Do You Know What You're Eating?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2010-09-11 15:27:43 -0500
Started 2010-08-31 11:48:43 -0500

I know many of us are watching our carbs, cutting our fat intake and clearing the salt off the tables. But do you really know what you are eating? I thought I did, but I got a list yesterday that just blew my mind.

GMO (genetically modified organisms), GM (genetically modified) and GH (growth hormones) are the three hidden elements of your food that are causing many of the elevated rates of immune disorders, cancers and even things like diabetes.

Here is a link to the PDF shopping guide that you can take with you to check your ingredients, but I will give you a partial list of things to watch for in your foods. Most of the ones I am going to list are ones that are found in diabetic type foods. Many of these things I found in my pantry. It is so disturbing. So get out those labels and read them closely.

This list is for non-organic foods. So if you see these items in a certified organic product you will be doing yourself a favor. However, chances are, some of these will never be in organic foods.

baking soda
canola oil (rapeseed)
citric acid
corn flour (anything having to do with corn at all)
food starch
fructose (any form)
HFCS (high fructose corn syrup…that is in almost every processed food)
hydorgenated starch
invert sugar
lactic acid
modified food starch
MSG (monosodium glucomate)
soy flour
soy milk
soy oil
sugar (unless cane sugar)
tofu (unless organic)
vegetable oil (because of cotton seed oil)
Vitamin B12
Vitamin E
xanthan gum

The list is much longer, but these are ones I have been finding in foods that I thought were safe for us to use. Truvia, Stevia in the Raw have these things in them. I am just so frustrated about this.

The basic 4 things to avoid in any form unless they are 100% organic are:
Corn (this is our most GMO crop in the US) or any corn based products and there are hundreds
Soy (this is also a GMO crop here in the US)
Canola Oil (also called rapeseed oil)
Cottonseed Oil (this is a major component in our vegetable oils)

Also a GM sugar beet has taken over the cane sugar industry. Beets have been genetically modified to be sweeter to get the sugar. This is also the sugar source for sweeteners like Splenda. So beware.

36 replies

Kaiyle 2010-09-03 17:08:32 -0500 Report

This is quite enlightening!!! It's amazing how foods that are categorized as healthy are not as healthy as we believe it claims to be. Thank you, Gabby, for this eye opening information.

Rebecca Rae
Rebecca Rae 2010-09-01 13:48:34 -0500 Report

"Happy Belated Birthday Gabby"…hope you had a wonderful day…thanks for the info…try to eat has much home grown as I can (have my own garden and raise a few chickens and a few roosters)…so we eat as fresh as we can…but we do still have things in the pantry that I will surely check…Thanks again friend"

GabbyPA 2010-09-01 18:40:58 -0500 Report

Well, my birthday is not for a couple of months, but thanks anyway. I grow a lot of our veggies and that helps a lot. We are prepping the beds for fall, so we can have some winter squash and things. We are not allowed to have chickens because we live in the city, but we are thinking of having some covert bunnies instead. We have access to fresh eggs from a near by farm and I just read that they have 1/3 as much cholesterol as a "cage" egg. Wow!!

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-08-31 23:52:55 -0500 Report

Happy day Gabby,
Thanks really appreciate this educational time well needed well presented. Be blessed & favored in the name of Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee 2010-08-31 22:32:28 -0500 Report

What about Guava, A natural sugar made from a fruit… I use it and it is delicious. Any comments about it anyone?

GabbyPA 2010-09-01 18:45:13 -0500 Report

Guava is a paste and it is loaded with sugar. I love it. It's great with jack cheese and crackers, but unless you are talking about something else, I am not so sure we should eat too much of it. It also comes as a jelly, but I have never seen it as a sugar.

RAYT721 2010-08-31 18:41:51 -0500 Report

Gabby: awesome and concise information that helps us narrow down a lot of the bombardment of information out there to which you need a PHD to sort through sometimes. I am also at work in trying to make sense of a lot of the senseless additives, preservatives, chemicals, etc. Perhaps the best question after taking out all of these ingredients is what's left that is safe and nutritious for us (consumers whether diabetic or not) to eat??? Thanks so much for the posting. It's definitely thought provoking information. Thank you!!!

GabbyPA 2010-08-31 21:10:37 -0500 Report

Eat veggeis from the market, fruit from the market, meat from your organic butcher and dairy from your local health food store. Make your own condiments and keep reading those labels on the processed foods.

Hops 2010-09-10 09:53:21 -0500 Report

Sounds easy. Major problem is most major grocery store chains place their fresh fruit and vegetables in the very back of the store. In Minneapolis we have two conveniently located fresh food co-ops which great you with an abundance of healthy, fresh foods to choose from. You don't have walk past
aisle after aisle high simple carbohydrate foods to arrive at the healthy food.

