- Type 2 Diabetes
- Cardiovascular Disease
The link between the highly processed foods in this country (aka, The Western Diet) and our declining health is truly astounding. If you haven't read In Defense of Food, I highly suggest you do! An easier read, with the same message is Food Rules. The science and research behind what we are eating is so complex. I don't know if I'll ever really know it all, but I'm still reading and learning every day!
One thing I have learned is to always ignore any labeling/advertising on the FRONT of a packaged product. Most of the time, it's just that: Advertising. Turn it over and read the ingredients on the back. Some basics about label-reading are:
- They are listed in order of 'most to least'. So if you see 'sugar' listed first, that product contains more sugar than it does any other ingredient.
- If you can't pronounce the ingredient or you don't have it in your kitchen, don't put it in your body. My 8-year-old's phrase is "If you can't read it, don't eat it!"
- If it has more than 5 ingredients be leery. The more ingredients it has, the more highly processed it is.
- Beware of controversial ingredients disguised with a different name. MSG is hidden in many items under the names Yeast Extract, Autolyzed Yeast and many others. Trans Fats are in anything that contains Partially Hydrogenated Oils **www.truthinlabeling.org & www.webmd.com
corn syrup, sugar, dextrose, modified food starch (corn), water, gelatin, natural and artificial flavor, tetrasodium pyrophosphate.
Basically we have sugar, more sugar, a thickener, gelatin (ok, that's fine), natural and artificial flavors and....hmm...tetra-something! These are definitely not ingredients I want to put into my body or the bodies of my little ones! I'm working very hard to teach my daughters that there are better options out there!
I've actually made my own marshmallows for years now but they, too, are laden with sugar and corn syrup. In an effort to "clean up the s'more" I looked for a marshmallow sweetened with something other than sugar. I finally found a recipe that is sweetened with honey instead of sugar! I just whipped up a batch yesterday and I'll be sure to put the recipe up on the blog very soon! Until then, take a peek at what we are packing for camping this weekend!