Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A delicious part of this complete lifestyle change

I don't mind the dietary changes that come with being diagnosed with diabetes. What is frying my eggs is the misleading, dissembling, fact-twisting and downright lies of most labeling, advertising and packaging of food stuffs that purport to be healthier and "low sugar" or "low sodium" when they contain the same or greater amounts of ingredients I am trying to avoid.

All the marketing that appeals to hippies, hipsters and the health-conscious is really a shameless scam that borders on criminal negligence. Reading between the lies, their products are not necessarily healthier but is a part of a managed diet of people weighing portions and counting ingredients. 700 mg of sodium in a serving of a "healthier, all-natural, low-sodium" bread compared to 500 mg of it per slice in a far less expensive, cheaply made, junk-food processed loaf doesn't seem too beneficial to me.

It really is caveat emptor when it comes to food.

7 comments:

  1. That is so very true. We're doing a no-sugar diet and I've been reduced to string cheese and triscuits. There's no reason that most soups need corn syrup solids or sugar in them.

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  2. Yeah, I'm pretty much stuck on spinach leaves and salmon. Want to keep my eyesight and toes.

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  3. So true. Fortunately there is a world of great foods if you cook yourself. (I am a fan of the Mark's Daily Apple forum for ideas).

    Whole foods really shines in it's marketing first health second approach on this one. So much obsessive elimination of fats all while adding extra sugar in the name of health. Pitiful.

    When in doubt, I ask "is this meal better than having legs."

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  4. Check out the ingredients for Nutella sometime. Its sugar with a hint of chocolate & havel nut.

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  5. Nutella isn't hiding anything like the supposes "healthy" foods do. It is proud of it's sugary content.

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  6. And yeah the Whole Foods, Sprouts, Boneys, etc image is a major supporter to the marketing scams. A store full of hippies looking for healthy alternatives with while pimps pushing homeopathic "drugs" roam the aisles, hipsters thinking their coffee beans are harvested individually using hypo-allergenic cushioned tongs from the plants by happy villagers who apologize to each plant prior to harvest. FYI: Much of the stuff these foodie joints sell is also sold cheaper in large chain mainstream markets but doesn't have the cache.

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  7. true hippies don't shop at whole foods and know it for the scan that it is.
    I would argue that it's more mainstream people wanting to eat healthy, like my brother and his wife, who are being led astray. Or people like my mom.
    I shop at my hippie co-op, i am not a hippie, but have also educated myself on what I can and can't eat.

    here's a great tip: look into Xlitol. These things are awesome: http://www.drjohns.com/

    you'll find xilitol candies at your dentist. I like the caramels.

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