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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Women's Health Magazine- 20 Scariest Food Facts- Wow!!!

Scary Facts about Food in America

Here is the link to the article, but I have summarized some of the scariest to me! What is our food system doing to us!!!!

Don't let this happen to your food, buy organic food as often as you can, eat whole foods as much as you can, buy from local sources and farmers/farmer markets as much as you can, demand from your grocery store that you are told where your produce is from, support stores that promote healthy laws and practices, and contact your local politicians about Agricultural food laws and nutritional informational laws in America.

Good whole food is more expensive than processed food. But you do not need processed foods to live. You can survive very nicely on whole foods- meats, grains, dairy, vegetables, and fruits.

2. Nutritious food costs 10 times as much as junk food.
I believe this, but I also believe it is possible to eat healthy foods that are locally and responsibly grown if you eat seasonally, plan, and prioritize- you don't need the Nature Valley Granola Thins, buy the locally grown apples instead!

3. Grocers don’t have to tell you where your produce comes from.
This is wrong and needs to change. Demand that your grocer tells you wear your food is from or shop elsewhere. Local is best!

4. Fruits and vegetables are losing their nutrients.
Our lands soil is getting depleted because of irresponsible farming practices and too much emphasis on planting of subsidized government products like corn and soy!

6. Chicken today contains 266 percent more fat than it did 40 years ago.
Cramped farms and irresponsible practices result in fattier chicken and livestock with less protein and healthy nutrients. Getting the general theme yet????

7. Milk contains hormones that may cause cancer.
You should drink organic milk or find a dairy alternative. I try to do this but with WLS I currently have to prioritize protein and calories, so when I get to maintenance and have some calories to spare I will fully switch to organic milk. 

8. Conventional supermarket peaches can be coated with as many as nine different pesticides.
I learned this one the hard way from eating a peach without washing it!! And I was even at a local pick-your-own farm. Now I know! No hives/rashes for me please.

9. You’re probably eating trans fat without knowing it. 
Sickening, the government allows for up to .49 grams of trans fat to be in a product and it can still use the "Zero Grams of Trans Fat Label". Our government allows this! The key is to make certain your food does not have any 'hydrogenated oils' in it!

11. Commonly used food dyes can alter your kids’ behavior.
And we wonder why we have so much ADD and ADHD with our youth. No Skittles for my kid!!!

13. Forty-two percent of raw supermarket chicken is contaminated.
Say que? Wow that is a really scarry one!!! Cook it well, cook it well!

14. Gulf Coast Oysters carry E. coli.
Note to self, make sure you are buying New England or Northern oysters. I do love me some oysters on the half shell, they go down easier for me than cooked. 

15. The USDA is allowing your meat to be “cleaned” with ammonia—and they’re hiding it from you.
Glad to see the USDA has our best interests in mind! WTF!!!!!

16. Aluminum cans are lined with a hormone-disrupting toxin.
Damn BPA! Now how am I supposed to eat my beans? Cook them myself from scratch. Damn!

17. Roughly two-thirds of bottled water doesn't comply with FDA standards.
Tap was is better, see my other post for more info and talk on this subject. Ashley's Water Post.

18. We drink twice as many calories today as we did 30 years ago.
No surprise here with coffee drinks, smoothies, soda, etc. Put that in your diet pipe and smoke it!!!

20. There are crushed bugs in your food.
"Carmine, a vibrant red food colorant, is actually the crushed abdomen of the female Dactylopius coccus, a beetle-like African insect. Not only is the thought of eating bug juice gross, but it also poses an ethical issue for some vegetarians and vegans. Look for it in red-colored candies and juices."
Wow that is totally disturbing. I am now checking all foods I eat for carmine, who would have thought it as a part of a beetle. Ewwww! Ewww. Eww.

Ashley's Concluding Thoughts and Remarks

Well that was nice and disturbing to read. 

But the fact of the matter is that we in America need to stand up and find out what we are eating and if we don't like what we find out than we need to take action! 

Take action by contacting your politicians or take action with your pocket book/wallet by not buying the stuff but rather buying from local/organic/natural/healthy stores or farms or whatever. 

Be the change that you want to see in the world!!! We all can make a difference. 

Till tomorrow. <3

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