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October 9, 2012 10:41 AM
After watching Dr. Oz yesterday something clicked in my head.I usually think he's full of crap but not totally as I have found out. What he stated about sugar alcohols and diacetyl rang true so I did some research and what I found out scared the daylights out of me. To think that the popcorn I love and the "healthier" version of butter that I have been consuming could contribute to alzheimers made me want to scream! They have known about this since 2007 but it take a Dr. Oz show to get us the information. I have known that sugar alcohols(malititol) used to take the place of sugar in low and fat free foods make many people including myself, violently ill for about a year now but I didn't know that any ingredient with "itol" at the end is in fact sugar alcohol. I looked at my gum in my purse and sure enough it has one of the "itols" listed in it.

I am now on the hunt for any ingredients in my food that is artificial. I am eliminating all ingredients that it would take a scientist to figure out. No more low fat or fat free. No more butter substitute. My Mom had it right and we ate healthy all of our young lives.Fresh fish,pheasant chickens, vegetables and yes steak every saturday night. Everything was fresh and healthy. I am going to stop diet pepsi and if I am "jonesing" I will have half a regular one.

I need help from my MFP friends.So tell me how you have cleaned up your diet
  3697728
October 9, 2012 10:45 AM
If it looks like food it ok to eat.
If it comes in a package its not.

I dont have any studies to back me up, thats just what I do.
  8426315
October 9, 2012 10:50 AM
QUOTE:

After watching Dr. Oz yesterday something clicked in my head.I usually think he's full of crap but not totally as I have found out. What he stated about sugar alcohols and diacetyl rang true so I did some research and what I found out scared the daylights out of me. To think that the popcorn I love and the "healthier" version of butter that I have been consuming could contribute to alzheimers made me want to scream! They have known about this since 2007 but it take a Dr. Oz show to get us the information. I have known that sugar alcohols(malititol) used to take the place of sugar in low and fat free foods make many people including myself, violently ill for about a year now but I didn't know that any ingredient with "itol" at the end is in fact sugar alcohol. I looked at my gum in my purse and sure enough it has one of the "itols" listed in it.

I am now on the hunt for any ingredients in my food that is artificial. I am eliminating all ingredients that it would take a scientist to figure out. No more low fat or fat free. No more butter substitute. My Mom had it right and we ate healthy all of our young lives.Fresh fish,pheasant chickens, vegetables and yes steak every saturday night. Everything was fresh and healthy. I am going to stop diet pepsi and if I am "jonesing" I will have half a regular one.

I need help from my MFP friends.So tell me how you have cleaned up your diet


Did you make sure to avoid confirmation bias while researching?
October 9, 2012 10:50 AM
If you want to get really creeped out, start researcheing genetically modified food and what is being learned about those. I am getting pickier and pickier about my food choices.
October 9, 2012 10:55 AM
Don't forget how dangerous Dihydrogen monoxide is also!!!!
October 9, 2012 10:59 AM
I don't eat any foods that have more than 2 vowels in them
October 9, 2012 11:02 AM
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Don't forget how dangerous Dihydrogen monoxide is also!!!!


^^ That stuff is no joke. Can be fatal if inhaled.
October 9, 2012 11:03 AM
I competely agree with you... well aside from the eating meat - I'm Vegan happy

A lot of producst are labelled 'Natural' ... when clearly they're not.

If it comes from a packet then i will read every ingredient contained in the product.

I'm sticking to as much home made fresh food as possible, so i know what is going into my body.

I recently convinced my husband to stop drinking diet drinks because of the nasty artifical sweeteners used in them.
  17963907
October 9, 2012 11:04 AM
if you can't read the ingredients don't eat it! Don't get me started on GMO'S research stuff it will scare you into eating well
October 9, 2012 11:06 AM
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Don't forget how dangerous Dihydrogen monoxide is also!!!!


Dihydrogen Monoxide is amazingly dangerous...

1) breathing it will kill you
2) It's the #1 component in Acid Rain
3) accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
4) has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

Why do we allow it!!!!!
  24188535
October 9, 2012 11:06 AM
QUOTE:

If it looks like food it ok to eat.
If it comes in a package its not.

I dont have any studies to back me up, thats just what I do.



This is what I'm striving for as well. Not totally 'clean' yet, but each week a little more. I avoid foods that come in boxes.
  16888047
October 9, 2012 11:08 AM
If your ten year old can't pronounce it and your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize it, don't eat it.

