Tonawanda News — For those already suffering from diabetes, the old recommendations were to eat sugar-free foods. So how about a Pillsbury Sugar Free Devil’s Food Cake? You may find yourself running for the bathroom from the laxative effect of maltitol (sugar alcohol), suffering the negative affects from trans fats (partially hydrogenated soybean oil) and let’s not forget possible brain or neurologic damage from sucralose or acesulfame potassium.
Now for those who are too busy and must resort to buying frozen meals. Number one, nothing nutritious is cooked in the microwave. Number two, these meals can contain more than 50 ingredients, including monosodium glutamate.
MSG affects many individuals with symptoms such as migraine headaches, upset stomach, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, heart irregularities, asthma and/or mood swings. MSG is not easily recognized as it is hidden under many names. The following ingredients should always be treated as MSG: anything with the word “glutamate”, yeast extract, anything hydrolyzed, autolyzed yeast, gelatin, textured protein, soy protein isolate, soy protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, vetsin, Accent and ajinomoto. Bouillon and broth often contain MSG and the same goes for soy sauce.
Even foods labeled as organic can contain high amounts of sugar and other ingredients that are not health promoting.
So many well-intended people are falling for marketing tricks that do not benefit your health. Many are just still stuck in the old thinking that a low-fat or sugar-free diet is best, when the exact opposite is true. Look at the cancer rates since the turn of the century — they have escalated tremendously with the addition of food chemical and preservatives.
Eat foods as they come from nature, in their purest forms. There is such an amazing selection of fresh food available to you. Frozen, wild caught fish, with asparagus and a salad make a great meal that takes less than 20 minutes to put together. You do not have to be a chef to cook healthy meals that taste amazing.