Monday, August 16, 2010

Fat-Free Foods. Rain Finally!

Doctor Oz was asked if reduced fat and fat free foods are healthy or if they are actually worse for you than their full fat counterparts.
Dr Oz said that there was a study done at Harvard where they found that people who ate reduced fat and fat free foods actually gained weight.
Dr Oz would rather see us eat full fat products that do not have synthetic ingredients, than to eat a bunch of chemicals.
Here is an example:

"We took a look at three sour cream variations from Tillamook, considered one of the better quality sour creams out there.

A serving size is 2 tablespoons, with 60 calories for the full fat product, 40 for the low-fat, and 20 for the non-fat version. As you would expect.
But then we inspected the ingredient lists:

Regular’s Ingredients [3 of them]:
Cultured pasteurized grade A cream and milk, enzymes.

Low-Fat’s Ingredients [12]:
Cultured Milk, Cream, Nonfat Dry Milk, Whey, Modified Corn Starch, Sodium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Calcium Sulfate, Locust Bean Gum, Gelatin, Vitamin A Palmitate.

Fat Free’s Ingredients [12]:
Cultured Lowfat Milk, Modified Corn Starch,Whey Protein Concentrate, Propylene Glycol Monoester, Artificial Color, Gelatin, Sodium Phosphate, Agar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Locust Bean Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate.

Basically the low and non-fat options had a big challenge once removing the fat – how to keep the “sour cream” product looking and tasting like a real sour cream? Food scientists started mixing various additives together until they reached the closest possible resemblance.

And what did they add? Propylene Glycol Monoester is an emulsifier that helps aerate creams (and dough for baking). Corn starch, Gelatin, Agar Gum, Locust Bean, and Xantham Gum help with the viscosity of the product that is lost once the the fat gone. Artificial color is an interesting additive. Probably a combination of colors meant to keep the mix above silky white. Not good."
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 "Here is what those “healthy food” phrases actually translate to:
  • Fat free, but full of sugar and chemicals.
  • Reduced fat, but increased carbohydrates.
  • Low fat, but high glycemic index.
  • Sugar free, but artificial everything else.
  • No added sugar… because the all natural version has enough sugar to give you type II diabetes anyway.
  • “Diet” food, but it causes cancer in lab rats so don’t drink/eat too much of it.
Consider the logic that food manufactures would have us believe: fat-free is good for you; jelly beans, jolly ranchers, and cotton candy are fat-free; therefore all those sugary candies are good for you.
Makes sense? Think about it." It doesn't!
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The fridge that I put on Craigslist yesterday, sold within four hours, so that is gone.

It had rained a little in the night, but not really enough to green up the grass.

Jay and I went into the next town to get my chest X-ray that the doctor ordered a couple of months ago.  Jay went with me, as he had to pick up his mother's prescription, anyway.

I hadn't slept well, and really didn't feel too great this morning, so I didn't want to go on my own.  But I felt better as time went by.  Jay ate at Long John Silvers, but I just couldn't see anything on the menu that I wanted, so I waited till I got home. (Except for some cheese samples at Krogers Deli!)

This afternoon the rain really came down, so everything is green again today.

1 comment:

Gypsy said...

And once you open a container of lo fat or fat free sour cream and put it back in the fridge, it gets really watery. Ugly! I'll stick to the regular version of everything, although I don't eat as much sour cream as I'd like - or any of the other good stuff like bacon, hot dogs, cream cheese, etc. I have to make way for the 1/2 and 1/2 in my coffee!