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Your Chicken is Hiding A Little Secret

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Are you aware that your supermarket chicken is hiding a dirty little secret? It’s not salmonella. It's not as natural as you may think it is. Many of the major chicken suppliers predominately label their chickens and chicken breasts as “100% All Natural."



However, if you get out your magnifying glass, in small type, just below the product name, is the phrase, "Enhanced with up to Fifteen Percent Natural Chicken Broth." "Chicken Broth" certainly sounds "Natural" but what does the phrase actually mean?

Here’s a case in point, and my own personal experience yesterday:

"The Case of the Shrinking Chicken: Lessons Your Mother Never Taught You"

I went to the store and bought an 9 lb 4 ounce Perdue roaster chicken at a cost of $9.25. This thing was MAMMOTH. I had visions of having more chicken than I knew what to do with!



I cleaned it out, dried it off, and seasoned it with a little salt and pepper. Rubbed some olive oil over all it to nicely brown the skin, and then stuck it in a 400 degree oven for about 2.5 hours until the timer popped up.

As I opened the oven door to remove it, I took one look at the chicken and thought "This thing looks like it's been on a starvation diet!" “It's shrunk”
With that, I decided to weigh it. The cooked weight was weight 5 pounds 8 ounces!

I had lost about 35% of the original weight. Now some of this was fat, but with a good half inch of liquid in the bottom of the roaster, it was also a great deal of this "natural broth".

That being said, “Natural” does not mean what you think it means. It REALLY means that the manufacturer has deliberately added to the chicken (by either needle injecting or a process called “vacuum tumbling”) a solution of saltwater and, binding agents like seaweed extracts, to facilitate the absorption of as much liquid into your chicken as possible, along with other ingredients such as starches and soy proteins. This is simply done for the purpose of making poor quality meat appear and taste superior. The process is not only deceptive, as it tricks us all into thinking we are getting more chicken than we really are, as evidenced by my very real experience yesterday, but it also increases the sodium content of chicken by as much as 500 percent.



Let’s suppose you pick up a package whose solution accounts for up to 5% of the product’s weight. The label indicates that the weight of the product is .75 pounds. Given that 5% of the product is actually added solution, you will pay whatever the “price is per pound” for - and consume - over a quarter pound of salt water and other additives. Think that’s bad? Various manufacturers may “legally” add up to 30% by weight of salt water to poultry!

We all buy billions of dollars worth of fresh chicken each year because we are told by dieticians, our doctors, the media, in fact here on Spark, to believe it is more healthy, less processed, natural, and better for us. However, many of the “natural” chicken products in your grocer’s meat case have been pumped up with these additives. This pumped-up chicken can contain up to 822% more sodium per serving than a “truly natural chicken”. In addition, it may even contain more sodium than many foods we generally think of as being unhealthy, for example French fries.

Also we continue to pay more each year as the practice of pumping-up chicken continues to escalate. Ten years ago, only a tiny percentage of fresh poultry sold in the U.S. was pumped up with added saltwater. Two years ago, that number had grown to about 20% of all fresh poultry sold. It is estimated now that about 30% of all fresh poultry sold is being "pumped-up."

When it comes to buying what you are believing is a nice, plump, chicken, it's likely you're spending an average of about $1.50 per package on saltwater.

How To Spot A Plumper

Here are a few ways to tell if the brand of chicken you are purchasing has been plumped:

• Fine print - Plumped-chicken labels will have (in small print) a phrase such as "contains up to 15% saltwater."

• Nutritional facts - When in doubt, check the FDA's nutritional facts. Fresh, natural chicken should have no more than 70 mg of sodium per 4 oz serving. This is the amount of naturally occurring sodium in chickens. Plumped chicken can contain up to 440 mg of sodium for the same amount.

• Exceptions - Almost all frozen and marinated products have either added salt or saltwater. Farm fresh, natural chicken may contain up to 4% retained water that is the result of processing, which ensures product safety.

