Thursday, April 7, 2011

Refined or Fake?

It is so difficult to find food that is not laden with artificial or refined elements. I don't think people realize just how much it adversely affects their body. I know how it affects my body. For some reason, it takes MUCH less of a bad thing to cause me issues. Whether it be refined sugars or flours (all white), artificial sweeteners (splenda, aspartame, saccharin, etc), or artificial fats (margarine, olestra, etc.), it doesn't take a lot and it all causes me issues. What I find amazing, is that these tortuous elements are put into products and then marketed as Diet or Healthy -- usually Diet. I am happy that the labeling has made my life easier since I will spend less money by NOT purchasing these items and not have to worry about accidentally purchasing any of them. In the beginning, it was quite easy to stay away from all of that crap. Unfortunately, more of these items are seeping into everyday groceries and pre-packaged items. Whereas before, I worried about new items and the slight possibility of something unknown getting into my food, the threat wasn't as great due to the fact that I would be getting low exposure.

I really don't care for the super oily taste of artificial fats. I really dislike the metallic taste of the artificial sugars. The pain that they all cause just gives me pause. I wish that I could be a health nut by choice rather than out of necessity.

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