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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Fake Foods: Oprah, Bob and General Mills

Maybe you remember when the Texas cattle ranchers sued Oprah after she discussed beef raising and cattle processing on her show some years back.

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Maybe you don't remember, but in either case now it looks like Oprah better round up Dr. Phil and her attorneys and go at it again.

First I guess she should go after the 'Dr. Phil' food bar. You know, the one loaded with not only high fructose corn syrup, but neurotoxic artificial sweeteners.

Then with both pistols loaded and a quick draw motion Oprah can blast the General Mills approach to health.

Now before you all run out and get the ingredients for Oprah's smoothie and Bob Greene's diet, maybe you'd want to read what is in just two of the products being hawked by General Mills for this promotion.

8th Continent Soy Milk contains: Soymilk (Water, Soy Protein, Soybean Oil, Calcium
Phosphate), Sugar, Fructose, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Polyphosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Sucralose, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin A (Palmitate), Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12.

Yoplait contains: nonfat milk, high fructose corn syrup, (blackberries in this, the blackberry version), modified corn starch, whey protein concentrate, kosher gelatin, citric acid, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavor, aspartame, potassium sorbate, RED # 40, vitamin A acetate, Blue #1, Vitamin D3.

Cheerios always have been a bit too high in sodium for my taste, but choosing the cold cereal routine can always help you keep up your quick-sugar fix.

And then there is the salad spray that has Oprah 'ready to die for'. It's that one in the cute little plastic spritzer bottle. Read the label and there it is - that liver-toxic canola oil. It's the one that in processing is exposed to cancer-causing benzene to keep the machines running and becomes a trans-fat at the end of the process.

Canola and soy are two of the most genetically modified and allergenic foods we have thanks to ADM.

Soy is known to suppress thyroid function, just another one of those scientific facts that promote hormone imbalance. However, I suppose you think you need it to overcome the bone health risks from phosphates.

But then you have to bet that General Mills is operating from the perspective that shopper's won't ever read the labels and look up what all the chemicals are and the health risks involved through ingesting them.

Read about Carrageenan here, that natural seaweed made toxic by processing to use in food as a thickener.

Get a book about vitamins and learn that D2 is the kind that doesn't absorb well and can be toxic. D3 is the one that works.

Get a nutrition book not written by a dietitian of funded by USDA and learn that you need fat to absorb calcium, so you need 2% milk at the very minimum.

High fructose corn syrup you say? Yup! the one that passes directly into your blood stream and is connected with developing diabetes. And corn again, one of those high pesticide and allergy causing foods. You've got added sugar from fructose too; Oh, my...

And I suppose Oprah and Bob don't have an expert neurosurgeon on their team either to tell you that mixing sucralose (the DDT-like substance marketed as Splenda) and aspartame (or acesulfameK) is highly risky. Try this for more on this combo.

I do hope this will make you think, and if you can't find out more about food, skip the Red #40 and shoot us an email with your question. Or get great nutrition with a Vita-Mix

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RMK said...

I'd like to know who are you and what authority do you have to make all these claims?

Registered Dietitians are educated and certified to be food and nutrient experts. Why wouldn't articles written by one be acceptable to you?

I know this because I am currently in an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics.

Unknown said...

Dear RMK,
Since I do not know who you are except for a very ego centric message you posted on my blog, I would like to remind you that dieticians are educated according to USDA guidelines and they are developed by Big Agra and corporate food processors. This is NOT food and nutrient education.
As for my credentials, I am a health care professional with many decades of research and study in the science of nutrition. I chose to do this work after seeing numerous pateints die in hospital because of the dietician diet.
Very few in dietetics are certified in nutrition. There is a broad difference.

Anonymous said...

totally agree with you herbal yoda.
I don't understand if bob greene is
an "supposedly" an expert on nutrition. Why would most of his products he endorses like cereals have aspartame and other artificial additives that have been proven to be not healthy for you. I smell someone raking in cash at the cost of people health and with some one like oprah who is very influential on his side
he will only get more people hooked on the poison he endorses. shame on you Bob Greene.

Anonymous said...

Being a Registered Dietician is like belonging to the weakest karate school on the block. Its an embarrassment to be an RD: They are responsible for the fast food kids eat in the cafeteria.

Bob Greene is a sell out. He promotes Fiber One Cereal Bars.

Fiber one bars have trans fat. No thank you Bob Greene. I've been asking to have a public debate with Bob Greene like the politicians do but they won't accept. I want to ask him if your body is dead at night to find out why he doesn't want people to eat past 7 PM -while all USA Diet Plans clients are savoring over their before bed snack.

Oprah: Quit spreading filth with Bob Greene. Dr. Oz is cool though but get rid of Bob. He is a sell out like Oprah, She makes $$ off everything she promotes.

Everyone cares who oprah votes for meanwhile she can't even choose a good nutritionist.

Unknown said...

There are a number of people who suggest limiting food after certain hours of the day for various reasons.

Usually it is about 2-3 hours before bedtime so your digestion is not working as you try to go to sleep, there for interfering with other processes that need to work during the night or when you sleep.

Ideally, the best reason I have ever learned (simply put) is to limit protein after 2 PM so that your body can properly re-manufacture enzymes.

Enzymes are critical to digestion and assimilation of nutrients. The start to diminish in the human body around the age of 35. Loss of functioning pancreatic and other digestive enzymes is associated with many serious health problems such as diabetes and some cancers.

C.O.R.R.U.P.T. said...

Great report and kudos for mentioning the dangers of rapeseed (canola) oil. Many have been brainwashed by the fraudulent marketing of this sticky, industrial oil. It is a long-term toxin that has serious adverse health effects including hair loss and blindness. It has no place in the diet of man nor beast. Avoid all margarine including the plastic fat Becel.

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