At more than 400 milligrams per serving, the sodium levels in plumped chicken are significant. "Pity the poor person trying to cut down on salt," says Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, and the author of the 2006 book "What to Eat." "We think we are eating healthier, and following food guidelines, and our doctor’s orders. “It gets put into everything and you don't have any choice about it."

The best way to avoid falling victim to the food industry's chicken deception is to buy only local or specifically pasture-raised chicken meat. So if you are thinking you are eating healthy by eating more chicken - think again.

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Sources:
cpif.org/truthful-labeling-coalition
articles.latimes.com/2009/jun/22/hea
lth/he-nutrition22

www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/health/30
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GLORY- 10/23/2014 11:51AM

    I have been reading the back of the packages, labels for years because I know the word "natural' on the front fools alot of people and they dont take the time to read the ingredients. I consider the sodium, cholesterol, carbs and calorie content. Its really hard to find any meat without additives and HORMONES to FATTEN THEM UP ( you are eating it!). Some at health food stores or natural food stores have some but not all their products are all natural.

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TENNESSEEWALKER 10/23/2014 11:01AM

    Wowsers! Thanks for this information!

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JADOMB 10/23/2014 10:10AM

    Is there any TRUTH in today's world anymore? The lies just keep coming from ALL directions.

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ALOHAEV1 10/23/2014 9:49AM

    Beaware, pork too!

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MNABOY 10/23/2014 9:02AM

    Thanks for sharing

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2HAMSDIET 10/23/2014 7:11AM

    This sure makes being on a low sodium diet hard emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRTHING2000 10/23/2014 6:23AM

    I ran into this problem last year trying to brine a turkey. Go ahead and try to find one that isn't loaded with phosphates and natural broths. Because of that, there is no way to brine it 'more' and make your own flavor. One can get a 'natural' turkey but it will run $45+ and not $20

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MAINEALI 10/23/2014 3:56AM

    I just checked the frozen chicken that I get and sure enough there's a ton of sodium in it! Bummer! Thanks for the heads up!

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1TOBFIT 10/23/2014 12:00AM

    Thank you for sharing that important information. I will certainly pay more attention to the fine print !



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123ELAINE456 10/22/2014 10:51PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Great information that everyone needs to know about the food we buy and eat from our supermarkets, grocery stores, store, restaurants and fast food places etc. Buyer Beware!!! The only solution to this is making your own bread, bake goods, soups, salads, casseroles, and everything else from scratch. And most people don't have the time to do it. So stay away from processed foods as much as you can. And eat as healthy as you can. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Good Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!Coming Your Way. Take Care of Yourself and Stay Healthy.

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EMMACORY 10/22/2014 10:18PM

    WOW! I did not know that. I will be reading the labels more carefully. Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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BEYOURBEST1 10/22/2014 9:37PM

    That's a bummer, what a dishonest practice!
Thanks for letting us know, Sharon.


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TREKPURRSON 10/22/2014 9:02PM

    YIKES!!!!! emoticon for the warning!!! emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 10/22/2014 8:45PM

    Oh me oh My! .......... WHO can we trust any more? ............. This is insane and I am going to share w/ some peeps ........... what an eye-opener! .......... This is amazing that the bird shrunk several pounds!!! emoticon ....... Horrific But thanks for sharing! I really appreciate!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/22/2014 8:27PM

    OK, we're coming upon the season of the turkey . . . also plumped up w/broth or salt water. SHEESH!

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PHOENIX1949 10/22/2014 7:35PM

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I would like to add that the 'natural broth' frequently contains SOY which for some people is a very serious allergen. I lost count of the ER visits with dangerously high blood pressure and pulse which eventually was found to occur when ingesting SOY.

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SIRIUS2014 10/22/2014 7:28PM

    Thanks so much for posting!

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L*I*T*A* 10/22/2014 7:07PM

    great information!!

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JUANTIME 10/22/2014 6:50PM

    Thank you for posting this blog.

