It’s pathetic really.
Now I am not saying I eat this way 100% but I do TRY. (Guys, it’s hard.) So today I was wasting time at work, tooling around on Buzzfeed when I ran into an article titled 31 Delicious Packaged Foods That Aren’t Actually Terrible For You.
I read it. And wanted to simultaneously laugh and cry. Here’s the thing. Now the article is admitting that these foods aren’t perfect but they’re seemingly touted as on the healthy side of the scale and I cannot eat so so many of them. So they’re not healthy for me. Maybe they are for the writer. Maybe they are for you. But not for me.
(Also things that say gluten-free or Vegan or BPA free. whatever label they can slap on. [or just cause you bought it at Whole Foods] THIS DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY MEAN IT’S HEALTHY. Rant for another day)
The point of this diatribe is to remind you all to do you. Learn what works for your body and your life! (I know a girl that eats ice cream for breakfast. It works for her. Lucky girl.)
Here’s what Buzzfeed took into consideration when making the list:
• Calories per serving
• Reasonability of serving size
• Ratio of carbs to fiber (ideally no more than 10 grams of carb for every 1 gram of fiber)
• Ratio of protein to fat (ideally no less than 2 grams of protein for every 1 grams of fat)
• Amount of added sugar
• Amount of sodium
• Number of ingredients (the fewer, the better)
• Recognizability of ingredients (the more familiar/pronounceable, the better)
Ingredients: Dried potato, rice flour, sunflower and/or safflower oil, potato starch, sea salt, salt.
No potato (white or sweet)
Ingredients: Coconut, sea salt.
Ingredients: Organic blue corn, organic brown flaxseed, organic soy grits, organic canola oil and/or organic safflower oil and/or organic sunflower oil, sea salt.
No corn, no soy (dunno what grits are but…. no soy so)
Ingredients: Whole grain wheat, vegetable oil (soybean or canola oil), sea salt.
Ingredients: Pasteurized cultured milk, salt, microbial enzymes.
Ingredients: Potatoes, potato starch, canola oil with TBHQ for freshness, rice flour, oat fiber, degerminated yellow corn meal, sugar, contains 2% or less of sea salt, salt, monoglycerides, whole wheat flour, soy flour, whey.
No potato, corn, sugar, wheat, soy, whey
10. Newman’s O’s
Ingredients: Organic unbleached wheat flour, organic powdered, organic sugar, organic palm fruit oil, sunflower oil, cocoa, organic invert syrup, natural flavors, sodium bicarbonate (leavening), unsweetened chocolate, salt, soy lecithin.
No wheat, sugar, organic invert syrup– which is more sugar
And if you’re using 100 days of Real Food standards, no soy lecithin
11. Oreo Thins
Ingredients: Sugar, unbleached enriched flour, palm and/or canola oil, high fructose corn syrup, salt, soy lecithin, baking soda, peppermint oil, artificial color, artificial flavor.
No sugar, wheat/flour, high fructose corn syrup (again, another term for sugar)
and yikes w/ words like artificial color/ flavor
Ingredients: Milk, cream, sugar, vegetable gum, natural flavor.
No dairy, sugar
Ingredients: Non-fat milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, chocolaty chips, whey protein, buttermilk, molasses, acacia gum, carob bean gum, guar gum, yellow 5, blue 1, carrageenan, natural flavor
okay.. no dairy (so, milk, cream, buttermilk, whey) sugar & corn syrup
I personally want to stay away from yellow 5 and blue 1. All the numbered colors.
14. Larabar YES!
Ingredients: Dates, peanuts, sea salt
15. Clif Organic Trail Mix bars
Ingredients: Organic peanuts, organic tapioca syrup, organic almonds, organic dark chocolate, organic coating, organic roasted soybeans, organic rice crisps, organic peanut butter, organic inulin, organic sunflower oil, sea salt, mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E compounds).
So close! No soy
16. Quest Protein Bars ???
Ingredients: Protein blend, soluble corn fiber, almonds, water, unsweetened chocolate, natural flavors, erythritol, cocoa butter, palm oil, sea salt, calcium carbonate, sucralose, Stevia
No corn? These may be be prefect, but I do eat Quest bars all the time.
17. KIND bars (Nuts & Spices line)
Ingredients: Almonds, cashews, peanuts, honey, glucose syrup, chicory root fiber, rice flour, sea salt, soy lecithin, sugar.
No glucose syrup and sugar.
18. Fage Total 2% Split Cup
Ingredients: Strained yogurt, live active cultures, strawberries, cane sugar, water, corn starch, strawberry juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate, natural flavors.
No dairy, cane sugar, corn starch, lemon juice concentrate
Ingredients: Cultured pasteurized organic whole milk, organic cane sugar, non-GMO corn starch, organic natural vanilla flavor, organic carob bean gum, organic vanilla bean, gellan gum.
