“Healthy” Foods

I was watching a morning talk show (something I rarely do) a few days ago.  One of the guests they brought out came out with some new foods from the frozen foods section of the grocery store.  He read the list of ingredients on the back and the foods certainly were packed with lots of good foods.  The problem was in the sugars which were not listed as sugars.

As consumers we tend to believe that, when a product is listed or touted as healthy, we buy it.  If the ingredients are read to us we hear the good stuff and may not really hear the bad stuff.  If we want to try to prevent cancer and other diseases it is imperative that we read the labels ourselves before purchasing.  If an ingredient ends in “ose” or “xtrose” it is a form of sweetener or sugar.  All of these are hard on the pancreas.  As consumers who want to be healthy it is incumbent upon us to research some of these items before purchasing.  In this day of cell phones we now have the ability to call the manufacturer (phone number is usually listed on the package in tiny print somewhere around the manufacturerer’s name) and ask questions.  If you don’t have time to call while you’re at the store, write down the name of the product, the ingredient(s) in question, and the phone number.  Put off purchasing the product until you have the desired information.

Since I have been diagnosed with this lymphoma cancer I have almost completely cut out any processed sugar.  I use honey, molasses, or raw Stevia.  My favorite beverage is Arizona green tea.  I have had to stop purchasing it because it contains corn syrup, which is one of the worst sugars in our food.  I am hoping they will come begin to make some with just the honey, or with honey and Stevia.  I did call and leave a message with that request.

I miss ice cream, but when I went to our local health food store last week I discovered an ice cream that is only sweetened with coconut sugar.  It’s a little pricey at $8.00 a pint so it will be either a monthly or every six weeks treat, but it’s the best ice cream I’ve ever had.  Needless to say, I’m going to make it last.  A couple of spoonsful a day will suffice.

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