Have you ever watched a documentary that made such an impact, you can’t stop thinking about it? I recently watched the film “Fed Up” and I can’t stop thinking about it. (Get it from the library – they have it.)
It’s sad because you’ll meet kids who probably won’t live to see their 50th birthdays. It made me cry to see these young teenagers ages 12, 13, and 14 who have health problems that middle age people usually suffer from.
Honestly, “food” companies should be ashamed of themselves. Truly. I’m using quote marks because what they are selling in grocery stores barely qualifies as actual food. It’s not what I would call “real food” and it’s unacceptable that it’s even legal or allowed.
Here’s what I learned: Sugar is worse than we ever imagined and it is hidden in every “food” item at the grocery store. Our bodies don’t know what to do with all that sugar and it’s killing us. Nutrition fact labels aren’t helping either.
On the nutrition facts listed on the back of food packages, every category has the amount in grams and the percent of daily values, based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Go grab a food item and look at the back. I’ll wait.
Here’s my example: The “Clif Builder’s 20g Protein Bar” that I have in front of me lists the serving size, calories, and calories from fat.
Next comes the chart that shows the amount/serving. If I read “Total Fat” it shows 10 grams. The percentage of “Daily Value” or “%DV” of that fat tells me that it’s 15%. Eating this bar will give me 15% of my daily total fat. That’s what I will consume when I eat this bar. Every nutrition fact has an amount listed – cholesterol, sodium, potassium, total carb, etc., and the %DV. Every fact except when we get to sugars.
Sugars? It shows the grams but no listing of the “%DV” or what amount is acceptable in a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Why not? That amount would probably be it. No more sugar for you.With all the sugar (don’t be fooled – not all sugars are called sugar) spelled out, we’d stop. We would demand that food companies quit adding so much sugar to the food.
Imagine looking at the back of a can of soda and seeing that in a small drink, you were drinking more that what was good for you for a day. It would be right there. It should be there but it’s not.
All that sugar is terrible for us. We are not meant to consume sugar in every drink, every meal, every condiment – every everything.
Now I can’t stop myself from looking at the back of food packaging to see what the amount of daily value for sugar is in the package. I’ve never noticed before that it’s missing.
It boils my blood.
It’s why I cook everything at home because that is the only way to eat healthy, real food. You know what’s in your food when you make it yourself.
Watch the movie. Don’t buy fake food. Cooking and eating healthy, real food on a budget can be done. Check the Environmental Working Group’s Good Food on a Tight Budget for more tips.