What “Wood” You Do?

What would you do if you found out that the food you’ve been eating isn’t really food?  What would you do if you found out that an ingredient in your food also is provided as an ingredient in plastics, cleaning detergents, pet litter, automotive brake pads, construction materials, roof coating, asphalt and even emulsion paints.  What would you do if you discovered this “filler” ingredient is being used for the primary reason of saving food manufactures money with disregard to health effects?

Well, it’s all true.  Cellulose, is a virgin wood pulp that’s been processed for functionality and, according to the FDA, is safe for human and animal consumption.  However, science shows that humans lack the appropriate enzymes to digest cellulose.  The USDA has set a limit of 3.5% on the use of cellulose, since fiber in meat products cannot be recognized nutritionally.  The fact that the governing bodies responsible for the quality of our food are allowing ANY bit of an undigestible, non-nutritional substance in our food is disturbing.

It’s surprising to see the common, popular foods that contain cellulose – most of which are starchy processed products.  This article lists several of these products and explains a bit further into the disaster of cellulose and how the FDA okays it’s use.  Yet another reason to go paleo!


Written by Jenny

Jenny LaBaw has been an athlete her entire life. As a 3-sport collegiate athlete, she competed in soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. Post college she found her need for competition fulfilled through endurance running races anywhere from 5K’s to marathons. Her competitive drive led her to CrossFit in 2010 where she started training to compete at the elite level. In 2011, her first year competing in CrossFit, Jenny placed 2nd at the Northern California Regionals earning herself a spot to The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games where she gained the title as the 6th Fittest Woman on Earth. In 2012 she improved her regional standings, taking 1st in Northern California and once again a spot to The Reebok CrossFit Games. Injury took her out of the 2013 season, but is working hard at returning to the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2014. Although, she enjoys competing, Jenny's true love is being outdoors mountain biking, hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, camping and more with her boyfriend, Marcus and two yellow labs, Ziggy and Pogo. With her love for sport and exercise, Jenny chose a career as a personal trainer so she could share her passion of health and fitness with others. Attending Cornell College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Prior to Norcal, she has trained in gyms, private training studios, and coached soccer. Her 10+ years of coaching experience has allowed her to work directly with a wide variety of people from children trying to discover their coordination to adults wanting to shed a few pounds to professional athletes looking to be the best in the world. No matter what walk of life you are coming to her from, her mission is to make you realize your potential and help get you there. She will prove to you that you can be stronger, more fit, and healthier than you think you can be. With her inspiration, motivation and dedication, she will challenge your body, encourage your mind, and help you to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Jenny will help you be your best!

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