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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mystery Food Revealed

Tammy, you must be a label-reader!  You were aware enough of ingredients that you guessed correctly!  It was a Coffeemate creamer, Amaretto to be specific. That is fantastic.  We all need to be as label-savvy as you.  :)


Here are those ingredients again -

Water, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed oil, and less than 2% sodium caseinate (a milk derivative), natural and artificial flavors, dipotassium phosphate, disodium phosphate, mono- and diglycerides, cellulose gel, cellulose gum, color added, carrageenan.


Let's see, we have water, not bad, then sugar, not good, but not as bad as number three--the big, bad hydrogenated oil we talked about last month!  Given the choice between good old-fashioned cream and this pseudo-cream substitute, I'll take the cream please.


But what about the fat?!?  Cream contains a high-percentage of butterfat (around 40%).  This fat actually contains vitamins A, D, E and K; antioxidants, selenium, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid--an anti-cancer nutrient), and lauric acid (an antimicrobial fat--a germ killer), and more.


But soybean and/or cottonseed oil can't be that bad?!?  This pseudo-cream substitute contains a man-made hydrogenated oil (read trans fat) that causes cancer, type II diabetes, heart disease, infertility, obesity, hinders the immune system and a lactating mother's milk.  In a pregnant woman, trans fat can cross the placenta and hinder brain development of the child.  In a nursing mother, trans fats will be present in breast milk and can interfere with the child's neurological and visual development.


So you can see why I choose cream.  I'll take vitamins and a strong immune system any day over cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and infertility!  We don't even have to go into the details of the rest of the ingredients, that third one is so bad.


Remember, if God created it, it is healthy; if man has messed with it, it is not!


Read more here:

All About Trans Fat - a very informative brochure.

Butter Is Better - another short brochure, both are must-reads.

1 comment:

  1. Shannon, thanks to you I'm learning to be more observant of labels! Love this series of posts. Keep 'em coming!