What's Lurking in Your Food?

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We all have our personal list of crave-worthy foods. It may be a scrumptious milkshake in the drive-thru or a plate of hot fries. The problem with these foods is that we indulge our cravings far too often, failing to treat these as an occasional treat. Some of our favorites are laden with sugars, sodium, and artificial ingredients that we should avoid.

  • Drive-Thru Milkshakes. A milkshake invokes images of creamy ice cream turned into a handcrafted milkshake. Nothing could be further from the truth. These "shakes" start with a base that includes high fructose corn syrup, sodium phosphate, and diglycerides. A strawberry shake contains no strawberries. Instead, its pink color and flavor come from a host of chemicals including benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, and cinnamyl isobutyrate. Somehow this doesn't sound so yummy now.
  • French fries. Hot, salty, straight from the fryer fries are hard to beat. A single serving of these salty sticks can provide 30 percent of the RDA of fat and 10 percent of the daily allowance of sodium. These are often prepared in oil that includes Dimethylpolysiloxane as an anti-foaming agent. Eat up!
  • Breakfast cereal. Even if you avoid the brightly colored boxes of sugar-laden cereals that the manufacturers use to target children, many of your hot and cold breakfast favorites have odd ingredients, GMO sourced ingredients, and far more sugar than you should have at breakfast.

The good news, as always, is that these can be made with whole foods. A simple scoop of vanilla ice cream, a heaping helping of bright red strawberries, and a splash of organic milk can make a delicious, occasional treat. Whole potatoes, cubed, drizzled with olive oil and roasted in the oven make a great side dish. And lastly, cold or hot, plain oatmeal is a delicious whole grain breakfast that you can jazz up with your choice of toppings: nut butter, honey, fruit, and a dash of vanilla.


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