Friday, February 13, 2009

Eat Naked segment....

Enlightened Homemaker Lingo (for the new enlightened homemakers)

To "EAT NAKED" is the act of eating food as God intended it. No preservatives, additives, nothing "fake".

To "GET NAKED" is the process of cleaning out your pantry and lifestyle of the offending ingredients. If you can't get the ingredients off a tree, from an animal, from the earth, it is out. Nothing from a laboratory. Nothing Blue. Simple. Delicious.

Now, I shall be starting a new segment on my blog called the "Eat Naked Segment" which will be to shed light on what may be in your pantry and why it just shouldn't be there. Just a little info to help us all understand how and why we need to get naked.

First one comes from a little discussion we had at our Mom's club discussion last night- Cream of Mushroom Soup.

In any church or organization cookbook you find a host of recipes containing this soup. Some simply don't know how to make an enchilada without it. But, if any of you have read about the dangers of MSG and their many disguises on my blog, Terri Hirnings or anywhere else, you can see from this label why we need to purge it from our shelves. If you haven't read, please do. You probably know that MSG or monosodium Glutamate is bad but it is also hidden under so many other names. In this label alone, there are 4 ingredients that can be MSG. Here are the ingredients:

Vegetable Oil (the bad kinds)
Modified Food Starch
Wheat Flour
Salt (way too much)
Dried Whey (Most often MSG)
Monosodium Glutamate (They don't even hide this one)
Soy Protein Concentrate (MSG form)
Yeast Extract (MSG)
Spice Extract
Dehydrated Garlic

Now, wouldn't it just be better to use a little flour, Milk, butter, garlic and mushrooms? MSG is in most packaged foods kids eat. It messes with their little developing brains. Get rid of it. In case you have missed some other MSG blogs, here is a list of hidden free glutamate ingredients:

Always found in:

Autolyzed yeast, calcium caseinate, gelatin, glutamate, glutamic acid, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed corn gluten, monopotassium glutamate, monosodium glutamate, pea protein, plant protein extract, sodium caseinate, textured protein, yeast extract, yeast food and yeast nutrient.

May be in:

barley malt, bullion, broth, carrageenan, citric acid, enzymes, flavorings, malt extract, maltodextrin, natural flavorings, pectin, proteiase, soy protein, soy sauce, whey protein, and whey protein isolate.

Blaaahck. If you are overwhelmed, you can find snacks and food without it. Try Trader Joes, Fresh N Easy, Sprouts. Or, as always, make it. Always the best option.

FYI, when using spell check on this post, a good portion of the additives list weren't even recognizable by the dictionary. Another clue that we just shouldn't eat them.


angie b said...

Loved this post!!! Thanks You!
I am not a fan of canned soups..especially "cream of's..."
I wish you lived closer to here for classes.

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Becky said...

I had a feeling it was bad, the soup that is! I can live without it, i can,i can. This means I will have to start trying some new recipes.... Thanks Shari

Kara said...

Thank you for sharing this. We can make a difference. We can make a difference. We CAN make a difference...Looking forward to this segment.

RPH said...

EEEWWWW! I have not bought that stuff or used it in a years. But it still grosses me out to think/read about it.

I also wish you lived closer so I could soak u pmore of your wisdom in some classes.


Sara said...

Shari, I read somewhere (I think on your blog) that it is good to avoid soy altogether. I'm not sure if it was here or not; what are your soy thoughts?

Marilyn said...

Hi-I stumbled across your blog and I really enjoy it. I'm not the mother of little ones anymore (grandkids!) but I love this idea of "eat naked." I completely agree about Cr. of something soups-but could you include a recipe for both Cr. of chicken and Cr. of mushroom soup (homemade) to help us? Thanks!

hyrum♥chelsea said...

such a cute pic!

Molly said...

Shari.. let me know when this group meets!! I so want to come!