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February 17, 2004 - Issue #009
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1) Warning: Your Whole Fruit May Contain Aspartame!
2) Healthy Recipe of the Month
3) Your Healthy Eating Support Group Tip
4) Healthy Products and Services
Warning: Your Whole Fruit May Contain Aspartame!
My husband came home from the grocery store
the other day with a box of "Whole Fruit"
bars. Now my husband is like just about 90%
of the population when it comes to reading
labels in the grocery store. He looks at the
pretty package – at the colorful pictures
and designs and the big words that say how
wonderful the contents of the package are –
and if it looks good he buys it.
He does just what the manufacturer wants
him to do. He sees just what they want him
to see – their deceptive representation of
an unhealthy food as healthful. (If you
think I’m being a bit harsh, read on.)
This is a perfect example. Here's what the
No Sugar Added
Strawberry Tangerine Raspberry
Excellent Source of Vitamin C
Naturally Fat Free
Sounds pretty healthy, doesn't it? He
thought he was doing something great,
bringing home a healthy treat for our
But let's take a look at what's really in
these "whole fruit" bars (I needed a
magnifying glass to read the ingredients):
white grape juice concentrate, strawberry
citric acid, ascorbic acid
(vitamin C), natural
potassium, beet juice concentrate,
turmeric color, vegetable stabilizers (guar
gum, carob bean gum) which inhibit crystal
sorbitol*, glycerine, tangerine
concentrate, white grape juice concentrate,
polydextrose*, tangerine pulp,
(vitamin C), tangerine oil,
yellow #6, red #40,
vegetable stabilizers (guar gum, carob bean
gum) which inhibit crystal growth.
water, red raspberries,
juice concentrate, citric acid, ascorbic
acid (vitamin C),
potassium , vegetable stabilizers
carob bean gum) which inhibit crystal growth.
* Sensitive individuals may experience a
laxative effect from excess consumption of
All natural flavors, artificial color added.
Phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine"
(This means it contains aspartame.)
I have color coded certain ingredients so
you can see some of the ingredients that
are harmful and of questionable safety.
UNSAFE FOR EVERYONE
(aspartame, acesulfame potassium, yellow #6)
SOURCE OF HIDDEN MSG
(natural flavors, maltodextrin)
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR
Even if you don’t know anything about
reading labels, it’s pretty obvious that
these are anything but "whole fruit." Worst
of all, these are a type of treat that
parents buy for their children, thinking
they are doing something good giving them a
real fruit treat. But in fact, these “Whole
Fruit” bars contain ingredients that should
NEVER be given to children.
Since I would not let my daughter eat these
bars, my husband ate the whole box all by
himself, then made real whole fruit
mangocicles (recipe below) for our daughter.
He said the real thing tasted far better
than the chemical concoction misrepresented
as real fruit.
If you're not reading labels, you're eating
foods that are harmful to your health. The
food manufacturers are not telling the truth
about what's in their packaged food items on
the packages. The ONLY way to know for sure
is to read the tiny print that you need a
magnifying glass to see. It may take more
time. It may be inconvenient. But it is
vitally important to your health.
All the information you need to learn how
to read labels and determine which additives
are harmful and which are not, is in my book,
FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper’s Guide To What’s Safe & What's Not.
It’s small enough that
you can put it in your pocket or purse and
take it to the grocery store with you. If
you shop only in health food stores, you
still need it there. Even so-called health
foods can have harmful additives in them.
Remember, the food manufacturers have one
goal in mind: TO MAKE A PROFIT. They don’t
care about your health. You have to take
responsibility to know what’s healthy and
what is not. If enough people take
responsibility, stop buying the chemical
laden foods and buy only healthy foods, the
food industry will have to change. That day
is a long way off. So, until then, it’s up
to you to know how to read labels and choose
healthy foods for yourself and your family.
your comments or questions about this discussion.
I cannot answer each
question individually, but I will attempt to
address questions in the next newsletter.
Healthy Recipe of the Month
Fresh or frozen mango
Put the mango in a blender and add just
enough water to blend to a thick consistency.
Pour into a popsicle mold, small paper cups
or an ice cube tray. Insert popsicle sticks
Try using different fruits and combinations
Your kids will love them and they’ll be
Your Healthy Eating Support Group Tip
Eat your salads and raw foods first. They
have enzymes to help digest them. The enzymes
in cooked foods have been destroyed by the
cooking process. Your body needs to produce
all the enzymes to digest cooked foods.
Healthy Products and Services
FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's Safe & What's Not
lists over 1300 food additives classified
according to safety, whether they may cause
allergic reactions and if they are GRAS
Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA.
It's a handy pocket-sized book that you can
carry with you when you shop to help you
read food labels and make sure the food
you're buying has only healthy ingredients.
It will help you choose healthy foods when
you shop and keep harmful chemicals out of
the food you feed your family.
If the above link doesn't work, copy
into the address line on your browser.
HEALTHY EATING: For Extremely Busy People Who Don't Have Time For It
tells you what's healthy and what's not in a clear, concise and
easy-to-use format. It gives you a system so easy to use that you
can't help but succeed at eating healthfully. In less than 15 minutes,
you will know how to choose healthy food and be on the right track to
If the above link doesn't work, copy
"http://www.healthyeatingadvisor.com/healthyeating.html" into the address
line on your browser.
Healthy Eating Coaching
If you would like personal, one-on-one help to get yourself
eating healthfully, I offer healthy eating
coaching/nutritional consulting services by telephone. The first
session is free. You just have to pay for the call.
To schedule your no charge evaluation,
send me an e-mail
with NO CHARGE EVALUATION in
the subject line. Tell me what your
concerns are, what times you are available, and what time zone
you're in. I will send you an e-mail with your appointment date
and time, and the phone number for you to call.
Written by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Your Personal Online Healthy Eating Coach
(c) copyright 2003 HealthyEatingAdvisor.com