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What’s in Your Food? Understanding the Ingredients List

In an age where eating healthy is a growing concern, more and more of us take the time to read the ingredients list on the foods we buy.

When our family goes grocery shopping we follow a few simple rules

  • shop around the perimeter of the store where foods are perishable and therefore exclude preservatives
  • avoid canned foodsfor children and pregnant women (the BPA in the lining is a developmental inhibitor and should be avoided duringdevelopmental stages of life)
  • avoid anything with high-fructose corn syrup (warning: you’ll be shocked at how many foods include this! Cut back slowly if you need to)
  • avoid anything with artificial colour or flavour– if it’s not real, your body may not know how to digest it properly and it will add to your waist line
  • avoid products with ingredients you can’t spell, pronounce or understand

Did you know that packaged foods must list their ingredients in the order they are present in the foods?  So if you’re buying dried cranberries for examples and the package lists sugar ahead of cranberries on the ingredients list it means that there is more sugar in the recipe than cranberries!

Here are a list of a few common items you may find in your food ingredients list and their meaning:

  • Sodium bicarbonatebaking soda
  • Soy lecithin – often used as an emulsifier, lecithin is not bad for you either and has been linked, in some studies, to helping treat dementia
  • Calcium carbonate – often used as a food additive or firming agent; excessive consumption can be hazardous (which is why Tums lists a maximum daily dosage)
  • Glycerin/e – used as sweetener, especially for low-calorie foods – the jury is out on whether Glycerin is good or bad – so limit quantities for now

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for other bizarre, hard to spell, or hazardous sounding ingredients and follow up with another post soon.

Have an ingredient you’d like us to shed some light on?  Please let us know.

Want to try and shed your diet of processed foods all together?  Consider growing your own food!

Eat, drink and be merry,
The At Home Organic

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Top Ten Ways to Fight Back Against the Sugar Stupids

I read an article recently on Forbes.com that reminded me why I got involved in gardening to being with; I wanted to make sure my daughter grew up with an appreciation and love for fruits and vegetables.

Developing good eating habits chokes out the craving for and likelihood you will consume processed and unhealthy foods.

The article was entitled Sugar Makes You Stupid, But Omega-3s Will Smarten You Back Up, and was well written by Alice G. Walton, the Forbes.com contributor on all things healthy and medical.

I was not surprised to learn that processed foods were bad for me, or that High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) can make me dumb, and you shouldn’t be either.  Our bodies were never designed to consume soft drinks and chocolate bars and while the impacts of poor eating habits don’t materialize overnight, they are tremendous.

The only thing I felt the article was missing was a listing of foods that were high in Omega-3s, so here you go.  The top ten Omega-3 rich foods to help you combat the sugar-dumb-dumbs.

  1. Flaxseed oil Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 12059mg
  2. Seeds, flaxseed Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 8543mg
  3. Fish oil, salmon Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 7828mg
  4. Seeds, chia seeds, dried Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 7164mg
  5. Agutuk, fish with shortening (Alaskan ice cream) (Alaska Native) Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 6851mg
  6. Oil, bearded seal (Oogruk) (Alaska Native) Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 6353mg
  7. Fish oil, menhaden Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 6236mg
  8. Fish, caviar, black and red, granular Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 5388mg
  9. Fish oil, sardine Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 5341mg
  10. Fish oil, cod liver Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 4375mg

Want to grow some Omega-3 rich foods in your garden?  Here’s a list of common vegetables you grow right at home, each with at least 1000mg of Omega-3 fatty acids!

  1. Chinese Broccoli Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 2346mg
  2. Spinach Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 2183mg
  3. Arugula Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 1360mg
  4. Romaine Lettuce Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 1329mg
  5. Butterhead (boston or bibb) Lettuce Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 1277mg
  6. Green Peppers Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 1213mg
  7. Red Peppers Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 1165mg
  8. Broccoli raw [Broccoli rabe, Rapini] Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 1027mg
  9. Squash, zucchini Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 1009mg
  10. Yellow Onions Total Omega-3 fatty acids: 1000mg

Eat, drink and be merry,
The At Home Organic

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