Top 10 Junk Foods in Disguise
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reduced sugar; preservative and chemical free; made from all natural
ingredients; and now with special bacterial cultures designed to
help you poop! Seriously, is there anything that health
food cant do (or fix, or correct, or modify, or prevent
Especially if its junk food masquerading as health food.
In recent years,
food manufacturers have grown increasingly privy to the American
publics dietary whims. In the early 90s, they fell over themselves
to cut the fat, replaced sugar with sugar alcohols to keep up with
the low-carb dieters of the new millennium and are now plying us
with promises of eco-chic or otherwise green food.
line is that selling health is a huge trend, and manufacturers will
do just about anything to make sure their products fit into our
definition albeit fleeting of what health food is.
In fact, for many of these reformed foods, the only real changes
that have been made are to the label to play up the positives (now
with whole grains) and bury the negatives (but we had
to add 20 tbsp of sugar to make it even close to edible!),
leaving you, dear reader, with a product that is only nominally
healthier than the original at best.
are a selection of ten food items that may be incrementally more
healthy than their non-organic, fried-instead-of-baked, full-sugar
vs. reduced-sugar peers. But, to us, they all still beg the question,
Whats the point?
Path Organic Strawberry Toaster Pastries
the folks over at Natures Path didnt have such a great
PR team, chances are the tag line for this product would have been
Natures Path Organic Strawberry Toaster Pastries: So
you can feel good about serving your kids junk food. Harsh?
Yes. True? Absolutely. In a side comparison between the healthy
Organic pastries and Kelloggs Pop Tarts (which we all know
good parents dont serve their kids), the pastries
were about the same in terms of calories (210 vs. 205) and fat (3.5
grams vs. 4.5 grams) but the Kellogg brand actually had fewer carbohydrates
(37.5 grams vs. 40 grams) and less sugar (17.5 grams vs. 19 grams).
Although certain foodies suggest that the organic variety taste
more wholesome, at the end of the day, a toaster pastry
is a toaster pastry and its definitely not something that
you (or your kids) should be eating to kick-start the day!
Organic Vanilla Cake
farmers markets, you only buy organic, and, where possible,
you do your best to eat healthy. But a birthday is a birthday and,
as Homer from The Simpsons would say, mmm
Unfortunately, however, Dr. Oetkers Organic spin on vanilla
cake is just plain laughable. Besides the fact that cake, in any
shape or form, just isnt healthy, this particular all-natural
product contains gum acerbic arabic, the same food stabilizer (as
in chemical) used in soda, M&M chocolate candies, gum drops,
marshmallows, and many other candies. Still not convinced its
bad for you? This same ingredient is also used in watercolor paints,
shoe polish and other items that you wouldnt normally consider
ingesting. Gum arabic may not kill you, but it doesnt scream
organic either. And you call yourself a doctor, Dr. Oetker!
Homegrown Certified Organic Canned Pasta Meals
you seem so genuine with your homegrown canned pasta meals, we know
that the product lurking beneath that metal can is nothing but low-grade
slop. Lets look at Annies Certified Organic All Stars
pasta dinner (which, by the way, Annie is recommending for your
toddler). The first four ingredients (by weight) are water, organic
tomato puree, organic macaroni stars and organic evaporated cane
Annie, sweetheart, stop being fancy and call a spade
a spade: its sugar
and lots of it. So much so that the
sugar is listed way before any mention of cheese (even though this
particular dish is touted as pasta in a tomato and cheese
sauce.) Sounds to us like Annie needs to spend a little more time
in the kitchen (or possibly on some reputable nutrition sites) before
she tries shilling this stuff as anything resembling healthy!
(Safeway Brand) Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips
simply no other way to put this: A chip is a chip is a chip. And
what could make it worse? This chip (is a chip, is a chip
is made of corn. Corn people. Need further proof to stay away? Uhh
and theyre made of corn. Nuff said, we think!
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