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BABY_GIRL69 10/22/2014 5:59PM

    You just can't trust your eyes these days.... Everything appears bigger than it really boils down to.

God bless & thanks for sharing!

Dee

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USMAWIFE 10/22/2014 5:54PM

    have noticed that also with beef. I also check the sodium level on the products as those with extra broth injected into it have sodium levels of 400 and above as compared to natural chicken with 75 units of sodium

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Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life

Friday, October 17, 2014


Oh Boy! It's Friday!!! Time to get my party face on!


And it's time for our Friday Happy Hour Blog! Time to kick back, and get into the proper mindset for the weekend! Care to join me?


Welcome to Friday! In preparation for takeoff, please ensure all negative attitudes are properly stowed. On behalf of your pilot, Captain Morgan, and myself, Brandy Alexander, welcome aboard. We expect sunshine and good attitudes for the duration of our trip. Enjoy the ride.






"It's A Beautiful Day. Look at the view! Wish U were here."
"Mom, your finger is covering the lens."

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"Ooops, can you see it now?"

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"You can't just send the same picture, you have to take another one."
"How about now?"
"Looks good. Great mom>"









And finally, as they told the passengers on the Titanic:



Go forth, laugh, have fun, and please do something I wouldn't do!!!
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    Keep up the humor, that is a sign of good mental health. ;-)

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    LOVE the butt jiggle emoticon

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BOOCH6 10/18/2014 7:43AM

    OMG ! It's 7:40 on Saturday morning and I just woke the whole house up with uncontrollable laughter ! You really are the best and have started my weekend (and everyone else's) off in a big way. Enjoy your weekend and keep laughing !!

- Barb emoticon

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    emoticon have a fun week end

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    You have a great weekend. Loved your blog, got me ready for a great weekend.

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  Thank you for the laughs! Have a wonderful Weekend!

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2BDYNAMIC 10/17/2014 10:11PM

    What a flight! I buckled my seatbelt! ............. Pretty crazy and wild stuff ............ and creative and fun blog too!! Have an awesome weekend Sharon! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 10/17/2014 9:25PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Love It. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Good Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Comin
g Your Way. please read my Blog on my Spark Page about my son Ernie being in the hospital for the third time since 8-21-14. Please pray for him. Thank You for your prays. Take Care and Stay Healthy.

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    emoticon Have a playful and joyful weekend! emoticon

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  emoticon SHARON emoticon FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR! emoticon TIME! emoticon ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND! emoticon

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    LOL!

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    OMG! These are priceless! Thank you for sharing. Love flying w/Capt. Morgan and flight attendant Brandy Alexander! emoticon

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TENNESSEEWALKER 10/17/2014 7:06PM

    True story: my landline service allows me to have all my calls forwarded to another number. So! I have all my landline calls forwarded to my celly. Anyway, my brother calls on my celly, and he says - you're breaking up, let me call you on your landline. I say, sure, fine. Moments later, the celly rings....

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    emoticon emoticon Bring on the fun....

Hugs, Sunny

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    Fantastic!! emoticon

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    Superb...love them

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SPARKFRAN514 10/17/2014 6:03PM

    thanks for the good advice for our week end journey have fun your self as we journey towards Another week on the trail
“Take the time today to be good to you, in thoughts, deeds and actions, but especially in your thoughts.” Gail Lynne Goodwin emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 10/17/2014 5:58PM

    Lololol!!!! Ya know, when I look at these I see so much of myself in them! It just cracks me up that I'm not alone especially when it comes to texting! And I'm sooooo happy that my butt is waving and not jiggling just to jiggle. It HAS A PURPOSE!! Thank you for putting a smile on my face and kicking off our weekends with laughter. :) You're so awesomely cool like that!

I love you!

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Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life

Friday, October 03, 2014


It’s Friday!
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Time for our Friday Happy hour Blog! Time to kick back, and get into the proper mindset for the weekend! Care to join me?


