yes, it's much clearer, i'll be able to watch my nutrition easily
yes: previously i hadn't looked at food labels
no - I don't care what the label says, it doesn't influence my diet
no: I already look at food labels, and this isn't going to change my diet
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Labels are helpful to some extent but nothing replaces common sense. IMHO more important than the labels are the ingredients listed in any product. Common sense tells you the closest to the natural state of a food item the better. A good example is margarine versus butter. Butter is natural and the ingredients in margarine are equivalent to plastic fat. Natural cheese over processed cheese food. Unbleached flour over bleached. Natural sweeteners (honey, pure maple syrup) over refined sugars that have many names. If I had to pick the worst culprit it would be refined sugar as it is in just about every processed food. We have a nation full of sugarholics and they get addicted at a very young age. Moms and Dad both work these days so junior gets a bowl of sugary cereal or a Pop tart for breakfast out of convenience. In his lunch box a PB&J sandwich (peanut butter/jelly can have high levels of sugar smeared on bread made of bleached flour that has little nutritional value and converts to sugar). Or maybe one of those pre-packaged Lunchables full of processed food with high sugar, sodium and fat content and a pre-packaged juice box (more sugar) to wash it all down. For convenience since mom/dad just put a full day in at work, a run through the drive thru for fast food is on the menu for dinner. It's a proven fact that sugar affects a child's behavior in a bad way and by the time they are teens more and more are facing serious health issues because of it. The less refined sugar you allow your children, the more they appreciate the natural sweetness in fruits and vegetables. Most children are not big fans of vegetables unless they are potatoes and corn (sugar). Getting them to eat anything green can be a real challenge. You have to get creative. You make chili with V8 juice, puree spinach or any green veggie and mix it in the meatloaf.
One of my daughters has a Masters in Nutrition, and I feel like I have just had a chat with her, just by reading your post! She lives in Texas, unfortunately, but she is one of the best cooks I have ever met. I'm told that I am also a great cook, but I have had to ask her for recipes, because what she cooks just tastes soooo good! You're never too old to learn, I guess!
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Except when I'm lazy, which really isn't all that often, I eat very little processed food so it makes little difference to me.
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Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011