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>> Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Immediately after posting about Wendy's chili and McDonald's southwest salad, this article came to me about the hidden chemicals in what seems like "healthier" food in fast food restaurants. Even McDonald's coffee isn't just coffee. Now I'm depressed!! So maybe my 80/20 rule will have to become 90/10 or I'll have to find another solution to eating out altogether. Although I still do believe that if we lay a good foundation for our bodies, that they will forgive us if we eat not so healthy food.

Here's the article if you want to be depressed too...
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(NaturalNews) The movie Supersize Me has probably had more of an effect than the producers anticipated. Since then, in the fast food industry, there has been a market trend promoting menu items that appear to be healthy. But most of these menu items have ingredients that health conscious consumers would prefer to avoid.

Most health conscious consumers consider healthy foods to be things like raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, raw nuts and seeds, and clean meats like wild Alaskan salmon, or free-range chicken or turkey.

Some ingredients that health conscious consumers consider unacceptable are MSG (or free glutamate, or free glutamic acid, including anything hydrolyzed or autolyzed), trans fats (hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils [3]), artificial colors, artificial flavors, and most preservatives.

Many so-called healthy fast food menu items, upon closer inspection, do not live up to the health hype. Most of the meat from any of the major chains has anything but a simple ingredients list. They add emulsifiers, preservatives, MSG, artificial colors, trans fats, and hidden ingredients under generic labels such as spices, or natural and artificial flavors.

Some of these food additives are not foods at all, but are chemicals that are generally recognized as safe. Most of these additives cannot be found at your local grocery store, probably because they aren't food. But some can be found at your local hardware store, though in inedible products like low tox antifreeze, silicone caulk, soap, sunscreen, and play sand.

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6 comments:

Laurie February 19, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

Why are we not all dead yet? But at least we'll make good compost when we're gone!

Susan Ginn February 20, 2009 at 9:42 AM  

We're not all dead, but we are all sick!! We're one of the sickest nations in the world.

Kelly the Kitchen Kop February 21, 2009 at 2:06 PM  

Hope you don't mind my leaving a link, but here's a list I use as an alternative to fast food on busy evenings, which we all have a lot of:

http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2008/05/fast-food-healthy-options.html

Susan Ginn February 21, 2009 at 5:58 PM  

I just looked at your post Kelly...GREAT ideas. I especially love the egg drop soup idea. I think I'll be trying that this week. Thanks for leaving this link!

Alyss March 6, 2009 at 3:41 PM  

I'm going to write a blog post about this soon, but my feeling on fast food is that you should strive to "eat food with a face." People use that term to mean happy animals from happy farmers, but it also means food that was made by someone who cares about the food. My local Thai restaurant may get their chicken from Costco, but they are real people who really care about their product. Ethnic restaurants are GREAT sources of food like that as they are mostly family run. Local coffee shops or anything that's not part of a chain is also a good choice. You may still get some nasties from the food they serve you, but you also get their attention and care, and are supporting a buisiness that is worth supporting. Down with mega-corporations! :)

Susan Ginn March 7, 2009 at 12:59 PM  

Hi Alyss...welcome to my blog! I think you made some good points too. I look forward to more of your thoughts on your blog.

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