Trending now is adding GOLD – that’s right, the precious metal – to food and drink for its anti-aging and other health-promoting effects.
Gold has long held in reverence and esteem by us humans. California in the United States is called the “Golden State” because of the famous series of gold rushes that began in early 1848 with the discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley.
News of these glittering finds made their way back East. Eager would-be gold miners – called “forty-eighters” that first year and “forty-niners” the year after that – flocked to the American West Coast. The non-native population in the California territory (before Statehood) boomed from less than 1,000 in 1848 to 100,000 the following year.
The California gold rush peaked in 1852. Total golden assets wrested from the earth amounted to some $2 billion.
The gold finds out west tempted Americans, great and small, to get rich quick. Many did, although the majority went broke, never finding that rich vein of promised gold. The fabled humorist Mark Twain created a character Mulberry Sellers who often-quoted taglines were “There’s gold in them thar hills” and “There’s millions in it.”
But the West Coast of the United States isn’t the only place known for tremendous quantities of gold. Say the word “Egypt,” and many people will recall seeing images of the jewel-studded, shiny golden tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, the boy king, excavated in 1922.
According to texts from Alexandria in Egypt, which are dated over 5,000 years ago, the Egyptians ingested gold to purify their minds, bodies, and spiritual selves. They believed that gold inside the body stimulated the eternal life force and raised a person’s vibrational rate or frequency on all levels.
This is heady stuff for westerners who aren’t familiar with Egyptian mysticism. But the records show that ancient Alexandrian alchemists came up with an “elixir” that was liquid gold.
The mystical metal gold represented the perfection of matter. When present in the body, it could enliven, rejuvenate, cure many illnesses, restore youth, and create perfect health.
Gold is making a come-back as a dietary supplement as it is thought to have specific medicinal properties, including:
• Stimulates cells, nerves, and veins to improve blood circulation
It isn’t hard to find food products laced with real gold but beware of products containing the glittering mineral pyrite, also called Fool’s Gold.
Bear in mind that edible gold is NOT the same as jewelry gold. Edible gold must be 23-24 carats. Jewelry gold may contain other metals that are poisonous when consumed.
The European Food Safety Administration (EFSA) designates food-grade gold as E-175. The EFSA first evaluated the effects and safety of ingesting #E-175 in 1975 and re-evaluated it in 2016.
According to EFSA standards, “gold leaf must be 90 percent pure gold, with the other 10 percent typically consisting of another safe metal, like pure silver.”
While it is known that the digestive system passes through and eliminates as waste most consumed gold particles, many advocates of this health practice say the vibratory frequencies from gold’s energetic field are what cause the energizing and rejuvenating effects seen in humans.
Traditional medicine has a shortage of data to gauge the toxicity, purity, and chemical composition of edible gold. However, conventional wisdom holds that, since many people report no negative symptoms from the gold fillings in their mouths after years of swallowing saliva that has contacted it, ingesting gold is not harmful.
But is it helpful? That is for you to decide.
To aid your research, here are five beverages which contain dietary gold – to your good health!
1. Goldwasser Danzig Liqueur
2. Gold Flakes Supreme Vodka
3. Smirnoff Gold
4. Gold Cuvée Wine
5. XXIV Karat Grande Cuvée
(And don’t forget the <Goldschläger.)
Hungry for gold? You can buy a doughnut in Brooklyn, New York, for $100 that is filled with Cristal champagne ($200/bottle) frosting and coated with 24-karat gold leaf on top at the Manila Social Club. The golden toroid is called the Golden Cristal Ube and is the brainchild of chef Bjorn Delacruz. These high-priced nuggets are special-delivered by Rolls-Royce!
The artist-cum-chef said of his masterpiece on “Secret Lives of the Super Rich” that “A lot of people, when they eat this doughnut, say ‘Oh, that’s rich!’
Delacruz has a snappy comeback:
“Usually I tell them, ‘No, it’s wealthy.'”
Or you could splurge and get a $666 “Douche Burger” from a New York City food truck. The high-priced, gourmet Kobe beef patty is stuffed with foie gras (duck liver paté) and Gruyere cheese – “melted with Champagne steam, of course” and topped with caviar, truffles, and lobster.
“Edible gold might be an expensive treat, but it is safe to consume. However, there are no nutritional or health benefits associated with indulging in this extravagant food,” is the opinion of registered dietician Deborah Orlick Levy.
That didn’t stop Canadian pizza restaurant Magic Oven in Toronto from introducing a pie topped with 24k gold leaf. It can be yours for $108.
Of course, if golden foods, drinks, and skin creams are beyond your budget, you can always try Ben Franklin’s time-worn wisdom:
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a [person] healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
But modern-day health-seekers with the means, motive, and method are spreading the news that there’s GOLD in them thar foods!