What’s in YOUR food exactly?

I was standing in the Starbucks line up the other day behind a beautiful little girl and her Dad, listening to them debate on what She was going to order. 

Her usual was a steamed milk, but today she wanted a hot chocolate. 

The Dad’s reaction was that the Hot chocolate was too high in sugars, fair enough, it is pretty high, even without whipped cream.

The debate went on and she also wanted to add a cookie to this order. He replied that she could have one or the other, but not both. Good man.

He began then pointing out options to take the place of a cookie. He offered her a Scone or a Muffin instead…(INSERT BLOGIDEA) wait…. buddy those have JUST as much if not MORE sugar that that little hot chocolate the cutie wants.

food labels

In the end I blanked on what the actual order ended up being, as I think I was in blog thinking mode.

It’s really too bad that more people aren’t aware of what is actually in their food, myself included. I know I eat things that I THINK are smart choices, when there’s actually hidden poison, but I do my best to educate myself and can only hope others are doing the same.

Back to the cookie , scone muffin hot chocolate dilemma.

Let’s compare calories and SUGAR grams.

TALL HOT CHOCOLATE WITHOUT WHIPPED CREAM – 230 calories, 4.5g fat, 23g sugar

CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIE – 380 calories, 19gfat, 34g sugar ) This is insane FYI

BLUEBERRY SCONE – 360 calories, 15g fat, 15g sugar

MUFFIN – 380 calories, 17g fat, 29g sugar

You can see that although the Dad THOUGHT he was suggesting a healthier option He was actually on the same page as she was nutritionally.

While we’re talking about Starbucks treats, I just want to point out a few more popular items that I want you to be aware of.

OAT BAR- 360 calories, 19g fat, 12g sugar

OATMEAL ( with all 3 toppings) – 410 calories, 13g fat, 25g sugar

GREEK YOGURT & HONEY PARFAIT- 310 calories, 12g fat, 12g sugar

(peach raspberry parfait is 19g sugar and the strawberry blueberry is 22g sugar)

Let’s leave the coffee shop and just cruise around life continuing on this topic.

SUGAR, thankfully is becoming well known as the white death, the devil, the obesity culprit… SOMETHING TO AVOID.

Something to remind yourself of is that SUGAR is not always labelled as SUGAR.

Here are a few of the “other names” to be aware of:)

RAW SUGAR

CANE SUGAR

SORBITOL

BARLEY MALT

MOLASSES

MALTOSE

MALTODEXTRIN

MALT SYRUP

HONEY

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP

CORN SYRUP

FRUCTOSE

GLUCOSE

FRUIT JUICE/CONCENTRATE

DATE SUGAR

BROWN SUGAR 

INVERT SUGAR

To change directions completely, Sorry, I just want to share the information that I feel strongly about, so bare with me:)

CANOLA OIL, you know that super common cost effective “vegetable oil” that is in LITERALLY EVERYTHING!!!!! ( I mean it, literally everything.)

Canola oil comes from pressed RAPE SEED OIL, which my friends is TOXIC to humans and animals and was NEVER intended for human consumption. 

Rapeseed oil is used as lubricant, fuel sap, and is a base for synthetic rubber. YUMMY I KNOW:)

CANOLA OIL is on the beauty of a list for the TOP 10 GMO products.

Rapeseed oil/ canola oil is shown to cause mad cow disease as well as blindness. It forces our red blood cells to clump together, which I promise you is NOT GOOD.

It was banned after WW2 after it was discovered that it was causing blisters on the lungs of soldiers and civilians. 

So why do we make it AND consume it? Well because the Canadian Government paid the FDA $50million dollars to register Canola Oil as safe for consumption and like I mentioned earlier, its CHEAP to harvest and produce.

So I urge you to toss the bottle if it’s sitting in your cupboard and REALLY read those labels.

Instead of Canola Oil, try these:

GRAPESEED

OLIVE OIL

FLAX OIL

COCONUT OIL

SUNFLOWER

SAFFLOWER

WALNUT/ALMOND OIL

GHEE

 

 
Basically, I just want to make sure you are educating yourself. Ask questions, read, listen to people who know more than you and be aware.
Am I saying that you should NEVER eat sugar? No, Heck no. I in fact just had a bit of a delicious Donut this afternoon, it’s balance and filling your 90% with clean high quality foods and enjoying the occasional treat.
The canola oil, I suggest never if you can control it.
There are obviously a million more ingredients we could go into detail on, but we’ll be here for a month:)
Happy label reading:)

Here’s to your health