Welcome to Friday! In preparation for takeoff, please ensure all negative attitudes are properly stowed. On behalf of your pilot, Captain Morgan, and myself, Brandy Alexander, welcome aboard. We expect sunshine and good attitudes for the duration of our trip. Enjoy the ride.

Women's Words of Wisdom

























Go forth, laugh, and have fun!

Thanks for stopping by!
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BOOCH6 10/18/2014 8:35PM

    I had to go back to your archives, 'cuz I laughed so hard at this week's stuff ! You have a great sense of humor. Thanks so much for sharing !!

- Barb

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    thank you... thank you...THANK YOU!!! Loved this!! emoticon

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    thanks for bringing some Friday fun into my Tuesday! Have a great week!

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    thanks for the smile on a Sunny Sunday after noon they flight was great and will return for the flight next Friday evening emoticon

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    emoticon Thanks for the smiles!!

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123ELAINE456 10/4/2014 3:15AM

  Awesome!!! Well Done!!! Love the Photos and Quotes. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Fun-Filled Weekend and Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Take Care.

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2BDYNAMIC 10/3/2014 8:09PM

    Ok--I have my seat belt fastened and am ready for Friday w/a good altitude .......... I mean attitude! LOL ............ very cute! here we go! emoticon Have a great weekend Sharon!

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FRAN0426 10/3/2014 7:00PM

    This blog has brightened my mood on a cold, windy day---thanks for sharing.

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    These made me LOL - thanks!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 10/3/2014 4:35PM

    You know your Spark die - I mean lifestyle - is working when you have to tie a knot in your knickers to keep them up.

Also, the vet weighed my cat, and she has lost an entire pound. One more to go!

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    Thanks! I needed those!

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    emoticon emoticon - Now on to a GREAT weekend.

Sunny

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    I'm so happy you know where to find all these goodies AND that you share them!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/3/2014 10:24AM

    Definitely giving myself a wedgie~ LOLOLOLOL And I've always been the crazy one . . . so guess I don't have to work too hard on that one.

HUGS Thanks for the laugh.

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    emoticon ...it's Friday

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Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life

Friday, September 26, 2014


Today I'm starting a Friday Happy Hour Blog. Time to kick back, and get into the proper mindset for the weekend! Care to join me?


Welcome to Friday! In preparation for takeoff, please ensure all negative attitudes are properly stowed. On behalf of your pilot, Captain Morgan, and myself, Brandy Alexander, welcome aboard. We expect sunshine and good attitudes tomorrow for the duration of our trip. Enjoy the ride.































Thanks for stopping by!
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GLORY- 10/23/2014 11:57AM

    emoticon Thats hilarious about older people needing additives !

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SUEARNOLD1 9/28/2014 10:36PM

    Hi Sharon - I loved it!

I saw your comment on Fran's page and Friday and Happy Hour - I was hooked.

Have a great week and thanks for the smiles!

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123ELAINE456 9/28/2014 1:57AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Love the Quotes and Photos. LOL!!! Loving It. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!T
ake Care.

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    I love it! Great idea for a blog!

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    Thanks for the boost

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1CRAZYDOG 9/26/2014 9:09PM

    BWAHAHAHA! Proper attitude being worked on . . . pumpkin martini!

HUGS

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    I'm smiling! Thanks! emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 9/26/2014 8:06PM

    May you have sunshine and a good attitude this week-end yourself!

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  I'll gladly join you,happy and healthy.Love the images.So glad I
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KITT52 9/26/2014 6:26PM

    I plan to have a healthy week end as well



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    Thanks for the laughs and the advice!

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    I'll be having a drink with my dinner this evening, and I will toast you! Thanks for sharing your blog, it made me smile!
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SUNNY332 9/26/2014 4:57PM

    Wonderful way to start the weekend.

Hope it is a good one for you, my friend.

Sunny

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Are There Any Healthy Packaged Foods at the Supermarket?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Have you noticed that you seem to spend more time shopping for food in the grocery store than you did a year or so ago trying to be healthy? I know that I do. It seems to take me almost double the amount of time to buy my food for the week. I attribute it to having to read and compare labels more than I did in the past.

