Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Shame, shame, shame

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Shame on you food industry.

Our journey through elimination diets this year has been rough at times but very enlightening. For awhile we gave up all sweeteners you may or may not remember. And now we mostly only use fruit sweetened or natural sweeteners (honey, REAL maple syrup.) I still have sugar left from a 10 pound bag I bought in January.

No matter because many people I know say, I never use sugar. Oh, yeah...how much of what you eat to you make yourself?? How much sugar is in the instant oatmeal (even organic) that you eat in the morning? The bread on your sandwich (even the sandwich meat) probably has a double whammy of sugar and high fructose corn syrup. My point, it is in everything. I go batty reading labels and then usually just end up making it myself.

The food industry does it on purpose it's simple dollars and sense. If there is sugar in it we eat more of it and they make more money.

I can totally see this when we start to eat more processed foods, we go through more of them. If you didn't catch High Fructose Corn Syrup: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing last week it is well worth the read now! Seriously all sugars are best in (extreme) moderation but how are we supposed to eat them in moderation if they are put in everything we eat?


Anonymous said...

AMEN! This is what I was telling my husband. those dumb commercials are telling people that hfcs is fine in moderation...but "moderation" is impossible when it's in just about everything!! Ugh, you're right, you just have to home make everything if you want to really know what is in it. Very sad.

Heaven Sent said...

I give you so much credit. It is very frustrating -- and very true -- but it is hard to find the time to make everything from scratch. I do the best I can and read labels constantly. Just let me know when you start selling your jam.... ;)

MOM said...

I saw one commercial tonight about HFCS. It is very deceptive, espcially when you think about that there is very little, if any corn grown in America that is not Genetically Modified. That means the corn is no longer the same or as natural as my parents picked from the corn field next door in the 1940's! Imagine corn modified to grow straigter, faster, pest free and whatever else is done to make it prettier and more appealing to the eyes of the public.
Well, I didn't mean to get on my salt box. However, I can't agree with my daughter more!

Nicki said...

I know. I really feel at a loss most times. I've really cut back on the 'obvious' sugars, but it's in everything!!

I hardly know how to cook, let alone make things from scratch! Do you give cooking lessons? :)