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Is it Healthy Food?

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Answer yes to 6 out of 7 questions and it's probably healthy.

Is it a plant part?
Is it colorful with lots of nutrients and phytonutrients?
Does it have 3 grams of fiber per serving (or more)?
Did you start with the raw food directly from a garden or farm, fresh or frozen without additives like sweetners, fats, or sauces? (you cooked it from scratch)?
If it was processed by someone else, are the other ingredients only other plant foods?
Was the plant food grown without pesticides?
Is it on the Anti-Angiogenic food list? (available at

I consider mushrooms to be very healthy for you, but they would fall short by these questions, since they are not a plant part.

Food that is excluded by these questions, like soda, sugar, artificial sweeteners, cake, meat, fish, etc. are questionable by many reputable, knowledgeable people.

So I am staying away from them, for now.

The most amazing thing to me is the amount of chemicals put into canned vegetables, fruit, and legumes.

I continue reading labels, and am scared off from most things except fresh or frozen produce. Or dried without additives.

How do you decide if something is healthy for you?
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    Very interesting. My brother in England hunts mushrooms and other fungi in the fields of Southern England he is a writer and he loves to cook. He just has no free time to be in touch with me. I do love him a lot.
    The growing season here is too short for many foods. I must admit I am English and was raised on meat and vegetables. Only Apples and pears when we could pick them in Friends orchards. I am so happy to meet you, I am type 2 diabetic so I avoid sugar I prefer it to artificial sweetener. I do not drink soda and the only vegetable I like but it is always too tough to eat is KALE. I love it in soups I know it is great for eye health but cooking it just never works for our taste buds. Pat in Maine.
    1903 days ago
    I would think that a mushroom is a plant... isn't a fungus a plant? Joel Fuhrman who wrote Eat to Live considers it important to eat mushrooms frequently...
    It's great that you simply decide to stay away from certain foods. Good for you!

    1905 days ago
  • HHLTD1
    I would consider mushrooms to be healthy too, they may not be a plant but they are not considered an animal either. I eat very little in the way of canned vegetables after not eating them for years I now find I don't like them and think they taste funny. We have so many options today to me it doesn't make sense to eat anything but fresh. Good luck with the the change in eating habits. I can't seem to stay away from sugars and starches they are my big down fall.
    1905 days ago
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