Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Eat Your Food Naked.
OK, so leave your clothes on, keep the food naked. For instance, lets have a little chat about peanut butter. If you are one to have a jar of JIF in your cupboards, go take a look and listen up. Peanut butter is a simple thing, in the melodic words of Barney, "first you take the peanuts and you squishem' you squishem'" The end. That should be peanut butter, throw in a little salt and you have your spread. Well, the good people of JIF along with most other peanut butter manufacturers like to add a few more ingredients. Lets take a look:
roasted peanuts, sugar, molasses, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, fully hydrogenated vegetable oil, mono and diglycerides and salt.
Real Peanut Butter
roasted peanuts, salt.
What does this all mean? It means that your good, nutritious, naked peanut has been adulterized. To hydrogenate something, it means to change the form. It is forcing a liquid form of oil to change to a solid form by introducing a catalyst, usually nickel. What this does is make the fat molecules take on a different shape which are foreign to the body. The body doesn't know what to do with them and this makes this form of oil far worse than any saturated fat. Cancer, heart disease, digestive problems, obesity. Just to name a few. Costco has a great natural peanut butter that is very affordable and tastes great. So, you have to stir it the first time you use it - no big deal. Just take the time to think about what you are eating. Keep your food naked and chances are you'll look better naked too!