We have other evil culprits in our resturant chains...Macaroni Grille, Applebee's, and many other resturants have been caught lying about their health menus.....beware of what you think is fat free/low fat on the menu. If they say Alfredo is low fat...think again.....I hope this helps with the awareness. I saw an article online about it before I started Sparks. Wish I would have started earlier and I would have posted it!!!
Edited by: JANETLEE40 at: 6/26/2008 (17:27)
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I agree, check the ingredients! I don't buy anything that claims wheat if it has enriched flour. I actually like the wheat pasta. Regular pasta makes me ill! It didn't always, but after I started eating healthier, that was a development. Strange, huh?
I've tried out the wheat pastas. They're ok, but I like regular pasta better. And, after checking the nutritional info on the back of each one, decided that what little benefit the wheat pasta offered was outweighed by what it lost in flavor, so I just eat the regular pasta.....but a smaller portion.
I'm getting my fiber in other ways, so it works out in the end.
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Thanks everyone! Really great information. The "whole wheat" thing is so true. There are so many products that claim that now, and you look at the ingrediants and it says "enriched white flour". I also wonder if wheat pasta is really that much better than regular pasta. It seems to have a little more fiber, but certainly not a high fiber food, and it still a lot of carbs overall. Happy to hear what other folks think about wheat pasta.
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I have found that if you check the ingredients on a lot of the "whole wheat" or "whole grain" breads, etc (especially Thomas' english muffins), there no evidence of that being a valid claim.
CHECK THE INGREDIENTS!!!! If the first ingredient isn't WHOLE something, they're lying to you!
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They trick you and rip you off, according to an article at Nutrition Action (http://www.cspinet.org/nah/foodfrauds.htm l)
1. Smucker's Simply Fruit All varieties of Smucker’s Simply Fruit contain more fruit syrup than actual fruit. And the syrup doesn’t even come from the fruit in the products’ names, but from (cheaper) apple, pineapple, or pear juice concentrate.
2. Multigrain Tostitos A one-ounce (8 chips) serving of Multigrain Tostitos has more sugar (1 gram) than any of its “Four Wholesome Grains.”
3. Kellog's Special K Fruit and Yogurt The company touts that the "cereal combines the crunch of whole grain goodness, the smooth creaminess of yogurt and the sweet taste of berries….” Yet there is more refined rice than whole grain wheat, no berries (just dyed apple pieces), and no yogurt (just yogurt powder that is usually heat treated, killing any beneficial bacteria) in the cereal.
4. Sara Lee Fruits of the Forest Deep Dish Pie Pie is no health food, but Sara Lee’s looks like an exception. With photos of luscious apples, rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, the pie seems like a virtual cocktail of vitamin-packed fruits, “simmered in their own juices” to cut down on the added sugar. But Fruits of the Forest has more partially hydrogenated oil and sugar than any fruit except apples. The upshot: Each serving (1/9 of a pie) has 340 calories, 4 -1/2 grams of saturated fat, and 4 grams of trans! That’s half a day’s bad fat.
5. Kellog's Eggo Nutri-Grain Pancakes The box boasts that these pancakes are “Made with Whole Wheat and Whole Grain,” but they consist primarily of white flour.
6. Gerber Graduates for Toddlers Juice Treat The packaging is decorated with pictures of oranges, grapes, cherries, peaches, and pineapples. Yet the leading ingredients are corn syrup and sugar – and the only “fruit” they contain is nutritionally poor white grape juice concentrate. These snacks are more candy than fruit juice!
7. Enviga Coca-Cola/Nestle claims that their new drink’s combination of caffeine and an antioxidant extracted from green tea will cause people to burn more calories than the drink provides and help them control their weight. In fact, one in five people drinking Enviga burn fewer, not more, calories and long-term studies on the ingredients show no consistent effect on weight.
8. DanActive "Immunity" Dairy Drink This Dannon product claims to help “strengthen your body's defenses.” But the only study Dannon did to see if drinking DanActive kept people from getting sick found that it didn’t!
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