I really like Michael Pollan's books - check out his food rules one (it's really short) and it'll help guide you.

I do try to eat minimal processing and local and what not - it can be more expensive to eat healthy though, so pick your battles.

Also, look at diaries of people who are clean eaters - for example, my day was:

Cottage cheese cakes and oj for breakfast (make the cakes - cottage cheese, flour, egg - the cheese was the least healthy)
celery, carrots, orange for snack
pasta (could have been healthier if made from scratch, but it's a busy month for my family), baby clams (in water originally, no added stuff), olives, capers, pasta sauce (again, we have scratch but I am using the last of a brand, it's still all pronounceable stuff)
greek yogurt for snack (here, you can do low fat or fat free, it's just the milk type, any ingredients that sound weird are just natural biotics in there to get the yogurt to culture, I like fage, it's thick)
no supper planned yet, but probably chicken (redbird) and veggie stir fry or perhaps catfish and avocado salad

So today for me was pretty clean - minimal packaged foods, recognizable foods, and no soda, candy, etc.
October 9, 2012 11:08 AM
Oh, and for those who forgot how to use google:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihydrogen_monoxide_hoax
  16888047
October 9, 2012 11:09 AM
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October 9, 2012 11:10 AM
I don't eat anything with artificial sweeter - I use sugar, or honey or nothing at all. I don't drink my calories - ever. Water or black coffee. No 'diet' anything.
90% of the food I eat I cooked myself from raw ingredients, as many as possible purchased locally.
I try as much as possible also to avoid anything in a box.
  26632427
October 9, 2012 11:13 AM
Conagra, makers of Orville, Act II and Pop Secret removed diacetyl from their popcorn as of 2008 per consumer search.But I have been eating it longer than that!
Edited by IWTBFCIN3 On October 9, 2012 11:13 AM
  3697728
October 9, 2012 11:14 AM
Don't drink tap water unless you've got a high quality filter. It's full of pesticides other harmful compounds.
October 9, 2012 11:15 AM
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October 9, 2012 11:15 AM
QUOTE:

I don't eat anything with artificial sweeter - I use sugar, or honey or nothing at all. I don't drink my calories - ever. Water or black coffee. No 'diet' anything.
90% of the food I eat I cooked myself from raw ingredients, as many as possible purchased locally.
I try as much as possible also to avoid anything in a box.


Better ditch the coffee, you're drinking cals. Agree on the box thing though, i drank wine in a box once and felt like death afterwards
October 9, 2012 11:16 AM
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I don't eat any foods that have more than 2 vowels in them


You must have a very strict diet. Wouldn't want to eat anything with those dangerous, dangerous vowels:

Bananas (3 vowels)
Broccoli (3)
Tomatoes (4)
Lettuce (3)
Cauliflower (5! No wonder it tastes so bad)
Cabbage (3)
Peanuts (3)
  12238061
October 9, 2012 11:17 AM
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Don't drink tap water unless you've got a high quality filter. It's full of pesticides other harmful compounds.


The only time I use tap is when I am boiling it.Like when I make spaghetti. Do you think this is o.k. I live in an area that may have radon. Now that I think about it I better do some research with my water company!
  3697728
October 9, 2012 11:18 AM
Just because it's got a long and scary sounding name doesn't mean it's not "natural"

From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylitol

"Xylitol is found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables, and can be extracted from various berries, oats, and mushrooms, as well as fibrous material such as corn husks and sugar cane bagasse, and birch."

OMG! It's a natural product. Sure, because it's a hydrogenated form of carbohydrate it can by synthesised. But one set of Hydrogen, Carbon and Oxygen molecules in the same arrangement is the same no matter the source.

Natural things can be good (Tomato) and bad (Nightshade) - same family, both natural. Whereas there are whole families of "synthetic" molecules which I'd quite happily eat stacks of.
October 9, 2012 11:19 AM
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Don't drink tap water unless you've got a high quality filter. It's full of pesticides other harmful compounds.


That really depends on where you live!
October 9, 2012 11:19 AM
I prefer not to eat foods that have crap in them. I'm not into scatology.

Anything else? Who cares if I can pronounce it or not. I can't pronounce the names of the ingredients of a lot most medicines. Does that mean I shouldn't use them if I get sick?
  1552106
October 9, 2012 11:19 AM
How does popcorn contribute to Alzheimers? It's one of my favourite snacks, so I need some hard evidence before I abandon it!

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