Whole Foods & High Fructose Corn Syrup

I was shocked to find Lea & Perrins Worcester Sauce at Whole Foods store the other day! Did you know that Lea & Perrins contains high fructose corn syrup!? Yuck! What’s THAT doing at Whole Foods!?

lea and perrins worcester sauce

It’s really such a shame. I suppose one could argue that you are using such a small amount, that it really doesn’t matter, but somehow I just can’t get over it!

I looked at the ingredients of Annie’s Natural Worcester Sauce, and I wasn’t 100% convinced that it was going to taste the same. Not that I am a Worcester Sauce aficionado, but it’s missing the anchovies. LOL!

high fructose corn syrup on the whole foods shelf

ETA: I guess I am late to the party. People have been complaining about Whole Foods selling products with High Fructose Corn Syrup for awhile.

http://getsatisfaction.com/wholefoods/topics/why_do_you_support_high_fructose_corn_syrup

http://pennermag.wordpress.com/2009/01/25/whole-foods-and-high-fructose-corn-syrup/

Also:
http://www.seattlepi.com/food/341888_fructose01web.html

Now I really don’t think HFCS is that much worse than any other processed sugar product (processed is processed!), but it’s the principle of it I guess. The real problem with High Fructose Corn Syrup is they sneak it into products that you don’t expect!

Really! Who knows, maybe all the hoopla on how horrible it is, is true, so I won’t take a chance. HFCS is cheap sugar, and it doesn’t belong at my clean foods table!

Hungry Girl – Fat Free Cool Whip vs Fat Free ReddiWip

Over on the Hungry Girl Facebook Page, Lisa Lillien recently posed a question to her fans:

Cool Whip Free vs. Fat Free Reddi-wip. A fair fight dessert topping brawl with a clear winner… Thoughts????

The answers weren’t surprising, but they made me sad nevertheless.

Let’s compare the ingredients:

Reddi Whip Fat Free: Nonfat Milk, Cream, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Maltodextrin, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Cellulose, Mono- and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Artificial Flavors, Carrageenan, Propellant: Nitrous Oxide

Cool Whip Fat Free: Water, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Adds a Negligible Amount of Fat) (Coconut and Palm Kernel Oils), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Less than Two Percent of Sodium Caseinate (from Milk), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Modified Food Starch, Xanthan and Guar Gums, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 65, Sorbitan Monostearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Beta Carotene (Color).

They both look totally unappetizing and disgusting to me! But most Hungry Girl fans don’t have a problem with the ingredients of their favorite.

What frustrated me is that many Reddiwhip fans commented that it’s not made with hydrogenated oil like Cool Whip, and because it’s made with real cream, Reddiwhip somehow is more healthy. I guess they think that cream makes up for all the sugar and chemicals!

Thankfully there were a few that voiced their opinion on how unhealthy BOTH are, but they were few and far between. True Hungry Girl fans will put anything into their bodies as long as it seemingly doesn’t make them fat!

I don’t want to sound too negative toward Hungry Girl and Lisa Lillien, because some of her information is helpful and healthy. I just don’t like the fake food she recommends. Artificial sweeteners, Fiber One, Cool Whip. Yuck. It may be low carb or fat free, but no matter how you slice it, it’s just not healthy!

Fast Food Nation – Book Review

I found the audio version of “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser, at my local library.

It starts off a bit slow; I actually stopped listening for a few days, but I am glad I gave it another try. By the time I started disc 6, I was riveted. It broke my heart to hear about the poor workers who receive injury after injury, but have no other skills but to work for a horrible place like a meat packing company. I knew it was a bad business, but to hear the personal stories of what really goes on there, I have a new found hatred for the big business of food, and a new found respect for the poor souls who are forced to work there.

The book begins with a lot of history. How fast food restaurants started, who started them, etc. It goes on to tell how advertising has played a huge part in brainwashing children and adults. Efficient equipment, ripping off rangers and farmers, food additives, it’s all in the book. Everything you wanted to know (and didn’t want to know) about the fast food industry, and how it has dramatically changed our way of life!

Obesity is a huge problem in America. As a whole, we are a fat and lazy country. Fast food is easy and delicious, so of course we love to eat it! But besides making us obese and giving us a vast amount of diseases, the fast food industry is also responsible for an unhealthy planet (literally!)

No, this book might not stop me from never ever eating at Burger King or Wendy’s, but it has opened my eyes wider to the huge problem of meat consumption in the world. I need to make better choices, more humane and healthy choices that will make my life better. I don’t believe everything I hear and read anymore, and it’s thanks to books like this one, along with “In Defense of Food” and “Don’t Eat This Book” I am learning more and more!