It’s amazing how the same foods can differ in their nutritional information! While I am buying lots more freggies and organic foods, I still buy some packaged foods, and this is where the label reading comes in handy!

I just happened to come across this list of the 40 healthiest foods you can buy at your local supermarket. The great thing is that they are grouped together, and the nutritional information is given for the healthiest 3 in each category. All of this information was compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an independent research group, so the information is unbiased.

There are listings for breads, cheeses, yogurts, hot cereals, cold cereals, frozen treats, soups, ice creams, nut butters, salad dressings, and coffee creamers. You can find the complete listing and all of the information here:
www.buzzfeed.com/deenashanker/health
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I found it very helpful and informative, and made a note on some of the things I sometimes buy at the grocery store, and hopefully, this will shave some time off my next supermarket run, and also my waistline! Do yourself a favor and check it out!
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MAKING-PROGRESS 9/19/2014 2:16AM

    Wonderful information, thank you!

I just bought some Frozen Entrées on sale. The Lean Cuisine I know is OK without looking at the nutrition info. But I thought I would try something new. A little start-up line by "Marcella". Her food tastes pretty good, but I didn't look at her Sodium Content....OMG....1000-1200 per entrée!!!! I can't eat that on a heart healthy plan! So I gave them to my daughter and made myself a salad instead. A strong reminder to ALWAYS look at the label before buying!

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KIWIANN 9/18/2014 10:24AM

    Thank for sharing!

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WOUBBIE 9/17/2014 6:34PM

    Simple answer? No, not many. Mother Nature never put food in boxes, bags, or cans, just peels, rind, and skin. Whole, real food doesn't have much on its ingredient list.

I would take the article and its recommendations with a nice heart-healthy grain of sodium. First, almost none of those 40 are as healthy as anything you would find in the produce bins or the meat case.

Second: “Cheese is two-thirds saturated fat,” says Hurley. “And saturated fat is the kind of fat that clogs arteries, so it’s the harmful kind of fat.”

Uh, nope, not true. Just Google "does saturated fat clog arteries" and you'll see that the myth has been debunked. Most of the bad stuff in your veins, like high levels of triglycerides, are directly related to carb intake.

Oh, and in case you didn't know this, CSPI is a vegetarian organization, so you'll see no meat anywhere on their list. There are plenty of heart healthy choices that they deliberately leave off their lists because eww animals.

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123ELAINE456 9/17/2014 12:24PM

  Awesome Blog. Thank You for all of the information. Love It. Take Care. Have a Great Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God Blessings Always.

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MAWMAW101 9/17/2014 9:53AM

    Thank you so much Sharon! I found the list great since I don't make these products but certainly buy lots of them. It was very helpful for me.
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ALOHAEV1 9/17/2014 9:51AM

    You sure started a lot of chatter. I found that many times the so called healthier versions (boxes labeled whole whatever) had not only more sodium, fat but added stuff so we went back to the original. Everything in moderation, keep your hands off my butter (haha). I'm at the point that I don't look or buy what is new on the shelf, actually got back into the habit of doing the perimeter first, keeping my hands on the buggy and tear through the other aisles just to get extra steps in. I love that some stores are going with small buggies, not even tempted to buy more than I need.

I think too, since I only have to answer to myself it is easier to shop and meal plan. But you have given us still another great link, thank you.

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ALOHAEV1 9/17/2014 9:51AM

    You sure started a lot of chatter. I found that many times the so called healthier versions (boxes labeled whole whatever) had not only more sodium, fat but added stuff so we went back to the original. Everything in moderation, keep your hands off my butter (haha). I'm at the point that I don't look or buy what is new on the shelf, actually got back into the habit of doing the perimeter first, keeping my hands on the buggy and tear through the other aisles just to get extra steps in. I love that some stores are going with small buggies, not even tempted to buy more than I need.

I think too, since I only have to answer to myself it is easier to shop and meal plan. But you have given us still another great link, thank you.

