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KITT52
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Surprising food facts

Thursday, March 07, 2013

I try very hard to eat clean healthy foods...I have done well at these....To my surprise my Dad asked me if I really thought processed food were so bad.....I told him I did and would prove to him just how unhealthy some of them were...I have to admit it even surprised me.....
My Dad likes pot pies so we checked the label ....OMG.... emoticon
the calories said 520
11 grams of saturated fats
800 grams of sodium
but the real shock was this was for only half of the pot pie.....so double it all....because who eat half of a pot pie......shocking to me....

then we checked out the grands biscuits, as he eats a couple with his pot pie.....another OMG moment
one biscuit was 170 calories, 1.5 grams of saturated fats but had 3.5 grams of trams fat....(no amount of trans fat is good for you)..once again shocked as Dad eats at least 2 of these with his pot tie....

I won't go one with more info but figure it out..this is not healthy in any way....
Now my Dad was very surprised...he said he could not fully understand how they could sell food that was suppose to be healthy for us.... could be so unhealthy for us....

Will he stop eating this stuff...probably not.....I am so happy I stopped eating this way....

have a healthy day.... emoticon
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  • SPARTAN40
    What I hate about the labels is that they consider 1/2 of a pot pie a serving. That is so dishonest. As least some of the labels have realistic serving sizes - like 4 thin mint girl scout cookies is one serving.

    That said, I like the fact that they add labels to a bag of babies carrots. Makes me feel good to see the ingredients as "carrots" nothing more and nothing less.
    1297 days ago
  • NASFKAB
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    1298 days ago
  • COLUMBINE2
    Good info, Kitt! I am sad to say that years ago I ate pot pies & fed them to my kids. I wish I could do those years over again..but cannot. And as young adults, they're not interested in learning now. Maybe eventually....... it'll kick in!

    I'm amazed your Dad was willing to read & hear the facts. It IS hard to learn new eating habits(I still struggle with my old eating habits!) ...and he's lucky to have you there for support if he decides to try different substitutes that are healthier!

    You're a great model & I appreciate your eye-opening blog! emoticon

    1298 days ago
  • SOCKITTOME
    The things we learn from reading labels or researching online is astounding. And despite all the big talk from the White House about healthy eating yada yada, at the end of the day money is all that matters. Many food manufacturers want to sell junk and they exceed at it because many people are so gullible or too lazy to demand change. It seems the only thing we can really change is our little corner of the world. You are doing a marvelous job in yours!
    1298 days ago
  • RAINBOWMF
    No shock to me, I have read them all!

    No, pre package stuff is good for you.

    Hugs Mary
    1298 days ago
  • LADYBLUEZ
    Shocking! To think I use to eat those-because they were cheap. Good for you for giving your dad a reality check.
    1298 days ago
  • YAFENELRA
    In this day and age we have to read the labels to even come close to eating healthy.

    By the way, how is your dad doing??
    1298 days ago
  • ANNIE924
    I listened to a radio interview this morning with Michael Moss the author of Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Very interesting information, I want to read this book.

    Some of his information compares giant food companies to the tobacco companies in the way they have hooked us on highly processed food.

    I am trying to get rid of processed food from my diet, but it is so hard - means almost exclusively preparing your own food.
    1298 days ago
  • DESERTDREAMERS
    I picked up a package of something in the store the other day - 245 cal per serving - 4 servings per (rather small) package. Yikes!
    1298 days ago
  • LAINIESNEWLIFE
    That's why I avoid all frozen dinners.
    1298 days ago
  • TRAILWALKERJO54
    You and me both-- we have to read the labels for sure ... nothing processed is really healthy for us -- wholesome and fresh is the way to eat the best..

    thanks Kitt --still an eye opener..
    1298 days ago
  • KATHYJO56
    Kitt, That is one of the first things that I learned when I joined SP was to learn how to properly read food labels. Processed foods are incredibly loaded with things that are harmful to us. Just think about it. These foods are loaded with chemicals and preservatives to hold a long shelf life. I hate to think of the long life the affects of these foods are having on my body. Great information and I'm glad that you are educating your Dad. emoticon
    1298 days ago
  • KATHYJO56
    Kitt, That is one of the first things that I learned when I joined SP was to learn how to properly read food labels. Processed foods are incredibly loaded with things that are harmful to us. Just think about it. These foods are loaded with chemicals and preservatives to hold a long shelf life. I hate to think of the long life the affects of these foods are having on my body. Great information and I'm glad that you are educating your Dad. emoticon
    1298 days ago
  • SAISHA100CJ
    So, that was only for half of a pot pie? Amazing! You are a great label reader! I am sure your Dad appreciated the info. You are a good daughter. emoticon
    1298 days ago
  • BANDMOM2012
    Being a label reader pays off. It is wise to eat as clean as possible with very few processed foods.
    1298 days ago
  • SIMPLYABUNDANT
    The pot pie I eat is "only" 400 calories ~ granted it is for emergencies only, when I simply MUST have some comfort food and would rather eat that with a couple of servings of steamed veggies than cave in to the calorie load from a similar dish at a restaurant. Actually, what bothers me more about processed food is the paragraph of unpronounceable stuff that's added. Label reading is such an eye-opening experience, isn't it?
    1298 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Over the years I've become an avid label reader. With all the health information out there readily available to people you might think you'd see more label reading in the market, yet time and time again I see very few people doing it. They just seem to robotically move through the aisles tossing the items in, seemingly more concerned with price and quantity than quality. They seem to eye my cart with suspicion because the contents don't reflect theirs like maybe I've found a better bargain on something than they did.

    I know there are plenty of people concerned with the fuel they put into their bodies and it is not them I address in the above generalized observation.

    Now more than ever food and more importantly the marketing of food is big business and the companies will resort to any means necessary to get you to buy their product and become hooked on it.

    Yes, there are lots of shortcut items I would like to purchase but I don't because they include ingredients I don't recognize, hydrogenation, high fructose corn syrup, cottonseed oil, high sodium, etc.

    Buyer beware, indeed!
    1298 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    It can be utterly shocking can't it!
    1299 days ago
  • BARBARAROSE54
    WOW ! emoticon
    1299 days ago
  • KATI5668
    WOW...was that one of the store bought pot pies..Marie Calander or such. I would expect those kind of calories in a pot pie from KFC!!! Would be nice to know the name of the pie ..as my buy loves to eat them too...He also loves Grands Biscuits with bkfst!

    WOW...got to read the label..cannot expect someone else to be responsible for our choices.
    They only make those items cause folks eat them..if they did not buy them..the shelves would soon reflect that!

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    1299 days ago
  • SHANTODD420
    That is great information kitt. Thanks for sharing and I am sure your dad learned some from you as well.
    1299 days ago
  • NADINEL
    Its wonderful to educate ourselves about what we eat. The food industry amazes me (and makes me sad or mad - depending on what I learn) . It seems its not about feeding people, but the almighty dollar. Buyer beware. Enjoy your day!
    1299 days ago
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