I disagree with the statement that healthy foods shouldn't contain sugar. I bake most of our breads from scratch - I even grind wheat berries for some of the flour - and you cannot make a yeasted bread without sweetener. I normally use honey or molasses, but there's nothing wrong with using sugar.
Articles like this remind me how few people actually read the nutrition facts and ingredients labels on the food they're consuming, and that's both tragic and foolish. It seems to me that a lot of people take better care of their cars than they do of their bodies.
Oh, and the author missed the latest mislabeling fads.
Organic as in Organic potato chips made with organic potatoes (OK) deep-fried (Not stated but Yikes) in organic canola oil (really? almost all canola is GM and therefore NOT organic) with Organic Sea-salt (What is THAT?)
Gluten-free plastered on fruit products, corn products, vegetable products. Hello? If it's not made from wheat, barley, rye, or some oats, it's gluten free. Period! You don't have to tell me.
I love "Made with Natural Cane Sugar" because there is no such thing. Cane sugar is a highly processed food additive much along the same lines as HFCS and agave "nectar" aka powdered honey (which it is neither nectar or honey). The only only only natural sweetener in raw honey. Everything else is highly processed.
"An example of an unhelpful fat-free claim is a carton of 100% orange juice. Here, a fat-free claim isnít helpful labeling, even though it is truthful. Oranges are naturally fat-free, so 100% orange juice always has and always will be fat-free, regardless of whether it is highlighted on the label or not. " Why didn't the article tell us about how much sugar is in juice? Not to mention how much fructose. Things to avoid if you're trying to be fructose free are, honey, fruit juices and dried fruit, all are very high in sugar/fructose, and FRUCTOSE MAKES YOU FAT. Do the research yourselves, people. Eat only whole frutit.....Still waiting for SparkPeople to put the relevant sugar content of every recipe on the 1st page of the recipe's nutritional list. I'm fructose free and have lost 9.8 kilos by giving it up. Note, if the sugar grams per 100 gtrams is more than 8 grams, don't buy the product, as that is way too much, especially if you take into account all the other stuff we put into our mouths every day. Aim for no more that 10 grams of sugar a day & you will lose weight, I promise. Sylv from Oz Spreading the Love
This makes me want to be a kitchen goddess and make my own bread, and use only unprocessed ingredients!! HEehee. I love the information here, and it's great to find new ways to try to improve the health of what I choose to consume.
I try to purchase and eat simple ingredients. I don't think I'll have the time to be that kitchen goddess that I envision, but I can be the working version of her, hold her inside me to help guide me, just as SparkPeople does!!
Also, if a product says 30% (or whatever) less fat, the FDA defines this a being only 30% less grams than the original product. Why is this bad? Well those Milky Ways with "less fat" or mearly smaller than the original product, no ingredients are altered.
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