The Wholesome Blueberry Quiz, or Truth in Labeling… NOT

by Ravi

I ran across this tidbit that so definitively answers any remaining notion that the labeling of food is honest, or even vaguely honest, I just had to re-post it.

A bogger by the name of Amy Kubal at her site Fuel As Rx had this *great* bit of label de-construction – Enjoy and take heed (hints to the wrong answer in BLUE…):

The Wholesome Blueberry Quiz

Okay, quiz time! What do these foods have in common: Total Pomegranate Blueberry Cereal, Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffins, Kelloggs Blueberry Poptarts,  Kelloggs Blueberry Muffin Frosted Mini-Wheats, and Special K Blueberry Fruit Crisps?

If you answered blueberries, you are WRONG!!

Even though the product name says ‘blueberry‘ and the packages hold pictures of the fruit – there are absolutely NO blueberries in these foods! In fact Betty Crocker’s blueberries are a less than wholesome mixture of dextrose, corn flour, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, sugar, citric acid, artificial flavor, blue #1, and red #40. The Special K Fruit Crisps version of a blueberry looks like this – apple powder (hey at least there’s some fruit – right??), partially hydrogenated soybean oil, fructose, sugar, red #40, and blue #1.

The 'wild" part is that they contain NO BLUEBERRIES!

On the plus side, these crisps are enhanced with a bit of blueberry puree concentrate… And the Total Pomegranate Blueberry Cereal – you guessed it! Not a pomegranate OR blueberry to be found.

How do they get away with this??

They just do it.

I guess I should start a blog series on the (almost foreign) language of food labeling. (hhmmmm, not a bad idea…)

Post part of Real Food Wednesday – return here

Post part of Simple Lives Thursday return here

Do you have any blatant lies on labels to expose? Do it here!

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Buckets o’Veg, Towers o’Toms, Container Growing Anywhere*

by Jack

* almost anywhere where there is good sun, sufficient water, quality soil, a bit of attentive care and some love…

2011 spring is edging up fast – this year – are you going to grow something really good and productive? or just the same old miserable and pathetic droopy tomato plants?

Close your eyes and imagine all those big juicy tomatoes on your deck or in your yard – it’s mid-summer, warm breeze and sunny and you’ve got eggplant, and sweet cukes, crispy lettuce and ripe green zucchini  – mmmmmm!

OK, snap out of it and listen up – Here’s some tips on container gardening that you may or may not get on any of the other multitude of container gardening tutorials that will be lots more complete than I’ll ever have the patience to write.

read here to grow the best organic container veggies

Paleolithic Julia Child…. Who Woulda Thought…? Fun Cool Sh*t #9

OK – so she was most definitely NOT a paleo/primal diet advocate, what with all them faaaaaany Frenchie grain-flour/sugar delights – but here’s an old and very amusing segment from her appearance on a very-young David Letterman show – and THIS recipe is paleo…(almost)

“Shunning” Whole Foods, (and you don’t have to be Amish)

Web Definition: “Shunning”

“Shunning is the act of deliberately avoiding association with, and habitually keeping away from an individual or group. It is a sanction against association often associated with religious groups and other tightly-knit organizations and communities. Practiced by the Amish as a kind of social punishment  for improper behavior.”

by Ravi

As little as 6 months ago, we were (somewhat reservedly) defending Whole Foods as  a kind of only and last choice for at least SOME conscious food shopping experience.

How things can change.

please check out why you should choose REAL local sources for your food click here

Serious to Lose Weight? then LEARN TO SHOP!

by The DaiaSolGaia Community

Wanna be more successful losing weight?

Then get real.  Having foods around that are NOT part of your program (ANYWHERE in the house or within reach) is tempting fate – or worse yet – tempting your questionable will power (you are over-weight after all, yes?…)

Success going Paleo/Primal to lose weight (Paleo/Primal diet explained here) is no different than success with any other venture in your life – you must decide, choose your path and put you mind and will to the task!  Happily, the wonder of the paleo diet is that, although there are “rules” on what NOT to eat, what you CAN eat is immensely satisfying, delicious, and you really do not have to “count calories”.

get some serious shoppin’ rules click here

“ParadigmShift” BlogShare #2 MARCH 2011 – Please Add Your Related BlogPost!

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Getting “The Skinny” on Getting Skinny With the Paleo/Primal Diet

by Ravi

If you click around the Paleo/Primal Diet world, it’s pretty hard to miss all the exceptional stories of weight loss and, in fact, that many people try and love the paleo diet for that very reason (besides all the great tasting food you get to eat!).

It takes a bit of mental gymnastics to “get” this one central premise (after a generation of bad conditioning) – but …

eating meat and fat DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT!*

*unless (of course) you are stuffing down several Big Macs and a shake combining refined carbs, sugar and cheap fatty meat all in one horrid meal!

some **amazing** success before and after pics click here

Paleo/Primal Eats @ Walmart – Cheap, Fake & Coming Soon!

by Ravi

I Can't Believe It's Considered Food

The “Paleo/Primal- Diet” thing is getting big – or at least big enough for the Big Boys in the food industry to start taking notice. The second largest Big Boy food/household products conglomerate Unilever announced their interest/intent recently.

Sound exciting? Think again.

The results will most-assuredly be a disaster to the Paleo/Primal movement. The Big Boys, regardless of all their deceptively written (and disgustingly pseudo-sincere) press releases, will definitely NOT be looking to improve the SAD or the health of the world – they will look at improving their bottom line. Period.

read how the food conglomerate Big Boys are heading your paleo way

SALT, The Grim Reaper in a Shaker, or No?

by Ravi

Loooove salt – yes!

…and have spent my WHOLE adult life scared of that love.

Salt – the Grim Reaper of seasoning, the savory 5th Horseman of the Apocalypse ready to strike me down with every shake.

But guess what?

It’s just not true.

click here to see why the most dangerous food additive of all… is not

Serious Cool Sh*t #1- Permaculture Reviving Detroit

Here is a new category for us – we realize that spreading the word about really cool new developments in our world – POSITIVE things that give hope and promise.  The ugliness and corruption – which certainly needs to be exposed so we can take appropriate actions – needs to be balanced with the information about the better efforts of humanity – our wish and work to make the world healthier and happier.

Here is our first offering – a slice of light for one of the most economically ravaged cities in the country – Detroit.  Thanks to “Permaculture Politics” for bringing this to our attention!