Well, my Dears...the time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things.
Its time to speak some truth and clear some general confusion about food!!
I am not a nutritionist, but I am an ex fattie, ex dancer, ex food addict, and ex compulsive eater. I know about food combination, and the different diets out there and what the body processes and why and how. I've studied the human body and its need for fuel for nearly 25 years. There are things that MOST of us don't seem to know. Time to wake up.
RULE #1 What is says is not necessarily what it is. Organic does not mean what you think organic means anymore.
In the early 20's, congress passed a law saying that you had to list all the ingredients on the package, and their quantities contained therein appropriately.
In 1973, Congress reversed itself, and that law was repealed. They can call anything REAL so long as it has the SAME nutritional properties and content coding as what WE originally considered to be so. Acidophilus Milk is not real milk. It is not from a cow. It is a combination of all things that were ORGANICALLY in milk, and a recreation of that product (minus the stuff that bothers the tummy). A lot of the cheese we buy has a lot of CHEESE product. Things are added to make it last longer, and then you have to add things to mask the flavor of what you added in the first place.
Example: Frozen strawberries CAN be sold with strawberry flavoring and sugar ADDED because you loose some flavor in the freezing process.
So to clarify and set the record straight.....the word "ORGANIC" is not the get out of jail free ticket that every one thinks it is. There is NO such thing as ORGANIC CANE SUGAR. They put that on the label to trick you. Sugar in its simplest form is the kind your Grandmother used. Either white or brown. Sugar is sugar...organic sugar is not better for you than regular sugar.
In the early seventies, there was a sugar shortage. We used a lot of sugar in our fatty American diet, so our brilliant government decided to introduce CORN SYRUP as a replacement.
Corn is more readily available, easier to mass produce and process, and there it is. The CORN syrup revolution was born.
Sad facts that the USDA and the AMA probably won't tell you is you PROCESS SUCROSE (sugar) in your body differently than FRUCTOSE, and to confuse you further, its now called HFCS (High Fructose corn syrup).
Because its cheaper than sucrose, its used a lot more. We are finally seeing a small admittance to how damaging HFCS is to the body over time. Its been more than 30 years since its introduction to our diet, and if you haven't read up, we are a nation in DIET/OBESITY crisis mode. We have done it to ourselves!! The government keep saying its our lack of exercise and meal preportions that made us fat, but it has a lot to do with the CRAP WE EAT. Statistics now state one out of two children will develop Type 2 Diebetes in their life time. SHAME ON US.
Here is a simple trick to eat better.
If there are more than 5 ingredients listed on the label, walk away. The paleolithic diet is not a diet, but a way to eat like your grandma did. Hopefully your Grandma was a good cook and made everything from scratch. You don't have to eat raw( although the raw diet, the REAL ONE, is the best diet to live on) but you want to eat simply. You want to eat things that have been changed the least since their origin. The less the food has been screwed with before it goes into your mouth, the better. Frozen, caned, condensed, and especially hydrogenated food should be avoided. Fast food is poison. Goodbye Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with its neon colored powder and addictive taste. I still use pasta sauce from a jar but I use one with 5 ingredients. You can find this stuff in the regular supermarket but you have to look!
In my opinion, if you really want to know, read the book FAT CHANCE by Dr. Robert Lustig.
He is a pediatrician and has been studying the effects of bad diet to our children, both rich families and poor, and now has conclusive results about HOW we have GENETICALLY changed our bodies DNA and NOT for the better.
Michael Pollan also has some good books.....
The more you educate yourself, the more you can take care of yourself.
Put as much effort into YOU as you do your life!
You can thank me later.