GabbyPA 2010-09-11 15:10:49 -0500 Report

That is unusual. Our healthfood store does that, but everyone else is as you stated. I have been practicing the perimeter shopping and it really does work.

jayabee52 2010-09-11 15:24:38 -0500 Report

Here in No CAL most of the fruits and veggies are in the front of the store, at one edge or the other, and as I recall most of the groc stores in LVNV area were like that too.

jason123 2010-08-31 21:44:12 -0500 Report

Gabby, that sounds like a job, do you do this yourself? What about when you go out to a restaurant or travelling?

GabbyPA 2010-09-01 18:49:21 -0500 Report

We don't eat out much, as finances kind of prevent that. Growing our own veggies helps, but the market is just down the road and I get most of our produce from there. It lasts much longer than anything I get from a grocery store. As for traveling, we try to choose wise, but we camp a lot and bring a lot of our own foods with us. That helps a lot.
The thing I don't do regularly, also because of cost, is organic or grass fed meat. I need to work that in, but it is going to take some efforts.
I just got some great recipes for mayo and yogurt (thanks to a member here) and I am excited about trying them out.

jason123 2010-09-01 20:02:26 -0500 Report

Gabby, sounds like you and your husband really know what your doing…I wish I can do all that and eat truly only the healthiest food. But I have given up so much already since my diagnosis…I HAVE TO GO TO MY FAVORITE BUFFET RESTAURANTS AT LEAST 1,2 TIMES A WEEK. I do watch what I eat and manage my D well, but that non-GMO, non-GM, organic thing is out of the window, I can't possibly manage that…

GabbyPA 2010-09-02 18:36:12 -0500 Report

You know, it really is not too hard. Eat more foods without labels. What I mean is to eat more whole foods that come from the produce section. Even buying bread from the grocery bakery well have less preservatives in it. Everyone says it, but I have not done it very controlled, but shop the perimeter of the store. You spend less and get pretty much everything you need. I have just started really sticking to that, and it works!

I guess when you look at it as giving up poisons in your food to eat clean food, then it is not such a hard choice. I did that with artificial sweeteners. I did that with hydrogenated oils and now I am doing it with GMO ingredients. It takes time, but it eventually works out.

It is overwhelming and my husband and I are far from knowing what we are doing. But we keep learning. In fact, tonight we had organic spaghetti sauce that was excellent! and with that we have organic noodles made from quionoa and corn flour. The corn flour is probably going to kill me, but I am hoping the fiber in the quionoa will take care of some of that. I test in about a half an hour to find out. We won't get 100% organic in our processed foods overnight. It's far too expensive, but we will make some conscious choices and go from there.

I know when I go to a Buffet, I am in I just don't go. I know I should have better will power, but I don't, so I try not to tempt myself unduly. LOL So Kudos to you! I could never do that.

jayabee52 2010-09-11 15:27:43 -0500 Report

I see you were trying out the quinoa & corn flour noodles. How did the results of that test come out?

jason123 2010-09-02 18:58:43 -0500 Report

Thank you Gabby, very good advice, I will try that…we are running out of room here…see you on another thread..

petals 2010-08-31 15:14:59 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby for the info. I was shocked. Are you still going to use stevia?

GabbyPA 2010-08-31 21:06:27 -0500 Report

Yep, I am going to use Sweet Leaf Stevia and end up dumping the Truvia and Purvia and the Stevia in the Raw. If I need to bake something, I will just use good old fashioned cane sugar. I use raw or brown sugars most for those things.

petals 2010-09-01 14:34:14 -0500 Report

I have the sweet leaf stevia so I will use that instead of truvia. Thanks.

GabbyPA 2010-09-01 18:50:56 -0500 Report

I am disappointed because yet again, we are put out for needing a more diabetic friendly option. I just bought a huge box of it, and we will use that up and then I will just go back to buying my Sweet Leaf. I really, really want to grow my own. I have to get on that this fall.

bettymachete 2010-08-31 12:01:34 -0500 Report

I recommend everyone watch Food, INC. sometime.

Here is an interesting link on GMO labeling …

Anonymous 2010-08-31 19:01:15 -0500 Report

Be careful of Natural News, though. They have also been known to distort information in order to inflate or sensationalize. Just use your head and don't believe everything you read, okay?

GabbyPA 2010-08-31 21:08:25 -0500 Report

In what way do they do that? I know I use Mercola also and he is to be watched with a careful eye. But sometimes I think we believe too much of the main stream media. I tend to think outside the box. Even if it is a "fruit loop" box. LOL

GabbyPA 2010-09-01 18:52:00 -0500 Report

LOL, that is true. That is why I like "experience" sharing here. I know you guys are living it, and that helps me deal with things too.

RAYT721 2010-08-31 18:38:42 -0500 Report

I had started the download to Food, Inc on Netflix but didn't get far into it. I will fire it up again (love netflix). Thanks for the kick in the pants.

GabbyPA 2010-08-31 12:27:00 -0500 Report

It came out in theaters, but I was not able to watch it. I saw a lot of the trailers for it...scary stuff! Is it online anywhere to order that you know of?

Oh, and I love that web site you posted. I signed up for the newsletter. Thanks so much

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