Halloween – And Not One Bit of Candy!

Good for me!

We went over to Mike’s sister’s place last night to be with the kids for Halloween. We also brought along the dogs, which was really fun!

Anyway, I am happy to report that I didn’t have one bit of Halloween candy last night! Wasn’t even tempted. I think it’s like when I quit smoking. All that chemically gross hydrogenated stuff just grosses me out now. The chocolate candy just doesn’t taste the same as when we were kids.

Okay case in point, I just tried looking on Hershey’s web site. I randomly chose the Almond Joy product. Hmm, how convenient, no ingredients are listed on the web site. In fact, I couldn’t find ingredients for any of the candy bars I checked.

I googled and found a 2007 post that listed the ingredients. Who knows if it’s even accurate now, almost 3 years later. If anything, it’s probably worse.

Corn syrup; sugar; coconut; vegetable oil (palm, shea, sunflower and/or safflower oil); almonds; chocolate; whey (milk); contains 2% or less of: nonfat milk; partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (soybean and palm oil); milk fat; salt; cocoa; soy lecithin; natural and artificial flavor; hydrolyzed milk protein; sodium metabisulfite and fulfur dioxide, to maintain freashness, caramel color.

Sorry, but this just grosses me out now! oils, sugar, corn syrup, and all the unpronounceable chemicals. Yuck. I am pretty sure this wasn’t what they made 20 years ago when it actually tasted like chocolate and coconut. ha!

And then there are the nutritional facts on this candy bar:

Total Calories 220
Calories from Fat 110
Total Fat 13 g 20%
Saturated Fat 8 g 40%
Sodium 50 mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 26 g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2 g 8%
Sugars 20 g
Protein 2 g 4%

220 calories!? I would rather spend those calories on better chocolate choices!

Hmm, I checked on the Mars web site too. No ingredients. What are these companies trying to hide? Or is it just that the ingredients change so quickly, they can’t keep up.

Either way, I am glad I am not eating this garbage anymore. No, I can’t guarantee that I will never eat a “3 Musketeers” bar again, but I can tell you that I would rather have a healthier piece of chocolate like Green & Black!

Junk Junk Nothing But Junk

My husband went to a vending show the other day, and came home with a huge bag of snacks.

The only good thing about this was the bag itself. It was a large mesh bag that could be used for grocery shopping! LOL

junk food

In the old days, I would have been thrilled! I would have ate the chocolate & cream cakes, danishes, chips, candy bars, and cookies without batting an eye lash. Between the two of us, we would have ate most of it in a few days. Sad!

But the new me took one look at all of it, and sighed. This is why Americans are sooooo fat and out of shape. This garbage is in our vending machines and this is the junk that we keep stuffing into our mouths.

I took a look at most of the labels and was just shocked. Most were sneaky and had “two servings” so the calories were twice as much. 600 calories for a danish? 200 for a cookie? Hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup! It made me sick!

I do admit I guess while I was searching, I was hoping to find maybe one or two healthy offerings, but basically nothing was edible. (Except for the organic green tea samples from Bigelow)

It’s very sad to realize that we as a nation will all continue to be obese until products like this are taken off the market!

Sensa Sprinkle Diet

While searching for a few good web sites, I found this article from Calorie Count @about.com:

Fad or Real Deal? The Sensa Sprinkle Diet

All for $60 a month?

Sensa contains natural and artificial flavors in a base of maltodextrin (derived from corn), tricalcium phosphate, silica, FD&C Yellow 5, carmine, and milk and soy derivatives.

If it’s so good, then why do they have to use artificial flavors and colors? Yuck! Wow! I am all for trying new things, and this might very well work for some, but if it compromises your health with chemicals and other un-natural additives then I got to say NO!

The exact combination of the Sensa blends are proprietary and patent-pending. However, no flavors are derived from meat sources and there is no mushroom, nutmeg, cinnamon, fish or garlic. Some flavors may contain milk and soy derived ingredients

Blah blah blah. How can they get away with this? Doesn’t the FDA mandate that all ingredients should be labeled, etc. Hmmph.

As a food product, FDA approval is not required for Sensa. All of Sensa’s ingredients are on the FDA designation list of GRAS — Generally Recognized as Safe.

Yeah, and we all know how “safe” the FDA GRAS list is.

Nope, not for me! I would rather be fat!