Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Almost as bad as Googling "mechanically separated chicken."

I've started buying whole wheat pasta versus the unwheaty kind as some sort of vague attempt to be healthier. It's a tricky thing to do though. First off, there's a difference between a package that says "wheat" versus "whole wheat." Also, did you know that anything labeled "enriched" is actually not a good thing? The nutrients in wheat get stripped out when flour is processed so the manufacturer adds artificial nutrients back in, making it magically enriched.

"Enriched wheat flour is white flour. The bran and the germ portion of the whole wheat, which are rich in vitamins and minerals, have been refined out. To compensate for refining out approximately 20 nutrients, they add back 4 synthetic nutrients, niacin (vitamin B3), reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate (synthetic vitamin B1), and riboflavin (vitamin B2). These nutrient additives...are added to mostly refined and processed foods giving a false sense of nutritional value and can lead to nutritional imbalances."

That's from the site Healthy Eating Advisor. Click on that link with caution though. Reading the contents of that site may ruin food for you. It pretty much outlines all of the cancer, obesity and ADHD causing ingredients in our food. It's frightening to think about it.

Still not going to stop me from eating Velveeta and Diet Coke though...

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