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Cleaning out the kitchen

Monday, June 01, 2009

Well, I'm clearing out all the crap from my pantry, frig and freezer. Have to saw that I am getting to keep a lot of the food I have. I guess I eat cleaner than I realized. Yeah me!!

My 5 year old won't be saying the same though. All his Kraft Mac & Cheese will be gone when he and Daddy return home. Yes, I knew it wasn't the best thing, but after reading Jillian's Master Your Metabolism I just can't let him eat it on a regular basis. My hope is after a few days without it, he'll forget it's his "fav" meal. And I'll make Tosca's clean mac & cheese. Just have to remember to get ALL the sweet potato peel off before mashing. That's what got him last time.

But I had no idea that there is soy in canned tuna. Soy!?!?!? Why? The answers on the websites really do not make sense. Oh well, I did find a "hometown" company that is getting a lot of positive reviews and the ingredients in their canned tuna is actually "tuna" - The Tuna Guys from Gig Harbor, WA. Check out their website.

And did you know that tert-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ, tertiary butylhydroquinone), an ingredient in a Morning Star breakfast meat, is a known carcinogen. It not only is an additive in our food, but it also is used in the perfume industry as a fixative to lower the evaporation rate and improve stability and is to varnishes, lacquers, resins, and oil field additives. I discovered that when I googled it and read what Wikipedia said. I'm shocked and scared to death. Why is something used as an additive in varnishes being used in our food? And this food was in the "Natural" Food Section of my grocery store. If TBHQ is considered "healthy", what the heck does the FDA and the Food Industry consider "not health"? Simply amazing.

Well, back to the pantry.................
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    I never got into the Morning Star or similar products -- something's not right about eating something that's been manufactured as a stand-in for something you shouldn't have been eating in the first place.

    Good that you're doing your homework!
    3152 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/6/2009 12:29:27 PM
    I really like your blog. Though I have to say, the part about Morningstar scares me too. I am a vegetarian and Morningstar Meal Starters are a staple in my eating right now. I don't know how to get away from that. Hopefully I can eventually find something to replace it that I like even better.

    Way to go BTW on not having to throw much out of your pantry. That shows you are really going in the right direction. I want to do the same, but right now we are short on money and I am afraid to throw too much out in fear of not having any money to get groceries. So it may have to wait a little bit.

    Anyway, great job! :)

    3155 days ago
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