Eating used to be a family affair, a time when everyone came
together to talk, share, and enjoy each otherâ€™s company. Weâ€™re nourished by
each otherâ€™s presence when we sit around the table. Nowadays, many of us catch
meals on the run and donâ€™t spend enough quality time together while enjoying
The previous blog post talked about where to shop and which
foods to buy. This post will talk about which foods to avoid and why.
In general, your body likes food as close to its natural
sources as possible. That means wild rice, whole fruits and vegetables, and raw
nuts and seeds. Basing your diet on natural foods will help your family feel
better, look better, and think better. Following are some foods to avoid on
your journey to better nutrition.
and processed foods of all kinds.
genetically modified grains, such as wheat and spelt.
smoked, and cured meats like bacon, sausages, and hot dogs, since they
often contain milk, corn, sugar, and food additives.
peanut butter, because it is loaded with sugar. Use pure or organic peanut
butter or almond butter instead. Itâ€™s simple to make your own too.
- Non-organic fruits and vegetables, because of
the high pesticide load. The worst culprits are apples, spinach, peaches,
pears, strawberries, grapes, potatoes, celery, and green beans.
How to Read Labels:
To find out what youâ€™re really putting in your body and on
your familyâ€™s plates, start reading labels. The most plentiful substance is the
first ingredient listed on the label, the second most plentiful substance is
the second thing listed, etc. You need to know that commercial food companies
are very clever in this labeling.
Just as weâ€™ve always known, sugar is harmful when eaten in
large quantities. I would challenge you to eliminate it as much as possible.
However, sugar wears many cloaks and is often cleverly disguised in various
names on the label.
Here are some of sugarâ€™s other names:
- Barley malt or malt syrup
- Beet sugar, cane sugar, date sugar, grape sugar,
or brown sugar
- Buttered syrup, golden syrup, refinerâ€™s syrup, corn
syrup, or corn syrup solids
- Dextrose, fructose, lactose, maltose, sucrose
- Ethyl maltol
- Fruit juice or fruit juice concentrate
- Glucose or glucose solids
- Golden syrup
- High fructose corn syrup ***this is one you want
to avoid at all costs***
- Mannitol or sorbitol
- Molasses (one of the good sugarsâ€¦loaded with
- Raw sugar
Safe sugar substitutes include stevia and xylitol.
Another cleverly disguised ingredient is a flavor enhancer, monosodium
glutamate (MSG). This substance is a neurotoxin,
meaning it causes damage to the structure of the brain leading to chronic
disease. Itâ€™s commonly added to Chinese food, and some people have severe
reactions such as headaches, a hangover feeling, or swollen ankles.
Here are the other names that may appear on the label
instead of MSG:
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) or textured protein
- Monopotassium glutamate
- Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP) or autolyzed
- Yeast extract
- Glutamate or Glutaminic acid
- Autolyzed yeast
- Vegetable protein extract
Make reading labels a game, and get the kids involved. Kids
LOVE reading labels, and they will surprise and delight you with their
willingness to stay on good foods when theyâ€™ve read the labels themselves.