Sunday, April 22, 2012

Soap Box Sundays: Faking Food

This Sunday we have a rant that wraps up the previous rants against food companies.

Correction! As this quote from an article on Yahoo will explain - I will no longer think in terms for food companies. To be a savvy, healthy consumer I need to think of them as food manufacturers.

Food fraud -- the adulteration, dilution or mislabeling of goods stocked on the shelf -- is part of a growing trend of faux household goods . Although there is little data on the frequency of food fakery, experts say there's growing awareness of the problem. The lack of information on the subject recently prompted the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention -- a nonprofit that sets standards used by the FDA -- to establish a Food Fraud Database. And a new study in the Journal of Food Science analyzed the top offenders identified by the database, including olive oil, milk and honey. "We're seeing similar trends in food to other items -- if it can be faked, it probably is."
The next time I shop I will be checking to see where the powdered milk is manufactured. I already will only by honey from the hive keeper and olive oil from purveyors who have passed muster. Ground beef - let's not go there (pink slime).  

Not my food
Many years ago I scoffed at my husband's grandmother who would not use ground pepper unless she herself did the grinding at home. She said "how do I know what they put in it. . . " Grandma Bea (if you can read this in Heaven), you were right. Who knows that they put in anything? 

How does all this make you feel? Are you already in the process of calmly making changes in your food purchases to insure they are not adulterated? Or are you at the jumping off point of giving in and accepting non-food foods as 'the way it is ? 

if you want to read the whole story you can click on the link to see the whole article.



Vickie said...

I agree with you 100% and add:
even if they list everything correctly, if there is more than one ingredient listed, most of the time I do not know (for sure) what those words mean.

They might be 100% accurate, but I do not understand what I am actually getting.

And this generates several issues for me -

does this have an impact on my numbers (calories, sodium, healthy fat, carbs, protein, etc)?

how do I know whether or not I am going to have a reaction (migraines, gi trouble, acne, etc)? or if I have a reaction, how will I know what part caused it?

I live as hassle free as possible and do not want to have to think that hard about what I eat. Non-food requires too much thinking and it is hard to think when one rarely has all the information. I stick to food (one ingredient) in as close to a natural state as possible.

good post.

Over 40? - So What! said...

I try to eat only whole foods - you know, those without an ingredient list on them. If I do buy something other, I want to see less than 5 ingredients on the label, and they have to be ingredients that do not sound like chemicals.

As far as beef goes, I just don't eat it. It has nothing to do with pink slime, just the fact that the raising of cattle on those factory farms is unbelievably detrimental to the environment.

Caron said...

I'm still evolving in my food choices. Starting out with WW, I'll admit I tried to get the most snacky type "food" possible for my points with lots of Vitatops and low carb tortillas and the like. It was silly but fun for a while.

Over the years I've gradually gotten to the point that I avoid most of the center aisles at the grocery store except to get my oatmeal, canned vegetables and cleaning supplies. Now the very basics of my healthy lifestyle are being changed too? It's enough to make me cry. :(

E. Jane said...

I have moved away from non-food and we now eat whole foods about 90% of the time. This is certainly a change from years past, and when I think of what I gave my kids in the 70's and 80's (canned spaghetti, boxed macaroni and cheese, cheap hot dogs with fillers, spam, etc.), and we never thought twice about it. I guess I grew up on some of those things too.

Now we know better, so we have a responsibility to feed our kids and grandkids, and ourselves, real food. Eating just plain whole foods, and choosing grass fed beef, fresh fruits and vegetables, and eating organic and drug and chemical free, when possible, just makes good sense.

Norma said...

I'm at the point where if it *has* a list of ingredients, I know I probably won't buy/eat it...whole real foods all the way (anything in a package is suspect)...but I read that article as well and now I have to worry about honey and olive oil and can be exhausting. Also just an FYI that you probably already know: the calorie counts on packaged foods have a legal margin of error by up to that 100-calorie snack pack (for anyone who is a calorie counter, anyway...I'm really not) might be 100, might be 80, might be 120-ish...anything in a box really can't be trusted. I'm not big on the stuff in my almond milk but I'm drinking it because I hate dairy and I just don't have the energy to stress over *everything*...only *almost* everything... ;-)