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!

Supersize Me

I am now a huge (no pun intended) fan of Morgan Spurlock.

His book, Don’t Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America started it all for me!

I knew fast food was bad for my health, but I didn’t really realize how bad until I took a real close look at the calories of all the Wendy’s food I was regularly eating. Wow! Like a ton of bricks, I realized that I was eating way too much! I needed to make a change.

I started with a desire to stop eating so much processed food, and a commitment to learn more about food in general.

I don’t know why, but I chose the audio version of Don’t Eat This Book to be my first learning tool.

The book is based on his experiences during the filming of the “Super Size Me” movie. For one month, Morgan ate nothing but McDonald’s food. He gains weight, his health deteriorates, and he feels like crap!

Sure, I knew how horrible McDonalds’ food was for your health, but the book really made me realize how evil these food companies really are, with their sneaky advertising tactics peddled directly at children. Our nation is in extreme disarray, with more and more of our adults and children becoming overweight and obese. Diabetes is skyrocketing!

I chose the audio version of the book because I love audio podcasts, so I knew it would be great to hear on the way to work. I was right! The audio of Don’t Eat This Book is excellent. It’s Morgan Spurlock’s voice you hear; he has a great personality so listening to the book is very easy. He made all the boring facts interesting, and I enjoyed how he separated the “sidebar” text. He added voice “impressions” for the different characters in the book, which added a ton of humor. I don’t know if the book would have been as enjoyable if I didn’t “listen” as opposed to “reading” it. He really made it special!

Listening to this book set me on the path I am on today. The decision to try to limit or completely remove processed food from my everyday diet can hopefully make my life more healthy and enriched. But what about everyone else? It’s very sad how people are blind to the poison that McDonalds, Coke, and countless other big food corporations are pushing on us. I wish everyone could read (or listen to) this book! Just don’t eat this book! hahaa

So, I finished the audio book, and was intrigued to watch the movie “Super Size Me” now.

Luckily, I found it for free on Hulu.com – cool!

I started to watch it the other day on my laptop while working out on the treadmill, then took a break after about 20 minutes. I started it up again in the kitchen on Tuesday while I was cooking dinner. Would you believe my dear hubby came in, and decided to watch it as well. I was so happy! I wanted him to see this too!

It’s such an important message, and something we can’t afford to ignore any longer! We all need to open our eyes and minds and STOP eating this junk!

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PS I admit though there were times when watching him eat those greasy burgers and fries, that a little part of me was craving to grab a bite for myself! Gawd, it’s very sad how they have snuck into our brains!

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!