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MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
12/2/12 12:48 A

I worry about the studies on additives in foods and how our bodies process---or don't---these chemicals. For myself I try and keep with natural and recognizable ingredients. I'll splurge on a diet coke or diet hot chocolate once in a while... still trying to break that habit, but haven't found a better fix yet.

JIBBIE49 Posts: 73,607
11/30/12 2:13 P

I'm reading "WHEAT BELLY" by William Davis M.D. and recommend listening to his lecture on YouTube.

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11/30/12 1:43 P

I would much rather eat real over fake even if there is a huge difference in calories. The scientifically man-made stuff is doing who-knows-what (though we can guess it's bad) to our bodies and DNA.

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11/30/12 1:28 P

I agree! I used to use margarine and artificial sweeteners but stopped because it finally dawned on me how many chemicals go into these products.

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11/30/12 12:32 P

I completely agree. Things like low/no fat products didn't get that way on their own. They had to chemically add in flavor etc in order to make it halfway decent to eat. If I had the time and resources I would make a lot of my own stuff, including butter and cheese. Some cheese like ricotta and mozzarella is super easy to make on your own with only a few ingredients, just takes a bit of time, and it tastes out of this world. I'm even learning how to make my own cured meats, but that gets a bit harder to do at home unless you have a good place to cure them. I'm hoping to get a wine fridge for Christmas so I can cure meats in that haha.

Once we get an upright freezer I plan on going in on the meat from local farmers too. It's so much cheaper than the supermarket stuff, which is what I currently buy. I can't afford to buy the better quality meat on my current $75/week budget for groceries, but buying from farmers in bulk is soooo cheap.

I do still have my one diet coke per day (down from six!) :( I don't like coffee or tea and I need that little caffeine boost in the morning. I'm sure someday I'll be able to break it though.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/30/12 12:08 P

poultry I use UP THE LANE. I believe they deliver. Their chicken is great. Unfortunately Pork or anything from piggly wiggly will not be green fed. They don't eat grass. They eat compost and other yuck that farmers cannot really control to be clean. Three different local farmers confirmed. One of the main reasons I do not touch pork, bacon or anything else that comes from a piggy.

HAARVIK Posts: 38
11/30/12 8:43 A

I agree. I always read ingredients. I get my beef from a local farmer. Trying to locate a source for poultry/pork at a farmer level, but not having much luck. I just try to find out as much as I can where it came from before I purchase. Most people are unaware of the dangers in eating these substitutes.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/30/12 8:41 A

Natural as much as I can. I don't do margarine as it tastes like plastic, I don't do anything that comes in a pink, yellow or blue packet. If it is made in a plant vs by a plant i do my best to avoid it.
That being said, be really careful when buying boxed foods at the health food stores. Really read the ingredients, If it has vegetable extracts, yeast extracts, natural flavors, or other things that don't sound right it may just be a way that the food industry is hiding GMO's and MSG.
The only things I buy from WF's is the fresh fruit and veggies, things off the raw foods shelf (most of that at least where I live comes from local businesses and the product is primarily real homemade food.) I am even careful with the meat, I like to know the farmer or group that i buy my meat from. SO I don't always buy from WF's or other health food stores even if they say the meat is Green Fed.

HAARVIK Posts: 38
11/30/12 8:00 A

My family has been making the transition from manmade condiments/substitutes to natural. Through my research I have found that most substitutes contain ingredients that are far worse for your health than eating what nature created. An example is butter. If you read the ingredients for substitute butters/margarines, you will see things like soy. Soy beans in the US are 98% GMO crops. In addition, in order for these spreads to be soft when refrigerated they have to be hydrogenated. This is where the trans fats come in. Just because something is low calorie doesn't mean it is good for you. It's no different than drinking diet coke so you don't get the sugar. Your body treats sweeteners all the same, artificial or not.

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