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I was thinking about picking up a Subway sandwich, I watched The Biggest Loser and they were eating Subway.  We’ve all heard of Jared who lost weight eating Subway and walking.  We are bombarded with how “healthy” of a choice it is.  I do suppose that compared to McDonald’s or Taco Bell it is probably a healthier option but is it really “healthy?”

Instead of blindly running down there at lunch to fulfill a void I decided to research what I was going to be eating.  Most places these days have ingredient lists on their websites as well as nutrition facts.  I wanted to know what exactly is in their bread, is that a healthy option for me?  I found a PDF on their site giving the ingredients, check them out http://www.subway.com/Nutrition/Files/usProdIngredients.pdf

The first thing I noticed was the famous word “enriched.”  All their bread is made from enriched flour, sounds good enough right?  What exactly is enriched flour?  Basically they remove all the natural God-given nutrients from the flour to make a finer flour that also has a longer shelf life.  Then in an attempt to make it healthy they add back the nutrients they just removed.  Here is something interesting I found “When the bran and the germ (the parts of the wheat that contain vitamins and minerals) are removed, your body absorbs wheat differently. Instead of being a slow, steady process through which you get steady bursts of energy, your body breaks down enriched flour too quickly, flooding the blood stream with too much sugar at once. Your body then has to work hard to absorb the excess and stores it as fat. This causes quick highs and lows in your blood-sugar level which can lead to type-two diabetes and obesity. All this and you’re not even getting close to the amount of nutrients that whole grains contain.” Source: http://www.bhawkindustries.com/blank?pageid=174&catstart=0&prodstart=0  Sure sounds “healthy” to me, what about you?

Ok so we know the enriching process is a bad deal, what else can we find on their list?  Soybean Oil.  We know from GMO class that soybeans are pretty much all GMO unless they are Organic.  Sorry Subway… you lose again.  Then we see “yeast nutrients” which from my research is just a hidden way to put some yummy MSG in our food.  See hidden sources for MSG here.  Plus we have “natural flavor” again a good hiding place for MSG and “caramel color” which is what exactly?  Certainly that must be natural right?

I wasn’t giving up though.  I thought ok, so there must be one option on their menu that would be healthy.  I scrolled down and read “honey oat bread” I saw organic cane juice solids there, now we are on to something!  But after further reading they use the same “wheat bread” as a base for almost every bread they make.  There are no healthy bread options at Subway.  At which point I became discouraged and quit reading.  I figure if I can’t get a healthy sandwich at a place that is supposed to sell healthy sandwiches, then I didn’t need anything from them.  *sigh*  I have to admit I was pretty disappointed, I thought for sure with as healthy as we are being told these guys are that there would be a healthy sandwich option.

Just goes to show you that reading ingredients is very important.  I used to love to be blind to the things I was stuffing my face with, but no more.  It seems like now I’m obsessed in a completely different way, and I have to tell you I like this new Corri!

 

 

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I while ago I posted a blog called what part does the chicken nugget come from?  https://virtuousgracious.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/what-part-does-the-chicken-nugget-come-from/ Today I read a very disturbing article about a 17 year old who collapsed and was having a hard time breathing.  It turns out this girl has NEVER had veggies or fruit in her entire life but only eats chicken nuggets.  I was horribly appalled at this story, because we actually have known “friends” who pretty much only feed their kids from McDonald’s.  I’m a child of the 80’s so I was also raised on this horrible food.  Until Super Size Me, I had no idea just how bad this stuff was.

Here is the article about the poor 17 year old who collapsed http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/chicken-nuggets-how-bad-are-they  and even sadder I read that because our economy is so bad that MORE people are feeding their families McDonald’s because of the “cheap” food.  Why don’t we get that you get what you pay for?  Did God this create garbage food? No.  He gave us apples and kale, chicken (REAL chicken) and beef.  There are so many ways to make food cheaper, but this also involves work, and most people don’t want to work that hard.  But if your 17 year old collapses unable to breathe, is that enough to change your thought on this?

Most cities now allow people to have chickens for eggs, this is easy and cheap and you get healthy FRESH eggs.  A garden doesn’t take that much space.  Grow what you love.  Save what you can for the winter.  Have a winter garden in your window seal.  We have potatoes from last falls harvest in our basement.  We bought a box of sweet potatoes when they were on sale at the store and they are also in the basement storage.  Tomatoes were canned and dehydrated for future use.  Kale can also be dehydrated for kale chips and is a winter crop.  Grow sprouts in your kitchen for fresh winter food.  With a several pound bag of flour you can make all the bread your family needs, you can make pasta, biscuits, pizza dough (then put some of your canned tomatoes on your pizza).  I understand wanting fast food.  Truly I do.  But I also know the facts about the food you get and it’s not food.  Do you want to grow your nails and skin with silicone!?  Healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated, you just have to plan it out more.  Sit down on Sunday and plan your weeks meals.  Find a local person and split a cow or pig with them.  We found organic beef from a local person and bought all they had.   Get a freezer, learn to can, learn to dehydrate (which can be easily done without a fancy dehydrator) your food.

I wasn’t planning on writing today but this article really got to me.  I could easily have been that girl, I have several people I can think of right now that are raising kids on this garbage, just like that poor girl.  Why even start your kids on fast food?! If they never have it they will not become so horribly addicted to it that they refuse to eat anything else.  Kids need parents to set good examples, their lives depend on it.

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