I rarely share negative information.
I would much rather share all the wonderful, uplifting ways you can nourish yourself.
But once in a while I come across something that I consider dangerous misinformation.
A week ago, I found the Take Charge newsletter from the
Saint Joseph Health System in my mailbox.
The target audience of this publication is seniors.
The contents of this issue were: free preventative care services, baby-proofing for grandparents, important medical screenings for the over 55 crowd,
transitioning into senior living and...
COOKING AT HOME CAN BE FUN AND NUTRITIOUS.
The bone I have to pick is with the last article.
Saint Joseph PACE participants can take part in classes called NutriBits...
where they can learn how to "create dishes they love in a way that is nutritious and healthy, and tastes wonderful".
[PACE stands for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.]
The NutriBits hands-on cooking classes goal is to share information about nutritious food in small amounts with reduced calories, fat, sugar and salt.
The classes are facilitated by a Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator
and a Dietary Manager/Executive Chef.
The article included a recipe called "Perfectly Pleasing Cheesecake".
I was shocked...and dismayed...when I read the ingredients.
*4 tablespoons of Splenda
*1 package of low-fat cream cheese
*1 1/2 cups of sugar-free whipped topping
*frozen unsweetened mixed berry fruit
(This was the ONLY ingredient I would include.)
*prepared graham cracker crust
I am continually astounded with the health care industry's recommendations to consume ingredients that are neither fun, nor nutritious!
Here's a quick low-down on these ingredients...minus the frozen fruit :)
(the brand name for the artificial sweetener sucralose)
*made from sugar atoms that have been "moved around"
*advertised as no calories and no absorption...and "safe" for diabetics
*600 times sweeter than sugar
*99% of the product is (some kind) of sugar
*3 calories and 1 gram of sugar in every serving (not packet)
(If the calories are under 5...it can be advertised as NO calories ???)
*serving size is 1/2 packet
*concerns about its overuse and long-term effects
*only 10% of 200 studies have to do with safety
*many studies have been funded by Splenda :(
Low-Fat Cream Cheese
*1 cup of this type of cream cheese contains 14 grams of sugar,
22 grams of saturated fat, 130 milligrams of cholesterol,
1128 milligrams of sodium, no fiber and 19 grams of protein.
**The sodium amount (almost a day's worth) worries me the most.
Sugar-Free Whipped Topping...
Cool Whip or the Off-Brand
*16 ingredients...including corn syrup, hydrogenated vegetable oil (trans fats) and aspartame (another artificial sweetener).
This stuff is a non-food in my opinion.
Prepared Graham Cracker Crust
*ingredients include...enriched white flour, refined sugar, palm oil,
corn syrup and caramel color.
So...this recipe is a highly-processed, chemically-laden mess!
I am done mincing words.
My Advice...Should You Choose To Take It... :)
#1 Just Eat the Fruit
#2 Sweeten desserts with raw honey, pure maple syrup, molasses, dates, etc.
#3 Use organic, full-fat dairy.
It is the least processed and contains the food's original array of nutrients.
#4 If you can't score some REAL whipped topping from organic cream...just skip it.
#5 Make almond meal or pecan meal pie crusts...or skip the crust.
WHERE DO YOU WANT YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY TO GO?
YOU CAN PURCHASE POOR-QUALITY
AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS "FOOD"...
AND SPEND MORE MONEY ON YOUR HEALTH CARE...
PURCHASE HIGH-QUALITY WHOLE FOODS AND...
TRULY NOURISH YOUR BODY, MIND & SPIRIT!!
This Blog Post comes to you with important information...and LOVE!