Post # 113 Junk Food in a New Light

April 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 113 Junk Food in a New Light

I recently read a blog post from another foodie that I thought I would share with you.  She was discussing organic and health food stores and how to tell the neophytes, those who have switched from buying prepackaged, mass produced junk food to buying organic junk foods.

In the health food store, there are fads just as in the “regular” supermarkets.  She says that by looking in people’s baskets, she can tell whether the person is new to buying organic, health foods and if they’ve made wise choices.  I was intrigued, wondering how my own shopping basket would stand up to the examination.

On my last trip to the health food store, I bought peppermint shaving lotion, peppermint shampoo, frozen blue berries, thick plain yogurt, free range chicken breasts, Dubliner cheddar cheese, fresh leeks, fresh tomatoes, six pounds of onions (for a specific recipe), fresh marjoram, sunflower seeds, fresh carrots and celery, turbinado sugar, xantham gum, gluten free flour (for a specific recipe) and a magazine.

So here are the five things she says show a newbie and why:

1.  Protein Powder – This is usually bought by those who think that if they go vegan or vegetarian, they will be losing out on protein.  Or else by body builders who are looking to bulk up.  The problem with protein powders is that when protein is extracted from its source, it becomes very fragile and is easily and quickly denatured, or compromised.  The body can’t absorb denatured protein very well, so it tends to sit in the gut and rot.  The body doesn’t absorb natural protein very well, but at least it tends to pass through quickly in most cases.  But with protein powders and substitutes, the fragile constitution of these mixes can cause illness as they linger in the body not doing anyone any good.

2.  Soy Milk – Soy milk is made from soy beans and is a modern invention, only showing up on the market during the seventies.  Soy milk, by itself, tastes nasty, by all accounts.  Massive quantities of sweeteners (read that calories) must be added to make it palatable.  The sugars can be hidden in other ingredients, some that aren’t even listed, so be careful.  Soy milk, untreated, tastes like soy beans and isn’t very good.  The real problem, according to this blogger, is that soy milk enzymes can lead to thyroid problems.  Haven’t checked that claim out yet, but it sounds real.

3.  Organic Canned Soup – Canned soup of any kind when it’s massed produced whether it says organic or not is basically water, salt, and MSG.  It may be MSG by another name (and the blogger provides a link to a list of other names for MSG), but it’s MSG all the same.  If you’re sensitive to the substance, steer clear.  I’ve always said, the best tasting soup in the world is the one I make.  Make it, freeze it, eat it later.

4.  Fish Oil – Whenever I hear the phrase, fish oil, I think of the old scammers of the 17- and 18- hundreds who were called Snake Oil Merchants.  Supposedly, fish oil capsules will help you cure a variety of ills.  However, fish oil is very high in Omega 3 fatty acids which are beneficial, but typically destroyed by heat in the processing stage, or else on the store shelf.  Your call, but it seems counterproductive.

5.  Gluten Free foods – Okay, that one was actually in my basket, but for a valid reason I can’t go into.  First, be it known, gluten free does not mean healthy.  It means that the product has no gluten in it.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat flour which is created by adding the flour to water and moving it about.  It gives wheat products their shape, stability, and some flavor.  Some people are sensitive to gluten to the point of being allergic.  However, many people who are sensitive to gluten can modify their diets with a doctor or nutritionist’s help to the point that over time, they can enjoy products with gluten in them to whatever degree they can.  Just be aware that gluten free is not synonymous with healthy.

As I said earlier, I haven’t checked each of the claims out myself, but I found it interesting, in and of itself.  I did okay in my shopping basket.  The link to the article is below if you’d like to read it.


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