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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Food Marketing

I came across this article the other day;  
"When Homemade Doesn't Happen: The Best Frozen Meals"

This ridiculousness has to stop!  People are going to read the above article, eat the recommended foods, and think they are consuming healthy meals.  This article was written by "The Editors of WOMEN'S HEALTH".  Shame on them!  Telling the public these meal options are good, healthy choices is irresponsible. "WOMEN'S HEALTH" must raise their standards!  "WOMEN'S HEALTH" is supposed to be a HEALTH magazine.  They are supposed to promote HEALTH, not products.  It is this sort of ridiculous nutrition advice that is making our country obese. People think they are eating healthy when they are really increasing their risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Lets look at some of the so called "healthy" meal options highlighted in the article.

Smart Ones Morning Express French Toast with Turkey Sausage

Ingredients French Toast (Cinnamon Swirl Bread [Water, Whole Wheat Flour, Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Wheat Gluten, Yeast, Contains 2% or Less of: Soybean Oil, Salt, Cinnamon, Caramel Color, Lactic Acid, Honey, Cultured Corn Syrup Solids, Citric Acid, Ethoxylated Mono-and Diglycerides (Soy), Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Enzymes, Sodium Chloride, Dextrin Sorbitol, Ascorbic Acid, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Corn Starch], Egg Mixture: (Whole Eggs, Whey, Sugar, Egg Whites, Whole Milk, Contains 2% or Less than, Cinnamon Flavor, Vanilla Flavor (Invert Syrup, Flavors, Vanilla Extract, Caramel Colors), Salt, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid]), Cooked Turkey Sausage Links (Mechanically Separated Turkey, Turkey, Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Seasoning [Salt, Sugar & Spices], Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Caramel Color, Spices, Flavor, Salt, Modified Cornstarch, Soy Lecithin), Table Syrup (Sugar, Water, Corn Starch, Caramelized Sugar Syrup [Sugar, Water], Contains 2% or Less of Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Salt, Maple Syrup).
Anything containing nitrates, corn syrup, xanthan gum, maltodextrin, caramel color, caramelized sugar syrup, etc. is not healthy!

Lean Cuisine Garden Vegetable Dip with Pita Bread
Ingredients Pita Bread (Enriched Wheat Flour [Flour, Malt Barley Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid], Water, Yeast, Soybean Oil, Sugar, Salt, Spices, Dough Conditioners [Wheat Flour, Ascorbic Acid, Enzymes]), Water, Broccoli, Onions, Carrots, Spinach, Neufchatel Cheese (Cultured Milk and Cream, Salt, Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum), Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese (Pasteurized Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Yellow Carrots, Parmesan Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Cream, 2% or Less of Modified Cornstarch, Skim Milk, Asiago Cheese (Cultured Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Salt, Garlic Puree, Bleached Wheat Flour, Potassium Chloride, Enzyme Modified Parmesan Cheese (Cultured Milk, Water, Salt, Enzymes), Whey Protein Concentrate, Spices, Xanthan Gum, Flavors.
Dewafelbakkers A+ Cinnamon All-Natural Sweet Potato Pancake
Ingredients:Whole Grain Spelt Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Corn Syrup, Sweet Potatoes, Sugar, Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil, Fructan, Whey, Dried Egg Whites, Salt, Cinnamon, Soy Lecithin, Leavening (Calcium Acid Pyrophosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Xanthan Gum. Made with Bruce Foods Sweet Potatoes.
All natural?  Really?  This product contains corn syrup.  Do you know how corn syrup is made?  Watch the following video and tell me it's all natural!


Lesson Learned?
DON'T TRUST FOOD MARKETING!  Remember, companies are trying to sell a product.  I don't blame these companies for jumping through loopholes to make money.  I blame organizations such as "WOMEN'S HEALTH" for promoting food products instead of real, healthy, foods.

Just because something is low in calories, does not make it healthy!

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