Friday, June 5, 2009

Avoid low-fat peanut butter, pizza, soda, pretty much every food ever invented

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Among Michael Pollan's food rules is the one that says if your grandma wouldn't recognize the food, avoid it. Grandma knows fruits such as apples, oranges and pears but not say, fruit-by-the-foot.

Also, if Grandma wouldn't recognize many of the words in the health claim on the package, the health claim is probably bogus.

Men's Health (yes, the same magazine that declared Oklahoma Joe's the best barbecue joint in the world) has released an article showing eight foods with health claims that are deceitful at best and downright horrific in other cases.

Take 7UP's promise of "all natural flavors." Turns outs they didn't stop using high fructose corn syrup but just switched from "alcium

disodium EDTA to natural potassium citrate." That clears things right up.

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In the case of Smucker's reduced-fat peanut butter, it's not so much that the company lies -- it does take out 25 percent of the fat -- but, rather, what it doesn't say, which is that the fat has been replaced with maltodextrin, which the article describes as a cheap carb filler.

The worst offender is Mama Celeste "original pizza." Turns out Mama Celeste doesn't use a single shred of real cheese! Instead, it uses an artificial cheese made up of soybean oil.

You're better off eating at your grandma's tonight.

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