The Myth of Buying Organic Food

In the Frank Lipman, M.D. book How to Be Well he exposes the following as unhealthful fats to avoid consuming:

corn oil

canola oil

soybean oil

vegetable oil

sunflower oil

safflower oil

and of course palm oil that is not ethically sourced.

The dilemma is that these fats are cheap. They are used in organic food “products” that come in boxes or bags.

This is not real food in its natural state.

Skinny Pop popcorn uses sunflower oil.

The other dilemma is that most organic products use “natural flavor” which is a chemical additive.

I steer clear of consuming any food or drink with natural flavor.

Ginger ale has natural flavor. These chemical additives are everywhere.

Food manufacturers use these fats and chemicals because they’re cheap ingredients. The cheaper the product is to produce the cheaper it can be sold. Which is not how to choose what you eat and drink: by whether it costs only $2 dollars as opposed to $8 dollars.

Those of us who live in poverty should not be forced to subsist on unhealthy food either.

Greenmarket season is in full swing in New York City. People who use SNAP can use their “food stamps” to buy produce at Grow NYC markets. They can get health bucks to use to purchase more food.

You can even use EBT benefits to buy food online at markets to deliver to your home in New York City.

I urge readers not to buy food “products” as a rule.

You’ll pay for it down the road in higher medical costs.

Coming up I will see about posting new recipes I’ve created.

In the next blog entry I will talk about setting long-term goals.

As I near retirement I’ve been thinking long and hard about my life and how I want to live in my Golden Years.

These years should be golden not tarnished with ill health.

How to Eat Healthier – Part Two

Natural flavor that is a chemical is in nearly every single food product in a supermarket. Even a bag of prepared clams in the frozen aisle. Even in rice cakes. Even in protein bars.

The biggest myth is that protein bars are healthy and give you energy.

They’re loaded with natural flavor and high in sugar. I refrain at all costs from snacking on protein bars anymore. As well, it’s because the bars simply don’t taste good.

I found out that Skinny Pop popcorn–again, a seductively named product–is made with a harmful ingredient. Sunflower oil is man-made.

The book How to Be Well: 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life exposes the real deal about this and other oils.

Coconut oil and olive oil and avocado oil are the best kinds of oil to use. Palm oil if you choose to use it should be labeled “conflict-free” because the harvesting of palm oil can cause harm to rain forest ecology.

The following are unnatural fats and should be avoided at all costs:

Vegetable oil ( there are no vegetables in it)

Margarines and spreads

Canola oil

Corn oil (GMO-laced)

Safflower and Sunflower oil (extracted with hexane, thought to be a neurotoxin) and high in inflammatory fatty acids.

Bet you didn’t think Skinny Pop was harmless. Now you know sunflower oil–one of its ingredients–is high in inflammatory fatty acids.

Peanut oil – also higher in inflammatory fatty acids.

America is a capitalist country. The prevailing business model for food companies and other big business is often “Anything to make a buck.”

Creating and manufacturing food and drink and other products is often predicated in this business model on using the cheapest ingredients and components to rush out quickly products that are sold cheaply.

Yet the products still have a high markup–that is retail price–because the cost of producing them is mere pennies compared to the selling price.

Money is then spent on seductive advertising to get consumers to buy the food and drink and other products.

Alas, too many people if not most people don’t want to spent a lot of money on food and drink upfront.

Then when people become sick and ill they conveniently don’t make the connection between their diet and their disease.

And when most of us fail at maintaining our weight and health via the “calories consumed versus calories burned” guideline we could tend to feel like failures who were responsible for not succeeding.

I tell you based on my own experience: I can’t resist having a pastry from a bakery every two weeks or so. That’s it really.

If you ask me it comes down to common sense again:

If you’re not stuffing your face and going back for second and third helpings at a meal:

Chances are you’re not consuming too many calories in one day.

Like said you can weigh more yet eat fruits and vegetables and be healthy. Or you can be stick thin with a magic metabolism, eat junk, and be flabby and unhealthy.

I’m going to devote a third blog entry to How to Eat Healthier then move along.

After this trio of blog entries I’m going to update the results I’ve achieved in Step Three Perspire of the Changeology 90-day action plan for realizing goals and resolutions.

How to Eat Healthier – Part One

I’ve gotten on this kick to write about fitness and nutrition again.

There’s no complicated formula. And it’s not as simply as calories consumed versus calories burned off.

The secret to health lies in this one maxim: cut out the sugar, chemicals, and processed food and drink from your diet.

Without exception I can guarantee you that any food product company that makes an emotional claim as to why a boxed or wrapped food is good for you for is LYING.

Special K boasts that their cereal (made with artificial flavors) has 150 Nourishing Calories.

Funny, I didn’t know artificial flavors were nourishing.

Proving the point that 150 calories of junk isn’t worth eating when you can scramble an egg and have it with avocado for breakfast.

Kind Bars boast they have “Ingredients you can see and pronounce.”

Not so fast. Kind Bars are loaded with chemicals listed as “natural flavor.”

You can pronounce the word natural flavor. Yet it’s still a chemical.

The US government doesn’t regulate most chemicals used in food and drink products.

The USDA–whose staff are often food industry company insiders–allows food companies to use chemicals in products without having to list the chemical names.

So chemicals a mile long are listed as “natural flavor.”

Natural flavor is just as artificial as artificial flavor.

Readers, even Nutella isn’t real chocolate.

In the coming blog entry I’m going to talk about the real deal about other food and drink products.

What I’m going to talk about comes from the book How to Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life.

Remember: any product with a seductive name or slick advertisement claim most likely isn’t as healthful as it appears.

Food companies use oils and chemicals that aren’t good to consume because using these cheap ingredients lowers the cost of the product.

Which might entice you to plunk down money to buy the product because it’s so cheap.

Wait a minute.

There’s a better way to save your wallet and your waistline at the same time.

I’ll talk about this next.