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ALOHAEV1 9/17/2014 9:51AM

    You sure started a lot of chatter. I found that many times the so called healthier versions (boxes labeled whole whatever) had not only more sodium, fat but added stuff so we went back to the original. Everything in moderation, keep your hands off my butter (haha). I'm at the point that I don't look or buy what is new on the shelf, actually got back into the habit of doing the perimeter first, keeping my hands on the buggy and tear through the other aisles just to get extra steps in. I love that some stores are going with small buggies, not even tempted to buy more than I need.

I think too, since I only have to answer to myself it is easier to shop and meal plan. But you have given us still another great link, thank you.

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DJ4HEALTH 9/17/2014 1:45AM

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KITT52 9/16/2014 11:58PM

    emoticon ..good info to know

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SHARON10002 9/16/2014 10:40PM

    Thank you all for stopping by and reading my blog and leaving your comments. emoticon

I totally agree with all of you on shopping the outer perimeter of the store, but since I don't make my own bread, and eat yogurt, ice cream (on occasion), and will buy salad dressing - if in a pinch - but usually make my own I when I need it, I did find it informative for those reasons.

I think real butter is preferable over any of those "spreads" they listed. If you think about it, they are all full of chemicals - not for me. Besides real butter adds a flavor you cannot duplicate with any of the listed spreads, and if used in moderation like anything else, you should be OK.


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EMMACORY 9/16/2014 9:46PM

    Very interesting! Thank you! emoticon

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GABIBEAR 9/16/2014 9:44PM

    Thank you Sharon for sharing the link that link you found! I too take a long time looking at packages whenever I have to buy something other than freggies or organic! Have a wonderful week my friend!

Gabi
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L*I*T*A* 9/16/2014 9:43PM

    great list...........

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SPARKFRAN514 9/16/2014 9:39PM

    Thank you so much this is a huge help for me as make this journey call learning how to eat healthy . going to help me as I go back to using the food tacker
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2BDYNAMIC 9/16/2014 9:37PM

    LOVE this blog!! I have to go to bed soon .......... plumb warped but I DO PLAN to return on my day off (Thurs) to pop on the links) ............ I think I am with SUNNY332 who generally shops the perimeter of the store ........... Hauling much produce home ......... emoticon for writing this to enlighten all of us! ...... Good for all to know!

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LUCYCAN7 9/16/2014 8:43PM

  Thanks Sharon great link! emoticon emoticon

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REGILIEH 9/16/2014 7:44PM

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CARRAND 9/16/2014 7:39PM

    Good information. I've been reading labels carefully ever since I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. It is critical for me to avoid gluten and I also look for fiber vs sugar, and type of fat.

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SPARKLED146 9/16/2014 7:35PM

    Thanks for sharing the list. Some of my favorite brands were on it.

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RITZIBROWN 9/16/2014 7:15PM

    Thanks for posting the link Sharon. Unfortunately, we don't eat a good number of the products listed so I'll just keep reading the labels.

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SUNNY332 9/16/2014 7:12PM

    I find that shopping the perimeter of the store is where of the fresh foods are and also the healthiest choices. Thanks for the list - I will take a look at it.

I don't think I have seen Siggy's yogurt. I will look for it!

Sunny

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TENNESSEEWALKER 9/16/2014 7:07PM

    Thanks for the link! I have my go-to groceries, and then I spend a lot of time shopping for the occasional purchases. The proliferation of products - remember when the only shampoo was Prell? - and use of additives makes it hard to find the good stuff.

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MAINEALI 9/16/2014 4:37PM

    Thanks for the link!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2014 4:15PM

    Wow, Sharon, thank you! I adore Siggy's yogurt!

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SPARKFRAN514 9/16/2014 4:11PM

    Thanks you just helped me with a huge problem i have struggling with labels and shopping and dealing with my friend the food tracker.

then i had to go and re read your Aug blog a pick me up thanks emoticon emoticon

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