No dairy, sugar, corn starch
Ingredients: Cultured grade A milk, cane sugar, water, corn starch, cherries, less than 1% of fruit juice and vegetable juice, natural flavor, carob bean gum, lemon juice concentrate, vitamin D3, milk calcium.
No dairy, cane sugar, corn starch, lemon juice concentrate
Ingredients: Whole grain wheat, wheat gluten, sugar, rice, soy protein isolate, wheat bran, defatted soy grits, contains 2% or less of salt, cinnamon, malt flavor, L-lysine monohydrochloride, soy lecithin, sucralose, BHT for freshness. Vitamins and Minerals: Reduced iron, niacinamide, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin B2, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D3.
Whoo boy. No wheat or wheat gluten, sugar, soy protein isolate, wheat bran, defatted soy grits
And WHAT is L-lysine monohydrochloride?? pass…
Ingredients: Whole oat flour, degerminated yellow cornmeal, invert cane syrup, oat fiber, honey, salt, cinnamon*, expeller pressed canola oil, ginger, cardamom, natural flavor, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) for freshness.
No oat flour, cornmeal, cane syrup, oat fiber
Ingredients: Whole grain corn, corn meal, sugar, Corn bran, salt, brown sugar syrup, trisodium phosphate, vitamin E.
No corn or meal or bran, sugar, brown sugar syup
Ingredients: Cooked white meat chicken, water, cooked black beans, tomatoes, tomatillo, queso quesadilla, tomatoes, yellow corn meal, corn, red bell peppers, cilantro, citric acid, coriander, cumin, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, garlic, green bell peppers, green chili pepper, green onion, guar gum, jalapeño peppers, onions, orange juice concentrate, oregano, paprika, paprika extract, parmesan cheese, parsley, poblano peppers, potato starch, red onions, roasted pumpkin seeds, seasoning, spices, sunflower oil, thyme, tomato paste, xanthan gum, yellow corn masa flour.
ooookay, No queso, corn meal, corn, orange juice concentrate, parmesan, potato starch, pumpkin seeds, corn masa flour
Ingredients: Organic unbleached wheat flour with organic wheat bran and organic wheat germ, filtered water, organic tomato puree, part-skim mozzarella cheese, organic spinach, extra virgin olive oil, feta cheese, organic onions, organic tofu (filtered water, organic soybeans, nigari, honey, organic garlic, spices, sea salt, expeller pressed high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic evaporated cane syrup, black pepper, yeast.
no flour, bran or germ, no mozzarella, feta, tofu, cane syrup
Ingredients: Multigrain crust, sauce, low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese, fire roasted bell peppers, mushrooms, fire roasted red onion, parmesan cheese.
no whatever multigrain is, mozzarella, parmesan
Ingredients: Enriched flour, water, sugar, soybean oil, yeast, olive oil, salt, tomatoes, tomatoes, reduced fat mozzarella cheese and cornstarch, low moisture part skim mozzarella cheese, onions, tomato paste, 2% or less of garlic puree, seasoning, garlic powder, spices, natural flavor
No flour, sugar, mozzarella, cornstarch
28. Saffron Road Frozen Bowls YES!*
Ingredients: White rice: white rice, water. Ginger vegetable mix: snow peas, carrots, water chestnuts. Salmon filet: wild Alaska salmon. Sesame ginger sauce: water, tamari, cane sugar, ginger puree, native corn starch, toasted sesame oil, garlic puree, expeller pressed canola oil, lemon juice concentrate, sesame seeds, cayenne pepper.
*This one surprised me! It’s like the Quest bars. No cornstarch or lemon juice, but really for the most part, this one works. But of course, depends on the flavor.
Serving size: 1 bowl
Ingredients: Cooked black beans, cooked white rice, bell peppers, grilled beef, cilantro, corn, cheddar cheddar cheese, canola oil, lime juice from concentrate, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, garlic, spices.
No corn, cheddar, lime juice
Ingredients: (Vegan) organic tofu, organic hash browns, organic tomatoes, organic spinach, organic zucchini, organic onions, organic mushrooms, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic carrots, sea salt, organic garlic, nutritional yeast, spices, organic black pepper.
No tofu (soy), hash browns (potatoes)
Ingredients: Blanched enriched long grain parboiled rice, cooked chicken tenderloin, water, green beans, broccoli, brown sugar, yellow carrots, almonds, 2% or less of soy sauce, modified cornstarch, sugar, dehydrated soy sauce, ginger puree, soybean oil, brown sugar syrup, apple cider vinegar, caramel color, citric acid.
No broccoli, brown sugar, soy sauce, corn starch, sugar (again, this flavor in particular)
4! I can eat 4 out of 31 products. 4….
And another rant for another day is these fake ingredients. Yellow 5 and trisodium phosphate and artificial flavor. Plus sugar in everything! And fancy terms for sugar. It still counts. Oh well….
YIKES BIKES. Someday I’ll have to talk about what I can and do eat!