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Website link, super interesting, healthiest foods + a rant!

Monday, November 12, 2012

www.whfoods.com/

Each page of the list of about 120+ foods is hugely in depth about the benefits of each food, what it contains, recipe suggestions, the nutritional information.

I'm looking forward to reading through some of the foods I love already!

And now a rant! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

After a weekend looking over supposedly "health" food recipe blogs and being very irritated by pages of fake sweets, fake desserts, fake baking... with agave syrup being included as foods being sugar free (really? This stuff hits you faster than white cane sugar, its terrible).

What is it with these blogs being obsessed with trying to make these fake versions of anything considered unhealthy? Just because you replace the wheat flour with some obscure flour or starch doesn't change the calories, replacing butter with some expensive nut oil doesn't make any difference, and adding agave instead of sugar? Makes it WORSE!

If you where that concerned about eating whole, fresh and natural then try eating a fresh seasonal fruit for dessert!

I'm not saying never eat a cookie... I am saying if you tout your page as a healthy eating, whole foods website... then why are there 3X as many cookie/cake/doughnut/cream pie recipes as there are for vegetables/meat/legumes?

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  • v HEALTHYASHLEY
    i completely agree. I used to bake professionally and I saw a blog on here about how this woman couldn't understand why her cookies were coming out weird. She had only cut out all the butter and replaced it with butter substitute and cut out all the sugar and replaced it with splenda. Baking is a science and can be enjoyed in moderation but all that chemical garbage doesn't make it better for you.
    1352 days ago
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  • v HEALTHYASHLEY
    i completely agree. I used to bake professionally and I saw a blog on here about how this woman couldn't understand why her cookies were coming out weird. She had only cut out all the butter and replaced it with butter substitute and cut out all the sugar and replaced it with splenda. Baking is a science and can be enjoyed in moderation but all that chemical garbage doesn't make it better for you.
    1352 days ago
  • v ME_HERE_NOW
    i agree, go more natural vs filling up on fake stuff that will guaranteed come back to haunt you (i can see the tv ads now - if you ate copious amounts of fake sugar and are now experiencing problems with *insert problem here* you can be part of a multi-million dollar lawsuit....)
    1378 days ago
  • v HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE
    Amen sister!
    1379 days ago
  • v GEMINIGEM6
    Thanks! And I totally agree with your 'rant' as you call it. Lol. :)
    1379 days ago
  • v BOE4LIFE2
    Love it thank you.
    1379 days ago
  • v VW_STEPH
    I enjoy your rants. ;)
    Very true though.. Healthy, wholefood dessert? .... You don't really need recipes for those things. Just ideas and reminders!

    Thanks for the link! Lots of info! x
    1381 days ago
  • v CHICCHANTAL
    That reminds me, I have a sweet potato in the fridge. Bought it in a fit of enthusiasm and now have to cook and eat it. I don't like the texture much. . .

    But I agree with you about all the so called healthy junk food there is about. I'm not saying I never eat ready meals, of course I do. But most of what I cook starts off with basic ingredients, eg carrots you have to peel and lentils that you have to boil. The other week I bought some supposed sugar free sweets from M&S. They had sucralose in them. When I got home I googled it and freaked. THAT's a healthy option? Gimme a break . . .
    1382 days ago
  • v LEAN-N-LEXY
    I saw a video with that George guy with an entry in a contest for a "primal" meal. It included a chocolate "mousse" that was blended avocado and an what to me seemed an obscene amount of honey. I stopped the video as soon as heard the amount of honey and thought, "how could he think that amount of sugar was anywhere near primal, even if honey is not a processed sugar?" I also thought I'd rather have real chocolate mousse with less sugar (or honey) and a tiny amount than avocado and save my avocado for a good salad.

    With other sites I've noticed the same thing and depending on the blogger, I think the preponderance of sweets recipes is because of the health journey they are on. Many of the (new) sites I've visited in the past month are people not trying to lose weight, but correct digestive issues, so they've taken up gluten-free, Specific-Carbohydrate, or Gut And Psychology Syndrome Diets. These people trying to correct their digestive issues are "allowed" the unrefined sugars and certain starches (thus the unusual flours) and are trying to replicate comfort foods. It's easy to come up with the simple foods, so you don't see the recipes for them, but finding a decent pancake for breakfast to put fruit on can be hard for them. This time of year with so many traditions and memories wrapped in food can be even harder for those with illnesses like theirs. The good ones though, pretty much have figured out that agave is too processed and stick with honey in small amounts.

    1382 days ago
  • v KITHKINCAID
    Yeah - I think this is the one way that modern science is really setting us back. We need to be eating WHOLE, HEALTHY foods. Not learning how to substitute for more low fat, low sugar, fake crap.
    1382 days ago
  • v MARTY728
    You are right! Thank you for sharing the information! emoticon
    1382 days ago
  • v MISSM66
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  • v KATHYJO56
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  • v POLSKARENIA
    I'm totally with you on this one. Why is there this focus on always needing the desserts? The more you feed that sweet tooth, the sweeter it becomes....
    1382 days ago
  • v SPUNKYDUCKY
    I am also a fan of just eating regular food...in moderation
    1382 days ago
  • v LEXIE63
    Interesting website. Have bookmarked it for future reference. :-)

    I'm with you on the rant - to a certain extent. I actually like to see some slightly healthier options to assuage my sweet tooth, but you do have to be very careful with recipes, and low fat options in supermarkets too. When they remove fat they tend to make up the flavour with sugar, which is why I generally stick with the normal cake or dessert when I have it, and just limit my portions.

    Having said that, however, these sites and books which claim to be healthier but obviously aren't are a nightmare, wasting our time with their claims by sucking us onto their websites or getting us to part with cash because of their misleading claims. *growl*


    1382 days ago
  • v ALLISON145
    I totally agree! I'd love to get away from artificial sweeteners... I'm going to work on that!
    1382 days ago
  • v BOOKWORM27S
    I totally agree with you! "Franken-sweets" is what I call them." Obscure ingredients doesn't mean they are healthy and natural foods.

    Love that website, and how it shows the detailed nutrient content of veggies.
    1382 days ago
  • v OLIVIANIGHT
    You know I'd never thought of that. All these pages claiming to be healthy and they go nuts with the desserts! I'm trying to get myself off sugar so I'll go for the fruit every time.
    1382 days ago
  • v ROCKMAN6797
    OMG Pookie what a cool website. I have added it to my Favorites!
    Regarding your rant, I concur 100% We have become so obsessed with high-calorie, low nutrition desserts it is time to return back to nature and enjoy what it has to offer us.

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    1382 days ago
  • v WARMSPRINGDAY
    Well said. Thanks for the link. I'll be taking a look.
    1382 days ago
  • v BEACHY_KEEN
    You're so right! I like the idea of fresh seasonal fruits for dessert. I'm going to have to institute that in my home.
    Thanks for sparking an idea, pookie!
    1382 days ago
  • v SHIRLEYX
    I totally agree with you. I tend towards older cookbooks before there were fake foods. Obesity wasn't as big a problem in the 1940's -1960's. The food is real, often simple, and I just don' t make cakes or cookies unless the family is here.
    1382 days ago
  • v KITT52
    I agree 100%

    the best way to eat is fresh fruits and veggies for all meals including when you want a sweet treat.....whats sweeter than dark sweet cherries or a juicy orange...the list is long...


    1382 days ago
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