Thursday, March 10, 2005

informed eating

these days people read the nutrition labels on their food to check for calories, fat content, and carb content. it is also a good idea to read for ingredients. how long is the list? are you unable to identify any of the ingredients? is high fructose corn syrup listed in the first three?

i myself am trying to stop eating fake food. it is very difficult in this city when you are in a rush, to buy things that are real food. in the ubiquitous corner deli i find your best bets are:

bag of nuts
individual stonyfield organic yogurt

I am also trying to avoid food with high fructose corn syrup. this means there are practically no bottled juices i can buy at the local korean deli/bodega. it has also meant giving up a lot of the fake energy bars i used to eat. i try now to stick to odwalla bars, luna bars, and clif bars. the ingredients are all totally identifiable and none of them are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. i used to adore balance gold bars (they taste like a piece of giant passover candy. yummmm). then one day i looked at the ingredient list and about 3 of the first 6 ingredients were different types of sugar. jeez! just because you can buy something in a health food store, doesn't mean it's healthy.

so, in honor of my trip to spring street natural with shannon tonight, i declare this "pay attention to your food" week. make every bite count.

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