sweet taste while extending its shelf life. Acesulfame-K failed to meet FDA standards. Acesulfame-K is marketed under the brand, Sunett and is in Sweet One sweeteners.

3. Neotame (dimethylbutyl)

7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar (one quarter teaspoon of neotame contains the equivalent of 22 pounds of sugar). Neotame is relatively new and is being marketed to replace high fructose corn syrup in many Coca-Cola products. Neotame can cause ADD/ADHD and other emotional and behavioral disorders. Currently not available in individually wrapped packages.

4. Saccharin

Made from an organic petroleum molecule and can be 300 times sweeter than natural sugar. Saccharin is found in fountain Diet Coke® and should be avoided during pregnancy. Especially harmful to children, saccharin has been implicated as a carcinogen and can cause tumors in the bladder as well as cancer. Saccharin is used in Sweet and Low®

5. Cyclamate or sodium cyclamate

Found in Coke Zero and Coca-Cola Light. Banned by the FDA, cyclamate is especially harmful to the male reproductive system causing infertility and diminished testicles. Cyclamate is a carcinogen, which when combined with other harmful substances, can increase the onset of cancer. Look for this harmful sweetener in products when traveling overseas, especially in Latin America. Cyclamate is in Sugar Twin.

6. Sucralose (E955)

600 times sweeter than sugar and is found in Diet Coke. Preliminary research indicates that sucralose can cause organ damage and intestinal complications as it is removed from the blood stream by the kidneys. Sucralose has also been found to trigger migraines. Sucralose is the ingredient known as Splenda®.

7. Maltodextrin

A bulking base for most, common artificial sweeteners. A type of carbohydrate, Maltodextrin is only slightly sweet or almost flavorless. Affects people with allergies to corn or wheat. It is found in Equal, Splenda and many others.

8. Sucrose

Regular table sugar. In one can of Coke there can be over 40 grams of sugar, equivalent to eight to ten teaspoons. If you substitute water with cola beverages, you could gain 18 pounds in one year. Excessive sugar consumption can cause mood swings, nervous disorders, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Sugar feeds every cell including cancer cells. In Mexico, Coca-Cola is made with sugar.

9. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS 55)

Quite possibly the single most common sweetener. High fructose corn syrup also extends the shelf life of products and is cheaper than sugar. Linked to obesity possibly due to the pervasiveness of its presence, digestion of high fructose corn syrup promotes the storage of fat in the human body. High fructose corn syrup is found Coca Cola Classic.

10. Alitame

2000 times sweeter than sugar and is not calorie free. Alitame is not approved for use in the U.S. and petitions have been withdrawn. Alitame is approved for use in Coke beverages found in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and China. Alitame was developed by Pfizer®, and is marketed under the brand name, Aclame™.


Coke is not all its genius marketing proclaims it to be. Next time, instead of taking “the pause that refreshes,” pause to reflect on the real, global Coca-Cola machine and the true contents of its product. 
Be savvy about what’s behind that nostalgic red and white label. Marketing is powerful, and companies spend massive amounts of money trying to get us to be loyal to their brands. But we don’t have to be.
When we reconnect to the land and experience its abundance, the packaging of processed foods lose their hold on us. We are no longer pulled into the bright colors and catchy slogans of the processed food industry.
Instead we discover the richness of God’s creation and the abundant, healthful food he has created for us to eat and enjoy.

Girls Time Only

godiz - No boys today, just me and my girlfriend.