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Food Labels: Do You Know What You are Really Eating?

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by Candace Liccione & Tiffany Windsor

On a recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast, we introduced you to foodbabe.com. Vani Hari is an advocate who is making a big difference in the food industry. You may recognize what Vani has done, but you may not have known her name. Check out this list of companies that she took including Subway, Kraft, General Mills, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Anheiser Busch, Miller Coors, Whitewave, Starbucks, General Mills, In-N-Out, the list goes on and on!

Vani has a new book called Feeding You Lies that details all of the food corruption that is going on. For instance, did you know that Kellogg's sells safer, cleaner products in other countries? As she writes “Nothing makes her more angry than companies who put profits over people, especially when they make promises they don't keep…” We both bought our own copies and just finished reading this powerful book that you MUST read!  

In just a few examples, in 2015 Kellogg's told the media that they were removing artificial dyes (Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 6) from Froot Loops in America. They were already selling Froot Loops without these dyes in the U.K. and other countries, so it should have been a swift and easy transition. At the time they said it would be completed by 2018... but we are still waiting for them to make this change. Are they going to keep their promise? There is absolutely no reason why Kellogg's can't sell the same products that they sell overseas in America. If a company can get away with using cheaper ingredients, they will. Given a choice, they’ll always opt for the cheaper flavor enhancer, and the cheaper color additive, and the cheaper preservative, and the cheaper GMO ingredient, even if these cheaper alternatives have a negative impact on our health.

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The Food Babe dedicated an entire chapter in her book, Feeding You Lies, to this very subject because there is so much more you need to know! The food industry doesn’t care about your health, so you really need to.

On her Facebook feed, she recently shared an infographic that shows that America’s version of Froot Loops has 28 ingredients listed. The Australia version has 9 ingredients and when the Australian packaging refers to natural colors, they reference, carmine, paprika, vegetable carbon, turmeric and copper chlorophyll. None of the Red 40, Blue 1, or yellow 6 artificial coloring is included in Australian version.

My siblings and I ate this cereal as kids! Kellogg’s must still be selling a lot of this cereal because it’s still available. Please let this tape keep running in your head “I must read the food labels front and back!”

Take control of your well-being by feeding your body with healthy choices. We promise you, it will make a difference in how you feel! By eliminating these toxic choices, your body has more energy to boost your immune system!

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Is Healthy Food Expensive?

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My sister Candace and I have had an on-going conversation about this topic for years. It’s definitely a topic that can be difficult to pinpoint because we all have different food purchasing habits and budgets and family sizes. So, a healthy food that we may think is reasonably priced because it fits into our food budget, may be expensive for others...or is it really?

In a recent Healing Life Wisdom podcast, Candace and talked about many points on this topic. In that podcast, I mentioned that I would be sharing several links.

On the topic of where to shop for your groceries, I was stunned to read how many Americans buy their food from dollar stores. HealthNutNews explained about 90 percent of the money Americans spend on food goes to buy processed foods. 60% of the food Americans eat is not just processed but ultra-processed which is defined as food products containing several ingredients that are not traditionally used in cooking. Also, besides salt, sugar, oils and fats, they can include artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners and other additives used to imitate sensorial qualities of unprocessed or minimally processed foods. Read the entire article here.

How can we encourage people to eat healthy? Is it a matter of time? Is it a matter of budget? A quick on-line search shows hundreds of budget-minded recipes: 20 recipes for eating healthy on a budget, cheap healthy meals, budget dinners, cheap heart healthy dinner ideas.

I did a little test on the cost of an Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup recipe. Going on-line to WalMart.com, I sourced all the ingredients in organic and came up with soup, side salad bread at $4.25 per serving. Note that this did not take into account the cost of basics, such as spices and WalMart did not offer an organic version of half and half.

There are actually many recipes that you can convert to healthier substitutes to eliminate pesticide laden greens and fruits, gmo’s and other processed and chemical additives. When looking to make the switch to incorporate more fresh organics into your diet, keep in mind that there is a list of the Dirty Dozen which includes the top twelve produce to always buy organic due to the heavy use of pesticides.

In 2018, that list included: strawberries, (with 20 different pesticides), spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers. At the same link, you will also find the Clean Fifteen list for those fruits and veggies that are clean to eat if you can’t find organic.

From webmd.com, there is a list of Tips for Sticking to Your Food Budget - ways you can keep your grocery bill low while your family eats healthier which includes: 1) Compare options and pay attention to portion size; 2) Plan before you shop - keep impulse buying to a minimum; 3) Choose cheaper protein - swap out red meat or fish with lentils for example; 4) Buy in season; 5).Go frozen when fruits and veggies aren’t in season. They’re usually frozen right after they’re picked so they may actually have more nutrients than “fresh” produce shipped from far away.

We invite you to listen to the entire podcast discussion by clicking here.



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