Thursday, January 15, 2009

Read the Label!

Of course there's nothing wrong with high fructose corn syrup in moderation, but when it's literally in everything you eat & drink, how are you supposed to use it in moderation?! (These new pro high fructose corn syrup commercials really irritate me!)

It's in places you wouldn't even think of, in places there doesn't seem to be a good reason to be. For example, it's in yogurt, pancake syrup, bread, cereal, oatmeal, pasta sauce, juice & iced tea, frozen foods & fruit popcicles, ice cream, pies, cookies, cake, soups, jelly, peanut butter...

Your body converts it to sugar which turns into extra sugar (since there's also sugar in all of these items) which turns into extra calories which can turn into a difficult time managing weight!

Read the label on everything you buy and you'll be shocked!

Not only that, look at the sodium in what you're eating! All of the items I mentioned above are also loaded with sodium!

All natural, low fat and organic don't necessarily mean they're good for you! Sometimes these items have A LOT of sodium, more than they're regular counterparts!

Read your labels! Take a trip to the foodstore when you're not in a rush for time and look at the labels of every item you pick up.

Look for items without high fructose corn syrup (or corn syrup and things you can't pronounce!) and that are low in sodium (double digits or lower are preferred but up to 500mg's or so depending on the item) and look for fewer ingriedients overall! Less is better for you!


shelby said...

Jo I know! I read somewhere that mostly what we eat today is corn based. Including that high fructose corn syrup. Yikes

GardeningJo said...

Yikes is right! Of course anything in moderation is fine but, like I mentioned, when any 1 thing is in places you wouldn't even think to look AND in just about everything else, how can you possibly use it in moderation?! It's ridiculous!

Not only that, have you seen the 'shelf life' of some food items? I don't want to eat something which has a longer shelf life than I do!

teri said...

What do you think about the new sweetener called Truvia? I just tried it the other day and it tastes ok. Not sure what the deal is with it.

GardeningJo said...

Teri, I'm not sure what the deal with that stuff is either.

Stevia is supposed to be a low carb, low sugar alternative. It was originally banned in the US in the 90's unless it was marked as a supplement and I've seen it (and as Truvia and Purvia) around a lot lately but I haven't looked to see what they're labeling it as. (I know it has to be "refined" in order to be used and will be used in Pepsi and Coke products).

It's a genus of about 240 species of herbs & shrubs in the sunflower family, native to subtropical and tropical South America and Central America. A sweetener extracted from this plant that can be substituted for sugar is some uses. Much sweeter than an equal amount of sugar or honey and may have a licorice-like aftertaste. (YUCK!) You can't bake with it.

Here's a quote from Truvia's site: "In the context of sweeteners or dietary supplements, "stevia" typically refers to a crude preparation (powder or liquid) made from the leaves of the stevia plant. Such preparations contain a mixture of many components, not just those that give a sweet taste to the leaf. Because the exact composition of "stevia" is unknown, scientific studies that have used crude preparations are difficult to interpret."


I still don't see the point in using it!

GardeningJo said...

I'll take regular old sugar in moderation any day!